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12/31/1969
Smithfield Foods Donates 42,000 Pounds of Protein to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma

Today, Smithfield Foods, Inc. and WinCo Foods joined forces to donate more than 42,000 pounds of protein to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. Smithfield’s contribution was part of the company’s 2019 Helping Hungry Homes® donation tour. 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 169,000 servings, will help families facing hunger in central and western Oklahoma.

“Oklahoma ranks as the sixth hungriest state in the nation, and while we work hard to provide nutritious food to those we serve, we cannot do it alone,” said Katie Fitzgerald, CEO of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. “Our focus on ‘Fighting Hunger...Feeding Hope’ aligns incredibly well with Smithfield’s social purpose and Helping Hungry Homes® donation program, both aimed at alleviating hunger. Together through this donation, we will impact the ‘one in six’ hunger statistic our neighbors in need of food assistance endure each day.”

Smithfield and WinCo Foods representatives presented the donation to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma at an event at the food bank’s warehouse this morning. Members of each organization discussed food insecurity in the local community and the significance of this donation, which will provide protein throughout the food bank’s service area, reaching food insecure individuals across more than 50 counties.

“At WinCo Foods, we understand the importance of taking care of our communities and, as a completely employee-owned company, we believe in putting people first,” said Noah Fleisher, director of corporate communications of WinCo Foods. “We are honored to again partner with Smithfield on this donation to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma in support of our local community, and in support of their overall tour to help solve hunger nationwide.”

This is the third large-scale protein donation made by Smithfield to food banks across the country during its 2019 Helping Hungry Homes® tour. Since the program’s inception in 2008, Smithfield has provided more than 120 million servings of protein to food banks, disaster relief efforts, and community outreach programs nationwide.

“Smithfield realizes the staggering hunger statistics that many areas in our country face, and we seek to alleviate the issue of food insecurity with a far-reaching and impactful approach,” said Jonathan Toms, associate manager of charitable initiatives for Smithfield Foods. “This realization that hunger knows no bounds is one of the many reasons why we are so passionate about our hunger-relief program, Helping Hungry Homes®, and our role and responsibility as a food company to feed our neighbors in need from coast-to-coast.”

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, and connect with us on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn, and Instagram.

 

About Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma

The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is leading the fight against hunger in 53 counties in central and western Oklahoma and envisions a state where everyone, regardless of circumstance, has access to nutritious food. Founded in 1980, the Regional Food Bank is the state's largest hunger-relief 501(c)(3) nonprofit that distributes food through a network of community-based partner agencies and schools. The majority of people served by the Regional Food Bank are chronically hungry children, seniors living on fixed incomes and hardworking families struggling to make ends meet. The Regional Food Bank is a member of Feeding America, the nation’s network of food banks. To join the fight to end hunger, visit rfbo.org.

 

About WinCo Foods

WinCo Foods Foods is a family of 124 employee-owned stores, with its own distribution and transportation network. The company can trace its beginnings back to 1967 and a discount warehouse grocery store in Boise, Idaho under the name of Waremart. The company operated stores under the names of Waremart Food Centers and Cub Foods until 1999 when it changed its storefront name and the corporate name to WinCo Foods Foods, which stands for Winning Company. WinCo Foods Foods became employee owned in 1985. WinCo Foods Foods currently has about 17,000 employees and operates throughout Washington, Idaho, Nevada, California, Oregon, Utah, Arizona, Texas and Oklahoma.

 

Media Contacts:

Dalton Agency for Smithfield
Jana Beasley
(904) 534-8568
jbeasley@daltonagency.com

Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma
Austin Prickett
(405) 426-0984
aprickett@regionalfoodbank.org

WinCo Foods
Noah Fleisher
(208) 900-8081
noah.fleisher@wincofoods.com


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12/31/1969
CARE Announces Monthlong Campaign to Make #March4Women and Lift up World’s Heroic Women and Girls

The month of March has long been a time to champion women. But those efforts often happen on separate tracks: recognizing the accomplishments of women in the United States as part of Women’s History Month; and celebrating women and girls as change makers around the world on March 8, International Women’s Day. This March the global poverty-fighting organization CARE will unite those conversations through an action-packed, monthlong campaign called Make #March4Women. The multi-channel campaign will feature: videos of celebrities honoring their heroes; a shareable quiz whereby people learn who their ‘sister hero’ is; a public opinion poll called What Women Want Now; and powerful stories of women and girls whose heroic efforts too often go unnoticed around the world. 

