Global Sustain Group / Global Sustain GmbH (https://globalsustaingroup.com/) organizes for 3rd consecutive year in cooperation and partnership with Forum for Responsible Investment (FNG – the leading Association for ESG & Green Finance in Germany, Austria, Switzerland & Lichtenstein), Investment Bank Berlin (IBB) and International Bankers Forum (IBF--‐The German leading Banking & Finance Network) the 3rd ESG Responsible Investments, Green Finance & Brands Forum 2018 (http://sustainabilityforum.de/) in Berlin on 26.9.2018 at the Conference Center of Investment Bank Berlin, with the motto this year “ESG, from Niche to Mainstream?”. A Forum that has been established as communication platform in the industry connecting ESG Investments, Green Finance & Banking with Sustainable Brands, bringing together senior speakers and attendees from above fields. Among speakers are executives and senior representatives from European Investment Bank, BP, Trucost (part of S&P Global), Arabesque Asset Management, German Council for Sustainable Development, Forum for Responsible Investment, Investment Bank Berlin and more.
The Forum is supported also communication wise by Handelsblatt Sustainable Investments Edition, Absolut Research, Business Wire and more. The ESG / SRI Market grows at a stable pace the last years and it is becoming gradually a trend. The Forum is a high level business dialogue on the actual ESG / SRI Market Trends and Investment Strategies, on the new Green Finance Initiatives such as the new EU Sustainable Finance Package, the TCFD and other Initiatives and Trends as well as the integration of ESG Metrics not only in the Investors & Asset Management Firms’ Strategies but also in the Corporations’ Strategy. The Forum will try also to give an answer to the main question. Is ESG going to swift from Niche to Mainstream?
Global Sustain Group is an international Consulting with 13+ years market presence (GRI Data Partner & PRI Signatory) and expertise in ESG Integration, Screening & Market Intelligence, Sustainability Reporting, Sustainability Compliance & Strategy, etc. Global Sustain is headquartered in London with companies in Berlin and in Athens, an office in Brussels and affiliates in New York and Nicosia. The company is also community driven with 400+ organizations as members, among others from the financial, banking and investment industries too.
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Following historic flooding and devastation in North Carolina in the wake of Hurricane Florence, Smithfield Foods, Inc. is donating 480,000 servings of protein through its Helping Hungry Homes® initiative to two local food banks and has committed $100,000 to the American Red Cross to support ongoing disaster-relief and recovery efforts in the state.
The company has mobilized their signature hunger-relief initiative, Helping Hungry Homes®, to donate 120,000 pounds of protein, equivalent to 480,000 servings, to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Southeast North Carolina and Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina, which serve the communities impacted by the storm.
Smithfield’s contribution to the American Red Cross will support the disaster-relief agency’s efforts to provide food, shelter, and relief supplies to the hundreds of thousands of individuals across the state who have been impacted by the storm and are in need of immediate aid.
“The Red Cross is working hard to deliver help and hope where it is most needed, including working with partners to move volunteers and supplies,” said Barry Porter, regional CEO of the Red Cross of Eastern North Carolina. “We couldn’t do our work without gracious donors like Smithfield Foods who truly support our community.”
Smithfield will continue to work with response organizations to assess and support both the region’s immediate and ongoing recovery needs. In the state of North Carolina, the company has more than 10,000 employees across seven facilities and 200 company-owned farms.
“Our hearts go out to those affected by Hurricane Florence, including many members of our Smithfield Family in North Carolina. We are immensely grateful for their safety and well-being in the wake of this historic storm, as well as for the tireless efforts of all the first responders,” said Keira Lombardo, senior vice president of corporate affairs for Smithfield Foods. “Recovering from devastation of this magnitude requires an ongoing collective effort, and we’re proud to provide resources to our neighbors in need in the communities we call home.”
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 Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
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The UPS Foundation, which leads global citizenship and philanthropy programs for UPS (NYSE: UPS), announced it will award nearly $2.7 million in grants to preeminent environmental organizations worldwide. The missions of these organizations align with The UPS Foundation and the company’s environmental sustainability goals, which address creation of global standards and best practices as well as other issues such as renewable energy sources and reducing its absolute greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from global ground operations. This announcement comes after The UPS Foundation recently awarded $10 million in grants to 44 organizations that advance diversity and inclusion around the world.
The most significant grants will advance The UPS Foundation’s commitment to fund the planting of “15 Million Trees By 2020” in urban and rural areas around the globe. Last year, the program funded the planting of more than 2.7 million trees, bringing the number of total trees planted to over 12.5 million - 84% to its goal. Additionally, this past year two new countries – Austria and Nigeria – were added to the program. UPS has now planted trees in 56 countries around the world. Key partners include support for The Nature Conservancy and World Wildlife Fund’s Education for Nature Reforestation programs.
Additional funding will go to The World Resources Institute (WRI) to provide continued program support for the development of the Science Based Global Greenhouse Gas Standards and Targets. These protocols and targets were used to help establish UPS’s 2020 and 2025 emissions, energy, fuel, and vehicle environmental goals. UPS will also provide support to WRI’s effort to scale the use of renewable natural gas production.
“UPS is committed to finding innovative solutions for today’s sustainability challenges,” said Eduardo Martinez, president of The UPS Foundation and chief diversity and inclusion officer at UPS. “Through our partner organizations, we’re able to have a real impact on pressing environmental issues that we face every day. This latest investment allows us to help transform markets and change lives.”
In addition to The Nature Conservancy, the WRI and the WWF, The UPS Foundation awarded environmental grants to eight other organizations:
DonorsChoose.org, to support environmental education classroom projects submitted by public school teachers in rural communities in the U.S.
Earth Day Network, for the Trees for Communities project that will plant more than 500,000 trees in Mexico, India, Cameroon, Uganda and the Boreal Forest in Canada.
Earthwatch, to support global education and research workshops as part of UPS’s Climate Ambassadors Program.
Keep America Beautiful, Inc., to fulfill local tree planting grants and beautification projects, advance community education and engage UPS employees through volunteerism.
National Arbor Day Foundation, for continued help with reforestation programs in Canada’s Boreal Forest.
National Park Foundation, to expand support for the reforestation of reclaimed mining land at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Penn.
