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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

The Nature Conservancy Contact:

Arathi Sundaravadanan, asundaravadanan@tnc.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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Marks & Spencer to Receive 2008 World Environment Center Gold Medal for International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable Development

WASHINGTON, D.C. - December 5, 2007 – The World Environment Center's (WEC) Twenty-Fourth Annual Gold Medal for International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable Development has been awarded to Marks & Spencer for linking sustainability extensively with its supply chain, operations, and customers.

Marks & Spencer's Signature Contribution, known as Plan A, was cited by the independent international Gold Medal Jury as an extraordinary and successful model of sustainability practice. Plan A is a 100-point five year sustainable development program, covering all aspects of Marks & Spencer's business. Through it, the UK retailer aims to become carbon neutral and send no waste to landfill from its own operations; extend sustainable sourcing; set new standards in ethical trading and help its customers and employees live a healthier lifestyle.

Stuart Rose, Chief Executive, Marks & Spencer said: "We are delighted to receive this prestigious award. Our customers, shareholders and employees have also embraced our Plan A ambitions, and it's now how we do business. While we still have a long way to go and face many more challenges ahead, we are making good progress and this recognition will provide even more motivation for our teams as we continue to deliver our plan."

"Marks & Spencer's firm commitment and innovative practices to improve the social, environmental and economic impacts for communities around the world is remarkable" said Gold Medal Jury Chairman Dr. Joel Abrams, Professor Emeritus of the University of Pittsburgh.

The WEC Gold Medal Award will be presented to Marks & Spencer at the 24th Gold Medal Presentation gala on Friday, May 9, 2008 at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. Mr. Rose will accept the award on behalf of the company and its employees.

The World Environment Center Gold Medal for International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable Development was established in 1985 to recognize preeminent industry leadership initiatives and contributions to worldwide environmental excellence and sustainable development.

The WEC Gold Medal Jury is independent of the WEC and its programs, and is composed of international leaders from academia, government, and non-governmental organizations and retired industry professionals. A complete list of Jury members, the Citation for the 2008 WEC Gold Medal Awardee, and a list of previous recipients are available at the WEC website: http://www.wec.org/main/programs-initiatives/gold-medal.

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, 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.

About World Environment Center

The World Environment Center (WEC) is an independent, non-profit, non-advocacy organization whose mission is to advance sustainable development through the business practices of its member companies in partnership with government and other stakeholders. WEC's activities and operations are global in scope, and it is unique in providing direct, on-the-ground support to companies to improve their performance, and that of their business partners, across the value chain.

Recent recipients of the WEC Gold Medal award are: Alcan Inc (2007), ABN AMRO Bank (2006), Starbucks (2005), Johnson Controls Inc. (2004), Ricoh Group Ltd. (2003) and CEMEX (2002).

For more information please contact:

Olivia Ross
Marks & Spencer
+44 (0)20 8718 1618

Iris Ovadiya
WEC
(+1 202) 312-1211
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WEC North America Roundtable Highlighted the Future of Energy Choices


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(L-R: Richard Doornbosch- Principal Advisor to the OECD; Emerson Kloss- Head of Agriculture & Biofuels Section, Embassy of Brazil; Greg Manuel, International Energy Coordinator & Advisor to the Secretary, US Department of State; Laurent Javuadin-First Secretary, Agriculture, Delegation of the European Commission)

The latest WEC Roundtable series on energy solutions was held at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.  The interactive dialogue on "Changing the Future of Our Energy Choices" looked at what the goal is for the energy equation in the next several decades, and how we’re working to get there. Panelists from industry, government, academia and multilateral organizations came together with an equally varied and distinguished guest list to discuss initiatives and scenarios for the future—with a particular focus on biofuels.

WEC Members and Roundtable attendees can log into their account on the Members Page and review the presentations and all other relevant documents from the Roundtable. WEC thanks Chrysler for hosting this Roundtable.

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William K. Reilly and Fred Krupp to Address Role of Private Equity Firms and Environmental Protection at WEC's Washington Sustainability Forum

WASHINGTON D.C.- October 10, 2007 - The World Environment Center (WEC) announced today that William K, Reilly, former Environmental Protection Agency Administrator and Senior Advisor to TPG Capital, and Fred Krupp, President of Environmental Defense, will jointly speak on "The Role of Private Equity Firms and Environmental Decision Making" at the National Press Club on October 15, 2007 from 3:00—5:00 p.m. Both individuals will address WEC's Washington Sustainability Forum, a non-profit discussion platform for advancing sustainable development among leaders of government, business, non-governmental organizations and other stakeholders.