Through Make #March4Women, corporations, celebrities and other partners will rally the public to help tear down stubborn barriers holding women back and trapping millions of people in poverty across the globe. Their voices will join those of family farmers in Rwanda, domestic workers in Ecuador and other everyday heroes worldwide. All will unite in sharing who, in their lives, puts the “HER in HERO” – the campaign’s theme. 

 “Just as the original CARE Package® allowed compassionate Americans to respond to devastation and poverty in the wake of World War II, this campaign gives today’s globally minded Americans an opportunity to invest in the success of women and girls everywhere,” said John Aylward, CARE’s chief marketing officer. “We will launch Make #March4Women with new ways for consumers to engage, exciting media moments, celebrity and influencer participation, creative social media content, and inspirational stories.” 

For decades CARE® has been leading innovative global programs that empower women and ignite transformational change through financial inclusion, health, education, and dignified work. Throughout the month of March, supporters can put the “HER in HERO,” by sharing stories, engaging in conversations, and donating to invest in CARE’s work. 

“Every day, in more than 90 countries, CARE works side by side with the world’s true superheroes,” said Michelle Nunn, president and CEO of CARE. “They are relentless, tough and tender. Their superpowers are many, and chief among them is courage. But they should not be left to fight gender inequality and poverty alone. Armed with the opportunity to learn, earn and lead, we know women and girls can lift their families and their communities out of poverty.”

Starting March 1, interested individuals can visit fight.care.org to pledge their support for women and girls everywhere, make online donations, watch inspirational videos and more.  Donations will help CARE scale up innovative programs in many areas of women’s empowerment, from financial inclusion and market access to education and health to agriculture and dignified work. 

Several corporate partners have already committed to support CARE during March. Longtime partner Gap Inc. is offering select International Women’s Day (IWD) products or donations from Gap, Athleta, Old Navy, and Banana Republic, in partnership with CARE to support Gap Inc.’s P.A.C.E. program. Examples will include a “HERO” t-shirt at Old Navy, a special collection of tees featuring the voices of inspiring women from Gap available February 25, and the first Equality Collection of IWD-inspired t-shirts and accessories at Banana Republic, which will also launch a point of sale consumer donation campaign in the U.S. More details by brand will be available on March 1 here.

Additional cause marketing retail partners include: Olivela (olivela.com), which will continue to contribute 20 percent of all net proceeds to CARE to fund girls’ education; The Little Market (thelittlemarket.com), which will be custom-designing a limited-edition “HERO” bag and candle with 50 percent of the retail price benefitting CARE; and Little Switzerland, which is launching a year-round $10 per product donation to CARE for their new jewelry line Nuri & Ash (nuriandash.com.) Mars Chocolate craft brand Ethel M® (ethelm.com) is contributing $5 per box from their 16 pc limited-edition CARE collection of premium chocolates; and their boutique gourmet food brand THE COCOA EXCHANGE® (mytcesite.com) is contributing 10% of the retail sales for their Chocolate Martini Mix. Other corporate partners supporting CARE during March include The Starbucks® Foundation, Hain Celestial, DOVE® Chocolate, and The PepsiCo Foundation.

CARE, in partnership with HuffPost and Yahoo, also will release results of a public opinion poll called What Women Want Now, a survey of more than 1,000 American women on topics such as gender equality, women and politics, workplace issues and gender-based discrimination faced by women globally.

Make #March4Women is a signature awareness and engagement moment within CARE’s year-round FIGHT WITH CARE® fundraising campaign, a bold commitment to raise $2 billion over five years in order to improve the lives of more than 200 million people in the areas of: education and work for women and girls; maternal and child health; humanitarian and emergency response; and food and nutrition.

About CARE: Founded in 1945 with the creation of the CARE Package®, CARE is a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty. CARE places special focus on working alongside poor girls and women because, equipped with the proper resources, they have the power to lift whole families and entire communities out of poverty. Last year CARE worked in 95 countries and reached more than 56 million people around the world. To learn more about CARE and our FIGHT WITH CARE® campaign, visit fight.care.org.


