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Astellas Global Health Foundation Launches

Thu, 11/22/2018 - 1:58pm

Astellas Pharma Inc. (TSE: 4503, President and CEO: Kenji Yasukawa, Ph.D., "Astellas") announced the launch of the Astellas Global Health Foundation (AGHF), a new international philanthropic organization dedicated to improving access to health in underserved global communities. Key areas of focus for the AGHF initially will be neglected tropical and communicable diseases, children’s health and mental health in low-income communities and low-and middle-income countries where Astellas, a company dedicated to improving the health of people around the world, does not have a commercial presence. Additionally, AGHF will fund programs that build healthier communities and provide disaster preparedness and relief in these same geographies.

The Astellas Global Health Foundation merges three former philanthropic entities – the Astellas USA Foundation (AUSF), the Astellas European Foundation (AEF), and the Astellas Asia-Oceania Foundation (AAOF) – into one organization.

The goal is to support some of the world’s most vulnerable populations in areas with high child mortality rates, low life expectancies, and insufficient access to health. Since 2005, the three foundations have contributed nearly $25 million to charities and partners aligned with each foundation’s focus areas.

“The World Bank and World Health Organization reported last year that half the world’s population lacks access to essential health services,” said Moyra Knight, president of the Astellas Global Health Foundation. “The Astellas Global Health Foundation’s focus on increasing access to health will contribute toward making a sustainable impact on the health of people around the world.”

Access to health remains a significant challenge for underserved populations in low- and middle-income countries. A recent report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine calls for urgent, comprehensive efforts to address what it calls the “global quality chasm” in healthcare worldwide. The report finds up to eight million deaths occur annually in low- and middle-income countries due to poor-quality healthcare.i

In its first year, the Astellas Global Health Foundation will send a request for proposal to eligible organizations that primarily focus on strengthening health infrastructure and enhancing the availability and accessibility of quality healthcare with a focus on three key areas in low-and middle-income communities:

  • Children’s health: The Foundation seeks to address high child mortality rates by supporting programs that, for example, improve access to preventative measures such as medicines, nutrition or vaccines for children in need;

  • Mental health: The Foundation seeks to improve access to mental health diagnosis and treatment, especially in individuals experiencing life-threatening illnesses such as cancer and heart disease;

  • Neglected tropical and communicable diseases: The Foundation will support programs that improve access to health for major communicable diseases and neglected tropical diseases in support of the WHO goals for control, elimination and eradication.

Grants that were made to organizations prior to the formation of the Astellas Global Health Foundation will be honored through the term of the commitments.

i National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine. Up to 8 Million Deaths Occur in Low- and Middle-Income Countries Yearly Due to Poor-Quality Health Care, Says New Report; Major Quality Chasm Must Be Fixed in Order to Reap Benefits of Universal Health Coverage. http://www8.nationalacademies.org/onpinews/newsitem.aspx?RecordID=25152&_ga=2.34323233.1893422204.1537240744-1774799898.1537240744. Last accessed Sept. 20, 2018.

Caterpillar Foundation Invests $50,000 in Second Harvest Japan Tokyo2020: Food for 100,000

Thu, 11/22/2018 - 10:57am

The Caterpillar Foundation has announced an investment with Second Harvest Japan that will provide direct assistance to households in need through pantries, care packages and mobile pantries. Second Harvest Japan provides a wide assortment of healthy foods for various recipients including refugees from more than 65 different countries. Second Harvest Japan also supports recipients with dietary restrictions, a concern which often impacts what can or cannot be accepted by a family in need.

The Caterpillar Foundation is committed to supporting programs that are focused on alleviating poverty through investments that help address its root causes. The Foundation first began investing in Second Harvest Japan in 2006, an organization that recognizes the importance of collaboration and research.

“We are proud to work with Second Harvest Japan to help those who may not know where their next meal will come from,” said Michele Sullivan, president of the Caterpillar Foundation. “Through our work, we support the UN Sustainable Development Goals, particularly those focused on ending poverty and hunger. When people’s basic human needs are met, they are able to more effectively pursue economic and educational opportunities. And when they can do so, an entire community can benefit.”

“It has been an honor for us to partner with the Caterpillar Foundation to work on this important project. Over the years, Caterpillar and the Caterpillar Foundation have been incredible partners by supporting us with volunteers and funding,” said Charles McJilton, CEO of Second Harvest Japan. “Being a pioneer in creating a food safety-net for Japan can be challenging, but with partners like Caterpillar working alongside us, we are reminded that we do not do this work alone. Together we are providing the future with a new public asset – one that will match surplus food with those in need and give peace of mind to many, many households.”

Japan has a relatively high poverty rate (16%), but very few places where those in need can access emergency food assistance. In Tokyo alone, nearly two million people live below the poverty line, and yet there are less than 20 food assistance distribution sites available. In comparison, New York City has 1,100; San Francisco has 250; and

Hong Kong has 160 distribution locations. Second Harvest Japan’s goal is to create a food safety-net for 100,000 unique users in Tokyo by 2020. To achieve this goal, they have launched the project, "Tokyo 2020: Food for 100,000."

Second Harvest Japan envisions the long-term impact of this program will increase food security for those in need. In addition, in the future, the central kitchen can be used as a training facility for the unemployed and those wishing to move into higher paying jobs.

About Caterpillar Foundation
Founded in 1952, Caterpillar's philanthropic organization, the Caterpillar Foundation, has contributed more than $715 million to help make sustainable progress possible around the world by providing program support in the areas of basic needs, education and environmental sustainability. To learn more about the global impact of the Caterpillar Foundation, visit www.togetherstronger.com. To connect with us on social media, visit caterpillar.com/social-media.

About Second Harvest Japan
Second Harvest Japan is working to create a food safety-net so that those in need such as single-parent households, the elderly, refugees and migrant workers, as well as low-income households can have access to the food they need. Second Harvest Japan also provides food to about 300 welfare institutions, NPOs, faith-based groups, regional food banks and after-school programs each month. As of the end of July 2018, they have signed donor agreements with over 1,500 companies and organizations. Second Harvest Japan continues to pioneer food banking.

CONTACT Megumi Tsukamoto +81-357172632 tsukamoto_megumi@cat.com Global Government & Corporate Affairs http://www.caterpillar.com Bridget M. Young +1 (309) 675-8463 young_bridget_m@cat.com Global Government & Corporate Affairs http://www.caterpillar.com

Hanes Launches 2018 National Sock Drive to Help the Homeless

Wed, 11/21/2018 - 1:55pm

Simple things can bring great comfort to those living without shelter.

That is why America’s No. 1 basic apparel, underwear and sock brand is donating 225,000 pairs of socks to organizations fighting homelessness across the United States in its ninth year of sponsoring the Hanes National Sock Drive. Hanes is continuing to partner with national agencies, including The Salvation ArmyInvisible People and Covenant House, while increasing the local impact of the program by engaging directly with at least one agency in every state to distribute the apparel. Since the program’s inception in 2009, Hanes has provided more than 2.5 million pairs of socks – the most requested item by relief agencies – to help the homeless.

“Most of us take basic apparel for granted, but we know a clean pair of socks can mean a lot to those experiencing homelessness,” said Sidney Falken, chief branding officer, HanesBrands. “Although we can’t solve this chronic issue facing our country, we are committed to bringing a little comfort to those who need it most.”

The brand also announced that the National Sock Drive program will expand beyond the holiday season to a yearlong effort. In addition to conducting outreach events throughout the year, Hanes has introduced the ability for individuals to participate in the program. Visit www.hanes.com/donate to purchase socks ($1), women’s underwear ($1), men’s underwear ($1.50) and bras ($6) that will be distributed in needed styles and sizes by The Salvation Army. On www.hanes.com/sockdrive, visitors can also learn more about homelessness and get information about the organizations participating in the sock drive.

Among those agencies are Covenant House, Family Promise of Coastal Alabama and HOPE Services Hawaii.

