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    SOURCE:Sea Change Radio

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    As more and more of the western United States suffers from warmer temperatures and in some places desertification, water has become perhaps the most hotly debated topic in environmental newsrooms throughout the region. It’s no surprise then that an environmental reporter from the Palm Springs-based Desert Sun would be covering a whole host of water-related stories. This week on Sea Change Radio, we take a deep dive into a pool of topics with Sammy Roth that hopefully won’t dampen your spirits. First, we breakdown a noteworthy case involving one wealthy farmer’s crusade against his local water district, then we turn to the controversy surrounding two proposed hydropower facilities and last we take a look at a company that’s causing a stir by trying to sell desert groundwater to urban areas.

    Tweet me:This wk's @SeaChangeRadio - "Sammy Roth on Desert Water Tussles" http://www.cchange.net/2018/09/11/desert/

    KEYWORDS: sea change radio, Sammy Roth, desert groundwater


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    SOURCE:Hormel Foods Corporation

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    WICHITA, Kan., September 12, 2018 /3BL Media/ - Dold (Kan.) Foods, the local manufacturing facility owned by Hormel Foods Corporation (NYSE: HRL), announced today that it has donated $40,000 to the Kansas Food Bank’s capital campaign to help fund its expansion project.

    The Kansas Food Bank expansion project will increase its current location’s size by nearly 50 percent and will focus on providing perishable foods to help serve the growing need in the 85-county area and serving over 215,000 people each year throughout the state of Kansas. The total donation of $40,000 will occur over two years with Dold Foods donating $20,000 each year.

    “Our team is honored to make this $40,000 commitment to the Kansas Food Bank,” said Joe Peine, plant manager, Dold Foods. “We have an ongoing volunteer relationship with the organization, and we are excited to do our part in helping them reach their fundraising goals and feeding local families in need.”

    “Our new expansion could not have happened without the support of generous donors such as Dold Foods,” said Brian Walker, president and chief executive officer of Kansas Food Bank. “The basics of food banking have changed over the years. What used to be an emergency-based need has now become a staple for many households, especially the working poor. And we must focus on more
    healthy, fresh produce items for the increasing number of Kansans that have health-related diet restrictions.”

    Additional information about the company’s fiscal 2017 hunger relief efforts is available in the Hormel Foods 2017 Corporate Responsibility Report.

    ABOUT HORMEL FOODS — Inspired People. Inspired Food.™
    Hormel Foods Corporation, based in Austin, Minn., is a global branded food company with over $9 billion in annual revenues across more than 80 countries worldwide. Its brands include SKIPPY®, SPAM®, Hormel® Natural Choice®, Applegate®, Justin’s®, Wholly Guacamole®, Hormel® Black Label®, Columbus® and more than 30 other beloved brands. The company is a member of the S&P 500 Index and the S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats, was named one of “The 100 Best Corporate Citizens” by Corporate Responsibility Magazine for the tenth year in a row, and has received numerous other awards and accolades for its corporate responsibility and community service efforts. In 2016, the company celebrated its 125th anniversary and announced its new vision for the future — Inspired People. Inspired Food.™— focusing on its legacy of innovation. For more information, visit www.hormelfoods.com and http://csr.hormelfoods.com/.

    Tweet me:Dold Foods donates $40,000 to the @KansasFoodBank's expansion project http://bit.ly/2NbTTtR @HormelFoods

    KEYWORDS: NYSE:HRL, Hormel Foods, Dold Foods, Kansas Food Bank


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    Ethical Corporation releases attendee list for upcoming events

    SOURCE:Ethical Corporation

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    September 13, 2018 /3BL Media/ - The co-located 13th Sustainable Supply Chain Summit and the 12th Sustainability Reporting & Communications Summit (10-11 October 2018) attendee list has just been released and can be accessed here. Over 400 senior executives will meet in London to discuss and find innovative solutions to the key supply chain, reporting and sustainability challenges impacting global businesses.

    Unilever, C&A, Coca Cola European Partners, DSM, UN Environment and Interface will share their strategies and insights on how they are reducing climate impacts and minimising social risks across their supply chains.

    Experts from the likes of; Abbott, GRI, Syngenta, GRI,AstraZeneca, WBCSD Aviva, PGGM & PRI, will outline ideas on the future of reporting and how businesses can demonstrate resilience through transparent, SDG-focused disclosure.  

    Liam Dowd, Managing Director of Ethical Corporation, said of the co-located summits “This year we excited to see the largest attendance at both events. This reflects the increasing importance of supply chains in delivering the positive impacts that is demanded of businesses, as well as the increasing need for companies to disclose these impacts in an accurate and transparent manner through their reporting cycle.”

    “Both events have a focus on delivering more interactive, peer-lead discussions. We are confident that across the two-days speakers and sponsors will provide ideas on how companies can improve and accelerate their work in these two key areas.”

    The two co-located events offer attendees the opportunity to network and attend workshops and case studies across the two events.

    To find out more about the Responsible Supply Chain Summit visit – www.ethicalcorp.com/supplychain

    Event contact: Candy Telani Anton candy.anton@ethicalcorp.com

    To find out more about the Sustainability Reporting and Communications Summit visit – www.ethicalcorp.com/reporting

    Event contact: Ed Long ed.long@ethicalcorp.com

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    More about Ethical Corporation

    Ethical Corporation, established in 2001, has a mission to help businesses around the globe do the right thing by their customers and the world. Ethical Corporation serves CSR, compliance, risk and governance communities with topical and insightful business intelligence and meeting places.

    Ethical Corporation provides business intelligence to more than 3,000 multinational companies every year, and to NGOs, think-tanks, academia, governments and consultancies. In addition, they publish the leading responsible business magazine, website, and events – and organize conferences are widely recognized as the best in the field.

    Tweet me:Over 400 senior executives will meet in London to discuss and find innovative solutions to the key #supplychain #reporting and #sustainability challenges #impacting global #businesses. http://www.ethicalcorp.com/events

    KEYWORDS: supply chain, Ethical Corporation, csr, Sustainable Supply Chain Summit


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    SOURCE:Astellas

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    NORTHBROOK, Ill., September 13, 2018 /3BL Media/ -- More than 800 Astellas employees joined together across four countries to help their communities and volunteer at 16 local nonprofit organizations. The effort is part of Changing Tomorrow Day (#ChangingTomorrow) – an Astellas employee initiative dedicated to building stronger communities by giving back. 

    Across the United States, Canada, Brazil and Colombia, employees volunteered at service projects to support cancer patients and their families, children's health and wellbeing, food security, childhood literacy, community members living with disabilities and more.

    "Changing Tomorrow Day is a tangible way Astellas employees can demonstrate our core value of improving patients' lives," said Percival Barretto-Ko, president of Astellas Americas. "We are honored to have the opportunity to support the work of dedicated community organizations whose sole mission is to address critical areas of patient need."

    Activities in the Chicago area took place at nine different project locations to benefit 11 nonprofit organizations, including American Cancer Society, Muscular Dystrophy Association and Lurie Children's Hospital. In Canada, more than 60 employees volunteered with Kits for a Cause and Wish of a Lifetime Canada to create more than 600 care packages. In Brazil and Colombia, nearly 150 employees volunteered at Associação Casa Madre Teodora dos Idosos and Fundación Sanar, respectively, to create and hand out kits to seniors and caregivers and paint, assemble and organize storage in the kitchen. These activities exemplify Astellas Americas' collective commitment toward improving the lives of our patients and helping prepare communities today for what can happen tomorrow. 

