Omni Hotels & Resorts donates more than 76,000 meals as a result of PGA TOUR Birdies-or-Better campaign
14 million+ meals donated thus far as part of brand's 'Say Goodnight to Hunger' program
To commemorate Giving Tuesday, Omni Hotels & Resorts today announced that more than 76,000* meals have been donated to local Feeding America food banks through its PGA TOUR Birdies-or-Better campaign. To date, Omni's Say Goodnight to Hunger program has provided more than 14 million meals to help end the fight against hunger.
"With a long-standing commitment to giving back to those in need, Omni is proud to have provided more than 76,000 meals as a result of our PGA TOUR Birdie-or-Better initiative through our Say Goodnight to Hunger program," said Peter Strebel, president of Omni Hotels & Resorts. "The program also elevates our commitment to golf and working with our strategic partner at the PGA TOUR."
Omni's first major sports league-wide sponsorship began in June and prompted the brand to develop the Birdie-or-Better campaign as a way for Omni, TOUR players and tournaments to come together for a great cause, while celebrating Omni's two-year anniversary of the Say Goodnight to Hunger program. Through the promotion, Omni provides four meals to a family in need for every birdie-or-better made during each PGA TOUR event. Omni began the program in June and the current donation totals ran through the TOUR Championship in September. Meal donations were made to local Feeding America food banks in each tournament's home city and include:
"More than 40 million people in America struggle to put food on their tables. Feeding America is grateful for Omni's commitment to fighting hunger," said Matt Knott, president at Feeding America. "Through the Say Goodnight to Hunger campaign, Omni helps local food banks across our nation feed people in need. The addition of the 'birdie promotion' is yet another way Omni provides support to local communities."
Omni's Birdie-or-Better campaign for the 2018-19 PGA TOUR Season started at the Safeway Open in October and will end in August 2019 at the TOUR Championship in Atlanta. On average, more than 60,000 birdies and eagles are recorded during a PGA TOUR season.
"Omni's support of food banks is impressive, and its Birdies-or-Better campaign complements the amazing charitable contributions made by each of our tournaments across the country," says Tyler Dennis, chief of operations for the PGA TOUR. "We are proud to support Omni's commitment to feeding families and reducing hunger nationwide."
As an Official Marketing Partner of the PGA TOUR, Omni provides a variety of benefits to players, including the highest-level membership in Omni's Select Guest® loyalty program and a designated number of room nights for members of the PGA TOUR, PGA TOUR Champions and Web.com Tour.
About Omni Hotels & Resorts
Omni Hotels & Resorts creates genuine, authentic guest experiences at 60 distinct luxury hotels and resorts in leading business and leisure destinations across North America. With more than 25 iconic golf courses and 16 award-winning spas featured in dynamic locales nationwide, every Omni proudly opens its doors to share the true spirit of its destination. Reflected through local color, personalized service, unique wellness options, signature restaurants and creative culinary offerings, Omni leaves a lasting impression with every guest and a heightened level of recognition and rewards delivered through its Select Guest loyalty program. As a founding member of the Global Hotel Alliance, Select Guest is further expanded through the DISCOVERY® loyalty program offering members additional global benefits. Omni is committed to reducing hunger and is on a mission through its Say Goodnight to Hunger initiative to provide millions of meals each year for food banks to feed children, families and seniors in communities in which it operates.
Located in some of the country's most beautiful destinations, Omni's collection of 60 luxury hotels includes 12 golf resorts featuring more than 25 golf courses designed by award-winning golf architects. Each golf resort is complete with luxurious accommodations and superior service, on and off the course. Championship courses include the Cascades Course at The Omni Homestead in Virginia; the Donald Ross-designed courses at The Omni Grove Park Inn in North Carolina and Omni Mount Washington in New Hampshire; and the recently redesigned Fazio Foothills at Omni Barton Creek in Texas to name a few.
About PGA TOUR
By showcasing golf's greatest players, the PGA TOUR engages, inspires and positively impacts our fans, partners and communities worldwide.
The PGA TOUR co-sanctions more than 130 tournaments on the PGA TOUR, PGA TOUR Champions, Web.com Tour, PGA TOUR Latinoamérica, Mackenzie Tour-PGA TOUR Canada and PGA TOUR Series-China. Members on the PGA TOUR represent the world's best players, hailing from 25 countries (88 members are from outside the United States). Worldwide, PGA TOUR tournaments are broadcast to more than 1 billion households in 226 countries and territories in 23 languages. Virtually all tournaments are organized as non-profit organizations to maximize charitable giving. In 2017, tournaments across all Tours generated a record of more than $180 million for local and national charitable organizations, bringing the all-time total to $2.65 billion.
The PGA TOUR's web site is PGATOUR.COM, the No. 1 site in golf, and the organization is headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.
*Between May 14, 2018, and September 23, 2018, for each birdie-or-better scored during the 2017-18 PGA TOUR season, Omni donated the equivalent of four meals. $1 helps provide at least 10 meals on behalf of local food banks.
Philanthropic and Employee Donations Focus on Improving Lives and Strengthening Communities
Andersen Corporation, America's premier window and door manufacturer, today announced more than $1.8 million in donations in recognition of "Giving Tuesday," an international day of charitable giving.
"For 115 years, our company has supported the communities where we live and work," said Andersen Chairman and CEO Jay Lund. "Through philanthropy and volunteerism, we are proud to make meaningful contributions to organizations and causes that improve lives and strengthen communities."
During the month of November, the Andersen Corporate Foundation donated $960,000 to organizations focused on affordable housing, health and safety, education and human services. This included donations to 30 food shelf organizations that provide food, clothing and emergency assistance in communities where Andersen has operations. The Foundation also provided significant funding to the American Red Cross to help provide relief and hope to individuals and communities impacted by recent natural disasters including the California wildfires, Hurricane Michael and Hurricane Florence.
Andersen's annual employee giving campaign, held in November, raised more than $625,000, including $507,000 in employee pledges to more than 1,000 qualifying nonprofit organizations and $120,000 in company matching funds to United Way and Habitat for Humanity organizations, two of Andersen's signature nonprofit partners.
The Renewal by Andersen network donated an additional $206,000 to the American Cancer Society. Ninety-six Renewal by Andersen locations across the country participated in the "Wear Pink. Save Lives." campaign, raising money to support breast cancer research and support programs.
The collective generosity of the Foundation, company and employees reinforces Andersen's longstanding commitment to corporate citizenship. Throughout the annual employee giving campaign, Andersen employees shared their personal reflections on the importance of philanthropy and volunteerism. "The stories our employees shared touched our hearts, inspired our collective generosity and reinforced that, by giving back to the community, we are also supporting each other," said Eliza Clark, Andersen's director of sustainability and community and Andersen Corporate Foundation board member.
About the Andersen Corporate Foundation
The Andersen Corporate Foundation was established in 1941 with the mission "to improve lives and strengthen communities, primarily where Andersen employees live and work." Since then, the foundation has donated more than $60 million to worthy causes.
About Andersen Corporation
Headquartered in Bayport, Minnesota, Andersen Corporation and its subsidiaries manufacture and market window and door products under the Andersen®, Renewal by Andersen®, EMCO®, Weiland®, MQ™ and Heritage™ brands. Andersen, a privately held company, was founded in 1903 and employs more than 8,000 people with manufacturing sites in North America and Europe. Andersen has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's 2018 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award.
Herbalife Nutrition Foundation Pledges an Additional $1 Million to Support At-Risk Children in Recognition of Giving Tuesday
Herbalife Nutrition Foundation (HNF) announced it will commit an additional $1 million to expand its Casa Herbalife program to more than 20 new community partners who provide access to good nutrition for children all over the world. The Casa Herbalife program, established in 2005, currently serves more than 100,000 children in more than 50 countries, including orphanages, after school centers, and other community organizations.
"On Giving Tuesday, and every day, we should remind ourselves of the often-cited verse 'To whom much is given, much is expected' because we all have a responsibility to care for our neighbors, especially the most vulnerable amongst us," said Alan Hoffman, president of the Herbalife Nutrition Foundation. "Thanks to the generosity of the Herbalife Nutrition community, this $1 million grant will help at least one vulnerable population, children, lead healthier and happier lives."
Furthermore, the foundation's partnerships with local charities expanded once again in 2018 with the opening of seven new Casas in Australia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, and two in Vietnam, bringing the number of partners to more than 130 organizations.
About Herbalife Nutrition Foundation
Herbalife Nutrition Foundation (HNF) is a U.S. 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation devoted to providing good nutrition and nutrition education to help make the world healthier and happier. HNF currently supports over 130 programs worldwide, promoting children's healthy growth and development, helping ensure children are provided with good nutrition for a brighter future. In addition to helping children, the Herbalife Nutrition Foundation supports organizations focused on general wellness of communities, such as the American Cancer Society, Save The Children and the American Red Cross. For more information about HNF, and how you can support our programs, visit HerbalifeNutritionFoundation.org.
About Herbalife Nutrition Ltd.
Herbalife Nutrition is a global nutrition company whose purpose is to make the world healthier and happier. The Company has been on a mission for nutrition - changing people's lives with great nutrition products and programs - since 1980. Together with our Herbalife Nutrition independent distributors, we are committed to providing solutions to global trends of poor nutrition and obesity, a population that wants to age in a healthier manner, skyrocketing public healthcare costs as well as providing an opportunity to meet the needs of the rising number of entrepreneurs.
Herbalife Nutrition offers high quality, science-backed products, one-on-one coaching with an Herbalife Nutrition independent distributor, and a supportive community approach that inspires customers to embrace a healthier, more active lifestyle. The Company's direct sales model provides individuals with an entrepreneurial business opportunity to be their own boss and work either full or part-time.
Herbalife Nutrition's targeted nutrition, weight-management, energy and fitness and personal care products are available exclusively to and through its independent distributors in more than 90 countries.
Herbalife Nutrition supports the Herbalife Nutrition Foundation (HNF) and its more than 130 community-based Casa Herbalife Nutrition programs around the globe that help bring good nutrition to children. The Company and HNF also provide aide to organizations focused on the general wellness of communities such as the American Cancer Society, Save The Children and the American Red Cross.
Herbalife Nutrition is also proud to sponsor more than 190 world-class athletes, teams and events around the globe.
Herbalife Nutrition has approximately 8,300 employees worldwide, and its shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: HLF) with net sales of approximately $4.4 billion in 2017.
U Scope, an innovative technology solution provider that develops software and mobile applications for the insurance and construction industries, today announced that it is giving $1 million worth of free inspection software to the insurance industry to assist with the enormous amount of damage caused by Hurricane Florence.
"We wanted to do something as a company to help hurricane victims get their claims processed quickly and accurately," said U Scope Chief Sales Officer Steve Bachman. "PHOTO iD is a first-of-its-kind mobile app that instantly captures and labels photos with the touch of a button, then populates a detailed and organized inspection photo report before even leaving the property site. With the sheer volume of wind and flood claims coming in due to Hurricane Florence, it's been difficult for insurance companies to keep pace. Our software can help with that process. By allowing claims adjusters to utilize the app's premium features for free, we felt that we could help accelerate the process of getting victims back into their homes."
U Scope allows inspectors to leave the damaged property with all of their images labeled, group sorted and organized on a detailed photo report without hindering their normal inspection process. PHOTO iD also lets them share images and collaborate remotely with other team members via a web app in order to process claims faster.
A video that illustrates how PHOTO iD works can be found here: https://youtu.be/QWyjQMNOW_c.
U Scope has utilized the recent technological improvements of mobile cameras and incorporated those advances into a user-friendly experience.
U Scope will be exhibiting its technology in booth K21 at the MGM Grand at the InsureTech Connect conference taking place October 2-3, 2018, in Las Vegas.
About U Scope
U Scope develops technology solutions, mobile applications and digital products for the insurance and construction industries. The company offers solutions to simplify the property inspection experience for insurance adjusters and contractors to estimate smarter, faster and more efficiently. U Scope also provides an affordable selection of reliable inspection equipment and tools that offer a safer and more efficient way to scope property damage in order to complete a final repair assessment. U Scope is a privately-held company founded in 2015 by experts in field services, software development and insurance inspection.
