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Nespresso Launches Its 2020 Sustainability Ambition and the Nespresso Sustainable Development Fund

MILAN, Aug. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ —

CHF 500 million overall investment, with CHF 15 million to develop AAA coffee growing programs in Africa 

On the occasion of the second annual meeting of the Nespresso Sustainability Advisory Board, Jean-Marc Duvoisin, CEO of Nestle Nespresso, set out an ambitious strategy to accelerate the company’s sustainability focus and introduce several major new initiatives that will create significant benefits for the business, society and the environment.  The new sustainability program entitled The Positive Cup will be based on an investment of CHF 500 million over the next six years. Part of this investment will be used to establish a new Sustainable Development Fund, which will play a key role in channelling resources into specific projects. The new strategy is supported by members of the Nespresso Sustainability Advisory Board (NSAB) including the Rainforest Alliance, Fairtrade International, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and brand ambassador George Clooney.

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The Positive Cup strategy, based on the Nestle approach to Creating Shared Value, builds upon the significant steps that the company has already taken over the last five years*  to improve farmer welfare and drive environmental sustainability in coffee sourcing and consumption. It sets out concrete steps that the company will implement to achieve its sustainability goals by 2020. The fund will be used to finance the range of programs, which form part of the strategy as well as to attract additional external partner funding.

“Our sustainability approach has always been designed to do more than simply minimise impacts,” said Mr. Duvoisin. “The development of even more innovative programs with our partners demonstrates our commitment to creating shared value and generating positive impacts for all stakeholders across the entire value chain. This CHF 500 million investment significantly builds on our current sustainability investment to ensure the long-term success of our business model. This includes securing access to the one to two percent of coffee produced in the world that meets our strict quality and taste standards through our AAA Sustainable Quality™ Program. This approach also allows us to innovate thanks to the direct relationships we build with farmers. The Sustainable Development Fund will allow us to allocate new funding to groundbreaking programs such as the reviving of the coffee sector in South Sudan.”

The Positive Cup Commitments 

The Positive Cup program incorporates ambitious goals in the areas of coffee sourcing and social welfare; aluminium sourcing, use and disposal; and resilience to climate change.  Specifically, by 2020 Nespresso commits to:

Coffee – 100% sustainably sourced coffee 

  • Source 100% of its permanent range of Grand Cru coffees sustainably through the Nespresso AAA Sustainable Quality™ Program by significantly expanding the AAA Program in Ethiopia, Kenya and South Sudan, and investing over CHF 15 million in these countries over six years.
  • Assist farmers to achieve high certification standards (in water management, biodiversity and fair treatment of workers, for example) through our long-term partner Rainforest Alliance (since 2003) and Fairtrade.
  • Pursue innovative solutions to farmer welfare, including the expansion of the AAA Farmer Future Program initially through a retirement fund for farmers in Colombia.

Aluminium – 100% sustainably managed aluminium 

  • Expand the capacity to collect used aluminium capsules to 100% wherever the company does business and increase recycling rates.
  • Recycle Nespresso capsules collected by the company into new Nespresso capsules each time it makes sense environmentally**.
  • Source 100% of virgin aluminium capsule material compliant with the new Aluminium Stewardship Initiative standard, being developed within a multi-stakeholder programme led by the IUCN.

Climate – 100% carbon insetting***

  • Further reduce by 10% the carbon footprint of the company.

In addition, become 100% carbon neutral. Nespresso plans to inset its residual operational carbon footprint and increase farm climate resilience through an extensive agroforestry programme.

“Our business model enables us to be involved in every stage of coffee sourcing, production and sale. It allows us to maintain particularly close relationships and have a direct dialogue with our consumers and Club Members,” said Mr. Duvoisin. “As a result, we have a unique opportunity to strongly engage with our Club Members to achieve our Positive Cup commitments, in particular as it relates to capsule recycling. Nespresso cannot achieve its objectives alone. We call on our Club Members to actively take part in furthering our recycling efforts.”

