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EY Professionals Donate 3,120 Hours in 2017 Assisting Local Entrepreneurs in Mexico and Peru

EY professionals support local entrepreneurs and contribute to health of local ecosystems through EY-Earthwatch Ambassadors Program

Press Release – June 14, 2017 NEW YORK: This year, EY professionals have donated more than 3,000 hours to local, community-based projects in Mexico and Peru through the EY-Earthwatch Ambassadors Program, a collaboration between the EY organization and the Earthwatch Institute, a non-profit organization that engages people worldwide in scientific field research and education in sustainable environments.

Through the week-long program, 40 EY professionals traveled to Mexico or Peru to leverage their business and consulting skills to assist local entrepreneurs with improving business practices, as well as to conduct field research that promotes education in sustainable developments.

Now in its ninth year, the program has had more than 245 EY professionals participate, donating nearly 20,000 hours since its inception. The number of applications to take part in this year’s program increased by 36 percent since last year, demonstrating the dedication of EY people to the organization’s purpose to build a better working world. This year, Peru was also introduced as a new location.

“The EY-Earthwatch Ambassadors program offers an excellent opportunity for our people, particularly our young professionals, to immerse themselves in a new culture and leverage their skills in a non-traditional workplace,” said Deborah K. Holmes, EY Americas Director of Corporate Responsibility. “Over the last nine years, we have witnessed the direct impact that this program has on our people and the quality of their work. Involvement in EY-Earthwatch Ambassadors strengthens participants’ teaming skills and they return empowered to directly apply what they’ve learned offsite to their work at home. They also demonstrate higher engagement with EY.”

“One aspect of the program that stood out for me was the diversity of our team, which included colleagues from many member firms across geographies and with different backgrounds, skills and abilities. I learned so much about the other service lines at EY and how they compare across countries,” said Mala Bingham, a campus recruiter on the Talent team of Ernst & Young LLP in Denver. “With the support of my EY-Earthwatch team, I was able to simultaneously collaborate and project manage, while also developing my public speaking skills. This experience reinvigorated my commitment to giving back to our communities and the earth. I gained confidence in my knowledge of sustainable initiatives and in my ability to explain the concepts to those in my sphere of influence.”

2017 Expedition Highlights

In Peru, EY professionals provided operational recommendations to AmazonEco, a research expedition business that provides a sustainable financial strategy for holistic, conservation efforts in western Amazonia. Ambassadors also supported research staff by surveying a variety of wildlife species to better understand how climate change is impacting the area. Findings from the project are being used to develop conservation strategies with local indigenous communities.

In Mexico, Ambassadors helped to improve marketing and sales strategies for a local farming cooperative that aims to improve the health of the region’s ecosystem. They also collected data for water quality in the Xochimilco wetlands, outside of Mexico City, as part of a study on the health of global freshwater ecosystems.

Learn more about EY Corporate Responsibility efforts here.

About EY

EY is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. The insights and quality services we deliver help build trust and confidence in the capital markets and in economies the world over. We develop outstanding leaders who team to deliver on our promises to all of our stakeholders. In so doing, we play a critical role in building a better working world for our people, for our clients and for our communities.

EY refers to the global organization, and may refer to one or more, of the member firms of Ernst & Young Global Limited, each of which is a separate legal entity. Ernst & Young Global Limited, a UK company limited by guarantee, does not provide services to clients. For more information about our organization, please visit ey.com.

This news release has been issued by Ernst & Young LLP, a member firm of EY serving clients in the US.

IBM and West Virginia University’s Center for Disability Inclusion Unveil Mobile Workplace Accommodation Case Management App

The Center for Disability Inclusion and IBM to preview app at the 2017 M-Enabling Summit

The Mobile Accommodation Solution (MAS) app is designed to help increase employment opportunities for people with disabilities and streamline the disability accommodation process at various phases of the employment cycle. (Credit: IBM and West Virginia University)

Press Release – Armonk, N.Y. and Morgantown, W.V. – 12 Jun 2017: IBM (NYSE: IBM) and West Virginia University’s Center for Disability Inclusion (CDI) today announced they are developing a first generation mobile workplace accommodation case management app to help U.S. businesses create inclusive workplaces for employees with disabilities.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, only 20.4 percent of people with disabilities were employed in March 2017, as opposed to 68.7 percent of people without disabilities. Therefore, creating better support for job applicants and employees is critical to creating a diverse pool of talent in the workplace, optimizing the productivity of every worker, and increasing job satisfaction.

The Mobile Accommodation Solution (MAS) app is being designed to help increase employment opportunities for people with disabilities and streamline the disability accommodation process at various phases of the employment cycle. It will support talent management, human resources, and/or accommodation staff to create inclusive workplaces by facilitating the process of accommodating applicants, candidates, and employees. The app will also enable service providers by helping people with disabilities to better manage the accommodation process.

Users of the MAS app will be able to manage requests for workplace accommodation in real time from iOS and Android tablets or smartphones. The app will provide users with a suite of fillable, accessible forms and the capability to store, print, and export records that can be imported into enterprise information systems. IBM AbilityLabÔ Mobile Accessibility Checker, an automated testing solution to help strengthen the accessibility features of mobile applications, is being used to help MAS conform to accessibility standards.