    "Through the support of Astellas employee volunteers, our organization is better equipped to support cancer patients through treatment and recovery," said, Beth Thompson, American Cancer Society. "In our second year of partnering with Astellas for Changing Tomorrow Day, we couldn't be more thrilled to build on our joint progress in the fight against cancer."

    Changing Tomorrow Day is a series of company-sponsored volunteer events for Astellas employees to volunteer with local nonprofit organizations and make a positive, measurable impact in the community. Over the last four years, Astellas supported more than 55 non-profit organizations across the Americas as part of Changing Tomorrow Day and on a global basis, last year the company supported nearly 225 locations in approximately 25 countries.

    To extend impact throughout the year, Astellas Americas employees volunteer by taking advantage of a company-sponsored benefit of five paid days off annually to volunteer at a charitable organization of their choice. Astellas employees in the Americas have donated more than 110,000 hours of their time since 2009 to volunteer in their communities.

    About Astellas
    Astellas is a pharmaceutical company dedicated to improving the health of people around the world through the provision of innovative and reliable pharmaceutical products. For more information on Astellas, please visit our website at www.astellas.us. You can also follow us on Twitter at @AstellasUS, Facebook at www.facebook.com/AstellasUS or LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/company/astellas-pharma.

    For further information: Christy Noland, Office: 224-205-8559, Cell: 847-226-4509christina.noland@astellas.com

    Tweet me:.@AstellasUS come together to support #communities and improve patients' lives for 2018 Changing Tomorrow Day http://bit.ly/2MsWZVh #volunteering #CSR

    KEYWORDS: astellas, Changing Tomorrow Day, American Cancer Society

      


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    SOURCE:HP, Inc.

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    As I traveled to California this week for the Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS), I was reminded at every turn why this gathering of leaders from business, governments, nongovernmental organizations, academia, the science community, investment firms, and others, is so vital to the sustainability of our planet. 

    The heavy rains that fell as I left Washington D.C. was just a precursor for what was to come to our Eastern Seaboard and the Western Pacific in the form of powerful hurricanes, tropical storms, and typhoons this week. The smoke that greeted me upon arriving in California is an inescapable reminder that even after 1.2 million acres have already burned, fires continue to rage across this warm, dry western state.

    Yes, our climate is changing. And yes, the impact to lives and livelihoods, land, water, air, and wildlife is deeply felt across our country, and across the globe. Indeed, climate change is one of the most critical issues confronting the world today. It’s also an opportunity for us to step up and lead a transformation that will drive lasting, sustainable impact for all people, communities, and our planet.

    More than ever, I’m encouraged by the leadership of businesses, state and local governments, and others that are committed to accelerating progress toward keeping global carbon emissions under 2 degrees Celsius, the level at which science tell us is necessary to prevent the worst effects of climate change.

    Take, for example, the We Are Still In coalition, which now has more than 3,500 signatories, including HP, spanning all 50 states and representing nearly 170 million people and $10 trillion in gross domestic product (GDP). As World Wildlife Fund President and CEO Carter Roberts noted this week, if the We Are Still In coalition was a country, it would be the third largest economy in the world.

    Setting the Stage

    Earlier this week, Governor Jerry Brown and the state of California announced it’s setting an ambitious goal of relying entirely on renewable energy for its electricity by 2045, becoming the second state to do so. In 2015, Hawaii set a 100% renewable electricity by 2045 goal. Governor Brown, co-chair of the GCAS, also issued an executive order calling for statewide carbon neutrality by 2045.

    I applaud this leadership and I’m thrilled to see others using this moment—timed between the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement and the year 2020—to announce additional commitments and share achievements intended to inspire, inform, and accelerate a stronger wave of climate action.

    Stepping Up to Transformation

    I’m also proud that HP is among the first to join the Step Up Declaration, a new collaboration to accelerate climate action using technology. The initiative is in response to a challenge issued by Christiana Figueres, convener of Mission 2020, urging the technology sector to demonstrate its own progress and show how it can help the rest of the global economy decarbonize. 

    HP has always taken a holistic approach to reducing our climate impact across our value chain. Quite simply, we aim to grow our business, not our footprint, and enable our customers to do the same.

    In joining the Step Up Declaration, HP remains committed to accelerating our efforts by setting and achieving ambitious science-based targets, incentivizing our suppliers to set their own goals, delivering our most sustainable portfolio of products and solutions, and working with policy makers and other stakeholders to drive industry change.

    Here are just a few examples:

    • Driving continuous improvements in our operations. Over the past 2years, HP set and exceeded goals to cut our Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 25% by 2025 and use 40% renewable electricity in our global operations by 2020. We are committed to setting a new science-based GHG emissions goal and meeting our commitment to use 100% renewable electricity in our operations per the Science Based Targets Initiative and RE100 initiatives.
       
    • Incentivizing a more sustainable supply chain. We influence our suppliers’ practices by setting goals to reduce the GHG emissions intensity of our first-tier production suppliers and product transportation by 10% by 2025, help suppliers cut 2 million tonnes of CO2e emissions by 2025, and eliminate deforestation in HP paper and paper-based packaging by 2020. We step up further by incentivizing suppliers through our supplier evaluation processes to adopt science-based GHG emissions reduction targets and verify their GHG emissions via third parties.
       
    • Building a portfolio that empowers our customers’ sustainability. In 2017, we achieved a 33% decrease in GHG emissions intensity in our product portfolio, exceeding our goal of 25% by 2020. We will continue to reduce the energy consumption and GHG emissions of our product portfolio and transform our entire business to drive a more efficient, circular and low-carbon economy. Additionally, through disruptive technologies such as 3D printing, we will not only help drive a Fourth Industrial Revolution, but a sustainability revolution.

    Accelerating Action Today

    As I post this piece, I don’t yet know the full impact Hurricane Florence, Tropical Storm Olivia, and Typhoon Mangkhut will have on lives and livelihoods. However, I do know that we must seize today as an opportunity to transform and combat the destructive trends of a warming climate. 

    I’m honored to be among other equally committed individuals, governments, NGOs, and businesses this week at GCAS to learn, inspire, and challenge each other to accelerate global climate action and create sustainable impact for all generations that follow.

    Tweet me:Nate Hurst, Chief Sustainability and Social Impact Officer at HP: "Climate change is one of the most critical issues confronting the world today." Read more: http://bit.ly/2xgohJR @HPSustainable

    KEYWORDS: climate change, HP, Global Climate Action, sustainability, Global Climate Action Summit, sustainable impact


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    SOURCE:SCS Global Services

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    Building on a legacy as the world’s largest retail builder of LEED®-certified stores, Starbucks commits to designing, building and operating 10,000 “Greener Stores” globally by 2025

    Starbucks teams up with experts including SCS Global Services and World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to develop new, open-sourced “Starbucks Greener Stores” framework

    Championed by Starbucks partners (employees) who are accredited sustainability experts and advocates, Starbucks Greener Stores will be operated sustainably while helping the company avoid $50 million in utilities expenses over the next 10 years

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    Today, Starbucks Coffee Company (NASDAQ: SBUX) announced the “Starbucks Greener Stores” framework and a commitment to design, build and operate 10,000 “Greener Stores” globally by 2025. “Starbucks Greener Stores” framework will be built upon comprehensive performance criteria that help ensure the company’s approach to designing, building, and operating its company-owned stores sets a new standard for green retail. Over the next year, Starbucks will develop an accredited program to audit all existing company-operated stores in the U.S. and Canada against the framework criteria, culminating in 10,000 “Greener Stores” globally by 2025, encompassing existing stores, new builds and renovations. “Starbucks Greener Stores” framework will also be open-sourced to benefit the broader retail industry.

