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Intel Joins World Environment Center to Advance Long-Term Sustainability Goals

(Washington, D.C.) November 11, 2008 –The World Environment Center (WEC), a global non-profit, non-advocacy organization that is a leader in advancing sustainable development business practices, today announced that Intel, the world's largest semiconductor chip maker, is joining its membership. Intel, a global leader in microprocessors and silicon innovation, places value on being a steward of good global citizenship and invests and innovates across a range of energy conservation activities to help spur the renewable energy market. The company is currently on top of the EPA Fortune 500 Green Power Partners List as the largest corporate purchaser of renewable energy.

Dr. Terry F. Yosie, President & CEO of the World Environment Center, welcomed WEC’s newest member by stating, “Celebrating its 40th anniversary, Intel is among the most innovative companies in the world. WEC congratulates this world leader on advancing sustainable development across the growing markets in which it operates.  WEC membership continues to represent the best performing companies of the global marketplace.”

“Intel has been at the forefront of leading environmental initiatives such as investing in and implementing renewable energy technologies and reducing its carbon emissions,” said Stephen Harper, Intel’s Global Director of Environmental Policy. “Getting to know WEC and participating in its programs will greatly serve us in our efforts to increase environmental, economic and community based sustainability. With WEC’s on-the-ground support, Intel will continue to move forward its environmental initiatives.”

The World Environment Center, headquartered in Washington, D.C. with offices and operations in many emerging and developed markets, is unique in its direct application of sustainable development strategies and practices to the business operations of its members. WEC creates sustainable business solutions through individual projects in emerging markets; convenes leadership roundtables to shape strategic thinking across a range of sustainability topics; and honors industry excellence through its annual awarding of the Gold Medal for International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable Development. WEC members currently represent twelve different business sectors.

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WEC Featured in Greenbiz Podcast and White Paper on Greening the Supply Chain

The Podcast, "Greening the Supply Chain for the Greater Good" includes an interview with WEC President & CEO, Terry F. Yosie and can be viewed at this link.

The White Paper, "Greening the Supply Chain in Emerging Markets: Some Lessons From the Field" looks at successful strategies for improving the performance of supply chains throughout the developing world.



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WEC Roundtable Hosted by Pitney Bowes Featured in Business Wire

The Business Wire published this article

As consumers become increasingly aware of the importance of protecting the planet, widespread misunderstanding of the environmental impact of mail may potentially harm communities, businesses and charities that depend on this vital communications channel.

In response, Integrating Sustainability and Environment in the Mailing Industry, a World Environment Center Roundtable hosted today at the National Press Club by Pitney Bowes Inc. (NYSE: PBI) aimed to stimulate discussion among mailers, environmental groups and the U.S. Postal Service on prioritizing key environmental initiatives to further the industrys goal of sustainable mail.

In his remarks, Pitney Bowes Executive Chairman Michael Critelli noted the importance of awareness, innovation and collaboration in the creation of solutions that meet the environmental challenges of the mailing industry.

As an industry, we are at a critical cross-roads. In addition to continuing the progress in environmental responsibility already achieved by our industry, new and practical approaches to overcoming public misperception and misguided legislation are needed, Critelli said.

Critelli noted that forest land in the United States has increased by 5.3 million acres in the last three decades, according to the U.S. EPA. Mail is an environmentally responsible way to reach customers. The majority of paper produced in America today comes from trees grown for that purpose. Trees are a renewable resource, Critelli said.

Pitney Bowes Vice President of Environment Health & Safety Paul Robbertz provided a detailed review of a recently published White Paper titled The Environmental Impact of Mail: A Baseline". The research is a comprehensive review of existing data on mails carbon footprint from a variety of sources including regulatory agencies, not-for-profits, and U.S. and international postal services. Its conclusion: mails environmental impact is far smaller than many other activities that consumers take part in every day.

Todays roundtable serves as a productive forum for industry, environmental groups and the Postal Service to explore additional partnerships and alternatives to achieve further progress in this area, said Robbertz.

In addition to Critelli and Robbertz, speakers included Direct Marketing Association President & CEO John A. Greco, Jr. on The Strategic Challenge to the Mailing Industry, U.S. Postal Service Vice President of Sustainability Samuel Pulcrano on The Sustainable Mailstream and Keri Davis of the Rainforest Alliance on The Triple Bottom Line of Mail.

