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    Company, union collaboration called a model for the food industry

    SOURCE:Tyson Foods


    DAKOTA DUNES, S.D., April 5, 2018 /3BL Media/ — Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE: TSN) and the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) are expanding their collaborative efforts to make workplace safety improvements at the company’s food processing plants and commemorating 30 years of working together for safer workplaces.  

    The three decades-long partnership is one union leaders call a model for the food industry. It began in 1988, with the launch of a landmark ergonomics program and has evolved to include improvements that have helped reduce workplace injuries and illnesses. While the primary focus has been Tyson Foods’ beef and pork operations, it is now being expanded to the company’s poultry business, which has been accelerating its workplace safety efforts in recent years.

    “We’re proud of the progress we’ve made through our collaboration with the UFCW, and especially the active involvement of frontline team members,” said Steve Stouffer, president of Tyson Fresh Meats. “We know that all of us must remain diligent if we’re to achieve additional improvements.”

    “We value the progress we’ve made at Tyson and are looking forward to expanding our partnership to create safer workplaces for all of their hard-working men and women,” said Mark Lauritsen, director of the UFCW’s Food Processing, Packing and Manufacturing Division. “Working together with Tyson has meant empowering workers and their union to make a better, safer workplace.”

    Examples of the company’s and union’s collaborative efforts include:

    • Plant safety audits by management and union representatives
    • Ergonomics and safety committees that enable frontline workers and their union to regularly meet with plant management on safety matters
    • Empowering frontline workers to stop the production line if a safety or ergonomics issue is detected
    • Project “Why Not,” which encourages management and frontline workers and their union to re-evaluate job functions for ergonomic improvement
    • Full-time safety and ergonomic “captains” responsible for day-to-day safety and ergonomic monitoring
    • “Captains of the Week,” who are workers allowed to leave the production line for one hour every day for a week to gain in depth exposure to safety and ergonomics programs

    “We’ve worked hard over the years to create a culture where everyone is comfortable to speak up about safety issues,” said Sherry Louk, a nine-year Tyson Foods veteran and safety captain at the plant in Perry, Iowa. “Because we all want the safest workplace possible, there is an environment of empowerment where we can be honest about safety concerns and fix them before somebody gets hurt. At Tyson, I can say ‘I’ve got your back’ because the company and the union have mine.”

    The next step in the company-union relationship is increased focus on the company’s poultry plants, where the UFCW represents workers at 12 locations.

    “We value our frontline team members who are crucial to the continued success of our poultry businesses,” said Doug Ramsey, group president of poultry, Tyson Foods. “While we have existing programs to help train and protect our people and give them a voice in the workplace, we look forward to working more closely with the UFCW on additional ways we can improve.”

    The UFCW currently represents more than 24,000 people employed by Tyson Foods or its subsidiaries.

    About Tyson Foods 

    Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE: TSN) is one of the world’s largest food companies and a recognized leader in protein. Founded in 1935 by John W. Tyson and grown under three generations of family leadership, the company has a broad portfolio of products and brands like Tyson®, Jimmy Dean®, Hillshire Farm®, Ball  Park®, Wright®, Aidells®, ibp® and State Fair®. Tyson Foods innovates continually to make protein more sustainable, tailor food for everywhere it’s available and raise the world’s expectations for how much good food can do. Headquartered in Springdale, Arkansas, the company has 122,000 team members. Through its Core Values, Tyson Foods strives to operate with integrity, create value for its shareholders, customers, communities and team members and serve as a steward of the animals, land and environment entrusted to it. Visit TYSONFOODS.COM.

    About the UFCW

    The UFCW is the largest private sector union in the United States, representing 1.3 million professionals and their families in grocery stores, meatpacking, food processing, retail shops and other industries.

    Our members help put food on our nation’s tables and serve customers in all 50 states, Canada and Puerto Rico.  Learn more about the UFCW at

    Tweet me:.@TysonFoods, @UFCW expand #WorkplaceSafety efforts as part of 30-year collaboration called a model for the food industry

    Contact Info:

    Derek Burleson
    Tyson Foods
    +1 (479) 290-6466

    Evan Yeats
    +1 (319) 310-5716

    KEYWORDS: NYSE:TSN, Tyson Foods, United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, UFCW

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    Accenture helped Tiffany and Tyrone realize their dream to build more equal and inclusive communities in its Corporate Citizenship Report



    Accenture is committed to helping people succeed and grow in the digital era. Business partners Tiffany Hoang and Tyrone Botelho got the skills and mentoring they needed to build their business through Accenture's Skills to Succeed partner Youth Business USA. Want to read more stories about how Accenture making a difference? Read its  2017 Corporate Citizenship Report.

    About Accenture
    Accenture is a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations. Combining unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries and all business functions – underpinned by the world’s largest delivery network – Accenture works at the intersection of business and technology to help clients improve their performance and create sustainable value for their stakeholders. With approximately 442,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries, Accenture drives innovation to improve the way the world works and lives. Visit us at

    Tweet me:WATCH: @Accenture helped Tiffany and Tyrone realize their dream to build more equal and inclusive communities #corporatecitizenship

    KEYWORDS: Accenture, Corporate Citizenship, skills to succeed, Corporate Citizenship Report, entrepreneurship

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    SOURCE:CECP: The CEO Force for Good


    NEW YORK, April 5, 2018 /3BL Media/ - As part of its continuing efforts to create a better world through business, CECP: The CEO Force for Good announced that it will add three top CEOs to the organization’s Board of Directors: KPMG U.S. Chairman and CEO Lynne Doughtie, Johnson & Johnson Chairman and CEO Alex Gorsky, and USAA CEO Stuart Parker. As a CEO-led coalition of more than 200 of the world’s largest companies, CECP believes a company’s social strategy – how it engages with key stakeholders including employees, communities, investors, and customers – determines a company’s success. Mr. Gorsky will also serve as Co-Chair of CECP’s Strategic Investor Initiative, alongside Bill McNabb, Chairman, Vanguard.  

    “CECP has always been recognized for its unparalleled partnerships with the foremost leaders in business,” said Doug Conant, Founder and CEO, ConantLeadership; former CEO, Campbell Soup Company; former Chairman, Avon Products; and Chairman, CECP. “With Alex, Lynne, and Stuart joining our Board of Directors, CECP’s CEO-led coalition becomes ever more relevant to today’s dynamic business strategy conversation. We look forward to advancing CECP’s mission with guidance from their combined strategic and business acumen.”

    Founded in 1999 by actor and philanthropist Paul Newman and other business leaders to create a better world through business, CECP has grown to a movement of more than 200 of the world’s largest companies that represent $7 trillion in revenues, $18.6 billion in societal investment, 13 million employees, and $15 trillion in assets under management.

    “As stewards in CECP’s efforts to advance business as a Force for Good, Lynn, Alex, and Stuart exemplify top leadership across industries and join a long list of distinguished CECP Directors,” said Daryl Brewster, CEO, CECP. “We are privileged to work alongside each of them and are eager to take advantage of their talents, insights, and executive expertise.”

    Lynne Doughtie became KPMG’s U.S. Chairman and CEO in July 2015. In the first half of 2017, she announced KPMG’s largest capital investment in the firm’s history, the construction of a $450 million, 55-acre learning, development, and innovation facility in the Lake Nona community of Orlando. As the first female to serve as both Chairman and CEO of one of the “Big Four” professional services firms, she is a strong advocate for women and continues to lead the KPMG Women’s Leadership Summit, an initiative focused on advancing more women into the C-suite. Prior to becoming Chairman and CEO, she served as vice chair of KPMG’s Advisory business, establishing it as the firm’s fastest-growing business. She also oversaw the expansion of KPMG’s capabilities in innovative services and solutions, including information security, strategy, digital/mobile, and transformation.

    “At KPMG, we live our values in tangible ways, supporting a wide range of initiatives that seek to benefit society. We’re especially passionate about championing lifelong learning, which is fundamental to building strong communities, companies, and economies,” said Ms. Doughtie.“As a driving force for championing the business value of strategic societal investments, CECP has been helping make a difference for decades, and I’m very excited to join their efforts.”

    Alex Gorsky became CEO of Johnson & Johnson in April 2012 and Chairman in December 2012. Alex began his Johnson & Johnson career as a sales representative with Janssen Pharmaceutica in 1988. Over the next 15 years, he advanced through positions of increasing responsibility in sales, marketing and management including assignments in the U.S., Europe, Africa and the Middle East. He progressed through many management posts at J&J.

    Under Alex Gorsky’s leadership, Johnson & Johnson continues in its 132nd year to be one of the world’s exceptional corporations. The company was given the #1 ranking on Barron’s Magazine’s 2016 list of the “World’s Most Admired Companies,” and is currently the number one Pharmaceutical company on Fortune Magazine’s list of the “World’s Most Respected Companies.”

    “At Johnson & Johnson, our credo challenges us to put the needs and well-being of the people we serve first. As part of the coalition, CECP keeps us moving forward, always daring us to do more,” said Mr. Gorsky. “I’m thrilled to join CECP and be part of the advancing the work both our companies – and so many others – believe is critically important now and for the future.”