“With new technologies, such as cognitive computing, voice recognition, haptics, wearables, location-based services, and machine learning, businesses have more opportunities to help provide comprehensive and effective accommodations to allow employees with disabilities to achieve their full potential,” said Dr. Ruoyi Zhou, Director of IBM Accessibility Research. “Collaborating with the CDI on MAS will help employers create a more inclusive workplace that empowers and engages employees.”

“The MAS app will leverage the deep knowledge and tools of the Job Accommodation Network (JAN), a leading source of free and expert guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues that is managed by the CDI,” said Lou Orslene, MAS Project Manager and JAN Co-Director.

“With a solid business case, employers are increasingly seeking and retaining talented employees with disabilities,” said Dr. DJ Hendricks, Director of CDI. “The mobile accommodation solution will provide employers with the technology and tools needed to effectively hire and retain members of this still largely untapped talent pool.”

MAS can be used across the entire organization. For example, the Talent Acquisition staff can use the app to document and forward an accommodation request to employee relations; an employee can use the forms built into the app to initiate a request for an accommodation; or, the accommodation staff can provide case management and tracking capabilities while guiding an accommodation specialist through best practices for providing a specific accommodation.

MAS also provides users with information regarding emerging policies and best practices for workplace accommodation, developed from JAN’s vast knowledgebase. JAN’s guidance is built into the app to provide users with resources to help ensure the most inclusive accommodation process, while also providing the case management capability to capture any accommodation efforts being made. In addition, the app will provide functionality to contact JAN for coaching on the accommodation process or a specific accommodation solution.

MAS app availability

MAS will be previewed at the 2017 M-Enabling Summit in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, June 13, 2017, at 1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

An iOS version of the app is expected to be available through the App Store by late 2017; while an Android version is expected to be available in 2018.

Funding for MAS was provided by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR). The MAS development process was informed by members of the U.S. Business Leadership Network, the National Business and Disability Council at the Viscardi Center, American Association of People with Disabilities, the Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation, and the Disability Management Employer Coalition.

USANA Makes Global Impact During Inaugural World Service Week

Press Release – SALT LAKE CITY, June 7, 2017 /PRNewswire/USANA True Health Foundation (THF) celebrated its first-ever World Service Week during the week of May 20 – 27. Throughout the week, USANA Associates, employees and their families, as well as the general public made an impact globally as they volunteered thousands of hours of service.

During World Service Week, THF traveled with nearly 20 USANA Associates to Uganda, where they spent six days serving those living in villages and inner-cities near the Kampala region. While in Uganda, participants painted a local school, volunteered at the Wentz Medical Center as well as donated food and other service and aid to those in need.

“We are thrilled at the response we received from our entire USANA family throughout the globe during our very first World Service Week,” said Brian Paul, THF’s executive director of communications. “The impact we were able to make in just seven short days of service is truly remarkable. We look forward to continuing this initiative in the future and continue to serve our local communities and those in need all year.”

USANA employees throughout the globe were enthusiastic to serve their local communities during World Service Week:

  • United States: Served dinner to those in need at St. Vincent de Paul Homeless Resource Center; donated more than 100 blankets to local hospitals; cleaned up the grounds at the Children’s Justice Center; cleaned living spaces and cared for animals at Utah Animal Adoption Center; made toy cars for children in need at Tiny Tim’s Foundation for kids; prepared and served lunch for families residing at the Ronald McDonald Family Room at Primary Children’s Hospital; food packs with the Children’s Hunger Fund in Dallas, Los Angeles and Chicago
  • China: Collected and donated clothing, books, computers and USANA products to the School of Migrant Laborers’ Children
  • Canada: packed more than 5,300 pounds of food for local food banks
  • Australia: Participated in a shore cleanup at Meadowbank Wharf; donated over 900 meals to tonFoodbank
  • Hong Kong: Served the elderly at St. James Settlement; donated blood to the Red Cross
  • Mexico: Provided food and hygiene products to San Judas Tadeo nursing home
  • Philippines: Collected food packs and coloring books for donation in the Laguna Province; cleaned and renovated Oplan Brigada Eskwela school; fed and served the poor at Duterte’s Kitchen Feeding
  • Singapore: Collected food, clothing and toys to donate to local charity centers
  • Taiwan: Cleaned and donated food items and USANA products to Bethany Children’s Home

To learn more about the USANA True Health Foundation or to make a donation, please visit: www.usanafoundation.org.

About USANA

Founded in 1992, USANA Health Sciences (NYSE: USNA) is a U.S.-based nutritional company that manufactures high-quality supplements, personal care and healthy food products in its state-of-the-art facility in Salt Lake City. Learn more about USANA by visiting our web site http://www.usana.com or the official USANA blog http://whatsupusana.com.