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12/31/1969
Illumina Corporation Foundation and Discovery Education Inspire Youth to Pursue Careers in STEM and Genomics through New Groundbreaking Program ‘DNA Decoded’

Illumina Corporate Foundation and Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital curriculum resources, digital content, and professional development for K-12 classrooms, today launched DNA Decoded, a program designed to equip middle and high school teachers with the power to unlock the study of genomics to advance the future for their students. DNA Decoded provides easy, ready-to-go, Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) aligned lessons and activities for educators serving young learners in grades 6 – 12, enabling them to explore genomics in everyday life. 

The Illumina Corporate Foundation advances genomic literacy through community outreach, collaborations and partnerships, and contributions to oncology, science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education and genetic diseases. By supporting the next generation of professionals, through partnerships with companies like Discovery Education and programs like DNA Decoded, the Illumina Corporate Foundation is paving the way, to inspire youth to pursue careers in STEM.

This partnership with Discovery Education provides an innovative platform enabling teachers to ignite genomic curiosity in students,” said Vice President of Global Marketing and Communications for Illumina, Inc. Karen Possemato. “Supporting and empowering teachers is a critical first step to helping the next generation discover the power of genomics and its potential for solving global challenges, such as how we diagnose cancer and feed the world’s population.”

The Illumina Corporate Foundation is committed to sharing the promise of genomics with communities around the world. Toward that end, DNA Decoded focuses on empowering educators with digitally immersive tools that bring genomics to life in their classrooms. With standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, students across the U.S. will be able to study how genes interact and they will apply the study of genomics to real-world challenges, helping them to realize the hope genomics represents in rare and undiagnosed diseases.

Educators can download the following digital curriculum resources at by visiting DNADecoded.org:

  • Sickle Cell Trait and Reducing Risk in Sports project starter
  • Functional Genomics and Individualized Medicine STEM project activator
  • Deep Space Genomics lesson
  • Agriculture Revolution lesson

“Discovery Education is proud to partner with the Illumina Corporation Foundation to nurture budding young scientists’ boundless curiosity and deepen their understanding of how they can use science to change the world,” said Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of Discovery Education Lori McFarling. “Working with educators and students nationwide, we are excited to inspire problem-solving and the exploration of new career pathways powered by the study of STEM.”

The Illumina Corporate Foundation and Discovery Education created DNA Decoded to provide students with engaging digital resources to apply genomics solutions to the challenges for everyday life. DNA Decoded aids educators and learners in examining how STEM professionals use genomics to fight diseases, such as sickle cell anemia and cancer, as well as to boost the health of the world’s food supply. DNA Decoded also helps school communities learn about the impacts of DNA beyond ancestry and gene traits. Students are able to leverage newfound accessibility to genomics by exploring careers in STEM through these stimulating activities and an accompanying educator guide.

“‘DNA Decoded’ has the power to engage students in critical content mastery steps that can launch them into a new world of possibilities in STEM,” said Andy Losik, STEM teacher at Hamilton Community Schools in Hamilton, Michigan. “The program’s digitally immersive tools make learning the complexity of genes, and how they affect the world around us, exciting and fun.”

DNA Decoded resources are available at no-cost at dnadecoded.org and are also available in Discovery Education Streaming. For more information about Discovery Education’s digital curriculum resources and professional development services, visit discoveryeducation.com. Stay connected with Discovery Education through social media on FacebookTwitterInstagram and Pinterest @DiscoveryEd.

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About Illumina Corporate Foundation: 
The mission of the Illumina Corporate Foundation is to share the promise of genomics with communities around the world. We are focused on helping educators bring genomics into their classrooms as well as helping patients understand the hope genomics represents in rare and undiagnosed genetic diseases and cancer. To learn more, visit Illumina, Inc. at illumina.com and follow @illumina.

About Discovery Education:
As the global leader in standards-based digital curriculum resources, digital content, and professional development for K-12 classrooms worldwide, Discovery Education is transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content and the largest professional learning community of its kind. Serving more than 5 million educators and 51 million students, Discovery Education’s services are available in approximately half of U.S. classrooms and primary schools in the UK, and more than 90 countries around the globe. Inspired by the global media company Discovery, Inc., Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and like-minded organizations to captivate students, empower teachers, and transform classrooms with customized solutions that increase academic achievement. Explore the future of education at discoveryeducation.com.