    Stuart Parker became CEO-elect of USAA in August 2014 and has served as CEO since March 2015. After joining USAA in 1998, Parker led the development of USAA's financial planning practice and served as president of Financial Planning Services from 2004 to 2007. For the next five years, he led USAA's Property and Casualty Insurance Group, frequently recognized as one of the nation's leading insurers for customer service and advocacy. As chief financial officer from 2012 to 2014, he led an enterprise team focused on the continued growth of USAA's financial strength.

    “USAA is proud to stand with CECP and to encourage companies to examine how they operate beyond the bottom line,” said Mr. Parker. “Since 2015, CECP has influenced our decision making, bolstering our commitment to employees and our communities. I am honored to take on a leadership role in the organization, and to help chart new paths in corporate social strategy.”

    Ms. Doughtie, Mr. Gorsky, and Mr. Parker join the current Board of Directors which includes:

    • Douglas R. Conant, Founder and CEO, ConantLeadership; Former CEO, Campbell Soup Company (Chairman)
    • Mitch Barns, CEO, Nielsen
    • Patrick Burke, President and CEO, HSBC USA Group
    • Thomas DeRosa, CEO and Director, Welltower
    • Theodore Dysart, Vice Chairman, Heidrick & Struggles International, Inc.
    • Richard Edelman, President and CEO, Edelman
    • Robert H. Forrester, President and CEO, Newman’s Own Foundation; Executive Chairman, Newman’s Own
    • Alan G. Hassenfeld, Chairman, Executive Committee, Hasbro, Inc.
    • Shelly Lazarus, Chairman Emeritus, Ogilvy & Mather
    • Bill McNabb, Chairman, Vanguard
    • Deanna Mulligan, President and CEO, The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America
    • Duncan L. Niederauer, Former CEO, NYSE
    • Michael I. Roth, Chairman and CEO, Interpublic Group

    CECP’s Board of Directors also includes the following Directors Emeritus:

    • Marilyn Carlson Nelson, Former Chairman and CEO, Carlson Holdings, Inc.
    • Kenneth T. Derr, Former Chairman and CEO, Chevron Corporation
    • Henriette Fore, Executive Director, United Nation’s Children’s Fund
    • Harold McGraw, III, Chairman Emeritus, S&P Global
    • David Rockfeller, Former Chairman and CEO, Chase Manhattan Corporation (June 12, 1915 – March 20, 2017)
    • Paul Volcker, Former Chairman, Federal Reserve
    • Sanford Weill, Chairman Emeritus, Citigroup, Inc.
    • John C. Whitehead, Former Co-Chair, Goldman, Sachs, & Co., Former Deputy Secretary of State (April 2, 1922 – February 7, 2017)

    # # #


    CECP is a CEO-led coalition that believes that a company’s social strategy — how it engages with key stakeholders including employees, communities, investors, and customers —determines company success. Founded in 1999 by actor and philanthropist Paul Newman and other business leaders to create a better world through business, CECP has grown to a movement of more than 200 of the world’s largest companies that represent $7 trillion in revenues, $18.6 billion in societal investment, 13 million employees, and $15 trillion in assets under management. CECP helps companies transform their social strategy by providing customized connections and networking, counsel and support, benchmarking and trends, and awareness building and recognition.

    Tweet me:.@CECPTweets announces new appointments to its Board of Directors: @lynnedoughtie US Chairman and CEO of @KPMG_US; Stuart Parker, CEO of @USAA; and Alex Gorsky, CEO of @JNJNews

    KEYWORDS: CEO, KPMG, johnson & johnson, USAA, governance, boards of directors, CECP: The CEO Force for Good

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    SOURCE:Smithfield Foods


    SMITHFIELD, Va., April 5, 2018 /3BL Media/ — Smithfield Foods, Inc. and Anuvia Plant Nutrients are pleased to announce a new partnership to create sustainable fertilizer from renewable biological materials collected from manure treatment systems at Smithfield’s hog farms. This project is part of Smithfield Renewables, the company’s new platform dedicated to unifying and accelerating its carbon reduction and renewable energy efforts.

    The project reuses organic matter found in hog manure to create a commercial-grade fertilizer that is higher in nutrient concentration than the original organic materials. Farmers are able to better manage nutrient ratios while using less fertilizer by applying precisely the amount they need for optimal plant growth. Because Anuvia’s products contain organic matter, nutrient release is more controlled, resulting in reduced greenhouse gas emissions and a smaller environmental footprint. 

    Anuvia will utilize remnant solids from Smithfield that accumulate over time at the bottom of the anaerobic lagoons, basins designed and certified to treat and store the manure on hog farms. Anuvia, which specializes in the transformation of organic materials into enhanced efficiency fertilizer products, will manufacture and sell these commercial-grade fertilizer products to farmers nationwide.

    “Through Smithfield Renewables, we are aggressively pursuing opportunities to reduce our environmental footprint while creating value,” said Kraig Westerbeek, senior director of Smithfield Renewables. “Along with projects that transform biogas into renewable natural gas, this is another example of how we are tackling this goal on our hog farms.”

    “This is the beginning of a partnership based on a shared vision that will positively impact livestock and crop production,” says Amy Yoder, Anuvia Plant Nutrients CEO. “Our proprietary manufacturing process, which converts organic waste into novel bio-based plant nutrients, is both environmentally friendly and sustainable. Our products reduce leaching and put organic matter back in the soil. Our process is a prototype for a circular economy, as we reclaim organic waste, convert it and reuse it on cropland. This relationship provides a new sustainable way for Smithfield to return its remnant solids back to the land for use on the crops grown to feed the hogs. The impact of this is extremely significant for hog production and the livestock industry. We look forward to helping achieve both Smithfield’s and Anuvia’s environmental goals.”  

    Company-owned and contract hog farms in North Carolina will participate in this project. Smithfield will begin the process by collecting and de-watering the waste solids before providing the remnants to Anuvia. Once acquired, Anuvia will pick up and transport the material to its processing plant to create the fertilizer.

    About Smithfield Foods

    Smithfield Foods is a $15 billion global food company and the world's largest pork processor and hog producer. In the United States, the company is also the leader in numerous packaged meats categories with popular brands including Smithfield, Eckrich, Nathan's Famous, Farmland, Armour, Farmer John, Kretschmar, John Morrell, Cook's, Gwaltney, Carando, Margherita, Curly's, Healthy Ones, Morliny, Krakus and Berlinki. Smithfield Foods is committed to providing good food in a responsible way and maintains robust animal care, community involvement, employee safety, environmental and food safety and quality programs. For more information, visit

    About Anuvia

    Anuvia Plant Nutrients, headquartered in Zellwood, Fla., is a company focused on a new innovative and patented way of manufacturing an enhanced efficiency fertilizer (EEF) for the turf and agricultural industries. Anuvia addresses the three pillars of sustainability – social, environmental and economic – simultaneously by providing an avenue for organic materials to be used in a resource efficient and environmentally friendly manner that helps people, plants and the environment thrive.

    Tweet me:.@SmithfieldFoods announces partnership with @AnuviaNutrients to develop and market bio-based #sustainable fertilizer products

    Contact Info:

    Diana Souder
    Smithfield Foods, Inc.
    +1 (757) 357-1675

    Sybil Jones
    +1 (609) 903-0376

    KEYWORDS: Smithfield Foods, Anuvia, smithfield renewables, sustainable fertilizer

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    Fifteen years ago, Pfizer established its skills-based volunteer program that takes a collaborative approach to deliver on its commitment to address pressing health needs in underserved communities around the world. Through this unique initiative, 490 Pfizer colleagues have contributed their diverse expertise and time in 50 countries to work with more than 70 partner organizations on projects aimed at strengthening health systems. To date, Pfizer colleagues have completed 385+ catalytic projects worldwide and contributed approximately 370,000 hours of service, supporting progress toward the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

    “I’m very proud of our skills-based volunteering initiatives and the impact the program has had, both on communities around the world and the colleagues who have participated over the years,” said Caroline Roan, Vice President of Corporate Responsibility at Pfizer. “Building global healthcare capacity is key to advancing the SDGs and creating a healthier world for future generations.”

    In 2002, Pfizer committed to lending the skills and expertise of its colleagues to help address the personnel gap in providing health care service in response to the global HIV/AIDS epidemic. Within eight months, Pfizer launched the Global Health Fellows (GHF) program, which places Pfizer colleagues in three- to six-month assignments with local nonprofit partners to offer technical assistance and help build healthcare capacity in communities around the world. Since then, Pfizer has continuously evolved its skills-based volunteering models to respond to partner organizations’ needs, and expanded volunteering opportunities for colleagues. In 2010, a shorter-term program called Global Health Teams was created. Cross functional teams of colleagues deploy for up to three weeks, providing their technical and professional expertise to help address a pressing operational or strategic issue the partner organization is facing. Through individual Fellows or Teams, Pfizer aims to transfer colleagues’ professional skills to build and strengthen local partner organizational and staff capacity to help ensure the partner organization’s long-term sustainability and enhance its impact at the community level.

    Over these 15 years, colleague assignments have ranged from helping organizations develop plans to scale sustainable, efficient healthcare services for vulnerable individuals in India, to building capacity in support of the reduction of maternal and newborn mortality rates in Indonesia, to improving supply chain management systems in Kenya, and more.