Student Conservation Association (SCA), for assistance with its National Conservation Internship Program for college students interested in environmental stewardship careers.
World Business Council for Sustainable Development, to support public private partnerships to enhance environmental sustainability.
Recently, The UPS Foundation published its annual Social Impact Report. The report breaks out UPS’s philanthropic giving over the past year per The UPS Foundation’s four focus areas of Community Safety, Diversity & Inclusion, Environmental Sustainability and Volunteerism. It also highlights personalized stories of those impacted by grants, in-kind support, logistics expertise and volunteer hours from The UPS Foundation and UPS employees. For more information about UPS’s corporate giving, please visit UPS.com/Foundation.
About The UPS Foundation
UPS (NYSE: UPS) is a global leader in logistics, offering a broad range of solutions including the transportation of packages and freight; the facilitation of international trade, and the deployment of advanced technology to more efficiently manage the world of business. Since its founding in 1907, UPS has built a legacy as a caring and responsible corporate citizen, supporting programs that provide long-term solutions to community needs. Founded in 1951, The UPS Foundation leads its global citizenship programs and is responsible for facilitating community involvement to local, national, and global communities. In 2017, UPS and its employees, active and retired, invested more than $118 million in charitable giving around the world. The UPS Foundation can be found on the web at UPS.com/Foundation and @UPS_Foundation on Twitter. To get UPS news direct, follow @UPS_News on Twitter.
Because of the generosity of Walmart and Sam’s Club customers, the Walmart 2018 Hurricane Relief Fund at Foundation For The Carolinas has contributed $1,250,000 to The Salvation Army.
The $1.25 million grant will support The Salvation Army’s response and long-term recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricane Florence. Services include providing food, hydration, and emotional and spiritual support to survivors and first responders. With the grant, The Salvation Army can continue to offer these services in addition to identifying and meeting the unique needs of each impacted community.
“As our neighbors in the Carolinas continue to recover, we are proud to support organizations on the front line providing critical support,” said Julie Gehrki, vice president of programs for the Walmart Foundation. “Thanks to the generosity of our customers, we fully met our match. The funds from Walmart and Walmart customers will immediately assist communities with response and sheltering while investing in essential long-term recovery across the Carolinas.”
The Salvation Army committed more than 80 mobile feeding units to Hurricane Florence relief operations across four states. Each canteen can furnish up to 1,500 meals per day. As of September 20, The Salvation Army had provided more than 103,000 meals, 92,000 drinks, 44,009 snacks, and thousands of hours of emotional and spiritual care to 7,724 hurricane survivors. More than 33,000 hours of employee and volunteer service have been logged.
Because The Salvation Army has more than 7,600 centers of operation in the U.S., it is often first on the scene. As part of the communities they serve, they help people recover now and later rebuild.
“The Salvation Army has a long history of providing disaster relief and recovery. We also live and work in the areas affected and are committed to staying and rebuilding each community,” said Commissioner David Hudson, national commander of The Salvation Army. “Partners like Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are critical to our efforts to restore the areas and lives of those impacted by Hurricane Florence’s destruction.”
Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have partnered with The Salvation Army for over 40 years, providing support through grants and contributions to the Red Kettle Campaign. Each year, nearly 5,000 red kettles are stationed outside Walmart stores and Sam’s Club locations.
About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need without discrimination for more than 135 years in the U.S. More than 23 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless, and opportunities for underprivileged children. The Salvation Army tracks the level of need across the country with the Human Needs Index (HumanNeedsIndex.org). The Salvation Army has served survivors of every major national disaster since 1900. The Salvation Army does not place an administrative fee on disaster donations. During emergency disasters, 100 percent of designated gifts are used to support specific relief efforts. For more information, go to SalvationArmyUSA.org or follow on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS.
Valley National Bank announced today a multi-year partnership with the University of South Florida’s football program, which will contribute scholarship funds to first-generation USF students who are also U.S. military veterans.
Valley, the season-presenting sponsor of USF football, wanted to give back to the university in a meaningful way beyond Valley logos and signage at Raymond James Stadium. As a result, Valley developed the “Valley for Veterans” program, which will give a total of $25,000 in scholarship funds each football season to first-generation USF students who are veterans. The program is the first community impact initiative of its kind for the bank.
In each of the next three years, Valley’s $25,000 gift will be matched two-to-one by the state of Florida and the USF Foundation’s First-Generation Matching Grant program, bringing the total scholarship amount to $75,000 each year.
“Our community engagement strategy is about more than just writing a check. We want to make a real impact,” said Mark Fernandez, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at Valley, who serves on the USF Foundation’s Board of Directors. “There are more than 1,800 student-veterans in the USF system, and we are proud to support them as they work to complete their education.”
Valley’s community impact strategy focuses on three key areas – arts and culture, youth education and development, and entrepreneurship and innovation. In the area of education, the “Valley for Veterans” program builds on the bank’s already-strong support for scholarships that help USF students succeed.
In 2017, Valley also made a five-year commitment to fund scholarships for the FUSE program, which provides students a dedicated advisor and graduation path to a bachelor’s degree at USF while earning their associate degrees at one of eight Florida College System partners. Once FUSE program students successfully complete their associate degrees, they receive guaranteed admission to USF in their chosen fields.
About Valley National Bank
Valley National Bancorp is a regional bank holding company headquartered in Wayne, New Jersey with over $30 billion in assets. Its principal subsidiary, Valley National Bank, currently operates over 230 branch locations in northern and central New Jersey, the New York City boroughs of Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and Long Island, Florida and Alabama.
Valley National Bank, which merged with USAmeriBank earlier this year, is one of the largest commercial banks headquartered in New Jersey and is committed to providing the most convenient service, the latest in product innovations and an experienced and knowledgeable staff with a high priority on friendly customer service. For more information about Valley National Bank and its products and services, please visit www.valleynationalbank.com or call our Customer Service Center at 800-522-4100.
The Walmart Foundation today announced that it is making $1.5 million USD ($1.89 million CAD) available to fund proposals from eligible non-profit organizations working to reduce food waste in Canada. The Walmart Foundation is seeking proposals from qualified organizations that have experience in formulating, proposing, and implementing food waste reduction efforts. Requests between $300,000 and $1,000,000 (USD) will be considered.