In 1993, the Campaign for Female Education (CAMFED) was founded with a mission to educate marginalized girls in rural and remote sub-Saharan Africa. What started with a bake sale to support 32 girls in Zimbabwe to go to school has grown into a movement which, 25 years later, has educated 2.6 million children, and launched young women across five countries into entrepreneurism and leadership roles. To celebrate a quarter century of empowering girls and young women to break the cycle of poverty and inequality – at the root of so many of the world's problems – the Campaign for Female Education will unveil its new brand simultaneously in eight countries on three continents.
Today's launch, which precipitates a year-long 25th Anniversary campaign, unites students, alumnae, teachers, Ministries of Education, and organization leaders across Ghana, Malawi, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Great Britain, Canada, and the United States. The global event will feature a simultaneous unveiling of a new brand identity for the Campaign for Female Education. Under the banner Make Your Mark, the events will also feature creative uses of the logo on products and art created by the organization's community of students, employees, partners, and CAMFED Alumnae in the CAMA network – the former students who have become teachers, health care workers, businesswomen and, most importantly, catalysts of lasting change.
"For 25 years, we have worked tirelessly to elevate women's leadership in Africa," said Lucy Lake, CEO of the Campaign for Female Education. "As we move forward into the next 25 years, we want to celebrate our global community of partners and show the world how creative and powerful the students and alumnae that we serve are. The Make Your Mark initiative will also showcase the vibrancy and passion of our teams in Africa, England and North America. Members of our movement are making their mark in communities around the world. It's time to let a wider audience in to see their talent and ambition."
Angeline Murimirwa, CAMFED's Executive Director in Africa, was one of the first girls supported to go to school by CAMFED. She now leads on programs across more than 5,700 marginalized school communities, supported by an executive team a quarter of which is made up of CAMFED Alumnae. These young women bring unrivalled expertise and empathy to solve complex issues around girls' exclusion from education – including child marriage and gender-based violence – with poverty at their core.
"25 years on, we are evolving our master mark to involve people in who we are, what we do, how we're different, and why they should care," Angeline Murimirwa says. "Our new mark shows that we are united, an unstoppable force for progress, and that everyone is capable of greatness. It shows how when we use our authority and leadership to protect and nurture the most vulnerable, we can create a global force for good, where no one is left behind. We ask people, governments and like-minded organizations to join us in the Campaign for Female Education."
For more information about the Campaign for Female Education, the 25th Anniversary celebrations and the Make Your Mark initiative, please follow @camfed on social media, and visit: www.camfed.org
About the Campaign for Female Education
Supporting marginalized girls to go to school, succeed, and lead change
The Campaign for Female Education (CAMFED) is an international non-profit organization tackling poverty and inequality by supporting girls to go to school and succeed, and empowering young women to step up as leaders of change. CAMFED invests in girls and women in the poorest rural communities in sub-Saharan Africa, where girls face acute disadvantage, and where their education has transformative potential. The organization not only supports girls and young women through school, but also on to new lives as entrepreneurs and community leaders. To complete the "virtuous cycle," and create sustainable change, graduating students become CAMFED Alumnae (CAMA), many of whom return to school to train and mentor new generations of students. Since 1993, the organization's innovative community-led education programs have supported more than 2.6 million children to go to school in Ghana, Malawi, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe at more than 5,745 partner schools. In 2014, the Campaign for Female Education was recognized by the OECD for best practice in taking development innovation to scale.
Dennis and Mireille Gillings Foundation £1.35M Programme to Develop a New Generation of Leaders in Medical Science
The Academy of Medical Sciences is delighted to announce a pledge of £600,000 from the Dennis and Mireille Gillings Foundation towards a pilot programme to develop two cohorts of innovative new leaders in medical science. This pledge, along with a £750,000 commitment from the UK Government through their Investment in Research Talent, provides a total investment of £1.35m towards creating the leaders able to build our life science industry into a global hub, making the UK the home of clinical research and medical innovation.
The programme, called Future Leaders in Innovation, Enterprise and Research (FLIER), will develop dynamic future leaders in biomedical and health research who can create the vital collaborations and partnerships needed to drive new innovations across the life sciences sector. Representatives from pharma, biotech and MedTech companies including GSK, BTG International and BenevolentAI have been involved in scoping the programme.
Dr. Mireille Gillings, Hon DSc neuroscientist, business entrepreneur and founder of HUYA Bioscience International, said: "Future leaders in the biomedical and health sector will need to be brilliant scientists that can manage money and medicine. I am confident that the FLIER programme will give researchers expertise in what I call the 3M's - management, money and medicine. Skills across the 3M's will help get new drugs to patients faster. We are delighted to contribute to this new programme that will help fill this gap."
The FLIER programme will create a network of talented people equipped to lead innovation and collaboration across academia, industry, the NHS and government in the years to come. The programme was developed after consultation with leaders in the health and life sciences sector demonstrated there is a need to develop an innovative, immersive programme focused on cross-sector and collaborative working.
Dr. Dennis Gillings, CBE FMedSci said: "As a proud Honorary Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences, statistician and philanthropist, I can see how vital it is to champion the next generation of biomedical and health scientists. We need new leaders in the health research sector that can seize opportunities and overcome hurdles to work across sectors."
Professor Sir Robert Lechler PMedSci, President of the Academy of Medical Sciences, said: "The ability to navigate different sectors and disciplines is not a common skill and is not easily developed. Our new leadership programme will span sectors and help build connected groups of leaders. Participants will immerse themselves in a two year learning experience, with the look and feel of the scheme determined by their needs and interests. This is a bold programme that will offer a very different experience to existing leadership programmes - and I would like to heartily thank Dr Dennis and Dr Mireille Gillings, President and Vice President of the Dennis and Mireille Gillings Foundation, for their support and contribution to this important programme."
Applications for the scheme are now open and the first cohort of participants will be announced in early 2019. The two-year programme will bring together a cohort of emerging leaders drawn from across academia, industry, the NHS and government/policy organisations.
For further information, see - https://acmedsci.ac.uk/grants-and-schemes/mentoring- and-other-schemes/FLIER.
Mylan by Partners with Atomo Diagnostics to Expand Access to HIV Self-Testing in Low- and Mid-Income Countries
Global pharmaceutical company Mylan N.V. (NASDAQ :MYL ) and medical device company Atomo Diagnostics today announced a strategic partnership to commercialize CE-Marked in vitro HIV rapid diagnostic tests for self-testing in low- and middle-income countries. The tests will allow individuals to confidently screen themselves in the privacy of their own homes with a device engineered for simplicity and accuracy. The tests are designed to detect the presence or absence of HIV antibodies in a single drop of blood obtained from a fingertip. Results are delivered in just 15 minutes, which is essential for access to early treatment and care.
A third of the 36.7 million people living with HIV are not aware of their status. While HIV testing rates have improved, many countries still face obstacles in expanding access to testing, such as patients being hard-to-reach or socially isolated due to stigma and discrimination. Deploying point-of-care self-tests in community-based settings that deliver prompt and accurate results is vital to increasing the proportion of people who know their HIV status. The sooner an individual is tested, the sooner counseling can be offered and prevention options or treatment can be initiated, which is critical to halting further transmission of the virus.
Mylan CEO Heather Bresch commented, "Today's announcement is another great example of our work to support the HIV/AIDS community, especially those living in low- and middle-income countries. I am proud of Mylan's efforts to fight HIV/AIDS around the world, which is part of our long-standing commitment to increase access to treatment to address some of the world's most significant public health issues. Today, 40% of all people living with HIV who are receiving treatment depend on antiretrovirals that we produce. But our work is far from over, with too many new infections each year and too many people not receiving the care they need. Our partnership with Atomo to supply HIV rapid diagnostic tests for self-testing is an important step in our collective goal of preventing HIV infections and expanding treatment."
Founder and CEO of Atomo Diagnostics John Kelly said, "We are delighted that our innovative HIV self-tests have been chosen by Mylan, the global health leader in HIV treatment and the largest supplier of ARVs. This strategic partnership will mean that the products designed by Atomo can be introduced to more than 100 countries, so that millions of people will have access to award-winning rapid tests. We believe that Mylan is the ideal partner to ensure that our HIV self-test products have maximum impact in the fight against HIV/AIDS."
While in some countries, like the U.S. and in Europe, HIV self-tests are readily available in pharmacies, HIV testing in low- and middle-income countries remains dependent on the diagnostic test being conducted in formal settings by trained professionals. Scaling up self-testing globally requires a simple and reliable product. Atomo is partnering with Mylan to supply all-in-one test devices that offer improved functionality and ease-of-use compared to current multi-component rapid diagnostic tests.
Atomo products are highly accurate. In laboratory and in-field evaluations, Atomo diagnostic tests demonstrated an aggregated 99.6% for sensitivity and specificity. Atomo HIV self-test products are CE-marked and are being evaluated by the World Health Organization for prequalification.
Under the terms of the agreement, Mylan has exclusive rights to commercialize the products in more than 100 countries in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and Latin America. Mylan plans to launch the Mylan HIV Self-Test in global markets in early 2019.
Mylan's Commitment to the HIV/AIDS Patient Community
Mylan is the world's largest supplier by volume of HIV/AIDS therapies. More than 40% of the 20 million patients on treatment worldwide depend on a Mylan product every day. For more than a decade, Mylan has been a leader in providing access to quality, dependable and affordable ARVs in 100 countries around the world. This includes introducing in 2009 the first generic one-tablet-once-a-day combination for developing countries – only three years after the originator product launched in the U.S. Since that time, Mylan has been the first to market with nearly half of the new products tentatively approved by the FDA under PEPFAR. Mylan was also the first generic drug maker to develop a heat-stable version of a drug critical for second-line regimens and has consistently developed innovative pediatric formulations for children in developing countries. Mylan has long been a supporter of the patient community through the sponsorship of free community HIV/AIDS testing and clinical research. Learn more about Mylan's work with infectious disease here. Watch this video to learn more about Mylan's commitment to people living with HIV/AIDS.
Mylan is a global pharmaceutical company committed to setting new standards in healthcare. Working together around the world to provide 7 billion people access to high quality medicine, we innovate to satisfy unmet needs; make reliability and service excellence a habit; do what's right, not what's easy; and impact the future through passionate global leadership. We offer a growing portfolio of more than 7,500 marketed products around the world, including antiretroviral therapies on which more than 40% of people being treated for HIV/AIDS globally depend. We market our products in more than 165 countries and territories. We are one of the world's largest producers of active pharmaceutical ingredients. Every member of our approximately 35,000-strong workforce is dedicated to creating better health for a better world, one person at a time. Learn more at Mylan.com. We routinely post information that may be important to investors on our website at investor.mylan.com.
About Atomo Diagnostics
Atomo Diagnostics is a world leader in medical device design and development, based in Sydney, Australia. The company specialises in pioneering rapid diagnostic test (RDT) solutions for use with capillary blood samples.
The recipient of multiple international awards for innovation, AtomoRapid™ device platforms put the end user first and make it easy to test and screen for a range of infectious diseases and chronic conditions. Unlike standard, multi-component rapid test kits, Atomo's all-in-one platforms integrate features and functionality, incorporating a sterile safety lancet, calibrated blood collection system, and unique buffer delivery mechanism.
Atomo provides OEM product development services to specialist diagnostic companies worldwide, as well as commercialising products in its own brand.
Vivint Solar, Inc. (NYSE :VSLR ), a leading full-service residential solar provider, today announced that it raised nearly $150,000 in employee donations for Engage Now Africa, an international non-governmental organization (NGO) committed to rescue, heal and empower children in Africa. These donations are being used to rescue and rehabilitate child trafficking victims from Ghana, as well as support legal efforts to prosecute suspected human traffickers.
In April, Vivint Solar partnered with Engage Now Africa to host a corporate charity week to rally its employees to support the NGO's cause. At the conclusion of the charity week, Vivint Solar raised nearly $150,000, more than doubling its initial goal of $60,000.