As global environmental leaders, Mr. Reilly and Mr. Krupp are increasingly shaping the public debate over the role, responsibility and value of private equity sources of capital in acquisition and other investment decisions that have environmental and broader societal impacts. They played an instrumental role in the recent acquisition of TXU (Texas Utilities, Texas' largest electricity provider) by Kohlberg Kravis Roberts and Co. and TPG Capital in the historic decision to make far-reaching environmental commitments a major element of the purchase conditions. This is the first time Messrs. Reilly and Krupp will be speaking publicly in Washington about the TXU deal.

"Bill Reilly and Fred Krupp are two of the world's most influential voices reshaping the dialogue and redefining the rules by which business, environmental organizations and government are advancing sustainable development," stated Terry F. Yosie, WEC's President & CEO. "Their views make a difference in global capital markets and will impact future investment decisions."

Sponsorship of the Washington Sustainability Forum is provided by The Dow Chemical Company.

For more information, contact:

Iris Ovadiya

202-312-1211

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Senator Joseph Lieberman To Inaugurate World Environment Center's Washington Sustainability Forum

Delivers Address on Climate Change and Energy Security

WASHINGTON, D.C.- September 25, 2007 - The World Environment Center (WEC) today announced that Senator Joseph I. Lieberman (ID-Conn.), a leading voice in the U.S. Senate on environmental and national security issues, will deliver an address on "Climate Change and Energy Security: The Search for a Common Solution." Senator Lieberman will speak on September 26 before WEC's Washington Sustainability Forum, a major new initiative designed to advance the dialogue on sustainable development among leaders of business, government, non-governmental and multi-lateral institutions, research organizations and the media in the Washington community.

As Chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee and Chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee's Subcommittee on Private Sector and Consumer Solutions to Global Warming, Senator Lieberman has been a strong advocate of legislation to curb global warming and of legislation to reduce America's dependence on petroleum. In July, he and Senator John Warner (R-Va.) released a discussion draft of their America's Climate Security Act, which they will introduce in September. In May, Senator Lieberman and his co-sponsors succeeded in getting the core elements of their oil savings bill, the Dependence Reduction through Innovation in Vehicles and Energy (DRIVE) Act, passed in the Senate as part of this year's energy bill.

"Senator Lieberman will play a pivotal role, as he does on so many issues, in creating America's future climate change and energy security initiatives. The World Environment Center is delighted that the Senator's remarks will mark the launch of the first public forum in the nation's capital devoted to advancing sustainable development," stated Terry F. Yosie, WEC's President & CEO.

Sponsorship of the Washington Sustainability Forum is provided by The Dow Chemical Company.

About the World Environment Center: WEC is an independent, non-profit, non-advocacy organization whose mission is to advance sustainable development through the business practices of its member companies in partnership with government, non-governmental organizations and other stakeholders. WEC's activities and operations are global in scope, and it is unique in providing direct, on-the-ground support to companies to improve their performance, and that of their business partners, across the value chain.

About Dow: Dow is a diversified chemical company that harnesses the power of innovation, science and technology to constantly improve what is essential to human progress. The Company offers a broad range of products and services to customers in more than 175 countries, helping them to provide everything from fresh water, food and pharmaceuticals to paints, packaging and personal care products. Built on a commitment to its principles of sustainability, Dow has annual sales of $49 billion and employs 49,000 people worldwide.

For more information, please contact:

Iris Ovadiya

202-312-1211

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General Motors and World Environment Center Report Significant Results in China “Green Supply Chain Project”

Shanghai, China—July 31, 2007—The General Motors Corporation (GM), Shanghai General Motors (SGM) and the World Environment Center (WEC) have reported significant energy efficiency, environmental and water conservation improvements in a demonstration project involving eight suppliers to the company’s joint manufacturing venture in China.  GM and its suppliers worked through a WEC project over the past two years to improve their competitiveness and sustainability performance, while generating cost savings.

The partnership with GM, a WEC member company, began in October 2005 with the goal of achieving greater energy efficiencies and improved environmental practices in the automotive manufacturing process.  Results reported to date by supplier companies document reductions in greenhouse gases, water use and net cost savings from improved environmental management processes and performance.  A special event today acknowledges the partnership participants and stakeholders and their successful completion of the “Greening the Supply Chain Project” highlighted in an awards ceremony.  This event will also include GM, Chinese government and WEC officials participating in in-depth panel discussions and presentations on “The Multinational’s Role in China’s Environmental Protection.”