Nespresso Sustainability Advisory Board – Driving innovation and collaboration 

The second annual NSAB brought together long-time Nespresso brand ambassador George Clooney, partners including The Rainforest Alliance, Fairtrade International, TechnoServe, IUCN and Pur Projet and Nespresso management, to help the company enhance its long term sustainability strategy and to serve as a base for partnership on sustainability initiatives.

The collaborative platform has played an important role in shaping the company’s approach and informing the development of innovative and impactful programs.

“We are proud of our long-standing relationship with Nespresso,” said Tensie Whelan, President of the Rainforest Alliance. “This cutting edge approach will help us further build on the real impact we together are having on the ground in farming communities, driving economic and environmental benefits for over 60,000 farmers who are part of the AAA Program. The Nespresso commitment to increase the amount of Rainforest Alliance certified coffee to 50% is an important next step in our collaboration and will provide further assurances to consumers that the coffee they are buying is having a positive impact.”

“The AAA Farmer Future Program, coming out of the Nespresso and Fairtrade commitment to work together, will bring measurable benefits to farmers and their families in Caldas, Colombia,” said Harriet Lamb, CEO of Fairtrade International. “Farmers selling to Nespresso now have the option to invest Fairtrade Premiums in this first-of-its-kind retirement fund. It’s good news for the farmers – whose average age is over 50 and who face an uncertain future – and one way to help protect the future of coffee in Colombia by offering better, long-term prospects.”

“If there is to be lasting peace and prosperity in South Sudan, part of the equation will be a diversified economy and opportunities that benefit the people of the country,” said George Clooney. “The investment by Nespresso and TechnoServe in South Sudan’s coffee sector, even while the conflict is ongoing, is providing much-needed income for hundreds of farmers and their families living in coffee communities. It is also an investment in South Sudan’s future prospects for peace and economic development, where wealth is created and shared. What Nespresso and TechnoServe are doing in partnership with South Sudanese agricultural cooperatives in the coffee sector can provide a model for other agricultural investments.”     

“The approach that Nespresso is taking is completely aligned with the vision we have to integrate social and environmental innovations into the heart of business,” said Tristan Lecomte, President of Pur Projet. “We believe that investing in reforestation of agricultural regions will not only restore natural ecosystems but ultimately also improve coffee quality and productivity and provide better returns for farmers.”

“We are pleased to be able to work with Nespresso to foster greater sustainability and transparency throughout the aluminium value chain,” said Julia Marton-Lefèvre, Director General of IUCN.  “The forward looking approach that the company is taking to further expand its recycling solutions and encourage consumers to recycle will be greatly strengthened by the commitment to source 100% of virgin aluminium capsule material compliant with the new Aluminium Stewardship Initiative standard. The company has played a leading role in initiating the new standard and continues to be a strong proponent for sustainable aluminium use.”

* Nespresso 2013 sustainability commitments 

Nespresso has met and surpassed its 2013 sustainability commitments, set out in 2009. The company has exceeded its goal of sourcing 80% of its coffee from its AAA Sustainable Quality™ Program (84%), putting in place the capacity to recycle over 75% of Nespresso capsules sold worldwide (80%) and reducing the carbon footprint of a cup of Nespresso coffee by 20% (-20.7%).

** For example, in UK, France, Switzerland, Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Austria and Italy.

*** Definition of insetting: unlike “offsetting” traditional carbon compensation where compensation takes place in a different location using uncorrelated actors and technical activities, “insetting” integrates socio-environmental commitments at the heart of the companies’ business activities and networks.

More information: 

Videos: http://www.youtube.com/nespresso 

Backgrounders on AAA Program in Africa, AAA Farmer Future Program and agroforestry available here: http://www.nestle-nespresso.com/media/library/documents

Nespresso Sustainability Advisory Board members and description: http://www.nestle-nespresso.com/ecolaboration/sustainability-advisory-board/sustainability-advisory-board

About Nestle Nespresso SA 

Nestle Nespresso SA is the pioneer and reference for highest-quality portioned premium coffee. Headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland, Nespresso operates in almost 60 countries and has more than 9,500 employees. In 2013, it operated a global retail network of over 320 exclusive boutiques. For more information, visit the Nestle Nespresso corporate website: http://www.nestle-nespresso.com.

