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New IEF Chair

Washington, D.C., July 29, 2004 – On be The Board of Directors of the World Environment Center (WEC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Stephen W. Raab, Global Vice President for Safety, Health and Environment at InterGen Energy Inc., as Chairman of the International Environment Forum (IEF).

Since being elected to the WEC Board of Directors in 2000, Steve Raab has worked closely with the IEF Senior Corporate Delegates and staff on numerous initiatives. Steve served as Chair of the International Corporate Social Responsibility Working Group (ICSR) that developed a unique set of CSR management tools designed to facilitate and substantiate corporate policy and practice. More recently, Steve has worked to facilitate more dialogue on CSR implementation and engagement with the financial community on various CSR benchmarking and SRI-related topics.

Steve succeeds fellow WEC Board Member Karl Schmidt who is Vice President of Worldwide Process Excellence for Johnson & Johnson. During his two years as IEF Chair, Karl brought tremendous energy and engagement to all of our meetings. He participated in the design and implementation of our IEF Roundtables and helped to expand our activities in Asia with the first ever IEF meeting in Japan last fall. He also worked diligently with Board Chairman Jim Lime, Vice President, Corporate Environment, Health and Safety at Pfizer, Inc. to expand our recruitment efforts, resulting in new IEF member companies Abbot Laboratories, Hewlett Packard, Inco Inc., Johnson Controls, Merck, and Petroleos Mexicanos.

Steve will also assume Karl's duties as Chairman of the IEF Steering Committee, a member-driven body that will continue to lead the IEF in identifying and defining future IEF priorities. All IEF members are welcome to participate. For more information please contact Ryan Nelson, Program Coordinator, at rnelson@wec.org or (202) 312-1210, or you can contact Steve directly at sraab@intergen.com or (781) 993-3035.

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World Environment Center (WEC) Honors Johnson Controls, Inc, at the Twentieth Annual WEC Gold Medal Presentation Ceremony

New York, May 17, 2004 – Johnson Controls, Inc. (JCI) of Milwaukee , Wisconsin received the 2004 WEC Gold Medal for International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable Development last Friday night at the National Building Museum in Washington , D.C. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Mr. Michael O. Leavitt presented the award to Mr. John M. Barth, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Johnson Controls Inc., who accepted on behalf of JCI's 118,000 employees in recognition of the company's global leadership in sustainable development. This year marks the Twentieth Anniversary of the presentation of the award.

“Johnson Controls, Inc. embodies a fundamental spirit and practice of a better way; environmental protection and economic progress go hand in hand,” noted Administrator Leavitt, “[Johnson Controls'] commitment to conservation, citizenship, and sustainable development is not only a philosophical aspiration but also a successful business practice.” Over 400 dignitaries from government and the diplomatic corps, industry, international agencies and NGOs, academia and the media attended the annual event.

JCI is being honored for providing global leadership in revolutionizing the way businesses approach the design, construction and renovation of their facilities through advancements in High Performance Green Buildings. “Collectively, Johnson Controls' extraordinary efforts exemplify the spirit of leadership embodied by the WEC Gold Medal,” remarked Mr. John F. Mizroch, President and Chief Executive Officer of the World Environment Center.

“At Johnson Controls, we define [sustainability] as the triple bottom line of financial, social, and environmental performance,” commented Mr. John M. Barth, “I am deeply honored to receive this prestigious award on behalf of the 118,000 employees of Johnson Controls.”

According to the 2004 WEC Jury Citation, “Johnson Controls promotes technologies, systems and projects incorporating a cost-benefit model that considers sustainability principles. The company's business lines and initiatives in the battery, automotive, building, construction and control industries stand as a shining example for all industry in the areas of materials use efficiency, supplier diversity, and resource recovery. Johnson Controls' dedication to social responsibility and comprehensive implementation of energy efficiency and waste minimization practices have set a high standard for industry and governments worldwide.”

Nomination forms for applying to the 2005 WEC Gold Medal competition, a complete list of Jury members, the 2004 Jury Citation, and a list of previous recipients are available at the WEC website: www.wec.org.

About Johnson Controls
Johnson Controls, Inc., is a global market leader in automotive systems and facility management and control. In the automotive market, it is a major supplier of integrated seating and interior systems and batteries. For non-residential facilities, Johnson Controls provides control systems and services including comfort, energy and security management. Johnson Controls (NYSE: JCI), founded in 1885, has headquarters in Milwaukee , Wisconsin . Its sales for 2003 totaled $22.6 billion. For more information about Johnson Controls visit the company's web site at www.johnsoncontrols.com.