"We're so grateful that Hanes has again chosen our young people at Covenant House as the recipients of their amazing generosity through the brand’s National Sock Drive," said Kevin Ryan, president and CEO of the New York-based national agency serving homeless and at-risk youth. "The young people overcoming homelessness at Covenant House are good, brave, resilient, hard-working kids. What many of them have not had in their lives is someone who cares. With this drive, our friends at Hanes are delivering much-needed financial assistance to Covenant House by supplying practical clothing for our kids. Just as important, the brand is sending a message to our kids that they are not alone, that there are people who care. When our kids hear that message, there is nothing they cannot achieve."

Family Promise of Coastal Alabama, located in Mobile, provides temporary shelter and related services and support to families as they work to achieve and sustain independence.

“Families at FPCA work hard to make home a reality again,” said Diane J. McCaskey, executive director. “As they struggle to get back on their feet, many remain unable to afford a simple pair of socks. And while we know that socks can help keep people healthy and moving forward, our agency never has enough of them. That is why we are so grateful to be a recipient of the Hanes National Sock Drive.”

Hilo-based HOPE Services Hawaii offers housing-focused programs and services to families and individuals experiencing homelessness, while supporting their success toward permanent housing and self-sufficiency.

"We're excited to partner with Hanes, and appreciate the brand’s commitment to helping us serve our homeless community," said Kristen Alice, director of community relations.

Local organizations distributing Hanes socks include:

Alabama (Mobile)

Alaska (Anchorage)

Family Promise of Coastal Alabama

Brother Francis Shelter

Arkansas (Fayetteville)

7 Hills Center

Arizona (Phoenix)

Phoenix Rescue Mission

California (Bell)

The Salvation Army

California (Hollywood)

Covenant House

California (Los Angeles)

Los Angeles Mission

 

Street Symphony

California (Oakland)

Covenant House

California (San Diego)

Father Joe’s Village

Colorado (Denver)

Colorado Coalition for the Homeless

Connecticut (Waterbury)

St. Vincent DePaul

Delaware (Wilmington)

The Salvation Army

District of Columbia

Miriam’s Kitchen

Covenant House

Florida (Fort Lauderdale)

Covenant House

Florida (Tampa)

The Salvation Army

Georgia (Atlanta)

Covenant House

Nicholas House

Hawaii (Hilo)

HOPE Services Hawaii

Idaho (Boise)

Interfaith Sanctuary Shelter

Illinois (Chicago)

Covenant House

 

The Night Ministry

 

The Salvation Army

Indiana (Indianapolis)

Wheeler Mission

Iowa (Iowa City)

Shelter House

Kansas (Topeka)

Topeka Rescue Mission

Kentucky (Bowling Green)

HOTEL INC

Louisiana (New Orleans)

Covenant House

 

UNITY of Greater New Orleans

Maine (Bangor)

Bangor Area Homeless Shelter

Maryland (Baltimore)

Baltimore Station

Massachusetts (Boston)

Pine Street Inn

Michigan (Detroit)

Covenant House

Minnesota (Minneapolis)

St. Stephen’s Street Outreach

Mississippi (Vicksburg)

Warren County Children’s Shelter

Missouri (St. Louis)

Students-in-Transition (St. Louis School Board)

Montana (Billings)

Montana Rescue Mission

Nebraska (Omaha)

Siena/Francis House

Nevada (Las Vegas)

Caridad

New Hampshire (Plymouth)

Bridge House Homeless Shelter and Veterans’ Support

New Jersey (Newark)

Covenant House

New Mexico (Albuquerque)

Joy Junction

New York (New York)

Covenant House

North Carolina (Charlotte)

Men’s Shelter of Charlotte

North Carolina (Winston-Salem)

The Salvation Army

 

Samaritan Ministries

North Dakota (Bismarck)

Ministry on the Margins

Ohio (Cincinnati)

Shelter House

Ohio (Cleveland)

The City Mission Men’s Crisis Center

Oklahoma (Oklahoma City)

City Rescue Mission

Oregon (Portland)

Central City Concern

Pennsylvania (Philadelphia)

Covenant House

Pennsylvania (Wilkes-Barre)

The Salvation Army

Rhode Island (Providence)

Crossroads Rhode Island

South Carolina (Columbia)

Transitions

South Dakota (Sioux Falls)

Bishop Dudley Hospitality House

Tennessee (Nashville)

Open Table

Texas (Austin)

Mobile Loaves and Fishes

Texas (Dallas)

The Stewpot

Texas (Houston)

Covenant House

Utah (Salt Lake City)

The Road House

Vermont (Burlington)

Committee On Temporary Shelter

Virginia (Richmond)

The Salvation Army

Washington (Seattle)

Seattle Homeless Outreach

West Virginia (Charleston)

Union Mission

Wisconsin (Milwaukee)

The Guest House

Wyoming (Casper)

Wyoming Rescue Mission

The Hanes National Sock Drive is part of Hanes for Good, the corporate responsibility program of Hanes’ parent company, HanesBrands (NYSE:HBI).

Hanes
Hanes, America's No. 1 apparel brand, is a leading brand of intimate apparel, underwear, sleepwear, socks and casual apparel. Hanes products can be found at leading retailers nationwide and online direct to consumers at www.Hanes.com.  

HanesBrands
HanesBrands is a socially responsible leading marketer of everyday basic innerwear and activewear apparel in the Americas, Europe, Australia and Asia-Pacific. The company markets T-shirts, bras, panties, shapewear, underwear, socks, hosiery, and activewear under some of the world’s strongest apparel brands, including HanesChampionMaidenformDIM, BaliPlaytex, Bonds, JMS/Just My Size, Nur Die/Nur Der, L’eggsLovableWonderbra, Berlei, Alternative, Gear for Sports, and Bras N Things. More information about the company and its award-winning corporate social responsibility initiatives can be found at www.Hanes.com/corporate. Visit our newsroom at https://newsroom.hanesbrands.com/. Connect with HanesBrands via social media on Twitter (@HanesBrands) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/hanesbrandsinc).

CONTACTS:
Carole Crosslin
HanesBrands
336-671-3704 (mobile)
carole.crosslin@hanes.com

Jamie Wallis
Hanes
336-519-4758
jamie.wallis@hanes.com

National Grid, City of Schenectady Begin Work on Smart City Streetlight Initiative

Wed, 11/21/2018 - 1:55pm

National Grid and the City of Schenectady have begun work that will transform the municipality into a “smart city” by deploying advance street lighting technology.  The work will start on Union Street between North College Street and Washington Avenue and will include retrofitting 18 streetlights with intelligent control nodes with a mixture of soft-white and daylight temperature LED bulbs.  This project is a first of its kind partnership between a municipality and a utility company.

Under this new Smart City REV Demonstration Project, the City of Schenectady will see energy savings from advanced street lighting and controls, improved performance of existing streetlights, and the foundation for smart cities applications to improve municipality’s services for the residents of Schenectady.  National Grid and the city will gather feedback from local residents, business owners, officials and other stakeholders on LED color preference and use this as a model for the rest of the project.

Continuing in early 2019, National Grid will use its existing LED Conversion program to replace approximately 4,200 company-owned streetlights with advanced LED lights that will be retrofitted with controls and smart city technologies. The upgrades will make the city more efficient and the technology attached to the streetlights will improve asset management capabilities by enabling real-time data analytics and lighting controls. This project, along with the newly announced statewide Smart Street Lighting NY Program, will support municipalities’ efforts to reduce energy consumption, save money and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

“National Grid is proud to partner with the City of Schenectady on this innovative REV demonstration project,” said Laurie Poltynski, National Grid’s eastern New York regional executive. “This project will develop and test multiple innovative business models that could serve as scalable solutions for other cities and towns across our service area.”

The demonstration project will allow National Grid to test the impact of energy savings from remotely operating a large-scale LED conversion project. Additionally, the project will provide information on whether enhanced street lighting infrastructure can provide additional pricing options that allow municipalities to maximize streetlight infrastructure for services other than lighting. 