    “Starbucks Greener Stores” framework will be co-developed by leading experts including World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and will be audited and verified by SCS Global Services, a third-party verification organization that also oversees Starbucks Coffee and Farmer Equity (C.A.F.E.) Practices. This framework will be open-sourced to enable other retailers to engage in this initiative.

    “Willingness for Starbucks to independently verify a large-scale complex deployment of a robust, impact driven and an innovative multi-attribute Greener Stores program to address climate change, demonstrates leadership, integrity and transparency, which are core values shared by SCS,” said Stanley Mathuram, Vice President at SCS Global Services.

    Click here to read the full release

    Tweet me:.@Starbucks announces global Greener Stores commitment; teams up with experts @SCScertified and @WWF to develop new, open-sourced “Starbucks Greener Stores” framework https://bit.ly/2p6iQbE #GCAS2018

    KEYWORDS: Greener stores, LEED certified, Starbucks, scs global services, SCS, WWF, Green


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    SOURCE:Yum! Brands

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    LOUISVILLE, Ky., September 13, 2018 /3BL Media/ – Yum! Brands (NYSE: YUM) today was once again named to the Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index (DJSI) for its ongoing commitment to sustainable business practices. DJSI is regarded as one of the leading sustainability benchmarks among businesses and investors alike.

    “This recognition reflects our commitment to making the world better through our global citizenship and sustainability strategy called our Recipe for Good,” said Greg Creed, CEO, Yum! Brands. “I'm proud of how our brands are simplifying ingredients, providing more balanced options, making strides in our sustainable sourcing practices in our restaurants, giving back in our communities and unlocking potential for all types of people. Our Recipe for Good unites our employees, franchisees and suppliers on the priorities that matter and will keep us focused on socially responsible growth, managing risks and serving more goodness to our customers, shareholders, communities and the planet.”

    Yum! Brands recently released its 2017 Global Citizenship & Sustainability Report which highlights the Company’s progress in 2016 and 2017 and outlines efforts by KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell to make a meaningful impact in three areas of strategic focus: Food, Planet and People. For more information about Yum! Brands’ citizenship and sustainability efforts and progress against its public commitments, visit citizenship.yum.com

    Since launching in 1999, DJSI has become a leading global index that tracks the sustainability performance of businesses. In collaboration with RobecoSAM, the index assesses and ranks the economic, environmental and social impact of around 3,500 publicly traded companies. View details about the 2018 DJSI here.

    About Yum! Brands, Inc.
    Yum! Brands, Inc., based in Louisville, Kentucky, has over 45,000 restaurants in more than 135 countries and territories and is one of the Aon Hewitt Top Companies for Leaders in North America. In 2018, Yum! Brands was recognized as part of the inaugural Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index, named to the Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index and ranked among the top 100 Best Corporate Citizens by Corporate Responsibility Magazine. The company’s restaurant brands – KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell – are global leaders of the chicken, pizza and Mexican-style food categories. Worldwide, the Yum! Brands system opens over seven new restaurants per day on average, making it a leader in global retail development.

    Tweet me:.@YumBrands named to Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index for second consecutive year http://bit.ly/2QuO9JA #DJSI

    KEYWORDS: NYSE:YUM, Yum! Brands, Dow Jones Sustainability Index, KFC, pizza hut, Taco Bell, Recipe for Good

     


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    Celebrating National Truck Driver Appreciation Week

    SOURCE:The Wendy's Company

    DESCRIPTION:

    by Josh Sell, QSCC Senior Vice President of Distribution, Logistics, Commodities and Industry Affairs

    The Square Deal Blog welcomes Senior Vice President of Distribution, Logistics, Commodities and Industry Affairs, Josh Sell, to the blog. Josh works for Quality Supply Chain Co-op, Inc., also known as QSCC, which is tasked with supporting the Wendy’s supply chain. QSCC is expertly focused on the procurement, logistics and distribution of the delicious ingredients (ahem, like Wendy’s always fresh, never frozen beef*) you find at every Wendy’s restaurant.

    Anyone who decides to drive a commercial truck for a living is performing one of the most critical aspects of our economy.

    Think about the products we enjoy every day, yet probably take for granted. Groceries. Gas. Clothing. Electronics. School supplies. Food at our favorite restaurants, like Wendy’s.

    Do we ever stop to consider how these staples of our lives magically get to where they are supposed to be when they are supposed to be there?

    National Truck Driver Appreciation Week in America is Sept. 9-15.

    It’s an opportunity to honor all professional truck drivers for their hard work and commitment to one of the most demanding and important jobs that exists. These 3.5 million professional men and women support supply chains across the country to deliver the vast majority of our time-sensitive goods safely, securely, and efficiently 365 days a year. 

    The Canadian Trucking Alliance also just observed National Trucking Week, which spotlighted the important contributions made by the 400,000 Canadians who work in the industry.

    Quality Supply Chain Co-Op (QSCC) would not be able to supply Wendy’s supply chain with fresh beef, chicken and salad (not to mention every other item on the menu) were it not for the tens of thousands of truck drivers who support Wendy’s logistics by delivering food to the distribution centers and, ultimately, the restaurants.

    Without truck drivers, there’s nothing to sell on the menu. Nothing to promote. No Wendy’s.

    Driving a truck is not the easiest job in the world. At times, it can be lonely and sedentary. But, perhaps most difficult, truck drivers deal with being the unsung heroes of the business. Although trucking has become a lucrative business for drivers, what we are finding is it’s not all about the money. Culture, employee appreciation and respect are a big part of what motivates them to climb into the cab every day.  

    So, how can we show them we care? [...}

    Read the full post on The Square Deal Blog.

    Tweet me:.@Wendys celebrates #NationalTruckDriverAppreciation Week http://bit.ly/2QpGFYu #SupplyChain

    KEYWORDS: Wendys, the square deal blog, National Truck Driver Appreciation Week


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    SOURCE:Ingersoll Rand

    DESCRIPTION:

    SWORDS, Ireland, September 13, 2018 /3BL Media/ – For the eighth consecutive year, Ingersoll Rand (NYSE:IR), a world leader in creating comfortable, sustainable and efficient environments, has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability World and North America Indices (DJSI). Continued placement on this index series showcases the company’s advances in integrating environmental, social and governance (ESG) practices into the core of how the company is operated.

    “Our strong environmental, social and governance practices have helped Ingersoll Rand successfully embed sustainability throughout our business and outpace the S&P 500 Industrials Index in total shareholder return over the past five years,” said Michael W. Lamach, chairman and chief executive officer at Ingersoll Rand. “Companies like ours that have the intent and expertise to address pressing global challenges like climate change, urbanization and resource scarcity are positioned to grow faster than the market. We are proud of our repeated recognition on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index and continue to deepen our leadership in ESG practices.”

    Created by S&P Dow Jones and RobecoSAM, the DJSI are a family of best-in-class benchmarks for the investment community aimed at investors who wish to reflect their sustainability convictions in their portfolios. DJSI also serves as an effective engagement platform for companies who want to adopt sustainable best practices.

    Continued placement on this index series showcases Ingersoll Rand’s position as an ESG leader among peer companies and progress towards the company’s climate commitment, among other ESG factors.