About the WEC
Established in 1974, the World Environment Center (WEC) is an independent, not-for-profit, non-advocacy organization. Working with the private sector, international organizations, non-governmental organizations and academia, the WEC promotes sustainable development by encouraging environmental leadership, improving health and safety practices worldwide, and fostering the efficient use of natural resources to protect the global environment. For more information about the WEC, please visit www.wec.org.

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Business Leaders and Key Dignitaries Come Together to Discuss the Future of Sustainable Development

New York, May 12, 2004 – The World Environment Center (WEC) will host a high-level colloquium on corporate leadership and sustainability May 13-14, 2004 at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. The two-day presentation, “Building Bridges to a Sustainable Future: Promoting Partnerships for Innovation,” will explore interactions between energy markets, trade and international development, as well as examine recent trends in sustainability that are shaping a variety of industry sectors, including automotive, manufacturing and consumer products. The colloquium is open to all National Press Club members as well as other interested media.

May 13 features a panel on international corporate leadership that brings together senior environmental affairs executives from Eastman Kodak, Starbucks Coffee Company, and Ricoh Company, Ltd., each presenting their perspectives on successfully integrating environmental protection and sustainable business practices on an international scale. On May 14, senior executives from Johnson Controls will present highlights of their award-winning strategies for sustainability, environmental performance and design for the environment.

Speakers include Emmy B. Simmons, assistant administrator for the U.S. Agency for International Development's (USAID) Bureau for Economic Growth, Agriculture and Trade, and Timothy B. Hauser, undersecretary of commerce for International Commerce and trade, U.S. Department of Commerce. John M. Barth, Johnson Controls chairman and chief executive officer, will also be in attendance.

The colloquium is being held in conjunction with the 20 th Annual WEC Gold Medal for International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable Development, which is being presented to Johnson Controls at the National Building Museum May 14.

Michael O. Leavitt, administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, will present the WEC Gold Medal for International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable Development to Barth, who will accept on behalf of the company's 118,000 employees worldwide. The 2004 jury citation and a list of previous recipients are available at the WEC website: www.wec.org.

About Johnson Controls
Johnson Controls, Inc., is a global market leader in automotive systems and facility management and control. In the automotive market, it is a major supplier of integrated seating and interior systems and batteries. For non-residential facilities, Johnson Controls provides control systems and services including comfort, energy and security management. Johnson Controls (NYSE: JCI), founded in 1885, has headquarters in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Its sales for 2003 totaled $22.6 billion. For more information about Johnson Controls visit the company's web site at www.johnsoncontrols.com.

About the WEC
The World Environment Center (WEC) is an independent, not-for-profit, non-advocacy organization. Working with the private sector, international organizations, non-governmental organizations and academia, the WEC promotes sustainable development by encouraging environmental leadership, improving health and safety practices worldwide, and fostering the efficient use of natural resources to protect the global environment.

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Johnson Controls to Receive 2004 World Environment Center Gold Medal for International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable Development

New York, January 15, 2004 – The World Environment Center’s Twentieth Annual WEC Gold Medal for International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable Development has been awarded to Johnson Controls, Inc., Milwaukee, Wis., for creating tremendous shareholder value through businesses and initiatives that enable energy efficiency and reduced carbon dioxide emissions; facilitate resource efficiency, reuse and recycling; and promote Green Building design concepts.

Johnson Controls supplies automotive interior systems and batteries, and is a global leader in building management and control systems for nonresidential facilities. An independent Jury of distinguished international environmental experts awards annually the WEC Gold Medal to a corporation that demonstrates preeminent industry leadership and contributes to worldwide environmental quality and sustainable development.

The award will be presented at a formal gala event on Friday, May 14, 2004 at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. Mr. John M. Barth, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Johnson Controls Inc., will accept the award on behalf of the global company’s 118,000 employees worldwide. Mr. Masamitsu Sakurai, President, CEO and COO of Ricoh Company, Ltd., the 2003 Award Recipient, will chair this year’s event.

"We are proud to accept this prestigious award and I thank the WEC for recognizing our efforts," said Mr. Barth. "Our environmental performance is the result of our commitment to our corporate values, which form the foundation of our policies, ethics, corporate culture and business strategies. Our values embody the spirit of sustainability. They lead us to socially responsible behavior in our workplaces and in our communities, and are reflected in the products and services we provide to customers."