Since that fundraising event, Vivint Solar's donation has enabled Engage Now to rescue 28 children from trafficking and child slavery and educate over 20,000 people, sensitizing them to the threat of human trafficking and preventing various forms of modern slavery. Three-hundred youths across 20 regions were trained to become identifying and reporting advocates in their communities, and 10 former child slaves and child laborers continued to receive educational support through the Survivor Support Initiative.
"At Vivint Solar, we're particularly proud of how we give back," said Vivint Solar CEO David Bywater. "We're blown away by the generosity of our employees and proud to see how this contribution to Engage Now Africa's noble mission is helping to eradicate human trafficking."
Engage Now Africa aims to impact the lives of 3 million people by the end of 2020 by offering health services and medical procedures; providing access to clean water and sanitation; rescuing 350 trafficking victims; prosecuting 100 traffickers; and educating over 500,000 people to prevent them from becoming victims of trafficking in the future. The organization intercepts and rescues victims and survivors of child trafficking, child sacrifice, internal and external human trafficking or slavery in Sub-Saharan Africa.
"These funds will literally save hundreds of children's lives," said Chris Gay, Engage Now Africa's managing director for ending modern slavery. "There are children – some as young as five years old – currently enslaved in the fishing industry on Lake Volta in Ghana. We can now help them, give them a chance to heal, go to school and reunite them with their families. This is the gift that Vivint Solar has made possible. We thank everyone who donated and are truly grateful for such amazing support."
To learn more about Engage Now Africa and how to support it mission, click here.
About Vivint Solar
Vivint Solar is a leading full-service residential solar provider in the United States. With Vivint Solar, customers can power their homes with clean, renewable energy and typically achieve significant financial savings over time. Offering integrated residential solar solutions, Vivint Solar designs and installs the solar energy systems for its customers and offers monitoring and maintenance services. In addition to being able to purchase a solar energy system outright, customers may benefit from Vivint Solar's affordable, flexible financing options, power purchase agreements, or lease agreements, where available. For more information, visit www.vivintsolar.com
In anticipation of World Food Day on October 16, Michael Kors is pleased to unveil a host of exciting initiatives to support Watch Hunger Stop, the brand's vital, annual campaign to fight global hunger.
The brand's partner in the effort is the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), and all funds raised support WFP's school meals program. Last year, WFP provided school meals to more than 18 million children in 60 countries, providing them with vital nutrition that helped them fulfill their potential.
ARTIST ELI SUDBRACK | ASSUME VIVID ASTRO FOCUS
In celebration of the campaign's 5th anniversary, Michael Kors has partnered with Eli Sudbrack I AVAF, a multi-media artist living and working between São Paulo and New York, for the 2018 Watch Hunger Stop campaign. In his signature, colorful style, Sudbrack created the design for this year's limited-edition t-shirt.
"When I was invited to this project, I was so happy to finally do something where I could reach out and help people's lives in a very concrete way," says Sudbrack. "I think every artist should do more of this, especially in the world we live in now. I come from a country that has a lot of issues with hunger and education. If you can solve those two problems, the world would be different."
WATCH HUNGER STOP T-SHIRTS
For the first time, Michael Kors' Watch Hunger Stop limited-edition t-shirts will be available for purchase online and in every Michael Kors lifestyle store in the US as well as select global stores. Created by Eli Sudbrack I AVAF, the t-shirt design honors the U.N. goal of achieving Zero Hunger in the world by 2030. For every t-shirt sold, Michael Kors will donate 100 meals to children in need through the World Food Programme, which means that 100% of the profits go to help feed hungry children.* Better yet, Michael Kors will donate 100 additional meals to WFP if customers "wear it and share it" by snapping a "selfless" selfie in their Watch Hunger Stop t-shirt and posting it online with the hashtag #watchhungerstop.*
PARTNERSHIP WITH KATE HUDSON
Kate Hudson knows the importance of supporting children and their communities. Michael Kors is honored to continue its partnership with the actress, author, entrepreneur and longtime supporter of Watch Hunger Stop and WFP, who will once again lend her talents to support the cause.
"There's something so simple but so deeply important about the work that the World Food Programme does," says Hudson. "It is not just that [WFP] feeds children—though they do that and it's incredible. They also work to support families and education and local economies, working towards a bigger picture that enables communities, and ultimately countries, to get back on their feet. I really do believe that if we work together at this, we will see an end to world hunger."
INTRODUCING HAILEE STEINFELD
Hailee Steinfeld, who appeared in the 2017 Michael Kors The Walk campaign, will lend her influence to the cause for the first time this year.
"It was an honor to team up with Michael Kors again, this time for such an important, worthy cause," says the actress and singer. "All children deserve to have their basic needs met in order to fulfill their greatest potential. If we band together, we can end hunger for good."
WATCH HUNGER STOP SPECIAL-EDITION RUNWAY WATCH
Special-edition watches have been a part of the Watch Hunger Stop effort since its inception, with 100 meals donated to WFP for each watch sold.* This year, the iconic Runway watch features a gold-tone case in a slimmer profile with a detailed map of the world on a turquoise-hued dial. The unisex style is sold exclusively this fall in select Michael Kors stores worldwide and online at michaelkors.com and retails for $275.
SNAP TO DONATE
To mark World Food Day, Michael Kors has created a special Watch Hunger Stop Snapchat geofilter that will launch on October 1. Just stop by almost any Michael Kors store in the US or UK, snap using the special geofilter, and 25 meals will be donated to WFP.*
SHARE THE MEAL
Share The Meal is the world's first app against global hunger. An initiative of WFP, Share The Meal has bright, charming graphics, an effortless interface, and a wealth of facts and photos about people and places you're delighted to get to know. With Share The Meal, you can donate as little as $.50 with a tap on your screen—and know you've helped someone. Download the Share The Meal app at http://wfpusa.org/MKSTM2017.
MORE WAYS TO DONATE
During the month of October, customers can make a donation directly to WFP at the register in select Michael Kors stores around the globe. Just $5 feeds a child in school for a month.
In select countries, visitors to WatchHungerStop.com can follow the on-screen link to donate to WFP directly. In the US, users can also text the word MKHUNGER to 50555 to make a $5 gift (message and data rates may apply).
"Hunger is a global problem but it's also a solvable one," said Michael Kors. "However much you choose to get involved, you will make a real difference in someone's life. One of my dreams is to see a world with Zero Hunger, and we are working hard with the United Nations World Food Programme to make that a reality. I'm proud of what Watch Hunger Stop has been able to accomplish so far, but we're not done. So we continue to work together to zero."
For more information, visit:
Watch Hunger Stop: http://www.watchhungerstop.com
Destination Kors: http://www.destinationkors.com
* For each Watch Hunger Stop t-shirt or watch purchased from a Michael Kors retail store or official Michael Kors website, Michael Kors will donate 100 meals (US $25) to WFP. For each Watch Hunger Stop t-shirt selfie, Michael Kors will donate 100 meals (US $25) to WFP. For each snap using the Snapchat Watch Hunger Stop geofilter, Michael Kors will donate 25 meals (US $6.25) to WFP. Michael Kors will donate up to two million meals to WFP through 3/31/2019. WFP does not endorse any product or service.
About Watch Hunger Stop
Watch Hunger Stop, established in 2013, raises funds and awareness to help achieve a world with zero hunger. The brand's partner in the effort is the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), and funds go to support WFP's school meals program. In 2015, Michael Kors was named a Global Ambassador Against Hunger for the United Nations World Food Programme; in 2016, he was awarded the McGovern-Dole Leadership Award by WFP USA for his dedicated efforts to highlight and alleviate the crisis of hunger.
About Michael Kors
Michael Kors is a world-renowned, award-winning designer of luxury accessories and ready-to-wear. His namesake company, established in 1981, currently produces a range of products under Michael Kors Collection, MICHAEL Michael Kors and Michael Kors Mens, including accessories, ready-to-wear, footwear, wearable technology, watches, and a full line of fragrance products. Michael Kors stores are operated in the most prestigious cities in the world. In addition, Michael Kors operates digital flagships across North America, Europe and Asia, offering customers a seamless omni-channel experience.
About the World Food Programme
The United Nations World Food Programme—saving lives in emergencies and changing lives for millions through sustainable development. WFP works in more than 80 countries around the world, feeding people caught in conflict and disasters, and laying the foundations for a better future.
Enerkem Inc. (http://www.enerkem.com ), a world-leading waste-to-biofuels and chemicals producer, announced today at the G7 Environment, Energy and Oceans Ministerial Meeting in Halifax, Nova Scotia, that it will be exploring opportunities to take action on ocean plastics waste and marine litter.
Following the successful commercial launch of the world's first waste-to-biofuels facility in Edmonton, Alberta, converting mixed household waste and unrecoverable plastics into fuels and chemicals, Enerkem is now seeking to leverage its carbon recycling technology expertise to help solve the ever-growing issues related to ocean plastics waste.
The company has engaged discussions with The Ocean Legacy Foundation, a Canadian non-profit organisation which conducts recurring coastal cleanup expeditions, to explore ways in which soiled plastics can be recuperated from oceans to produce low carbon transportation fuels and chemicals by leveraging Enerkem's disruptive technology.
"Our breakthrough waste-to-biofuels and chemicals technology is already addressing the issues related to urban waste, including plastics. Through this innovative collaboration, we are committed to looking at concrete local initiatives to turn ocean plastics waste into valuable products," explained Marie-Hélène Labrie, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs and Communications, Enerkem.
According to the World Economic Forum, around 150 million tonnes of plastics are floating in our oceans, with an additional eight million tonnes entering the water each year. Despite plastics waste reduction and recycling efforts by government, municipalities and communities, the amount of plastics littering the world's marine environments is expected to triple within a decade.
Under the theme of Working Together on Climate Change, Oceans and Clean Energy, the G7 Ministerial Meeting underscores the importance of engaging and supporting ways to tackle climate change, improve the health of the world's oceans and transform the way we produce, transport and use energy.
Tackling global marine litter and plastic pollution was one of the major outcomes highlighted during the G7 Leaders' Summit, held last June in Charlevoix, Quebec. During the Summit, Canada, France, the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy and the European Union have agreed to the Oceans Plastics Charter. Enerkem is endorsing this initiative which aims at moving toward a more resource-efficient and sustainable approach to the management of plastic including increasing capacity to manage plastic as a resource.
Enerkem produces advanced biofuels and renewable chemicals from waste. Its disruptive proprietary technology converts non-recyclable, non-compostable municipal solid waste into methanol, ethanol and other widely-used chemicals. Headquartered in Montreal (QC), Canada, Enerkem operates a full-scale commercial facility in Alberta as well as an innovation centre in Quebec. Enerkem's facilities are built as prefabricated systems based on the company's modular manufacturing infrastructure that can be deployed globally. Enerkem's technology is a prime example of how a true circular economy can be achieved by diversifying the energy mix and by making everyday products greener while offering a smart, sustainable alternative to landfilling and incineration.
Funds will expand access to programs focused on reducing preterm births and improving maternal and infant health in 19 states
March of Dimes, the leader in the fight for the health of all moms and babies, today announced their latest collaboration with the Anthem Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Anthem, Inc., aimed at reducing preterm births and improving maternal and infant health. Premature birth is the largest contributor to infant death in the U.S., and pregnancy-related death has more than doubled over the past 25 years.
"According to The National Center for Health Statistics, this year marks the third consecutive increase in preterm births after steady declines over the previous seven years," says Lisa F. Waddell, MD, MPH, March of Dimes deputy medical officer. "Among non-Hispanic black women and Hispanic women, the preterm birth rate increase was even greater. We applaud the Anthem Foundation for its dedication to expanding access to evidence-based preterm birth and maternal health interventions by providing March of Dimes with critical funds to help tackle these alarming trends."
"The Anthem Foundation is focused on helping to improve the health of our communities and increase access to critical programs that can have a positive impact on all Americans," said Karen Shea, vice president maternal and child services at Anthem. "Through our ongoing collaboration with March of Dimes, we remain committed to helping at-risk mothers by providing funding for programs and services that will encourage and facilitate healthy prenatal practices, creating healthier generations of Americans."
