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Xylem and Manchester City F.C. Partner to Deliver Clean Water Towers, Training and Education to Communities in Bangalore, India

Fri, 03/22/2019 - 3:17pm

Xylem (NYSE:XYL), a leading global water technology company, has partnered with current Premier League Champions Manchester City F.C. to deliver clean water towers, WASH education, and sports and leadership training to communities in Bangalore, India – which will benefit over 5,000 children this year. The Cityzens Giving project ‘Water Goals,’ sponsored by Xylem, earned the top ranking among six projects in Manchester City’s annual ‘Cityzens Giving’ global community initiative, receiving more than 450,000 votes from football fans around the world.

Between February 13-16, Xylem, together with Manchester City F.C. and Xylem’s non-governmental organization (NGO) partner, Planet Water Foundation, built clean water filtration towers at two government primary schools in Bangalore, which will provide long-term, sustainable access to clean water for the surrounding community. Throughout the week, the organizations, along with local Cityzens Giving NGO partner Magic Bus, teamed up to deliver training to Young Leaders, with a focus on how education on water hygiene and sanitation can be taught through football. The week culminated in a community football festival for over 100 children from the local community.

Xylem is committed to creating social and economic value through innovative approaches and technologies that have a lasting impact on communities. The Water Goals project in Bangalore is part of Xylem’s ongoing social impact initiative, conducted by the company’s corporate citizenship program Watermark, alongside Xylem’s partner Planet Water Foundation, which is responsible for water tower construction.

Patrick Decker, Xylem President and Chief Executive Officer, said: “We’re honored to support these important social impact initiatives, which will provide education and training and improve access to safe, clean water, benefitting over 5,000 children in Bangalore communities. Our partnership with Manchester City is about inspiring people of all ages to focus on water challenges in their communities. It’s also about mobilizing a global movement to help us embrace the opportunity of a lifetime - to solve water. We look forward to building on this momentum in the coming months.”

Ferran Soriano, Chief Executive of City Football Group, said: “We at City Football Group are very proud of Cityzens Giving. Once again, we are investing in the future through community football projects around the world and the inspirational Young Leaders who are using the power of football in the most positive ways imaginable. These young people have incredible stories and have committed themselves to using the world’s most loved, watched and played sport to impact their own communities and tackle social issues which need our support. We are proud to help them drive sustained change in their communities using our shared love for football.”

Despite Bangalore being one of the world’s fast-growing cities with its population increasing by 8 percent year-on-year, many of its 12.3 million residents do not have access to clean drinking water and are therefore at risk of contracting water-borne diseases. This not only affects their health but can also impact their education. Combining Xylem’s expertise in water technology with football and education sessions on water and sanitation, the Cityzens Giving project will increase access to safe water and reduce the risk of illness faced by thousands of children across Bangalore.

The Cityzens Giving project caps a record year for Xylem Watermark, which engaged ~45% of Xylem’s global employee base who collectively logged more than 53,000 volunteer hours giving back to local communities. Watermark also exceeded its three-year goal to log 100,000 employee volunteer hours.

About Xylem

Xylem (XYL) is a leading global water technology company committed to developing innovative technology solutions to the world’s water challenges. The Company’s products and services move, treat, analyze, monitor and return water to the environment in public utility, industrial, residential and commercial building services settings. Xylem also provides a leading portfolio of smart metering, network technologies and advanced infrastructure analytics solutions for water, electric and gas utilities. The Company’s approximately 17,000 employees bring broad applications expertise with a strong focus on identifying comprehensive, sustainable solutions. Headquartered in Rye Brook, New York, with 2018 revenue of $5.2 billion, Xylem does business in more than 150 countries through a number of market-leading product brands.

The name Xylem is derived from classical Greek and is the tissue that transports water in plants, highlighting the engineering efficiency of our water-centric business by linking it with the best water transportation of all – that which occurs in nature. For more information, please visit us at www.xylem.com.

About Xylem Watermark

Xylem Watermark, the company’s corporate citizenship program, was initiated in 2008, with a focus on protecting and providing safe water resources for communities around the world and also educating people on water related issues. In 2016, Watermark launched a three-year program focusing on employee volunteerism globally to drive rapid growth in employee engagement in providing social value within our communities.

About Manchester City Football Club

Manchester City FC is an English Premier League club initially founded in 1880 as St Mark’s West Gorton. It officially became Manchester City FC in 1894 and has since then gone onto win the European Cup Winners’ Cup, five League Championship titles, including three Premier League titles (2012, 2014, 2018), and five FA Cups. Manchester City FC is one of eight teams comprising the City Football Group and counts New York City FC and Melbourne City FC among its sister clubs.

Under manager Pep Guardiola, one of the most highly decorated managers in world football, the Club plays its domestic and UEFA Champions League home fixtures at the Etihad Stadium, a spectacular 55,000 seat arena that City have called home since 2003. Today, the Stadium sits on the wider Etihad Campus, which also encompasses the City Football Academy, a state-of-the-art performance training and youth development facility located in the heart of East Manchester. Featuring a 7,000 capacity Academy Stadium, the City Football Academy is also where Manchester City Women’s Football Club and the Elite Development Squad train on a daily basis and play their competitive home games.

For more information, please visit www.mancity.com.  

About Cityzens Giving

Since the launch of Cityzens Giving more than five years ago, over 25,000 youngsters in 20 cities around the world have benefited from projects delivered by Young Leaders. Each year, fans are given the opportunity to choose how funds, donated by City Football Group and its partners, are split between six different projects.

In addition to funding, every season Young Leaders are invited to Manchester City’s Young Leaders Summit held at City Football Academy to share learning about how they are using the power of football to address social issues in their local communities.

This year’s campaign once again distributed £400,000 donated by City Football Group and its partners to six urban football projects run by young people, for young people. Bangalore’s Safe Water project, supported by the Club’s water technology partner Xylem, gained the most votes and will receive £92,000 of grant funding.

