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Jackson Family Wines Releases Social Update to Sustainability Report

Jackson Family Wines today introduced the third of regular sustainability updates that will be released throughout 2018 to report progress against the company’s 2021 sustainability goals.

A progressive leader in environmentally and socially responsible business practices, Jackson Family Wines this month highlights its Rooted for Good employee volunteer program. View the report here to learn more about:

  • Progress made against the company’s 2021 goal to achieve a 75% annual participation rate

  • Impact made in 2017, including support for employees following the fires in wine country last fall

The California-based company, known for its global portfolio of premium wineries with such beloved names as Kendall-Jackson, La Crema and Cambria, released its first Responsibility Report in September of 2016. 

The company’s cumulative sustainability progress will be summarized in a full collection in late 2018.

About Jackson Family Wines
Jackson Family Wines is a leading family-owned wine company with a penchant for exploration and stewardship. Founder Jess Jackson placed his faith in farming and a meticulous expression of wine with his first landscape-changing vintage in 1982, an ethos that chairman and proprietor Barbara Banke, the Jackson family and the company’s employees continue to uphold to this day. The family’s collection of 40 wineries span significant winegrowing regions across the globe, from California, Oregon, France and Italy in the northern hemisphere, to Australia, Chile and South Africa in the southern half of the globe. Artisan winemaking underscores a steadfast commitment to making exceptional wines. In each region, vineyard ownership remains key to consistent quality, conservation and stewardship for future generations and the communities around them. Visit Jackson Family Wines online to learn more.

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Smithfield Foods Donates More Than 39,000 Pounds of Protein to the Freestore Foodbank

Today, Smithfield Foods, Inc. joined forces with Kroger to donate more than 39,000 pounds of protein to the Freestore Foodbank. Smithfield’s contribution was part of the company’s 2018 Helping Hungry Homes® donation tour. Now in the program’s 10th year, Helping Hungry Homes® is Smithfield’s signature hunger-relief initiative focused on alleviating hunger and helping Americans become more food secure. The donation, equivalent to more than 157,000 servings, will help families fight hunger across Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana.

“At Freestore, our motto of Food-Connection-Hope is strengthened by donations from great partners like Smithfield and Kroger,” said Kurt Reiber, president and CEO of the Freestore Foodbank. “Smithfield and Kroger’s hunger relief efforts align with our mission to not only provide food, but to also create stability and further self-reliance for people in crisis. Together, we can solve hunger and help keep our communities healthy and strong.”

Smithfield and Kroger representatives presented the donation to the Freestore Foodbank at an event at the food bank this morning. Members of the organizations discussed food insecurity in the local community and the significance of this donation, which will provide protein throughout the food bank’s service area including a network of 400 community partner agencies serving 20 counties across Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana.

“Smithfield has been a longtime ally to Kroger in the fight against food insecurity,” said Erin Rolfes, Cincinnati-Dayton corporate affairs manager for Kroger. “As part of our Zero Hunger Zero Waste initiative, Kroger is committed to ending hunger in our region by 2025 – a goal we cannot reach without strong partners like Smithfield and the Freestore Foodbank.”

This is the 17th large scale protein donation made by Smithfield to food banks across the country during its 2018 Helping Hungry Homes® tour. Since the program’s inception in 2008, Smithfield has provided more than 100 million servings of protein to food banks, disaster relief efforts, and community outreach programs nationwide.

“As a food company, Smithfield is proud to provide wholesome protein to those in need, with help from partners like Kroger and the Freestore Foodbank,” said Dennis Pittman, senior director of hunger relief for Smithfield Foods. “We understand and take great pride in our responsibility to help these hungry homes through nutritious donations, while also inspiring others in the community to get involved in assistance programs to support the places we all call home.”

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

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About Smithfield Foods

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

About Kroger

Kroger Cincinnati/Dayton Division employs more than 20,000 associates who serve customers in 109 supermarkets (including 18 Marketplace stores), warehouses and offices in the Greater Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky, Eastern Indiana, and Dayton areas.  With more than 4,000 groups participating in the Division’s Community Rewards Program, $4 million was donated back to local non-profit organizations in 2017.  The division focuses its charitable efforts on hunger relief, health and wellness initiatives, child welfare and grass roots organizations.  For more information about Kroger, please visit www.kroger.com.

About Freestore Foodbank

The Freestore Foodbank is the largest emergency food and services provider to children and families in Greater Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky and Southeast Indiana. The organization distributes 24 million meals annually to low-income individuals and families. The Freestore Foodbank supports 400 community partners in 20 counties throughout Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana, including food kitchens, homeless shelters, emergency food pantries, social service centers and program sites. By providing emergency food distribution, the Freestore Foodbank responds to the issue of poverty and food insecurity in our community and provides an array of services (emergency clothing, housing services, SNAP assistance, Medicaid outreach and others) aimed at creating self-reliance. The Freestore Foodbank is a member of Feeding America. Visit www.freestorefoodbank.org for more information.

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HACR Announces Line-Up for 12th Annual CEO Roundtable at Annual Symposium In Las Vegas

The Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR) is proud to announce that Janet Foutty, chairman & CEO of Deloitte Consulting and Pedro Pizarro, president & CEO of Edison International will participate in the HACR 12th Annual CEO Roundtable taking place on Tuesday, May 8, 2018, at the Mandalay Bay Hotel & Resort in Las Vegas. The CEO Roundtable is the flagship forum of the HACR 26th Annual Symposium: The Power of Hispanic Inclusion™.

“We are very excited for this year’s HACR CEO Roundtable featuring two leaders with inspiring careers - rising from mid-level managers to CEOs,” said HACR President & CEO, Cid Wilson. “We look forward to the participation of Janet Foutty and Pedro Pizarro. These CEOs lead by example and champion diversity and inclusion from the front line to the C-suite.”