    “My experience volunteering with the Infectious Diseases Institute in Kampala, Uganda was humbling and eye opening as I got to experience, firsthand, the patient care challenges that developing countries face,” said Oonagh Puglisi, 2009 Fellow and former head of the Global Health Fellows program at Pfizer. “From my time as a Fellow and then as program director, I witnessed the incredible impact Pfizer colleagues and nonprofit partners can create together. These partners are already delivering critical health programs for the communities they serve, and through Pfizer’s skills-based volunteer program, we help amplify their efforts to reach more people with lasting solutions.”

    As the skills-based volunteering program continues to evolve, Pfizer’s goal remains the same − to offer its colleagues as resources to help strengthen health systems in underserved communities with the greatest need. “Our commitment to helping find solutions to the biggest healthcare challenges in collaboration with our colleagues and partners around the world remains unwavering,” said Caroline Roan. “Our work is far from done, and we are excited about the progress we can continue to make together in the next 15 years.”

    Visit to learn more about Pfizer’s global health programs and hear from Global Health Fellows and Teams.

    Tweet me:Pfizer’s 15-Year Legacy of Skills-Based Volunteering Helps Improve Healthcare Capacity Around the World

    KEYWORDS: Corporate Social Responsibility, Global Health, Philanthropy & Cause Initiatives, Pfizer

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    CBRE champions the adoption of workplace wellness in office design with a total of six offices certified and an additional three registered

    SOURCE:CBRE Group, Inc.


    TORONTO, April 5, 2018 /3BL Media/ – CBRE announces its three Toronto offices have simultaneously achieved WELL Certification at the silver level for New and Existing Interiors by the International WELL Building Institute™ (IWBI™). Awarded based on IWBI’s WELL Building Standard™ (WELL™), the world’s first building standard to focus on enhancing employees’ health and wellness through the built environment, CBRE is pioneering wellness in workplace design with the most WELL Certified office spaces of any company across the globe. The firm now has a total of six WELL Certified offices globally, four in Canada alone, with an additional three registered for certification.

    In order to receive WELL Certification, the Toronto offices were assessed, monitored and tested across seven wellness categories: air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort and mind. The offices comprise CBRE’s Canadian Headquarters in the heart of Toronto’s Financial District located at 145 King Street West, Toronto West office located adjacent to Pearson International Airport at 5935 Airport Road, and Toronto North office located at 2005 Sheppard Avenue East. These offices were created with employee wellness at the forefront of each design decision and individually incorporate over 100 wellness features. These include universal access to natural light for all employees, internal air quality within the top 1% of offices globally, ergonomic sit-stand desks and noise-attenuating technology to reduce stress-inducing background noise.

    “By embracing the WELL Building Standard across the entirety of our Toronto footprint, we are making good on our promise that the office can, and should, add to the health of your people. When you consider that Canadians spend half their waking hours in an office space, we believe these changes can have a truly positive impact on the health and engagement of any organization’s most valuable asset, our people,” said Mark Renzoni, President and CEO of CBRE Canada. “When you build health and wellness into the fabric of your office space, it’s a powerful statement about your commitment to your people.”

    Along with its Vancouver office, which achieved WELL Certification in 2017, and its three Toronto offices, CBRE is the only firm in Canada with certification across multiple locations. Today, globally, it has a total of six offices certified – in Los Angeles, Madrid, Vancouver and three locations in Toronto – with an additional three offices registered for certification.

    “We are transforming the way we think about the workplace and, by being early adopters, not only do our people have access to some of the healthiest offices in the country, we are in a unique position to counsel our clients through the process,” commented Ashley O’Neill, Vice President of Corporate Strategy at CBRE Canada. “For most companies, the biggest expense is headcount, typically 60-70% of total overhead. And while real estate tends to account for only 10% of costs, small investments to create engaging workplaces have proven to have substantial impacts in employee retention and recruitment, and therefore the bottom line.

    “Since inception, our offices that have gone through our workplace transformation program have experienced a reduction in employee turnover by almost a third, and our rate of hiring has doubled. In our three Toronto offices, over 90% of employees reported overall satisfaction with the new spaces and over 70% reported that the offices enhance their ability to accomplish daily tasks. For us, it’s clear evidence on the power that a forward-thinking workplace can have in helping companies find and keep the best talent.”

    About CBRE’s Canadian Workplace Transformation program

    CBRE Canadian Workplace Transformation program is a national project to reimagine its workplaces across Canada with the goal of creating the workplaces of the future and the healthiest office environments in the country. Starting in 2015, the program has seen nine offices, totaling over 130,000 square feet and over 700 employees, transformed to-date.

    CBRE is pioneering workplace wellness through office design and the offices feature the following employee wellness features:

    • All employees are no more than 25 feet from natural sunlight and the specialized circadian relevant lighting system installed throughout each office automatically adjusts to brighten or dim lighting levels based on the natural light outside. A Northwestern University study has shown that offices workers with access to natural light sleep better and for longer, and report markedly better results in quality-of-life assessments.
    • All employees have Sit-Stand workstations to reduce sedentary behavior and incidents of back-pain.
    • To create acoustic enhancements, noise cancellation technology is installed throughout the office to prevent background noise, a key source of potential stress and distraction.
    • The two floors of the Canadian Headquarters are connected with an internal stairway to promote increased mobility and collaboration among colleagues.
    • Carbon-filtered water is provided within 30 metres of every employee to encourage hydration.
    • The heart of each office is the RISE Café, a focal point that brings people and departments together. Employee amenities and refreshments are purposefully concentrated in the Café to drive foot traffic and create serendipitous collisions among colleagues.

    The entire lifecycle of these projects are sourced and executed by CBRE’s in-house service lines, including the development of the workplace strategy and design, brokerage and advisory services to secure optimal space for each office, project managing the procurement and construction process and, finally, the planning and execution of the physical relocation of employees.

    About CBRE Group, Inc.

    CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBRE), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Los Angeles, is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm (based on 2016 revenue). The company has more than 75,000 employees (excluding affiliates), and serves real estate investors and occupiers through about 450 offices (excluding affiliates) worldwide. CBRE offers a broad range of integrated services, including facilities, transaction and project management; property management; investment management; appraisal and valuation; property leasing; strategic consulting; property sales; mortgage services and development services. Please visit our website at In Canada, CBRE Limited employs over 2,000 people in 22 locations from coast to coast. Please visit our website at

    Tweet me:With #WELLCertification awarded across its three #Toronto offices, @CBRE now has the most @WELLCertified spaces in the world

    Contact Info:

    Daniel O'Donnell
    Director of Media and Communications​
    +1 (647) 943-3662

    KEYWORDS: NYSE:CBRE, CBRE, WELL Certification, WELL Certified, employee health and wellness, Toronto

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    Certifier SCS Global Services prepared to help companies meet expedited schedule

    SOURCE:SCS Global Services


    April 5, 2018/3BL Media/ - By the beginning of June this year –less than two months away – virtually all composite wood products manufactured or sold in the United States, as well as products made with composite wood components, must meet tough formaldehyde standards. As a result, manufacturers of hardwood plywood, medium-density fiberboard, particleboard, and a wide range of products containing these materials, are now racing the clock to have their products certified in time to demonstrate compliance.

    The new June 1st deadline, announced yesterday by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in the Federal Register, effectively requires companies to come into compliance six months earlier than EPA had previously allowed.  This deadline was established on the heels of last month’s decision by a U.S. District Court, which ruled in favor of a suit brought by the Sierra Club against the EPA for its efforts to delay the compliance deadline from December 2017 to December 2018.  Compliance must be demonstrated to Title VI of the Toxics Substance Control Act (TSCA) or the California Air Resources Board (CARB) Airborne Toxic Control Measures (ATCM) Phase II emission standards, which are set at identical levels, by a third-party certifier (TPC) approved by CARB and recognized by EPA.

    “This accelerated compliance date has ramifications for products across the construction, green building, and furniture sectors,” said Stanley Mathuram, Vice President of Corporate Sales and Marketing for SCS Global Services, a pioneer and leader in third-party certification of environmental and sustainability claims, including indoor air quality performance. “We are fully prepared, both here in the US, and in manufacturing hubs such as China and others worldwide, to handle a surge in certification audits to assure that companies can meet the new deadline.”

    Formaldehyde, long used as a resin in the manufacture of composite wood components and products, has been targeted as an indoor air quality health hazard associated with short-term irritation of skin, eyes, nose, and throat, and longer-term potential to cause some types of cancers.  Voluntary certifications, such as SCS’ Indoor Advantage™ Gold, FloorScore® for resilient flooring products, and BIFMA e3 level® for furniture, and mandatory programs, such as California’s Composite Wood Products Regulation, launched in 2009, have helped drive innovation to reduce or eliminate formaldehyde emissions. The EPA regulations are providing additional momentum, benefiting factory workers and consumers alike, not just in the US, but in manufacturing countries around the world. 

    Beyond these standards and regulations, another key to compliance is the institution of effective quality assurance systems.  “Quality assurance programs involving sourcing and purchasing protocols, site audits, lot controls, and statistical sampling and testing help importers and manufacturers assure that they are in full compliance,” said Mathuram.