A panel discussion moderated by the Editorial Director of DM News Julia Hood included panelists from Consumers Union, Five Winds International and The Nature Conservancy.

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Boeing Joins World Environment Center to Advance Global Sustainability Leadership

WASHINGTON, D.C. - September 2, 2008 - The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA], the world's leading aerospace company and the largest manufacturer of commercial jetliners and military aircraft combined, today announced that it is joining the World Environment Center (WEC), a global non-profit organization that helps companies around the world implement environmentally sustainable business strategies and operations. Headquartered in Chicago, Boeing employs more than 160,000 people across the United States and in 70 countries.

Recognizing the serious challenges facing our planet's eco-system, Boeing has set aggressive targets for reducing its impact on the environment both for its operations and the lifecycle of its products.

"Joining the World Environment Center helps Boeing carry out our environmental strategy more effectively because we can work together with other corporate leaders to engage non-governmental organizations, share best practices and accelerate business contributions to solving environmental problems," said Mary Armstrong, vice president of Environment, Health and Safety at Boeing. "The great economic and social benefits aviation brings to the world means our industry -- and our company -- is growing, so Boeing is taking specific action to address our impact on the environment and we will work with the World Environment Center to focus those efforts."

Terry F. Yosie, WEC President and CEO, noted Boeing's membership decision by declaring that, "As the leading company in its business sector, Boeing has a truly global reach to advance the mobility of society in a more sustainable manner. Its technological leadership and innovation are essential to enabling society to progress, while reducing our global footprint. WEC welcomes Boeing and looks forward to a great partnership to advance sustainable development."

About Boeing
Boeing has a long tradition of aerospace leadership and innovation, and the company's greatest contributions to the eco-system will be through pioneering environmentally progressive technologies for its products, services and operations. Since the introduction of the first Boeing jetliner, airplane emissions of carbon dioxide have been reduced by around 70 percent and the noise footprints have been reduced by approximately 90 percent. Boeing targets improving fuel efficiency and reducing carbon dioxide emissions of each new generation of commercial airplane by at least 15 percent compared to the airplanes they replace. Boeing has set aggressive targets to improve by 25 percent solid waste recycling rates, energy efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions intensity at its major manufacturing facilities by 2012, with a comparable goal for hazardous waste reduction. For more information, visit the company's 2008 environment report at www.boeing.com/environment.

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WEC Presents China Supply Chain Activity at a China Environment Forum Panel, Washington DC.

Terry F. Yosie, WEC President & CEO, speaks to a China Environment Forum panel on "Greening Business in China" on July 11 in Washington DC.

Terry Yosie introduced the World Environment Center (WEC) Greening the Supply Chain Initiative in China to the CEF Panel on July 11. The Greening the Supply Chain Initiative in China organizes training, technical support, performance assessment, site-specific action plans and valuation of economic and other benefits in such areas as cleaner production, energy efficiency and conservation of natural resources. These efforts are designed to apply sustainable enterprise management practices into business operations and enhance competitiveness through cost reductions and more efficient use of resources. WEC initiated its Greening the Supply Chain initiative in 2003 and has conducted supply chain projects in Australia, Brazil, China, El Salvador, Mexico and Romania. WEC is currently managing a project with 40 suppliers to a major automotive manufacturer in China, Shanghai General Motors. Each supplier is tasked with the responsibility of defining and achieving selected clean production and energy efficiency goals during this year long initiative that began in February 2008.

Click here for more information on the China Environment Forum.

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World Environment Center Establishes New Shanghai Office to Deliver Sustainable Business Value

(Washington, D.C. and Shanghai, China) July 8, 2008—The World Environment Center (WEC), an independent, global non-profit and non-advocacy organization whose mission is to advance sustainable development in the business strategies and operations of global companies, today announced the establishment of its newest office in Shanghai, China.  Expansion of WEC into China builds upon several years of project work and other activities and will provide the platform for a growing number of new WEC initiatives in China and the Asia-Pacific region.

Leading WEC’s Shanghai office will be Ms. Joanna Guo, presently President, Professional Services at the JPI Group, a China-based enterprise specializing in business planning and other services for implementing sustainable development.  Ms. Guo will serve as Director of WEC’s China Operations.  She has ten years of professional experience on sustainable development programs financed by international and private investors, local institutions and international development organizations. At the JPI Group level, Ms. Guo has responsibility in such areas as strategic business development, cross-border cooperation with various international affiliates, working with customers in securing project financing and communicating with a variety of investors.