    Ingersoll Rand Climate Commitment

    In 2014, Ingersoll Rand publicly committed to increase its energy efficiency and reduce the greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) related to its operations and products. The company’s Climate Commitment includes:

    • 50 percent reduction in GHG refrigerant footprint of its products by 2020 and lower-GWP alternatives across its portfolio by 2030
    • $500 million investment in product-related research and development to fund long-term GHG reduction
    • 35-percent reduction in the greenhouse gas footprint of its own operations by 2020

    Ingersoll Rand’s climate commitment has enabled avoidance of 11 million metric tons of CO2e globally from its products compared to a 2013 baseline, equal to the emissions from the energy used in 1.6 million homes for one year. The company also has reduced the GHG intensity of its operations by 23 percent when compared to a 2013 baseline.

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    About Ingersoll Rand

    Ingersoll Rand (NYSE:IR) advances the quality of life by creating comfortable, sustainable and efficient environments. Our people and our family of brands — including Club Car®, Ingersoll Rand®, Thermo King® and Trane®— work together to enhance the quality and comfort of air in homes and buildings; transport and protect food and perishables; and increase industrial productivity and efficiency. We are a $14 billion global business committed to a world of sustainable progress and enduring results. For more information, visit www.ingersollrand.com.

    About S&P Dow Jones Indices

    S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC, a part of McGraw Hill Financial, is the world’s largest, global resource for index-based concepts, data and research. Home to iconic financial market indicators, such as the S&P 500® and the Dow Jones Industrial Average™, S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC has over 115 years of experience constructing innovative and transparent solutions that fulfill the needs of investors. More assets are invested in products based upon our indices than any other provider in the world. With over 830,000 indices covering a wide range of asset classes across the globe, S&P Dow Jones

    Indices LLC defines the way investors measure and trade the markets. To learn more about the company, please visit https://us.spindices.com/.

    Tweet me:#DJSI recognizes @ingersollrand for the 8th consecutive year for the company’s advances in integrating #ESG practices into the core of how the company is operated http://bit.ly/2Ojgq4w

    KEYWORDS: DJSI, Ingersoll Rand, NYSE:IR, greenhouse gas emissions


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    SOURCE:Abbott

    DESCRIPTION:

    For the sixth consecutive year, Abbott has been named the leading company in its industry by the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI), one of the most prestigious global benchmarks for corporate sustainability and responsibility. As the industry leader in Health Care Equipment & Supplies, Abbott is one of the 60 companies recognized for leading their respective global industries.

    The DJSI designation recognizes companies for responsible and sustainable business, including economic, social and environmental performance. This is the 14th consecutive year that Abbott has been recognized for sustainability through its inclusion on the DJSI, including both the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index and North America Index.

    For more on the DJSI news, and for examples of Abbott's approach to sustainability, click here.  To see the broad scope of our work, see our 2017 Global Sustainability Report.

    Tweet me:For the 6th year in a row, Abbott is the industry leader for #sustainability and responsible business on #DJSI abbo.tt/2xd61A0

    KEYWORDS: sustainability, DJSI, Abbott


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    New corporate leadership platform will foster private sector support of climate action

    SOURCE:BSR

    DESCRIPTION:

    SAN FRANCISCO, September 13, 2018 /3BL Media -- BSR today launched a new corporate leadership platform that will aid companies in the fight against climate change. The Climate-Resilient Value Chains Leaders Platform is being launched as leaders of the Global Climate Action Summit call on corporations to step up their climate efforts.

    The Coca-Cola Company and Mars Incorporated are among the first multinational corporations to join the new leadership platform. They believe the initiative will improve the ability of businesses to monitor and diagnose climate risk throughout supply chains.

    “Supply chains, the engines of global growth, are broken,” said Barry Parkin, Chief Sustainability and Procurement Officer, Mars Incorporated.  “To fix them, we must shift to long-term models for corporate buying that are anchored on building mutuality, reliability, resilience, and risk management into the core of our buying patterns.”

    New data from the platform will accelerate the adoption and implementation of climate resilience measures. These new measures will benefit communities throughout the value chain while safeguarding business viability.

    “We believe working with other businesses will help us build a resilient supply chain and improve living conditions in vulnerable communities,” said Ben Jordan, Senior Director of Environmental Policy, The Coca-Cola Company. “This new BSR leadership platform will help us engage with peer companies to drive action that benefits our communities and our planet.”

    Participating companies have committed to develop shared tools and methods that help them prioritize climate resilience in corporate value chains. This includes efforts to investigate physical climate risks in their supply chains and explore how to build climate resilience through a science-based approach that draws lessons from the Science-Based Targets initiative and RE100.

    “These companies are coming together out of a shared understanding that the private sector requires a common, science-based approach to value-chain resilience that will maximize the benefits to communities and business,” said David Wei, Climate Director at BSR. “Fortifying supply chains is one of the best ways that companies can act to mitigate climate change-related impacts.”

    As much as 80 percent of global trade is integrated into supply chains, including trade in intermediate goods and services of about US$12 trillion[1], and many of these supply chains move through parts of the world that are most vulnerable to climate impacts.[2]  In addition, CDP data reveals that 76 percent of suppliers report climate risks with the potential to generate a substantive change in their business.[3]

    Businesses recognize the need to take direct action and partner with their peers, suppliers, and governments in new and different ways to shore up their supply chain against climate shocks. The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) estimates that the annual costs of building climate resilience could range from US$140 billion to US$300 billion by 2030, and between US$280 billion and US$500 billion by 2050. However, public investment in resilience totaled a mere US$25 billion in 2014. Over the last 30 years, an estimated one out of every three dollars spent on development has been lost to extreme climate events: a total loss of US$3.8 trillion worldwide.
     

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    For more information contact:

    David Stearns, Director of Communications, BSR
    dstearns@bsr.org
    +1 718-501-8666

    About BSR
    BSR™ is a global nonprofit organization that works with its network of more than 250 member companies and other partners to build a just and sustainable world. From its offices in Asia, Europe, and North America, BSR™ develops sustainable business strategies and solutions through consulting, research, and cross-sector collaboration. Visit www.bsr.org to learn more about BSR’s 25+ years of leadership in sustainability.

    About the Global Climate Action Summit   
    The Global Climate Action Summit takes place Sept. 12-14, 2018, in San Francisco under the theme “Taking Ambition to the Next Level.” The summit will showcase climate action around the world, along with bold new commitments to give world leaders the confidence they can go even further by 2020 in support of the Paris Climate Change Agreement. Partners supporting the summit and the mobilization in advance include The Climate Group; the Global Covenant of Mayors; Ceres, the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group; BSR; We Mean Business; CDP, formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project; the World Wide Fund for Nature; and Mission 2020.

    For more information on the Summit, visit globalclimateactionsummit.org.

     

    [1] UNCTAD (2013) World Investment Report, ‘Global Value Chains: Investment and Trade for Development.’ United Nations, Geneva.

    [2] Standard Chartered (2015) Global Supply Chains: New Directions. Global Research Special Report. Standard Chartered Research. Singapore, p. 9.

    [3] CDP (2018) Closing the Gap: Scaling up sustainable supply chains. CDP Supply Chain Report 2017 | 2018. London, p. 7.