The project was conceptualized in partnership with Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy, who appointed a Smart City Commission to help drive how the city serves its residents. The commission looked to smart city technology to enhance the city’s municipal services and improve the quality of life for its residents.

“I would like to sincerely thank National Grid, the Department of Public Service, and our Smart City Advisory Commission for their valued partnership,” Mayor Gary McCarthy said. “Schenectady has a proud history of innovation and it is incredibly important that we use technology and infrastructure to improve quality of life for residents and make our community more sustainable.”

The Smart City REV Demonstration Project also will enable third parties to deliver data analytic applications for future uses. The technology would offer citizens, developers, start-ups, universities, and entrepreneurs the ability to bring concepts to life through apps that rely on data analytics obtained from the sensors and devices that are installed on the streetlights.

The Smart City REV Demonstration Project is part of National Grid’s robust suite of customer solutions to reduce street lighting costs and promote clean energy.  Other solutions  include an LED streetlight option for private-area lighting customers, a program for  municipalities to earn a one-time incentive payment for converting existing streetlights to LED, an opt--in luminaire replacement program where customers can choose to have National Grid install LED fixtures when existing fixtures reach their end of life, and development of an innovative streetlight portal  that will provide customers with more transparency and interaction with their streetlight bills and inventory.

Phase one of the REV demonstration, to continue in 2019, will include the installation of LED luminaires, intelligent network lighting controls and communication networks in two zones of the city. Phases two and three will expand this installation in other regions of the city; these phases will also include the installation of smart city sensor nodes and smart city attachments. These phases will take place over three years.

The Smart City project is among a series of REV, or Reforming the Energy Vision, demonstration projects being led by National Grid. REV is Gov. Cuomo's strategy to lead on climate change and grow New York's economy while building a cleaner, more resilient and affordable energy system.  Among National Grid’s REV demonstration programs are the Smart Energy Solutions energy management initiative in Clifton Park , the Fruit Belt Neighborhood Solar Demonstration Project in Buffalo, and the Community Resilience Microgrid Demonstration Project in Potsdam.

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Disaster Coordination Call for Hurricane Harvey

Wed, 11/21/2018 - 1:55pm

Extreme flooding in Texas over the past few days in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey has damaged homes and businesses, displaced families and individuals, and left at least two fatalities in the region. In the wake of disasters such as these, a multi-sector response effort is critical.

Join the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Corporate Citizenship Center for a coordination call on the flooding crisis in Texas. On the call, hear from companies, NGOs, and multilateral organizations about the situation on the ground, current humanitarian efforts, and what your company can do to help. Register here: https://goo.gl/2CZ7mH

New Report Highlights Untapped Potential for Corporate Water Efficiency in the Southwest

Tue, 11/20/2018 - 4:54pm

With the Bureau of Reclamation warning that the Colorado River could be in an official shortage as soon as 2020, a new report released today by Business for Water Stewardship offers hope that businesses can cut water use while growing the economy. The report, Corporate Contributions to Water Stewardship in Colorado and Arizona, found that just under half of Colorado and Arizona’s leading companies have voluntary water use targets. With the Commercial, Industrial and Institutional (CII) sector accounting for more than a quarter of water use in those states, policies and incentives to promote corporate water stewardship could result in significant savings.

“We can’t make it rain, but we can make the most of every drop of water, and that is precisely what the Southwest’s leading companies are working to do,” said Todd Reeve, Director of Business for Water Stewardship. “The fact that Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Hilton, Intel, MillerCoors, and so many other businesses are working voluntarily to reduce water use and restore rivers is a great sign. We need to accelerate that progress to ensure a water secure and prosperous future.”

The research, conducted by Antea Group, looked at water use by 67 Arizona and Colorado companies in the food and beverage, hospitality, energy, and technology industries. Limited data makes it difficult to track progress, but available information shows that CII water use is rising, although it is still below 2004 levels in Arizona, and growing more slowly than the economy.

“What gets measured gets managed,” said Nick Martin of Antea Group. “The timing is right and the appetite to pursue meaningful advancements in corporate water stewardship is at an all-time high. The missing piece is readily available data and information for companies, utilities and policymakers to make informed and confident decisions.” 

The report highlights three key needs to accelerate corporate water stewardship: better data about CII water use, more sharing of best practices, and a more supportive policy and business environment that incentivizes water savings, recycling, and restoration. 

Even absent policy and market incentives, 44% of Arizona companies surveyed and 49% of those in Colorado have set water use targets, with annual water savings ranging from 2-10%. Many companies are also using recycling, community engagement, technology like remote monitoring, and operational and landscape changes to save water. The report includes case studies from household name companies like Hilton, Sprint, IBM, Intel, GoDaddy, Safeway and MillerCoors. 

“To stay competitive, companies need to be looking decades into the future,” said Jon Radtke, Water Sustainability Program Director at Coca-Cola North America. “Any business in the Southwest that’s looking that far out is going to see water risk, and understand that it’s in their interest--and the interest of employees and customers--to do their part to conserve. That’s why Coke is working to boost global water efficiency by 25% while returning 100% of the water we use to communities and nature.”

“At Hilton, we’re committed to reducing our water use intensity by 50 percent by 2030 through our Travel with Purpose initiative. In order to accomplish our water stewardship goals, every property in our portfolio is required to have at least one water restoration, replenishment or conservation effort active in their communities,” said Maxime Verstraete, vice president of corporate responsibility, Hilton. “From replacing leaky pipes to water efficient landscaping, we know that small changes can add up to a big impact when magnified across our more than 5,500 hotels around the world.”

Seven of the companies surveyed support restoration projects designed to increase flows in rivers and streams, restore wetlands and replenish groundwater to improve water security for people, fish and wildlife. In Arizona, corporate funding has helped advance dozens of irrigation modernization projects that now deliver water more reliably to farms while also bolstering flows to rivers and streams. In Colorado, corporate support has helped implement water sharing agreements and partnerships that keep rivers like the Poudre, Gunnison, Yampa, and Rio Grande flowing during times of stress.

A summary and the full report are both available for download at http://businessforwater.org/resources#policy-publications.

Business for Water Stewardship (BWS) works hand-in-hand with businesses to advance solutions necessary to sustain the well-being of our communities, economies, and rivers. A program of Bonneville Environmental Foundation, BWS provides a portfolio of services that catalyze business engagement and leadership in environmental water stewardship.

For more information, please contact:

Molly Mugglestone
Director of Communications
Business for Water Stewardship
molly@businessforwater.org
970-275-8909 

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T-Mobile Encourages Everyone to Do Their #GivingOnUs – Makes More Than $2M Available for Customers, Fans and Employees to Donate on November 27th

Tue, 11/20/2018 - 1:54pm

Tis the giving season - and T-Mobile wants to help everyone get into the spirit this Giving Tuesday – on us! Today, T-Mobile (NASDAQ: TMUS) announced it will make more than $2 million available to customers, fans and employees who want an opportunity to do some #GivingOnUs!

It’s simple and no strings attached! On Giving Tuesday, November 27th, here’s how it will work:

  • T-Mobile Customers: Through the T-Mobile Tuesday app, every customer can give 10 meals* (on us!) to Feeding America®. Customers will also get the chance to win the opportunity to have T-Mobile donate up to $25, $100 or even $500 –to their favorite charity. **

  • Everyone: Every time anyone tweets with the #GivingOnUs hashtag, T-Mobile will give 10 meals* to Feeding America. In total, via Twitter and the T-Mobile Tuesday app, up to 10 million meals ($1 million) will be donated to Feeding America!

  • T-Mobile Employees: The T-Mobile Foundation will deposit at least $27 in every T-Mobile employee’s Giving Account, which they can direct to any eligible charity of their choice. 

“We love giving back during the holiday season and this Giving Tuesday we want our customers, fans and employees to do their #GivingOnUs!” said John Legere, CEO of T-Mobile. “We’re making it easy. We’re putting more than $2M in their hands and giving them the opportunity to donate to some amazing organizations that will make a huge difference in our communities.”