“WEC’s increasing initiatives in Asia recognizes the pivotal role this region plays in implementing sustainable development solutions in the private sector in partnership with national governments, multi-lateral institutions and non-governmental organizations,” stated WEC’s President & CEO Dr. Terry F. Yosie.  “China is the right place at the right time to apply WEC’s unique approach of developing direct, on-the-ground solutions to deliver value for business and society.”

“JPI is highly enthusiastic about our partnership with WEC and believes that WEC China will achieve the goal of improving global companies’ environmental performance and integrating sustainable development into their longer-term mission,” concluded Ms. Guo.  “The JPI Group has played an active role in sustainable development and has worked closely with Chinese enterprises for twenty years.”

WEC’s Shanghai office expands its network of operations that presently includes its global headquarters in Washington, D.C. and regional offices in Augsburg, Germany and San Salvador, El Salvador.

 

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Marks & Spencer Expands Sustainable Development Capability By Joining World Environment Center

Washington, D.C. June 24, 2008 – Marks & Spencer, a leading global retail company, today announced that it is joining the World Environment Center (WEC), a global non-profit organization that advances sustainable business performance, to increase its capabilities to implement sustainability initiatives.  Through its Plan A, a five-year, 100 point “eco” plan that aims to tackle some of the biggest challenges facing its business sector and the world, the British company has become a leader in sustainable development by working with customers and suppliers to become carbon neutral by 2012, reduce waste, safeguard the natural resources it uses, trade ethically and help people lead healthier lives. Marks & Spencer recently received WEC’s prestigious Gold Medal Award for International Achievement in Corporate Sustainable Development as decided by an independent panel of judges.

Mike Barry, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, Marks & Spencer said: “We are striving to be a sustainable business because it is the right thing to do and we know it can make business sense. We are pleased to carry on our sustainability work with the World Environment Center which brings unique global relationships and capacity to develop business solutions for its members.”

Dr. Terry F. Yosie, President & CEO of WEC, welcomed Marks & Spencer to WEC as its first retailer member. “As a leading practitioner of sustainable development within and beyond its business sector, Marks & Spencer adds a new dimension to WEC’s growing list of global leaders within its membership.  Marks & Spencer’s commitment to solving business and societal problems is especially well suited to WEC’s non-advocacy approach to creating value through partnerships between business and their stakeholders.”

 

About Marks & Spencer

Marks & Spencer is one of the UK’s leading retailers, with 16 million people visiting its stores each week. It offers clothing, home and food products, and employs over 75,000 people. It has more than 600 UK stores, as well as an expanding international business with over 250 stores in 36 countries.

 
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WEC CONTACT:                                                      MARKS & SPENCER CONTACT:

Iris Ovadiya                                                                Olivia Ross

(+1 202) 312-1211                                                      + 44 (0)20 8718 1618

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WEC Announces Call for Nominations for 2009 Gold Medal Award for International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable Development

Washington, D.C. - April 29, 2008 - The World Environment Center (WEC) is inviting nominations for the 25th WEC Gold Medal for International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable Development.

The WEC Gold Medal Award is one of the most respected measures of a global company's ongoing commitment to the practice of sustainable development. Only global corporations that can document well implemented, outstanding and sustained success are eligible to compete. A potential applicant company must demonstrate global vision and a commitment to sustainable development through innovative application of policies, and international economic, environmental, and social responsibilities. An independent Jury of international leaders selects the Gold Medal awardee.

Nominations of eligible corporations must reach the WEC Gold Medal Secretariat, no later than Friday, June 2, 2008. Self-nominations are welcome. Nominations may be submitted by completing and returning the brief Nomination Form in the Nomination Brochure or online at http://www.wec.org/programs-initiatives/gold-medal/2009-wec-gold-medal/index_html

After the Jury reviews this initial application, eligible candidates will be notified and invited to make full submissions by August 22, 2008. The 2009 WEC Gold Medal Award nomination brochure provides all the details about the schedule of the nomination and selection process.

The recipient of the 2008 Gold Medal Award is Marks & Spencer. The Gold Medal Presentation & Celebration will be held on May 9, 2008 at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC.