    More information about TSCA Title VI and CARB ATCM 93120 can be found at and

    More information about SCS Compliance Certification for TSCA Title VI and CARB ATCM 93120 can be found at  

    # # #

    About SCS Global Services. SCS is an international leader in third-party certification and standards development in environmental, sustainability, and quality performance claims. Through auditing, certification, testing, life cycle assessment, training and strategic consulting services, SCS empowers organizations to affirm and communicate their sustainability success stories. SCS is an approved Third Party Certifier (TPC) for both CARB ATCM 93120 and TSCA Title VI regulatory requirements. SCS is a California benefit corporation, reflecting its commitment to socially and environmentally responsible business practices. For more information, contact Stanley Mathuram at 616-299-1073 or

    Tweet me:EPA's new deadline for TSCA Title VI #Formaldehyde Emissions compliance is June 1. @scscertified is fully prepared in the US and in manufacturing hubs around the world to handle a surge in certification audits to assure that companies can meet the deadline.

    Contact Info:

    Stanley Mathuram
    SCS Global Services
    +1 (616) 299-1073

    KEYWORDS: Formaldehyde, EPA Formaldehyde Rule, Green Building, scs global services, CARB ATCM, composite wood, plywood, fiberboard, furniture, bifma, Floorscore

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    SOURCE:Bacardi Limited


    HAMILTON, Bermuda, April 5, 2018 /3BL Media/ — As part of the company’s continued commitment to marketing alcohol responsibly, Bacardi Limited has added a section to its website providing nutritional information for many of the spirits brands in its portfolio including BACARDÍ®, GREY GOOSE®, MARTINI®, DEWAR’S®, D’USSÉ®, among others.

    In line with the Producers’ Commitments to Reduce Harmful Drinking, the first phase of the nutrition site is now accessible from the homepage of with information about its products available in the United States, United Kingdom, France, and Spain. The information is available in English, Spanish, and French, with plans to expand to additional languages.

    Responding to consumers’ need to be more knowledgeable about the nutritional content of the products they consume, Bacardi has made the following nutritional details available on the site:

    • Calories
    • Fat
    • Carbohydrates
    • Sugar
    • Protein
    • Salt
    • Caffeine
    • Allergens
    • Recommended serving sizes, according to country standards

    “Consumers are more engaged and requesting to know more about the nutritional information of the alcohol beverages they consume,” said Rick Wilson, Senior Vice President, External Affairs & Corporate Responsibility, for Bacardi. “People still want a story about their cocktail and its heritage, but now they want to be more informed when it comes to the nutritional content of what they consume. To meet that need and better serve our consumers, we put everything at their fingertips – online.”

    In the coming months, Bacardi will expand its nutritional information to include brands enjoyed in Germany, Mexico, Russia, Belgium and Canada.

    About Bacardi Limited

    Bacardi Limited, the largest privately held spirits company in the world, produces and markets internationally recognized spirits and wines. The Bacardi brand portfolio comprises more than 200 brands and labels, including BACARDÍ® rum, GREY GOOSE® vodka, DEWAR’S® Blended Scotch whisky, BOMBAY SAPPHIRE® gin, MARTINI® vermouth and sparkling wines, CAZADORES® 100% blue agave tequila, and other leading and emerging brands including WILLIAM LAWSON’S®, ERISTOFF® vodka, and ST-GERMAIN® elderflower liqueur.

    Founded more than 156 years ago, in Santiago de Cuba on February 4, 1862, family-owned Bacardi sells its brands in more than 170 countries. Bacardi Limited refers to the Bacardi group of companies, including Bacardi International Limited.

    Tweet me:As part of @BacardiLimited's continued commitment to marketing alcohol responsibly, the company has added a section to its website providing nutritional information for brands in its portfolio #CSR

    Contact Info:

    Amy Federman
    +1 (441) 294-1110

    KEYWORDS: Bacardi, Nutritional information


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    SOURCE:World Environment Center


    Lutheran World Relief ayuda a pequeños agricultores de cacao y cooperativas de Centroamérica a construir negocios sostenibles, generando un mapa de Sabores Aprende más sobre ellos en Cacao Movil.

    Aprende más sobre Lutheran World Relief, una organización miembro de La Red de Innovación e Impacto y uno de los Alumni participantes en el Concurso de Innovación 


    Tweet me:Aprende más sobre @LuthWorldRelief, una organización miembro de @LaRedImpacto y uno de los Alumni participantes en el Concurso de Innovación #elpoderdecrecer

    KEYWORDS: agroindustria, sustainability, Innovation Challenge, World Environment Center

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    SOURCE:World Environment Center


    Lutheran World Relief helps small cocoa farmers and cooperatives in Central America to build sustainable businesses, generating a map of flavors learn more about them in Cacao Movil. 

    Learn more about  Lutheran World Relief, member organization of La Red de Innovación e Impacto and one of the participating Alumni of the Innovation Challenge


    Tweet me:Learn more about @LuthWorldRelief, member organization of @LaRedImpacto and one of the participating Alumni of the Innovation Challenge #elpoderdecrecer

    Contact Info:

    Elysa Neumann
    RioSlum Studio
    +1 (774) 275-4836

    KEYWORDS: sustainability, agroindustria, central america, World Environment Center

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    by Lisa Di Venuta



    Watts is a Los Angeles neighborhood with a legacy of poverty, racial tension and violence. It’s notorious for the Watts Riots, a nightmarish five-day 1965 clash set off by police brutality and intensified by poor race relations. Today, residents of Watts’ low-income housing projects are still hindered by the city’s lack of interest in rehabilitating and modernizing their neighborhood. Children growing up in the area have more options to pick a gang than a college, and their tap water is potentially contaminated with lead or arsenic.

    The 2017 Viacommunity Award winner, Flora Huang, was recognized for her efforts to help stop this cycle of hopelessness. Huang is Paramount’s vice president of Financial Planning, and she embodies the Viacommunity spirit of giving back year-round. Huang volunteers as a youth mentor for Red Eye, a Los Angeles based nonprofit organization focused on creating a network to connect the “the up and in” with the “down and out.”

    “My goal is to provide consistency to kids who otherwise don’t have access to positive role models,” said Huang, who learned about Red Eye in 2016. “I let them know that there are alternatives beyond joining a gang and that they can be champions for their own success.”

    As a mentor, Huang spends her Saturdays with Red Eye at the Imperial Courts Housing Projects in Watts.

    “This is a part of the city most people choose never to venture,” said Huang. “This ZIP code is often forgotten; these kids are left behind. I choose to come here for the kids.”

    On Huang’s first day at Red Eye, she spent the afternoon coloring and painting nails with a little girl named Kenayla. “She looked me in the eyes and asked if I would return next week,” Huang said. “She had pure joy in her eyes just from the hope that I’d be coming back.”

    And so, she did.

    Huang and her fellow volunteers talk to the kids and encourage creativity by working on art projects together – from drawing in coloring books to decorating pumpkins. Every Saturday, they take the kids to the local convenience store and let them choose a snack. It’s a small gesture, but it can be the highlight of their week. They celebrate birthdays with a trip to get frozen yogurt, a rare treat for these kids, and often the only thing they have to look forward to on their birthday.

    Teaching her truth

    Huang may be part of the “up and in,” as an established professional working a high-level job in a career she adores. But her story is one of transformation, too. Huang is a first-generation American, whose parents emigrated to the U.S. from China. Growing up outside of Boston, Huang recalls watching American movies because her parents wanted her to absorb the natural inflection of “proper” American English (they only spoke Mandarin at home). Huang grew to love these movies, especially Audrey Hepburn films; Breakfast at Tiffany’sFunny FaceRoman Holiday, and Sabrina – all distributed by Paramount Pictures – are among her favorites.

    “It’s going to sound cheesy,” said Huang, “But I remember the Paramount Logo most of all.”

    She dreamed of someday working at the studio that produced these beloved films. “Not knowing a soul in the industry, or in California for that matter, it seemed an impossible dream,” said Huang.

    She took steps to make this dream attainable. Growing up, Huang kept a copy of The Movie Business Book on her bedroom bookshelf, in which she learned that Hollywood had roles for “numbers people” like her. She attended UCLA to make connections in Los Angeles and gain experience in the film industry.

    While studying business, Huang applied for internships at every major studio, and was hired to intern at Paramount’s Motion Picture Planning group. After graduation, she worked at accounting firm Deloitte & Touche and obtained her CPA, then set off for France to attend international business school at INSEAD.

    Ten years later, she returned to California with her MBA and once again applied for jobs at movie production studios. Paramount offered Huang the opportunity to come back in 2010, first working as a finance consultant. “It was a full-circle experience,” said Huang.

    As a mentor, she tells this story to empower the kids. Once, she was a young girl whose parents feared she would never have the skills necessary to succeed in American society. Watching movies in her childhood home, the star-studded, alpine logo of Paramount Pictures embedded in her mind, she made a choice: to take control of her destiny.

    “You can never dream too big,” is what Huang tells the kids.

    Witnessing transformation through mentorship

    Some of Huang’s mentees have come to the center since they were toddlers. Marveon, a 14-year-old boy who has lived in the projects since he was a young boy, exemplifies this transformation.

    “Red Eye saw Marveon grow up,” said Huang. “His long-term goal is to become the president of the United States. The fact that he can even say that is his dream,” said Huang, “in a community where kids usually do not dare to dream, is a testament to the power of youth mentoring.”

    His short-term goal was to write a book.