In October 2016, Cityzens Giving won Corporate Citizenship Campaign of the Year at the annual Beyond Sport Awards, designed to support and reward the best projects across the globe that are using sport for positive social change.

For more information, please visit www.mancity.com/cityzensgiving.

The PepsiCo Foundation Expands Access to Safe Water for More Than 22 Million People Worldwide; Part of PepsiCo's Broader Aim to Contribute to Positive Water Impact

Fri, 03/22/2019 - 3:17pm

PepsiCo announced today that it has helped more than 22 million people in underserved communities around the world gain access to safe water since 2006. In the last year alone, PepsiCo and its partners expanded access for more than 6 million people, indicating the company is on track to exceed its goal to support a total of 25 million people with safe water access by 2025.

Around the world, 1 in 9 people struggle with access to safe and clean drinking water. Clean water shortages threaten the health and safety of communities, profoundly impacting hygiene and contributing to waterborne diseases, famine, migration and violence. To address these issues, PepsiCo has set a number of interconnected goals that aim to contribute to its Positive Water Impact, meaning its efforts and partnerships are designed to enable long-term, sustainable water security for its business and others who depend on water availability.

As part of this effort, The PepsiCo Foundation, the philanthropic arm of PepsiCo, works with leading non-profit organizations to expand access in some of the world's most water-stressed areas. The PepsiCo Foundation has led partnerships with Water.org to provide access to affordable financing for water and sanitation improvement projects in India, the Inter-American Development Bank to better manage changes in water availability in Latin America, and the China Women's Development Foundation to expand safe water access in rural areas of China.

The PepsiCo Foundation is also working with WaterAid in southern India to bring clean water to more than 200,000 people by restoring wells, harvesting rainwater in schools and building piped water supply systems. In a project in Sri City, 21 tap stands were installed in Ananthapuram village, which will be converted into high-quality permanent structures to establish a sustained water supply and proper waste water drainage. The PepsiCo Foundation and WaterAid plan to bring similar solutions to other high-water-risk communities with the intention that increasing access to clean water will positively impact the health, security and employment opportunities of local residents, particularly women, who otherwise have to walk long distances to collect water.

"The world faces a global water crisis, and we believe that PepsiCo can make a difference by acting as good stewards of local water resources. As members of the Alliance for Water Stewardship, we're dedicated to increasing water use efficiency across our own value chain, and helping people gain access to safe water, which is a fundamental human right," said Roberta Barbieri, PepsiCo Vice President, Global Sustainability. "Water availability is fundamentally a local issue and one that requires collaboration among residents, municipal leaders, industry stewards and technical experts to sustainably manage. For those reasons, PepsiCo will increase our participation in and support of local water conservation work, with particular focus on high-water-risk geographies where action to protect this precious natural resource is most urgent."  

PepsiCo is also working to conserve and protect fresh water as part of its Positive Water Impact strategy. Through a partnership with The Nature Conservancy (TNC), PepsiCo is working directly with farmers, landowners, businesses, and communities throughout the United States, Latin America and South Africa to implement efficient irrigation technology, protect upstream forests, and establish Water Funds to replenish at-risk watersheds. In Latin America, PepsiCo and TNC are supporting watershed conservation projects that will enhance the supply and quality of water and improve the livelihoods of those in surrounding areas. In 2018, the partnership replenished more than 76 million gallons of water to the watersheds in Guatemala City, São Paulo, Santo Domingo, Bogotá, Mexico City and Monterrey through conservation efforts across more than 990 acres.

Media assets are available for download at https://www.pepsico.com/news/media-resources/media-downloads.

About PepsiCo 

PepsiCo products are enjoyed by consumers more than one billion times a day in more than 200 countries and territories around the world. PepsiCo generated more than $64 billion in net revenue in 2018, driven by a complementary food and beverage portfolio that includes Frito-Lay, Gatorade, Pepsi-Cola, Quaker and Tropicana. PepsiCo's product portfolio includes a wide range of enjoyable foods and beverages, including 22 brands that generate more than $1 billion each in estimated annual retail sales. Guiding PepsiCo is our vision to Be the Global Leader in Convenient Foods and Beverages by Winning with Purpose.

"Winning with Purpose" reflects our ambition to win sustainably in the marketplace and embed purpose into all aspects of the business.  For more information, visit www.pepsico.com.

About The PepsiCo Foundation

Established in 1962, The PepsiCo Foundation works with nonprofit partners and invests in the essential elements of a sustainable food system – helping alleviate hunger, manage water and waste responsibly, and support women as champions of nutrition from farm to family. For more information, visit https://www.pepsico.com/sustainability/philanthropy.

Contact: 
Carrie Ratner 
914-253-3817 
carrie.ratner@pepsico.com

SOURCE PepsiCo, Inc.

Smithfield Foods Executive Earns National Supply Chain Award

Fri, 03/22/2019 - 9:16am

 Smithfield Foods, Inc. is pleased to announced that Chris Lahti, vice president of distribution, has been named a “Rock Star of the Supply Chain” by Food Logisticsmagazine. The award recognizes champions in the global food and beverage supply chain industry whose achievements, hard work, and vision have shaped and attained milestones in safety, efficiency, productivity, and innovation. Lahti received this honor for his efforts and his team’s role in supply chain consolidation initiatives within the company, which resulted in significant operational, sustainability, and economic benefits.

“It is an honor to receive this award and to be recognized as a leader in supply chain operations,” said Lahti. “It is extrememly gratifying that our efforts to streamline our supply chain and logistics network have also allowed us to meet our goals and deliver on our promise to produce good food in a responsible way. I am proud to be part of a team that is constantly seeking innovative solutions and know these fresh ideas will pay dividends far into the future.”