CONTACT
Diane Duperret
Corporate PR Manager, Nestle Nespresso SA    
diane.duperret@nespresso.com
T: +41-21-796-92-89

Baja Fresh Partners with Givex to Fight Childhood Hunger

IRVINE, Calif., Aug. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — One in five children in America struggles with hunger. Hunger not only impacts a child’s health but also results in poorer academic performance and can ultimately have a lifelong effect on future development and success.

Baja Fresh Partners with Givex to Fight Childhood Hunger

Baja Fresh Partners with Givex to Fight Childhood Hunger

That is why from August 15th to October 15th. Baja Fresh Mexican Grill, the quick-casual fresh Mexican chain, is donating 20% of all proceeds from the sale of its new line of Baja Fresh No Kid Hungry gift cards to Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry® campaign. Givex is contributing the technology for the gift program.

The No Kid Hungry campaign connects those in need with long-term help and resources such as school breakfast programs and educating families on shopping and cooking on a limited budget.

The Baja Fresh No Kid Hungry gift cards are powered by Givex, a global technology company and Baja Fresh’s gift card program provider since 2005. Charitable contribution programs are one of Givex’s many services.

“Helping end childhood hunger in America is a cause that resonates strongly with us,” says Charles Rink President and CEO, Baja Fresh. “Our No Kid Hungry gift cards provide a convenient way for our guests to contribute to Share our Strength’s programs and raise awareness in our communities. Our partnership with Givex allows for a seamless process for our operators to participate in supporting Share our Strength.”

To see a list of participating Baja Fresh locations, please visit:

http://www.bajafresh.com/pdf/homepage-promos/nokidhungrypromotionbajafresh2.pdf

About Baja Fresh

Baja Fresh Mexican Grill serves bold, fresh Mexican flavors for lunch, dinner, dine-in or take-out all in a spacious and contemporary environment. All entrées are made with never frozen, all natural, hormone free, fire-grilled, chicken, steak and slow roasted pork carnitas. Don’t forget the handmade guacamole and salsa bar hosting 6 salsas made fresh everyday, all day. Founded in 1990 and headquartered in Irvine, Calif., Baja Fresh operates or franchises 205 restaurants in 26 states as well as Dubai and Singapore. To learn more about Baja Fresh visit www.bajafresh.com.

About Givex

Givex is a technology company offering clients a global reach with cost-effective gift card, omni-channel loyalty, analytics, stored value tickets, and cloud-based POS systems. Our core distinction is taking on the tough task of managing all aspects of the transaction to ensure companies can deliver maximum customer satisfaction. Givex products and services give you insight into your data to enable you to better drive sales growth, customer relationship management and enterprise resource planning.

About Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry® Campaign

No child should grow up hungry in America, but one in five children struggles with hunger. Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry® campaign is ending childhood hunger in America by ensuring all children get the healthy food they need, every day. The No Kid Hungry campaign connects kids in need to effective nutrition programs like school breakfast and summer meals and teaches low-income families to cook healthy, affordable meals through Cooking Matters. This work is accomplished through the No Kid Hungry network, made up of private citizens, public officials, nonprofits, business leaders and others providing innovative hunger solutions in their communities. Join us at NoKidHungry.org.

Image with caption: “Baja Fresh Partners with Givex to Fight Childhood Hunger (CNW Group/Givex)”. Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140825_C7788_PHOTO_EN_42528.jpg

For further information:

For more information or media inquiries, please contact

Bryan Wang
Director of Marketing
Givex
Phone: 416.350.9660 x 309
Toll free: 1.877.478.7733
Fax: 416.350.9661
Email: bryan.wang@givex.com

Website: http://www.givex.com

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Honeywell Promotes Science and Technology Education in Partnership with Government Schools

More than 1,200 students and 12 teachers will benefit from experiential learning science kits program; Honeywell Engineers volunteer to promote technology careers to students

JAKARTA, Indonesia, Aug. 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Honeywell (NYSE: HON) announced today that it is helping more than 1,200 local students learn about science and technology through a partnership with local schools in Batam and Bintan in Riau Islands province.