The Un-carrier’s commitment to charitable giving goes far beyond just one day. So far in 2018, T-Mobile has donated more than $8 million and offered more than 34,000 volunteer hours to organizations that support youth, veterans, the environment, disaster recovery, ending hunger in America and more. This doesn’t even include donations to come from our Giving Tuesday campaign this year – which kicks off our busiest giving season of all!

For updates or to learn more about T-Mobile’s charitable giving, visit: https://www.t-mobile.com/responsibility

*Feeding America Donation: $1 helps provide at least 10 meals secured by Feeding America on behalf of local member food banks.
**Sweepstakes: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Open to residents of the 50 U.S., P.R., and D.C. 13+. Enter from 11/27/18 @ 5:00 am ET to 11/28/18 @ 4:59 am ET. Void where prohibited. Sponsored by T-Mobile. For information on how to enter & full rules visit t-mobiletuesdays.com on 11/21.   

About T-Mobile US, Inc.
As America's Un-carrier, T-Mobile US, Inc. (NASDAQ: TMUS) is redefining the way consumers and businesses buy wireless services through leading product and service innovation. Our advanced nationwide 4G LTE network delivers outstanding wireless experiences to 75.6 million customers who are unwilling to compromise on quality and value. Based in Bellevue, Washington, T-Mobile US provides services through its subsidiaries and operates its flagship brands, T-Mobile and Metro by T-Mobile. For more information, please visit http://www.t-mobile.com.

T-Mobile US Media Relations
MediaRelations@t-mobile.com

Ola Brew —Growing Hawaii’s Agriculture, One Pint at a Time

Tue, 11/20/2018 - 1:54pm

After 11 months in operation of their Hawaii County brewery, cidery, and taproom, Ola Brew announces round-three of their equity crowdfunding raise of $300,000 to add an onsite restaurant, continue launching and producing new products for retail, and begin the planning and design of a satellite location in Honolulu, HI. The offering—now live on the Wefunder crowdfunding platform—is made possible by the recent JOBS Act which, allows local investors to buy equity in new growing businesses. This round will close March 30th, 2019.

Since opening doors on December 15th 2017, Ola Brew has quickly become a must see/must taste destination for visitors and local residents, alike. The draw—Ola Brew is Hawai’i’s first production brewery to specialize in both beer and cider made with island-grown ingredients. Ola Brew has a mission to encourage growth in Hawai’i’s agricultural economy by purchasing local ingredients and incorporating them into innovative beers and ciders. Stimulating economic growth by purchasing b-grade fruit that may otherwise go to waste is their goal and another way to include the community as stakeholders in their business model, second to being both community and employee owned.

Demand for Local Craft

While the rise of micro-breweries and micro distilleries nationwide continues to grow steadily, the cider industry is seeing a clear boom and a demand for more flavors and new styles of cider—and Hawaii is no exception. Since closing their first equity crowdfunding campaign in May, 2017, the Ola Brew team worked hard to bring a new facility to life while also experimenting and perfecting new beer and cider recipes.

Since opening their facility in December, Ola Brew has exceeded projections in their taproom and with retail partners throughout the state including on premise hotels, bars, restaurants and off-premise retail accounts; Ola Brew has also partnered with Paradise Beverage, Hawai’i’s largest beer distributor for statewide distribution of canned beer sales. Since launching their flagship IPA in stores statewide in July, 2018 Ola Brew has landed accounts such as Wholefoods, Safeway, Costco, and CVS tallying at nearly 250 retail accounts to date.  “Our partnership with Ola Brew has been incredible and a great decision for us. The reception in retail stores has gone overwhelmingly well,” says Thom Cornog, Craft Beer Sales Manager at Paradise Beverage. “Ola Brew is out the gate with a winning combo: it's a local beer and they're leading with their flagship IPA. You can't go wrong with that combination.” Ola Brew will launch two more products for retail in their 4th quarter, the Ma’a Lager and Kona Gold Pineapple Cider, which will be Hawai’i’s first cider canned for retail.  

Dedication to Community

Using a triple bottom line business approach, Ola Brew defines success by positively impacting the island’s economy, the environment, and its people. President and Director of Marketing of Ola Brew, Naehalani Breeland says, “last year we purchased over $60,000 in local fruits to prepare for this year’s production. This year we plan to double that.” With the launch of the restaurant that will also base source ingredients from island farms, Breeland says the potential to grow their impact is substantial.

Facility and License

Ola Brew is second to Maui Brew Co. to acquire a Hawaii Class 18 Liquor License—allowing them to produce beer, wine, and spirits. In 2017, Ola brew transformed an ordinary 14,000 sq ft. warehouse into a state-of-the-industry production facility and taproom. Since the close of their last equity-crowdfunding raise, Ola Brew has tripled its capacity to support the  The facility’s current brew capacity is over 12,000 barrels per year and is equipped with a full canning and production line, which allows Ola Brew to share craft brews with the entire state. Production to date is just over 3000 barrels.

Stakeholder Owned

The authorization of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act—signed into law May 16, 2016— allows and encourages small businesses and entrepreneurs to raise capital from their trusted community rather than seeking tethered and unfamiliar angel investments.  Wefunder, Nick Tommarello says, “Everyone should have the right to invest in what they truly care about, and the people who care should have a say where the capital gets distributed.” So far, the JOBS Act has allowed hundreds of small businesses and individual investors to benefit.

Since the JOBS Act regulations were implemented, many small businesses across the US are adopting this model of fundraising. “We decided to utilize the WeFunder platform for a number of reasons,” says Brett Jacobson, CEO/Founder of Ola Brew.  Wefunder’s mission is to increase economic growth and lower wealth disparity, by sharing the rewards of capitalism more broadly, which directly relates to the goals at Ola Brew Jacobson, also the founding CEO of local beverage company, Hawaiian Ola, has had a long-standing passion for supporting Hawaii’s agriculture and economy by empowering local farmers producing responsibly grown crops. “Rather than isolating community stakeholders,” says Jacobson, “we want to work with shoppers by making them shareholders of everything we do.”

The Big Picture

Ola Brew set out to raise $4.1M—to date the brewery has raised $3.2M, of which $707K was raised from their first equity crowdfunding raise that closed last April and was used to fund the initial build out, purchasing tanks and production equipment, and bringing products to retail market.

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About Ola Brew:
 Ola Brew is Hawaii’s first locally sourced and locally produced beer and cider company combined. The team is comprised of the seasoned beverage industry peeps that brought you the Hawaiian Ola Beverage Company. Ola Brew supports farmers growing responsibly grown tropical fruits, and is passionate about creating great tasting beers and ciders, which provides shoppers a local alternative to imported brews.

For more information, please contact:

Naehalani Breeland, President/Director of Marketing
808.388.6654
naehalani@olabrewco.com  
www.olabrewco.com
www.wefunder.com/olabrewco

HACR Hosts Its First 2018 Corporate Inclusion Index Awards Dinner Presenting the HACI Award

Tue, 11/20/2018 - 1:54pm

On November 14, 2018, the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR) hosted its first Corporate Inclusion Index (CII) Awards Dinner at the J.W. Marriott hotel in Washington, D.C. PepsiCo served as the dinner’s main sponsor.

The HACR CII Awards Dinner is based on HACR’s CII ratings which are designed around two focus areas – a practice and outcomes assessment in the Employment, Procurement, Philanthropy, and Governance pillars. The assessment examines key indicators by which companies evaluate progress on diversity and inclusion in order to help them identify opportunities for improvement or best practices for Hispanic inclusion.

The HACR Award for Corporate Inclusion, (HACI) is given to companies who achieved a five (5) star rating in any pillar. This year there were a total of fifty participants. Thirty-seven are Fortune 100 companies and nine participated for the first time.

The following companies won the HACI award in the following categories:

Employment:  ADP, Aetna, Allstate Insurance Company, Anthem, AT&T, Cigna, Coca-Cola Company, Comcast NBCUniversal, GM, Humana Inc., Intel Corporation, Johnson & Johnson, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Metlife, Miller Coors LLC, Morgan Stanley, PepsiCo, Prudential Financial Inc., State Farm, Verizon, and The Walt Disney Company.