This announcement is part of the Walmart Foundation’s commitment to award $15M USD ($19M CAD) to organizations that help reduce food waste and strengthen food banks in Canada. Previous grants awarded include a total of $6.3 USD granted to organizations leading and innovating in food waste reduction and charitable food recovery.
“The work being accomplished by the outstanding recipients of the Walmart Foundation grants to date is inspiring, and we remain committed to being part of the solution on the important issue of food waste in Canada,” said Kathleen McLaughlin, chief sustainability officer, Walmart Inc., and president of the Walmart Foundation. “Today’s announcement will build upon our efforts to help accelerate momentum to reduce and prevent food waste and alleviate hunger in Canada by investing in infrastructure to move excess perishable food from facilities and farms to the charitable meal system, funding innovative initiatives and advancing successful, existing programs.”
The announcement also builds on the retailer’s commitment to reduce waste in its own operations and achieve zero waste in key markets, including Canada, by 2025. Food waste is an urgent global issue, with substantial repercussions in terms of both food security and the environment. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Programme reports that roughly one third of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year — approximately 1.3 billion tons — gets lost or wasted. In Canada, the cost of food waste was identified as $31 billion in 2014, according to a report from Value Chain Management International, up 15 per cent from 2010.
About the Grants
This funding seeks to support promising programs that have the potential to significantly reduce food waste and loss – with the ultimate goals of preventing loss, maximizing donations of usable food, and minimizing food waste that ends up in landfills. Applications will be considered in three areas:
1. Prevention: Stopping waste from occurring in the first place
2. Recovery: Redistributing food to people
3. Recycling: Repurposing waste as energy, agriculture and other products
Walmart’s Food Waste Efforts
Walmart is working to achieve zero waste, using the Zero Waste International Alliance definition, across its operations in key markets – including Canada – by 2025. Walmart Canada’s commitment to reducing food waste includes selling food that is nearing its best before date at a discounted price as part of a Customer Value Program. The retailer has also donated more than 14.5 million pounds of food to food banks across the country through a comprehensive food diversion program which pairs Walmart Canada stores with a local food bank to help get food to those who need it most, aligning with Walmart’s commitment to provide 4 billion meals globally. Today, 244 of Walmart Canada’s stores send organic waste for composting or anaerobic digestion so it doesn’t end up in municipal landfill. Walmart also continues to work with suppliers to improve packaging and food handling processes to maintain quality and freshness.
For more information and to begin the application process, follow the instructions in the information document. Deadline: October 19, 2018 by 11:59 p.m. PDT/PST.
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 2.3 million associates and doing business with thousands of suppliers who, in turn, employ millions of people. Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are helping people live better by accelerating upward job mobility for the retail workforce; addressing hunger and making healthier, more sustainably-grown food a reality; and building strong communities where we operate. We are not only working to tackle key social issues, we are also collaborating with others to inspire solutions for long-lasting systemic change. To learn more about Walmart’s giving, visit foundation.walmart.com.
About Walmart Canada
Walmart Canada operates a growing chain of 410 stores nationwide serving more than 1.2 million customers each day. Walmart Canada's flagship online store, walmart.ca is visited by more than 750,000 customers daily. With more than 85,000 associates, Walmart Canada is one of Canada's largest employers and is ranked one of the country's top 10 most influential brands. Walmart Canada's extensive philanthropy program is focused on supporting Canadian families in need, and since 1994 Walmart Canada has raised and donated more than $300 million to Canadian charities. Additional information can be found at walmartcanada.ca, facebook.com/walmartcanada and at twitter.com/walmartcanada.
JetBlue (Nasdaq: JBLU) today received its latest A321 aircraft from Airbus’ U.S. A320 Family production facility in Mobile, Ala. The acceptance flight followed by JetBlue’s scheduled ferry flight, taking place on September 20, marks JetBlue’s first-ever flights fueled with renewable jet fuel blend. The fuel for these flights, provided by Airbus and certified by Air BP, consists of 15.5 percent renewable jet fuel blended with traditional jet fuel.
Four more A321 aircraft will be delivered to JetBlue from Airbus’s U.S. facility by the end of 2018. All of these customer acceptance and delivery flights will be fueled with renewable jet fuel. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has approved renewable jet fuel safe for use. Renewable jet fuel is chemically equivalent to conventional jet-A fuel, and poses no difference in performance or safety. To date, thousands of commercial, revenue flights have flown on different types of renewable jet fuel.
“This is another example of JetBlue acknowledging that a sustainable future for aviation will require cooperation between all parts of the industry,” said Robin Hayes, Chief Executive Officer, JetBlue. “Renewable jet fuel affirms JetBlue’s belief that we can help define our industry’s future path. Our goal is to serve as a market-maker for renewable jet fuel, creating demand and therefore supporting supply. We’re working closely with Airbus to set up infrastructure for more options in the southeast region.”
Following the deliveries in the U.S. to JetBlue, Airbus will determine the next steps toward offering this option to more customers taking aircraft deliveries from Mobile. Longer term, Airbus envisions supporting industrial production of sustainable fuels for aviation in the U.S. In another commitment to sustainability throughout the aircraft’s lifecycle, Airbus also announced its U.S. Manufacturing Facility in Mobile officially received its ISO 14001 certification. Airbus was the first aircraft manufacturer to be certified ISO 14001 for all its sites, products and services.
“Our goal is to source sustainable fuels in the southeastern United States. It is an opportunity to work closely with local stakeholders to scale-up production and the commercialization of sustainable aviation fuels in the region,” said Frederic Eychenne, Head of New Energies at Airbus. “We are actively seeking ideas to leverage Airbus’ strategy into opportunities for new economic development in Alabama.”
JetBlue is proactive about mitigating the impact of changes in the fuel market by flying more efficient aircraft, optimizing its fuel consumption, moving to renewable jet fuel, and more.
With an aviation industry-wide goal to cap net greenhouse gas growth from 2020 onward, renewable jet fuel is a key aspect of JetBlue’s emissions reduction strategy. In 2016, JetBlue signed a deal and made an offtake agreement with SJ Preston for renewable jet fuel at New York’s JFK Airport.