Under the Honeywell Science Kits program, four schools will receive science kits supporting the national curriculum. These comprehensive tools will allow students to experience science and technology concepts in an innovative way. As part of the program, 12 teachers from these four schools will be trained with hands-on teaching techniques, enabling them to better engage their students in the classroom. In addition to that, 12 engineers from local Honeywell facility are volunteering to promote technology careers at these local schools.

The program is part of Honeywell’s ongoing commitment to promote science and technology education in Indonesia which includes sponsoring middle school math and science teachers to attend its international programs such as Honeywell Educators @ Space Academy and Green Boot Camp to learn advanced teaching techniques. This new science kits program is sponsored by Honeywell Hometown Solutions, the company’s global citizenship initiative.

“Honeywell provides students and teachers opportunities in science and technology education in Indonesia, through a series of unique programs designed to inspire the next generation of innovators,” said Alex Pollack, President of Honeywell Indonesia. “This exciting program affords students an opportunity to learn concepts in a more engaging manner and gain valuable access to information about potential careers in science and engineering from Honeywell’s top engineers.”

According to National Science Foundation, 80 percent of the jobs in the next 10 years will require Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) skills and capabilities. “We aim to provide the best education to our students and these advanced teaching techniques will be highly beneficial both for our students as well as our teachers. We welcome such initiatives and are delighted to have Honeywell engineers volunteer to encourage our students,” said Zurnalis, Principal of SMPN 9, Batam.

Honeywell Science Kits program is being run in partnership with SMP II Lukman Hakim and SMP Negeri 9 in Batam as well as in SMP Negeri 11 and SMPN 13 in Bintan.

About Honeywell

Honeywell (www.honeywell.com) is a Fortune 100 diversified technology and manufacturing leader, serving customers worldwide with aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes and industry; turbochargers; and performance materials. Based in Morris Township, N.J., Honeywell’s shares are traded on the New York, London, and Chicago Stock Exchanges. For more news and information on Honeywell, please visit www.honeywellnow.com.

About Honeywell, Indonesia

Honeywell’s products and systems have been distributed and installed in Indonesia since 1974. In 1992, Honeywell established our Indonesian representative office, which maintains a network of local distribution companies. Today, three of Honeywell’s businesses, Automation and Control Solutions, Aerospace, and Performance Materials and Technologies, employ over 1,500 employees in cities across the country, including Jakarta, Surabaya, Purwakarta, Batam and Bintan.

About Honeywell Hometown Solutions

Honeywell Hometown Solutions, the company’s corporate citizenship initiative, which focuses on five areas of vital importance: Science & Math Education, Family Safety & Security, Housing & Shelter, Habitat & Conservation, and Humanitarian Relief. Together with leading public and non-profit institutions, Honeywell has developed powerful programs to address these needs in the communities it serves. For more information, please visit http://citizenship.honeywell.com/.

Crown Relocations Launches A Gift Box Program In Partnership With The Salvation Army

HONG KONG, Aug. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Crown Relocations is delighted to announce a Gift Box donation program in conjunction with its long-term charity partner, The Salvation Army Hong Kong.

Crown Chairman Jim Thompson’s long-term support of charitable activities, together with Crown Relocations’ extensive global experience of relocating customers and moving their belongings, is the inspiration behind the campaign. Not only will it enable Crown customers to donate goods that they don’t need anymore, disposing of them in a straightforward manner, it will also directly benefit the local community. This campaign is both a practical demonstration of Crown’s environmental policy and a way of supporting low-income families and individuals in need.

The program works in such a way that every Crown customer who is leaving Hong Kong or relocating domestically will receive a special “GIFT” sticker. They can then place this sticker on the top of a Crown moving box that they have filled with items to be donated. Crown will deliver the “GIFT” boxes to The Salvation Army, who will sort the goods and transfer them to stores in Hong Kong and Macau. Here, the donated goods will be distributed to people in need, including the home-alone elderly, street sleepers, ex-prisoners and social security assistance recipients.