The Make Life Good Company Contributes to the Recently-Dedicated Station Nightclub Fire Memorial Park

Press Release – WEST WARWICK, R.I. (June 5, 2017) – The Make Life Good Company, a social good lifestyle products company, was one of many individual and corporate contributors to the construction of the Station Fire Memorial Park in West Warwick, R.I., which was dedicated recently (5/21/17) to honor the 100 music fans who perished in the Station Nightclub fire on February 20, 2003.

The Make Life Good Company donated one of hundreds of bricks used for pathways throughout the memorial park. It is inscribed with the words “The Make Life Good Company” with an emphasis on the words “Make Life Good.”

“The park is a lasting memorial to all those who were killed and injured as a result of the fire and we wanted to contribute in our own small way to all of those who were affected by the fire,” says David J. Wudyka, president of The Make Life Good Company. “Our contribution of a brick represents our hope that all of those who visit the memorial park in the decades to come will be always mindful of taking actions that do, in fact, Make Life Good for others, including protecting people from an event like this from ever happening again.”

The fire on Thursday evening, February 20, 2003, was caused by pyrotechnics set off by the tour manager of the band Great White, which ignited plastic foam used as sound insulation in the walls and ceilings surrounding the stage of the Station Nightclub. A fast-moving fire with intense black smoke engulfed the club in less than six minutes. Video footage of the fire shows its ignition, rapid growth, the billowing smoke that quickly made escape impossible, and the exit blockage that further hindered evacuation. The toxic smoke, heat and the stampede of people toward the exits killed 100; 230 were injured and another 132 escaped uninjured.

Photos by Steven F. Riggs

The dedication ceremony was attended by hundreds of family and friends of those who died and many of the more of the injured survivors of the fire, including Rhode Island native, recording artist and NBC “The Voice” season 11 runner-up in 2016, Billy Gilman, who performed his song “There’s A Hero” (written by Don Cook and John Jarvis) at the dedication ceremony. Rhode Island dignitaries also spoke at the ceremony, including Gina Russo, chairwoman of the Station Fire Memorial Foundation and a survivor of the fire, Rhode Island U.S. Senator Jack Reed, Congressman Jim Langevin, Governor Gina Raimondo, and former Governor Donald Carcieri, who was the governor of the state at the time of the fire and its aftermath.

The mission of The Make Life Good Company is to remind, encourage and inspire people to “Make Life Good!” for others through positive, pro-active messages on the products the company offers on its website (MakeLifeGood.co), The company is based in Wrentham Mass.

National Geographic’s CHASING GENIUS Announces First Series of Challenges Enabling Anyone to Unleash Their Inner Genius and Win $25,000 to Turn Their Ideas into a Catalyst for Change in the World

CHASING GENIUS, Part of an Integrated Partnership with GSK Consumer Healthcare, is a Groundbreaking Initiative Designed to Accelerate Transformative Ideas

Press Release – (WASHINGTON, D.C. – June 2, 2017) – Based on the premise that transformative ideas can come from anywhere, and from anyone, National Geographic, along with partner GSK Consumer Healthcare, is introducing CHASING GENIUS, a global community that can help change the world. The Chasing Genius Challenge, a competition to find innovative ideas that address some of the world’s most critical issues, offers an incredible opportunity to provide real solutions by everyday people. Winners of the Chasing Genius Challenge will receive $25,000 to expand upon their ideas, helping to further creative solutions toward positive global change.

Anyone with an idea that can help make the world a better place can learn more and apply today at www.natgeochasinggenius.com.

CHASING GENIUS s part of a broader, groundbreaking integrated partnership between National Geographic and GSK Consumer Healthcare, the makers of some of the world’s best loved health care brands including Sensodyne®, Flonase® Sensimist™ and Excedrin®, that spans premium programming, custom storytelling and consumer engagement designed to inspire consumers to tap into their inner genius.

Using #chasinggenius, National Geographic has crowdsourced ideas via the Chasing Genius platform, and identified issues that the global community is most passionate about. People will have the opportunity to tap their inner genius, and find out if their best ideas spark the genius required to help solve three of the most critical issues facing our world:

  • Making our planet more sustainable: Much of the planet is changing — and it’s because of us. Now is the time for everyone to be thinking about how we can balance our own human aspirations with the planet’s ability to sustain them.
  • Addressing growing needs for improving global health: While people are living longer and healthier lives than ever before, there are still challenges that need to be addressed — from basic access to clean water, sanitation, medicines and vaccines to new approaches to fighting both infectious and non-communicable diseases.
  • Ensuring we will be able to feed nine billion people by 2050: As the world’s population increases, so does our need for food. Yet even today, when we produce more food than ever before, one out of every nine people doesn’t get enough to eat, while others are living in “food deserts” — places that lack access to wholesome, affordable food.

To enter, consumers are asked to create and submit one-minute videos describing their “genius” idea and the solution it provides to the CHASING GENIUS community. The submissions will be evaluated on the following criteria: innovation, creativity, viability and inspiration. Members of the Chasing Genius Council will help choose three winners at the end of the competition, one in each category. The general public will also have the opportunity to choose an additional “People’s Choice” winner through the CHASING GENIUS platform. The four winners will receive $25,000 each to take their ideas further.

Each step of the journey can be experienced through www.natgeochasinggenius.com and across National Geographic’s social platforms. The deadline for submissions is July 31, 2017.