“GM’s participation in this project allows us to expand our corporate environmental initiatives through WEC’s direct, on-the-ground approach to capacity building.  This is enabling us to further integrate sustainable development directly into our business process and across our supply chain,” stated Kevin Wale, President and Managing Director of the GM China Group.  

The Greening the Supply Chain project is a major WEC focus area.  The GM China project follows previous WEC projects with other member companies in Brazil, Mexico and Romania.  “The results of the GM-WEC partnership clearly demonstrate the ability to achieve specific, measurable results that improve competitiveness across the supply chain through the application of sustainable development practices,” noted Terry F. Yosie, WEC’s President & CEO.

 

For more information, please contact:

Iris Ovadiya, World Environment Center

202-312-1211

 

Sophia Luan

General Motors China

86 21 2898-7631

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World Environment Center Participates in White House "Conference on the Americas"

The World Environment Center (WEC) today congratulated the White House for organizing a Conference of the Americas. The one-day conference, held on July 9, brought together business, non-governmental and political leaders from over 30 nations in North and South America to discuss and review strategies for improving opportunity and the quality of life in the region.

U. S. President George W. Bush led a "Conversation on the Americas." U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson participated in a dialogue on expanding economic opportunity, and U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice delivered remarks on building a future of hope and opportunity in the Americas. Other participants included leaders of non-governmental and non-profit organizations, the private sector, foundations, community-based organizations and civil society leaders. Additional topics discussed included the promotion of public-private partnerships, education and health care.

Ernesto Samayoa, Chief of Party in WEC's El Salvador office, represented WEC at the Conference. "WEC's Alliance for Private Sector Competitiveness, with its focus on successful integration of supply chains to achieve energy efficiency and reduced resource consumption, creates growing capacity for achieving sustainable development and opportunity in Latin America," he noted.

WEC currently implements initiatives to expand sustainability practices in the beverage, petroleum and sugar industries in partnership with the El Salvador Ministries of Economy, and of Environment and Natural Resources. Funding for these activities is also provided by the U.S. Agency for International Development.
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For more information please contact:

Iris Ovadiya
202-312-1211

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U.S. AID Extends World Environment Center Project in El Salvador to National Energy Efficiency Issues

The World Environment Center (WEC) today announced the extension of a cooperative agreement with the United States Agency for International Development (AID) on enhancing sustainable private sector development in El Salvador. The extension will incorporate $188,000 additional funds to focus specifically on national energy efficiency issues.

Building on the year and a half success of WEC's Alliance for Private Sector Competitiveness in El Salvador, WEC has effectively worked with the Salvadoran ministries of Economy and Environment , the top-ranked national industry and agricultural associations, and US government and corporations. The Alliance promotes national economic development in El Salvador through strengthening the ability of Salvadoran enterprises to produce products, goods and services in a sustainable and environmentally responsible manner.

The issue of energy efficiency has the attention of both the private sector and the government in El Salvador as it not only is significant to competitive efforts, but also to the Central America Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) environmental agreements.

"Our activities with US AID and the Salvadoran government and industry have developed into a truly successful partnership by establishing a track record of working with both public and private sectors, through roundtables, cleaner production work, supply chain projects, and financing for the implementation of projects." said WEC President and CEO, Terry F. Yosie, "Even greater success can be achieved with this new addition to the agreement."

The WEC team will work with the Ministry of Economy and its Department of Energy on the energy efficiency strategy within El Salvador's national energy policy, conduct energy audits, and provide training on energy audits. This additional initiative represents a unique opportunity to build on previous efforts to expand on the market aspects that will allow energy efficiency activities to flourish in El Salvador.

About the World Environment Center

WEC is an independent, non-profit, non-advocacy organization. Working with the private sector, international organizations, government agencies, academia and non-government organizations it advances sustainable development around the world through direct, on-the-ground initiatives and projects that improve environment, health and safety, the efficient use of natural resources and business operations.
To learn more, visit www.wec.org
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For more information please contact:

Iris Ovadiya
World Environment Center
202-312-1211

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World Environment Center Establishes Washington Sustainability Forum

Global Leaders to Discus Major Economic, Environmental and Societal Challenges
WASHINGTON, D.C.- June 12, 2007- The World Environment Center (WEC) today announced the creation of the Washington Sustainability Forum, a major initiative to create dialogue on sustainable development issues involving senior leaders of business, government, non-governmental organizations, multi-lateral institutions, academia and the media. WEC is an independent, global non-profit, non-advocacy organization whose mission is to implement sustainable development practices with business and stakeholder partners.