JetBlue’s Focus on the Environment - JetBlue depends on natural resources and a healthy environment to keep its business running smoothly. The airline is committed to taking steps to address the emission of greenhouse gases (GHGs) from its flights and empowers and inspires its customers and crewmembers to offset GHG emissions when they fly. The airline is constantly looking for ways to become more fuel efficient and embrace efficient technologies. For example, JetBlue planes feature Airbus' Sharklets, which improve aerodynamics and cut fuel burn and emissions. For more on JetBlue’s work to reduce emissions, visit jetblue.com/green.
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.
Airbus is a global leader in aeronautics, space and related services. In 2017 it generated revenues of € 59 billion restated for IFRS 15 and employed a workforce of around 129,000. Airbus offers the most comprehensive range of passenger airliners from 100 to more than 600 seats. Airbus is also a European leader providing tanker, combat, transport and mission aircraft, as well as one of the world’s leading space companies. In helicopters, Airbus provides the most efficient civil and military rotorcraft solutions worldwide.
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One year after deadly Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, the global organization Mercy Corps is helping the island’s small businesses, farmers and fishermen get back on their feet. With one in three workers in Puerto Rico employed by a small or medium-sized business and 80 percent of the island’s crop value wiped out by the storm, helping business owners generate income and providing tools to fishers and farmers to restore their livelihoods is crucial to the island’s continuing recovery.
“Though the island is steadily recovering, hidden destruction remains,” says Jeronimo Candela, Mercy Corps Director in Puerto Rico. “Puerto Ricans are still feeling the psychological and economic toll.”
Despite businesses and roads reopening, some business owners have experienced up to a 90 percent drop in customers since last year. Puerto Ricans are greatly concerned that tourism during the traditional high season this winter will be a fraction of what it was. Mercy Corps is providing cash grants, technical assistance and business development training to help small businesses. The organization is also working with conservation groups to restore natural resources like coral reefs and nature reserves, on which many tourism businesses depend.
“Local economies are the best engine for strong, long-term recovery after disasters,” says Candela. “Small business owners worked hard to reopen their shops as quickly as possible after the storm and are eager to have people explore the various attractions the island has to offer. Puerto Rico is open for business.”
Following the $780 million dollar loss in agriculture due to Maria, Mercy Corps is also distributing seeds and compost to farmers as well as bee boxes, as bees can increase agricultural production by as much as 80 percent. The organization is providing wire, nets and other tools to fishermen who lost traps and fishing gear during the hurricane.
Mercy Corps is helping Puerto Ricans prepare for future storms by conducting preparedness trainings, installing solar power, enhancing internet connectivity and planting community gardens in local community centers.
Mercy Corps' efforts in Puerto Rico are made possible by the support of Bacardi, BlackRock, Google.org, The Miami Foundation and Walmart. Join us and support Mercy Corps’ work in Puerto Rico and elsewhere in the world.
At its annual Charity Golf Outing in Somerset, NJ last week, The Briad Group® presented the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption with a check for $425,000 and pledged additional contributions toward the Foundation’s commitment to dramatically increase the number of adoptions from foster care. With Dave Thomas’ value of giving back at its core, The Briad Group and its partners, employees and sponsors have raised more than $5 million to advance the Foundation’s mission over the last 20 years.
“The Briad Group sets the bar high for unconditional, passionate and cause-focused commitment in their restaurants and through their record-setting golf tournament,” said Rita Soronen, President & CEO of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. “We are so grateful to the leadership of The Briad Group and their teams for being incredible stewards of Dave Thomas’ legacy and encouraging not only employees in the Wendy’s family, but also partners in other organizations and friends to support the Foundation’s mission.”
Through the generosity of The Briad Group, the Foundation is making significant progress in scaling its Wendy’s Wonderful Kids program across the United States and Canada. This evidence-based program is up to three times more effective in finding adoptive families for children who have been waiting in foster care the longest. To date, nearly 8,000 children have been adopted as a direct result of Wendy’s Wonderful Kids, including more than 500 children in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania, where The Briad Group operates.
“Briad has always been and always will be committed to giving back to the communities we serve,” said Rick Barbrick, President, CO-CEO & COO of The Briad Group. “We value all our teammates, guests and people less fortunate than us. We are proud to enter our 20th year supporting the Dave Thomas Foundation and exceeding $5 million in donations to this worthy cause.”
“Our mission is to ‘create lifelong relationships with our teammates and guests,’ and certainly that includes the entire Wendy’s family as well as our wonderful business partners and friends,” Barbrick added.
“Giving something back to the communities we call home is one of The Wendy’s Company’s core values, and it’s important to us that our franchise partners embrace this value too,” said Todd Penegor, President and CEO of The Wendy’s Company. “Since The Briad Group joined the Wendy’s family in 1994, it has been a tremendous contributor to Wendy’s and the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. We consistently see the organization’s commitment to live the Wendy’s brand purpose of creating joy and opportunity through food, family and community.”
About the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption
The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption is a national nonprofit public charity dedicated exclusively to finding permanent homes for the more than 150,000 children waiting in North America’s foster care systems. Created by Wendy’s® founder Dave Thomas who was adopted, the Foundation implements evidence-based, results-driven national service programs, foster care adoption awareness campaigns and innovative grantmaking. To learn more, visit davethomasfoundation.org.
Rainforest communities in Ecuador who won a landmark $12 billion environmental judgment against Chevron earned a big victory this week when their country’s Attorney General announced he would seek nullification of an “illegal” arbitral order obtained by Chevron from a secret court that barred the affected Indigenous peoples from testifying or presenting evidence.
The decision, announced by Ecuador Attorney General Inigo Salvador, is a significant setback for Chevron. The company had lobbied furiously to convince Ecuador President Lenin Moreno to abide by the award, only to be hit with a major backlash from the rainforest communities whose lawyers say the decision suffers from a series of legal defects and violates international law.
Chevron was trying to use the award to coax Ecuador’s government into trying to kill off the landmark case and win via a “technical trick” what it could never win on the merits given the overwhelming evidence against it, including 64,000 chemical sampling results, said lawyers for the communities. Chevron was also trying to use the secret arbitration to obtain a taxpayer-funded bailout of its liability from the very people it poisoned after years of forum shopping in search of impunity for its human rights crimes, said Steven Donziger, the longtime American legal advisor to the Ecuadorians.