The CHASING GENIUS Council was curated to represent a mix of expertise and influence. Members include top scientists, entrepreneurs, storytellers, visionaries, explorers and creators who know what it means to think outside the box, and are driven by a passion and a purpose to make the world a better place:

Erika Bergman, Submarine Pilot
A lifelong storyteller and passionate ocean explorer, Erika Bergman explores subsea environments as a submarine pilot. A National Geographic Young Explorer, she also co-founded a network of engineering camps for girls, expanding the corps of young explorers making a difference for the planet.

Susan Goldberg, Editorial Director of NG Partners and Editor in Chief of National Geographic Magazine
Susan Goldberg is an award-winning journalist and head of content at Nat Geo who is driven by the quest to tell great stories. Earning her stripes as a female journalist in the newspaper business, Susan can quickly identify stories that makes the heart flutter and brain wiz, and starts conversations that can change the world.

Caleb Harper, Urban Agriculturalist
Caleb Harper is the Principal Investigator and Director of the Open Agriculture (Open Ag) Initiative at the MIT Media Lab. Caleb’s research focuses in the areas of control environment design, actuated sensing, control automation and data-driven resource, energy and biologic optimization. His group is developing an open-source agricultural hardware, software and data common with the goal of creating a more agile, transparent and collaborative food system.

Johanna Kellett, Research and Development Scientist
Johanna Kellett is a leader in New Product Development at GSK Consumer Healthcare working in the areas of Respiratory Health and Allergy. In her role, she has had the opportunity to contribute to the successful Rx to OTC switches of Flonase and Flonase Sensimist. Her passion and focus is to identify consumer unmet needs, develop innovative solutions in OTC Allergy relief to meet those needs, and make them accessible to consumers throughout the world.

Albert Yu-Min Lin, Research Scientist, Entrepreneur
Albert Yu-Min Lin is a research scientist and engineer focused on technology-enabled exploration and crowdsourcing. A National Geographic Emerging Explorer based at the University of California, San Diego, he uses radar, sensors and other tools to push the boundaries of conventional science.

“You don’t need to be a research scientist to come up with the next big idea. At National Geographic, we believe transformational ideas can come from anyone,” said Brendan Ripp, executive vice president, brand partnerships, National Geographic. “Chasing Genius provides a platform for ‘everyday geniuses’ to share ideas, big and small, that can create real impact in the world.”

“Through the Chasing Genius Challenge, we are excited to combine the power and reach of National Geographic and GSK to provide budding geniuses with a platform to explore their curiosities, share their ideas and turn those ideas into catalysts for global change,” said Theresa Agnew, chief marketing officer U.S. at GSK Consumer Healthcare. “Problems around the world — big and small, global and local — can be solved with a single idea from scientists and researchers like us, as well as everyday geniuses like you. And together, our ideas can save lives and change everything.”

CHASING GENIUS is inspired by National Geographic’s first scripted series, GENIUS, based on Walter Isaacson’s book “Einstein: His Life and Universe” and executive produced by Academy Award winners Brian Grazer and Ron Howard.

The platform was developed by National Geographic for the Final Front, which is organized by Omnicom Media Group’s Content Collective. National Geographic and The Content Collective strategically aligned with the key GSK Consumer Healthcare brands, and collaborated with GSK Consumer Healthcare’s media agency PHD to tailor this first-look opportunity for GSK Consumer Healthcare.

Featuring Einstein’s lovers, enemies and fellow scientific luminaries, GENIUS features an all-star cast including Geoffrey Rush (“The Kings Speech,” “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “Shine”) as the celebrated titular scientist, Johnny Flynn (“Clouds of Sils Maria,” “Song One,” “Lovesick”) as Albert in the years before he rose to international acclaim and Emily Watson (“Theory of Everything,” “The Book Thief”) as his second wife — and first cousin — Elsa Einstein. The series premiered globally this April in 171 countries and 43 languages. New episodes of GENIUS air Tuesday nights at 9 PM ET/PT and the two-part season finale will air on June 20th.

Visit www.natgeochasinggenius.com to learn more.

About National Geographic Partners LLC:

National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses.

Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 129 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching over 730 million people around the world in 171 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographhic.com, or find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google +, YouTube, LinkedIn and Pinterest.

About GSK Consumer Healthcare:

GSK Consumer Healthcare is one of the world’s largest consumer health care companies. Our purpose is to help more people around the world to do more, feel better and live longer with everyday health care products. We have a heritage that goes back over 160 years. We own some of the world’s best loved health care brands, including Sensodyne®, Theraflu®, Excedrin®, Nicorette® and NicoDerm®CQ®, FLONASE®, and TUMS®. These brands are successful in over 100 countries around the world because they all show our passion for quality, guaranteed by science. They are inspired by the real wants and needs of the millions of people who walk into pharmacies, supermarkets and market stalls and go online all over the world every day, and choose us first.

Our goal is to build a global, growing business we call a Fast Moving Consumer Healthcare (FMCH) company, dedicated to everyday health care with all of the scientific expertise and quality guarantees that demands, working at the speed and with the genuine consumer understanding the modern world expects.