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12/31/1969
Purpose Collaborative Celebrates Third Anniversary With Global Expansion, New Category-Defining Capabilities, and Cutting-Edge Thought Leadership

As social purpose becomes critical to long-term organizational success, The Purpose Collaborative – the world’s first network of purpose-at-the-center agencies and subject matter experts – celebrates its third anniversary. Spanning five continents, the Purpose Collaborative now harnesses the mindshare of more than 400 professionals at 38 member organizations.

The Purpose Collaborative’s growth parallels the momentum of an increasingly mainstream global social purpose movement, from Larry Fink’s 2018 letter to Blackrock shareholders on “A Sense of Purpose” to the Association of National Advertisers naming “brand purpose” the word of 2018. Founded by Carol Cone, CEO of Carol Cone ON PURPOSE and a social purpose pioneer, the Purpose Collaborative is a new model for consultant-client engagement, with a nimble partners-at-the-center approach supported by a comprehensive network of leading talent in social purpose.

“I founded the Purpose Collaborative as a flexible new model for superb, breakthrough social purpose work. From day one, we have sought to evolve our network and capabilities, and redefine the field of social purpose and what it means to be a leading practitioner developing disruptive solutions that other agency models are not structured to deliver,” said Carol Cone, CEO of Carol Cone ON PURPOSE and Chair, Purpose Collaborative. 

Highlights from the past year include:

  • Well over $100 million in total billings, including more than $5 million in revenue generated through 25+ cross-collaborative member projects.

  • Expansion to 10 global markets, including presence in Asia, Europe, Latin America, and Australia to give members and their clients unprecedented access to leading global purpose practitioners in established and emerging markets.

  • Launch of Purpose 360, a podcast co-hosted by Carol Cone and Purpose Collaborative member Chris Noble, CEO of Matchfire, which illuminates social purpose as a high-impact business strategy through unfiltered conversations with leaders from Unilever, REI, LG, New York Life, Panera, Kohler and others.

  • 30+ collective awards, including an Emmy Award (Parallax Productions), Time Magazine Best Inventions of 2018 (Carol Cone ON PURPOSE), B Lab Best for the World honoree (Pearl Consulting), Shorty Social Good Award (BBMG), and recognition on the Environmental Finance Voluntary Carbon Market Rankings (South Pole).

  • Representation (including speaking, moderation, judging) at dozens of convenings around the world, including the Arthur Page Society, Consumer Electronics Show, Social Innovation Summit, Sustainable Brands, SXSW, United Nations Climate Week, and many more.

  • Release of new breakthrough industry research, including enso’s World Value Index and Catalist’s Issue Revolution Study.

  • Three-day member-only summit in New York City featuring dynamic presentations, workshops, and networking, sustained through monthly community calls that push industry boundaries.

Members introduced category-defining capabilities, products, and processes in 2018, all to identify, develop, and activate clients’ purpose. New capabilities include augmented reality, sustainable financing, SDG integration, B Corp certification consulting, sports sustainability consulting, and purpose-centered data analytics. This complements robust existing capabilities in purpose strategy, video production, employee engagement, social media, digital marketing, product development, and more.

This group is a game changer, filling multiple gaps in the purpose and impact eco-system,” said Gillian Pearl, CEO at Pearl Consulting. “It provides us with a community of values-aligned, purpose-driven peers dedicated to creating a better world for all and allows us to offer our clients a range of services beyond our core competencies, from brand and creative to design, digital, production and more.” 

Select member achievements from the past year include:

  • BBMG received a Shorty Social Good Award for its anti-puppy mill campaign for ASPCA, called Barred from Love.

  • Carol Cone ON PURPOSE conceptualized and developed My Special Aflac Duck, a social robot for children with cancer, in partnership with client Aflac and R&D firm Sproutel. To date, My Special Aflac Duck made Time Magazine’s list of “Best Inventions of 2018,” won the Tech For a Better World Award and Best in Show Unexpected Product at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show, a Platinum Sabre for Best in Show, a PRSA Silver Anvil, and is now landing in the arms of children in hospitals across the U.S.

  • Catalist released the industry’s leading social impact partnership measurement/valuation platform and nonprofit partnership database. 

  • Elle Communications garnered major press for such diverse projects as the Earth Day introduction of Adidas/Parley for the Oceans jerseys into Major League Soccer to the massive NewsMatch campaign supporting independent nonprofit journalism across the U.S. Elle also expanded into social impact consulting for brands, organizations, and individuals.