The Anthem Foundation's $1.5 million grant will support March of Dimes' effort to address the urgent health crisis facing mothers and babies in the U.S. and provide vital resources to proven interventions that can assist in preventing premature births and maternal and infant mortality. Specifically the grant will reach pregnant women in communities in 19 states and will target areas with a high volume of preterm births and large health disparity gaps.
Programs that will be supported include:
The grant continues a longstanding relationship between Anthem Foundation and March of Dimes to improve maternal and infant health. From 2011-2017, Anthem Foundation provided more than $5 million in funding which supported programs reaching more than 36,000 pregnant women across the country -- more than 17,000 of them were reached through CenteringPregnancy.
About March of Dimes
March of Dimes leads the fight for the health of all moms and babies. We support research, lead programs and provide education and advocacy so that every family can have the best possible start. Building on a successful 80-year legacy of impact and innovation, we stand up for every mom and every baby. Visit marchofdimes.org or nacersano.org for more information.
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About Anthem Foundation
The Anthem Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Anthem, Inc. and through charitable contributions and programs, the Foundation promotes the inherent commitment of Anthem, Inc. to enhance the health and well-being of individuals and families in communities that Anthem, Inc. and its affiliated health plans serve. The Foundation focuses its funding on strategic initiatives that address and provide innovative solutions to health care challenges, as well as promoting the Healthy Generations Program, a multi-generational initiative that targets specific disease states and medical conditions. These disease states and medical conditions include: prenatal care in the first trimester, low birth weight babies, cardiac morbidity rates, long term activities that decrease obesity and increase physical activity, diabetes prevalence in adult populations, adult pneumococcal and influenza vaccinations and smoking cessation. The Foundation also coordinates the company's year-round Associate Giving program which provides a 50 percent match of associates' pledges, as well as its Volunteer Time Off and Dollars for Doers community service programs. To learn more about the Anthem Foundation, please visit http://www.anthem.foundation
Alliance Healthcare Foundation Announces $2M Innovation Funding & New Innovation Fund at The San Diego Foundation
Alliance Healthcare Foundation (AHF), a foundation working to advance health and wellness for those in need, announces $2 million in Innovation Initiative (i2) awards to two social enterprises. Also, AHF and The San Diego Foundation announce a collaboration to fund transformative innovation.
Multicultural Health Foundation -- the Prevention Alliance, Community Prevention Coaches
The Multicultural Health Foundation is the recipient of $1 million of Innovation Initiative (i2) funding to establish the Prevention Alliance. The Prevention Alliance will use this funding to establish and convene the first coalition of ethnic organizations to secure and share sustainable funding and infrastructure for preventative health services. Funding will be used to bring prevention services to infuse capital into multicultural, immigrant and refugee communities' prevention care. Alliance Healthcare Foundation's funding will support creating the Prevention Alliance's infrastructure to further launch prevention programs in communities that historically have not accessed maintainable prevention services.
The Prevention Alliance is pioneering a novel sustainable economic model that enables a number of multicultural community-based organizations to deliver proven prevention services paid through a new medical reimbursement income stream. The Prevention Alliance's initial focus will be on establishing a model for diabetes prevention. Within five years, a workforce of 350 diabetes prevention coaches — sourced from the communities that join the Prevention Alliance — will bring prevention services to 8,500 residents. The Prevention Alliance will infuse capital into resource-poor but proven-effective multicultural communities' prevention care services.
The health system needs this solution to solve an old problem in a new way. Community-based organizations exhibit the ability to lower chronic diseases but are without the capacity to bill for it. The Prevention Alliance solves this problem. Members of the Prevention Alliance will be able to share a billing and claims system to contract with insurance companies and gain market share for sustainable funding. For the first time ever in San Diego County, community-based nonprofits will be able to access a new funding stream from Medicare, Medicaid and commercial insurances directly to bring the much-needed prevention services that improve health outcomes while reducing health disparities.
The Prevention Alliance comprises a team of organizations, including:
Insurance plans including Medicare, Medicaid and commercial insurance providers fund Diabetes Prevention Provider Program coaches. Alliance Healthcare Foundation funding will support creating the infrastructure to further launch the planned programs in communities that historically have not accessed these services.
"The mission of the Multicultural Health Foundation's Prevention Alliance aligns with our mission," noted Elizabeth Dreicer, AHF Interim Executive Director. "The Prevention Alliance's focus on creating a sustainable economic social enterprise model to support ongoing, long-term prevention efforts within the San Diego and Imperial County ethnic, immigrant and refugee communities is important to our vision of closing the health equity gap. We anticipate this will result in long-term positive impact in the communities they serve. Further, as AHF understands that we cannot spend more as a ratio of our overall GDP [gross domestic product] on healthcare, this project supports our aim to improve quality and improve access while reducing overall costs."
Broadly, the Prevention Alliance coalition will focus on four project areas: 1) economic empowerment; 2) system level change; 3) workforce development, and 4) policy and environmental level change. In each of these areas, the Prevention Alliance has identified targeted improvement goals with a five-year timeline for reaching those goals.
"Our innovation is the economic empowerment of community-based organizations who are on the front lines for reducing chronic diseases," observed Nataché Muschette, Executive Director of the Multicultural Health Foundation. "With the Prevention Alliance we will introduce the business of healthcare to charity-based organizations to demonstrate the economic value of redirecting revenue from insurance companies into the medically underserved ethnic communities, who need it the most. While Medicare, Medicaid and commercial health insurance plans have the money to fund prevention services, they lack distribution channels into high-risk, high-cost ethnic communities where the greatest reduction in chronic disease and health disparities can be realized. We understand how to serve this historically hard-to-reach population."
Rodney Hood, MD, is the founder and initial funder of the Multicultural Health Foundation and serves as the foundation's current board chair. Dr. Hood has practiced medicine in San Diego for more than 30 years and has long been involved in the health and wellness of the local multicultural community as a physician treating individual patients and as a community leader serving on the boards of numerous nonprofit organizations supporting communities in need. Dr. Hood also serves as a trustee of Alliance Healthcare Foundation. (Dr. Hood did not participate in the Alliance Healthcare Foundation selection or voting process for this award.)
Somali Family Service -- Refugee Vaccination Education
AHF also announces Somali Family Service of San Diego (SFS) as the recipient of a $1 million Innovation Initiative (i2) award. The first phase of this grant is unique as it focuses on implementation of virtual reality (VR) to improve vaccination rates among East African and refugee residents living in San Diego County.
The Somali Health Initiative for Access to Care (SHIFA-Care Project) is an initiative of SFS in partnership with Sanjeev Bhavnani, MD, a cardiologist at Scripps Clinic specializing in digital health innovation for patient care and in clinical trials. This initiative makes use of VR as an enhanced, culturally tuned health education tool in support of improving vaccination rates among East African and refugee residents.
"AHF developed the Innovation Initiative in 2010 to advance its mission to improve the health and wellness of the nearly 1.3 million people estimated to live in poverty in San Diego and Imperial counties," said Joe Ramsdell, MD, AHF interim board chair. "We do this through venture philanthropy support of transformational thinking, people and organizations. Through this particular award, AHF is aiming to improve the health of San Diego's East African and refugee residents by providing high-quality educational content delivered through VR in a culturally and linguistically appropriate manner."
Through the SHIFA-Care Initiative's use of virtual reality education, Somali Family Service, a fiscal sponsor for eight different East African and refugee organizations, has the potential to make a significant impact across San Diego County. In the case of vaccinations, the costs associated with not vaccinating are significant. Preventable emergency room visits for pertussis and measles can drive up healthcare costs in the region and cost parents thousands of dollars during periods of illness. By improving parental awareness of the importance of vaccines, new virtual reality educational tools can improve the community's ability to monitor pediatric health and reduce healthcare costs for everyone in San Diego.
"Immunization rates of local East African and refugee residents are well below the national average due to the lack of cultural and linguistic sensitivities in regional health systems and because of unsubstantiated fears that immunization may cause autism," explained Ahmed Sahid, President and CEO of Somali Family Service. "This has led to outbreaks of measles, mumps and pertussis that could have easily been avoided. Our SHIFA-Care Project is designed to remove cultural barriers and help individuals and families make better decisions to improve the overall health of the community. In partnership with Alliance Healthcare Foundation, we hope to model this innovative project here in San Diego, and then share it with other communities in the future."
The application of VR in this effort represents a significant innovative approach to addressing education in support of vaccination. "Virtual reality provides an immersive experience that, when coupled with excellent educational content, enables a more lasting experiential understanding. It's the difference between watching something on TV or living and experiencing it," Dreicer noted. "VR is an active, rather than passive, experience resulting in enhanced comprehension and retention."
To transform healthcare with new technologies, Dr. Bhavnani said that, "four key criteria must be met and employed simultaneously to maximize quality and to ensure effectiveness. These include: 1) using technologies that are 'flexible' and can be customized with cultural, linguistic and religious sensitivities to overcome low health literacies; 2) deploying any new intervention with a community-based participatory model that uses input from various community members in each step from project design to implementation, and to ensure that what is developed is a resource that can be trusted; 3) driving high cost-effectiveness resulting from low technology development costs and high rate of financial return, and 4) demonstrating outcomes that are important to individuals, the community and for public health."
"We look forward to partnering with Somali Family Service as they roll out this innovative service in the community," said Dr. Ramsdell. "This is a strong organization with a long history of providing invaluable service to the East African and refugee residents in San Diego. Building on Somali Family Service's foundation of community trust and cultural understanding coupled with the medical and technical expertise of Scripps, we believe this project will pave the way for further advancements in health education and make a real impact on the health of the local East African and refugee residents. We know that getting acclimated in a new country can be a daunting process, and the health of new arrivals can suffer if they don't know where to turn for help. SFS does a tremendous job of helping people get acclimated, and soon they will have a significant tool at their disposal for helping improve the health of local refugees and the community at large."
Overall, Dreicer noted, "Through i2, AHF seeks to alter the status quo by funding innovation designed to enhance the lives of those people most in need in the community. We believe that owing to the already large ratio of dollars that flow into healthcare, we must innovate to reduce the overall cost to our system while improving quality and increasing access."
AHF Establishes New Innovation Fund at The San Diego Foundation
Alliance Healthcare Foundation has placed an initial $2 million with The San Diego Foundation (TSDF) in recognition that seeding and scaling innovation requires a more robust partnership of funders.
To start, two funds have been opened with the first focused on AHF's Innovation Initiative (i2) and the next on AHF's InvestUp Futures Fund. Each has been seeded by AHF with $1 million for a total of $2 million.
AHF has an established eight-year track record of finding, funding (over $12 million to date) and nurturing scalable social enterprise innovations through its Innovation Initiative (i2) program. For example, AHF funded Text4Baby through Champions for Health (formerly the San Diego Medical Society Foundation) — targeting text-based micro education to at-risk moms and their unborn babies (subsequently extended through childhood) — now among the largest mobile health apps in the nation and owned by Wellpass (following merger of Voxiva and Sense Health). Other AHF i2 investments include 211's Community Information Exchange (CIE); Interfaith Community Service's Recovery and Wellness Center; UCSD's (University of California San Diego) Wireless Observed Therapy led by University of California San Diego's Wireless Observed Therapy Project, led by Dr. Sara Browne (with Proteus as the technology partner); and Solutions For Change's Solutions Farms.
Now, owing to this relationship, other foundations, philanthropists, businesses and individuals interested in supporting social innovation can participate through the Alliance Innovation Fund. While the innovations start locally, many have demonstrated impact and scale beyond San Diego and Imperial counties, and consequently the fund is expected to attract interest from large, small, regional, national, international, private and corporate foundations and from impact investors both within and outside the region.
Much of the focus of the Alliance Innovation Fund will be on funding selected social enterprise ventures, specifically early-stage health and wellness innovation — of benefit to the most vulnerable — under development by local agencies, social enterprise businesses, academia, nonprofits and community-based organizations. AHF typically provides initial innovation grants up to $1 million. AHF also provides loans and can make equity investments through its complementary Program Related Investments (PRI) program.