Previous recipients of the WEC Gold Medal award are: ABN AMRO Bank (2006), Starbucks (2005), Johnson Controls Inc. (2004), Ricoh Group Ltd. (2003), CEMEX (2002), The Royal Dutch/Shell Group (2001), International Paper Company (2000), Eastman Kodak Company (1999), Philips Electronics N.V. (1998), Compaq Computer Corporation (1997), Alcoa (1996), Ciba-Geigy Limited (1995), S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc. (1994), Xerox Corporation (1993), Procter & Gamble Company (1992), Rohm & Haas Company (1991), IBM Corporation (1990), The Dow Chemical Company (1989), The BP Group (1988), E.I. Du Pont de Nemours & Company (1987), Exxon Corporation (1986) and 3M (1985).

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WEC Supports the Business Environment Council's EnviroSeries 2008 in Beijing

Organized by the Business Environment Council, the conference is the foremost gathering of senior executives on the transformational trends, challenges and opportunities of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in both global and local China context. 20 renowned leaders from government, business, education and media sectors will share their expertise and experience covering global standards, guidelines, best practices and outstanding examples. Speakers will also highlight how CSR serves as a key driver to sustainable development of Chinese enterprises linking with broader societal goals.


To learn more, click here.


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NGO Leaders To Discuss Critical Issues And Strategies For Global Decision Making

World Environment Center Colloquium Highlights Global Marketplace Issues

WASHINGTON, D.C. - May 6, 2008 –  Leaders of Greenpeace, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI),  The Nature Conservancy, Transparency International, World Resources Institute, and World Wildlife Fund will review the role of their organizations and initiatives to achieve a more sustainable world at the World Environment Center’s 2008 Colloquium on May 9, 2008. The interactive conference, entitled, “Global Non-Governmental Organizations: A Discussion of Critical Issues, Strategy and Societal Value” will take place at the National Press Club.

The panelists will focus on global priorities, strategies for influencing the global marketplace, and partnerships between NGOs and industry.

Following the Colloquium, John Elkington, the Founder of SustainAbility, will identify the unconventional entrepreneurs who are managing to solve the economic, environmental and social problems of the world, the subject of his latest book The Power of Unreasonable People.

“Leaders of non-governmental organizations have a large and growing influence on public attitudes, investment decisions and governmental policies,” stated Terry F. Yosie, President & CEO of the World Environment Center.  “Their participation in the Colloquium presents a unique opportunity to learn and discuss their ideas for solving major global problems.”

The Colloquium agenda is available at www.wec.org. For information on attending the Colloquium please contact Iris Ovadiya at iovadiya@wec.org or 202-312-1211.

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GM Holden to 'Green' its supply chain

More News on GM Holden & WEC project, please visit Greenbiz

April 3, 2008 - GM Holden and the World Environment Center (WEC) are joining forces to launch a program to help GM Holden and its suppliers improve their environmental performance.

Announced today at GM Holden's Port Melbourne headquarters, the "Greening the Supply Chain" program is aimed at promoting sustainable development at every link of the supply chain in Australia’s automotive industry.

Seventeen of GM Holden’s suppliers from Victoria and South Australia have signed up to be involved in the program.

GM Holden's Executive Director of Corporate Affairs, Alison Terry, said that this was an important opportunity to improve the sustainability of the manufacturing processes in the supply chain.

"This program represents GM’s latest efforts in its long term commitment to support the development of Australia's automotive industry. We certainly expect to generate tangible benefits for our suppliers in terms of improved energy efficiency and water reduction," Ms. Terry said.

"It is a great opportunity and the number of suppliers who are putting up their hands to be involved in the program is very encouraging."

The WEC is an independent, global non-profit, non-advocacy organisation that advances sustainable development through the business practices of member companies and in partnership with governments, multi-lateral organisations, non-governmental organisations, universities and other stakeholders.

The "Greening the Supply Chain" program was initiated by the WEC and has been launched in Mexico, Brazil, Romania and China where significant energy efficiency, environmental and water conservation improvements were reported.

The program will follow in the footprints of a similar undertaking at GM China that was completed in August 2007. Here, experts worked with GM suppliers to provide guidance and technical support for improving manufacturing processes so that they enhanced their environmental performance and also reduced operational costs.

GM Holden's Executive Director of Manufacturing, Rod Keane, described the program as a great opportunity that fits perfectly into GM Holden’s wider environmental strategy.

"GM Holden strives to meet the highest standard of environmental performance in all its activities and we are strongly committed to introducing environmental initiatives and improving systems already in place," Keane said.