  • Forward StoryStudio launched a video series for Dignity Health on World Gratitude Day, called "What is Gratitude,” made up of 5 monthly-released stories of gratitude. Forward StoryStudio also helped raise millions for clients, including $2.5M+ for Renown Health (video) and Dignity Health (video).

  • Mission Partners was certified as a B Corp, achieving a score of 95.4 out of 100.

  • Parallax Productions won an Emmy Award and a Hatch Award for “My Wish” – An Alzheimer’s Story – and produced 8 episodes of PBS series “Breaking Big” featuring Trevor Noah, author Roxane Gay, country superstar Jason Aldean, and more.

  • Pearl Consulting was a B Lab Best for the World honoree.

  • Public Inc. developed the Canadian strategy for The Body Shop's global Forever Against Animal Testing (F.A.A.T.) campaign, advancing Canadian Bill S–214 banning cosmetic animal testing, and increasing sales by 15% during in-store campaign periods.

  • South Pole partnered with Sport and Sustainability International (SandSI) to help Major League Soccer expand its sustainability platform that reduces and offsets emissions, and promotes healthy, sustainable communities in North America and across the globe.  

  • Yulu PR was named CSR Agency of the Year by PRDaily. This year, Yulu launched Impact Relations, an emerging discipline of communications that influences positive social and environmental impact. Collectively, the movement is unearthing new ways to measure impact and set a new industry standard for communications. 

New members:

  • Catalist: Catalist is the industry’s only measurement and matchmaking platform for companies and causes, uniting smart technology and detailed data with the Catalist team’s depth of knowledge, experience, and industry understanding to change the way companies and causes create impact together. (Austin, TX)

  • JUV Consulting: JUV is a national network of Gen Z-ers working with blue chip brands and social enterprises to deliver customized consulting services directly from the Gen Z demographic. (New York, NY; global network)

  • No Typical Moments: No Typical Moments specializes in digital marketing solutions that help identify new ways to find online communities and convert them into lifelong customers. It examines the paradigm of how people relate to one another, treat the environment and uplift humanity to a deeper level of consciousness. (San Diego, CA)

  • OC360: OC360 connects global change agents to social good initiatives. Guided by the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) framework, OC360 is developing an ecosystem called IMPACT360, focused on eight SDGs including poverty and education. (Atlanta, GA)

  • Occula Group: Occula Group is a strategic planning and insights, thought leadership, and brand positioning consultancy. The global group creates bespoke teams to address clients’ needs and integrates seamlessly to future-proof a client’s business and brand.  (New York, NY)

  • Oliver Russell: Oliver Russell helps for-profit companies connect with customers and society through compelling brand narratives. A B Corporation, Oliver Russell incorporates passion for impact-driven customers with sector-specific knowledge in natural foods and beverages, public health, technology, startups, and sustainability consulting. (Boise, ID)

  • Pearl Consulting:  Pearl Consulting is a purpose-driven boutique consultancy with a network of consultants across Asia Pacific, Europe, and North America committed to creating mutual benefit for corporate, nonprofit, and government partners through the strategic deployment of social impact initiatives. Pearl Consulting is a certified B Corporation. (Singapore and global)

  • South Pole: South Pole aims to accelerate the transition to a climate-smart society by providing sustainability financing solutions, working with businesses and governments around the world to realize deep decarbonization pathways across industries. South Pole has a global team of 250 climate and finance experts in 18 cities. (Sydney, Australia and New York, NY; global network)

In 2019, the Purpose Collaborative plans to further expand its capabilities in augmented and virtual reality, digital and experiential marketing, measurement and analytics, influencer relations, and key social issues expertise. Additionally, the Purpose Collaborative plans to release breakthrough thought leadership on the evolution and growth of social purpose, to help clients and the industry advance purpose strategy and programming. For more information, please visit PurposeCollaborative.com/Collaborative.

Cone said, “Purpose Collaborative members trailblaze, guiding innovative organizations on their journey to align authentically with an inspiring purpose. I’m proud of how this remarkable network has grown, and even more so of the purpose impact we’re all delivering for clients and the world.”