"The focus of Alliance Healthcare Foundation on the wellness of the most vulnerable deeply resonates with the mission of The San Diego Foundation," said The San Diego Foundation Interim CEO and President Connie Matsui. "We congratulate AHF on the success of the innovation initiative and look forward to its impact on improving quality of life for the San Diego community."
"We envision our collaboration as a model for community-based organizations to strengthen their community impact, make more effective and efficient use of community resources," noted Dr. Ramsdell.
"We believe in the power of collective action," said Dreicer, "and we are hopeful that our example will inspire others to join us. Our staff and board team works ardently in support of advancing the health and wellness for those in need in our region [San Diego and Imperial counties] and recognizes that the time has come to make it possible for others to join us in service of the approximately 1.3 million souls that live in our region that can benefit from our collaboration."
With the relationship now in effect, AHF is mobilizing to initiate near-term impact and looks forward to welcoming other foundations (large, small, regional, national, international, private and corporate) and impact investors inside and outside the region. To learn more, visit us here.
About Alliance Healthcare Foundation: AHF works to advance health and wellness for the most vulnerable in San Diego and Imperial counties. We accomplish this work through collaborative funding, convening and advocacy. AHF currently operates a portfolio of five programs: i2 is our innovation initiative, also referred to as "venture philanthropy" — based on the thesis that innovation capital (often high risk, high reward) is needed to transform the current paradigm (high cost and poor outcomes) and improve quality, increase capacity and reduce costs; Mission Support — based on the belief that trusting those closest to our constituents and providing core operating support for great organizations will best advance our mission; Responsive Grants — based on the belief that it is important to be responsive to time-sensitive community needs and opportunities; InvestUp — based on the belief that it is important to actively and strategically be looking for ways to meaningfully advance our mission and it is worth spending some or all of our corpus — beyond the earnings off of our endowment — if we can substantively, sustainably and positively change the dynamics; and Program Related Investments, also referred to as "impact investments," based on the thesis that we can activate our investment portfolio to achieve more positive impact. For more information visit http://www.alliancehealthcarefoundation.org. AHF can also be found on Twitter @AllianceHF and on Facebook at facebook.com/AllianceHF.
About The San Diego Foundation: The San Diego Foundation maximizes the impact of your charitable giving. We mobilize philanthropic resources to advance quality of life, increase social impact and champion civic engagement. For more than 40 years, The San Diego Foundation and our donors have granted more than $1 billion to grow a vibrant San Diego region. To learn more, visit our website, https://www.sdfoundation.org
Briggs & Stratton Corporation is pleased to announce its $1 million commitment to Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, extending its exclusive 23-year title sponsorship of Briggs & Al's Run & Walk – the hospital's longest-standing, and one of its most successful, fundraising events – through 2022.
"As Briggs & Stratton celebrates its 110th anniversary year, what better way to reaffirm our commitment to the Milwaukee community than by providing $1 million to kids in need of pediatric care," says Rick Carpenter, Vice President Corporate Marketing. "We are lucky to have one of the nation's top pediatric hospitals right here within our community and Briggs & Stratton firmly stands behind its commitment to extend its support into the future."
Since Briggs & Stratton became the title sponsor, it has donated nearly $4 million to the hospital and rallies its employees around the annual event to show its support beyond the dollars. The event raises more than $1 million annually and draws approximately 15,000 supporters to downtown Milwaukee.
This announcement comes just days before the 41st Briggs & Al's Run & Walk for Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, which will take place on Saturday, Sept. 15, at 10:15 a.m., starting at 12th Street and Wisconsin Avenue on the Marquette University campus and ending at Maier Festival Park (Summerfest grounds). Participants can register online at alsrun.com or on site at the event.
About Briggs & Stratton Corporation:
Briggs & Stratton Corporation (NYSE :BGG ), headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is focused on providing power to get work done and make people's lives better. Briggs & Stratton is the world's largest producer of gasoline engines for outdoor power equipment, and is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of power generation, pressure washer, lawn and garden, turf care and job site products through its Briggs & Stratton®, Simplicity®, Snapper®, Ferris®, Vanguard®, Allmand®, Billy Goat®, Murray®, Branco® and Victa® brands. Briggs & Stratton products are designed, manufactured, marketed and serviced in over 100 countries on six continents. For additional information, please visit www.basco.com and www.briggsandstratton.com
About Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
Children's Hospital of Wisconsin is the region's only independent health care system dedicated solely to the health and well-being of children. The hospital, with locations in Milwaukee and Neenah, Wisconsin, is recognized as one of the leading pediatric health care centers in the United States. It is ranked in eight specialty areas in U.S. News & World Report's 2018-19 Best Children's Hospitals report. Children's provides primary care, specialty care, urgent care, emergency care, community health services, foster and adoption services, child and family counseling, child advocacy services and family resource centers. In 2017, Children's invested nearly $103 million in the community to improve the health status of children through medical care, advocacy, education and pediatric medical research. Children's achieves its mission in part through donations from individuals, corporations and foundations and is proud to be a member of Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. For more information, visit the website at chw.org
The Female Quotient, a company and community dedicated to achieving workplace equality, has launched the Girls' Lounge @ Campus, a global leadership program designed to cultivate the next generation of female entrepreneurs, executives and innovators. In a partnership with SAP Next-Gen which has a global network of SAP Next-Gen Labs in 116 countries, the Girls' Lounge @ Campus will offer young women a community in which they can collaborate and connect, setting a strong foundation for them to thrive in their future careers and create meaningful change in the workplace.
The Girls' Lounge @ Campus program will provide a wide variety of mentorship, networking and entrepreneurial opportunities. Offerings will include career coaching, interview training and relationship-building, as well as direct access to entry level jobs through a recruiting pipeline. College women will also hear from business leaders at speaker sessions and have access to professional development and advice.
Earlier in June, the first Girls' Lounge @ Campus opened at the SAP Next-Gen Lab location at ESIGELEC in Rouen, France. In August, the second Girls' Lounge @ Campus launched at the University of Cape Town in South Africa where Shelley Zalis, CEO of The Female Quotient and Ann Rosenberg, SVP & Global Head of SAP Next-Gen, led a discussion around women in innovation. As the rollout continues, the Girls' Lounge @ Campus will soon grow to having a presence at campuses globally.
"Our Girls' Lounge community of 17,000-plus corporate women has illustrated the power of collaboration and the need for a space for women to come together to grow their confidence and find their voice and own their strengths," said The Female Quotient CEO, Shelley Zalis. "With the Girls' Lounge @ Campus, we want women on campus to experience the support of a powerful career community, and to feel inspired and motivated to become leaders before they've even entered the workforce. Leadership is not about age, it's about action: we want to give them the tools they need to create real change."
"SAP Next-Gen is strongly aligned with the goals of The Female Quotient," said Ann Rosenberg, senior vice president and global head of the SAP Next-Gen program. "With inspiration from The Female Quotient and with the examples of ESIGELEC and UCT, educational institutions across the global SAP Next-Gen network of more than 3,700 educational institutions in 116 countries can join the Girls' Lounge @ Campus movement, helping build awareness of the potential for innovations developed by young women, identifying barriers to having more girls and young women pursue STEM education and careers, and working collaboratively to take actions to address these barriers."
The program puts a new spin on the original Girls' Lounge concept. Until now, the Girls' Lounge has been a pop-up experience at conferences and within companies that brings female leaders together at high-profile events like Cannes and the World Economic Forum (Davos). With this college-level directed initiative, The Female Quotient is taking this concept to the next level, providing a growing support network for the next generation of female leaders with valuable, ongoing services and support.
For more information on The Female Quotient and the Girls' Lounge @ Campus, please visit www.thefemalequotient.com/girls-lounge-campus
About The Female Quotient
The mission of The Female Quotient is to advance gender equality in the workplace. Founded by Shelley Zalis, The Female Quotient provides companies and business leaders with research, tools and experiences to promote equality, including the Modern Guide to Equality, a living, breathing playbook for activating change that's updated bi-annually. The Female Quotient also presents the Girls' Lounge, a pop-up experience at conferences, companies and college campuses where women connect, collaborate and activate change together. Since launching in 2013, the Girls' Lounge has hosted more than 100 experiences at dozens of high-profile corporate events, including the World Economic Forum (Davos), SXSW, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), AdWeek and more. For more information, visit www.TheFemaleQuotient.com.
Boeing has awarded a $3 million grant to the George W. Bush Institute's Global Leadership Impact Center. The grant, part of a previously announced $10 million donation to the Institute, will support women's empowerment and global leadership programs aimed at promoting education, healthcare and economic opportunity for women around the world.
"Important contributions from women throughout generations have made the world as well as our business stronger," said Boeing Chairman, President and CEO Dennis Muilenburg. "We value the unique viewpoints and experiences women bring to the table and believe in the importance of empowering them—both within our company and across the globe. Through innovative programs like WE Lead and the First Ladies Initiative, Boeing's partnership with the Bush Institute will help inspire and encourage more women to take on leadership roles."
Boeing's contribution, which was announced at the company's 2018 Global Women in Leadership Conference, will support programs like WE Lead and the First Ladies Initiative. WE Lead engages women leaders in the Middle East, North Africa and Afghanistan who share a common vision of advancing peaceful, prosperous societies through the expansion of economic opportunity for all. The First Ladies Initiative engages and supports first ladies from around the world as they use their unique platforms to improve lives in their countries.
"The inclusion of women in all aspects of society strengthens and improves the stability of their countries," said First Lady Laura Bush. "At the Bush Institute, we recognize that a good future for our world depends on women, so our global leadership work is designed to support women and girls by improving access to education, health care, and economic opportunity. George and I are grateful that Boeing has partnered with the Bush Institute to make this important work possible."
This latest investment builds upon Boeing's long-standing support of women's empowerment and women in STEM. In 2017 alone, Boeing and the Boeing Charitable Trust partnered with more than 120 STEM organizations and contributed nearly $18 million toward community initiatives that helped inspire an estimated 700,000 young women in STEM. Over the past six years, Boeing and the Boeing Charitable Trust have contributed more than $100 million toward community initiatives that have impacted an estimated 4.3 million young women around the world.
About The Boeing Company
Through purposeful investments, employee engagement and thoughtful advocacy efforts, Boeing and its employees support innovative partnerships and programs that align with the company's strategic objectives, create value and help build better communities worldwide. Boeing's efforts are focused on improving access to globally competitive learning, contributing to workforce and skills development, and supporting our military and veteran communities.
Chicago-based Boeing is the world's largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial jetliners and defense, space and security systems. A top U.S. exporter, the company supports airlines and U.S. and allied government customers in more than 150 countries.
See how Boeing is making a difference for Our Future, Our Heroes and Our Homes by visiting the 2018 Boeing Global Engagement Portfolio at Boeing.com/community.
About The Bush Institute
Housed within the George W. Bush Presidential Center, the George W. Bush Institute is an action-oriented, nonpartisan policy organization with the mission of developing leaders, advancing policy, and taking action to solve today's most pressing challenges. Through three Impact Centers – Domestic Excellence, Global Leadership, and an Engagement Agenda – the Bush Institute delivers measurable results that save and improve lives. To learn more, visit www.BushCenter.org.
Thomas & Friends Launches Collaboration With the United Nations to Inspire the Next Generation of Global Citizens
Mattel Inc. debuts today in the Nick Jr. preschool block on Nickelodeon, the brand-new season of Thomas & Friends, a game changing event in children's television that is part of a strategic brand relaunch which includes a two-year alliance with the United Nations. This is the first collaboration between a preschool brand and multiple UN entities to promote the SDGs via content to inspire the next generation of global citizens.