Lawyers for the affected communities sent a strong letter to Moreno, Salvador, and Ecuador Foreign Minister Jose Valencia urging them to ignore the arbitral order and seek its nullification in the courts of the Netherlands, where the arbitration took place. Salvador said the company has 90 days to file the nullification request.
“This is a huge victory for the people of Ecuador a huge blow to Chevron and the secret arbitral proceeding, which we believe is illegitimate and resulted in a decision that violates various international law principles and is unenforceable,” said Patricio Salazar, the lead Ecuadorian lawyer for the Amazon Defense Coalition (FDA), the grass roots coalition that brought the lawsuit and is prosecuting the enforcement actions.
In announcing the decision by the government of Ecuador, Salvador said in a newspaper interview: “By complying with the arbitral decision, the country would be complicit in the violation of human rights of its own citizens and will be violating its own Constitution and international law.”
Chevron already has tried to use the arbitral order to influence Canadian judges as part of public relations campaign to deny enforcement of the $12 billion judgment, but that strategy appears to have been unsuccessful. Already, Canada’s Supreme Court has ruled unanimously in favor of the Ecuadorians on a jurisdictional issue. Given that they were not a party to the arbitration between Chevron and Ecuador’s government, any decision cannot apply to affected peoples who are enforcing the judgment, said Salazar.
Chevron also faces a criminal complaint before the U.S. Department of Justice for falsifying evidence used in the arbitration in an effort to evade the Ecuador pollution judgment, which relates to what many experts believe is the world's worst oil-related environmental disaster. Four layers of courts in Ecuador found that Chevron deliberately dumped billions of gallons of toxic waste into the rainforest, decimating indigenous groups and causing an outbreak of cancer that has killed or threatens to kill thousands of people.
The private arbitrators who ruled for Chevron – each of whom made an estimated $25 million in fees paid largely by the oil giant -- went beyond their authority and violated the law by refusing to let the indigenous communities participate, offer testimony, or even attend as observers. “The arbitral decision has no value as a matter of law, is the product of an illegitimate proceeding, the arbitrators violated the rights of the Indigenous communities who have been poisoned by Chevron, and they also used the process to personally enrich themselves,” said Salazar.
The letter from the lawyers to President Moreno and other government officials said: “We hope through this letter to convey what we believe is a non-controversial position: the arbitral decision is simply unenforceable as a matter of law and the Republic of Ecuador is legally obligated to ignore the instructions of the arbitrators and to seek nullification of their decision.”
The three arbitrators had purported to order Ecuador’s government to take steps to withdraw the enforcement action targeting Chevron in Canada, even though the government is not a party to that action. Any interference by Ecuador’s government in a private lawsuit as ordered by the arbitrators would violate the country’s separation of powers doctrine as enshrined in the Constitution. It also would violate international law by allowing private arbitrators to interfere with the internal affairs of a sovereign nation. (Here are legal arguments about the illegality of the arbitration.)
The United States, for example, has repeatedly rejected rulings from international judicial bodies that interfere with U.S. domestic law. Ecuador is no different, said Salvador.
Chevron’s arbitration against the Ecuadorian state is the first in history where a private trade arbitration purports to overrule a decision by a sovereign nation’s highest court – an act that makes the arbitration process itself illegitimate, according to the letter to Moreno. The arbitration panel also purports to deny human rights protections, including the right to life and a clean environment, enshrined in international treaties.
The letter also blasted the arbitrators for using corrupt evidence presented by Chevron based on the testimony of an admittedly corrupt witness paid $2 million by the company. The witness, Alberto Guerra, admitted lying on the stand to try to help Chevron undermine the pollution judgment. Chevron also tried to threaten Ecuador's trial judges with jail time if they did not rule in favor of the company.
“It is clear that Ecuador’s government is legally obligated to reject the arbitral award,” said Salazar. “Focus should be on Canadian courts, where Chevron’s false allegations will be rejected and where the case is likely to be resolved after more than two decades of litigation.”
The letter to the Ecuador government officials was signed by Ecuadorian lawyers Patricio Salazar, Agustin Salazar, and Angel Cajo; and U.S. lawyers Aaron Marr Page and Steven R. Donziger.
On September 12, Michael R. Bloomberg announced 50 heads of state from six continents have already committed to attend the second annual Bloomberg Global Business Forum (GBF), making it one of the most-attended events by heads of government in 2018. They will join over 250 of the world’s most prominent business leaders to strengthen economic prosperity and collaborate on trade issues, globalization, innovation, and competition. If the companies represented at the Global Business Forum were a country, its economy would be the third largest in the world. Supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Global Business Forum will take place in New York City on September 26th at the Plaza Hotel alongside the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly.
A Global Call for Climate Progress will be the focus of a One Planet Summit in the afternoon, hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron, U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres, World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim and Bloomberg himself.
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(GlobeNewswire) – This month, Mondelēz International is sending 15 colleagues to Ghana, the birthplace of Cocoa Life, the company's sustainable cocoa program. As part of the “Joy Ambassadors” skills-exchange program, employees will spend two weeks learning about the challenges and opportunities farmers face in growing sustainable cocoa. They will share their business expertise to help accelerate the impact of the company’s cocoa sustainability efforts.
“The Joy Ambassador program supports our ongoing commitment to empower people to snack right by building a cocoa world that delivers positive impact for people and planet,” said Sarah Delea, President of the Mondelēz International Foundation and Senior Director for Well-being and Community Involvement. “Our Ambassadors gain a deeper understanding of our cocoa supply chain first-hand, grow as leaders and come back to their teams with fresh insights and inspiration from this life-changing experience.”
During their journey, the Ambassadors immerse themselves in the communities and culture by working on the cocoa farms, helping with harvesting, meeting important stakeholders in the Ghanaian cocoa industry and volunteering in local schools. They also develop and deliver workshops to help farming communities increase their business knowledge and capacity in community-identified development areas such as strategy development, influence and communication, finance, stakeholder management and marketing.
Now in its fifth year, the program is funded by the Mondelēz International Foundation through a partnership with VSO, the world's leading independent international development organization working through volunteers to tackle poverty in developing countries.