Procurement: Comcast NBCUniversal, Exelon Corporation, GM, and Walmart Inc.

After dinner, Dr. Garcia continued to present the HACI award for Philanthropy and Governance to the following winners:

Philanthropy: AT&T, Cigna, Citi, Comcast NBCUniversal, Exelon Corporation, UPS, and Verizon.

Governance: ADP, American Express, Cigna, Citi, Coca-Cola Company, Comcast NBCUniversal, Comerica Bank, GM, Marriott International, PepsiCo, Target, United States Tennis Association, and Verizon.

Comcast Corp. is the only Fortune 100 company to earn five stars in all four pillars of the HACR Corporate Inclusion Index.

“Comcast NBCUniversal Telemundo is honored to be acknowledged as the only company to receive the HACR Award for Corporate Inclusion (HACI) in all four categories: employment, procurement, philanthropy and governance. We value our long-term partnership with HACR and its member organizations, and we are proud of our journey together to advance Hispanic inclusion across our businesses and the communities where our 195,000 employees live and work.  We greatly appreciate this recognition, however we realize this important work is never done. We look forward to our future collaborations with HACR.” said Comcast Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, David Cohen.

On behalf of the HACR and its’ Board of Directors, HACR is thankful to all the companies who participated in this year’s survey. To access the 2018 HACR Corporate Inclusion Index report click here.

About HACR

Founded in 1986, the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR) is one of the most influential advocacy organizations in the nation representing 13 national Hispanic organizations in the United States and Puerto Rico. Our mission is to advance the inclusion of Hispanics in Corporate America at a level commensurate with our economic contributions. To that end, HACR focuses on four areas of corporate social responsibility and market reciprocity: Employment, Procurement, Philanthropy, and Governance.

For more from this organization: Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility

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Less Than 10 Percent of Global Companies Report on Business Ethics KPIs, According to New EcoVadis Anti-Corruption Report

Tue, 11/20/2018 - 10:53am

 EcoVadis, the world’s most trusted provider of business sustainability ratings, has published a new anti-corruption study that reports how businesses manage critical ethical issues including bribery and fraud. The major takeaway: the world’s average business ethics score is 42.4, which indicates most organizations are taking a reactive, unstructured approach to fighting corruption risks.

The report is based on more than 20,000 company assessments conducted by EcoVadis from January 2017 to June 2018, across 100 countries and 150 industries. Performance is evaluated for both small (26-999 employees) and large (1000+ employees) enterprises on a scale of zero to 100, with scores below 45 representing medium to high risk, and scores below 25 indicating very high risk. Selected highlights from EcoVadis’ research include:

  • North American and European companies are leading the world in business ethics with scores above 45, indicating they are the most proactive and structured when dealing with business ethics issues. 56 percent of companies in North America and 51 percent in Europe have a formal policy on corruption, likely due to respective regulatory environments that bring greater scrutiny, disclosure obligations and penalties.

  • The business community needs to take a closer look at mitigation best practices. There is widespread disparity between methods used to fight corruption. Whistleblowing is the most common best practice, followed by anti-corruption training and audits of internal controls. Other fundamental measures are still rare, such as corruption risk assessments, with only four percent of companies in both North America and Europe implementing this practice – and just two percent in China, Latin America and AMEA.

  • Reporting on business ethics issues is still very rare. On average, less than 10 percent of companies globally report on business ethics KPIs. This figure is slightly higher for North American companies (12 percent).

  • Finance and insurance (49.9) is the leading industry in best practices adoption. Power transmission and generation (50.2) had the highest average industry score followed by information and communication technology (47.7), real estate (47.7) and legal and consulting (46.4) industries.

  • Wholesale, transportation and storage, construction and the light and heavy manufacturing sectors all scored below the world’s average (42.2), indicating these industries are at high risk for corruption, bribery and fraud.

“While most companies formalize anti-corruption policies through a code of conduct, few are taking the next step and implementing internal control measures. Written frameworks are a great starting point, but they are not sufficient for mitigating all corruption risks, which can wreak havoc on companies’ bottom lines and reputations if not addressed,” said Pierre-Francois Thaler, Co-CEO of EcoVadis. “To tackle these issues effectively, executive leaders need to deploy a holistic and structured risk mitigation program that fosters transparency, encourages collaboration on performance improvements, and holds all parties accountable.”

The timing of the study coincides with the new U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act policies and expansion of Sapin II in France, which requires companies with more than 500 employees and €100 million in annual turnover to implement anti-corruption programs. Since enacting the law, French companies’ performance has increased significantly when it comes to policies (with adoption of this practice jumping from 44 to 49 percent) and measures (adoption increased from 30 to 36 percent) and moderately on reporting results (adoption moved up from 11.8 to 12.5 percent).

Corruption is defined broadly under the EcoVadis methodology as any kind of abuse of entrusted power in the workplace for private gain, taking the form of bribery, conflict of interest, fraud and/or money laundering.

To learn more about global anti-corruption efforts download the “The Fight Against Corruption: Insights Into Ethical Performance in Global Supply Chains” report here.

About EcoVadis

EcoVadis is the world’s most trusted provider of business sustainability ratings, intelligence and collaborative performance improvement tools for global supply chains. Backed by a powerful technology platform and a global team of domain experts, EcoVadis’ easy-to-use and actionable sustainability scorecards provide detailed insight into environmental, social and ethical risks across 190 purchasing categories and 150 countries. Industry leaders such as Johnson & Johnson, Verizon, L’Oréal, Subway, Nestlé, Salesforce, Michelin and BASF are among the more than 50,000 businesses on the EcoVadis network, all working with a single methodology to evaluate, collaborate and improve sustainability performance in order to protect their brands, foster transparency and innovation, and accelerate growth. Learn more on ecovadis.com, Twitter or LinkedIn.

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From Certifying Operations to Transforming Systems

Tue, 11/20/2018 - 10:53am

These ‘systemic impacts’ help to create an enabling environment for production and consumption practices that benefit people and the planet, and contribute toward the Sustainable Development Goals. They include both tangible impacts, such as the creation of public and private policies or new partnerships, and intangible impacts, such as building trust and influencing socio-cultural attitudes.

WWF and ISEAL commissioned sustainability consultancy Aidenvironment to explore this largely uncharted territory.

Jan Willem Molenaar from Aidenvironment, said: “Although systemic impacts can be difficult to capture, we found numerous examples of changes large and small that standards have helped to bring about. Increased understanding of these systemic impacts can help standards and their stakeholders become more effective in improving the enabling environment for sustainable production.”

The white paper, which explores the concept of systemic impacts, shares case studies of a number of potential impacts including:  

Stakeholder collaboration: Standards can help facilitate dialogue between multiple stakeholders, strengthening coordination, strategies and partnerships to tackle key sustainability issues. In some cases, such dialogue has led to the development of new industry initiatives and jurisdictional approaches. For example, in Sabah, Malaysia the state government, industry and civil society are working together to certify all oil palm operations to the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) standard by 2025.

Knowledge and investments: Standards can help expand the knowledge base and develop tools to support sustainable production, pioneering concepts such as the high conservation value (HCV) approach and paying living wages. There are also cases where some standards have funnelled investment into training and capacity building that improves practices among large numbers of producers, not only those seeking certification.

Policies and behaviour: By engaging with businesses, government and the finance sector, standards are in a strong position to work with partners to influence policies, corporate behaviour and public opinion. The paper notes many cases where standards have directly influenced government policy and regulations in several countries and sectors – from aquaculture in Vietnam and coffee in Brazil to cotton in Mozambique and forestry in Peru.

Andrea Dreifke-Pieper, Director Markets & Finance, WWF Germany, said: “To bend the curve of biodiversity loss, we urgently need to shift to new sustainable production and consumption systems. This latest research demonstrates that voluntary sustainability standards have a valuable role to play – not just through positive conservation impacts at a local level, but by tackling the underlying causes of unsustainable practices and advancing better alternatives.”