     

    Tweet me:Major Companies Join Forces to Drive Climate Resilience in Supply Chains http://bit.ly/2x7mfv8 @BSRnews #GCAS2018 #StepUp2018

    Contact Info:

    David Stearns
    BSR
    +1 (718) 501-8666
    dstearns@bsr.org

    KEYWORDS: Global Climate Action Summit, GCAS, Climate Resilience, supply chains, The Coca-Cola Company, Mars Incorporated, BSR


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    SOURCE:Freeport-McMoRan

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    Seeking ways to recruit and foster career development for women is important to Freeport-McMoRan, as women historically have been underrepresented in the mining sector. Women serve in key management roles within Freeport-McMoRan, including the Chief Financial Officer and two members of the Board of Directors, while an additional 280 women hold manager-level or higher positions.

    Freeport-McMoRan continues to work toward their target of increasing women in their global workforce as well as women in managerial roles to a minimum of 15 percent. Currently, the percentage of women in the company is about 11 percent globally and varies across geographies. 

    PT Freeport Indonesia, a Freeport-McMoRan company, has been actively recruiting and training women at the Grasberg mine. Seventy-five women are working at PT Freeport Indonesia’s underground mine complex. They remotely operate underground loading equipment using cutting-edge technology.

    To read more about Freeport-McMoRan’s sustainability focus areas, please see their performance targets here. Click here to read more about their local hiring programs.

    Please see the 2017 Working Toward Sustainable Development Report for more information on all of their social, economic and environmental efforts.

    Tweet me:Freeport-McMoRan and its Indonesian Subsidiary, PT Freeport Indonesia, Increase Women in Workforce http://bit.ly/2LN0C94 #copper #PTFI

    KEYWORDS: recruiting women, Training, Technology, local hiring, PT Freeport Indonesia, NYSE:FCX, Freeport McMoRan

        


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    Unilever will support the restoration of wildlife habitat and help 60,000 hectares of palm oil plantations to achieve sustainability certification; Walmart continues to encourage suppliers to address deforestation through Project Gigaton

    SOURCE:Walmart

    DESCRIPTION:

    BENTONVILLE, Ark., Thursday September 13, 2018  /3BL Media/ – Today, at the Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS) in San Francisco, USA, Unilever committed to supporting work in Sabah, Malaysia as part of the strategy to achieving a deforestation free supply chain and further reducing emissions. Unilever will help sustainably certify 60,000 hectares in Sabah, Malaysia as part of a program led by Forever Sabah, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Malaysia and PONGO Alliance. Sabah is pushing to certify 100 percent of the state’s palm oil production to Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) certification by 2025. According to WWF, this will help to reduce 17 million metric tons of CO2e in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.

    Unilever’s commitment will:

    • Look to cover 60,000 hectares with RSPO certification 
    • Benefit approximately 200 to 300 palm oil farmers
    • Help restore two ecological corridors and two riparian reserves (area of habitat connecting wildlife population) 

    Unilever Chief Sustainability Officer, Jeff Seabright said: “At the COP 21 climate negotiations we pledged to support a jurisdictional approach of production and protection,” said Jeff Seabright, Chief Sustainability Officer for Unilever. “This means we are moving our sourcing to areas that have good forest management and work in partnership to reconcile competing, social, economic and environmental objectives. Our ultimate ambition is to help drive a sustainable palm oil industry.”

    As part of their participation at GCAS, Walmart announced it is developing a platform within one of its key emission reduction initiatives, Project Gigaton, to link its suppliers who are sourcing commodities from regions with deforestation risk to create and support place-based partnerships. Walmart launched Project Gigaton last April, seeking to work with suppliers to reduce emissions from the company’s value chain by a gigaton, or one billion metric tons, by 2030.   

    “Walmart commends Unilever on helping implement this model in Sabah and we invite other suppliers to join us in working to reduce deforestation through innovative sourcing strategies like jurisdictional approaches,” said Kathleen McLaughlin, Chief Sustainability Officer for Walmart. “These multi-stakeholder initiatives in critical regions are needed to reduce forest loss and degradation, and improve the health and sustainability of the people who depend on forests.”

    As part of Project Gigaton, Walmart is collaborating with Conservation International, Environmental Defense Fund, The Nature Conservancy and World Wildlife Fund to identify jurisdictions with deforestation risk and connect suppliers with guidance on how to best support these multi-stakeholder efforts.

    "With this partnership Walmart and Unilever are advancing an innovative new approach to help companies meet their climate goals," said Carter Roberts, President & CEO of World Wildlife Fund-US. "Decoupling supply chains from deforestation would deliver three important benefits – reducing greenhouse gas emissions, securing essential habitat, and restoring species like orangutans and elephants that call Sabah their home. And any success along this front could spur similar collaboration and results for key industries and regions across the world.”

    Through this announcement, Unilever and Walmart are further demonstrating their commitment to stop deforestation. Project Gigaton aims to drive industry-wide transformation by bringing together value chain partners and other stakeholders in critical sourcing geographies such as Sabah, Malaysia; North Sumatra, Indonesia; and Mato Grosso, Brazil to achieve sustainable landscapes through the implementation of jurisdictional approaches.

    “Simply put, we cannot solve our climate challenges without healthy forests,” said Fred Krupp, President of the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF). “The good news: working solutions are now up and ready to go, pointing the way towards stopping deforestation on the scale of entire landscapes. EDF has long supported the idea that jurisdictional approaches are the critical next wave of corporate forest leadership. We applaud Walmart and Unilever for their leadership, and encourage other companies to join them.”

    "The Nature Conservancy applauds Walmart and Unilever for today's announcement,” said Mark Tercek, CEO of The Nature Conservancy. “Avoiding deforestation is one of the most effective and efficient tools available to help slow the effects of climate change. But to do this at scale, we must work together. When corporate leaders work with governments and local communities to source sustainable commodities, it’s a win for people, nature, and the bottom line. Today's commitment is an important step toward a climate-friendly future."

    “Forests provide enormous benefits to people, the planet and business and it is clear that governments have a critical role to play in the battle to manage our forests sustainably,” said Dr. M. Sanjayan, CEO of Conservation International. “We applaud Unilever for partnering with government to support transitions to sustainable agriculture at scale. Walmart and Unilever’s efforts to drive sustainable practices on the ground, combined with their global reach, can help spread these good ideas and models around the world.”

    About Walmart

    Walmart Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better - anytime and anywhere – in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices. Each week, nearly 265 million customers and members visit our more than 11,200 stores under 55 banners in 27 countries and eCommerce websites. With fiscal year 2018 revenue of $500.3 billion, Walmart employs over 2.2 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting http://corporate.walmart.com, on Facebook at http://facebook.com/walmart and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/walmart.

    Contact:

    Walmart Media Relations 

    1-800-331-0085 

    news.walmart.com/reporter

     

    Tweet me:Through their forest initiatives, @Unilever and @WalmartToday are demonstrating their commitment to achieving deforestation free supply chains and further reducing emissions. http://bit.ly/2NdmBL2 #StepUp2018 #GCAS2018

    KEYWORDS: Walmart, Unilever, Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS), Forever Sabah, Palm Oil, greenhouse gas emissions, Project Gigaton


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    SOURCE:JetBlue Airways

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    Last month, JetBlue worked with VH1’s Save the Music to donate instruments to Henry H. Filer Middle Schoo in Hialeah, Fla. to “bring the beat back.” The donation will help revival their music program, which had been shut down for more than a decade. JetBlue recognizes how much music adds into a child’s education. The arts help inspire creative thinking and opportunities. The event ended on a high note with a surprise guest performance from Emily Estefan.

