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CBRE Achieves National Equality Standard in Property Advisor First

Following a robust assessment process, CBRE UK Ltd., the world's leading real estate advisor has been awarded the National Equality Standard (NES). CBRE is the first property services provider to achieve this accolade and the 22nd UK company overall.

The UK National Equality Standard was developed by business for business and sets clear equality, diversity and inclusion criteria against which companies are independently assessed. It is supported by EY, the Home Office and the Confederation of British Industry (CBI). The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) was involved in its development and launch and the standard is now utilised globally.

The NES assessment reviewed CBRE against 49 separate competencies focused on key topics such as; governance, culture, HR policies and processes, business planning, inclusivity, flexible working, leadership commitment and accountability, data as well as external relationships with CSR activities and the firm’s supply chain.

Achieving this accreditation, recognises our commitment to diversity. In a world where diversity, equality, and standards of ethics are increasingly important. We are very proud to set this benchmark for the property advisory sector. CBRE will continue to focus on equality, diversity and inclusion as this is a strategic business priority for our people and our clients.

Ciaran Bird, UK Managing Director at CBRE

This achievement is significant recognition in how far we have evolved our business at CBRE, it is recognition to every leader, manager and employee of our business today. CBRE is a great and exciting place to work, we are on a continued journey to be world-class in everything we do.

Paul Hawtin, UK HR Director

Arun Batra, EY Director and CEO of NES commented:

“I am absolutely delighted that CBRE have obtained the National Equality Standard. The hard work that they have undertaken and the obvious commitment that they have demonstrated to their D&I agenda is something which they should be very proud of and it gives me great pleasure to congratulate them on this achievement.”

Simon Feeke, lead NES assessor added:

“CBRE have demonstrated tremendous progress in embedding their D&I ambition right through their business and HR processes with mechanisms for continuous review and measurement of progress.”

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NAMI Recognizes Smithfield Foods' Facilities for Environmental and Safety Achievements

Smithfield Foods, Inc. announced today that the North American Meat Institute (NAMI) recognized 43 of the company's U.S. facilities and hog operations for environmental achievements, as well as 24 company locations for workplace safety accomplishments. NAMI, the oldest and largest trade association representing meat packers and processors, presented the awards earlier this week at its Worker Safety and Environmental Recognition Awards program in Atlanta, Georgia.

"Environmental stewardship and workplace safety are core pillars of our industry-leading sustainability program," said Stewart Leeth, vice president of regulatory affairs and chief sustainability officer for Smithfield Foods. "Protecting the employees we call family and the local communities we call home is essential to delivering on our promise to produce good food in a responsible way."

The NAMI Environmental Awards program recognizes companies that go beyond compliance by developing and implementing innovative environmental programs. It is a four-tiered program beginning with simple environmental compliance policies in Tier 1 and culminating with the more complex ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems (EMS) as Tier 4.

The NAMI Worker Safety Recognition Awards recognizes facilities for achieving high levels of safety performance as well as implementation of various key components of an effective safety and health program, specifically injury and illness reduction efforts. The National Safety Council determines facilities' recognition level by analyzing both the Total Recordable Cases rate and the rate for Cases With Days Away from Work, Job Transfer, or Restriction (DART).

The award-winning facilities are listed below:

Environmental Award Winners


  • Algona, IA
  • Bolingbrook, IL
  • Burgaw, NC (American Skin Food Group)
  • Carroll, IA
  • Charlotte, NC
  • Cincinnati, OH
  • Clinton, NC (Smithfield Duplin Marketing Company, LLC)
  • Crete, NE
  • Cudahy, WI
  • Denver, CO
  • Elizabeth, NJ
  • Grayson, KY
  • Junction City, KS
  • Kansas City, MO
  • Kinston, NC
  • Laurinburg, NC
  • Lincoln, NE
  • Mason City, IA
  • Middlesboro, KY
  • Milan, MO
  • Monmouth, IL
  • Omaha, NE
  • Orange City, IA
  • Peru, IN
  • Princeton, MO
  • Roanoke Rapids, NC
  • Rose Hill, NC
  • Salt Lake City, UT
  • San Jose, CA
  • Sioux Center, IA
  • Sioux City, IA
  • Smithfield, VA (pork processing and packaged meats)
  • Smithfield, VA (Premium Pet Health)
  • Springfield, MA
  • St. Charles, IL
  • St. James, MN
  • Toano, VA
  • Warsaw, NC
  • Waverly, VA
  • Wichita, KS
  • Wilson, NC
  • Yuma, CO

Environmental Award Winners


  • Greenfield, IN

Worker Safety Award Winners

Award of Honor

  • Bolingbrook, IL
  • Charlotte, NC (Stefano Foods)
  • Rose Hill, NC (Hog Production Division)
  • Rose Hill, NC (Smithfield Premium Genetics)
  • Salt Lake City, UT
  • Sioux Falls, SD
  • Wilson, NC
  • Warsaw, NC (Hog Production Division)