Marta Drzewakowska, Marketing and Customer Relations Manager, Crown Relocations Hong Kong commented, “We would like to contribute to the improvement of the living standards of people in need, but so often we do not know how to start, to whom to turn. That’s where Crown can help. Among our belongings there may be items that we haven’t used for years, for example toys or books that have been stored away and forgotten, but which could be a great source of education and joy to children whose families are less fortunate.”

Visit Crown Relocations on the Web at www.crownrelo.com/hongkong 

Crown Relocations

Crown Relocations provides transportation, destination and immigration services, as well as employee and family support, to assist people relocating internationally or domestically.  Relocation presents challenges to all concerned. Crown’s people understand the excitement and anxiety of relocating, whether it’s the corporate challenge of managing globally mobile employees, or an individual move for a family.

As a company with people working all over the world, Crown is an enthusiastic champion of the benefits of relocation.  Our expert move managers are advocates for their cities and are determined to make every relocation a success.  Although we have a presence in almost 60 countries, ‘being there’ means more to us than simply being on the ground. During every relocation, Crown provides support, guidance, care and the personal attention needed to lessen disruption.

Crown Relocations is part of the Crown Worldwide Group, established in 1965 and headquartered in Hong Kong.

AMERICAS:
Sheryl Cherry
Crown Relocations
5252 Argosy Drive
Huntington Beach, CA 92649
USA
+ 1 714 898 0961
scherry@crownww.com

ASIA-PACIFIC:
Susanne Osterholm
Crown Worldwide Holdings Ltd.
Suite 2001, MassMutual Tower
38 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai
Hong Kong
+ 852 2528 6111
sosterholm@crownww.com

EUROPE/MIDDLE EAST/AFRICA:
Marco Dilenge
Crown Worldwide GmbH
Am Seedamm 44
60489 Frankfurt
Germany 
+ 49 69 1539 4000
mdilenge@crownww.com

Utah Based Charity Donates $1.5 Million RMB To China’s Earthquake Relief Efforts

SALT LAKE CITY, Aug. 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — (NYSE: USNA) Disaster can strike anywhere, anytime and the effects are felt around the world. That’s when organizations like the USANA True Health Foundation step in. Because of the way the foundation is set up, it’s in a position to help with unforeseen catastrophes in an urgent and timely manner. The non-profit organization donated $1.5 million RMB to aid in relief efforts surrounding the massive 6.5 magnitude earthquake that struck Yunnan province, southwestern China province on August 2.

Logo – http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130425/LA01443LOGO

Contributions will go to the China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation (CFPA), a non-profit organization, engaged in managing domestic and overseas-donated funds and materials.

“It’s devastating when a natural disaster hits your home, and we will be there when people are suffering,” said President of the USANA True Health Foundation, Elaine Pace. “We thank all the members of our USANA family who have made it possible for the True Health Foundation to assist in life-saving events such as this.”

The $1.5 million RMB donation includes cash and premium products provided by USANA Health Sciences. The money will be transferred to CFPA, supplies such as food, water, tents and other urgent needs will be delivered to the Yunnan Civil Affairs Bureau and 200-thousand boxes of USANA® Probiotics will be delivered to the disaster area once the roads are fixed.

Earthquake Overview (estimated numbers provided by Time.com)

  • Death toll: 398
  • Injured: 1,801
  • Aftershocks: 411
  • Homes destroyed/damaged: 204,000
  • People evacuated: 230,000

The Yunnan province is in dire need of aid. The USANA True Health Foundation is continuously asking for support to help with unforeseen catastrophes. Anyone can donate at www.usanafoundation.org.