Karin Kreider, Executive Director of ISEAL, said: “It’s clear that ISEAL member standards are delivering positive impacts well beyond individual value chains and certified operations. We believe there’s great potential in strategically targeting these systemic impacts. We look forward to building on this initial success to achieve even greater and longer-lasting benefits for people and the environment.”

For WWF, ISEAL, its members and other stakeholders, putting more strategic emphasis on targeting and monitoring these systemic impacts is an opportunity to achieve broad and long-lasting benefits for people and nature.

Read the full report

Register for the webinar ‘From certifying operations to transforming systems’, 3 December, where WWF, ISEAL and Aidenvironment present the findings and examples of systemic impacts.

ESG Disclosures Fit for Investors – DSM, Bloomberg & USSIF

Tue, 11/20/2018 - 10:53am

Investor interest in ESG performance is fast becoming mainstream. ESG risks now account for four of the five top business risks according to the WEF 2018 global risks report.

Increasingly investors are using ESG information to help determine future investment decisions. But what does this mean for you and your company’s disclosures?

Ethical Corporation have just published a 10-page management report with expert response and analysis to provide comprehensive insight into ESG disclosures fit for investors, including:

  • The ratings agency conundrum: confusion around the data

  • The quest for standardization: comparable, consistent data on sustainability risks

  • Closing the gap – more transparency around ESG

  • More board oversight of ESG

  • Reporting framework harmonization

Click here to get your complimentary ESG disclosure briefing.

Hear from:

  • CEO, DSM North America

  • Director of Research, USSIF

  • Managing Director of Corporate Sustainability, American Electric Power

  • Head of Research, Sustainalytics

  • Head of CSR, Walgreen Boots Alliance

  • ESG Product Manager, Bloomberg

Click here to get your complimentary ESG disclosure briefing.

Best regards,
Ed

YouGiveGoods' #GivingTuesday Give Back Provides More for Charity

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 7:51pm

#GivingTuesday 2018, November 27 this year, is quickly approaching. Falling annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving and on the heels of the frenzied shopping days of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday is a global giving movement which designates this day as one to “help others through the gift of your time, donations, goods or your voice.” In 2017, only the sixth year of the event, #GivingTuesday raised $274 million for charities across the United States.

YouGiveGoods, the innovative giving platform dedicated to delivering brand-new, donated items to people (and pets) in need all across the country, is celebrating #GivingTuesday with a special offer. On November 27 all goods donations of $50+ purchased on the site will earn a 10% cash gift from YouGiveGoods to the selected charity.  YouGiveGoods hopes that the additional cash gift will encourage potential donors to be a part of #GivingTuesday with a donation of most-needed goods to charity.

“People love the simplicity and transparency of purchasing goods for donation online,” YouGiveGoods president, Lisa Tomasi, explains. “Around the holidays we are in the mode of gift-giving and YouGiveGoods enables you to give a real gift, whether it be a coat, a toy, socks, blanket or even diapers or food, to a stranger in need. These tangible gifts are a very personal and warm expression of caring this time of year.” 

YouGiveGoods has been working to get goods to those in need since its inception in 2011. Companies have discovered that YouGiveGoods is a great addition to their CSR program. YouGiveGoods adds value by providing a free service to engage employees in meaningful, trackable, impactful giving. Companies such as Aetna, Northrop Grumman, and Fidelity Investments have run successful national campaigns serving their corporate missions while allowing individual offices to support the local charity of their choice.

Finally, it’s important to remember that while #GivingTuesday is a momentous day of giving it is meant to be about more than just the single day. #GivingTuesday marks the kick off to the charitable giving season. An astounding 30% of total annual philanthropic giving is done in December. Therefore, if donations fall short in December, nonprofits have reason to be concerned about their operations for the entire following year.

YouGiveGoods believes that when you make it easier to give, more people will give.  And the added incentive of an additional cash gift on #GivingTuesday should help kick off the giving season with a bang.

Contact:
Diane Frain
1-877-526-4483 x107
diane.frain@yougivegoods.com

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The Salvation Army Ranks High on New Lists of America’s Top Charities

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 1:50pm

In the first-ever ranking of “America’s Favorite Charities” by The Chronicle of Philanthropy, a media organization covering the nonprofit world, The Salvation Army is ranked No. 2, with revenue of about $1.5 billion in support from individuals, corporations and foundations. The list excludes government grants, donated products and contributions to an organization’s donor-advised funds.

The 30th annual “NPT 100,” compiled by The Nonprofit Times, saw the nation’s largest charities increase revenues “across the board” – with The Salvation Army listed at No. 4, with $3.75 billion total raised from individual and foundation gifts, government funding, investments and program services.

“We are truly humbled by the generosity of the millions of Americans who support our mission of helping those in need without discrimination,” said Commissioner David Hudson, national commander of The Salvation Army. “For more than a century, that support has allowed our organization to provide food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, shelter to the homeless, and opportunities for disadvantaged individuals and families.”

“America’s Favorite Charities,” which replaces The Chronicle’s “Philanthropy 400” report from prior years, focuses solely on the fundraising of cause-driven nonprofits. The new ranking excludes charitable arms that raise sums primarily through donor-advised funds and provides insights into the trends affecting donations by individuals from all walks of life. The report calls out the growing importance of foundation gifts to charities like The Salvation Army.

The “NPT 100,” America’s oldest study of nonprofits with at least 10 percent of revenue raised from the public, offers a more detailed financial picture of how The Salvation Army serves more than 23 million Americans each year. The organization’s work during disasters and its annual Red Kettle Campaign during the holiday season are called out as major drivers of donations.

With an Army of more than 3 million volunteers, the kindness of The Salvation Army’s donors allowed the organization to serve 52.5 million meals; provide disaster assistance to more than 240,000 people; assist 147,000 people struggling with substance abuse; and help countless children and senior citizens with day care, transportation and holiday assistance.

To learn more about The Salvation Army’s mission of helping those in need without discrimination, please visit SalvationArmyUSA.org.

About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 135 years in the United States. 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 survivors, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless, and opportunities for underprivileged children. Eighty-two cents of every dollar donated to The Salvation Army are used to support the 7,600 centers of operation nationwide. The Salvation Army tracks the level of need across the country with the Human Needs Index (HumanNeedsIndex.org). For more information, go to SalvationArmyUSA.org or follow on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS.

Stephanie Fitzherbert
214-891-7605
stephanie_fitzherbert@richards.com

Musician Roger Waters In Ecuador To Support Amazon Peoples Who Won Landmark Judgment Against Chevron

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 10:50am

Roger Waters, the founder of Pink Floyd currently touring Latin America to sold-out stadiums, is arriving in Ecuador today to bear witness to Chevron’s “Amazon Chernobyl” disaster and to support Indigenous peoples and farmer communities who are fighting to force the oil giant to pay a landmark $12 billion liability to be used to clean up the world’s worst environmental disaster. 

“I am honored to come to Ecuador to see the environmental damage firsthand and to listen to my brothers and sisters in the Amazon who have taken on a true corporate monster in Chevron,” said Waters, who recently won a humanitarian award from the city of Buenos Aries. (See here.) “Chevron must clean up the disaster it caused in Ecuador and do so immediately. Chevron shareholders must recognize this is a humanitarian disaster and act to hold Chevron management accountable for its toxic dumping and attempts to evade court judgments.

“I am also here to support my friend Steven Donziger, the American lawyer for the Ecuadorians whom the company has targeted with a demonization campaign designed to intimidate supporters and leave the Ecuadorians without legal counsel,” Waters added. “I stand by Steven and all human rights defenders in Ecuador and around the world who get attacked by large corporations who commit wrongdoing.”

Carmen Cartuche, the President of the Amazon Defense Coalition (the group hosting Waters), said: “We are honored and privileged to be hosting legendary artist and musician Roger Waters on our ancestral lands. Mr. Waters not only has been an inspiration to millions of people around the world, but to those of us in Ecuador he has been a supporter for many years and we are deeply grateful for his solidarity. We look forward to telling Roger the truth about Chevron’s ongoing destruction of the environment and about the company’s crimes and fraud committed on our sacred lands.”