As vice president of distribution, Lahti oversees distribution and supply chain strategy for Smithfield. Lahti has more than 25 years of experience in all facets of supply chain and logistics operations and played an important role in streamlining the global food company’s supply chain and logistics network. Lahti’s extensive industry knowledge and approach to problem solving has enabled him to play a leading role in optimizing Smithfield’s supply chain operations to ensure maximum efficiency, enhance customer service, and reduce the company’s carbon footprint. In 2017, Smithfield’s overall supply chain consolidation efforts lowered costs by $29 million, reduced the distance the company’s fleet traveled by 147,000 miles, cut fuel use by more than 17,200 gallons, and cut the company’s carbon footprint by 168 tons carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e).

“With Chris’s leadership of our supply chain efforts, Smithfield has made extensive progress toward reducing complexities within our operations, which continues to have a positive impact on our business and the environment,” said Scott Saunders, Executive Vice President, U.S. Supply Chain for Smithfield Foods. “His unrelenting pursuit of operational excellence makes him a true rock star of the supply chain, and we are proud he has been recognized.”

The 2019 Food Logistics’ Champions: Rock Stars of the Supply Chain honorees were determined by Food Logistics’ editorial staff and advisory board, and are showcased in the magazine’s March 2019 issue.

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 www.smithfieldfoods.com, and connect with us on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn, and Instagram.  

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Digital Empowers: Accelerating Innovation for Business and Social Good

Fri, 03/22/2019 - 9:16am

Innovative partnerships, where businesses can work with and leverage the assets of governments, NGOs, and civil society can help develop creative, sustainable, and scalable solutions that can create significant impact. The partnerships and the technologies that make this possible is the focus of Digital Empowers: Accelerating Innovation for Business and Social Good, a forum hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation (USCCF) and Tata Consultancy Services (TCS).

This event will bring together business leaders, technical experts, and on-the-ground partners that are shaping the future of innovation and social impact. Participants will share how their organizations leverage new technologies and digital innovations, including blockchain, design thinking, virtual reality, robotics, data collaboratives, and cloud analytics to increase access and equity to individuals and communities.

Learn more and register here: https://goo.gl/osXZa9

United Wind and Smithfield Foods Announce 3MW WindLease™ Agreement

Thu, 03/21/2019 - 12:15pm

United Wind, the nation's leading distributed wind energy developer, announced today it has signed an agreement with Smithfield Foods, Inc., a global food company and the world's largest hog producer and pork processor, to power dozens of Smithfield hog farms in Colorado with on-site wind energy. The partnership will provide Smithfield with long-term, low-cost renewable energy for its agricultural operations and contribute to its industry-leading goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 25 percent by 2025 – the first commitment of its kind from a protein company.

"At Smithfield, we are committed to seeking out innovative ways to reduce our environmental impact, all while creating value for our company and stakeholders," said Stewart Leeth, vice president of regulatory affairs and chief sustainability officer for Smithfield Foods. "This partnership with United Wind is part of our efforts to produce the food needed to feed a growing world population, while minimizing our use of natural resources."

"We're excited to bring competitive distributed wind energy options to food and agricultural companies like Smithfield in wind-rich environments throughout rural areas of the country," said Russell Tencer, CEO of United Wind. "The economics and land-use attributes of distributed wind just make more sense in the areas we serve."

United Wind's WindLease provides farms and other rural businesses with a distributed wind system, sized to meet each customer's on-site load, and priced at a fixed monthly rate for the twenty-year lease term. United Wind handles all aspects of the project, from permitting and construction to monitoring and maintenance, with no upfront or ongoing project related costs.

Since its founding in 2013, United Wind has developed, financed, and commissioned more than 100 distributed wind projects ranging from 10kW – 100kW in rated capacity throughout Western New York and the Midwestern U.S.

ABOUT UNITED WIND:

United Wind is a leading provider of low-cost distributed wind energy solutions through its WindLease program. Founded on the belief that wind energy must be affordable to compete with conventional energy sources, United Wind provides customers with wind energy options that make sense today and into the future. For more information, visit www.unitedwind.com.

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 www.smithfieldfoods.com, and connect with us on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn, and Instagram.

“Is This My Home?”

Thu, 03/21/2019 - 12:15pm

Through the eyes of a little girl and the wonderful creatures she meets, the book “Is this my home?” shows why we must care for our common home, planet Earth. It’s an important message for children – and their parents.

An international survey of parents’ attitudes towards climate change, commissioned by renewable energy company Ørsted, revealed that 58% of parents with young children would like to speak more about climate change with their children. Yet less than one third of these parents spoke to their children about climate change more than once a month because they did not know enough about it.

Is this my home?’, which is produced by Ørsted, wants to help parents talk to their children about climate change, and empower children to take actions that help preserve our planet.

Filip Engel, Senior Director for Sustainability, Public Affairs and Branding at Ørsted, explains why this matters:

Why should parents talk to their children about climate change?

Filip Engel: There are signs all around us that global climate is changing, be it more frequent wildfires and floods, or retreating Arctic glaciers and decreased snow cover. Parents can help their children understand why their world is changing in this way. They can tell their children that grown-ups are trying to tackle the climate problem and help them take green actions every day to preserve our beautiful planet.

What can children do about climate change?

One obstacle to tackling climate change is the belief that we can’t do anything to stop it. But we already have renewable energy that avoids carbon emissions and is getting cheaper than fossil fuels. In the US, newly built onshore wind farms typically provide electricity at a lower cost than new coal or natural gas plants, while new utility size solar PV is cheaper than coal. Offshore wind farms are being constructed with a lower cost of energy than new coal plants and are likely to compete on price with new gas-fired facilities as costs continue to drop in the future.*

Having said that, parents can still help their children to tackle climate change by reducing their family’s carbon footprint. They can do that through simple every day activities like sorting their household trash, recycling their old toys, books and clothes, and eat more locally-grown fruit and greens. Young children learn by copying their parents, so it’s never too early to start adopting these good, sustainable habits.

How do parents in the USA view climate change?

In the US part of the survey commissioned by Ørsted, 30% of parents responded that climate change made them worry about their children's future. 60% wanted to speak with their children about how to fight climate change and 42% of the respondents’ children had asked them about climate change.

“Is this my home?” could provide these parents, and many others in the US and elsewhere, a great place to start the conversation with their kids around climate change.