The 2018 Class of Joy Ambassadors is:
-- Colin Antoni, Plant Manager — Australia
-- Chelsea Briner, Associate Director, Shelf Availability — United States
-- Betina Corbellini, Human Resources Business Lead, Supply Chain, Latin America — Brazil
-- Caroline Decker, Senior Manager, Global Strategy — United States
-- Stefka Ivanova, Category Planning Manager, South Central Europe — Bulgaria
-- Kalshelia Lloyd, Associate Director, Marketing Gum Equity — United States
-- Joaquin Petroni, Senior Counsel, Southern Cone — Argentina
-- Ricardo Quintero, Senior Group Leader, Research, Development & Quality — Colombia
-- Dara Kasouaher, Director Tax Transfer Pricing — United States
-- Michelle Santillan, Category Marketing Manager, Chocolate — Philippines
-- Andre Silva, Associate Director, Supply Chain Management — Brazil
-- Ilona Simcoe, Quality Manager — Canada
-- Herb Smith, Manager Cocoa Chocolate & Nuts Sourcing — United States
-- Marcelo Trez, Sales Associate Director, Modern Trade — Brazil
-- David Whitworth, Manager FP&A Overheads — United Kingdom
As one of the world's largest chocolate companies, Mondelēz International is committed to ensuring a sustainable cocoa supply chain through Cocoa Life. Launched in 2012, the program is investing $400 million by 2022 to empower at least 200,000 cocoa farmers and reach over one million community members in six key cocoa-growing origins: Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Indonesia, India, the Dominican Republic and Brazil.
The company will highlight the experiences of the Joy Ambassadors on www.facebook.com/mondelezinternational and www.twitter.com/mdlz d uring and after the journey. Visit the 2017 Impact for Growth Progress Report to learn more about Mondelēz International's impact strategies and programs.
About Mondelēz International
Mondelēz International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MDLZ) empowers people to snack right in approximately 160 countries around the world. With 2017 net revenues of approximately $26 billion, MDLZ is leading the future of snacking with iconic global and local brands such as Oreo, belVita and LU biscuits; Cadbury Dairy Milk, Milka and Toblerone chocolate; Sour Patch Kids candy and Trident gum. Mondelēz International is a proud member of the Standard and Poor’s 500, Nasdaq 100 and Dow Jones Sustainability Index. Visit www.mondelezinternational.com or follow the company on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MDLZ.
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UPS (NYSE: UPS) was named to the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI World) for the sixth consecutive year and the Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index for the 14th straight year. The recognition comes as UPS continues to work toward its ambitious sustainability goals to add more alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles to its fleet while increasing its reliance on renewable energy sources.
UPS’s inclusion on these highly-regarded indices reflects its position in the top 10 percent of sustainability performers among the 2,500 largest companies tracked in the S&P Global Broad Market Index.
“It’s an honor to be recognized by DJSI for our sustainability efforts,” said Tamara Barker, UPS chief sustainability officer and vice president of environmental affairs. “We are proud of the work we have done this year to electrify our fleet and improve the environment as well as the communities we serve worldwide. And, we look forward to continuing our efforts.”
Companies are selected for inclusion on DJSI based on an in-depth analysis of economic, environmental and social factors with an emphasis on long-term shareholder value. Created in 1999, the DJSI was the first global index to provide benchmarks for measuring corporate sustainability. The use of primary research, rules-based methodology and focus on best-in-class companies by DJSI make these indices valuable tools for examining leading sustainability-driven companies around the globe.
UPS has been honored with several other distinctions this year, including:
Recognized as the number one company in the delivery industry on Fortune’s Most Admired Companies list.
Chosen by CR Magazine as one of “100 Best Corporate Citizens” for the ninth consecutive year.
Named to the Civic 50 for the fifth time.
To learn more about UPS’s sustainability efforts, visit ups.com/sustainability.
UPS (NYSE: UPS) is a global leader in logistics, offering a broad range of solutions including transporting packages and freight; facilitating international trade, and deploying advanced technology to more efficiently manage the world of business. UPS is committed to operating more sustainably – for customers, the environment and the communities we serve around the world. Learn more about our efforts at ups.com/sustainability. Headquartered in Atlanta, UPS serves more than 220 countries and territories worldwide. The company can be found on the web at ups.com and its corporate blog can be found at longitudes.ups.com. Our new sustainability eNewsletter, UPS® Horizons, can be found at ups.com/sustainabilitynewsletter. To get UPS news direct, follow @UPS_News on Twitter.
YourCause, LLC, the leader in enterprise philanthropy and corporate social responsibility technology, announced today an update to its Volunteer Manager product. This release combines new features and functionality, an improved user experience, and a modern technology architecture to empower YourCause enterprise clients to easily create, promote, and manage volunteer programs of all shapes and sizes while also providing greater support for global volunteer programs through enhanced international capabilities. With nearly 40 million volunteer hours logged by the Global Good Network since inception, the Volunteer Manager enhancements provide a more engaging volunteer experience for employees and nonprofit partners as well as greater productivity and administrative efficiency for volunteer managers.
The vision for Volunteer Manager stems from YourCause’s close collaboration with enterprise clients strongly committed to innovation in their volunteering programs, including Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits, as well as the Global Good Network’s User Research Group, which is comprised of volunteer program administrators and end users. With over 90% of YourCause clients offering volunteer opportunities across the globe, many enhancements focus on the product’s international capabilities, including multi-national time zone support, Google Location API integration, explore events experience redesigned to help employees find more geographically relevant volunteer opportunities, and a new email template library translated into seventeen languages. Additional enhancements include deeper integration of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, a flexible tagging system to support a broad range of volunteer campaigns, theme- and skills-based volunteerism, and improved survey functionality to facilitate Community Reinvestment Act programs and capture volunteer feedback and stories.
Cindy Haas, Senior Director of Public Relations and Corporate Social Responsibility at Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits, said of the new Volunteer Manager product: “At Southern Glazer’s, our executive leadership and passionate employee team members are committed to making a positive impact across every market in our North American network. Working with YourCause’s Volunteer Manager product, we can increase participation and engagement in local volunteer activities and more easily execute national philanthropic initiatives. As a result, we are truly harnessing the power of our entire Southern Glazer’s family to make a bigger and more meaningful impact in the communities where our people work and live.”