    With a focus on STEAM (science, technology engineering, arts and math) education, JetBlue has been a proud partner of VH1 Save The Music for more than 10 years, raising more than $300,000 to boost the Foundation’s mission on a national level and save the music in public schools across the country.

    JetBlue For Good - Giving back is part of JetBlue’s DNA and is core to its mission of inspiring humanity. Centered around volunteerism and service, JetBlue For Good focuses on the areas that are most important to the airline’s customers and crewmembers - community, youth/education and the environment. Combining JetBlue’s corporate efforts with its customers’ and crewmembers’ passions, the common theme is Good – JetBlue For Good. Join the #JetBlueForGood conversation on TwitterInstagram and Facebook, check for regular updates and get involved.

    About JetBlue

    JetBlue is New York's Hometown Airline®, and a leading carrier in Boston, Fort Lauderdale - Hollywood, Los Angeles (Long Beach), Orlando, and San Juan. JetBlue carries more than 40 million customers a year to 103 cities in the U.S., Caribbean, and Latin America with an average of 1,000 daily flights. For more information please visit www.jetblue.com.

    About VH1 Save The Music Foundation

    VH1 Save The Music Foundation, Inc. is a New York 501(c)(3) nonprofit that helps kids, schools, and communities realize their full potential through the power of making music. Since 1997, the Foundation has donated $56M worth of new musical instruments to over 2,100 public schools in 261 school districts around the country—impacting millions of public school students. Get involved at vh1savethemusic.org.

    Tweet me:.@JetBlue donates instruments to a Miami middle school after a decade without music http://bit.ly/2QoPodz @VH1SaveTheMusic

    KEYWORDS: NASDAQ:JBLU, Jetblue, jetblue for good, VH1 Save The Music


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    LVS is the only Integrated Resort Company to receive recognition in the DJSI North America in 2018

    SOURCE:Las Vegas Sands

    DESCRIPTION:

    LAS VEGAS, September 14, 2018 /3BL Media/ - Las Vegas Sands Corp. (NYSE: LVS) has once again been recognized by the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) for its industry-leading corporate sustainability efforts. Sands is the only Integrated Resort company included on the DJSI North America.

    “This designation speaks to our commitment to continually strengthening our corporate social responsibility performance, as well as maintaining our drive toward positive business impact in the regions we serve,” said Robert Goldstein, president and chief operating officer of Las Vegas Sands.  “We are honored to be a leader not only among Integrated Resort companies, but among this outstanding group of peers who are demonstrating that sustainable business performance is a top priority.”

    The DJSI is one of the most highly recognized indices for corporate sustainability.  A record 993 companies participated in this year’s Corporate Sustainability Assessment (CSA), and the Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index tracks the performance of the top 20 percent of the 600 largest Canadian and U.S. companies in the S&P Global Broad Market Index based on several economic, social and environmental criteria.

    Sands drives its People, Planet and Communities corporate social responsibility platform through programs including the Sands ECO360 global sustainability program; the Sands Cares corporate giving and community engagement program, the Project Protect initiative focused on responsible gaming, anti-money laundering and human trafficking prevention practices; and Sands Academy, a global Team Member development program.  In addition, the company has a strong track record in sustainable business performance through the economic value and social impact it has delivered as part of its commitment to making the regions it serves better places to live and work. 

    Earlier this year, Fortune named Sands one of the “World’s Most Admired Companies” in its annual roundup of the world’s most respected and reputable businesses, and Forbes named Sands as one of America’s Best Employers based on an independent survey of more than 30,000 employees working for companies with at least 1,000 people within their U.S. operations.

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    About Las Vegas Sands Corp.

    Las Vegas Sands Corp. (NYSE: LVS) is the world's pre-eminent developer and operator of world-class Integrated Resorts that feature luxury hotels; best-in-class gaming; retail; dining and entertainment; Meetings, Incentives, Convention and Exhibition (MICE) facilities; and many other leisure and business amenities.  We pioneered the MICE-driven Integrated Resort, a unique, industry-leading and extremely successful model that serves both the leisure and business tourism markets.

    Our properties include The Venetian and The Palazzo resorts and Sands Expo in Las Vegas, Sands Bethlehem in Eastern Pennsylvania, and the iconic Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. Through majority ownership in Sands China Ltd., LVS owns a portfolio of properties on the Cotai Strip in Macao, including The Venetian Macao, The Plaza and Four Seasons Hotel Macao, Sands Cotai Central and The Parisian Macao, as well as the Sands Macao on the Macao Peninsula.

    LVS is dedicated to being a good corporate citizen, anchored by the core tenets of delivering a great working environment for 50,000 team members worldwide, driving impact through its Sands Cares corporate giving and community engagement program and leading innovation with the company’s award-winning Sands ECO360 global sustainability program as well as providing leadership for critical social issues through Project Protect, the company’s commitment to industry-leading practices that safeguard our patrons, partners, employees and neighbors around the range of issues that are unique to our business including responsible gaming, money laundering and human tra­fficking. To learn more, please visit www.sands.com.

    Contact:

    Kristin Koca

    Las Vegas Sands

    Kristin.Koca@Sands.com

    Tweet me:.@LasVegasSands is the only Integrated Resort Company to receive recognition in the 2018 Dow Jones Sustainability Index for North America. http://bit.ly/2MvAO0I #DJSI #SandsECO360 #SandsCares #SandsAcademy #ProjectProtect

    KEYWORDS: Las Vegas Sands, Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI), Sands ECO360, Sands Cares


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    Company’s first appearance on World Index

    SOURCE:General Mills

    DESCRIPTION:

    MINNEAPOLIS, September 14, 2018 /3BL Media/ – General Mills has been named to both the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index and the North American Index by S&P Dow Jones Indices and sustainability asset management firm RobecoSAM. The Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) is one of the most prestigious recognitions for leadership in corporate sustainability, and is based on in-depth analysis of economic, environmental and social performance. General Mills scored well above the industry average across each of these dimensions.

    Companies listed in the annual Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) have demonstrated best-in-class performance against numerous sustainability metrics. The DJSI review provides thorough analysis of material economic, environmental and social practices, such as innovation or supply chain management, climate strategy and stakeholder engagement and places a special focus on industry-specific risks and opportunities.

    “At General Mills, we recognize that a multifaceted approach to sustainability is fundamental to our business strategy and to being able to make food people love for future generations,” said Jeff Harmening, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.  “While we know there’s more work to do, we’re pleased to be recognized for our progress. The DJSI review affirms that General Mills places a strong emphasis on earning the trust of our consumers, customers, employees, shareholders, and other key stakeholders every day but perhaps more importantly, we are making a lasting impact on people and our planet.”

    General Mills ranked in the 86th percentile, and secured industry-best scores of 100 in Corporate Governance, Health & Nutrition, and Corporate Citizenship & Philanthropy. The company’s strong performance was driven by strong sustainability commitments, robust and public disclosures, and demonstrated improvements in performance over time.

    “I congratulate General Mills for being included in the DJSI World and North America indices,” said Manjit Jus, Head of ESG Ratings, RobecoSAM. “Companies that compete for a coveted place in the DJSI challenge themselves to continuously improve their sustainability practices and we are pleased to see that the number of companies that commit to achieving measurable positive impacts continues to rise.”

    General Mills’ sustainability mission centers on promoting environmentally and socially responsible practices across the company’s value chain to protect the resources and people upon which the company’s business depends. To achieve this mission, General Mills is focused on key areas in the company’s supply chain: reduce the environmental impact and implement responsible sourcing practices that respect human rights, expand economic opportunities and protect animal welfare.