    Volunteers provided motivation, encouragement and support, guiding Marveon through the process of writing the book. Imperial Guards, written by Marveon and five other kids from the projects, is Imperial Courts’ first student-author book. The 82-page book features characters that chase after their dreams despite facing obstacles and hardships in their lives; in other words, it embodies Red Eye’s mission. Thanks to the guidance he received from Red Eye, Marveon can share his success story and this message of empowerment with other children growing up in under-served communities.

    Looking to the future

    Huang has volunteered throughout her adult life, engaging in philanthropy via her sorority in college, and later volunteering in special events for the Motion Picture and Television Fund (MPTF). And though she initially started as a special events volunteer, she opted to become a weekly mentor, working with the organization at its most granular level. She’s never been more grateful.

    “Becoming a mentor filled a void in my life,” said Huang.

    As the recipient of one of this year’s two Viacommunity Awards, Huang will receive a grant of $10,000 to help Red Eye. She has already mapped out how to best utilize this money.

    “Government funding was recently cut from the Watts Community Center,” explained Huang. Red Eye is taking charge and creating “The Watts Empowerment Center,” which involves renovating and furnishing the building, implementing more structural programming, and hiring full-time staff. The goal is to turn a weekly mentorship program into a 24/7 retreat for kids looking to better themselves and start on the path to a successful future: whether this means learning a new skill, creating art, networking or simply avoiding the negative influences in their neighborhood.

    “On behalf of the kids and the entire community,” said Huang, “I cannot thank Viacom enough.”

    The Watts Empowerment Center opened its doors on February 19, 2018.

    Tweet me:.@ParamountPics's Flora Huang recognized with @Viacommunity Award for her work in #mentoring youth with @RedEyeInc @Viacom

    KEYWORDS: Viacom, Viacommunity, Flora Huang, Viacommunity Award, Paramount Pictures, Red Eye, Watts, Watts Empowerment Center


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    Award honors leaders who have dedicated their lives to inspiring a better humanity; $40,000 donation presented to The Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation

    SOURCE:Carnival Corporation & plc


    To further strengthen its commitment to the transformative power of travel and the belief that connecting people from different cultures opens minds, builds connections and inspires shared humanity, Holland America Line is establishing the Shared Humanity Award to be given annually starting this year. The award will be presented to a leader and change-maker who has dedicated their life to inspiring others to see that the things that unite us are greater than those that divide us.  
    Holland America Line president Orlando Ashford bestowed the first Shared Humanity Award on Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the former Archbishop of Cape Town, South Africa, in recognition of his lifetime spent championing equality, inclusion and peace. The Archbishop attended the program on April 4, 2018, aboard Amsterdam in Cape Town during a stop on its Grand World Voyage. Guests also heard highlights of the Archbishop’s remarkable life from Robert V. Taylor, president of the Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation in New York, who was in Cape Town for the event. Also in attendance was Arnold Donald, CEO of Carnival Corporation.
    Ashford presented a $40,000 donation on behalf of Holland America Line to the Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation in commemoration of the award. Holland America Line’s Shared Humanity Award – together with a menu from dinner on board Amsterdam following the award program - will be showcased in the Archbishop’s museum once completed in Cape Town.
     “Holland America Line is guided by the belief that travel changes the way we look at the world and helps create a path toward acceptance. By establishing the Shared Humanity Award, we can pay tribute to those who have inspired us and millions of others,” said Orlando Ashford, president of Holland America Line. “We are incredibly honored to give the first Shared Humanity Award to Archbishop Desmond Tutu, one of the world's foremost human rights activists and spiritual leaders, who has dedicated his life to spreading peace, freedom, justice and democracy around the globe.”  
    Tutu, the first black African to serve as Archbishop of Cape Town, and his work forging racial equality — beginning with his opposition to apartheid in South Africa — is renowned throughout the world. His leadership of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission has offered a blueprint to nations across the globe seeking to recover from war, conflict and brutality. The Archbishop is known for his unshakable optimism in the face of overwhelming odds and his limitless faith in the ability of people to do good works. Over the last decade and a half he has been an outspoken voice for women’s leadership, girls’ education and LGBT rights, addressing climate change and seeking to end the practice of child brides.

    Tutu received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984, the Albert Schweitzer Prize for Humanitarianism in 1986, the Pacem in Terris Award in 1987, the Sydney Peace Prize in 1999, the Gandhi Peace Prize in 2007 and the United States Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009.

    “There are many ways to celebrate Archbishop Emeritus Tutu — peacemaker, reconciler, champion of human rights of every kind, recipient of countless awards and hundreds of honorary doctorates, but this humble man who treads the face of the earth lightly loves the simplicity of being called ‘Father’,” said Robert V. Taylor, president of the Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation.  “In the spirit of Holland America Line’s Shared Humanity Award we are invited to be inspired by what the Archbishop often says: Do your bit of good wherever you are because every bit of good adds up to change the world.”

    About the Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation
    The Archbishop and his wife, Leah, founded the Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation in Cape Town and the Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation in New York, a nonprofit organization engaging and equipping young people to be peacemakers and change agents. For more information visit

    For more information about Holland America Line, consult a travel professional, call 1-877-SAIL HAL (877-724-5425) or visit
    Editor’s note: Photos are available at

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    Find Holland America Line on Twitter, Facebook and the Holland America Blog. Access all social media outlets via the Online Communities quick link on the home page at
    About Holland America Line [a division of Carnival Corporation and plc (NYSE:  CCL and CUK)]
    Holland America Line’s fleet of 14 ships offers more than 500 cruises to more than 400 ports in 98 countries, territories or dependencies around the world. From shorter getaways to 113-day itineraries, the company’s cruises visit all seven continents, with highlights including Antarctica explorations, South America circumnavigations, Cuba cruises and exotic Australia/New Zealand and Asia voyages; four annual Grand Voyages; and popular sailings to the Caribbean, Alaska, Mexico, Canada and New England, Bermuda, Europe and the Panama Canal. The line welcomed Koningsdam in 2016 and has a second Pinnacle-class ship,Nieuw Statendam, to be delivered in December 2018. A third Pinnacle-class ship, due for delivery in 2021, recently was announced.
    The company is undergoing $300 million in brand enhancements to secure its position as the leader in premium cruising. Fleetwide, the ships feature innovative initiatives and a diverse range of enriching experiences focused on destination immersion and personalized travel. Guests can expand their knowledge through an exclusive partnership with O, The Oprah Magazine; during an America’s Test Kitchen show; at Explorations Café presented by The New York Times; and by taking a Digital Workshop powered by Windows. Outstanding entertainment fills each evening at venues including Lincoln Center Stage, Billboard Onboard and B.B. King’s Blues Club. The dining experience can be savored at a variety of restaurants with menus that feature selections from Holland America Line's esteemed Culinary Council, comprising world-famous chefs who design dishes exclusively for our guests.

    Tweet me:.@CarnivalPLC's Holland America Line (@HALcruises) establishes the Shared Humanity Award and bestows first honor on @TheDesmondTutu on Grand World Voyage in Cape Town

    Contact Info:

    Claire West
    +1 (214) 208-3718

    KEYWORDS: world peace, humanitarian work, archbishop, South Africa, acceptance, racial equality, nobel peace prize, humanitarian efforts, nonprofit organization, Desmond Tutu, africa, philanthropy, Charity, Carnival Corporation, Holland America Line

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    SOURCE:Keep America Beautiful


    It’s April – and that means it’s Keep America Beautiful Month!

    You don’t have to wait until Earth Day to join Keep America Beautiful and our more than 600 state and community-based affiliates, local partners, businesses, public officials and millions of volunteers to help us End Littering, Improve Recycling and Beautify America’s Communities.

    Here are 10 easy ways anyone can #DoBeautifulThings and help Keep America Beautiful fulfill a vision in which every community is a clean, green and beautiful place to live this month and every month:

    1. Participate in the Great American Cleanup, the nation's largest community improvement program, which kicks into high gear every spring in tens of thousands of communities across the country and continues through the fall. Find a local Keep America Beautiful Affiliate using the Affiliate Search Map at
    2. Organize an event on your own block ... and celebrate your accomplishments! We call it a #cleanYOURblock Party! Visit to create your own #cleanYOURblock Great American Cleanup team and invite family, friends and neighbors to join you.
    3. Download the #cleanYOURblock Party Volunteer Guide in English or Spanish!
    4. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to be inspired by photos and stories of community improvement projects taking place across the country … led by people just like you!
    5. Share photos of you, friends and family participating in a local Great American Cleanup event, a #cleanYOURblock Party you’ve organized or any other activity that shows how you are helping to Keep America Beautiful. Be sure to use #DoBeautifulThings or #cleanYOURblock so we can see them and share them!
    6. Be part of the “plogging” trend this spring! Plogging combines jogging with intermittent squatting, offering exercise benefits while supporting your community and the environment.
    7. Explore National Planting Day, a fall initiative of the Great American Cleanup. National Planting Day is designed to mobilize Americans to support local ecosystems by planting native species of plants and trees, grow pollinator gardens to promote the health of honeybees, butterflies and other pollinators, and create community-supported sustainable vegetable and fruit gardens.
    8. Take the #BeRecycled Pledge and check out the many ways Keep America Beautiful is working to Improve Recycling in America. By educating and engaging individuals to recycle more of the right things the right way — at home, at work and on-the-go — we can help make recycling more economically viable, creating jobs and providing recyclables to manufacture new products and packaging, while continuing to reap greater environmental and community benefits
    9. No Keep America Beautiful affiliate in your community? Join us! Keep America Beautiful has two options for affiliation: A community may form an affiliate with no existing organization currently in place or form through migration from an existing community improvement organization.
    10. Donate to Keep America Beautiful to help us continue to make a lasting environmental, economic and social impact on communities nationwide.