Through the Forum, WEC will organize quarterly dialogues with Chief Executive Officers, Cabinet-level officials from various governments and leaders of global stakeholder organizations on:

  • Integrating sustainable development into the business strategies of global corporations.

  • Presenting major national or global policy initiatives.

  • Reviewing the emergence of new issues, trends and partnerships that will advance sustainable development and its impact on public policy, business products, investment portfolios and markets.

  • Identifying stakeholder objectives and expectations for government and the private sector.

    "The accelerating momentum of the sustainable development conversation creates a unique opportunity to unite the members of the global community located in Washington," stated WEC President & CEO Terry F. Yosie. "With its diverse membership, worldwide initiatives and network of senior relationships, the World Environment Center is ideally positioned to provide a neutral, interactive platform to advance the common interests of diverse stakeholders."

    Participation in Washington Sustainability Forum events will be open to the public at no cost, but registration is required. Specific Forum speakers and dates will be separately announced.

     

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    For more information please contact:

    Iris Ovadiya
    World Environment Center
    202-312-1211

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    WEC Establishes Washington Sustainability Forum

    Global Leaders to Discus Major Economic, Environmental and Societal Challenges

    Washington, D.C., June 12, 2007 - The World Environment Center (WEC) today announced the creation of the Washington Sustainability Forum, a major initiative to create dialogue on sustainable development issues involving senior leaders of business, government, non-governmental organizations, multi-lateral institutions, academia and the media. WEC is an independent, global non-profit, non-advocacy organization whose mission is to implement sustainable development practices with business and stakeholder partners.

    Through the Forum, WEC will organize quarterly dialogues with Chief Executive Officers, Cabinet-level officials from various governments and leaders of global stakeholder organizations on:

    • Integrating sustainable development into the business strategies of global corporations.
    • Presenting major national or global policy initiatives.
    • Reviewing the emergence of new issues, trends and partnerships that will advance sustainable development and its impact on public policy, business products, investment portfolios and markets.
    • Identifying stakeholder objectives and expectations for government and the private sector.

    “The accelerating momentum of the sustainable development conversation creates a unique opportunity to unite the members of the global community located in Washington,” stated WEC President & CEO Terry F. Yosie. “With its diverse membership, worldwide initiatives and network of senior relationships, the World Environment Center is ideally positioned to provide a neutral, interactive platform to advance the common interests of diverse stakeholders.”

    Participation in Washington Sustainability Forum events will be open to the public at no cost, but registration is required. Specific Forum speakers and dates will be separately announced.

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    Arch Chemicals Joins WEC

    Arch Chemicals Joins World Environment Center to Integrate Sustainable Development into Business Strategy

    Washington, D.C., May 29, 2007 - Arch Chemicals, Inc., a global Biocides company with employees, manufacturing and customer-support facilities in North and South America, Europe, Africa and Asia, has become the newest member of the World Environment Center (WEC), a global non-profit, non-advocacy organization that is a leader in advancing sustainable development business practices.

    With approximately $1.4 billion in annual sales and 3,000 employees, Arch Chemicals is a global leader in providing innovative, chemistry-based solutions to control the growth of harmful microbes. Its major market segments include water treatment, hair and skin care products, pressure-treated wood, paints and building products, and health and hygiene applications.

    “Enhancing sustainable development is the next logical step in the evolution of our business strategy,” declared Chairman, President & CEO Michael E. Campbell. “The goal of becoming a more sustainable company integrates well with our ongoing Responsible Care® implementation and will enable our company to achieve greater harmony with our business and societal objectives. Participation in the World Environment Center enables Arch Chemicals to work together with a group of globally leading companies and their stakeholders to accelerate the advancement of sustainable development into our business operations.”

    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's current membership represents twelve different business sectors, and it has partnerships with a number of government agencies, academic institutions and non-governmental organizations.

    “Founded in 1999, Arch Chemicals has become in a very short time a leading voice in the global chemical industry to advance environmental performance and rethink how it can more greatly benefit society,” stated Dr. Terry F. Yosie, WEC’s President & CEO. “Arch's commitment to sustainable development will further advance WEC’s extensive business, governmental and stakeholder relationships and practices so necessary to success in the global economy.”

    About Arch Chemicals
    Headquartered in Norwalk, Connecticut, USA, the Arch Chemicals, Inc. portfolio of water products, wood protection, industrial biocides, health and hygiene products, and personal care products is based on advanced chemistry formulated in a variety of new products and new applications for existing products. Its core competencies include superior chemical formulation skills, toxicological expertise, in-depth marketplace knowledge and customer support capabilities. For more information on Arch Chemicals, go to www.archchemicals.com

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