About PHD:

PHD WW an Omnicom Media Group agency, is a global communications planning and media buying network, built on a culture of smart strategic thinking and creative innovation. With over 3,000 staff working in 80 countries worldwide, PHD is one of the world’s fastest growing and most awarded media and communications agencies. global communications planning and buying network, built on a culture of smart strategic thinking and creative innovation.

About The Content Collective:

The Content Collective is Omnicom Media Group’s entertainment and content division. With offices in Los Angeles, New York and Chicago, The Content Collective taps into a broad network of entertainment production companies, directors, writers and animators to produce breakthrough creative content from large-scale properties like the Grammys to smaller, original programs, covering all budget levels and brand program needs.

About GENIUS:

GENIUS is executive produced by Imagine’s Brian Grazer, Ron Howard and Francie Calfo, and co-produced by Anna Culp; showrunner, executive producer and writer is Ken Biller; from OddLot Entertainment, Gigi Pritzker and Rachel Shane are executive producers and Melissa Rucker is co-producer; Sam Sokolow and Jeff Cooney from EUE/Sokolow are also executive producers. Writer Noah Pink, who adapted the series for the screen, is co-executive producer. For National Geographic, Carolyn G. Bernstein is executive vice president and head of global scripted development and production. The series is produced by Fox 21 Television Studios, Imagine Television and OddLot Entertainment.

ONEHOPE Celebrates 10th Anniversary And A Decade of Giving Back

Brand honors a decade of serving and celebrating with the launch of two limited-edition Anniversary Cabernet Sauvignon wines, a partnership with Pencils for Promise to build a school and “10 Days of Giving” campaign

Press Release – SANTA ANA, Calif. (June 5, 2017) – In 2007, eight young entrepreneurs quit their jobs and joined together to form a new wine company on their own terms. With 168 cases of ONEHOPE wine, they started selling out of their cars, guided by their mission of giving everyone the opportunity to do good with their everyday actions. Now, 10 years later, each varietal of ONEHOPE wine gives back to nonprofit organizations and charitable causes around the world, making it easy for wine drinkers everywhere to feel good about the impact they are making without sacrificing on quality or experience. To commemorate the brand’s 10th anniversary, today the brand announced the launch of two new limited-edition 1.5L wines, including a 2012 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and 2015 California Cabernet Sauvignon. Both wines support a new philanthropic partnership with Pencils for Promise to build a school and a digital campaign titled, “10 Days of Giving.”

“Philanthropy has been ingrained in the ONEHOPE business model since the very beginning and looking back on the impact of millions of dollars in charitable donations, we are grateful to have sparked a movement and inspired many others to make giving back a part of their everyday lives, both personally and professionally,” said Jake Kloberdanz, CEO and Founder of ONEHOPE Wine. “To honor our anniversary, it made sense for us to continue the tradition and celebrate with not only two new special wines, but also a focus on serving others.”

The two limited-edition Anniversary Cabernet Sauvignon wines will help to build a school and increase educational opportunities in the developing world. The new varietals include:

  • ONEHOPE 2012 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1.5L (MSRP $250) – Dark Berries, Crème brûlée, Cassis, Spice, French oak in a collectible wood gift box. Intense black fruit with hints of cassis introduce this complex and dense wine. Structured tannins frame a rich and opulent finish, as this dark ripe fruit is coupled with hints of cassis and spice. Aged in French oak, the Napa Valley Cabernet has expansive structure made up of fine tannins and moderate acidity. The finish is chewy and rich with lingering brown sugar notes
  • ONEHOPE2015 California Cabernet Sauvignon 1.5L (MSRP $49) – Tasting notes include Black Cherry, Boysenberry, Vanilla, Smoky Oak, Black Pepper. Spicy notes of pepper and oak lead complement this fruit-forward style. Flavors of boysenberry and vanilla fill the palate followed by a smooth finish; complex aromas of black cherry, cola, and spice explode from the glass. The juicy palate is smooth and supple with flavors of berry cobbler that transitions to a silky finish

To further promote ONEHOPE’s decade of philanthropy, the brand is kicking off its “10 Days of Giving” campaign running until June 10th. The campaign encourages ONEHOPE consumers across the country to give back in their everyday lives.

“The impact ONEHOPE has made is because of amazing people that want to give back; we simply provide them an enjoyable way to do it on a regular basis,” said Chief Brand Officer and co-founder Brandon Hall. “This campaign is a tribute to them and our inspiring nonprofit partners, allowing us to highlighting their tireless effort to serve and encouraging our community to join in on the celebration while also funding a school.”

ONEHOPE’s 10-year anniversary celebrations are the latest in the company’s history of nonprofit and charitable support. To date, ONEHOPE has helped to raise more than $2.6 million in donations for its nonprofit partners, including providing more than 11,000 clinical trials for cancer patients, 33,000 forever homes for shelter animals, 1.6 million meals for children and much more.