    National sponsors of the 2018 Great American Cleanup include Altria, Dow, The Glad Products Company, Lowe's, McDonald’s and Niagara Bottling.

    Tweet me:You don’t have to wait until #EarthDay to join @kabtweet & celebrate #KeepAmericaBeautiful Month in April. Here are 10 easy ways anyone can #DoBeautifulThings. Get started by being a Great American Cleanup #volunteer today! #cleanYOURblock

    Contact Info:

    Mike Rosen
    Keep America Beautiful
    +1 (203) 659-3008

    Janessa Rivera
    Keep America Beautiful
    +1 (203) 659-3064

    KEYWORDS: Keep America Beautiful, Keep America Beautiful Month, Great American Cleanup, Altria, Dow, The Glad Products Company, Lowe's, McDonald’s, Niagara Bottling


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    Curiosity Cube, a retrofitted shipping container transformed into a mobile laboratory, paraded through Temecula, Feb. 22-24, during their second annual nationwide tour.

    The local branch of Millipore Sigma, an international life science company, reached out to Vail Elementary School and River Springs Charter School to give students a day of hands-on science experiments and learning. The 22-foot by 10-foot, solar-powered laboratory holds advanced technology in virtual reality, augmented reality, high-tech microscopes, 3-D printers and touch screen TVs, creating an interactive experience. Local elementary school students learned about how the brain learns and adapts to the world around them and about the role of cells and their structures.

    Continue reading on

    Tweet me:Find out more about @MilliporeSigma’s #CuriosityCube stop in #Temecula, where staff volunteers helped to #SPARKCuriosity in #STEM:

    KEYWORDS: MilliporeSigma, Curiosity Cube, STEM Magazine, SPARK Curiosity, Hands-on Learning, Curiosity Labs, Mobile science lab, solar-powered science lab, Valley News

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    SOURCE:Las Vegas Sands


    Introduced most recently at the OneMBS Champions team bonding session and OneMBS Achievers Award ceremony, IGNITE – which stands for Identify, Generate, Navigate, Initiate, Transform and Evaluate – is a flexible toolset specifically developed for continuous improvement at Marina Bay Sands.  The program is set up to engage Team Members by equipping them with the mindset to believe that they can get better at their jobs by challenging the status quo, the skillset to harness creativity of other Team Members to effectively manage change within the workplace, and the toolset to identify root causes and create innovative solutions. 

    “IGNITE is a framework that we can use to re-evaluate any of our operations and look at how we can continuously improve,” Ian Wilson, Senior Vice President of Hotel Operations, said.  “As an organization in an environment that is changing faster than before, the skills that we bring and the focus on being open, learning, and trying new things are really important.”

    Combining the best aspects of other renowned training programs, IGNITE encompasses a variety of tools designed to maximize profitability through service and productivity, customized specifically to the property.  IGNITE training workshops will engage Team Members through relevant examples and case studies which are applicable to everyday tasks.  Marina Bay Sands and Las Vegas Sands strive to provide Team Members with extensive training and other opportunities to advance within the company.  Through Sands Academy in Las Vegas and Sands China Academy in Macao, the company is also committed to helping people advance in the hospitality industry through support programs that will shape the future of the industry. 

    “IGNITE is a great, adaptive toolset for Team Members who passionately challenge the status quo,” David Giles, Vice President of Financial Planning and Analysis, said.  “They can use IGNITE to develop creative solutions while collaborating with other departments on different projects and initiatives.  The Operational Evaluation and Analysis team, led by Jay Thyagarajan and supported by Learning and Development, have done an excellent job working together to develop this program.”

    The pilot IGNITE training workshop was held in November 2017 with 12 participants comprised of OneMBS Champions, department heads and trainers.  The full roll-out for the program is scheduled for 2018, where they will educate Team Members on the IGNITE toolset, train them on essential mindsets, and equip them with lifelong learning skillsets, such as basic financial analysis, presentation skills, and project management.  Administrators of the program hope to expand IGNITE to Macao, Las Vegas and Pennsylvania.  Developed alongside OneMBS, the properties internal training program on Las Vegas Sands’ corporate objectives and how to apply and align company objectives across all departments, IGNITE’s framework is a natural extension of the properties core values.

    “In line with our focus of life-long learning, IGNITE sets the foundation for nurturing a culture where Team Members learn to constantly think about how to do things better,” Elaine Seow, Director of Talent Development and Management (Human Resources), said.  “They are able to create a positive impact and unforgettable memories for both our guests and internal customers.”

    Tweet me:.@MarinaBaySands Team Members challenge the status quo, boost #creativity and #teamwork via IGNITE framework @LasVegasSands

    KEYWORDS: Marina Bay Sands, Las Vegas Sands, IGNITE, OneMBS

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    CEOs of PG&E Corporation and Wells Fargo to present long-term strategic plans to investors representing $25 trillion in AUM

    SOURCE:CECP: The CEO Force for Good


    NEW YORK, April 6, 2018 /3BL Media/ — CECP: The CEO Force for Good announced that its Strategic Investor Initiative (SII) will host the CEOs of PG&E Corporation and Wells Fargo at a CEO Investor Forum on April 19, 2018, at NASDAQ in San Francisco, CA. This invitation-only event is SII’s fourth CEO Investor Forum and the first to be held on the West Coast. Investors and media interested in attending should register through SII’s web site. Registration closes this week.

    Geisha J Williams, CEO and President of PG&E Corporation and Timothy J. Sloan, CEO and President of WellsFargo, will present their respective company’s long-term strategic plans to a group of institutional investors and pension funds. At previous CEO Investor Forums, this audience has collectively represented $25 trillion in assets under management and featured the CEOs of more than 20 companies, such as Aetna, Allstate, Citi, Unilever, and Voya Financial.

    “For too long, companies have sacrificed long-term value creation to generate short-term results, which erodes the sustainability strategic investors seek,” said Bill McNabb, Chairman, Vanguard and co-Chair, CECP’s Strategic Investor Initiative. “It’s through the groundbreaking efforts of the Strategic Investor Initiative that companies and investors can change how businesses plan and act. CECP, with the 200 global CEOs in their coalition, is the right organization to lead this transformation.”

    CECP: The CEO Force for Good is a coalition of 200 of the world’s largest companies represents $7 trillion in revenues, $18.6 billion in societal investment, and 13 million employees. SII is a collaboration that leverages CECP’s CEO network to fundamentally change the conversation between CEOs, boards of directors, and investors, from short-term profits to sustained long-term corporate performance by including Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) factors.

    SII’s recent actions include nine members of SII’s Board of Advisors, led by Vanguard Chairman Bill McNabb, sending an open “Investor Letter” to CEOs of major companies. The letter poses seven questions every CEO should answer when presenting publicly-disclosed, investor-facing long-term plans.

    “The Investor Letter clarifies what investors want to hear from business leaders,” said Mark Tulay, Director of CECP’s Strategic Investor Initiative. “It’s a framework for CEOs to address how they’re positioning their companies for long-term growth, strategy, and risk. By laying out these strategies at events like our CEO Investor Forums, we aim to shift trillions of dollars of investor capital and reward companies that can mitigate these risks and leverage their opportunities.”

    In addition to the CEO long-term plan presentations, the CIF will once again provide attendees with the opportunity to ask questions of presenters. It will also include educational sessions on topics related to the “long-termism movement,” directed by thought leaders from across sectors. Confirmed speakers include: Charles Penner, Partner, JANA Partners, LLC; Katherine Blue, Principal, Sustainability Services Network Leader, KPMG; Janine Guillot, Director of Capital Markets Policy and Outreach, Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB); and Verity Chegar, Vice President, Sustainable Investing, BlackRock.

    The fifth CEO Investor Forum will take place September 20, 2018, in New York City and will feature Mauricio Gutierrez, President and CEO, NRG Energy, Inc. and Martin Schroeter, Senior Vice President, IBM Global Markets, IBM Corporation. SII is accepting applications for company presentations, but few spaces remain. Contact SII Director Mark Tulay for more information,

    Investors and business leaders unable to attend the CEO Investor Forum in San Francisco and view the live webcast:

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    CECP is a CEO-led coalition that believes that a company’s social strategy — how it engages with key stakeholders including employees, communities, investors, and customers —determines company success.  Founded in 1999 by actor and philanthropist Paul Newman and other business leaders to create a better world through business, CECP has grown to a movement of more than 200 of the world’s largest companies that represent $7 trillion in revenues, $18.6 billion in societal investment, 13 million employees, and $15 trillion in assets under management. CECP helps companies transform their social strategy by providing customized connections and networking, counsel and support, benchmarking and trends, and awareness building and recognition.


    The Strategic Investor Initiative is a coalition of thought leaders committed to the long-term movement. Collectively, SII is developing a new platform for leading companies to create, convey, and deliver long-term plans to long-term investors. SII’s vision is to spark the movement of trillions of dollars of capital to companies demonstrating performance excellence over the long-term. SII provides tools and resources designed to introduce and support market behaviors that ultimately deliver sustained long-term value for all stakeholders.