Why did Ørsted produce “Is this my home?"

The prevailing narrative on climate change can be rather gloomy and abstract. With “Is this my home?” we want to provide a positive, simple way for parents to talk to children about climate change and to tell them about the things we can all do to help take care of our common home.

*Based on data in the Bloomberg New Energy Finance 2H 2018 LCOE Update report, using current levelized cost of energy mid scenarios for the mentioned technologies. 

About 'Is This My Home?'

  • 'Is This My Home?' is illustrated by award-winning South Korean artist Yeji Yun and created jointly by Ørsted and Wieden+Kennedy Amsterdam.

  • Aimed at 5-to-8 year olds, the book is available for free download, with an accompanying online universe of facts about climate change and tips on taking every day green action.

  • The USA part of the survey was conducted online by email in November 2018 and is based on a random sample of 502 respondents who were parents of children aged 5-10 years.

About Ørsted

  • Ørsted’s vision is a world that runs entirely on green energy. The company develops, constructs and operates offshore and onshore wind farms, bioenergy plants and innovative waste-to-energy solutions and provides smart energy products to its customers.

  • Headquartered in Denmark, Ørsted’s 2018 revenue was DKK 76.9bn (approx. USD 11.7 bn).

  • 75% of Ørsted’s energy generation in 2018 was from renewable sources. This will rise to 99% in 2025.

  • Ørsted's offshore wind farms bring green energy to more than 12mn people a year, create 180,000 job years in their lifetimes, and help avoid 6.3mn tonnes carbon emissions annually, thereby helping progress UN Sustainable Development Goals 7, 8 and 13, respectively.

  • Ørsted is ranked the world’s most sustainable energy company and fourth most sustainable company overall in the Global100 index.

Smithfield Foods Donates More Than 42,000 Pounds of Protein To Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 12:09pm

Today, Smithfield Foods, Inc. and Food Lion joined forces to donate more than more than 42,000 pounds of protein to Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina. Smithfield’s contribution was part of the company’s 2019 Helping Hungry Homes® donation tour. Helping Hungry Homes® is Smithfield’s signature hunger-relief initiative focused on alleviating hunger and helping Americans become more food secure. The donation, equivalent to more than 169,000 servings, will help families fight hunger in the Metrolina region.

“Smithfield has remained an incredible partner in hunger relief through its Helping Hungry Homes®program,” said Kay Carter, CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina. “Our efforts to promote food security with nutritious resources across the North and South Carolina counties we serve are made possible by partners like Smithfield and Food Lion, who have come together to make a collective impact in our communities.”

Representatives from Smithfield Foods and Food Lion presented the donation to Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina at an event at the food bank this morning. Members of each organization discussed food insecurity in the local community and the significance of this donation that will provide protein throughout the food bank’s service area, which includes more than 527,000 individuals who face hunger in 19 counties across North and South Carolina.

“Food Lion is about food. That’s why we are so passionate about helping to alleviate hunger and supporting community-minded partners who are working year-round toward ending hunger,” said Benny Smith, manager of community relations for Food Lion’s Eastern market. “We are proud to partake in this generous donation with Smithfield that will go to our neighbors in need across the communities we all call home.”

This is the seventh large-scale protein donation made by Smithfield to food banks across the country during its 2019 Helping Hungry Homes® tour. Since the program’s inception in 2008, Smithfield has provided more than 120 million servings of protein to food banks, disaster relief efforts, and community outreach programs nationwide.

“At Smithfield, we understand that hunger takes on many forms and affects those from all walks of life across the country,” said Jonathan Toms, associate manager of charitable initiatives for Smithfield Foods. “As a food company, we value our ability to step in and provide high-quality protein to alleviate hunger for those facing food-insecurity, especially here in North Carolina, a state we call home.”

With more than 10,000 employees in the state of North Carolina, Smithfield’s donation to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina aligns with its commitment to contribute to the vitality of the communities where its employees live and work.

For more information about Smithfield Foods’ Helping Hungry Homes® initiative and a list of upcoming donation events, visit helpinghungryhomes.com.

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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 www.smithfieldfoods.com, and connect with us on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn, and Instagram.   

About Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina
As part of Feeding America, Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina serves 19 counties in North and South Carolina. In FY2017- 2018, Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina distributed over 54 million pounds of food and household items to over 700 hunger feeding agencies including emergency pantries, soup kitchens, senior programs, shelters and low-income daycares.

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About Food Lion
Food Lion, based in Salisbury, N.C., since 1957, has more than 1,000 stores in 10 Southeastern and Mid-Atlantic states and employs more than 63,000 associates. By leveraging its longstanding heritage of low prices and convenient locations, Food Lion is working to own the easiest full shop grocery experience in the Southeast, anchored by a strong commitment to affordability, freshness and the communities it serves. Through Food Lion Feeds, the company has committed to provide 500 million meals to individuals and families in need by the end of 2020. Food Lion is a company of Ahold Delhaize USA, the U.S. division of Zaandam-based Royal Ahold Delhaize Group. For more information, visit www.foodlion.com.

Walmart, Sam’s Club and the Walmart Foundation Announce a Commitment of $100,000 for Midwest Flood Relief

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 12:09pm

In response to the floods that have impacted midwestern states including Iowa and Nebraska, Walmart, Sam’s Club and the Walmart Foundation have committed to provide $100,000 in support through cash and product donations. The commitment includes $50,000 in product donations to organizations providing support to impacted areas, and cash commitments of $50,000 to the Red Cross and United Way, which are providing relief services to affected communities. As part of this commitment, Walmart is also working closely with local officials and government entities to help meet the needs of those affected.

“The impact of these historic floods is affecting our associates, our customers and the communities we serve,” said Kyla Luckie, regional general manager for Walmart in Nebraska, Iowa and northeast Kansas. “In addition to cash donations, our local stores and distribution centers have been providing product to meet basic needs in the affected communities.  We will also continue to work with non-profits, first responders, local officials and government organizations to identify needs and provide additional support.”