About USANA True Health Foundation: The USANA True Health Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization created by Dr. Myron Wentz, USANA‘s founder, and USANA CEO Dave Wentz to help expand and enhance USANA’s on-going charitable efforts. Its mission is to provide the most critical human necessities to those suffering or in need. USANA True Health Foundation has an active partnership with organizations such as International Relief Teams and the Children’s Hunger Fund, which share the same vision of making the world a happier and healthier place. Learn more at our website (www.USANAfoundation.org), follow us on Twitter (@USANAfoundation), or like us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/USANAfoundation).

Media Contact: Elaine Pace
President USANA True Health Foundation
+1-801-954-7743
Elaine.Pace@us.usana.com

New World Facilities Management First Honored as “Family-Friendly Employer”

HONG KONG, Aug. 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — New World Facilities Management Company Limited (NWFM) which manages and operates Youth Square is commended for the first time as the “Family-Friendly Employer” under the 2013/14 Family-Friendly Employers Award Scheme organized by the Family Council, in recognition of its outstanding achievement in implementing family-friendly employment policies and practices that enable employees to manage their time to undertake their family commitments and balance family life in the past year. 

As a non-profit making company, NWFM regards staff as the most valuable asset. During the past year, NWFM proactively instituted diversified family-friendly policies and practices including paternity leave, compassionate leave and early release on festive days to enable staff to manage their time to take care of their family needs. NWFM also cares about the wellness of staff and offers a variety of activities for them including family engagement events, festive meals, community events and interest groups, etc. to achieve a balance between work and life.

Established in 2011, the Family-Friendly Employers Award Scheme is launched by The Family Council. It aims at recognizing companies or organizations who attach importance to the family-friendly spirit, encouraging them to continue to put in place measures to raise employers’ awareness of the importance of family core values, and fostering a pro-family culture and environment. With reference to criteria including family-friendly employment policies and practices, benefits to the company and employees, as well as commitment shown by the management, the Assessment Panel honors those companies or organizations fulfilling the family-friendly requirements of the Award Scheme.

New World Facilities Management Company Limited

New World Facilities Management Company Limited is a non-profit making company and a wholly-owned subsidiary of New World Development Company Limited (Stock Code: 17.HK). Embracing the mission of youth development and supporting youth to contribute to society, we strive to develop Youth Square as the platform for youth to exchange knowledge and experience and to develop and discover their potential.

For more information on New World Facilities Management Company Limited, please visit www.nwfm.com.hk.

Youth Square

Youth Square is a project commissioned by the Home Affairs Bureau of HKSAR Government, and aims to be the hub of diversified youth development activities for youth to develop their potential. Youth Square has a 643-seat Y Theatre, Y Studio, multi-function areas and Y Loft with 148 guest rooms. Youth Square is located in Chai Wan and is managed and operated by New World Facilities Management Company Limited on a non-profit making basis.

For more information on Youth Square, please visit www.youthsquare.hk.

 

 

 

METRO to Support Earthquake Relief Efforts in Yunnan, Offering Food Supplies

KUNMING, China, Aug. 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — METRO China is cooperating with the Emergency Management Center of Yunnan Ludian County Civil Affairs Bureau to provide food supplies through its Kunming Beichen store to victims of the Yunnan earthquake. The 6.5-magnitude earthquake struck China’s Yunnan province on 3 August 2014. Swiftly responding to the emergency, METRO employees purchased food supplies to meet the needs in the disaster zone.

METRO to Support Earthquake Relief Efforts in Yunnan, Offering Food Supplies

METRO to Support Earthquake Relief Efforts in Yunnan, Offering Food Supplies

“We feel so sad after we hear the news about the earthquake in Ludian, Yunnan. Metro China management immediately decided to give our help to the people in the quake-hit area,” said Jeroen de Groot, President of METRO China. “We wish to extend our heartfelt sympathy and condolences to the victims of the earthquake, and sincerely hope they can recover soon from this calamity. “

Li Zhuo, General Manager of METRO Kunming Beichen Store, added, “As the closest METRO store to the affected area, we at once contacted the local Civil Affairs Bureau to offer food supplies, and prepared more than 40,000 instant noodles, water and other food for the victims. We have arranged the delivery of the supplies to the Ludian Emergency Management Center and it arrived today.”