To further convey the ONEHOPE message, the brand has partnered with notable celebrities, including Nyle DiMarco, Darius Rucker, and Chris Paul, to produce exclusive Signature Series wine offerings. ONEHOPE has also developed a merit-based marketing platform, viaONEHOPE, which enables passionate cause entrepreneurs to spread the ONEHOPE mission while earning an income, making an impact and having fun. Beyond charitable impact, the brand is among the top 250 wineries by volume in the United States and has nearly doubled its sales so far this year. As the brand looks beyond the 10th anniversary, ONEHOPE is expected to grow production to nearly 2 million bottles in 2017 and is targeting approximately $100 million in annual revenue by 2019.

For more information on ONEHOPE or to purchase the limited-edition anniversary wines, visit WWW.ONEHOPEWINE.COM.

ABOUT ONEHOPE

Located in the heart of Napa Valley, ONEHOPE’s mission is to bring people together to celebrate and serve the world. Each of ONEHOPE’s thoughtfully-crafted products supports a charitable cause, empowering people to do more good through everyday actions. Primarily produced in collaboration with Rob Mondavi Jr., ONEHOPE provides award-winning wine with a measurable social impact. Since its launch, more than $2.6 million in donations have been made to help feed the hungry, provide clinical trials for cancer patients, find forever homes for shelter animals, and much more. For more information on ONEHOPE, visit wwwONEHOPEWINE.com.

Carroll Shelby Foundation Donates $20,000 To The Eli Home For Abused Children And Victims Of Family Violence

Press Release – GARDENA, Cali., June 1, 2017 – The Carroll Shelby Foundation donated $20,000 to The Eli Home, a nonprofit organization focused on breaking the cycle of child abuse and family violence. The donation was made on May 15, 2017, at the annual Eli Home golf tournament at the Anaheim Hills Golf Club in Anaheim, California.

“Carroll Shelby initially created the Carroll Shelby Foundation in 1991 to help children with life-threatening illnesses win the race for life,” said Neil Cummings, CEO of Carroll Shelby Licensing , Co CEO of Carroll Shelby International and Co President of the Carroll Shelby Foundation. “We are always seeking ways to carry on Carroll’s philanthropic vision, and The Eli Home is a charity that he would be proud to support. We are honored to be associated with an organization that provides much needed assistance to victims of child and family abuse.”

On May 15, 2017, Cummings attended The Eli Home charity golf tournament, an annual fundraising event that benefits abused children and their mothers. While there, keeping the spirit of Carroll Shelby alive, Cummings presented the $20,000 donation on behalf of the Carroll Shelby Foundation.

The Eli home started out in 1983 as a Bible study group composed of likeminded individuals who shared a similar passion. 18 short months later, they put their plans to action and opened up the first shelter for abused children and their mothers. Now, The Eli Home operates two shelter facilities, two successful social enterprises, a walk-in counseling center, community youth job training initiative, corporate headquarters and a dedicated professional counseling and therapy staff.

“The Eli Home is able to thrive and fulfill its mission thanks to the continual love and support from organizations like The Carroll Shelby Foundation,” said Lorri Galloway, Executive Director of The Eli Home. “Donations like these help us fund our many projects including the shelter program, which provides beneficial resources and tools for children of abuse and their mothers.”

The Carroll Shelby Foundation has been a longtime supporter of The Eli Home.

“We’ve been a part of their annual golf tournament, donated gifts to the kids during the holidays and even participated in the Christmas tree program, which is a fabulous way to decorate your home or office for the holidays,” said Cummings. “We believe in giving kids and families the support that they need in order to lead healthy, productive and prosperous lives.”

About the Carroll Shelby Foundation

The Carroll Shelby Foundation was created by legendary racer and automotive manufacturer Carroll Shelby. Headquartered in Gardena, Calif., the Foundation is dedicated to providing medical assistance for those in need, including children, educational opportunities for young people through automotive and other training programs and benefiting the Shelby Automotive Museum. Visit www.shelby.com

FAU Study Says Corporate Social Responsibility Does Not Prove to Be a Profitable Investment for Most Companies

Press Release – BOCA RATON, Fla. (June 1, 2017) – Companies that try to “do good” are likely to find that Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is bad for their bottom lines, according to a new study from Florida Atlantic University’s College of Business.

“We found that emphasizing Corporate Social Responsibility is not good for shareholders,” said David Javakhadze, Ph.D., assistant professor of finance, who investigated the relationship between CSR and efficiency with which firms allocate their capital resources. “If you’re an investor you should think twice before you invest in those firms that emphasize CSR.”

For the purpose of the study, CSR is defined as strategies that appear to foster some social good, including programs that benefit community engagement, diversity, the environment, human rights and employee relations. The study, published in the Journal of Corporate Finance, found that focusing on CSR strategies imposes costs on firms in the form of foregone investment opportunities that in the long run leads to losses for their shareholders.

In his empirical analyses using a large sample of firms for the period 1992 to 2014, Javakhadze found that CSR reduces a firm’s overall performance and investment efficiency. Investment should follow growth opportunities, he explained, and CSR distorts this relationship because it diverts a firm’s resources from its core practices. That distortion is lower in firms where the CEO’s compensation is tied to the stock price or in firms that are rich in resources.