The Jury cited Johnson Controls for its commitment to environmental conservation, conscientious citizenship, and sustainable development. “Through its longtime policies and practices, Johnson Controls has demonstrated its leadership in sustainable development,” noted Dr. Joel Abrams, Professor Emeritus of the University of Pittsburgh and Chairman of the independent Gold Medal Jury.

The Jury cited Johnson Controls for its commitment to environmental conservation, conscientious citizenship, and sustainable development. “Through its longtime policies and practices, Johnson Controls has demonstrated its leadership in sustainable development,” noted Dr. Joel Abrams, Professor Emeritus of the University of Pittsburgh and Chairman of the independent Gold Medal Jury.

“Johnson Controls is providing global leadership in revolutionizing the way businesses and contractors build their facilities,” asserts Dr. Abrams. Johnson Controls, through its internal programs and efforts on behalf of its customers, is considered one of the largest deliverers of energy efficiency in the U.S. In the United States alone, energy efficiency projects implemented by Johnson Controls since 1990 are expected, by 2020, to produce energy savings of $95 billion and to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 1.3 billion tons.

As part of the Green Building Initiative, Johnson Controls has collaborated with the non-profit U.S. Green Building Council, in particular, to produce the LEED Green Building Rating System™ for designing and constructing green buildings. The company’s Brengel Technology Center in Milwaukee stands as one of the nation’s first green buildings certified under LEED.

Johnson Controls is also a founding member of Supplier Partnership for the Environment, an organization of automotive and vehicle suppliers that works with the U.S. EPA to develop a business-centered approach to environmental protection. As part of its environmental initiatives, the company developed Eco-cor™ for use in automotive interior components, such as door panels. Eco-cor is made from plant fibers and recycled plastics. In addition to its waste reduction benefits, Eco-cor has the advantage of reduced weight, which contributes to improved vehicle fuel efficiency.

In 2003, the Johnson Controls automotive interiors business reduced manufacturing waste disposal costs approximately 18% through diversion of waste products into a variety of recycling and recovery applications. All of its North American interiors plants are certified to the ISO 14001 standard, and as part of this compliance, environmental management plans include input from stakeholders, including local community interest organizations.

The Jury also acknowledged a range of the company’s achievements in the areas of waste-reduction, sustainability and social responsibility. The Johnson Controls automobile battery business is a model for reuse and recycling. Currently, approximately 96 percent of all Johnson Controls automotive batteries are recycled and its manufacturing plants recycle 99.9 percent of all lead used. Waste reductions are also achieved through the application of life-cycle assessments with the goal of zero waste-to-landfill; application of ISO 14001; installation of air filters; integrating renewable natural based materials into product lines; and assisting customers and suppliers with recycling and reclaiming materials.

Johnson Controls’ commitment to working with a diverse range of suppliers was demonstrated in 2002, when the company first achieved $1 billion in annual spending with diverse suppliers. To further increase supplier diversity, Johnson Controls encouraged joint ventures between itself, key suppliers and minority-owned companies.

The Jury also cited high corporate expectations for global suppliers that go beyond mere regulatory compliance by pushing for suppliers’ operating standards to reflect Johnson Controls’ own high standards. Suppliers’ performance is monitored and the implementation of ISO 14001 management systems is actively encouraged.

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 quality and sustainable development. The WEC Gold Medal is awarded annually by an independent Jury comprised of distinguished international environmental experts. The Jury carefully examines all applications submitted by qualified multinational companies each year. Each nomination is examined for a clearly articulated set of values, a history of proven accomplishment, a global outlook and a commitment to sustainable development.

2004 Jury members
Citation for the 2004 WEC Gold Medal Awardee
List of previous recipients

About Johnson Controls
Johnson Controls, Inc., is a global market leader in automotive systems and facility management and control. In the automotive market, it is a major supplier of integrated seating and interior systems, and batteries. For non-residential facilities, Johnson Controls provides control systems and services including comfort, energy and security management. Johnson Controls (NYSE: JCI), founded in 1885, has headquarters in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Its sales for 2003 totaled $22.6 billion. For more information on Johnson Controls, Inc., visit the company’s web site at www.johnsoncontrols.com. Specific information about the company's environmental efforts is highlighted on its web site as well.