Carol Cone ON PURPOSE (CCOP) is a 21st century consultancy that partners with organizations to identify, accelerate and amplify their purpose. The firm is led by Carol Cone, regarded as one of the founders of the social purpose movement, and one of the leading practitioners in the field. Cone is also Founder and Chair of the Purpose Collaborative, the world’s first global network of purpose-at-the-center agencies and subject matter expert issues. (www.purposecollaborative.com)

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12/31/1969
Consumers Energy Sets Goals for Smart Energy District in Jackson, Including 40 Percent On-Site Renewable Energy

Consumers Energy today announced its goals for the Jackson Smart Energy District, an efficient, affordable, clean energy hub in its hometown. The Jackson Smart Energy District aims to achieve 2040 Clean Energy goals 15 to 20 years early -- including producing 40 percent of the District’s energy needs from on-site renewable sources.

“Consumers Energy is excited to promote economic development in our backyard and to highlight Jackson as a hub for innovation in our industry,” said Patti Poppe, Consumers Energy’s president and CEO. “We’re moving forward today with plans that will make Jackson an even more attractive place to live, work and innovate, and provide a picture of the energy future that will transform our entire state.”

The energy provider’s goals for the Jackson Smart Energy District – a four-square-block area near the Consumers Energy headquarters – are the same as the Company’s. Consumers Energy will work with private businesses and the city to reduce the Jackson Smart Energy District’s carbon emissions by 90 percent and provide 40 percent of its energy from on-site renewable sources such as solar panels and with advanced energy efficiency technologies.

Consumers Energy is putting out a Request for Information nationally to attract the best ideas from entrepreneurial and high tech companies that can provide the next generation of energy solutions here in our hometown. (If the link does not work, copy and paste www.ConsumersEnergy.com/jacksonenergydistrict in your browser)

“We want to connect with the companies, technologies, business models and innovative solutions that will meet our community’s energy needs,” Poppe said. “We are striving to provide clean energy and to put Jackson, Michigan on the map as a magnet for energy innovation and the top ideas in the world.”

Ideas for the Smart Energy District may include solar panels, battery storage, energy efficiency, energy management and electric vehicle charging stations.

The district is bordered by Louis Glick Highway, Michigan Avenue and Blackstone and Jackson streets, and it is home to several private development projects that have been announced or are in the works.

Consumers Energy is working to modernize Michigan’s electric grid and develop clean energy across the state. The company recently dedicated Michigan’s first rooftop solar array and battery storage system in the Circuit West energy district of Grand Rapids.

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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Media Contacts: Brian Wheeler, 517-788-2394, or Katie Carey, 517-788-2395
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12/31/1969
European Commission, Iceland Foods, Mars and United Nations to Speak at The Economist’s Fourth Annual Sustainability Summit in London

The world (or much of it) is waking up. Climate change and the damage wrought on the environment by human behaviour have begun to take root in our collective consciousness. Commitments at a political, corporate and social level abound, and are beginning to yield results. Sustainability has shifted from a "nice to have" to a core component of business strategy for many global companies.

And yet, global temperatures continue to rise, deaths from air pollution in big cities are worryingly high and drought threatens the livelihoods of millions of people across the world. At the same time, neglect and misinformation are widespread, complicating efforts to slow—let alone reverse—these trends.

It is time to focus on the facts. The fourth edition of The Economist’s Sustainability Summit will marshal the evidence to measure past progress, and assess where and how policymakers, financial institutions and business leaders should act. Where are we on the sustainability front compared with where we need to be? In what areas are efforts still falling short? Has the world already passed the point of no return in terms of climate change? And to what extent should efforts be directed at adaptation rather than mitigation? 

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Halide Alagöz, Executive vice president, chief supply chain and sustainability officer, Ralph Lauren

  • Luigi Brugnaro, Mayor, Venice

  • Daniel Calleja Crespo, Director general, environment, European Commission

  • Koushik Chatterjee, Executive director and chief financial officer, Tata Steel

  • Liam Condon, Chief executive officer, crop science, Bayer

  • Han de Groot, Chief executive officer, Rainforest Alliance

  • Pernilla Halldin, Public affairs and engagement lead climate and circular, sustainability, H&M Group

  • Fernando Medina, Mayor, Lisbon

  • Mami Mizutori, Special representative of the UN Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction

  • Patricia Scotland QC, Secretary general, The Commonwealth of Nations

  • Richard Walker, Managing Director, Iceland Foods

  • Kate Wylie, Global vice-president of sustainability, Mars 

Event sponsors:

Supporting sponsor: Bayer
Diamond sponsor: The Government of Japan
Silver sponsors: Arriva, UPS
Bronze sponsor: BP 

For more information:

Visit sustainabilitysummit.economist.com or email events@economist.com.


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