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Celebrate the National Dog Show Presented by Purina® and Help Raise Funds for Hurricane Relief by Sharing What Makes Your Pet the Best

Millions of people and pets were affected by hurricanes which struck Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico earlier this year. To help raise funds to support hurricane victims and their pets, and to help celebrate the National Dog Show Presented by Purina® and the Thanksgiving holiday, Purina invites pet lovers across the United States to share what makes their pet the best through its annual #DogThanking initiative.

Experience the interactive Multichannel News Release here: https://www.multivu.com/players/English/8193951-purina-andy-cohen-thanksgiving-day-dog-show-dogthanking/

Andy Cohen and his beagle fox-hound mix, Wacha, are helping to kick off this year's #DogThanking initiative.

"Pets truly enrich and awaken our hearts in many different ways, so it's important to celebrate what makes each one the best," said Cohen, host & executive producer of "Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen."

"Wacha is my true companion and he is the best, especially when he falls asleep on my leg or gives me cuddles. We're thrilled to join Purina's #DogThanking initiative to help celebrate pets and how our lives are better together. I encourage pet owners to share their posts showing what makes their pet the best so we can raise funds for hurricane relief across the country."

GreaterGood.org will utilize the funds raised from the #DogThanking inititave to continue working with its many partners to support the logistics of delivering high-quality food and supplies to pets impacted by recent natural disasters.

"Over the past couple months, in conjunction with amazing partners like Purina that have donated both product and funds, we've been able to do so much to help people and pets affected by these terrible storms," said Liz Baker, executive director of GreaterGood.org. "But, our mission is far from complete—more help is needed. The #DogThanking initiative is a simple way pet lovers can get involved and celebrate their own pets, while helping to make a difference across the country."

So far in 2017, Purina has donated nearly $60,000 to GreaterGood.org to support victims of hurricanes and other natural disasters, and more than 350,000 pounds of pet food to support pets in the affected areas.

The 16th annual National Dog Show Presented by Purina will premiere on Thanksgiving Day on NBC at noon in all time zones. Watched by more than 20 million viewers annually, the show will bring canine competition and entertainment to America's viewers and crown one of America's great dogs as its 2017 champion. More than 2,000 dogs representing more than 175 breeds will vie for Best in Show honors.

NBC will present an encore of this year's National Dog Show Presented by Purina on Saturday, Nov. 25 (8-10 p.m. ET/PT).

Beloved TV personality John O'Hurley, best known as "J. Peterman" on Seinfeld, will serve as the show's co-host, along with veteran dog show analyst David Frei. NBC Sports correspondent Mary Carillo will join former U.S. Olympian figure skaters Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski as National Dog Show correspondents.

For more information about the #DogThanking initiative, check out Purina on Facebook (www.facebook.com/Purina), Twitter (www.twitter.com/Purina) or Instagram (www.instagram.com/purina).

About Nestlé Purina PetCare
Nestlé Purina PetCare Company is a global leader in the pet care industry. Nestlé Purina PetCare promotes responsible pet care, community involvement and the positive bond between people and their pets. A premiere global manufacturer of pet products, Nestlé Purina PetCare is part of Swiss-based Nestlé S.A., a global leader in nutrition, health and wellness.

About Andy Cohen
Andy Cohen is the host and executive producer of "Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen," Bravo's Late Night, interactive talk show. He also serves as executive producer of "The Real Housewives" franchise and hosts the network's highly rated reunion specials.

About GreaterGood.org
GreaterGood.org is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that works to improve the health and well-being of people, pets, and the planet. GreaterGood.org accomplishes this mission by partnering with charitable organizations and administering programs worldwide that address hunger and illness (particularly in women and children), promote education and literacy, feed and care for rescued animals in shelters and sanctuaries, and protect wildlife and restore the environment. A suite of internally funded Signature Programs staffed by experts in their respective fields furthers the mission of Giving Where It Matters.


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CITGO Lemont Refinery Brings Bess the Book Bus to Lemont School

The CITGO Lemont Refinery and mobile literacy outreach program, Bess the Book Bus, brought the joy of reading to local students at St. Cyril and Methodius School in Lemont during the month of October. 