“It’s not only about money; it’s about time,” said Javakhadze, who co-authored the paper with doctoral student Avishek Bhandari. “If I’m a CEO I should be focusing on finding growth opportunities. If instead I spend my time and my energy to find CSR initiatives it diverts my time and my energy to something else, not focusing on building shareholder wealth.”

While companies around the world have adopted CSR strategies, a trend that has gained traction in recent years, it hasn’t always been popular. As the economist Milton Friedman said of CSR back in 1970, “a corporation’s responsibility is to make as much money for the stockholders as possible.”

“Most firms don’t have unlimited resources,” Javakhadze said. “If you invest in socially responsible activities then you won’t have enough resources to invest in more profitable projects, which is not good. It might be good for society. It might be good for managers. But it is not good for shareholders.”

Subaru And The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) Spreading Warmth To Cancer Patients Across The Country

– LLS Chosen by Subaru for Second Year in a Row as Charity Partner for June, Subaru Loves to Care Month –

In June, Subaru Loves to Care month, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and participating Subaru retailers will provide blankets, messages of hope, and arts and crafts kits to cancer patients across the U.S.

Press Release – RYE BROOK, N.Y, June 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — For the second year in a row, Subaru of America and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) will spread love, hope and warmth to cancer patients and their families in communities across the country. The 2016 Subaru Loves to Care initiative, a charitable arm of the Subaru Love Promise, allowed LLS and Subaru to reach 30,000 patients in more than 250 hospitals through 393 Subaru retailers. This year, LLS and Subaru aim to reach even more patients with small gestures of comfort and care in their time of need.

“We created the Subaru Love Promise because we believe in making the world a better place. It is our vision to show love and respect to all people,” said Alan Bethke, senior vice president of marketing at Subaru of America. “We should all have a chance to lead a healthy life. We’re aiming to give as many people that chance as we can and are proud to team up with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society for our Subaru Loves to Care initiative, to help provide care and support to patients and their families while battling cancer.”

Where Love Meets Hope

This June, Subaru and LLS are bringing the Subaru Loves to Care initiative to life at 475 Subaru retailers across the country. Visitors to Subaru retailers will be given the chance to share personalized messages of hope to patients in their local communities, or write an online message of support at www.lls.org/subaru. Those who write a message of hope at a Subaru retailer will also receive a bracelet to help spread awareness of LLS and the automaker’s goal to provide hope and care, one gesture at a time.

At the end of June, Subaru retailers will deliver nearly 95,000 messages of hope to patients alongside 38,000 blankets to provide comfort and warmth as they continue their fight against cancer, while children battling the disease will receive arts and crafts kits.

LLS will be featuring inspiring stories and photographs of survivors and patients in communities across the country who will receive blankets or arts and crafts kits on www.lls.org/subaru. The stories are an inspiration and a reminder of the good the Subaru Loves to Care program brings to the thousands of patients nationwide. LLS will spread messages of hope, love, and warmth to those fighting cancer, one such survivor is Finley.

A week after Finley’s fifth birthday, her mom took her to the doctor’s office to check on what she thought was a bad case of strep throat and a high fever. Finley was sent to the hospital to undergo further testing, including an x-ray and biopsy. Shortly after, she was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

For the week after Finley’s diagnosis, she remained in the hospital and started chemotherapy. Over the following months, she underwent multiple tests and countless hospital visits, many including overnight stays. The side effects of her treatment would be unbearable for most, but Finley pulled through and amazed everyone with her bravery.

In June 2016, Finley was officially in remission. She currently takes her medication at home and visits the hospital once a month for maintenance checkups. Today, Finley enjoys playing baseball, reading and crafts, and loves the outdoors. She is a huge fan of superheroes and even had a superhero cake for her birthday. As her parents said, “Finley is our real life superhero.”

According to LLS President and CEO Dr. Louis J. DeGennaro, “As the largest voluntary cancer health agency specifically focused on finding cures and treatments for blood cancer patients, LLS supports hundreds of cancer scientists and research projects around the world. But the fight against blood cancers cannot be won without supporters such as Subaru and their customers. Every voice, every action, every contribution is needed and valued.”

You can show your support too! Visit a participating retailer to sign a hope card, or visit www.lls.org/subaru to write an online message of support and learn more about LLS’s mission and impact, and how to help Subaru and LLS make someday, today, for blood cancer patients.

Watch to learn more: https://youtu.be/ZXb4ws-RF1k

About Subaru of America, Inc.

Subaru of America, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Subaru Corporation of Japan. Headquartered at a zero-landfill office in Cherry Hill, N.J., the company markets and distributes Subaru vehicles, parts and accessories through a network of more than 620 retailers across the United States. All Subaru products are manufactured in zero-landfill production plants and Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc. is the only U.S. automobile production plant to be designated a backyard wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. For additional information visit media.subaru.com. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

About The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society ® (LLS) is the world’s largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. The LLS mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world, provides free information and support services, and is the voice for all blood cancer patients seeking access to quality, affordable, coordinated care.