Waters was the creative force and principal lyricist for Pink Floyd from 1968 to 1983 in one of the most successfully runs of a rock band in history. With Waters as the driving force, Pink Floyd produced the famed Dark Side of the Moon (1973) and The Wall (1979), among other successful albums. Touring later as a solo artist, Waters later broke the record for the highest grossing tour in history for his spectacular Wall Live tour in 2010. 

In Ecuador, Waters will visit in an area of the Amazon rainforest mired in a humanitarian crisis. Chevron’s operational area in Ecuador – roughly the size of Rhode Island and comprising 400 production sites – is poisoned with life-threatening toxins and cancer rates have skyrocketed, claiming hundreds and possibly thousands of lives. One noted academic predicts 10,000 people in the area will die of cancer in the coming years because of Chevron’s failure to clean up its pollution. Several community leaders in the area have succumbed to cancer recently, including legendary nurse Rosa Moreno.

Waters will visit the Ecuadorian town of Lago Agrio, which means “Sour Lake” in English. Located on Indigenous Cofan territory, Lago Agrio was built by Chevron’s predecessor company Texaco in the 1970s and named after its headquarters in Texas.  The Cofan, once a thriving band of 15,000 people, have been completely displaced by Chevron’s oil production with their traditional culture of hunting and fishing largely decimated. Chevron’s first well in Ecuador -- known as Lago 1 -- was built on Cofan territory and caused extensive pollution to a nearby farm and stream, according to court documents.

Waters has been a longtime supporter of the five Indigenous groups and 80 farmer communities in Ecuador who originally brought the pollution case in 1993 in U.S. courts. Chevron later shifted the case to Ecuador, but then lost a trial there based on 64,000 chemical sampling results, extensive witness testimony, and 105 expert evidentiary reports. The Ecuador verdict has been affirmed by four layers of courts in the country and 17 separate appellate judges. (See this summary of the evidence against Chevron.)

Last year, while on tour in Canada, Waters attended court proceedings in Toronto to support the Ecuadorians in their attempt to seize Chevron assets to force compliance with the Ecuador court judgment. Chevron has an estimated $15 billion worth of assets in Canada, where it has come under sharp criticism for using its local subsidiary as a vehicle to send billions of dollars of annual payments to foreign governments as part of an apparent tax avoidance scheme. (See this summary of Chevron’s tax avoidance.)

Last week, Waters spoke to an academic conference in Alberta on Indigenous rights and the environment that focused in part on the litigation against Chevron. The pollution case – the first to result in a large environmental judgment against a U.S. oil company out of Latin America -- was filed 25 years ago this month in U.S. federal court in New York before Chevron moved it to Ecuador. 

When the evidence mounted in the Ecuador trial, Chevron sold its assets and threatened the Indigenous groups with a “lifetime of litigation” if they persisted. Chevron also hired 60 law firms to fight the Indigenous groups and launched an avowed “demonization” campaign targeting their lawyers. Donziger, a sole practitioner and graduate of Harvard Law School, has borne the brunt of Chevron’s attacks. 

In the meantime, Chevron has suffered significant legal setbacks. The Supreme Court of Canada ruled unanimously in 2015 that the Ecuadorian communities could try to seize Chevron assets in that country, denying a Chevron jurisdictional challenge. The Ecuadorians also have won two unanimous decisions from the Ontario Court of Appeal denying other Chevron attempts to block the case. (See here for background on the Canada litigation.)

At the conference in Alberta two weeks ago, Waters criticized Chevron for what he called the “despicable” treatment of the Ecuadorian communities and their lawyers. 

“We cannot allow Chevron to destroy Steven Donziger and 60,000 people in Ecuador,” Waters said. He later described the case against Chevron “as a matter of life and death for thousands of people” and said Chevron’s “ad hominem attacks against the Ecuadorians and Steven Donziger are utterly despicable.” Waters received a standing ovation after he talked, which took place via Skype from Santiago, Chile. (See here for studies documenting high cancer rates where Chevron operated.)

Chevron’s troubles from its Ecuador liability also have produced consternation in the financial markets.

Thirty-six Chevron institutional shareholders recently sent a letter to Chevron CEO Michael Wirth criticizing his mishandling of the litigation and asking that he explore a settlement. In the meantime, two shareholder resolutions relating to Wirth’s mishandling of the case received overwhelming support at the company’s 2018 annual meeting. (See here.)

For the last several months, Waters has been touring in Latin America while playing to large audiences in stadiums in Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paolo, Buenos Aries, Montevideo, Santiago, and Lima. He plays in Bogota on Wednesday night before closing his 18-month world tour in Costa Rica and Mexico. He previously played several cities in the United States, Canada, Europe, Russia, Australia and New Zealand.

Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Comcast NBCUniversal Celebrate My.Future Week With $1 Million Red Nose Day Grant

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 10:50am

Boys & Girls Clubs of America today announced a $1 million grant from Red Nose Day to expand digital literacy skills to thousands more youth nationwide through the My.Future digital literacy program. The announcement comes as Boys & Girls Clubs of America celebrates “My.Future Week” with activities highlighting the critical role of digital skills in today’s world.

Launched in 2014 by Boys & Girls Clubs of America in partnership with Comcast NBCUniversal, My.Future provides access to a variety of digital programs and activities that help youth develop the knowledge, skills, and behaviors needed for future success in STEM and any career – from building basic digital skills like online safety, to cultivating technical skills like coding, to building social and emotional competencies like problem-solving and innovative thinking.

“The world we live in runs on technology, and digital skills are essential for any future career,” said Jim Clark, president and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of America. “Thanks to our long-time partnership with Comcast NBCUniversal, we’re able to help young people in underserved communities prepare for and compete in today and tomorrow’s digital workforce. Now with additional support from Red Nose Day, we look forward to enabling more youth to become anything they want, equipped with the skills needed to pursue their passions.”

With nearly 4,400 Clubs serving more than 4 million youth through membership and community outreach, the partnership with Comcast NBCUniversal is critical to bridging the digital divide for kids and teens nationwide. The additional funding from Red Nose Day will help further expand the reach of My.Future to an additional 45 Clubs.

“We are proud Red Nose Day has teamed up with us to invest in closing the opportunity gap for youth who aspire to succeed in today’s technology-driven world,” said Dalila Wilson-Scott, senior vice president of Community Impact at Comcast Corporation. “Together with Boys & Girls Clubs of America, we’re tackling the spectrum of digital literacy needs – whether that’s improving high-speed internet access, offering STEM activities like coding and media making or helping youth hone their digital and social-emotional skills by participating in online extensions of in-Club programming.”

Managed by the nonprofit Comic Relief Inc., Red Nose Day is a fundraising campaign dedicated to ending child poverty through their annual star-studded fundraising events, which have raised nearly $150 million in the last four years. The My.Future grant will enable Boys & Girls Clubs across the country to expand their technology capabilities, train staff, and bring My.Future and its program activities to more kids, especially those in under-resourced urban and rural areas with limited internet access and digital programming.

“Thanks to the millions of generous Red Nose Day supporters, we are thrilled to provide this grant to expand My.Future. More children in some of the most underserved communities across the country will now have the tech access to grow, learn and thrive,” said Janet Scardino, CEO, Comic Relief USA. “It’s a great way we can amplify this powerful program developed by two of our long-standing partners: The Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Comcast NBCUniversal.”

While American youth are considered “digital natives” growing up in a world infused with technology, kids and teens from underserved communities often lag behind in technical skills due to inequities in access, content, and context of their interactions with technology. Increasing workplace digitalization makes it even more urgent for youth to learn technical skills to compete for most jobs because the vast majority now require digital skills.

According to a 2018 national survey commissioned by Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Comcast NBCUniversal:

  • Only 37% of teens say their career goal requires STEM skills, though industry reports show that 80% of future jobs will require STEM skills.

  • Most teens surveyed report that they are not involved in any STEM programs, and the #1 reason why is because their school doesn’t offer them.  