Worker Safety Award Winners

Award of Merit

  • Algona, IA (Hog Production Division)
  • Clinton, NC (Hog Production Division)
  • Grayson, KY
  • Junction City, KS
  • Milan, MO
  • Milford, UT (Hog Production Division)
  • Omaha, NE
  • Orange City, IA
  • Peru, IN
  • Princeton, MO (Hog Production Division)
  • San Jose, CA
  • Springfield, MA
  • St. Charles, IL
  • Tar Heel, NC
  • Warsaw, NC (Hog Production Division)
  • Wichita, KS

About Smithfield Foods
Smithfield Foods is a $15 billion global food company and the world's largest pork processor and hog producer. In the United States, the company is also the leader in numerous packaged meats categories with popular brands including Smithfield, Eckrich, Nathan's Famous, Farmland, Armour, Farmer John, Kretschmar, John Morrell, Cook's, Gwaltney, Carando, Margherita, Curly's, Healthy Ones, Morliny, Krakus and Berlinki. Smithfield Foods is committed to providing good food in a responsible way and maintains robust animal care, community involvement, employee safety, environmental and food safety and quality programs. For more information, visit www.smithfieldfoods.com.

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MilliporeSigma Strengthens Corporate Responsibility Efforts With Nine New Signature Partnerships

Building on its commitment to accelerate scientific research and science education, MilliporeSigma today announced nine new or expanded partnerships with leading nonprofit organizations across the world. These long-term, multi-dimensional partnerships are designed to spark scientific curiosity and passion — paving the road for innovative breakthroughs with demonstrated impact and measurable outcomes.

“We have a long history of supporting innovative research- and education-based organizations, not only through financial investments, but also through the active involvement of our employees,” said Udit Batra, CEO, MilliporeSigma. “All of our signature partnerships include skills-based volunteer components, allowing our employees to bring their technical expertise and passion for science to communities around the world.”

To support today’s scientists in accelerating access to health, MilliporeSigma has announced several partnerships geared toward scientific research.

  • Boston Children’s Hospital—MilliporeSigma is supporting Boston Children’s Hospital with efforts spanning both scientific research and science education. This includes a donation to support the development of an injectable form of oxygen; hands-on science experiences for patients through MilliporeSigma’s Curiosity Labs™ program; and a “Curiosity Cart” program to deliver science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education, as well as virtual reality experiences for patients.

  • BioSTL—MilliporeSigma is partnering with BioSTL to advance St. Louis’ bioscience and innovation ecosystem through a variety of programs. The partnership will help local bioscience startups build their businesses through an entrepreneurship engagement component, in which MilliporeSigma employees will serve as mentors to help the startups solve problems. This partnership will also further BioSTL’s work to promote diversity, inclusion and equity by providing science education opportunities to female and minority students from local middle and high schools.

  • JDRF—MilliporeSigma is partnering with this leading global diabetes organization to support scientific innovation by creating opportunities to attract young, international scientists to pursue a career in type 1 diabetes (T1D) research through postdoctoral fellowship awards. MilliporeSigma employees will also participate in local community activities to raise awareness about T1D, raise funds for research and support local T1D communities.

  • Seeding Labs—Through an expanded partnership with Seeding Labs — which provides lab equipment, training and support to scientists in developing countries — MilliporeSigma will sponsor a new TeleScience online platform. Designed to accelerate teaching and research for thousands of scientists, this platform will include educational videos and sessions created and led by trained employees.

To spark curiosity in the next generation of scientists, MilliporeSigma has announced the following signature partnerships that focus on the advancement of science education.

  • Chemistry on the Go—MilliporeSigma is partnering with Tamkang University (Taiwan) on its Chemistry on the Go program to fund an additional mobile science lab — reaching more than 60,000 students annually. Employees from the company’s campuses in Taiwan will volunteer and provide guidance on experiment development. MilliporeSigma will also develop a structured professional development program for teachers.

  • Discovery World—Through a partnership with this interactive science and technology center in Milwaukee, MilliporeSigma will support the development of the “MilliporeSigma Virtual Explorer,” an exhibit that allows visitors to easily explore various science concepts using virtual reality equipment. Employees will assist with core scientific principles and engage thousands of students during MilliporeSigma Science Days.

  • Girlstart—MilliporeSigma is expanding its partnership with Girlstart to support its national expansion into Houston, Boston and St. Louis through the availability of summer camps and after-school programs. Employees will provide guidance on topics and lessons through extensive volunteer opportunities.