The HACR CEO Roundtable provides Fortune 500 and HACR Corporate Member companies with a national platform to showcase their company’s Hispanic inclusion strategies in the areas of Employment, Procurement, Philanthropy, and Governance. Participating CEOs connect directly with the audience of influential Hispanic corporate leaders, diversity & inclusion experts, and public officials by providing insights related to their career achievements, sharing their outlook on the current state of the economy, and showcasing best practices for Hispanic inclusion at their respective companies.

Norma Garcia, Emmy Award-winning journalist and anchor from Telemundo 39 Dallas, will moderate this year’s HACR CEO Roundtable for the 11th time. She will engage the CEOs in a fireside chat conversation centered around Hispanic inclusion strategies, the role diversity plays at the different levels of their companies, their philosophies on executive leadership, and the benefits of Hispanic Inclusion in Corporate America.

For more information on the 26th Annual HACR Symposium including the agenda and registration information, please click here. For up-to-the-minute updates, follow HACR on social media by liking us on Facebook, connecting with us on LinkedIn, and following us on Twitter using the hashtag #HACR2018.

About the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility

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


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NRG Energy Demonstrates Leadership With 2017 Sustainability Results

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John Lewis Partnership Corporate Responsibility Report 2017/18

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New Living Expo Partners With Sustainability Experts

The New Living Expo (NLE) celebrates its 5th year at the San Mateo Event Center on April 27-29 with a Sustainability Conference to showcase the leading edge projects taking place in San Mateo County.  

“We did our homework, and we were very impressed with the cohesiveness of the environmental community in San Mateo County, and the sophisticated level of cooperation of activists, business and government here,” said Ken Kaufman, NLE executive producer and founder.  “Our philosophy is about building conscious community, and we wanted to showcase best environmental practices from local community organizations.”

Kaufman recently read Paul Hawken’s groundbreaking book Drawdown, also a seminal influence for San Mateo County’s Office of Sustainability (SMC OOS).  The central idea behind the book is that no one activity or act is key to reversing global warming, but that there are a series of things individuals and communities can do in concert with each other to shift the playing field.  With that in mind, NLE reached out to SMC OOS to help produce a hands-on conference at NLE’s 2018 show to demonstrate a few of the concepts presented in Drawdown.

“The County and many community organizations are developing innovative programs and tools in educating, inspiring and enacting change for future generations and a sustainable community,” said Jim Eggemeyer, the County’s OOS Director.  ”We appreciate NLE’s  partnership in this Expo to showcase and encourage new ideas and solutions for San Mateo County.”

One of those organizations is Sustainable San Mateo County (SSMC), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to research on best local practices for the county, and to monitoring local environmental conditions and issues for over 25 years.  SSMC has honored two of the conference presenters at its annual Sustainability Awards. Both Peninsula Clean Energy and the San Mateo County Resource Conservation District have been recognized for outstanding service to the community through implementation of solutions to complex challenges.

Organizers are very excited to have John Wick, the Co-Founder of the Marin Carbon Project as one of the presenters in the 1 PM session on carbon farming.  Wick, who is also on the Board of Directors of Drawdown, is internationally known for his organization’s pioneering work in this growing field (https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/18/magazine/dirt-save-earth-carbon-farming-climate-change.html).

“We now know we can lower the earth’s temperature through the increased production of healthy food and safe fiber – how cool is that?” said Wick, who is excited to support the innovative work being done by San Mateo Resource Conservation District and the other main presenter in this session, Kellyx Nelson.

Another conference participant is Jan Pepper, the CEO of Peninsula Clean Energy, whose organization is donating 100 copies of Drawdown to be given away at the conference and leading the conference’s second session.

“We are happy to have another opportunity to showcase our cutting edge work to an audience like this,” said Pepper, who was honored by the prestigious Center for Resource Solutions as Green Power Leader of the Year for 2017 (Green Power Leader of the Year for 2017).  “I’m also excited about having a dialogue with State Senator Scott Weiner (D-11) in this session.”

The conference will run for a half day on the second day of the event, April 28, from 1-5 PM, and feature substantive presentations on carbon farming, home composting and a contemporary survey of clean energy options: http://newlivingexpo.com/go/sustainable-san-mateo-county-conference/

“This conference is an example of the wide variety of presenters from a wide variety of backgrounds and perspectives we bring in,” said Kaufman.  “The one common thread they all bring to the table are new and different ways of approaching better living and the future.” 

The event also features a special 7 PM screening of the documentary “PGS – Intuition Is Your Personal Guidance System” on Friday, April 27.  The film chronicles Australian director Bill Bennett’s investigation of human intuition and features numerous interviews with experts from science, religion and spirituality.  Bennett will be on hand to discuss the film after the screening. 

Authors Marianne Williamson, John Gray and Caroline Myss are among the over 100 speakers featured an NLE this year.  The event also offers DIY panels, 180+ special exhibits, Yoga classes, QiGong demos and natural food sampling and dining in the Food Pavilion.  Comedian Will Durst also headlines the Conscious Comedy Festival on Saturday night, April 28.  For more information on all aspects of the event schedule and tickets, go to www.newlivingexpo.com, or call 415-382-8300.


About the Organizations Supporting This Conference:

San Mateo County Office of Sustainability: www.smcsustainability.org

Sustainable San Mateo County: www.sustainablesanmateo.org

Peninsula Clean Energy: www.peninsulacleanenergy.com

San Mateo County Resource Conservation District: www.sanmateorcd.org

Drawdown: www.drawdown.org

New Living Expo: www.newlivingexpo.com

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