  • Less than half of teens think that women, minorities and low-income students have the same access to STEM education, resources and jobs when compared to the general population. 

  • Nearly 60% of teens enjoy technology, and the majority state that they are really good at math and science; however, only 33% express an interest in pursuing a career in STEM.

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About Boys & Girls Clubs of America 
For more than 150 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA.org) has enabled young people most in need to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, 4,400 Clubs serve 4 million young people through Club membership and community outreach. Clubs are located in cities, towns, public housing and on Native lands throughout the country, and serve military families in BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide. They provide a safe place, caring adult mentors, fun and friendship, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Club programs promote academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. In a Harris Survey of alumni, 54 percent said the Club saved their lives. National headquarters are located in Atlanta. Learn more at on Facebook and Twitter.

About Comcast Corporation
Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA) is a global media and technology company with three primary businesses:  Comcast Cable, NBCUniversal, and Sky.  Comcast Cable is one of the United States’ largest video, high-speed internet, and phone providers to residential customers under the Xfinity brand, and also provides these services to businesses.  It also provides wireless and security and automation services to residential customers under the Xfinity brand.  NBCUniversal is global and operates news, entertainment and sports cable networks, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, television production operations, television station groups, Universal Pictures, and Universal Parks and Resorts.  Sky is one of Europe's leading media and entertainment companies, connecting customers to a broad range of video content through its pay television services.  It also provides communications services, including residential high-speed internet, phone, and wireless services.  Sky operates the Sky News broadcast network and sports and entertainment networks, produces original content, and has exclusive content rights.  Visit www.comcastcorporation.com for more information.

About Red Nose Day
Red Nose Day is a fundraising campaign run by the non-profit organization Comic Relief Inc., also known as Comic Relief USA, a registered U.S. 501(c)(3) public charity. Red Nose Day started in the U.K., built on the foundation that the power of entertainment can drive positive change, and has raised over $1 billion globally since the campaign’s founding in 1988. Red Nose Day launched in the U.S. in 2015 with a mission to end child poverty, and has raised almost $150 million to date. Money raised supports programs that ensure children in need are safe, healthy and educated, both in America and abroad. Since launching in the U.S., Red Nose Day has received generous support from millions of Americans, hundreds of celebrities and many outstanding partners, including Walgreens, NBC, Mars, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Contact: Ashley Keyes, Boys & Girls Clubs of America
akeyes@bgca.org, 404.285.2326

UPS Delivers Wishes and Gives Back This Holiday Season

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 4:44pm

UPS® (NYSE: UPS) today announced the launch of its 5th annual “Wishes Delivered” campaign. This global initiative spreads goodwill and inspiration by delivering a few very special wishes to individuals in the communities we serve. The holiday campaign also raises money for various nonprofits that improve quality of life around the world.

“Every package we deliver during the holiday season begins with a wish,” said Kevin Warren, chief marketing officer, UPS. “It’s a humbling and gratifying experience to see the real impact of these granted wishes and share these stories of compassion and friendship. UPS Wishes Delivered helps us all remember what this season is really all about.”

This year, four Wishes will be delivered, and UPS will share short videos showcasing goodwill and positive outcomes through acts of kindness. The videos will be posted on UPS’s social media handles from Nov. 14 through Dec. 21. Each time someone shares a Wishes Delivered video on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, UPS will donate $1 (up to $100,000) to one of three charities: The Boys and Girls Clubs of America, The Salvation Army, and Toys for Tots Literacy Program.

This year’s Wishes include:

  • Six-year-old Parson formed a special bond with a female UPS driver who delivers Parson’s wish of being a UPS driver for a day.

  • Mavel, a woman from Puerto Rico who always puts others first despite losing all of her material possessions after Hurricane Maria, is surprised with a fully decorated home and relief supplies for her local community.

  • Nine-year-old Sammie noticed children at recess playing alone at her school in Indiana, so she helped spread the idea of ‘Buddy Benches’ for children without playmates. Her effort inspired Sandra, a kindergarten teacher, and Amelia, a student at a school in New York, to bring benches to their school.  UPS helps Sandra and Amelia complete their ‘Buddy Bench’ project and brings Sammie along to see it happen.

  • An active duty servicewoman is reunited with the four-legged companion she hasn’t seen since she left the Middle East during her most recent tour of duty. And, to help other soldiers reunite with their companion dogs, UPS is bringing three more dogs to the U.S. from abroad via a donation to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) International.

“We want this year’s wishes to touch viewers just as they have in the past,” says Warren. “In some very important ways, these wishes inspire us and celebrate our human connections.”

Since the Wishes Delivered campaign began in 2014, UPS has donated $500,000 to charities based on video shares. To view this year’s videos, go to ups.com/wishesdelivered. When sharing, use hashtag #wishesdelivered.

About UPS

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. Headquartered in Atlanta, UPS serves more than 220 countries and territories worldwide. The company can be found on the web at ups.com or pressroom.ups.com and its corporate blog can be found at longitudes.ups.com. To get UPS news direct, follow @UPS_News on Twitter.

Duke Energy Teams up With DonorsChoose.Org to Help Teachers and Students Recover From Hurricane Florence

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 1:44pm

The Duke Energy Foundation announced it is providing a $160,000 grant to DonorsChoose.org to fund relief projects by public school teachers in 16 counties across North Carolina and South Carolina.

"Many of the communities Duke Energy serves are still recovering from the catastrophic damage caused by Hurricane Florence," said Stephen De May, Duke Energy's North Carolina president. "The last thing that teachers and children should have to worry about during this difficult time is whether they have enough school supplies."

DonorsChoose.org will allocate $10,000 each to 11 counties in North Carolina and five counties in South Carolina. Teachers in these counties are eligible for up to a $500 grant to cover the cost of their relief project, which can include direct relief items for students or classroom supplies.

"We have such tremendous respect for the teachers in hard-hit communities whose commitment to their students never wavered," said Kodwo Ghartey-Tagoe, president of Duke Energy in South Carolina. "We appreciate all they are doing to help our communities and students recover and are here to support them." 

"School can be the one safe haven for students when their communities are recovering from a disaster," said Charles Best, founder of DonorsChoose.org. "We're so grateful to have support from Duke Energy to help teachers and students get back to learning after Hurricane Florence."

Hurricane Florence, which hit North Carolina and South Carolina in mid-September, left in its wake catastrophic damage and unleashed almost 10 trillion gallons of water, making it one of the worst flooding events in East coast history. The storm damaged or destroyed many homes, businesses and schools, resulting in hundreds of school days missed across the two states. Duke Energy restored more than 1.8 million power outages that resulted from the storm.

The Duke Energy Foundation has contributed $560,500 to disaster relief in the wake of Hurricane Florence, including more than a dozen grants to local relief efforts and a $145,000 grant to American Red Cross. The Foundation annually funds more than $30 million to communities throughout Duke Energy's seven-state service area.

Duke Energy Foundation
The Duke Energy Foundation provides philanthropic support to address the needs of communities where its customers live and work. The Foundation contributes more than $30 million annually in charitable gifts. More information about the Duke Energy Foundation and its Powerful Communities program can be found at duke-energy.com/foundation.

The Duke Energy Foundation is solely funded by Duke Energy Corporation (NYSE: DUK) shareholder dollars.

Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Duke Energy is one of the largest energy holding companies in the U.S., with approximately 29,000 employees and a generating capacity of 49,500 megawatts. The company is transforming its customers' experience, modernizing its energy grid, generating cleaner energy and expanding its natural gas infrastructure to create a smarter energy future for the people and communities it serves.

A Fortune 125 company, Duke Energy was named to Fortune's 2018 "World's Most Admired Companies" list and Forbes' 2018 "America's Best Employers" list.

More information about the company is available at duke-energy.com. The Duke Energy News Center includes news releases, fact sheets, photos, videos and other materials. Duke Energy's illumination features stories about people, innovations, community topics and environmental issues. Follow Duke Energy on TwitterLinkedInInstagram and Facebook.

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