  • Technorama—Through a partnership with the Swiss Science Center Technorama, MilliporeSigma will help develop and operate a fully equipped, state-of-the-art branded wet lab, reaching more than 70,000 visitors annually. Technorama will use this lab to provide science-focused professional development for teachers throughout Switzerland. Employees will also collaborate with Technorama science education experts to develop new lessons for its innovative Curiosity Labs™ program.

  • KIPP St. Louis—MilliporeSigma is partnering with the Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP) to expand and strengthen its middle school science program, increase access to science equipment and provide funding for two additional schools. Employees will donate their time and expertise, serving as mentors to students.

For more information on MilliporeSigma’s employee and community engagement initiatives, visit the Corporate Responsibility page here.

About the Corporate Responsibility Efforts of the Life Science Business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany

Through its corporate responsibility initiatives, the Life Science business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, which operates as MilliporeSigma in the U.S. and Canada, harnesses the collective expertise, passion and energy of employees to minimize its environmental footprint and positively impact communities around the world.

The Life Science business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany is uniquely positioned to solve the toughest problems in life science through its efforts aligned with strengths in research, innovation and collaboration with the global scientific community. This helps differentiate its business and provides a competitive edge for its customers, while accelerating access to health for people everywhere. The Life Science business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt Germany demonstrates its commitment to corporate responsibility through extensive programs in three main areas: Greener Products and Solutions—which includes Design for Sustainability, Green Chemistry, Packaging and Recycling initiatives; Employee and Community Engagement; and Sustainable Operations.

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About the Life Science Business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany

The Life Science business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, which operates as MilliporeSigma in the U.S. and Canada, has 20,000 employees and 60 manufacturing sites worldwide, with a portfolio of more than 300,000 products enabling scientific discovery. Udit Batra is the global chief executive officer of MilliporeSigma.

Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany completed its $17 billion acquisition of Sigma-Aldrich in November 2015, creating a leader in the $125 billion global Life Science industry.

Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany is a leading company for innovative and top-quality high-tech products in healthcare, Life Science and performance materials. The company has five businesses – Biopharmaceuticals, Consumer Health, Allergopharma, Life Science and Performance Materials – and generated sales of €15 billion in 2016. Around 50,000 employees work in 66 countries to improve the quality of life for patients, to foster the success of customers and to help meet global challenges.

Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany is the world’s oldest pharmaceutical and chemical company – since 1668, the company has stood for innovation, business success and responsible entrepreneurship. Holding an approximately 70 percent interest, the founding family remains the majority owner of the company to this day. The company holds the global rights to the name and the trademark “Merck” internationally except for the United States and Canada, where the company operates as EMD Serono, MilliporeSigma and EMD Performance Materials.

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UPS to Deploy First Electric Truck to Rival Cost Of Conventional Fuel Vehicles

 UPS (NYSE:UPS) today announced it  plans to deploy 50 plug-in electric delivery trucks that will be comparable in acquisition cost to conventional-fueled trucks without any subsidies – an industry first that is breaking a key barrier to large scale fleet adoption. The company is collaborating with Workhorse Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:WKHS) to design the vehicles from the ground up, with zero tailpipe emissions.

“Electric vehicle technology is rapidly improving with battery, charging and smart grid advances that allow us to specify our delivery vehicles to eliminate emissions, noise and dependence on diesel and gasoline,” said Carlton Rose, President, Global Fleet Maintenance and Engineering for UPS. “With our scale and real-world duty cycles, these new electric trucks will be a quantum leap forward for the purpose-built UPS® delivery fleet. The all electric trucks will deliver by day and re-charge overnight. We are uniquely positioned to work with our partners, communities and customers to transform freight transportation.” 

Workhorse claims these vehicles  provide nearly 400% fuel efficiency improvement as well as optimum energy efficiency, vehicle performance and a better driver experience. Each truck will have a range of approximately 100 miles between charges, ideal for delivery routes in and around cities. The class 5, zero emission delivery trucks will rely on a cab forward design, which optimizes the driver compartment and cargo area, increasing efficiency and reducing vehicle weight. The new trucks will join the company’s Rolling Lab, a growing fleet of more than 9,000 alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles.   

"This innovation is the result of Workhorse working closely with UPS over the last 4 years refining our electric vehicles with hard fought lessons from millions of road miles and thousands of packages delivered,” said Steve Burns, CEO of Workhorse Group. “Our goal is to make it easy for UPS and others to go electric by removing prior roadblocks to large scale acceptance such as cost.”

UPS will test the vehicles primarily on urban routes across the country, including Atlanta, Dallas and Los Angeles. With zero emissions and lower noise, the electric delivery trucks will help UPS make its fleet cleaner and quieter, a  significant benefit in urban areas.