    Tweet me:.@CECPTweets' Strategic Investor Initiative brings CEO Investor Forum and effort to end corporate “short-termism” to west coast. CEOs from @PGE4Me and @WellsFargo to present at @nasdaqcenter on 4/19

    KEYWORDS: CEOs, PG&E Corporation, Investing, Long-term, Wall Street, Wells Fargo


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    CLP India chief shares tips from training for a marathon to running an enterprise

    SOURCE:CLP Group


    It’s four in the morning in Mumbai. The alarm clock goes off in the bedroom of Rajiv Mishra, Managing Director of CLP India. He wakes up afresh to get ready for his running routine – his passion.

    After a health shock in 2011, Rajiv now gets up at this wee hour six days a week to train before the city gets active with the hustle and bustle from commuters’ traffic. “You get more out of a day if you start your day early, even if you just read the papers or have a chat with your friends and family. You have more options. If you wake up late, you are in a catch-up mode,” Rajiv says.

    Mind over power

    This philosophy of a prepared mind comes from Rajiv’s training for marathons over the years. “You can’t force yourself to get up at 4am; you should do so because you want to do this. Long distance running is not something we humans can do naturally and you need to work for that. It takes me 16 weeks to prepare for a full marathon,” he says.

    “When I run a marathon, I don’t think of 42km at the start – it is always 5km at a time,” Rajiv shares. “This has taught me how to break up a challenge into meaningful parts and deal with them with a ‘can-do’ attitude, which also rubs off on my team at CLP India.”

    To Rajiv, the sport is a contemplative and self-discovering ritual – a daily chance to meditate. “We seldom have the time to step back and think about the problems in life. Running is a good time when I can speak to myself, listen to myself, and clear my doubts,” Rajiv explains. “I’m more contemplative when I run, and I hope it has translated into a more balanced approach when I make business decisions.”

    Actions speak louder than words

    Having joined the CLP Group in 2002 and being in charge of the company’s business in India, Rajiv is aware of the influence he has on others. “You have no idea how many pairs of eyes are looking up to you. You are setting standards every moment,” he says. “Running teaches me that actions speak louder than words. Amazingly my 15-year-old daughter has also started running with me.”

    “You won’t be surprised to see me running around the Paguthan Power Station – there is a well-made track there that is good for the knees – or the water tank at the Jhajjar plant. And some colleagues noticed that and have started to run too. It is better than telling them to work out verbally – and I can exchange a few comments with them on the merits of the latest running shoes!” Rajiv says. To him, this is what the CLP value of humanity is all about.

    “Those of us who are in leading positions have the responsibility to be humble and treat everyone with respect. A particular quote has always stayed with me – ‘you are free to disagree with me as long as you are not disagreeable’. It is only natural to have different opinions and perspectives, and it is down to us as leaders to listen to our team.” Rajiv says.

    Less is more

    Besides being a role model through actions and taking opinions from his colleagues, marathons also inspire the company head with over 20 years of experience in the power industry that the single-mindedness of purpose is the key to both work and life. “To many runners, running for a certain time length or covering a certain distance are very similar. However, you can’t mix the two. If you want to cover 8 to 10km today, don’t think about how much time you need to finish it. It will give you stress when you measure the distance and look at your watch at the same time. You have to make your choice.”

    Action-wise, Rajiv does not listen to music on mobile phones when running, nor does he bring work home – he always concentrates on the task in hand. “Once I finish running, I clear my mind and stop thinking about it,” he says. “After all, we must not jump ahead of ourselves.”

    A family as great as the world

    Steering a company with a foreign root, Rajiv is expected to have a global vision – not only at work but also in his private life. In this regard, running marathons in different cities with his family is a good way for Rajiv to gain global exposure.

    “The most charming experience I have had was in Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. There were only two Indians in the whole race. As my wife and I completed the race, I heard an announcement in Slovenian, which of course I didn't understand. But I could hear 'India' and 'Mumbai'. Then masses of people started clapping and cheering around me. It was very special, and they were intrigued, how come two Indians came all the way from the other side of the world and joined this marathon? But more importantly, it helps build bridges between nations and cultures, because it's not a part of the world where there are many Indian visitors, nor are there many Slovenians visiting India.”

    Now 51, Rajiv and his wife choose to run a new marathon in a new city for their family vacations. They have left footprints in Bangkok, Amsterdam, Hong Kong and other cities.

    "But now with our kids growing up, it's been more complicated," Rajiv shares, "Our son has left to study in the US a year and a half ago, and now we have to do a retour as for where we go for holidays! So I have to juggle between my schedule and his...when kids grow up, this is what happens."

    The world for a business leader with a worldwide vision may be boundless, but for Rajiv, his family is as great as the whole world out there.

    To learn more about CLP’s connection with society, please check out the latest issue of CLP.CONNECT.

    Tweet me:Marathons inspire #CLPIndia MD Rajiv Mishra to see the single-mindedness of purpose as the key to both work and life. Also important is to set an example through actions, stay humble and treat everyone with respect as a leader. #CLPGroup #CLPsustainability

    KEYWORDS: CLP India, running, humanity, Slovenia, Paguthan, Jhajjar, Marathon

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    SOURCE:Cone Communications


    By: Rosy McGillan, EVP and Partner, Porter Novelli Global Purpose Practice Lead

    Last week, I attended Aging in America 2018 (AIA), the American Society on Aging’s annual conference. It’s no secret we have a burgeoning aging population in America. The number of Americans ages 65 and older will more than double from 46 million today to more than 98 million by 2060. Once a year AIA brings together industry, government, and nonprofit leaders as well as consumer advocates to discuss what it means to grow old in our country, from social activism to health impact, retirement and home building design.

    It’s a conference I look forward to every year. Growing up, each of my grandmothers came to live with us late in life. The concepts of assisted living facilities or 55+ active communities filled with golfing and sunset cocktails on the veranda weren’t in their future. Those experiences showed me what it was like to lose your independence, leave friends and community and all that was familiar behind, to suddenly realize you had to arrange for someone to take you somewhere – anywhere. Like so many professionals at AIA18 – I am driven by a need to improve the environment seniors interact with daily.

    Innovating for Aging

    At this year’s conference, there was a powerful entrepreneurial spirit from groups like Aging 2.0, an organization pairing up start-ups and the VC community to create devices that can combat such issues as isolation and protection against falls. AARP Foundation’s Hatchery was showcased, boosting innovators coming up with new technology every day to improve medication adherence and reduce costs. And Hasbro of all companies – a brand synonymous with toys for children is now turning out gamification solutions targeting seniors, bringing the brand much closer to its guiding Purpose: to make life better for children and families. Start-ups like Electronic Caregiver are transforming homecare through connectivity. The Administration for Community Living is dispelling the perception of federal agencies stuck in the past with novel partnerships with Georgia Tech around universal bathroom design. As one speaker put it, “Is technology changing aging or is aging changing technology?”

    Tweet me:Aging Purposefully: Key Insights from #AiA18

    KEYWORDS: Aging in America, AiA18, Cone Communications, Aging Purposefully, seniors

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    Solar addition propels Los Angeles to No. 1 for solar power cities in United States; Project deemed largest solar array on municipally owned convention center in country



    LOS ANGELES, April 6, 2018 /3BL Media/ – The Los Angeles Convention Center (LACC), managed by AEG Facilities, recently unveiled its 2.21 megawatt solar array on April 4, during a press conference with Mayor Eric Garcetti. Located on the roof of South Hall, the solar addition brings the convention center’s total solar to 2.58 megawatts, making it the largest solar array on a municipally owned convention center in the United States and propelling the City of Los Angeles to No. 1 for the most installed solar power of any U.S. city.

    “We’re proud to lead American cities in the movement to meet the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “Every investment we make in solar is an investment in the health and well-being of Angelenos today and for years to come.”

    The new array is projected to generate 3.4 million kilowatt hours per year which equates to 17 percent of the LACC’s annual energy usage (equal to enough electricity to power 565 homes in Los Angeles) and will reduce the LACC’s carbon footprint by 2,554 metric tons per year (equal to removing 2,794,396 pounds of coal from being burned and/or planting 66,192 trees).

    “I am proud to celebrate the completion of the Convention Center’s solar project,” said Jon Vein, Chair of the City of Los Angeles Department of Convention and Tourism Development Commission. “This project has set a precedent for other facilities to follow and is key to keeping Los Angeles the number one solar city in America.”

    The project contributes to the mission of Mayor Garcetti’s “Sustainable City pLAn” and AEG 1EARTH, AEG’s sustainability program established to reduce the company’s environmental impact.

