Sealed Air’s Soap for Hope™ Program Awarded Prestigious Honor in China

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The first “Value Co-Creation” Outstanding Corporate Social Responsibility Practices in China award ceremony was recently held at Fudan University in  December, 2016. Sealed Air’s Soap for Hope™ program won the Vote of Excellence Award with a significant majority.

The selection of best CSR case studies was sponsored by Fudan University School of Management, the well-known Human Resources management company CIIC Guanaitong and Beijing SynTao Information Co., Ltd. It is the first evaluation program for social value creation case studies that is dominated by academic institutions in China. The award focused on the standards of global sustainable development, business innovation, and social value creation.  Experts from well-known domestic universities voted for the top 50 case studies. Only three of the submitted case studies won the honor of the annual Value Co-Creation Excellence Award. Sealed Air’s Soap for Hope program best exemplifies China’s development trend towards creating shared value for society with programs that benefit both corporations and communities. Through the Soap for Hope program hotel properties collect, repurpose, and distribute discarded soap in their local communities along with hygiene education.  The other two projects that won the Excellence Awards were “Cow School” from YiLi and “Yi Nong Dai” from CreditEase.

Shen Hong, Vice President and Greater China Managing Director, and Ivy Zhang, Greater China Human Resources Director from Sealed Air China attended the award ceremony. Hong made a speech at the awards ceremony to share Sealed Air’s experience in the region, and also highlighted the importance of sustainability in the Company’s strategy. Once it was set up in China, the Soap for Hope program developed rapidly because it was a win-win program that created mutual benefits for CSR partners by improving people’s lives and creating significant shared value.

Soap for Hope partners include hotel properties, NGO’s and their beneficiaries, and employees of both Sealed Air and the participating hotel properties.  Hotel participants strongly identify with the program’s ability to create value for both the hotel by reducing their waste and increasing their ability to give back to the local community in which they operate.  NGO’s and their beneficiaries receive numerous opportunities from Soap for Hope, one example including giving locally disabled community residents the chance to improve their job skills and integrate into society more fully. Employees from Sealed Air connect the customers, NGOs, beneficiaries and employees together to create a strong partnership, allowing the program to continue its growth across regions and hotel properties.

Many judges for the award commented on the strength of the program and the impact it has on local communities.  “The amount of used soap from many hotels one year is very impressive. Not only can the project reduce waste to protect the environment, but it also provides employment to the disabled. The social value created is significant,” said one award judge. Through this process, Sealed Air, NGOs and disabled people have established synergies and achieved remarkable results. As a global public benefit project, Sealed Air is able to tailor its approach to local conditions and demonstrate its ability to innovate in the process.

Soap for Hope is committed to improving health, supporting livelihoods and reducing waste. Sealed Air professional technology, staff, customers, and social welfare groups benefit from the program. Disabled people are trained to recycle soaps provided by hotels.  They use simple tools to sterilize and reprocess used soaps, which are then distributed to needy groups and children in remote areas.

The global program was founded in 2013. Soap for Hope began in China in 2014, and since then has recycled 10 tons of used soap and made 40,000 pieces of recycled soap for distribution back into local communities.  The Soap for Hope program is just one way Sealed Air is acting out its corporate vision of “creating a better way for life”, by implementing a sustainable development strategy into the  enterprise and societal activities to create shared value.

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Smithfield Leads Industry as First Major Protein Company to Adopt Greenhouse Gas Reduction Goal

SMITHFIELD, Va. (December 5, 2016)—Today, Smithfield Foods, Inc., became the first major protein company to announce a far-reaching greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction goal throughout its entire supply chain, from feed grain to packaged bacon. By 2025, Smithfield will reduce its absolute GHG emissions by 25 percent. When achieved, this goal will reduce emissions by more than 4 million metric tons, equivalent to removing 900,000 cars from the road. Smithfield collaborated with Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) in setting its goal.

“We are proud to lead the industry and set another first by launching an endeavor that is both environmentally beneficial and economically feasible,” said Kenneth M. Sullivan, president and chief executive officer for Smithfield Foods. “While we will have unique challenges meeting this goal as the world’s largest pork processor and hog producer, our size and scale also means that, if successful, we can make a significant, positive impact. Our mission is to produce ‘Good food. Responsibly.’ This announcement is yet another acknowledgement of our commitment to doing just that.” 

Smithfield collaborated with the University of Minnesota’s NorthStar Institute for Sustainable Enterprise to estimate its GHG footprint, creating a robust model that can assist other protein companies in analyzing their own footprints. EDF served as an adviser in the development of the commitment.

“There is much work ahead for Smithfield to reach its goal,” said Fred Krupp, EDF president. “Success will require collaboration with farmers and others in the agricultural industry. We encourage companies to follow Smithfield’s leadership to make ambitious commitments to improve air and water quality. It’s important that the private sector play a role in protecting our natural resources.”