Approximately 105 books were distributed to St. Cyril and Methodius School students. Students were able to pick out their very own book to take home and then enjoyed participating in an interactive and hands-on drum circle hosted by Bess the Book Bus Partner, Giving Tree Music.

CITGO believes in the power of education, and is committed to nurturing the ongoing learning experiences that fuel the knowledge our communities – equipping the workforce for the future. A committed sponsor of Bess the Book Bus since 2009, CITGO has supported the bus as it’s travelled to 48 states to distribute more than 600,000 new books.

“Through our Fueling Education initiative, CITGO supports organizations like Bess the Book Bus because igniting a love for reading at a young age has a lasting impact,” said Jim Cristman, Vice President and General Manager of the CITGO Lemont Refinery.

About the CITGO Lemont Refinery
For over 90 years, CITGO Lemont Refinery has employed more than 750 Chicago area residents on a full-time and contract basis in support of the local economy. In addition to producing high quality fuels for a large portion of the network of nearly 5,500 independently and locally-owned CITGO stations across the country, Lemont Refinery employees also make a major positive impact on the community. Each year, more than 2,500 volunteer hours and thousands of dollars are given in support of community programs such as Muscular Dystrophy Association, United Way and a variety of environmental and preservation programs. Operations at the Lemont Refinery began in 1925 with a major expansion, doubling the facility, in 1933. Over the years, new units were added to meet the demand for a better quality of gas for automobiles, aviation fuel for WWII, and the production of asphalt. For more information, visit www.citgorefining.com/Lemont.

CITGO, based in Houston, is a refiner, transporter and marketer of transportation fuels, lubricants, petrochemicals and other industrial products. The company is owned by CITGO Holding, Inc., an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A., the national oil company of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. For more information, visit www.CITGO.com

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Indigenous Groups Dominating Chevron in Canada’s Appellate Courts Over Enforcement of Ecuador Judgment

Ecuadorian indigenous and farmer communities are building significant momentum in Canada’s appellate courts in their effort to enforce the $9.5 billion pollution judgment against Chevron by seizing company assets in the country, according to a new analysis posted by lawyers fighting the oil major.

Momentum against Chevron is building in Canada after evidence emerged that the company committed fraud in a retaliatory lawsuit in the United States by paying an admittedly corrupt witness $2 million to falsely claim that the Ecuador judgment was “ghostwritten” by the plaintiffs. The witness, Alberto Guerra, later admitted he perjured himself and a forensic examination proved his story false, as confirmed by legal filings and reported by news outlets.

The latest analysis of the Canada litigation, which can be read here, points out that Canadian appellate courts have issued three consecutive unanimous decisions denying attempts by Chevron to block or hinder the enforcement action. Ecuador’s courts already imposed a $9.5 billion judgment on the company after it was found liable for deliberately discharging billions of gallons of toxic waste into the rainforest, decimating indigenous groups and causing an outbreak of cancer and other health problems.

In all, 13 appellate judges in Canada – including the country’s entire Supreme Court -- have ruled in favor of the Ecuadorian indigenous groups. No appellate judge in Canada has ruled in favor of Chevron.

In Ecuador, all eight appellate judges to hear the case have affirmed Chevron’s liability. In all, 21 appellate judges in Canada and Ecuador have ruled against Chevron and none have ruled in its favor.

Chevron’s latest reversal in Canada came recently when a three-judge panel on the Ontario Court of Appeal strongly criticized the company for trying to end the Ecuador litigation by imposing a $1 million costs order on the indigenous groups, the analysis asserted. 

“The decision was a stunning setback for Chevron,” concluded the analysis.

The Ontario Court of Appeal, considered by many to be the country’s most influential court after the Canada Supreme Court, also ruled unanimously against Chevron in 2014 when the company tried to block the enforcement action on jurisdictional grounds.

In 2015, Canada’s Supreme Court also ruled unanimously against Chevron when it tried to re-litigate the jurisdictional issue over the Ecuador judgment in Canada after the company already had accepted jurisdiction in Ecuador’s courts and litigated the case there for 11 years.