    Launched in 1999, the Dow Jones Sustainability World represents the gold standard for corporate sustainability and is the first global index to track the leading sustainability-driven companies based on RobecoSAM’s analysis of financially material Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) factors and S&P DJI’s robust index methodology. For more information about the DJSI, visit: http://www.sustainability-indices.com/.

    For more information on General Mills’ sustainability commitments and progress, visit the company’s 2018 Global Responsibility Report.

    About General Mills

    General Mills is a leading global food company that serves the world by making food people love. Its brands include Cheerios, Annie's,Yoplait, Nature Valley, Cascadian Farm, Epic, Fiber One, Häagen-Dazs, Betty Crocker, Pillsbury, Old El Paso, Wanchai Ferry, Yoki and more. Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, General Mills generated fiscal 2017 consolidated net sales of US $15.6 billion, as well as another US $1.0 billion from its proportionate share of joint-venture net sales.
     

     

    Media Contact:  Mollie Wulff / 763-764-6364/ Media.line@genmills.com

    Tweet me:.@GeneralMills named to Dow Jones Sustainability World Index and Dow Jones Sustainability North American Index http://bit.ly/2p7lKgl #DJSI

    KEYWORDS: General Mills, djsi north american index, DJSI World Index, sustainability, NYSE:GIS


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    SOURCE:Nestlé

    DESCRIPTION:

    On Saturday, September 8th, Nestle Waters North America sponsored California’s Day of Preparedness in Sacramento, California.  The annual event,  hosted each year by California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES), is open to the public and regularly sees over 5,000 attendees. This event occurs during National Preparedness Month (September) and features interactive demonstrations, dynamic displays shared by state, local and federal agencies, as well as volunteer and private sector organizations to help Californians prepare and keep their families safe in the event of a natural disaster or other emergency.  

    Nestle Waters is a long-time partner of Cal OES, providing bottled water donations to their emergency response efforts, including more than 250,000 bottles that have been donated in the past month in response to the wildfires in Northern California.

    Tweet me:.@NestleWatersNA Supports @Cal_OES on California’s Day of Emergency Preparedness #CAPrepDay http://bit.ly/2xd8mMl

    Contact Info:

    Kristina Wilson-Rocheford
    Nestle Waters North America
    +1 (203) 246-6642
    kristina.wilsonrocheford@waters.nestle.com
    @NestleWatersNA

    KEYWORDS: disaster relief, California, emergency response, Sacramento, Cal OES, Water donations, VTX:NESN.VX, Nestle

      


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    SOURCE:General Motors

    DESCRIPTION:

    We’re proud to announce that General Motors has been included on this year’s Dow Jones Sustainability Indices, a global index long considered the gold standard for corporate sustainability. This is the fourth year we’ve made the North American Index as the only automaker and our second time appearing on the World Index. 

    The Indices family is the first index to track and evaluate the performance of thousands of publicly traded companies around the world based on financially-relevant environmental, social and governance factors.  

    “This recognition is really a testament to the hard work of our global employees and partners,” said David Tulauskas, director of sustainability at General Motors. “We see long-term value in having a sustainable mindset and addressing ESG factors to achieve our vision of a world with zero crashes, zero emissions and zero congestion.”  

    From driving a circular economy and operational excellence to our commitment to an all-electric future, we strive to provide customers with safer, better and more sustainable vehicles while creating stronger communities.

    Here are some of the ways we are breaking through to create a more sustainable future:

    • We’re on our way to source 100 percent renewable energy for our electricity needs globally by 2050. By the end of 2018, renewable energy will power 20 percent of our global electricity use.

    • We lead the industry with the most operations around the world that send zero waste to landfill.

    • We surpassed our 2020 goal to reduce the carbon intensity across operations by 20 percent, from a 2010 baseline, three years early.

    • As the first company to commit to sourcing sustainable natural rubber in its tires, General Motors has driven tire and auto industry engagement and action in eliminating deforestation, strengthening ethical business practices and respecting human and labor rights.

    To learn more about our sustainability efforts and initiatives, click here. For more information on the Indices, see here.

    Tweet me:#DJSI lists @GM among the world's most #susty companies in the #DJSI @RobecoSAM https://bit.ly/2x9GSXY

    KEYWORDS: GM, General Motors, dow jones sustainability indices, RobecoSAM, Sustainable Business, NYSE:GM


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    SOURCE:VolunteerMatch

    DESCRIPTION:

    This year’s hurricane season has been extraordinarily active and destructive across parts of the U.S. If you’ve been following coverage of Hurricane Florence, you’re well aware of the dangers it poses, including life-threatening storm surges, catastrophic flooding and historic rainfall.

    As this storm unfolds, you may feel compelled to help. Yet because of the sensitive nature of disaster relief work, it’s important to preemptively take stock of your options and figure out the most impactful ways to lend a hand. To assist you with this journey, we’re sharing five effective ways to support communities in the wake of a natural disaster. We’ve done our work so we can provide you with a list of reputable causes that are committed to providing disaster relief.
     

    1. Send Funds

      Oftentimes, the most effective way to help victims and survivors following a natural disaster is with a financial gift to disaster relief organizations that have strong presence in affected communities. These organizations have likely already produced response plans for emergency situations such as these. And they depend on our donations to provide immediate relief. ​

      More so than donated goods, financial donations can be given quickly, are versatile, and remain helpful beyond the initial response by aiding in long-term recovery work. No matter how much you can give, every dollar goes a long way.​

      In fact, many nonprofits set up special disaster relief funds in response to events such as Hurricane Florence, so you can ensure that your designated gift is supporting the most urgent disaster. Some organizations, such as the Salvation Army, even waive their usual administrative fees when a major disaster takes place, meaning 100% of the money you give goes to those who need it.​
       

    2. Give Blood​

      If you’re eligible, giving blood is an especially meaningful way to help out in the wake of Hurricane Florence and other natural disasters. In extreme weather conditions, road travel is often hazardous, preventing regular donors from giving and canceling scheduled blood drives. At the same time, however, there’s often increased demand for blood from hospitals.

      Unlike other medical supplies, blood and platelets can’t be stockpiled in advance due to having a short shelf life. If you can donate, you can help ensure that there continues to be a sufficient blood supply for those in need. Contact the American Red Cross or local organizations like The Blood Connection to set up an appointment.
       

    3. Donate Goods​

      While donating items is very generous, do NOT send unsolicited donations to organizations helping with Hurricane Florence relief. Sorting through, cleaning and distributing goods can be costly and divert time and resources from more urgent needs. ​

      If there’s an organization you’d like to support, check to see if they’re currently accepting donations of goodsbefore organizing, collecting or sending anything. You can give these organizations a call or visit their website to learn more. Organizations can provide you with a list of items needed, so you can make sure you’re only sending critical and useful supplies.​

      At the time of publication, we noted requests for goods coming from organizations like Catholic Charities Raleigh and Urban Ministry Center. Examples of items that organizations need include flashlights, batteries, nonperishable food, diapers and gift cards.​

      Again, if you have any doubts, please consider donating cash instead.​
       

    4. Volunteer Time​

      While watching disasters like Hurricane Florence unfold, many of us may feel the need to travel to affected areas and volunteer. Although the impulse is commendable, you may end up going more harm than good. In fact, we highly recommend that you do not self-deploy to disaster-stricken areas.