As part of the brand relaunch, the Thomas & Friends production team collaborated with the UN Department of Public Information's Creative Community Outreach Initiative to develop content inspired by 6 of the 17 SDGs that were most appropriate for a preschool audience and fitting to the Thomas & Friends brand values. This included the SDG's #4 Quality Education; #5 Gender Equality; #6 Clean Water and Sanitation, #11 Sustainable Cities and Communities; #12 Responsible Consumption and Production, and #15 Life on Land. This collaboration will further come to life with parent tips, activity sheets and short-form content available on a new microsite AllAboardForGlobalGoals.com that launches today. The content and parent targeted materials looks to introduce pre-schoolers around the world to the concept of global citizenship and start meaningful conversations between parents and children.
The collaboration was launched today at the United Nations Headquarters, in a roundtable event supported by Actress, Filmmaker, Activist Olivia Wilde, Director of the Outreach Division in the United Nations Department of Public Information Maher Nasser, Senior Producer of Thomas & Friends Ian McCue, UN Women's Africa Program Advisor Tolulope Lewis-Tamoka, and President and COO of Mattel Richard Dickson.
"Thomas' unique focus on empathy, collaboration and friendship is more relevant than ever and such an effective way to introduce children to the most important global values of their lifetimes - as embodied by the Sustainable Development Goals," said Richard Dickson, President and COO of Mattel. "I cannot imagine a more appropriate partnership than Thomas and the United Nations – the most dedicated and purpose-driven people, organizations and brands never go it alone, but recognize the value of collaboration in creating a better world. That's why the UN exists, and that's been the core lesson of Thomas for over 70 years".
"In our quest to popularize the Sustainable Development Goals and raise awareness about them among all ages, Thomas & Friends was a natural fit for younger audiences, as well as their parents and caretakers. The SDGs also proved to be the perfect tool for Thomas & Friends to teach children the importance of taking part in the global efforts to end poverty, providing girls and boys with the same opportunities, and of course doing so while protecting our planet," said Maher Nasser, Director of the Outreach Division at the United Nations Department of Public Information who has led the collaboration with Mattel on this project.
Following market research with children and parents around the world to help transform the 70 year old brand, the show will have a more contemporary feel, a brand-new theme tune and a refreshed Steam Team ensuring gender equality across the show. This all-new format series launching today in the Nick Jr. preschool block on Nickelodeon, will feature faster-paced action, increased humor and music, new international friends, animals and exciting fantasy elements. The key highlights include:
Thomas the Tank Engine was created over 70 years ago and that story quickly grew to become the award-winning #1 preschool train brand franchise it is today, selling 1 engine every second, enjoyed by families in more than 160 territories and 55 languages across multiple touchpoints and formats, including: 500+ original TV shows; 12 feature-length films; apps; toys; consumer products; publishing; live attractions and much more.
About Thomas & Friends
Thomas the Tank Engine was created over 70 years ago, by a British clergyman, the Rev W Awdry, as a storybook for his son. That story quickly grew to become the award-winning #1 preschool train brand franchise it is today, enjoyed by families in more than 160 territories and over 55 languages across multiple touch-points and formats, including: 500+ original TV shows; 12 feature-length films; selling 1 engine every second; apps; toys; consumer products; publishing; live attractions and much more. Thomas & Friends is viewable on more than 30 world-class broadcasters including Nick Jr. in the US, Super RTL in Germany, and on Five's Milkshake! in the UK. Thomas & Friends can also be viewed across digital platforms including Hulu, iTunes, YouTube and more. On YouTube, the Thomas & Friends channel has had over 1.16 billion lifetime views, over 909k subscribers and 2.6MM engagements. For more information about the world of Thomas & Friends, please visit: www.thomasandfriends.com
Mattel (NASDAQ : MAT ) is a leading global children's entertainment company that specializes in design and production of quality toys and consumer products. We create innovative products and experiences that inspire, entertain and develop children through play. We engage consumers through our portfolio of iconic franchises, including Barbie®, Hot Wheels®, American Girl®, Fisher-Price®, Thomas & Friends® and MEGA®, as well as other popular brands that we own or license in partnership with global entertainment companies. Our offerings include film and television content, gaming, music and live events. We operate in 40 locations and sell products in more than 150 countries in collaboration with the world's leading retail and technology companies. Since its founding in 1945, Mattel is proud to be a trusted partner in exploring the wonder of childhood and empowering kids to reach their full potential.
Natasha Koifman, Jackson Browne, Susan Sarandon, Ben Stiller, Hari Ravichandran, Jonathan Scott, Drew Scott and Linda Phan attend the Artists For Peace And Justice Festival Gala 2018 Presented By BOVET at Windsor Arms Hotel on September 8, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Ryan Emberley/Getty Images for Artists for Peace and Justice Canada)
Hari Ravichandran, the CEO and Founder of Jump Ventures, a scalability infusion firm, today announced the Ravichandran Foundation donation of $250,000 USD ($330,000 CAD) to benefit Artists for Peace and Justice (APJ) and their mission to encourage peace and social justice, working to alleviate poverty around the world. The organization's immediate efforts serve the poorest communities in Haiti with programs in education and training in creative industries, while expanding the reach globally by partnering with effective local organizations to give young women access to quality education.
The Ravichandran grant will directly fund the Science laboratory at the Academy for Peace and Justice, which was established after the devastating 2010 earthquake that affected Haiti. The Academy is the only middle and secondary school of its kind in Haiti, providing an education to the poorest and most deserving youth in the city of Port-au-Prince, most of whom can't afford to attend school after the 5th grade. The 3,700 capacity Academy, where all students receive a scholarship, will have a state of the art science facility where students will be able to study biology, physics, chemistry and geology.
"This grant is an investment in the future leaders of Haiti," said Hari Ravichandran. "It is my sincere hope that the ability to embrace education, particularly the study of science, will empower these students to achieve all their dreams and goals."
"This is an extraordinary gift from Hari and the Ravichandran Foundation that affords our students a real hands-on opportunity to really explore and dig and find their personal passion within science. We have budding doctors and engineers in our student body who will embrace this lab as their own private sanctuary and never want to leave," said Artists for Peace and Justice CEO, Marchelle L. Sellers.
The Ravichandran gift was announced at the 2018 APJ Festival Gala held during the Toronto International Film Festival where individuals who are committed to making a difference in their own communities and abroad are recognized. A Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Harry Belafonte via video conference for his lifetime of activism and commitment to peace and social justice around the world. Drew Scott and Jonathon Scott received the 2018 Peace and Justice Award for their global work.
ABOUT THE RAVICHANDRAN FOUNDATION
Based in Boston, Massachusetts, the Ravichandran Foundation is a philanthropic organization founded by Hari Ravichandran, a technology entrepreneur and the CEO and Founder of Jump Ventures, a scalability infusion firm. The foundation is committed to improving health, promoting education and empowering youth locally and globally. For more information visit: www.ravichandranfoundation.org
ABOUT ARTISTS FOR PEACE AND JUSTICE
Artists for Peace and Justice (APJ) is a non-profit organization that encourages peace and social justice and addresses issues of poverty around the world. APJ's immediate goal is to serve the poorest communities in Haiti with programs in education, healthcare, and dignity through the arts. The organization is committed to long-term, sustainable development in direct partnership with the Haitian people. The model is simple: APJ believes in empowering local communities, fostering economic growth, and the power of education to change a nation. APJ is based in New York; Marchelle Sellers serves as its CEO. To learn more, visit www.apjnow.org or follow @artistsforpeace on Instagram and Twitter.
Marriott Hotels And TED Deliver Inspiring 'Women In Innovation' Salon That Sparks New Perspectives Across Asia Pacific
Marriott Hotels invited the region's most inventive thought leaders to engage in inspiring conversations at Bengaluru Marriott Hotel Whitefield in India's tech and innovation hub.
Marriott International's flagship brand Marriott Hotels continues to spark creative ideas and meaningful conversations worldwide, hosting its second TED Fellows salon in Asia Pacific on September 6th at the Bengaluru Marriott Hotel Whitefield in India. The event was attended by an engaged crowd of over 200 movers and shakers including innovative entrepreneurs, Marriott Rewards loyalty members, international media and influencers as well as top business school students. Bengaluru Marriott Hotel Whitefield was chosen as the destination to host this year's Marriott TED Fellows Salon because of the city's reputation as India's hub of technology and innovation.
At the event, three TED fellows shared personal and professional stories around the theme of "Women in Innovation'. The speakers included women's health advocate Zubaida Bai from India, a passionate activist for improving global maternal health. She is the creator of the simple but revolutionary 'clean birth kit' to provide safer childbirths for impoverished women in the developing world. Meanwhile, founder of 'The Sri Lankan Blue Whale Project', marine biologist, whale conservationist and educator Asha de Vos shared a powerful message that whales must be protected because they play a crucial role in the health of the world's oceans. The third speaker, Trang Tran, is an agriculture entrepreneur and co-founder of Fargreen, and shared about how she's working with farmers to build sustainable, prosperous communities in her native Vietnam.
"We are excited to bring the next event in the TED Fellows Salon series to Bengaluru as part of our partnership with Marriott Hotels," said Shoham Arad, director of TED Fellows. "Our TED Fellows program was established in 2009 to bring together innovators and thought leaders to address some of the world's most pressing issues through the sharing of ideas and strategies. The speakers at this Marriott salon in Asia Pacific represented some of the best and brightest thinkers of their generation who are working towards making positive, meaningful and lasting change in their communities."
To further strengthen Marriott Hotels' commitment to innovation – ahead of the evening TED Salon, a roundtable luncheon hosted by former award-winning Bloomberg anchor and the founder of Narramur communications agency, Angie Lau, brought together a dynamic community of nine Asian entrepreneurs to engage in thought-provoking conversations on 'Women in Innovation' and share ideas on how they're innovating in their respective fields.
"It was a pleasure to spark a conversation between innovative influencers and being able to share ideas on how to support Women in Innovation," said Peggy Fang Roe, Chief Sales & Marketing Officer, Asia-Pacific, Marriott International. "Innovation and creativity are key to our success as a travel company. The company's flagship brand Marriott Hotels is leading the pack with brilliant partnerships exemplified by this year's TED Fellows Salon, which is a prime example of how we offer money-can't-buy experiences to our guests and loyalty members."
The ongoing global partnership between Marriott Hotels and TED is now in its second year, following its launch in 2016 and has been expanded to include more exciting and innovative programming at Marriott Hotels in key destinations worldwide. Marriott Hotels is a brand that's geared towards a new generation of travelers, who continuously seek fresh inspirations and creative ideas during their own life-changing journeys around the world.
"Backed by 60 years of history, Marriott Hotels continues to innovate and inspire brilliance in our guests – and this TED Salon has really brought to life what the brand stands for," said Mike Fulkerson, Vice President, Brand & Marketing Asia Pacific, Marriott International. "Marriott's salons engage with travelers around the world through its inspiring, empowering messages and we look forward to continuing this partnership in 2019 to bring these exciting experiences to more guests across Asia Pacific."
In addition to last night's TED Salon in Bengaluru, there will be TED Fellows Salons held at Marriott Hotels in exciting destinations including Boston, Cairo and Athens in upcoming months. Marriott Hotels also recently launched its newest Instagram story series, #MarriottHotelsxTEDFellows, which offers viewers original, inspiring content and an inside look at their favorite idea engine. To watch the series, follow @marriotthotels on Instagram and stay tuned for content throughout the year.
For more information, please visit tedtalksmarriott.com.
About Marriott Hotels
With over 500 hotels and resorts in 65 countries and territories around the world, Marriott Hotels is evolving travel through every aspect of the guest's stay, enabling the next generation to Travel Brilliantly. Boldly transforming itself for mobile and global travelers who blend work and play, Marriott leads the industry with innovations, including the Greatroom lobby and Mobile Guest Services that elevates style & design and technology. To learn more, visit www.MarriottHotels.com. Stay connected to Marriott Hotels on Facebook, @marriott on Twitter and @marriotthotels on Instagram. Marriott Hotels is proud to participate in the company's award-winning loyalty programs – Marriott Rewards®, The Ritz-Carlton Rewards®, and Starwood Preferred Guest® (SPG). The programs, operating under one set of unparalleled benefits, enable members to earn points toward free hotel stays, achieve Elite status faster than ever, and seamlessly book or redeem points for stays throughout our loyalty portfolio of 29 brands and more than 6,700 participating hotels in 130 countries & territories. To enroll for free or for more information about the programs, visit members.marriott.com
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, usually in the form of short, powerful talks delivered by today's leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED's annual gathering in Vancouver, Canada, its TEDWomen and TEDGlobal conferences, and at thousands of independently organized TEDx events around the world, then made available, free, on TED.com and other channels.