    About the Los Angeles Convention Center

    The Los Angeles Convention Center (LACC) is renowned internationally as a prime site for conventions, trade shows, and exhibitions. Owned by the City of Los Angeles and professionally managed by AEG Facilities, the LACC attracts over 2.5 million visitors annually.  The facility is an integral economic component to the Southern California area, generating economic benefits through attendee direct and indirect spending and sustaining over 12,500 local jobs. The LACC also remains an enduring symbol of environmental sustainability and social responsibility, and is proud to be a LEED® Gold certified facility; the venue was recertified on the Gold level in 2015 making the LACC the first convention center of its size in the U.S. to receive LEED® EB:O+M Gold recertification. For more information, please visit

    About AEG Facilities

    AEG, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Anschutz Company, is the leading sports and live entertainment company in the world.  AEG Facilities, a stand-alone division of AEG, and its affiliates owns, operates or consults with more than 150 of the industry’s preeminent venues worldwide, across five continents, providing complete venue management, as well as specialized programs in operations, guest services, ticketing, booking, sales and marketing. AEG Facilities also provides resources and access to other AEG-affiliated entities, including AEG Live, one of the largest live music companies in the world, AEG Global Partnerships and AEG Real Estate, as well as such industry leading programs as AEG 1EARTH and AEG Encore to support the success of its venues across the globe. The Los Angeles-based organization owns, operates or provides services to the world’s most elite venues, including STAPLES Center and Microsoft Theater (Los Angeles, CA), StubHub Center (Carson, CA), Sprint Center (Kansas City, MO.), Valley View Casino Center (San Diego, CA), KFC Yum! Center (Louisville, KY.), American Airlines Arena (Miami, Fla.), Prudential Center (Newark, N.J.), Barclays Arena (Brooklyn, N.Y.), Target Center (Minneapolis, MN), Oracle Arena and Coliseum (Oakland, CA), CONSOL Energy Center (Pittsburgh, PA), Mercedes-Benz Arena (Shanghai, China), MasterCard Center (Beijing, China), The O2 Arena (London, England), Mercedes-Benz Arena (Berlin, Germany), Barclaycard Arena (Hamburg, Germany), AccorHotels Arena (Paris, France), SSE Hydro (Glasgow, UK),  Qudos Bank Arena  (Sydney, Australia), Perth Arena (Perth, Australia), Ericsson Globe Arena (Stockholm, Sweden), Los Angeles Convention Center (Los Angeles, Calif.), Hawaii Convention Center (Honolulu, HI), Puerto Rico Convention Center (PRCC), Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (Brisbane, Australia), International Convention Centre (Sydney, Australia) and the Oman Convention and Exhibition Center (Muscat, Oman).  For more information, please visit

    Tweet me:#LosAngeles takes No. 1 for the most solar powered city in America as AEG's @ConventionLA plugs in the largest #SolarArray on municipally owned #conventioncenter! #AEG1EARTH #GreenEnergy #SolarPower

    KEYWORDS: AEG, Los Angeles Convention Center, solar power, Mayor Eric Garcetti, city of los angeles, AEG 1EARTH, carbon emission reduction


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    Year-long initiative encourages responsible alcohol practices for consumers and establishments

    SOURCE:Brown-Forman Corporation


    CONCORD, NH, April 6, 2018 /3BL Media/ – For the fourth consecutive year, the New Hampshire Liquor Commission (NHLC) and Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey are teaming up for the award-winning Live Free & Host Responsibly campaign. Since its launch in 2015, the Live Free & Host Responsibly campaign has reached thousands of NH Liquor & Wine Outlet customers, promoting responsible service and consumption of alcohol. This first-of-its-kind collaboration between a control state and a fine wine and spirits company has become a model for the industry, gaining widespread attention and industry praise. Live Free & Host Responsibly will once again feature a “Cocktail & Mocktail Competition” aimed at highlighting the responsible use and service of Jack Daniel’s products, along with the creation of lower-alcohol cocktails and alcohol-free cocktails, known as “mocktails.”

    NHLC is launching Live Free & Host Responsibly this month to coincide with Alcohol Awareness Month, which takes place every April. Alcohol Awareness Month was founded by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCAAD) in 1987 to increase public awareness of alcohol abuse and fight the stigma that prevents some people from seeking help.

    “Promoting the safe and responsible use of alcohol is a priority the New Hampshire Liquor Commission is committed to year-round,” said NHLC Chairman Joseph Mollica. “By partnering with Jack Daniel’s, one of the most respected brands in the world, Live Free & Host Responsibly allows us the opportunity to provide fun and interactive educational materials that inform our customers about the importance of responsible alcohol service and consumption.”

    Live Free & Host Responsibly offers tips for responsible serving and hosting, videos with cocktail and mocktail recipes that emphasize responsible consumption, downloadable recipe cards, and more all available on a responsibility-focused web page at

    Recipes and tips are developed by Tim Laird, America’s Chief Entertaining Officer. Laird is an authority on wines and spirits with more than 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry. A connoisseur of fine wines, spirits and champagnes, Laird is also a gourmet chef and master at entertaining. Laird makes hundreds of appearances each year on radio and television programs and has appeared on The Today Show, The CBS Early Show, Fox & Friends, The Tonight Show, ABC World News Now, CNN, FOX News and CNBC networks.

    The Live Free & Host Responsibly Cocktail and Mocktail Competition encourages creative ways of utilizing Jack Daniel’s products, while also exploring alcohol-free alternatives. Entrants create two unique recipes: a cocktail featuring one product from the Jack Daniel’s family of brands, as well as an alcohol-free mocktail. There are separate categories for consumers and bartenders/wait staff at licensed New Hampshire restaurants and lounges. Entries can be submitted online, and four finalists in each category will be selected to compete for cash prizes, Jack Daniel’s merchandise, and more. A full list of rules and prizes are available at

    “Responsible alcohol consumption leads to a more positive experience for consumers and restaurant and lounge owners alike,” said Taylor Amerman, corporate responsibility manager for Brown-Forman, which owns Jack Daniel’s. “Live Free & Host Responsibly provides an incredible opportunity to educate and engage millions of New Hampshire Liquor & Wine Outlet customers on the significance of responsible alcohol service and consumption, and we are proud to continue this meaningful partnership with the New Hampshire Liquor Commission for the fourth consecutive year.”

    Alcohol Awareness Month 
    As part of Alcohol Awareness Month, NHLC’s Enforcement and Licensing Division will host its annual Alcohol Awareness Poster Contest this April. Now in its 10th year, the contest was designed to empower students to tackle alcohol awareness through art. Students often focus their creative works on the consequences of underage drinking. During 2017, NHLC received 382 poster entries from every grade level Kindergarten through Grade 12. 

    Students from all grade levels may submit posters by May 4, 2018, to NHLC Division of Enforcement and Licensing, 50 Storrs Street, Concord, NH 03301, Attn: Greg Gagnon.

    Judges will select winners for each grade level in addition to overall winners. Winners’ artwork will be adapted into an official alcohol awareness poster to be returned to their schools. Along with a series of prizes, winners will be honored at a New Hampshire Fisher Cats game later this year. Winning posters will be displayed at NHLC headquarters and in select NH Liquor & Wine Outlets.

    The Division will host a series of free trainings in April designed to ensure lounge and restaurant owners, managers and servers, along with NH Liquor & Wine Outlet staff members, have the tools and resources they need to help make sure customers do not abuse alcohol.

    The Division will also be hosting “Sticker Shock” events during New Hampshire Fisher Cats home games in April. “Buyers Beware” stickers will appear on draft beer cups to help raise awareness that adults should not supply alcohol to minors. Additionally, the Division will host driver education/fatal choices events for aspiring drivers utilizing an impaired driver simulator to ensure new drivers understand the laws surrounding unlawful possession of alcohol and driving while intoxicated.

    About the New Hampshire Liquor Commission 
    The New Hampshire Liquor Commission (NHLC) operates 79 retail locations throughout the Granite State and serves more than 11 million customers each year. More than $3.5 billion in net profits has been raised since the first store opened in 1934. NHLC set an all-time sales record in Fiscal Year 2017, generating $698.2 million in gross sales, an increase of $19.8 million – or 2.92-percent – over the previous fiscal year. Total liquor net profits reached $159 million, of which $155.7 million was transferred to the New Hampshire General Fund, which is used to fund programs including education, health and social services, transportation and natural resource protection. Additionally, $3.3 million was transferred to New Hampshire’s Alcohol Abuse Prevention and Treatment Fund, which utilizes a percentage of NHLC profits to fund addiction treatment and prevention programs.

    Visit to locate a store, search for product availability, learn about monthly sales, review wine tasting schedules, and sign up to receive significant savings with monthly Email Extras.

    About Jack Daniel’s
    Officially registered by the U.S. Government in 1866 and based in Lynchburg, Tenn., the Jack Daniel Distillery, Lem Motlow, proprietor, is the oldest registered distillery in the United States and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Jack Daniel’s is the maker of the world-famous Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 Tennessee Whiskey, Gentleman Jack Rare Tennessee Whiskey, Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Tennessee Whiskey, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire and Jack Daniel’s Country Cocktails.

    About Brown-Forman
    Louisville, Kentucky-based Brown-Forman is a diversified producer of fine wine and spirits. The company was founded in 1870 by George Garvin Brown. His original brand, Old Forester Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whisky, was America's first bottled bourbon and remains one of Brown-Forman's finest brands today. One of the largest American-owned spirits and wine companies and among the top 10 largest global spirits companies, Brown-Forman sells its brands in more than 135 countries and has offices in cities across the globe. In all, Brown-Forman has more than 25 brands in its portfolio of wines and spirits.


    Tweet me:NH Liquor Commission & @JackDaniels_US Launch Annual Live Free & Host Responsibly Campaign

    KEYWORDS: Brown-Forman Corporation, NH Liquor Commission, Jack Daniel’s, alcohol awareness month


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