Walmart and Sam’s Club operate a total of 68 retail units, a distribution center and employ over 17,000 associates in Iowa.  In Nebraska, the company has 47 retail units, a distribution center and more than 12,000 associates statewide.

Walmart has a long history of providing aid in times of disasters, helping communities prepare and recover by donating emergency supplies, such as food and water, home and personal products. In 2016, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation pledged $25 million in cash and in-kind donations to support disaster preparedness relief through 2020.  Recognizing the unprecedented impact of disasters during 2017, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have given well beyond the initial pledge, providing more than $38 million in 2017 alone.

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, over 275 million customers and members visit our more than 11,300 stores under 58 banners in 27 countries and eCommerce websites.  With fiscal year 2019 revenue of $514.4 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.

About Philanthropy at Walmart
By using our strengths to help others, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation create opportunities for people to live better every day. Walmart has stores in 27 countries, employing more than 2.2 million associates and doing business with thousands of suppliers who, in turn, employ millions of people. Our philanthropy helps people live better by supporting upward job mobility and economic development for the retail workforce; addressing hunger and making healthier, more sustainably-grown food a reality; and building strong communities where Walmart operates and inspiring our associates to give back.

To learn more about Walmart’s giving, visit http://giving.walmart.com/foundation

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Hong Kong Expands Use of Cavern Service Reservoirs to Free Up Land

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 6:07pm

The Water Supplies Department (WSD) of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region is considering to relocate the Diamond Hill Fresh Water and Salt Water Service Reservoirs (DHSRs) to caverns.

WSD has appointed Black & Veatch to investigate, design and supervise the construction of the caverns and the new DHSRs.

“Enhancing land resources is critical to Hong Kong’s success. Housing service reservoirs in caverns is a technically viable alternative that can increase land supply. By collaborating with WSD, we are able to address the key requirements of delivering a world-class facility,” said Andy Kwok, Managing Director, Black & Veatch Hong Kong.

The main objective for the project is to release land for other beneficial uses while still providing a quality water supply to the local areas.

A new fresh water service reservoir, a new salt water service reservoir and associated pumping stations will be constructed within the caverns to replace the existing installations.

Black & Veatch will be involved in designing tunnels, caverns and associated works for the new DHSRs; optimizing the water supply systems of the proposed service reservoirs; and decommissioning the existing DHSRs and pumping station.

Across the world, Black & Veatch has demonstrated the ability to successfully design and manage the construction of reservoirs and other water infrastructure. The company offers integrated and collaborative solutions, exemplified in Hong Kong by the construction of the award-winning Western Salt Water Service Reservoirs.

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Editor’s Notes:

  • Black & Veatch was engaged by WSD as the consultant for the “Relocation of Diamond Hill Fresh Water and Salt Water Service Reservoirs to Caverns - Feasibility Study”.

  • Black & Veatch pioneered the design and construction of the re-provisioning of the Western Salt Water Service Reservoirs in a rock cavern, which released land for the development of the school campus at the University of Hong Kong. With this approach, slope cutting of 300,000m3 and a significant amount of tree felling were avoided. This approach reduced construction costs and time. The project won the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce’s Innovative Award and 2010 International Water Association (IWA) Project Innovation Awards (East Asia Regional Awards) in the Design Category.

  • Other cavern/tunnel projects Black & Veatch worked on include the Relocation of Sai Kung Sewage Treatment Works to Caverns and Inter-Reservoirs Transfer Scheme – Water Tunnel between Kowloon Byewash Reservoir and Lower Shing Mun Reservoir for the Drainage Services Department of the Hong Kong Government, and Long-Term Strategy for Cavern Development in Hong Kong for the Civil Engineering and Development Department (CEDD). CEDD is a department of the Hong Kong Government that reports to the Development Bureau.

About Black & Veatch

Black & Veatch is an employee-owned, global leader in building critical human infrastructure in Energy, Water, Telecommunications and Government Services. Since 1915, we have helped our clients improve the lives of people in over 100 countries through consulting, engineering, construction, operations and program management. Our revenues in 2018 were US$3.5 billion. Follow us on www.bv.com and in social media.

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P&G Sets New Goal to Deliver 25 Billion Liters of Clean Drinking Water to Families in Need Worldwide

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 6:07pm

This World Water Day, Procter & Gamble (P&G) is celebrating the achievement of its 2020 goal of delivering 15 billion liters of clean drinking water through its non-profit Children’s Safe Drinking Water (CSDW) Program. P&G is now accelerating its efforts to help provide clean drinking water to even more people by delivering 25 billion liters – more than 100 billion glasses of water – worldwide by 2025.

Since the program launched in 2004, P&G has worked closely with a network of more than 150 partners to raise awareness of the global water crisis and provide water to families in more than 90 countries through a simple purification process invented by a P&G laundry scientist. With just one packet, a bucket, a stick and a clean cloth, 10 liters of dirty, potentially deadly, water can be turned into clean, drinkable water in only 30 minutes.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), nearly 844 million people globally do not have access to clean drinking water. UNICEF estimates that women and children spend 40 billion hours each year collecting and managing water that is often contaminated. The United Nations has prioritized the need to address this through UN Sustainable Development Goal #6 which aims to ensure clean water and proper sanitation for all by 2030.

To date, P&G’s efforts to provide access to clean water are transforming communities by improving health, enabling education and increasing economic opportunities.

“We are proud to have reached this 15 billion liter milestone and inspired by the opportunity to make an even greater impact through our new goal,” said David Taylor, Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of P&G. “This life-changing technology has helped many families over the past 15 years, and we’re eager to help even more in the years to come.”