As with all YourCause products, the Volunteer Manager enhancements were developed with mobile users in mind, allowing employees to search and sign up for volunteer events, look up critical event information and instructions, and log hours and impact from any mobile device or operating system. Features like mobile single sign-on and event check-in were designed around mobile user behaviors to meet employees where they are.
“Volunteer Manager has been a cornerstone of our CSRconnect platform for many years and has helped our clients grow both the participation and impact of their volunteer programs globally,” Matt Combs, Founder and CEO of YourCause, explains. “With this major update, we aim to modernize the volunteer experience for both administrators and employees alike. As volunteer programs increase in scope and complexity, our clients need technology like ours to simplify how they manage their programs without compromising on features or functionality.”
Volunteer Manager will continue to improve through regular enhancements as YourCause clients transition their programs and adopt the new capabilities already available. For more information on the YourCause platform and recent enhancements, visit YourCause.com.
YourCause, LLC is a Dallas, TX based Software as a Service (“SaaS”) provider of the CSRconnect Employee Engagement Platform (“CSRconnect”) and the GrantsConnect Corporate and Foundation Grants Management Platform (“GrantsConnect”), an integrated, fully hosted solution for corporations to more effectively deploy and manage their employee giving, volunteering, disaster relief, grant management, fundraising, and overall corporate social responsibility and philanthropy programs. Ranked on the Inc. 5000 list for four consecutive years and named a best place to work in Dallas, YourCause is rapidly expanding its operations through the ongoing deployment of end-to-end solutions for enterprises, nonprofits, and do-gooders. YourCause’s Transparent Giving model allows the company to maximize impact across its Global Good Network benefitting millions of nonprofits around the world.
KFC celebrated its first-ever global community outreach effort this September through a new, annual giving initiative called “Acts of Colonel-ness,” in honor of what would have been founder Colonel Harland Sander’s 128th birthday. To bring the campaign to life, KFC challenged 300,000 team members in more than 130 countries around the world to commit to doing a total of 128,000 acts of kindness in their communities during the month of September.
“KFC is driven by a heart-led culture, grounded in our founder’s original values. The Colonel didn’t reach his ultimate goal until he was 65, but we think people should have the opportunity to do all they can and do it the best they can much sooner than that. This September, we’re proud to live out the spirit of our founder and give back to our communities in a meaningful way,” said Roger Eaton, CEO, KFC Global.
KFC employees around the world committed “Acts of Colonel-ness” to empower people in their local communities, including:
KFC South Africa expanded the KFC Harvest program to all franchise restaurants. Harvest is a food donation program that donates surplus food from KFC restaurants to local community organizations. The program is now in 200 restaurants across the country and has provided over one million meals to local beneficiaries since first introduced in equity restaurants in 2015.
KFC India threw a birthday party for more than 200 children at local schools that are supported through the KFC Add Hope program. The Add Hope program in India now feeds over 15,000 at risk children in the country.
KFC franchise partners in Egypt, Saudi Arabia and UAE recognized and extended thanks to their hardworking KFC delivery teams. More than 1,000 KFC delivery drivers across the three countries were gifted with “Cool-ness Kits,” a token of appreciation filled with items to help beat the heat during their deliveries.
KFC corporate teams in the U.S. volunteered time and resources to local youth organizations, Mi Escuelita and Blessings in a Backpack. In Louisville, Ky., employees packed bags of groceries to help provide hunger-free weekends for hundreds of local students, while in Dallas, Texas, teams repaired school grounds at one of the Mi Escuelita preschools.
Local community outreach that provides opportunity to others is a long held value of KFC and its employees and franchise partners. Since launching in 1999, the KFC global Harvest program has donated over 78 million pounds of food worldwide. In 2017 alone, KFC team members and franchise partners donated three million meals through Harvest to 1,700 different charities and raised over $14 million to support local youth causes, benefiting six KFC Foundations and over 35 other charities and community partners.
To learn more about the global citizenship and sustainability efforts of KFC and Yum! Brands, visit citizenship.yum.com.
KFC, a subsidiary of Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE: YUM.), is a global chicken restaurant brand with a rich, decades-long history of success and innovation. It all started with one cook, Colonel Harland Sanders, who created a finger lickin’ good recipe more than 75 years ago, a list of secret herbs and spices scratched out on the back of the door to his kitchen. Today we still follow his formula for success, with real cooks breading and freshly preparing our delicious chicken by hand in more than 21,000 restaurants in 130+ countries and territories around the world.
The National Forest Foundation (NFF) is pleased to announce it has planted more than 2.6 million trees in 2018, the largest number of trees planted in a single year by the NFF.
“We are thrilled to have planted this many trees in one year,” said Wes Swaffar, the NFF’s director of ecosystem services. “The credit for this milestone goes to our many supporters and partners. Together, we’re making a big difference for our forests,” said Swaffar.
The NFF works with the U.S. Forest Service to restore priority sites on America’s 193-million-acres of National Forests and engages Americans across the country in stewarding and enjoying these landscapes. The NFF announced a campaign to plant 50 million trees on National Forests on Earth Day 2018. Every dollar donated to the NFF plants one tree on a National Forest.
“The reforestation need across our National Forests is immense,” said the NFF’s president, Mary Mitsos. “We’re proud to be leading an effort to address this need and plant trees where they are needed most,” she continued.
The 2018 tree-planting projects occurred on 25 different forests across the country and reforested approximately 13,000 acres, an area equal to planting a forest across more than 10,000 football fields. These reforestation projects improved local watersheds and improved wildlife habitat for threatened and endangered species like the Kirtland’s Warbler, the red cockaded woodpecker, the grizzly bear and the Canada lynx. These projects are also restoring thousands of acres that have been impacted by recent wildfires in the western U.S.
Each tree will sequester an average of 11 pounds of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere every year, meaning that in the next 100 years, these 2.6 million trees will sequester more than 13 million tons of carbon dioxide. That’s equal to the annual emissions from more than 280,000 cars.
The NFF has also recently partnered with two other leading nonprofits, the American Forest Foundation and the Arbor Day Foundation, to work together to increase the pace of reforestation on America’s National Forests.
“All three organizations are working towards the same goal of healthy, resilient forests,” said Mitsos. “We know through our collaborative conservation work that when groups come together, they are more effective and efficient. We wanted to put that knowledge into practice around our reforestation efforts, and we’re excited to be working with the American Forest Foundation and the Arbor Day Foundation to plant trees on America’s National Forests.”