Founded in 1949 and headquartered in Rye Brook, NY, LLS has chapters throughout the United States and Canada. To learn more, visit www.LLS.org. Patients should contact the Information Resource Center at (800) 955-4572, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. ET.

Sustain Natural Takes On The Tampon Tax And Tackles That Time Of The Month With Launch Of Innovative Subscription Service

Organic Period Brand Speaks Out Against Gender Bias And Donates to Girls Helping Girls Period. Offering Low Income Women Access to Menstrual Hygiene Products

Press Release – New York, NY — Sustain Natural, the pioneering brand of all-natural vagina-friendly wellness products launches a new line of organic period products via an innovative online subscription service where women can customize their own period kits, conveniently delivered bi-monthly.

To celebrate this important launch, Sustain is joining forces with Period Equity to rally behind the nationwide movement to remove taxes on tampons and pads which have been deemed ‘nonessential’ items. While menstruation is a normal and healthy part of women’s lives, in 37 states across the US, tampons, sanitary napkins and other menstrual hygiene products are subject to sales tax, upwards of 66 cents per box, while shockingly, products such as Rogaine, men’s razors and even Fruit Roll-Ups are frequently sales-tax free.

“It’s about equity and access – there’s no other tax that’s this gender biased,” says Meika Hollender, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Sustain Natural. “Tampons are critical to women’s overall health and wellness. To tax these items and not acknowledge or exempt them as essential products is another example of gender inequality playing out in policy. Overseeing women’s needs, and in turn putting women’s health at risk, is unacceptable.”

Founded in 2014 by Jeffrey Hollender, the co-founder and former CEO of Seventh Generation, and his daughter Meika, Sustain’s expansion into organic menstrual hygiene is a natural next-step for their brand, a product category Jeffrey and his wife Sheila Hollender tackled 15 years ago when they launched organic tampons and pads at Seventh Generation. This debut adds to the brand’s existing line of non-toxic sexual wellness products – because all women deserve to know what they’re putting inside their vaginas. Its new 100% organic cotton tampons, pads and liners are rayon- and fragrance-free, non-chlorine bleached, and grown without pesticides – and can be ordered at sustainnatural.com.

With Sustain’s innovative online subscription model, women will now be able to customize their own period kits based on their personal menstrual needs. Many women use a combination of products during their menstrual cycle — different types of pads, tampons or both — and so Sustain has built an online Mad Lib style ‘Period Flow-Chart’, where women can indicate which combination of products they use and for how many days, to configure personalized boxes delivered every other month.

For the first 30 days of the launch, Sustain will match the dollars it collects in sales tax on these products with a donation to the organization Girls Helping Girls. Period. (GHGP) which helps low-income women in this country access menstrual hygiene products. GHGP is dedicated to educating people about this need, particularly among girls and women who may miss school and work because they can’t afford basic necessities like tampons and pads, compromising their health, productivity and dignity.

Sustain is committed to providing women with access to healthier, non-toxic products and ingredient transparency. The majority of traditional menstrual products are made of conventional (non-organic) cotton, rayon, wood pulp or blends of all three, and can contain harmful ingredients like chlorine dioxide, dyes and synthetic fragrances. Many of the pesticides and herbicides used on cotton crops can leave a chemical residue in non-organic period products. Chlorine, used to bleach these products, creates a dangerous chemical called dioxin which is released into the environment and/or left in the product as a contaminant. Dioxins, a known carcinogen, are among the most dangerous substances on earth, and have been linked to a host of health issues including reproductive and developmental problems, heart disease, and even organ and genetic damage.

The FDA does not require menstrual hygiene product manufacturers to disclose ingredients or conduct testing to determine their products’ long-term effects on women’s bodies. Surprisingly, the FDA believes the products have a dioxin level “so small that any risk of adverse health effects is considered negligible.” This directly contradicts statements from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which has declared that there is no ‘acceptable’ level of exposure to dioxin given its persistence in the environment and in people. The real dangers of dioxin exposure lie in repeated contact. The average woman will use five tampons a day, for about a week every month, for some 40 years – so the lifetime exposure may be putting women at risk

“With Sustain, we hope to spark a movement towards full ingredient transparency industry-wide and to encourage an open dialogue about these crucial health issues,” says Jeffrey Hollender, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Sustain Natural. “We strive to be a symbol for rising global standards of what is expected of business. We want to change the rules, not just be an exception to them.”

Sustain Natural’s Period Products:

  • Organic Cotton Tampons – made with 100% organic cotton with a compact bio-plastic, plant-based and biodegradable applicator (most plastic applicators are not biodegradable and create massive amounts of waste). The absorbent core and protective outer layer is made with organic cotton fibers that are ideal for sensitive skin (like the inside of your vagina). Available in sizes ‘super’ or ‘regular’.
  • Cotton Ultra Thin Pads with Wings – made with 100% cotton with protective wings for a secure fit. Hypoallergenic and breathable, the pads are available in ‘day’ and ‘night’ absorbencies.
  • Cotton Ultra Thin Liners – made with 100% cotton, the liners are hypoallergenic and breathable, and have a full liner adhesive to guarantee no loose edges.

Sustain Natural Personalized Online Subscription Service:

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