P&G is partnering with National Geographic again this year to celebrate World Water Day and share the stories of five “Water Champions” – who are working each day, individually and collectively with P&G, to help solve the water crisis. The Water Champions represent four of P&G’s largest partners and include:

  • Patricia Heaton, Emmy award-winning Actress and World Vision Ambassador

  • Carolyn Miles, President & CEO of Save the Children

  • JP Suarez, Executive Vice President & Chief Administration Officer, Walmart International

  • Job Wasonga, Project Manager, CARE International Kenya

  • Alllison Tummon Kamphuis, Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program Leader, P&G

P&G and these partners will collaborate in the following ways:

  • World Vision, building on the foundation of two billion liters of water already provided together, will use P&G packets as a bridge solution and in emergencies for more than one million people in more than 15 countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

  • Save the Children, which marks its 100th anniversary in 2019, will deliver 100 million liters of clean water to families impacted by natural disasters and emergency situations in Ethiopia.

  • Walmart International will support the program to provide 100 million liters of clean water through the in-store 1 purchase = 1 liter campaign in 2019.

  • CARE will celebrate 15 years of partnership with P&G by expanding the CSDW program in Kenya to reach more than 100,000 people through schools and clinics, while also continuing support of emergency response and hygiene education efforts supporting 300,000 people in Ethiopia.

To learn more about the partnership with National Geographic celebrating World Water Day, visit www.nationalgeographic.com/pgwaterchampions. To learn more about the Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program, visit www.csdw.org/.

About Procter & Gamble

P&G serves consumers around the world with one of the strongest portfolios of trusted, quality, leadership brands, including Always®, Ambi Pur®, Ariel®, Bounty®, Charmin®, Crest®, Dawn®, Downy®, Fairy®, Febreze®, Gain®, Gillette®, Head & Shoulders®, Lenor®, Olay®, Oral-B®, Pampers®, Pantene®, SK-II®, Tide®, Vicks®, and Whisper®. The P&G community includes operations in approximately 70 countries worldwide. Please visit http://www.pg.com for the latest news and information about P&G and its brands. To learn more about P&G’s Citizenship work, visit: https://www.pg.com/citizenship2018.

HP Pledges to Make Every Page Printed Forest Positive, Carbon Neutral and Part of a Circular Economy

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 3:06pm

Today at HP Reinvent, the company announced its bold vision for print sustainability – pledging that every page printed with HP will support a forest positive future, carbon neutrality, and materials designed to reduce the impact to the planet. Built on HP’s longstanding commitment to environmental innovation, this new vision supports HP’s ongoing efforts to deliver the company’s most environmentally sustainable product portfolio while transforming their business to a more efficient, circular, and sustainable model. 

“We are redefining the power of print to create a positive, lasting change for the planet, its people and our communities. HP’s commitment to sustainability guides how we do business and drives the way our printers are designed, made and used,” explains Enrique Lores, President of HP Inc.'s Imaging & Printing business. “Today at HP Reinvent, we took one step further by pledging to lead the industry in making every page you print sustainable.” 

As HP looks to grow without increasing its consumption of raw materials and thrive in a resource-constrained future, the company is well-positioned to help customers do the same. Supporting a vision to build sustainable products, the company engineers Original HP supplies to help reduce risk for its customers, their reputation, and the planet.

Forest Positive Future

With today’s pledge, the company aims to make every page printed on an HP printer forest positive by extending beyond its consumer printers, which are forest positive, to its entire portfolio to include commercial printers.

In 2016, HP achieved 100% zero deforestation associated with HP-branded paper, nearly two years ahead of schedule– marking a milestone towards the company’s vision for a forest positive future. Plus, the company’s paper-based product packaging zero deforestation goal is on track for 2020. In addition, 100% of HP branded paper sold in North America is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council®, ensuring transparency and responsible forest management. 

Carbon Neutral

HP is taking an ambitious step today towards our vision of carbon neutral printing with the introduction of the new energy efficient EcoSmart LaserJet printer and EcoSmart black toner, which has a lower melt temperature, thereby reducing the energy consumption of HP printers.

But even more valuable than individual products, is how HP’s products work together through HP’s Managed Print Services (MPS) offerings – helping customers achieve ambitious sustainability goals and better their bottom line. By partnering with HP, customers have reported a 33% annual reduction in carbon emissions, energy consumption and costs2.

Circular Economy

HP continues to support a circular economy with its consumer and business products, recently reinventing its printer suite to include closed-loop recycled plastics, with HP ENVY and Tango printers comprised of 30% closed-loop recycled plastics3.  Since 2000, over 199 million pounds of recycled content plastic have been used in 3.9B HP Original ink and toner cartridges1. Two years ago, HP introduced the first HP Original ink cartridges made with plastic bottles sourced from Haiti. As of today, the company has sourced more than 550,000 pounds of ocean-bound plastic for use in our products – the equivalent of more than 12 million plastic bottles that might otherwise have washed into the ocean and waterways. Our R&D teams invest up to five years engineering each new generation of toner and ink cartridges to deliver quality printing and 100% of toner cartridges and 80% of ink cartridges contain recycled content1.

Market Expectations

People expect brands to stand for more than the products they sell. A 2019 Edelman study on trust disclosed a staggering 67% of consumers self-identify as Belief-Driven Buyers and believe brands can be a force for social good5. In the workplace, initial findings of a global supplies study conducted by HP reveals a company’s commitment to sustainability impacts employee recruitment, retention and advocacy with over 50% of today’s US workforce expecting sustainable practices by employers4.

HP Original Supplies are engineered to provide the highest quality printing experience. For HP, this means prioritizing the safety of your printer and the planet by producing reliable ink and toner cartridges, while raising the awareness of the harmful impacts clone and imitation cartridges can have on the environment, print quality, and customer costs.

Transform to Perform

HP has a bold vision for what the future of printing can look like, and it starts with challenging the printing industry to transform and continuously innovate. The company’s pledge for print sustainability announced today aims to protect forests, reduce carbon emissions, and use more recycled materials. Circular economy models help decouple economic growth and natural resource consumption while driving greater competitiveness. Transforming print sustainability is not only good for the planet – it’s good for business.