Through its network of 78 stores in 54 cities in China, METRO always reaches out its hand when help is needed during natural disasters, such as the Wenchuan and Ya’an earthquakes. METRO’s relief efforts have included tents and donations in support of reconstruction.

About METRO Cash & Carry

METRO Cash & Carry is represented in 28 countries with over 750 self-service wholesale stores. With a headcount of about 110,000 employees worldwide, the wholesale company achieved sales of about EUR 32 billion in the financial year 2012/2013. METRO Cash & Carry is a sales division of METRO GROUP. METRO GROUP is one of the largest and most important international retailing companies. During the financial year 2012/13 (pro forma), it generated sales of about EUR 66 billion. The company operates around 2,200 stores in 31 countries and has a headcount of around 250,000 employees. The performance of METRO GROUP is based on the strength of its sales brands that operate independently in their respective market segments: METRO/MAKRO Cash & Carry — the international leader in self-service wholesale — Media Markt and Saturn — the European market leader in consumer electronics retailing — Real hypermarkets and Galeria Kaufhof department stores. 

More information at: www.metrogroup.de

Profile of METRO China

In 1996, METRO Cash & Carry, the international leader in self-service wholesale, opened its first wholesale store in the international metropolis of Shanghai. The company was among the first to gain permission from the China Central Government to set up chain operations in all major cities in China. Over the last decade, the company has set its foot already in 54 cities with 78 outlets in operation in China. With a headcount of over 11,000 employees, the wholesaler is serving more than 3.5 million buying customers across the country.

More information at: www.metro.com.cn   

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Mundipharma Announces Principal Partner Sponsorship for Singapore’s National Day Parade 2014

SINGAPORE, Aug. 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Mundipharma, one of the fastest growing pharmaceutical companies in the region, announced today its status as principal partner of this year’s National Day Parade (NDP)  — the first time ever for a pharmaceutical company to hold this position. In celebration of Singapore’s 49th year of nation building, Mundipharma will be distributing free samples of its flagship BETADINE® antiseptic product range in 220,000 NDP funpacks.

The sponsorship comes shortly after Mundipharma’s establishment this year of its award-winning regional headquarters in the heart of Singapore’s Central Business District, where its operations for Asia Pacific, Latin America, Middle East and Africa are based.

BETADINE® is one of Mundipharma’s leading products, a well-established name in the prevention and healing of topical infections for over 50 years. It is used to manage various types of infections due to its broad spectrum of germ killing actions effective against bacteria, viruses and fungi without resistance of clinical significance. It is widely used by health care professionals and consumers alike for wound care, throat and oral care, and feminine care.

“Through this sponsorship, Mundipharma is honoured to be able to demonstrate our commitment to Singapore and the region following the recognition of our regional headquarters here,” said Raman Singh, President of Mundipharma Asia Pacific, Latin America, Middle East and Africa.

Singapore is a valued biomedical hub in the region, and we hope to show our appreciation for the support we’ve been receiving from authorities and consumers by contributing to this year’s celebrations.” Raman added.

About Mundipharma 

Mundipharma’s global network of companies are privately owned entities covering the world’s pharmaceutical markets. Mundipharma provides patients across 6 continents with a growing portfolio of 19 products in 5 therapeutic areas, which include moderate-to-severe pain, consumer healthcare, oncology, respiratory disease, rheumatoid arthritis, antisepsis and laxatives. Mundipharma is a prime example of a company that consistently delivers high quality products while standing by the values that represent the company. Our mission is to alleviate the suffering of patients with cancer and non-cancer pain and to substantially improve their quality of life.

For more information please visit: http://www.mundipharma.com.sg

For further information please contact:

Stephenie Vasko
stephenie.vasko@mundipharma.com.sg  
+65-6303-9732

Timothy Weller
timothy.weller@edelman.com  
+65-6347-2326

Shiv Nadar Receives the AIMA Corporate Citizen Award 2014

NEW DELHI, Aug. 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ —

– Recognized for his philanthropic endeavours in leadership development in India

The All India Management Association, an apex body of professional management in India set up in 1957, awarded the AIMA Corporate Citizen Award 2014 to Shiv Nadar, Founder & Chairman, HCL and Shiv Nadar Foundation, for his unparalleled efforts in philanthropy.