      Before deciding where and how to volunteer your time, it’s important to assess the situation and your skillset. For example, if you aren’t currently trained or certified in disaster relief, your time may be better spent helping with long-term recovery efforts rather than the initial response.​

      For those who live in affected communities, you may be able to find volunteer opportunities at your local American Red Cross chapter, where you can help serve meals, register clients and more. Or, you may consider reaching out to local nonprofits such as Urban Ministry Center in Charlotte, N.C. or the Charleston Animal Society in Charleston, S.C. to see what volunteer needs they have at the moment.​

      You can also search for opportunities on VolunteerMatch.org to volunteer locally or virtually.

      To get started, filter search results by location, cause area (we recommend “Disaster Relief”), and keyword (e.g., “Hurricane”). Please be patient with your search. It will take time to assess the damage and havoc wreaked by Hurricane Florence, determine unmet needs, and figure out how volunteers like you can support hurricane response and recovery efforts. Organizations may not have had the chance to post volunteer opportunities just yet, and you might not hear back from them immediately after expressing interest.​

      Finally, if you are passionate about disaster relief, consider completing your disaster response training now. The reality is, Hurricane Florence will not be the last of its kind. Completing a training course now means you’ll be ready to mobilize during the next disaster and in any local emergencies. ​
       

    5. Keep It Up​

      Immediate response to Hurricane Florence is only one phase of the emergency management cycle. Relief and recovery efforts will last long after the storm passes and media coverage ends. In fact, it often takes many months, if not years, and millions of dollars for affected areas to recover fully from damages sustained by a natural disaster. ​

      Consider donating time or money to long-term recovery needs, especially since this phase of disaster response tends to be the most underfunded and under-resourced. You can have a huge impact by contributing to organizations like Habitat for Humanity— an organization committed to helping lower-income populations return to normalcy following the initial relief response.​

    ​​Organizations Mobilizing Around Hurricane Florence

    Once you’ve determined the most effective way(s) for you to give back, you’ll want to find an organization committed to helping communities affected by Hurricane Florence. For your convenience, we’ve compiled a list of some of the organizations actively responding to the needs of those impacted by the storm (this is by no means is comprehensive).

    For the latest updates on Hurricane Florence, please visit CNN’s live coverage. Have an organization or suggestions to add? Share it with our readers in the comments section below.

    Tweet me:Hurricane Florence is impacting millions of people in the Carolinas. Here's how we can do our part to help. #GoodPeople http://bit.ly/2OkM1D3

    Contact Info:

    Basil Sadiq
    news@volunteermatch.org

    KEYWORDS: disaster relief, disaster relief and recovery, disaster volunteers, Hurricane Florence, volunteer, natural disasters, VolunteerMatch


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    Acknowledges incredible bravery for daring maritime rescue of a fishing boat during Hurricane Irma

    SOURCE:Carnival Corporation & plc

    DESCRIPTION:

    WASHINGTON, September 14, 2018 /3BL Media/ - Captain Gaetano Gigliotti and the crew of the cruise ship Carnival Elation have been recognized with the Cruise Line Humanitarian Assistance Award from the Association for Rescue at Sea (AFRAS), an organization whose mission is to provide worldwide support and assistance to volunteer maritime rescue services and recognize and honor extraordinary maritime rescues.

    Presented during AFRAS’ annual reception in Washington, DC, the award honors Captain Gigliotti and his team for their incredible bravery in the rescue of a stranded fishing boat in the Gulf of Mexico during Hurricane Irma last year.   In addition to the AFRAS Award, Captain Gigliotti was presented with a framed copy of the entry into the Congressional Record by Florida Congresswoman Federica Wilson commending the life-saving actions of the captain and his team. 

    The rescued mariner, Edward Potter of Tampa, Fla., was reunited at the ceremony with Captain Gigliotti in a poignant and heartfelt meeting of the two seamen.

    “Words are not enough to express our immense pride and gratitude for Captain Gigliotti and the entire Carnival Elation team for placing their own lives at risk to save the life of another,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line. “This rescue is a shining example of true heroism and we are honored that AFRAS has recognized Captain Gigliotti and the Carnival Elation team with this prestigious award.”

    “Cruise ships diverting from their course and helping others is in keeping with the best of maritime traditions and shows how the oceans unite us all,” said Dana A. Goward, AFRAS Chairman.

    While undergoing a scheduled dry dock in Freeport, Bahamas, Carnival Elation began monitoring a storm off the coast of Africa that quickly developed into a major Category 5 hurricane.  When it became clear that the storm’s path was projected directly over the Bahamas, the decision was made to move the 70,000-ton ship and seek shelter in the Gulf of Mexico.

    As Carnival Elation was sailing from Hurricane Irma’s path, the ship received a relayed distress message from the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) alerting them that a fishing boat, Captain Eddie, was taking on water approximately 60 nautical miles to the east.  With Captain Eddie’s two crewmembers in dire need of assistance, Carnival Elation Captain Gigliotti and his crew immediately set out to assist in the rescue, with the U.S. Coast Guard planning to provide a helicopter to assist in the search and rescue efforts.

    Navigating through treacherous conditions, 15 to 20 foot waves and sustained winds of 40 knots gusting to 60 knots, Carnival Elation, without the aid of its normal bridge systems and communication equipment due to the early departure from dry dock, stayed the course, only to be informed that the USCG could no longer provide helicopter assistance because of the dangerous wind conditions.

    Nearing the fishing boat, Captain Gigliotti, using the knowledge and experience gleaned from more than three decades at sea, deemed it was too dangerous to allow a Carnival Elation rescue boat to pick up the fishermen.  Instead, he chose to maneuver the ship closer to the life raft to facilitate a rescue through an open shell door in the hull.  Despite high winds and heavy seas, Captain Gigliotti successfully positioned the ship alongside the life raft and several team members, ignoring the potential risk to their own lives, brought the sole survivor, Edward Potter, on board using a harness and hoisting line.

    Unfortunately, Potter informed Carnival Elation team that his fellow crew member refused to abandon ship and was lost when the fishing vessel rapidly sank. Carnival Elation medical team took excellent care of him, facilitated contact with his family members and coordinated with the U.S. Embassy to ensure his timely return to the United States after the ship returned to the Bahamas.

    Journalists can visit Carnival’s media site, carnival-news.com or follow the line’s PR department on Twitter at twitter.com/CarnivalPR.

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    About Carnival Cruise Line

    Carnival Cruise Line, part of Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE: CUK), is "The World's Most Popular Cruise Line®" with 26 ships operating three- to 24-day voyages to The Bahamas, Caribbean, Mexican Riviera, Alaska, Hawaii, Canada, New England, Bermuda, Cuba, Australia, New Zealand, the Pacific Islands and Southeast Asia.  The line currently has three new ships scheduled for delivery – the 133,500-ton Carnival Panorama set to debut in 2019 and two as-yet-unnamed 180,000-ton ships in 2020 and 2022.

     

    Editor’s Note: Photos from the event are available at this link.

    MEDIA CONTACT:

    Vance Gulliksen

    +1-305-406-5464

    media@carnival.com

    Tweet me:.@CarnivalCruise Elation Captain and crew receive AFRAS Humanitarian Assistance Award acknowledging their rescue of a fishing boat during Hurricane Irma http://bit.ly/2OsXZu4

    Contact Info:

    Claire West
    +1 (214) 208-3718
    claire@ldwwgroup.com

    KEYWORDS: Humanitarian Assistance Award, Association for Rescue at Sea, AFRAS, Hurricane Irma, Florida, Carnival Elation, USCG

     


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