About HP

HP Inc. creates technology that makes life better for everyone, everywhere. Through our portfolio of printers, PCs, mobile devices, solutions and services, we engineer experiences that amaze. More information about HP Inc. is available at www.hp.com

 

 

1Based on 2017 HP Sustainable Impact Report

2Estimated energy and paper savings based on analysis of select HP MPS customers’ imaging and printing operations using data gathered on devices and paper consumption and comparing with post-MPS actuals or projections.
3HP calculations based on Energy Star normalized TEC data comparing the HP LaserJet 300/400 series and 500 series monochrome printers introduced in spring 2019. HP 58/59/76/77A/X compared to HP 26A/X, and HP 89A/X/Y compared to HP 87A/X.
4Based on HP Internal Supplies Survey conducted by Edelman Intelligence, February 2019.
5Based on 2019 Edelman Trust Barometer Global Report

Discovery Education and LG Electronics USA Celebrate “International Day of Happiness” Discussing Science-Based Practices to Achieve Sustainable Happiness

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 3:06pm

In celebration of the International Day of Happiness, LG Electronics USA and Discovery Education, the leading provider of standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms, today announced the International Day of Happiness Day of Learning – a nationwide, day-long conversation designed to create meaningful dialogue around the importance of happiness and deliver new resources and tips for practicing happiness skills with teachers, students and families.

“LG is committed to teaching students and educators around the nation that happiness is more than a fleeting feeling, the goal of the ‘Life’s Good Experience Happiness Initiative’ is to unlock the potential of a sustainable life through science-based happiness skills for 5.5 million youth over 5 years,” said John Taylor, senior vice president of Public Affairs and CSR, LG Electronics USA. “Empowering our world with a unique opportunity to work on decreasing the chances of suffering from stress, anxiety and depression is so important to our mission of providing a safe space to practice the Six Sustainable Happiness Skills.”

On March 20, 2019, educators are invited to share videos or pictures of how they are celebrating the International Day of Happiness. Students are also invited to share videos by joining a special Twitter chat with @LGUS and @DiscoveryEd to answer the question: “which happiness skill are you practicing and how has it impacted your life, your classroom or your school?” Participants are welcomed to use #DiscoverYourHappy and #ExperienceHappiness to follow the conversation.

Discovery Your Happy resources are available at no-cost at learnexperiencehappiness.com

and within Discovery Education Streaming Plus. An award-winning comprehensive digital service supplementing instruction across all K-12 curricular areas, Discovery Education Streaming Plus helps build the important critical thinking, collaboration and communication skills needed for success beyond graduation. 

Join the Day of Learning Twitter Chat for the following sessions:

  • 9:00 a.m.         Opening with a Get Ready to Learn exercise from Inner Explorer
  • 10:00 a.m.       This is Your Brain on Happiness with experts from Greater Good Science Center, U.C. Berkeley
  • 12:00 p.m.       The Happiness Impact with students from Sachem High School East
  • 2:00 p.m.        The Six Sustainable Happiness Skills with experts from Project Happiness
  • 5:00 p.m.        Discover Your Happy Everyday closing with resources to extend the learning                          
The United Nations International Day of Happiness is a global celebration to recognize happiness as a fundamental human goal that lays the foundation for the well-being of people worldwide.

The Day of Learning will enlighten students and educators across the country about the Six Sustainable Happiness Skills: Mindfulness, Positive Outlook, Purpose, Gratitude, Generosity, and Human Connection, provided by happiness experts from The Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, BerkeleyInner Explorer and Project Happiness. During the Day of Learning experts will demonstrate how happiness impacts our physiology and psychology.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, suicide is the second leading cause of death for adolescents age 12-17 in the United States. Research from the Anxiety and Depression Association of America shows that one in four children are affected by anxiety disorders; these youth are at higher risk to perform poorly in school, miss out on important social experiences and engage in substance abuse. Happy people are healthier, live longer, earn more money, and do better in school and life.

“Discovery Education is proud to partner with the ‘LG Experience Happiness Initiative’ to host a day dedicated to teaching the importance of consciously pursuing happiness, while providing students and educators with the digital tools they need to foster social emotional learning and improve focus,” said Lori McFarling, senior vice president and chief marketing officer, Discovery Education. “The ‘Day of Learning’ will highlight critical ‘Discover Your Happy’ work which promotes ways for youth to reduce stress, anxiety and live mentally healthier lives.”

Launched in 2018Discovery Education and LG Electronics USA joined forces to create the Discover Your Happy program, an initiative designed to teach students that happiness is a learnable skill, as an extension of LG’s Life’s Good: Experience Happiness corporate social responsibility initiative. Discover Your Happy introduces skills and practices aimed at achieving sustainable happiness. These classroom tools are aligned with curriculum standards and are designed to provide engaging, hands-on activities for students to identify actionable ways to start their journey toward sustainable happiness, while bringing happiness to their communities through the Six Sustainable Happiness skills.

“The ‘Discover Your Happy’ initiative provides an awareness that stress could be alleviated through learning and practicing structured skills aimed towards your personal journey of happiness,” said Francie Snyder, Educator, Manatee County, Florida. “Celebrating the ‘International Day of Happiness’ helps me to identify resources that captive and inspire my students to understand the science of happiness, empowering them to help teach their peers, families and community those tactical skills.”

Discover Your Happy resources are accessible for free online and also through Discovery Education Streaming Plus. For more information about Discovery Education’s digital curriculum content and professional development services, visit discoveryeducation.com. Stay connected with Discovery Education through social media on FacebookTwitterInstagram and Pinterest @DiscoveryEd.

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About Life’s Good: Experience Happiness:

Aiming to enrich the lives of 5.5 million youth in the United States over the next five years, LG Electronics USA has launched a unique new corporate social responsibility initiative called Life’s Good: Experience Happiness. Happiness skills can be learned, according to the Greater Good Science Center at University of California Berkeley, which has identified six skills that sustain one’s ability to recognize that life’s good: Mindfulness, Human Connection, Positive Outlook, Purpose, Generosity and Gratitude. LG’s science-based platform is designed to engage leading non-profit partners such as Inner Explorer and Project Happiness who help equip American youth with the skills for sustainable happiness. Visit, LGExperienceHappiness.com.