"GM Holden works on the principle that emissions and waste can be prevented or minimised by the use of innovative technologies and environmentally compatible materials.

"We welcome the expertise of the WEC, particularly in light of the success they achieved in GM China."

WEC's President and CEO, Terry F. Yosie, described the "Greening the Supply Chain" project as a major focus for the WEC.

"The aim of the GM / WEC partnership is to demonstrate the ability to achieve specific, measurable results that improve competitiveness across the supply chain through the application of sustainable development practices," Yosie said.

This project joins other environmental programs launched by GM Holden including the installation of a sophisticated computerised energy monitoring system at the Fisherman's Bend plant to optimise the energy efficiency of the furnaces and compressed air distribution plants.

A number of water saving initiatives have also been launched aimed primarily at reducing water consumption in Holden's engine production area. The results of these have seen the total water consumed per engine produced drop by over 38 per cent, from 930 litres per engine in 2002 to 576 litres per engine in 2007.

Bo Andersson, group vice president, GM Global Purchasing and Supply Chain said they were pleased that a number of GM suppliers were participating in the program.

"It gives the suppliers the chance to improve their environmental performance, while increasing their global competitiveness. This initiative is a win-win for everyone," said Andersson.

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ENSR Joins World Environment Center to Advance Sustainable Development Activities

WASHINGTON, D.C. - April 1, 2008 - ENSR, one of the world's leading global environmental management and sustainability firms, announced that it is joining the World Environment Center (WEC), a global non- profit, non-advocacy organization that is a leader in advancing sustainable development business practices. WEC membership includes over 40 of the world's leading corporations.

Founded in 1968, ENSR, an AECOM Company, provides global environmental management and sustainability solutions for leading industry and governmental agencies through a full range of environmental, health and safety consulting, engineering and remediation services from its100 worldwide offices.  
 
Dr. Terry F. Yosie, President & CEO of the World Environment Center, welcomed the newest member, "ENSR is focused on solving business problems by applying proven environmental and sustainable development practices in the global marketplace.  They will perform a particularly important role in helping transition firms in emerging markets to improved energy efficiency, environmental performance, and sustainable business operations."
 
"The biggest impact ENSR can have on global sustainability is to use our environmental science, engineering and management expertise to help companies mitigate their environmental footprint and adapt their businesses to a changing planet. We look forward to contributing to WEC's important charter," said Robert C. Weber, ENSR President and Chief Executive Officer.

The World Environment Center, headquartered in Washington, D.C. with offices and operations in many emerging and developed markets, is unique in its direct application of sustainable development strategies and practices to the business operations of its members. WEC creates sustainable business solutions through individual projects in emerging markets; convenes leadership roundtables to shape strategic thinking across a range of sustainability topics; and honours industry excellence through its annual awarding of the Gold Medal for International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable Development. WEC members currently represent twelve different business sectors.  For more information on ENSR, please visit www.ensr.aecom.com.

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Washington Sustainability Forum with Ambassador Zhou Wenzhong in the News

Excerpt from ClimateWire

China's emissions spurred by U.S. consumption


Lisa Friedman, ClimateWire deputy editor

China holds your child's Barbie doll responsible for its greenhouse gas emissions.

That was the thrust -- albeit put a bit more diplomatically -- from Chinese Ambassador Zhou Wenzhong as he told a group of climate policy experts yesterday that the United States and Europe must take consumption into consideration when challenging China to match the European Union's commitment to cutting carbon emissions by 20 percent from 1990 levels by 2020.

"We are emitting greenhouse gas on your behalf," Zhou said at the National Press Club in a speech sponsored by the World Environment Center. "We are polluting the air in China so you can enjoy the products we are making."

China, Zhou said, is making "relentless" efforts to tackle climate change. He touted a litany of accomplishments -- many of them recent -- including the shuttering in 2007 of old production facilities producing millions of tons of iron, cement, steel and calcium carbide. Just recently, he noted, China created a new environmental "superministry" with broad, centrally based powers of regulation and enforcement, and the nation has committed to decreasing energy intensity 20 percent by 2010.

"Climate change is very high on the agenda of strategic economic dialogue between China and the United States. There is a lot we can do together," Zhou said.

But, he said, looking ahead to next year's international conference on global warming in Copenhagen, Denmark, "only through candid and practical cooperation throughout the world can climate change be tackled."