Patricio Salazar, a lawyer who represents the grass roots coalition that brought the case (the Amazon Defense Coalition, or “FDA” for its Spanish acronym), said the indigenous groups were asking Canadian courts to move quickly to resolve their claims. The enforcement action was filed in Canada in 2012 after Chevron refused to pay the Ecuador judgment. A company official then promised the indigenous groups a “lifetime of litigation” if they persisted.

“Chevron continues to lose ground in Canadian courts and it seems more and more inevitable that the company will have its assets seized,” said Salazar.  “Chevron’s management should immediately cease its attacks against community leaders and their lawyers and seek a dialogue to resolve the matter so that lives can be saved and shareholder interests can be protected.”

Perjury by the Chevron witness, Alberto Guerra, prompted the indigenous peoples to ask the U.S. Department of Justice to open a criminal probe of Chevron and certain of its outside counsel at the law firm Gibson Dunn & Crutcher who coached the witness for 53 days prior to his false testimony. That complaint to the DOJ and the supporting documents can be found here and here.

The Ecuadorians recently received a major boost in Canada from Phil Fontaine, the former National Chief of Canada’s Assembly of First Nations (which includes 640 nationalities); Grand Chief Ed John, a Canadian lawyer and major international leader in the indigenous rights movement; and Rex Weyler, who co-founded Greenpeace and who lives in Vancouver.  

All three visited the affected region in September and strongly criticized Chevron (see here and here), with Weyler accusing the company of committing “ecological crimes” in Ecuador. 

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Industry Giants Convene in Israel to Discuss Sustainability

Next Wednesday and Thursday, November 29-30, the second annual Maala International Con(fair)ence, the main annual arena for the CSR and sustainability community in Israel, is being held in Tel Aviv’s Hangar 11. This year’s theme is “Innovation for a Good Life”.

The conference’s speakers represent some of the world’s largest enterprises, from fields of innovation and sustainability within the global business community.

Among the speakers:

  • Virginie Helias | VP, Global Sustainability at P&G

  • Jo Confino | Executive Editor, Impact & Innovation at The Huffington Post

  • Michel van der Bel | VP, Europe and the Middle-East at Microsoft

  • Sasja Besilik | Head of Group Sustainable Finance at Nordea bank

  • Ulrika Hasselgren | Global Head of Responsible Investment Strategy and ESG Integration at ISS

  • Prof. Eyal Shimoni | CTO Strauss Group

  • Anat Gabriel | CEO at Unilever Israel

  • Avinoam Sapir | SVP, Growth Markets Innovation & Cluster Manager and CEO at Teva Israel

The Conference will showcase international campaigns linking marketing and Sustainability; Israeli entrepreneurs and businesses contribution to better quality of life; the future labor market and its effect on lower income workers alongside work after retirement age, and more. Many speakers from the global CSR arena will participate in the conference, along with representatives from world leading ESG analysis bodies, and leading foreign investors that integrate ESG considerations into their investments. This coincides with the decision of the TASE's (Tel Aviv Stock Exchange) board of directors to launch two new bond indexes joining the existing Maala CSR index.

Momo Mahadav, CEO of Maala: "Last year we established the Maala International Conference, and presented a new vision for a stronger connection between the Israeli and the Global CSR communities. We feel that there are various fields in which the Israeli CSR community can contribute to the global CSR discourse, particularly in issues relating to a more inclusive economy."

Over the course of two days, attendees will participate in immersive field tours, brainstorming sessions and talks with insights into Israeli strategies on CSR.

The first day of the conference will revolve around six different themes, with talks on diverse subjects such as the Israel’s natural gas discoveries and the transportation sector, longevity in the workplace, and the innovative business of social offering.

On the second day of the conference, Thursday, November 30, a variety of tours will be offered to local market-leaders in different sectors, providing intimate insights into Israeli business pioneering practices, and will include visits to Arab and Haredi (ultra-orthodox) employment centers.

This year’s conference is being held in collaboration with the Israeli Ministry of Strategic Affairs and Public Diplomacy alongside some the Israeli market’s biggest names.

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Consumers Energy Provides $100,000 Payment to Jackson Manufacturer for Using Less Energy on Hottest Days

A Jackson manufacturer is being rewarded with an $100,000 incentive from Consumers Energy for its effort to help lower energy costs for homes and businesses across Michigan.