Following real-world test deployments, UPS and Workhorse will fine-tune the design in time to deploy a larger fleet in 2019 and beyond. Since most of the maintenance costs of a vehicle are associated with the engine and related components, UPS expects the operating cost of the new plug-in electric vehicle to be less than a similarly equipped diesel or gasoline vehicle. UPS’s goal is to make the new electric vehicles a standard selection, where appropriate, in its fleet of the future. UPS has approximately 35,000 diesel or gasoline trucks in its fleet that are comparable in size and are used in routes with duty cycles, or daily miles traveled similar to the new electric vehicles.

UPS has more than 300 electric vehicles deployed in Europe and the U.S., and nearly 700 hybrid electric vehicles. The company recently ordered 125 new fully-electric Semi tractors to be built by Tesla in 2019, the largest pre-order to date. Additionally, last September, UPS announced it will become the first commercial customer in the U.S. to start using three medium-duty electric trucks from Daimler Trucks Fuso brand, called the eCanter.

The initiative will help UPS attain its goal of one in four new vehicles purchased by 2020 being an alternative fuel or advanced technology vehicle. The company also has pledged to obtain 25 percent of the electricity it consumes from renewable energy sources by 2025 and replace 40 percent of all ground fuel with sources other than conventional gasoline and diesel, an increase from 19.6 percent in 2016.

UPS operates one of the largest private alternative fuel and advanced technology fleets in the U.S. This includes all-electric, hybrid electric, hydraulic hybrid, ethanol, compressed natural gas (CNG), liquefied natural gas (LNG) and propane.

For more information on UPS's sustainability initiatives, please visit www.ups.com/sustainability

About UPS

UPS (NYSE: UPS) is a global leader in logistics, offering a broad range of solutions including transporting packages and freight; facilitating international trade, and deploying advanced technology to more efficiently manage the world of business. UPS is committed to operating more sustainably – for customers, the environment and the communities we serve around the world. Learn more about our efforts at ups.com/sustainability. Headquartered in Atlanta, UPS serves more than 220 countries and territories worldwide. The company can be found on the web at ups.com and its corporate blog can be found at longitudes.ups.com. To get UPS news direct, follow @UPS_News on Twitter.

About Workhorse Group, Inc.

Workhorse Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: WKHS) is a technology company focused on providing sustainable and cost-effective solutions to the commercial transportation sector. As an American original equipment manufacturer, we design and build high performance battery-electric vehicles including trucks and aircraft. We also develop cloud-based, real-time telematics performance monitoring systems that are fully integrated with our vehicles and enable fleet operators to optimize energy and route efficiency. All Workhorse vehicles are designed to make the movement of people and goods more efficient and less harmful to the environment. For additional information visit www.workhorse.com.

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T. Rowe Price Releases 2016–2017 Corporate Social Responsibility Report

T. Rowe Price has released its 2016–2017 Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report, which is available at troweprice.com/CSRreport. The report details how CSR is an integral part of the firm’s culture and interwoven through its business, as demonstrated in how it invests for clients, associates, and communities.

Highlights from 2016 and 2017 include:

  • Recognized in 2017 by Pensions & Investments as one of the Best Places to Work in Money Management.

  • Launched WAVE, MOSAIC, and PRIDE to serve as business resource groups for associates, charged with creating a more inclusive culture by advocating for women, minority, and LGBT+ associates.

  • 46% of senior-level new hires were diverse, with 32% female new hires and 23% minority new hires in 2016.

  • Associates volunteered 46,000 hours in the community in 2016.

  • $10.3 million in total firm giving to charitable causes in 2016.

  • 1.4 million people were reached through the firm’s financial education program, Money Confident Kids, in 2016.  

  • Reduced greenhouse gas emissions per associate by 31% between 2010 and 2016. The firm’s total greenhouse gas emissions were reduced by 4% during that timeframe.

  • Strengthened the firm’s capabilities to analyze environmental, social, and governance investment considerations by hiring Maria Elena Drew to serve in the newly created role of director of research, responsible investing.


Bill Stromberg, president and CEO of T. Rowe Price

“Our commitment to clients is unwavering, and so is our desire to bring about positive change in our communities. On behalf of our nearly 6,900 associates worldwide, I am proud and excited to share the results of our Corporate Social Responsibility program.

“Over the past two years, as president and CEO, I have been inspired by our associates’ long-term commitment to giving back to our communities. It speaks volumes about who we are and what we stand for.”  

About T. Rowe Price

Founded in 1937, Baltimore-based T. Rowe Price Group, Inc. (NASDAQ-GS:TROW) is a global investment management organization with $1.05 trillion in assets under management as of January 31, 2018. The organization provides a broad array of mutual funds, subadvisory services, and separate account management for individual and institutional investors, retirement plans, and financial intermediaries. The company also offers a variety of sophisticated investment planning and guidance tools. T. Rowe Price's disciplined, risk-aware investment approach focuses on diversification, style consistency, and fundamental research. For more information, visit troweprice.com or our TwitterYouTubeLinkedIn, and Facebook sites.

Download the CSR Report PDF here.

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