(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140806/700689)

Accepting the award, Shiv Nadar said, “This is a great honor and I thank AIMA for this recognition. Education is a key determinant of development while inclusive education goes a step further to enable the progress and regeneration of communities. The Shiv Nadar Foundation would continue to harness the power of inclusive education to bridge the urban-rural divide and drive exponential social transformation in India by creating leaders from every socio-economic segment.”

Speaking on the occasion, Sanjiv Goenka, Chairman of the Jury, AIMA Managing India Awards 2014 & Chairman, RP-Sanjiv Goenka Group said, “I congratulate Shiv Nadar for the award and for his truly exemplary work in institution building and education. His vision is an inspiration and worthy of emulation and admiration. Under his guidance, HCL and the Shiv Nadar Foundation have established high benchmarks with regards to best business practices and inclusive leadership development.”

Shiv Nadar, acknowledged as visionary in modern computing and technology in India, founded HCL in 1976 as one of India’s original IT garage start-ups. Currently, HCL comprises three companies in IndiaHCL Technologies, HCL Infosystems and HCL Healthcare with annual revenues of US$ 6.5 billion and over 95,000 professionals from diverse nationalities operating across 31 countries including over 500 points of presence in India.

In 1994, he established the Shiv Nadar Foundation, a private philanthropic organization. A significant driver of social change and transformational education, the Foundation has set up landmark institutions in India spanning the entire education spectrum, from universities and colleges to K-12 schools. These include the SSN Institutions, India’s top ranked engineering college; the Shiv Nadar University, a multidisciplinary university with strong research orientation and Vidya Gyan, a radical experiment in leadership development through free residential education to meritorious rural poor children. The Foundation has invested Rs 2,946 crore till March 2014 as per audited accounts, and is on course to spend Rs 3000 crore committed in 2013 over the next 5 years.

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Bhaswati Chakravorty
Bhaswati.chakravorty@hcl.com
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Infinitus (China) Donates RMB 1.2M for Yunnan Earthquake

GUANGZHOU, China, Aug. 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — At 16:30 of 3 August, the 6.5-magnitude earthquake jolted Ludian county of Zhaotong, Yunnan. By 14:30 of 5 August, the death toll had reached 410 with 2,373 people injured. Over 10, 000 houses collapsed. The situation in the area is very severe, with electricity, telecommunications and traffic badly affected.

The whole nation had great concern for the earthquake, so did each employee of LKK Health Products Group (LKKHPG). Right on that day, Infinitus (China) Company Ltd., member of LKKHPG, immediately contacted its branch company in Yunnan for information of the local distributors and employees, whom have all been reported safe by far. Meanwhile, Infinitus paid real-time attention to the situation of the quake-stricken area and initiated the Company’s natural disaster relief mechanism in no time. On 5 August, Infinitus (China) made an urgent decision to donate RMB 1.2 million through the Si Li Ji Ren Foundation to support the Ludian quake-stricken area.

In 2012, Infinitus (China) donated RMB 20 million as original funds to set up the Si Li Ji Ren Foundation. Approved by National Ministry of Civil Affairs, the foundation focuses on public health, poverty and education for the vulnerable groups in poor areas. After the Ya’an earthquake in April 2013, the foundation immediately initiated the natural disaster relief mechanism and called for donation among its global administrative staff and distributors. In the end, a total of RMB 3.66 million was donated to support the Ya’an earthquake.

With “Infinitus” as the core brand, LKKHPG has four members, namely, Infinitus (China) Company Ltd., Infinitus (Hong Kong) Company Ltd., Infinitus International Company Ltd., and Infinitus International (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd. Since its founding, LKKHPG has regarded corporate social responsibility as a must to do for the enterprise. Adhering to such philosophy, it will be paying ongoing attention to the situation of the quake-stricken area and helping the local people through this disaster.