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Greening the Supply Chain Project Highlighted

Manufacturing Today magazine features an article on WEC's partnership with General Motors on the Greening the Supply Chain Initiative.


The article can be found here.


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Environment Commissioner Sets Out EU Climate Agenda in Press Club Speech

March 4, 2008 - EU Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas will set out the European Union's latest initiatives to combat climate change in a speech this week to the World Environment Center's Washington Sustainability Forum at the National Press Club.

In January, the European Commission adopted a broad package of measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the EU by 20% below 1990 levels by 2020. If other industrialized countries commit to making comparable efforts under the future global climate agreement, the EU will reduce emissions by an additional 10%.

In his speech, Commissioner Dimas will present the Commission's January package of Climate Action and Renewable Energy (CARE) proposals to achieve this ambitious goal. The measures include an enhanced cap-and-trade system, promotion of renewable fuels, and the development of carbon capture and sequestration. These and other measures will constitute the basis of the EU's contribution to the negotiations of a global international agreement.

Commissioner Dimas will argue for an effective global response to climate change and will stress that the European Union is leading by example. "Our message is that leaders from across the developed world, leaders with vision, can work together to reduce greenhouse gas emissions; can put in place the tools at home and globally that are so essential if we are to succeed in tackling the greatest challenge of our generation."

Founded in 1974, the World Environment Center advances sustainable development through the business practices of member companies and in partnership with governments, organizations, universities, and other stakeholders.

Contact:

Iris Ovadiya, 202-312-1211 or iovadiya@wec.org

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Pitney Bowes Joins World Environment Center

January 15, 2008 – Pitney Bowes Inc., (NYSE: PBI - News) the world’s leading provider of mailstream solutions, today announced that it is joining the World Environment Center (WEC), a global non-profit, non-advocacy organization that is a leader in advancing sustainable development business practices.

“We are very pleased to be a member of the World Environment Center and an active participant in its sustainability programs,” said Paul Robbertz, Vice President, Environment, Health and Safety, Pitney Bowes Inc. “Through our membership with the World Environment Center, we aim to promote an increased awareness of the many advances the mailing industry has made and will continue to make, to significantly enhance the environmental sustainability of the mailstream.”


Dr. Terry F. Yosie, President & CEO of the World Environment Center, extended his welcome to WEC’s newest member by stating, “Pitney Bowes is a leading practitioner of sustainable development in its business sector and will add a new dimension to the portfolio of companies participating in the WEC.”


The World Environment Center, headquartered in Washington, D.C. with offices and operations in many emerging and developed markets, is unique in its direct application of sustainable development strategies and practices to the business operations of its members. WEC creates sustainable business solutions through individual projects in emerging markets; convenes leadership roundtables to shape strategic thinking across a range of sustainability topics; and honors industry excellence through its annual awarding of the Gold Medal for International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable Development. WEC members currently represent twelve different business sectors.

About Pitney Bowes

Pitney Bowes is a mailstream technology company that helps organizations manage the flow of information, mail, documents and packages. Our 35,000 employees deliver technology, service and innovation to more than two million customers worldwide.  The company was founded in 1920 and annual revenues now total $6 billion. More information is available at www.pb.com.


Contact:  Iris Ovadiya
202-312-1211, or iovadiya@wec.org


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World Environment Center Announces Selection of Frank Werner as Director of Global Capacity Building and European Operations

Washington, D.C.—January 7, 2008—The World Environment Center (WEC) today announced the appointment of Frank Werner to lead its global capacity building program and serve as Director of its European Operations.  Mr. Werner possesses extensive knowledge of and experience in sustainable development through consulting and research work in such areas as sustainability reporting, managing stakeholder dialogues, assessing corporate performance and water management.

“The World Environment Center is very pleased that Frank Werner has agreed to lead our global efforts on capacity building and direct our European operations,” stated Terry F. Yosie, WEC’s President & CEO.  “Capacity building is a core program and differentiates WEC through the direct, on-the-ground application of sustainable business practices across the value chains of global corporations.  WEC has also developed a growth strategy and the expansion of our European activities is a major component of that strategy.”

Prior to joining the WEC, Mr. Werner was a senior sustainability consultant with Akzente Kommunikation und Beratung GmbH in Munich where he advised global companies on improving the transparency and credibility of their sustainable development reporting, and developing corporate social responsibility strategies.  Mr. Werner has a Master in Geography from the University of Heidelberg

“I am very much looking forward to driving the capacity building program of WEC and expanding its European activities,” commented Mr. Werner.  “In the light of serious environmental and social challenges facing our societies, WEC’s work with global companies speeds the process to find sustainable answers.  It’s my firm belief that WEC’s international approach and presence is a major asset for high quality corporate social responsibility solutions.”