This commitment impacts operations across Smithfield’s supply chain, on company-owned farms, at processing facilities and throughout its transportation network. In its grain supply chain, Smithfield is collaborating with EDF to improve fertilizer efficiency and soil health, which will reduce nitrous oxide emissions from grain farms. On its hog farms, Smithfield will incorporate renewable energy and reuse projects that utilize technology such as anaerobic digesters and lagoon covers. Smithfield aims to install these technologies on at least 30 percent of company-owned farms. Smithfield will also continue to adopt measures that improve animal efficiency, resulting in improved feed conversion and productivity while reducing carbon emissions.

At its processing facilities, Smithfield will continue to improve energy efficiency through refrigeration, boiler and other equipment upgrades. Smithfield is optimizing its logistics network to better manage its animal and product transportation while reducing fuel consumption and carbon emissions.

The absolute greenhouse gas emissions reduction will be measured from a 2010 baseline. Efforts toward this goal already underway will be included in the final results. For a visualization of Smithfield’s commitment, please visit


About Smithfield Foods
Smithfield Foods is a $14 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®, John Morrell®, Cook’s®, Kretschmar®, Gwaltney®, Curly’s®, Margherita®, Carando®, Healthy Ones®, Krakus®, Morliny®, 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
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Supporting Education

An average kid can ask hundreds of questions per day. It’s no coincidence that the Children’s Museum of Houston, ranked number one in the nation by Parents magazine, caters to youthful curiosity with a “How Does It Work?” exhibit.

Sponsored by Flint Hills Resources (FHR) Houston Chemical plant, the year-round attraction offers an entertaining and interactive way to explore science and technology. James Rhame, local site manager for FHR, was first contacted by the museum in 2015. “They were wondering, since our company had just joined the Houston community, if FHR would be interested in supporting the museum,” said Rhame. “We wanted to know their target audience, and make sure the doors would be open to all socioeconomic areas.”

The FHR team soon learned that almost 50 percent of the museum’s more than 810,000 annual visitors receive free or discounted admissions through partnerships with over 800 community service organizations that assist low-income families. “I went through the museum and they almost couldn’t get me out of there because it was so interesting,” recalls Rhame. “My parents, sister, son and daughter have all worked as educators in Texas. I love technology and helping kids, so this was a positive experience from the start. It met everything that I think Flint Hills Resources is all about.”

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Carnival Corporation Issues 2015 Sustainability Report

Carnival Corporation Issues 2015 Sustainability Report, Continues Strong Commitment to Environment and Safety
World’s largest leisure travel company today released 2015 sustainability report detailing progress made in environmental, safety, employee and social areas
Sustainability milestones achieved underscore company’s commitment to protecting the environment and include reduction of carbon footprint, increased fleet-wide capacity of advanced waste water purification systems and exhaust gas cleaning technology, and increased usage of clean-burning liquefied natural gas as a fuel source

MIAMI, Aug. 4, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE: CUK), the world’s largest leisure travel company, today released its 2015 sustainability report detailing the  progress made in 2015 against its 2020 sustainability performance goals. The report’s details show the company is on track to meet its goals in the next four years, with sustainability efforts highlighted across its 10 cruise line brands. The report was prepared in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) G4 “core” level, and a full copy can be downloaded from Carnival Corporation’s site.

Carnival Corporation & plc, the world's largest leisure travel company, today released its 2015 sustainability report detailing the progress made in 2015 against its 2020 sustainability performance goals. The report's details show the company is on track to meet its goals in the next four years, with sustainability efforts highlighted across its 10 cruise line brands.

In 2015, Carnival Corporation announced 10 goals for reducing its environmental footprint, while enhancing the health, safety and security of its guests and crew members, and ensuring sustainable business practices among its brands, business partners and suppliers. As part of the effort to achieve these goals, the company and its 10 global brands have implemented strategic energy reduction and conservation initiatives. The most notable progress made against these 10 goals to date, as outlined in the infographic here, includes:

  • Reduced the company’s carbon intensity rate by 2.8 percent resulting in a 23.4 percent overall carbon dioxide emission reduction relative to the 2005 baseline
  • Equipped 41 percent of fleet with exhaust gas cleaning technology to reduce sulfur compounds and particulate matter from engine exhaust
  • Improved the company’s carbon footprint with order of world’s first liquefied natural gas (LNG) powered cruise ships, as well as the first cruise ship to be powered by an LNG hybrid barge
  • On track to meet the 10 percentage point increase in fleet-wide capacity coverage of advanced waste water purification systems (AWWPS)

“We know it is increasingly important to have sustainable and transparent operations, so we work hard every day to run our company in a sustainable way, and to share those practices broadly, so that our guests can feel confident that they are making a responsible decision when they book a vacation with us,” said Bill Burke, chief maritime officer forCarnival Corporation. “We are committed to providing a safe and comfortable voyage for our guests and crew members as our cruise line brands create great vacations, while at the same time maintaining our deep commitment to protecting the oceans, seas and destinations we visit.”

Carnival Corporation’s Commitment to Sustainability
Carnival Corporation and its brands implement extensive measures to deliver on its commitment to continue to keep guests and crewmembers safe and comfortable, protect the environment, develop and provide opportunities for its workforce, strengthen its stakeholder relations and enhance the communities in which the company visits and operates. Those measures are detailed in the company’s 2015 sustainability report in three key areas – cruising, commitment and community.