About Discovery Education:

Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms. Through its award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia resources, and the largest professional learning network of its kind, Discovery Education is transforming teaching and learning and improving academic achievement around the globe. Discovery Education’s services are available in approximately half of U.S. classrooms and primary schools in the U.K., and reach over 5 million educators and 51 million students in more than 90 countries. Inspired by the global media company Discovery, Inc., Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and like-minded organizations to empower teachers with customized solutions that support the success of all learners. Explore the future of education at DiscoveryEducation.com.

New President for Pioneering Sustainability Educator Presidio Graduate School

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 9:04pm

Presidio Graduate School (PGS), a pioneer in sustainability graduate education, is pleased to announce the appointment of Liz Maw as President. She assumes leadership of the school as it implements a renewal of its sustainability focused curriculum and embarks on a new strategic partnership with Amity Global Education Organization. This partnership allows PGS to expand degree programs and bring its mission to educate future sustainability leaders with the skills needed to change the world to a global market. 

She comes to Presidio Graduate School from NetImpact where she served as President for the last 14 years. She brings an extensive background in organizational development and in creating innovative programs to help students and young professionals realize their ambitions. Said Maw, “I am excited to join the Presidian community as President and lead a new phase of growth in size, diversity, and impact. Today we see increasing need for leaders in the business and public sectors that can think and act in systems to create sustainable outcomes for all stakeholders. Building additional capacities to educate these transformative leaders is my passion.”

Said Board of Directors Secretary and a leader of the search process Malcolm Walter, "Liz comes to PGS with abundant enthusiasm, creative ideas, and unparalleled knowledge of what new MBA/MPA students are looking for. She is exactly what is needed at this time in the history of PGS.”  Maw succeeds interim President and First Vice Chairwoman of the Board, Suzanne Farver. Liz rose to the top of a highly competitive candidate pool. The thoughtfulness of her vision and her ability to execute will ensure we maximize the potential of our new relationship with Amity and address the real world need for knowledgeable leaders in sustainability," said Farver. 

About Presidio Graduate School

Founded in 2002, Presidio Graduate School (PGS) is a values-driven graduate school offering MBA, MPA, and Dual MBA/MPA degree programs and Professional Certificates in Sustainable Solutions. All courses in the first of its kind curriculum integrate social justice, environmental responsibility, and systems thinking.

A world-class faculty academy of full and part-time scholar-practitioners possess subject matter expertise across the full spectrum of sustainability disciplines. With over 1900 business and public administration alumni at the forefront of the field, PGS is a global hub for sustainability innovation and regenerative impact, helping forge a new definition of the common good at the intersection of for-profit and for-benefit. Learn more about PGS programs, people, and impact at presidio.edu 

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The Future of Sustainability Reporting: Trends to Watch

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 9:04pm

The Columbia Business School Alumni Club of New York (CBSACNY) is an alumni organization seeking to strengthen alumni networks, support services, professional development, and education opportunities.  The Sustainable Business Committee produces events related to green businesses, the environment, sustainability, and pioneering new industry.  Visit CBSACNY online at http://www.cbsacny.org.

  • Hear from expert panelists with diverse experience in CSR and Sustainability Reporting.

  • Understand key factors and motivations that guide a company’s reporting strategy.

  • Learn about different reporting methods, frameworks, and standards.

  • Explore trends in CSR and Sustainability Reporting in the US and around the world.

  • Get answers to your questions - unique opportunity for open audience Q & A.

As companies strive to protect their reputational assets and earn trust from stakeholders, sustainability reporting and disclosure are no longer reserved solely for “green” or mission-oriented companies. Demand for transparency and disclosure is increasing, and sustainability reporting is becoming mainstream. However, how reporting is done may vary depending on the target audience and purpose of those disclosures. Dominant frameworks such as GRI and SASB, and emerging methods such as Reporting 3.0, Trucost, and <IR>, are evolving to play different parts and complement each other. Our expert panel will discuss best practices employed by companies, and how such practices create value for shareholders and stakeholders. While sustainability reporting remains largely voluntary, our panel will explore legal trends and any potential movement to integrate sustainability and financial disclosures, from a US and global perspective.

Register and learn more: http://www.cbsacny.org/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1088046

For more information, please contact:
Leila Goldmark, LGoldmark10@gsb.columbia.edu (re event details)
CBSACNY, contactus@cbsacny.org (re event registration and ticketing issues)

Being Fearless Live Online

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 9:04pm

Race. Climate. Politics. We live in a time of disruption. We need a new way forward. Join us for a 3-day online event, live and on demand, featuring Van Jones, Amy Goodman, Bill Moyers, Opal Tometi, and other courageous voices. With a $5 donation or more, gain insight and tools to navigate these complex times and help open the event to thousands.

Essity Publishes Its Annual and Sustainability Report for 2018

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 3:04pm
Hygiene and health company Essity has published its Annual and Sustainability Report for 2018, available here.
“In 2018, we strengthened our brands through successful innovations, improved our product mix, implemented price increases and intensified efficiency improvements and restructuring measures. We took actions in all parts of the business to increase profitability and offset the negative impact on earnings of the significantly higher raw material and energy costs. The work to contribute to a sustainable and circular society was rewarded. We qualified for inclusion in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index and were named industry leader in the Household Products sector. External factors made 2018 a challenging year, but with a strong customer focus and hard work we strengthened the business for the future”, says Magnus Groth, President and CEO of Essity. 

The printed version of the Annual and Sustainability Report 2018 will be distributed to shareholders who have requested a copy, starting March 15, 2019.

NB: This information is information that Essity is obliged to make public pursuant to the Securities Markets Act. The information was submitted for publication, through the agency of the contact person set out below, on March 13, 2019, at 8:00 a.m. CET. 

Download Essity's Annual and Sustainability Report 2018 here and learn more about their mission, values, and strengths.

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