WEC’s European office is located in Augsburg, Germany.  Frank Werner can be reached there at +49 821 5983563 or fwerner@wec.org

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Protection of Biodivsersity and Cultural Heritage Advance in Mayan Rainforest

WASHINGTON, D.C. – December 18, 2007 –  A new report issued by the Alliance to Conserve the Maya Forest—The Selva Maya Project—documents recent advances in protecting biodiversity and cultural heritage in Mexico, Guatemala and Belize. The Alliance is comprised of the World Environment Center (WEC), the Rainforest Alliance (RA), and The Nature Conservancy (TNC). The Alliance’s mission is to promote sustainable growth and conservation in the Maya Forest by building capacity within the local communities and working with the governments of these nations.

Stretching from Mexico across northern Guatemala to the southern half of coastal Belize, the Maya Forest is the largest block of contiguous forest left in Central America. It is the second largest rainforest in the Americas after the Amazon. Rich in biodiversity and cultural heritage, the Maya Forest is also a treasure-trove of economically valuable natural resources. Currently, the Maya Forest is being cleared at the rate of about 200,000 acres per year due to forest fires, illegal logging and cattle ranching.  The Alliance to Conserve the Maya Forest has the goal of conserving the Maya Forest by sustainable growth so the entire ecological system even beyond its boundaries remains viable.

Contributions from Pfizer through the World Environment Center to The Nature Conservancy and Rainforest Alliance have aided in the conservation of the Maya Forest while creating sustainable livelihoods.  “The unique value of this partnership to conserve the Maya Forest is that it has advanced sustainable livelihoods for people in this region. The success of this type of partnership can be replicated by other global leaders, leading to simultaneous improvements in sustainable livelihoods and conservation, ” stated Terry F. Yosie, President & CEO of the World Environment Center.

The support of Pfizer has been instrumental in generating specific measurable results in the Maya Forest such as:

-     Developing a tri-national ecoregional plan and conservation agenda to highlight the forest sites most at risk and the consequent strategies needed to protect them.  The information from these activities generated 18 scientific reports, eight databases and more than 500 maps, compiled and distributed to over 3,000 partners and stakeholders.

-     Generating gross sales of $4.2 million in certified Mexican coffee and $7.3 million in certified Guatemalan coffee; sales of more than 9.5 million boxes of certified Guatemalan bananas; and over $4.8 million of certified sustainable wood through Rainforest Alliance’s Certified Sustainable Product’s Alliance partnership with the U S. Agency for International Development and local growers.

-     Enhancing a foresting community, Carmelita, in Guatemala’s Biosphere reserve that has been able to increase its profits through certified sustainable forestry and invest more than a third of the earnings into community development, improved technology and sustainable management.

Overall, Alliance partnership and Pfizer’s support has allowed the Rainforest Alliance and The Nature Conservancy to leverage investments in the conservation of the Maya Forest; promote sustainable livelihoods, forestry, agriculture, and tourism in the region; purchase critical lands; raise fire management to a national priority; and continue in the protection of the Maya Mountains.

All initiatives have served to improve the protection of private lands and protected areas, reducing threats to biodiversity and promote an integrated approach for sustainable agriculture, forestry and tourism. Pfizer’s support is helping to create sustainable options to improve the quality of life for communities in the Maya Forest.

About Pfizer, Inc.

Pfizer Inc, founded in 1849, is dedicated to better health and greater access to healthcare for people and their valued animals. Our purpose is helping people live longer, healthier, happier lives. Our route to that purpose is through discovering and developing breakthrough medicines; providing information on prevention, wellness, and treatment; consistent high-quality manufacturing of medicines, consumer products; and global leadership in corporate responsibility. Every day we help many millions of patients, all over the world, employ more than 80,000 colleagues, utilize the skills of thousands of medical researchers, and work in partnership with governments, individuals, and other payers for healthcare to treat and prevent illnesses—adding both years to life, and life to years.