In 2015, Carnival Corporation introduced its 10th and newest brand, Fathom, which is pioneering a new travel category, social impact travel, which combines people’s love for travel with their desire to make a difference in the world. Later in the year, Carnival Corporation made history with its Fathom brand by receiving U.S. approval to sail to Cuba, laying the groundwork for it to become the first cruise company in over 40 years to sail from the U.S. to Cuba in May of 2016.

In 2015, Carnival Corporation made progress toward its focus on maintaining measured capacity growth with the delivery of innovative, more efficient ships for its fleet by finalizing agreements for 15 new ships for delivery between 2016 and 2020 – four of which will be next-generation ships that will pioneer a new era in the use of cleaner fuels as the first cruise ships to be powered by LNG both at sea and in port. The introduction of LNG – the world’s cleanest burning fossil fuel – is a major step for the corporation in reducing its carbon footprint from the reduced carbon and cleaner emissions of LNG. In 2015, AIDAsol from the company’s AIDA Cruises’ German-based brand was the first cruise ship in the world to be supplied with power by an LNG hybrid barge while in port.

Other strides Carnival Corporation made in 2015 to deliver on its commitment to its guests, crew, stakeholders and the environment include:

  • Actively undertaking shipbuilding research and development for new abatement technologies and equipment to improve energy efficiency including: air lubrication systems using air bubbles to reduce friction between the ship’s hull and the water; exhaust gas cleaning systems (EGCS); and alternative fuels like the industry-first use of LNG as the world’s cleanest burning fossil fuel
  • Working with suppliers on expanding its sourcing of cage free eggs to 100 percent by 2025
  • Expanding tour operator sustainable practices

Another key milestone for the company in 2015 was the opening of its newest port and Caribbean destination, Amber Cove, located in the Dominican Republic. The new destination represents Carnival Corporation’s single largest direct port development project with an $85 million investment to date, the largest cruise industry investment ever made in the Dominican Republic. As a part of Carnival Corporation’s commitment to the region, its Fathom brand also announced in 2015 that it would be making trips every other week to the area to enrich the lives of its travelers as they work alongside the locals, assisting them in improving the quality of their lives.

Carnival Corporation reinforced its leadership position in the China cruise region with the successful introduction of a fourth ship in 2015 – Costa Serena from its Costa Cruises brand. The company also announced in 2015 that it would introduce two more year-round ships – one each from Costa Cruises and Princess Cruises – making it the first cruise company with six ships based in China, maintaining its industry leadership in the country. Carnival Corporation also formed a strategic joint venture by partnering with state-owned China State Shipbuilding Corporation and China Investment Corporation to launch a new cruise brand in the Chinese vacation region.

Other strides Carnival Corporation made in 2015 to deliver on its commitment to the communities in which it operates include:

  • Donating $5 million to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Miami to create the Carnival Center for Excellence that will serve as the headquarters for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Miami
  • Donating reusable goods such as furniture, kitchenware, toiletries and other items from its ships to people in need throughout the communities it visits
  • Providing in-kind donation of cruises totaling over $2 million in 2015

Partnering with The Nature Conservancy to Advance Ocean Health
In 2015, Carnival Corporation continued its partnership with The Nature Conservancy (TNC), one of the world’s leading conservation organizations, with a $2.5 million financial commitment over a five-year period, starting in 2014.

Carnival Corporation’s partnership with TNC supports the organization’s Mapping Ocean Wealth (MOW) program that creates maps showing the extent and distribution of benefits that habitats like coral reefs and mangroves provide, including fish production, flood mitigation, erosion control and recreation. Progress made in 2015 with the help ofCarnival Corporation’s donation include:

  • Generating new knowledge about coral reef conditions, comparisons of nature-based and artificial defenses, innovative financing and other important topics
  • Publishing groundbreaking research on fish production associated with oyster reefs
  • Pioneering innovative methods, such as using social media to measure tourism activities, natural resources available, distribution, intensity of use and user satisfaction through the work being performed on the development of a global map of mangrove tourism
  • Developing an online web mapping tool allowing users to view and download models and maps of ocean benefits associated with coral reefs, mangroves and other critical coastal systems

More information about Carnival Corporation’s sustainability efforts and the full versions of its past sustainability reports can be found here.

About Carnival Corporation & plc
Carnival Corporation & plc is the largest leisure travel company in the world, with a portfolio of 10 cruise brands in North America, Europe, Australia and Asia comprised of Carnival Cruise Line, Fathom, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Seabourn, AIDA Cruises, Costa Cruises, Cunard, P&O Cruises (Australia) and P&O Cruises (UK).

Together, these brands operate 101 ships visiting over 700 ports around the world and totaling 225,000 lower berths with 15 new ships scheduled to be delivered between 2016 and 2020. Carnival Corporation & plc also operates Holland America Princess Alaska Tours, the leading tour companies in Alaska and the Canadian Yukon. Traded on both the New York and London Stock Exchanges, Carnival Corporation & plc is the only group in the world to be included in both the S&P500 and the FTSE 100 indices.

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