Jackson-based Gerdau today received $100,000 for participating in Consumers Energy’s business Demand Response program. The company reduced its energy use on some of this summer’s hottest days when the demand for energy – and the cost to supply and deliver that energy -- was exceptionally high. That reduces the need to build power plants or purchase expensive power during these high-demand periods.

“Gerdau provides a great example of how large businesses can reduce their energy use, reducing their costs while also providing a sustainable benefit to everyone who uses energy in Michigan,” said Brian Rich, Consumers Energy’s senior vice president for customer experience. “As Michigan’s energy needs continue to grow, we look forward to working with Gerdau and other businesses to manage their energy needs at a few critical times each year.”

“Demand Response programs are a win for us, electric customers and Consumers Energy,” said Mark Marcucci, president of Gerdau’s North American special steel division based in Jackson. “Participating in this program and responding to Consumers Energy’s call to reduce energy consumption during the highest peak periods decreases costs for everyone.”

Consumers Energy’s business Demand Response program this year provided over $1.3 million in financial rewards to over 125 large businesses, such as factories or large municipal facilities.

They reduced their energy use by over 90 megawatt-hours in total on those nine days. That’s about as much energy as 140 average Michigan homes use in an entire month. 

Consumers Energy also offers a program for households, Peak Power Savers, that encourages Michigan households to reduce energy use at critical times by cycling their air conditioners and taking other voluntary steps. Learn more: www.PeakPowerSavers.com.

Gerdau is the leading producer of long steel in the Americas and one of the leading producers of special steel in the world. Gerdau’s North American special steel division, based in Jackson, produces high quality engineered carbon and alloy special bar quality steel bars for safety critical applications used by the automotive, commercial vehicle, construction, agricultural, distribution and energy markets.

Consumers Energy, Michigan’s largest energy provider, is the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy (NYSE: CMS), providing natural gas and/or electricity to 6.7 million of the state’s 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.

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SC Johnson Argentina Named Best Workplace for 14th Time

SC Johnson today announced SC Johnson Argentina has been recognized as a 2017 Best Workplace by the Great Place to Work® Institute. The organization ranked fourth on the list of Best Medium-Sized Multinational Companies in the country. The win in Argentina is SC Johnson’s 17th Best Workplace recognition in 2017.

“We’re proud of the SC Johnson Argentina team for earning recognition as a great place to work for the 14th time,” said Fisk Johnson, Chairman and CEO of SC Johnson. “The team has worked hard to put policies and practices in place to foster an environment that promotes excellence in the workplace.”

The Argentina team joins SC Johnson South Korea, Venezuela, France, Germany, Poland, Greece, Mexico, Canada, Central America, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Turkey, India, Australia, Brazil and Rio on the 2017 list of Best Workplaces. Regional Best Multinational Workplace awards for the company’s Europe and Latin America operations have also been announced this year.

The Best Workplaces list is the world’s largest annual study of workplace excellence. The ranking is determined by the results of an employee opinion survey and information provided about company culture, programs and policies.

In the United States, SC Johnson has been included 29 times in Working Mother magazine’s list of the “100 Best Companies for Working Mothers” and in 2017 received a perfect score of 100 percent on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index.

About SC Johnson
SC Johnson is a family company dedicated to innovative, high-quality products, excellence in the workplace and a long-term commitment to the environment and the communities in which it operates. Based in the USA, the company is one of the world's leading manufacturers of household cleaning products and products for home storage, air care, pest control and shoe care, as well as professional products. It markets such well-known brands as GLADE®, KIWI®, OFF!®, PLEDGE®, RAID®, SCRUBBING BUBBLES®, SHOUT®, WINDEX® and ZIPLOC® in the U.S. and beyond, with brands marketed outside the U.S. including AUTAN®, TANA®, BAMA®, BAYGON®, BRISE®, KABIKILLER®, KLEAR®, MR MUSCLE® and RIDSECT®. The 131-year-old company, which generates $10 billion in sales, employs approximately 13,000 people globally and sells products in virtually every country around the world. www.scjohnson.com

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