About the World Environment Center

The World Environment Center, a non-profit, non-advocacy organization, is unique in its direct application of sustainable development strategies and practices to the business operations of its members. It advances sustainable development around the world through direct, on-the-ground initiatives and projects that improve health, safety, energy efficiency, water conservation, environmental conditions, the conservation of natural resources and other important objectives. Global companies across 12 business sectors currently participate in WEC, which also has partnerships with a number of government agencies and academic institutions. For more information, see www.wec.org.

About the Rainforest Alliance

The Rainforest Alliance works to conserve biodiversity and ensure sustainable livelihoods by transforming land-use practices, business practices and consumer behavior. The Rainforest Alliance has been a leader in the promotion of the sustainable use of natural resources, and to date has helped conserve more than 100 million acres of forestland and farmland around the globe and was one of the world’s first organizations to conserve tropical forests using market incentives, For more information, visit www.rainforest-alliance.org.

 

About The Nature Conservancy

The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people.  To date, the Conservancy and its more than one million members have been responsible for the protection of more than 15 million acres in the United States and have helped preserve more than 102 million acres in Latin America, the Caribbean, Asia and the Pacific. Learn more about the Conservancy’s climate change work at www.nature.org/climatechange.

WEC Contact:

Iris Ovadiya, iovadiya@wec.org

Pfizer Contacts:

Imraan Munshi, Imraan.Munshi@Pfizer.com

Gulden Mesara, Gulden.Mesara@Pfizer.com

Rainforest Alliance Contact:

Gretchen Ruethling, gruethling@ra.org

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World Environment Center Announces New Board Leadership and Strategic Initiatives

WASHINGTON, D.C.-December 12, 2007-The World Environment Center (WEC) today announced the election of new Officers and Members to its Board of Directors and approved the update of a strategic plan that establishes ambitious new initiatives for expanding the organization’s global activities.

Elected as the new Chairman of the Board of Directors is Wayne S. Balta, Vice President, Corporate Environmental Affairs and Product Safety at IBM. Mr. Balta will succeed Elizabeth A. Lowery, Vice President, Environment, Energy and Safety Policy at General Motors on January 1, 2008. Ms. Lowery will remain as a WEC Board member.

"I am very honored to succeed Beth Lowery who has re-directed and re-established WEC as a global leadership organization in sustainable development," stated Mr. Balta. "WEC's focus on strategic business issues enables it to generate value for business and society in ways that are unique across the spectrum of institutions that are advancing sustainability issues."

Other appointments announced by WEC included:

  • Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors—Jeff Seabright, Vice President of Environment & Water Resources, Coca-Cola.
  • Secretary-Treasurer—Paul Hagen, Principal, Beveridge & Diamond.
  • Re-appointment to the Board of Directors for a second term—Armando J. Garcia Segovia, Executive Vice President, Cemex; and Dieter Hübl, Head of Health, Safety and Environmental Management, Bayer Health Sciences.
  • New Members of the Board of Directors—Martin Hostalek, Senior Vice President of Environment, Health, Safety, Security and Quality, Merck KGaA; and Ienobu Kakegawa, Senior Specialist, Corporate Environment Division, Ricoh Company.

The Board also gratefully acknowledged the many contributions and years of service of Prof. Nicholas A. Robinson, Professor in Environmental Law, Pace University School of Law.

WEC also announced the approval of a new strategic plan that includes the following core areas and initiatives:

  • Advancing sustainable solutions through capacity building.  The Board endorsed expanding WEC’s current activities in China that will include new capacity building projects and establishing a permanent office in Shanghai in 2008; and strengthening the organization’s capabilities in the Latin American region.  These actions directly assist businesses and their suppliers to implement sustainable development across their value chains.
  • Building sustainable development competencies.  The Board endorsed a 2008 program of strategic level roundtables that will address such issues as improving energy efficiency in the Chinese private sector, advancing sustainability standards across the supply chain, designing collaborative strategies for solving global problems and building regional climate change strategies.  The time and location of these roundtables will be separately published.
  • Honouring business excellence.  The Board noted that the winner of WEC’s 24th annual Gold Medal Award for International Achievement in Sustainable Development was Marks & Spencer.  The company will be honoured at a gala black tie dinner in Washington, D.C. on May 9, 2008 preceded that day by a Colloquium on the topic of Global Non-Governmental Organizations:  A Discussion of Strategies with Their Chief Executive Officers.

 

The Board of Directors also directed that planning begin to establish WEC membership and projects in India.

For more information, please contact:

Iris Ovadiya, 202-312-1211, or iovadiya@wec.org




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