Several leading American businesses have contributed to the NFF’s impressive tree-planting success in 2018, including Lands’ End, Boxed Water, MinuteKey, Busch Beer and hundreds of smaller businesses and individuals.
Learn more about the NFF and its 50 million tree-planting initiative at nationalforests.org/50million
About the National Forest Foundation
The National Forest Foundation promotes the enhancement and public enjoyment of the 193-million-acre National Forest System. By directly engaging Americans and leveraging private and public funding, the NFF improves forest health and Americans’ outdoor experiences. The NFF’s programs inform millions of Americans about the importance of these treasured landscapes. Each year, the NFF restores fish and wildlife habitat, plants trees in areas affected by fires, insects and disease, improves recreational opportunities, and enables communities to steward their National Forests and Grasslands. Learn more at www.nationalforests.org.
UPS (NYSE:UPS) today announced a more than $1 million commitment through The UPS Foundation in support of recovery efforts following the devastating flooding, infrastructure damage and utility outages caused by Hurricane Florence. Through a combination of cash grants, in-kind transportation movements and technical expertise, the company and The UPS Foundation will provide both urgent relief, as well as support for long-term needs ranging from rebuilding to personal and financial recovery assistance.
“We’re seeing immediate needs in these communities across a wide range of humanitarian areas in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence,” said Eduardo Martinez, president of The UPS Foundation and chief diversity and inclusion officer. “UPS is collaborating with FEMA and its non-profit relief partners on multiple fronts to ensure help reaches those who need it urgently. Over the long-term, additional assistance will be required to help transform affected communities into resilient neighborhoods.”
When a disaster strikes, The UPS Foundation moves quickly to mobilize its relief network in support of first responders and provides immediate in-kind relief to assist with response and recovery efforts on multiple fronts. The UPS Foundation is working with the American Red Cross, the CDC Foundation, FEMA, Good360, NVOAD, Operation Hope, SBP (Saint Bernard Project) , The Salvation Army, ToolBank Disaster Services, United Way and other humanitarian aid partners to provide immediate support and assess longer-term needs, committing additional funding and in-kind assistance for recovery needs that will be specified during the post-crisis recovery phase.
Additionally, the company has deployed skilled volunteers with humanitarian logistics expertise to the American Red Cross and FEMA, to help transportation of needed supplies and to coordinate support with multiple partner agencies providing relief.
UPS and The UPS Foundation have a history of leveraging the company’s logistics expertise and moving quickly to assist in delivering humanitarian aid and relief efforts globally after natural disasters. In fact, currently UPS is transporting relief supplies to impacted areas in the Philippines and Hong Kong hit this past Saturday by Typhoon Mangkhut, otherwise known as Super Typhoon Ompong in the Philippines, in collaboration with the Philippines Disaster Resilience Foundation. Trucks have been deployed to transport more than 1,700 sacks of rice, 4,800 relief packs, 2,000 family food packs, 500 hygiene kits, 500 sleeping kits and 500 family kits.
Last year, The UPS Foundation responded to 26 major world disasters and invested more than $21 million in funding, in-kind, and technical support for community safety initiatives that included enhancing preparedness, urgent disaster response, recovery and public health strengthening. Building the resiliency that communities need to better withstand and recover from future disasters is an ongoing and strategically important aspect of UPS’s Humanitarian Relief & Resilience Program. Also last year, The UPS Foundation provided in-kind support of humanitarian aid and relief across 53 countries – almost $6 million worth of in-kind services – including loaned experts and relief shipments leveraging UPS’s owned and contracted global network in the air, on the ground, over railroads and on the ocean.
About The UPS Foundation
UPS (NYSE: UPS) is a global leader in logistics, offering a broad range of solutions including the transportation of packages and freight; the facilitation of international trade, and the deployment of advanced technology to more efficiently manage the world of business. Since its founding in 1907, UPS has built a legacy as a caring and responsible corporate citizen, supporting programs that provide long-term solutions to community needs. Founded in 1951, The UPS Foundation leads its global citizenship programs and is responsible for facilitating community involvement to local, national, and global communities. In 2017, UPS and its employees, active and retired, invested more than $118 million in charitable giving around the world. The UPS Foundation can be found on the web at UPS.com/Foundation and @UPS Foundation on Twitter. To get UPS news direct, follow @UPS_News on Twitter.
Consumers Energy today ushered in a new technology on the campus of Western Michigan University, starting operation of a new large-scale battery that should store enough energy to power 1,000 homes at any time.
“Advances in battery storage technology have now reached the scale that they power entire communities on demand,” said Tim Sparks, Consumers Energy’s vice president of electric grid integration. “Our Clean Energy Plan calls for more solar and wind electric generation facilities that will depend on battery storage to be dependable sources of energy for our customers for when the wind isn’t blowing or the sun shining. The Parkview Battery Project begins the next groundbreaking chapter in the story about how clean and reliable energy reaches Consumers Energy customers.”
Western Michigan University president Ed Montgomery, local legislators and county commissioners joined Consumers Energy employees who worked on the project at a ribbon cutting ceremony on Western’s campus.
The Parkview battery site was selected through a statewide search in consultation with Michigan State University (MSU). Over the next year, Consumers Energy and MSU consultants will study data generated at the new battery facility to better the potential for battery storage use around the state. Western Michigan University engineering students will also have opportunities to participate in partnerships with Consumers Energy on electric battery research and operations.
The 1 megawatt (MW) battery’s output is about the amount of electricity used by approximately 1,000 residential electric customers in an hour. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, about 867 MW of utility-scale battery capacity exists in the United States based on technology similar to the Parkview battery. Large-scale batteries can support wind and solar plant electric production when declining winds and clouds reduce their output for short periods and could threaten their reliability.
“The foundation of all we do at Consumers Energy focuses on our Triple Bottom Line: people, the planet and Michigan’s prosperity. We are excited to launch this project and see how it will provide future benefits for our customers as we continue to develop responsible and environmentally friendly electric generation and storage facilities,” Sparks said.
Consumers Energy, Michigan’s largest energy provider, is the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy (NYSE: CMS), providing natural gas and/or electricity to 6.7 million of the state’s 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.
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