TED's open and free initiatives for spreading ideas include TED.com, where new TED Talk videos are posted daily; TEDx, which provides licenses to thousands of individuals and groups who host local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; the TED Fellows program, which selects innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities; Subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from thousands of volunteers worldwide; and the educational initiative TED-Ed.
Bacardi Limited Aligns Corporate Responsibility Strategy to Include UN Sustainable Development Goals
Reporting of environmental achievements show significant reductions in water usage, greenhouse gas emissions intensity, and waste.
Bacardi Limited, the largest privately held spirits company in the world, today announced the compilation of results of its environmental sustainability goals made in 2014 and expanded its "Good Spirited: Building a Sustainable Future" environmental initiative to now encompass the company's entire Corporate Responsibility (CR) platform.
With the expansion, the Good Spirited platform now comprises Marketplace, which includes responsible marketing and responsible drinking, Philanthropy & Community Investment, People, as well as the initial focus areas of Responsible Sourcing and Environment. This commitment aligns family-owned Bacardi's CR platform with most of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Announced in early 2014, Good Spirited was an ambitious environmental sustainability initiative with specific goals in sourcing, packaging, and operations to be achieved by 2017 and 2022 -- under the vision to return to the environment at least as much as we take away. Significant reductions have been achieved in greenhouse gas emission (GHG) intensity (59%) and water usage (50%), as well as Zero Waste to Landfill targets. In addition, the original sourcing goal to obtain 40% of sustainably sourced sugarcane-derived products used to make BACARDĺ® rums were not only achieved but more than doubled.
"Every Bacardi employee should take pride in what we have achieved to make the world a better, more sustainable place," adds Jean-Marc Lambert, senior vice president - Global Operations, for Bacardi. "While we are pleased with our almost 60% reduction in GHG intensity and 50% reduction in water usage, we're not stopping here—we're working to achieve a net-zero impact throughout the value chain of our world-class brands. Our goal remains to return to the environment at least as much as we take away."
Environmental Sustainability Achievements
Key achievements include:
Building on these achievements, Bacardi is evolving its strategy by committing to new, more encompassing Good Spirited goals globally, aligning with relevant UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and reinforcing the impact the private sector can make, often through partnerships, on many of the goals. These new global goals will progress to support future corporate and commercial strategies.
5 Global Goals Align with 10 SDGs
To support 10 of the UN SDGs that Bacardi can impact, the company has set five new goals with multiple corresponding targets with an end date of 2025. The new Good Spirited global goals build on past successes and look holistically at the value chain. When setting these goals, Bacardi looked to international standards and benchmarks to ensure the targets were ambitious and meaningful.
1. Support the global strategy to reduce the harmful use of alcohol (UN SDG #3)
2. Care for and support our people, and reflect the diversity of our global operations (UN SDGs #5, #8)
3. Return to the environment at least as much as we take away (UN SDGs #6, #7, #12, #13, #14)
4. Source our materials responsibly (UN SDGs #8, #12, #15)
5. Take care of our communities (UN SDG #17)
"Since our founding in 1862, Bacardi has been built with a sense of being Fearless, with a Founders Mentality of running the business, coupled with Family and heritage at its core," said Rick Wilson, senior vice president of Corporate Responsibility at Bacardi. "Moving forward, these values will guide our continued commitment to be a responsible business by empowering our employees to question, challenge, and innovate the way we work and always be Good Spirited. We want them to see the organization as if it was their own, to do what's right for the business, take accountability for their work, and to treat each other and our communities like family."
To read more about Corporate Responsibility within Bacardi, visit the Corporate Responsibility section at https://www.bacardilimited.com/corporate-responsibility/.
About Bacardi Limited
Bacardi Limited, the largest privately held spirits company in the world, produces and markets internationally recognized spirits and wines. The Bacardi brand portfolio comprises more than 200 brands and labels, including BACARDÍ® rum, GREY GOOSE® vodka, DEWAR'S® Blended Scotch whisky, BOMBAY SAPPHIRE® gin, MARTINI® vermouth and sparkling wines, PATRÓN® tequila, CAZADORES® 100% blue agave tequila, and other leading and emerging brands including WILLIAM LAWSON'S® Scotch whisky, ST-GERMAIN® elderflower liqueur, and ERISTOFF® vodka.
Founded more than 156 years ago, in Santiago de Cuba on February 4, 1862, family-owned Bacardi currently employs approximately 5,500, operates more than 20 production facilities, including bottling, distilling and manufacturing sites in 11 countries, and sells its brands in more than 170 countries. Bacardi Limited refers to the Bacardi group of companies, including Bacardi International Limited.
New $1 Million Investment by W.K. Kellogg Foundation Supports Community Wellness Center In South Los Angeles
Paul Robeson Center creates local hub for healthy food and wellness
When the Paul Robeson Community Wellness Center opened on Sat., August 18, it launched a hub for fresh, local food in South Central LA. But it also showcased a new kind of equitable community development spurred by a $1 million program-related investment (PRI) from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and support from civic and business organizations.
Named to honor the legendary actor, athlete, singer and activist, this dynamic, community-driven social enterprise will create new jobs and offer services to meet the daily needs of residents, including access to high quality, culturally appropriate, affordable food.
Community Services Unlimited, Inc. (CSU), a nonprofit serving South Los Angeles for more than 40 years, purchased the Robeson Center in 2015, and embarked on an ambitious plan to transform the 10,000 square foot lot and building into a hub for health and wellness initiatives, a convening place for residents, and a model for equitable community development.
Last month's grand opening displayed the new center's offerings to the community. On the first floor is South LA's first "Beyond Organic" produce market, a café serving healthy foods, a market distribution center and a commercial kitchen. The second-floor features a community meeting space, CSU's headquarters, and rental space available for community organizations. An urban farm, serving the market with fresh produce and other products, will surround the building and be on the rooftop. There will also be outdoor classrooms.
"The creation of the Paul Robeson Wellness Center is the latest manifestation of CSU's ongoing commitment to create a sustainable food system that brings good food, educational programs and jobs to the South LA community," said Neelam Sharma, CSU's executive director. "This unprecedented space in South Los Angeles meets a critical community need for resources and services, while revitalizing the neighborhood and serving as a model for community self-sufficiency and self-reliance."
Cynthia Muller, director of WKKF's Mission Driven Investments, described the potential impact of the low interest, ten-year, $1 million loan. "This amazing center will increase the community's access to healthy food, and serve as a model for other communities, nationally. We are so excited that it will create opportunities for children to learn more about healthy foods and wellness, leading them to more successful and healthier life outcomes."
While grantmaking is one tool for changemaking, WKKF's impact investing seeks to generate both social and financial returns, while also advancing the mission to ensure all children thrive. "In a fast-changing world with scarce resources and complex challenges facing children, families and communities," said Muller, "it is imperative that we look for additional ways to put investment capital to work for greater impact."
She also noted that WKKF aims to address the root causes of racial inequity and bias by harnessing the power of the capital markets. "Children are at the core of everything we do at the Kellogg Foundation," she said. "But we know that for children to thrive, their families need to make a living and their communities need to be places of equitable opportunity."
Among the other contributors and supporters of the Center are: Whole Cities Foundation, Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, Designing Futures Foundation, Metabolic Studios/ Annenberg Foundation, U.S. Green Building Council Los Angeles Chapter, City National Bank, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, CA Fresh Works, LIFT Economy and Self-Help Credit Union.
Sharma said the market's direct relationship with farmers and connection to CSU's urban mini-farms will keep produce costs low, allowing the market to sell food prepared with seasonal, local, and beyond organic produce at prices competitive with restaurants using lower quality ingredients. The cost of produce from CSU's urban mini-farms is subsidized by donated land, water and volunteer labor, making the cost of production far below that of competing organic producers. Additional produce is purchased from small farmers who come into Los Angeles to sell at area farmer's markets
"By purchasing produce directly from farmers," she said, "the market gets the best price possible for the highest quality product and provides guaranteed sales for farmers coming into the city."
About the W.K. Kellogg Foundation
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), founded in 1930 as an independent, private foundation by breakfast cereal pioneer, Will Keith Kellogg, is among the largest philanthropic foundations in the United States. Guided by the belief that all children should have an equal opportunity to thrive, WKKF works with communities to help break the cycle of poverty by removing barriers based on race or income that hold back children, so they can realize their full potential in school, work and life.
The Kellogg Foundation is based in Battle Creek, Michigan, and works throughout the United States and internationally, as well as with sovereign tribes. Special emphasis is paid to priority places where there are high concentrations of poverty and where children face significant barriers to success. WKKF priority places in the U.S. are in Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico and New Orleans; and internationally, are in Mexico and Haiti.
For more information, visit www.wkkf.org.
As part of its ongoing focus on safety, Marriott International (NASDAQ : MAR ) today announced it is ramping up the deployment of alert devices for housekeepers and other on-property associates allowing them to discretely summon help if they feel harassed in any way, need quick support or spot a guest in distress.
Further signaling its ongoing commitment to safety, the company will be making associate alert devices a new standard across its portfolio of more than 5,000 managed and franchised hotels in the United States and Canada and is exploring similar technology solutions to meet the needs of its global hotel portfolio and workforce. The associate alert technology rollout is projected to continue through 2020 as the company and its franchise partners fine-tune and tailor installations at individual sites ranging from high rise city properties to sprawling resorts to suburban hotels.
After more than a year of field testing and modifying solutions based on input from housekeepers and safety and security experts, Marriott International and its franchise partners are expanding and accelerating the rollout of associate alert technology, including devices that can pinpoint the location of the alert issuer, which has proven effective in scenarios where rapid response is critical and in hotel settings which can be more than a million square feet in size.
The move sets a high bar within the industry and was applauded by the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA), which today convened leaders from multiple member hotel companies committed to protecting employees as well as the millions of guests who stay in hotels each day.
"No one should ever be fearful doing their job, least of all associates on-property who are so vital to the success of our company and our industry," said Arne Sorenson, President and Chief Executive Officer, Marriott International. "The safety of everyone at our properties is always a top priority as is deterring and combatting harassment of any kind. I'm deeply proud to say our entire industry is unified around these important goals."
At testing locations to date, many housekeepers have expressed relief and described heightened peace of mind, not because they've had to use the device, but because they know they can if trouble arises.
"I've spoken with housekeepers who describe the feeling of walking into a guest room and not knowing what's on the other side of the door," said Erika Alexander, Chief Lodging Services Officer, The Americas, for Marriott International and a former Marriott Hotel General Manager. "Realizing they now have a device right at their fingertips is automatically empowering and it reminds them they're not alone. I hear the relief and confidence in their voices, I see it in their faces. Not only does it make them feel better, it makes their families feel better about the work environment they're in. That's why we're doing this."
Marriott housekeepers echo this sentiment. "It's a big relief for the whole family. First of all, for me being on the floor late and for my husband and kids. We don't have to worry about mommy, she's never going to be in danger. She's working in a safe environment," shared Latifa E., a Marriott Housekeeper.
"Everybody is happy in the hotel about this change, because everybody feels more safe," said Carlos C., a Marriott Housekeeping Aid.
The associate alert device puts another tool in the hands of Marriott's tens of thousands of associates and complements the company's regular safety and security training and protocols. Together, these tools collectively foster a safer environment in which associates are better able to care for each other and hotel guests.
"The real magic happens when it all comes together, and everybody does their part to create a safe work environment and guest experience," emphasized Alexander. "Putting people first is never going to change as a Marriott core value, but what that looks like and what tools and resources are available to us will evolve over time. In this phase, we're dialing up on safety and security."
About Marriott International, Inc.
Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ : MAR ) is based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, and encompasses a portfolio of more than 6,700 properties in 30 leading hotel brands spanning 130 countries and territories. Marriott operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts all around the world. The company also operates award-winning loyalty programs: Marriott Rewards®, which includes The Ritz-Carlton Rewards®, and Starwood Preferred Guest®.
For more information, please visit our website at www.marriott.com
Wells Fargo to Double Investment in Chicago’s Austin Neighborhood Additional $300,000 earmarked for West Side
Wells Fargo (NYSE: WFC) announced today that the bank will double its investment in the United Way of Metro Chicago Neighborhood Network Initiative in the Austin neighborhood, bringing the bank’s total commitment to $600,000 by 2020. Since 2015, Wells Fargo has invested $100,000 each year to the program and will contribute that same amount annually for the next three years.
The announcement was made early today at the bank’s South Wacker Drive regional hub where more than 100 local Wells Fargo volunteers assembled 450 literacy kits filled with craft activities to support vocabulary development for Austin-area children served by Austin Childcare Providers Network and New Moms.
“For many years, Wells Fargo and United Way have joined to transform lives locally and nationally through our workplace giving campaign and partnerships like these built on trust and impact,” said Monica Cole, North Region head of Middle Market Banking for Wells Fargo. “Doubling our commitment to the Austin Neighborhood Network allows Wells Fargo to continue to focus our community investments and volunteer hours on the community for three more years.”
“The continued Wells Fargo/United Way of Metro Chicago partnership is an integral part of achieving lasting change in the community of Austin,” said Jose Rico, senior vice president of Community Investment at United Way of Metro Chicago. “Through this partnership, we’re able to sustainably support the network’s goals of improving educational outcomes and increasing economic stability for Austin residents.”
Through its Neighborhood Network Initiative, United Way of Metro Chicago works with a lead partner and local nonprofits to identify challenges in the areas of education, income, and health, and then builds on the strengths of existing community services with additional resources. United Way leverages financial investments, staff expertise, and cross-sector partnerships to coordinate services and measure progress toward goals set by each neighborhood, such as increasing high school graduation rates, reducing chronic disease, and addressing trauma from community violence. There are 10 United Way Neighborhood Network coalitions across the city and suburbs.
Along with its continued support of United Way, Wells Fargo earlier this year reinforced its commitment to community investments that support economic growth, resiliency, and sustainability. The bank pledged $400 million — or more than $1 million a day — to nonprofits in 2018. The company also recently announced that it will provide $200 billion in financing to sustainable businesses and projects by 2030.
In August, Wells Fargo committed $8 million in down payment assistance grants through its NeighborhoodLIFT® program to boost homeownership in Cook County. Also in 2017:
About Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.9 trillion in assets. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through 8,200 locations, 13,000 ATMs, the internet (wellsfargo.com) and mobile banking, and has offices in 42 countries and territories to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. With approximately 265,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 25 on Fortune’s 2017 rankings of America’s largest corporations. News, insights and perspectives from Wells Fargo are also available at Wells Fargo Stories.
Hyundai Hope On Wheels Presents Children's Hospital With $500,000 Grant To Support Paediatric Cancer Research
The Hyundai Hope On Wheels Foundation embarks on a nationwide tour this September in honor of National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month to award $14.1 million to 38 researchers, surpassing $145 million in total giving.
Its theme "Every Handprint Tells a Story" details the bravery of kids fighting cancer, their families and the ground-breaking research of doctors fighting for a cure.
In the newest rounds of grants marking its 20th anniversary, Hyundai Hope On Wheels® 501(c)(3) celebrates National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month by awarding grants totaling $500,000 to Dean Lee, MD, PhD, and Ryan Roberts, MD, PhD, physician-scientists in The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital. Dr. Lee and Dr. Roberts are the recipients of the Hyundai Hope Scholar and Young Investigator awards, respectively. The awards will be officially presented to Dr. Lee and Dr. Roberts at Nationwide Children's Hospital on Wednesday, September 5th at 10 a.m.
This September, 38 new doctor-researchers will receive a combined $14.1 million in grants to support novel therapeutic approaches and innovative research options in pediatric cancer. Childhood cancer researchers depend largely on private funding for ground breaking therapies to get off the ground and to advance treatment approaches to the next phase of testing, ultimately, bringing better therapies and cures to kids with cancer. With this latest award, Nationwide Children's has received more than $1.9 million in grants from Hope On Wheels, contributing to the organization's $145 million in the organization's total lifetime giving.
"Throughout the country, talented doctors are working tirelessly to help kids fight cancer by conducting research or providing bedside care," said Scott Fink, chairman, Hyundai Hope On Wheels Board of Directors. "Our goal at Hope On Wheels is to provide these doctors with the grant funds they need to perform their lifesaving work."
During the event, children being treated for cancer at Nationwide Children's will participate in the program's signature Handprint Ceremony, in which they will dip their hands in paint and place their handprints on the Hope Vehicle, a white 2018 Hyundai Sante Fe. As "Every Handprint Tells a Story," the colorful handprints of brave pediatric cancer fighters represent their individual and collective hopes, dreams and journeys. From now through the end of September, the Hope Vehicle will travel nationwide to honor kids battling cancer, raise awareness of the disease, and to inspire hope toward a cure.
Supporters are encouraged to visit the HHOW website (www.HyundaiHopeOnWheels.org) to view this year's grant winners along with stories of brave cancer survivors and passionate doctor-researchers. Once there, supporters may add their handprint to a wall of hope to show their support for the cause. They will also find information on additional ways to support HHOW through social media efforts and events throughout the month.
HYUNDAI HOPE ON WHEELS
Hyundai Hope On Wheels® is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that is committed to finding a cure for childhood cancer. Launched in 1998, Hyundai Hope On Wheels provides grants to eligible institutions nationwide that are pursuing life-saving research and innovative treatments for the disease. HHOW is one of the largest non-profit funders of pediatric cancer research in the country, and primary funding for Hyundai Hope On Wheels comes from Hyundai Motor America and its more than 835 U.S. dealers. Since its inception, Hyundai Hope On Wheels has awarded more than $145 million towards childhood cancer research in pursuit of a cure.
HYUNDAI MOTOR AMERICA
Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Fountain Valley, Calif., is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Company of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced through 835 dealerships nationwide. All new Hyundai vehicles sold in the U.S. are covered by the Hyundai Assurance program, which includes a 5-year/60,000-mile fully-transferable new vehicle limited warranty, Hyundai's 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty and five years of complimentary Roadside Assistance.
For the sixth consecutive year, Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt is partnering with the national non-profit No Kid Hungry® to raise funds and awareness to end childhood hunger in America. This September (3rd-30th), Orange Leaf is asking guests to 'Stand Against Hunger' by donating $1 or more with their purchase and in return they will receive a discount card for a free froyo1 during their next visit. Just $1 will provide 10 healthy meals to a child struggling with hunger. Along with the coupon card, guests will get a froyo flag to celebrate their donation. Guests are encouraged to share pictures of this flag in their froyo to help raise awareness of No Kid Hungry®.
"Giving back to the community is part of who we are and is a point of pride for so many of our Operators," said President and COO, Kendall Ware. "The guests visiting Orange Leaf are often families with children, but we know there are many struggling families in every community. We are excited to continue our partnership with No Kid Hungry® not only to raise funds but to educate and support our communities for this cause."
In addition, Orange Leaf will be celebrating National Chocolate Milkshake Day on September 12th to highlight their new decadent shakes. All shakes will be half-priced for any guest that donates $1 or more on this day, and they will still be receiving the free froyo coupon card as well.
Orange Leaf's goal is to raise 100,000 meals for kids in need during the month of September, so 100 percent of all proceeds will go directly to No Kid Hungry.
1 Free beginner cup for set price locations or $3.30 off at weigh and pay locations. See orangeleafyogurt.com/terms for more information.
About Orange Leaf
Orange Leaf is a self-serve, choose-your-own-toppings frozen yogurt and treat franchise with nearly 200 locations in the U.S. and Mexico. Orange Leaf offers a multitude of traditional and unique flavors, including no-sugar-added, gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan alternatives. Our mission is to make life sweeter by creating a memorable treat experience that is all about you. Every Guest can enjoy #flavorfreedom with any product at Orange Leaf.
We value the relationships with every store and consider them a strategic-partnership.We empower those relationships by maintaining the lowest fees in the industry, supporting veterans through our partnership with VetFran, and encouraging stores to provide value to their communities. Additionally, Orange Leaf is a member of the IFA, NRA, and a proud partner of No Kid Hungry. For more information, connect socially on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
About No Kid Hungry
No child should go hungry in America, but 1 in 6 kids will face hunger this year. Using proven, practical solutions, No Kid Hungry is ending childhood hunger today by ensuring that kids start the day with a nutritious breakfast, eat healthy summer meals, and families learn the skills they need to shop and cook on a budget. When we all work together, we can make sure kids get the healthy food they need. No Kid Hungry is a campaign of the national anti-hunger organization Share Our Strength. Join us at NoKidHungry.org.
GAC Motor, China's leading automobile manufacturer, has organized a second trip to Sanjiangyuan National Nature Reserve (SNNR) as part of its ongoing Wetland Ambassador Program ("the Program"). A team of 25 wetland ambassadors reached deep into the Hoh Xil region to conduct a biodiversity survey of plateau species and continued to help the ecological protection construction of Sanjiangyuan National Park.
GAC Motor has been providing supplies and support to the SNNR since the Program was launched in 2017. In July, the first team of ambassadors delivered 20 GS8 SUVs to aid SNNR's daily operations. On this latest visit, the ambassadors donated supplies to the Sonam Dargye protection station in Hoh Xil. This is the fifth trip to SNNR since this program was launched.
On the morning of August 30th, volunteers came to the Qinghai Hoh Xil National Nature Reserve Administration for study and exchange. Later, they visited the Qinghai Salt Lake Museum to gain an in-depth understanding of the ecological status of the Hoh Xil Reserve and the characteristics of the reserve. Various forms of ecological protection actions such as on-the-spot exploration, delivery of materials, observation of Tibetan antelope, and water intake at the source have been launched according to the characters of nature reserve. On August 31, the GAC Motor's Wetland Ambassadors arrived at the Sonam Dargye protection station and donated mountain patrol equipment including tents, patrol uniforms, winches and other patrol equipment to help them better work and improve work efficiency.
As the general manager of GAC Motor Yu Jun said, as a Chinese automobile brand with a high sense of national pride and mission, GAC Motor actively responded and supported the construction of Sanjiangyuan National Park to make a great effort to build a national ecological security barrier. By organizing this event, GAC Motor led volunteers to go to Hoh Xil, where they realized the local fragile ecological environment and precious natural resources, which inspired the volunteers to have a stronger sense of mission and responsibility.
GAC Motor's green strategy is also reflected in every aspect of the company's day-to-day operation. GAC Motor applies green and sustainable technologies in all links of production. GAC Motor has built a world-class ecological factory and vehicle manufacturing system featuring green, energy-saving and environmental protection, and successfully built a typical model of all-around and balanced development of Chinese brands. By adopting environmentally-friendly materials, GAC Motor eliminates harmful substances and dust in factory emissions to reduce atmospheric pollutions. In order to reduce the impact of noise on the environment and human body, the company uses the fully closed noise reduction and dust prevention production line, becoming the first Chinese brand to win the C-ECAP China eco-car evaluation gold medal.
Being a socially responsible automaker, GAC Motor is committed to undertake social responsibilities and participate in social welfare projects to create an enjoyable life of mobility for customers.
About GAC Motor
Founded in 2008, Guangzhou Automobile Group Motor CO., LTD (GAC Motor) is a subsidiary of GAC Group which ranks 238th among Fortune Global 500 companies. The company develops and manufactures premium quality vehicles, engines, components and auto accessories. GAC Motor has now ranked first among all Chinese brands for five consecutive years in J.D. Power Asia Pacific's China Initial Quality Study SM (IQS), demonstrating the company's quality-centric strategy from innovative research and development (R&D), manufacturing to supply chain and sales & services.
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