About WEC
WEC is an independent, not-for-profit and non-advocacy organization that advances sustainable development and social responsibility, encourages environmental leadership, and helps improve environmental, health and safety practices worldwide. Founded in 1974, the Center serves as a bridge for collaboration, partnership and the exchange of information between industry, government, academia, non-governmental organizations, and other sectors. The WEC accomplishes this through its International Environment Forum, WEC Gold Medal for International Corporate Environmental Achievement and its international technical cooperation programs.

Previous recipients of the WEC Gold Medal are: The Royal Dutch/Shell Group of Companies, International Paper Company, Eastman Kodak Company; Philips Electronics N.V., Compaq Computer Corporation, Alcoa, Ciba-Geigy Limited, S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc., Xerox Corporation, Procter & Gamble Company, Rohm and Haas Company, IBM Corporation, The Dow Chemical Company, The BP Group, E.I. Du Pont de Nemours & Company Exxon Corporation and 3M.

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La XIX Medalla de Oro del Centro Mundial del Ambiente "WEC" otorgada por logros corporativos en desarrollo sustentable ha sido asignada al Grupo Corporativo Ricoh ("Ricoh"), líder en la automatización de productos y procesos, de manera amigable al ambient

New York, 13 de enero de 2003 – La XIX Medalla de Oro del Centro Mundial del Ambiente "WEC" otorgada por logros corporativos en desarrollo sustentable ha sido asignada al Grupo Corporativo Ricoh ("Ricoh"), líder en la automatización de productos y procesos, de manera amigable al ambiente. La Medalla de Oro del WEC es designada por un jurado independiente formado por distinguidos especialistas en la rama ambiental, a corporativos que demuestren un liderazgo preeminente en su industria y que contribuyan a la mejora de la calidad ambiental. La presea será otorgada en una gala formal el próximo jueves 15 de mayo del 2003, en el Edificio del Museo Nacional en Washington, D.C. en reconocimiento al liderazgo global que dicha compañía ha desempeñado en materia de desarrollo sustentable. El Sr. Masamitsu Sakurai, Presidente y Jefe de Operaciones Corporativas de Ricoh Co., Ltd., recibirá el galardón en nombre de los 74,000 empleados de Ricoh en Japón, las Américas, Europa, China y Taiwán, y la región del Asia Pacífico.

El Sr. Sakurai comentó acerca del éxito de la estrategia sustentable que la compañía ha seguido: "En este siglo, para sobrevivir como una corporación respetada en la comunidad mundial, la compañía debe de desempeñarse con una administración consciente de los retos ambientales y responsabilidad social, buscando el apoyo de la sociedad mundial. Considerando la anterior premisa, Ricoh promueve una administración sustentable desde el punto de vista global, y realiza esfuerzos para revitalizar la economía de comunidades locales, y alimenta a su personal a través de la implementación de los sig. tres puntos: Primero: la participación activa del alto mando gerencial y de todos los grupos de empleados es la clave del éxito. Segundo: la creación de un valor económico a través de una administración ambiental es esencial para alcanzar una continua conexión con las actividades de conservación ambiental. Tercero: debemos de establecer una reputación de alcance social, a través de la publicación de nuestras actividades. Ricoh incluso promueve actividades que restringen el impacto ambiental en sus propios negocios, dejando margen a la recuperación del medio ambiente. Respetuosamente aceptamos el galardón del WEC, como testimonio de la fortaleza de nuestras creencias y principios operativos"

El Jurado citó a Ricoh por su compromiso al medio ambiente y desarrollo sustentable. El Jurado asignó el reconocimiento al Grupo Ricoh a partir de una gama de logros que demuestran el desarrollo excelente y superior en las áreas de políticas, implementación y liderazgo en sus programas de desarrollo sustentable. "En la filosofía empresarial llaman a nuestra tierra, nuestro mañana". Ricoh cree que todos compartimos el planeta y que estamos obligados a a protegerlo y preservarlo, señala el Dr. Joel Abrams, Catedrático de la Universidad de Pittsburg y Portavoz del Jurado Independiente de la Medalla de Oro del WEC. El Jurado tomó la decisión final de otorgar la medalla a Ricoh basado en su singular desempeño, combinado con una serie de programas en materia de tecnologías de eficiencia energética, reducción de emisiones de calentamiento global, programas de producción, y ofrecimiento de productos de cero desperdicio, enverdecimiento de las cadenas de insumos, y un liderazgo en la aplicación de programas ambientales a nivel mundial.

"Colectivamente, estos logros sirven de modelo en el logro de los objetivos y metas de sustentabilidad para muchas compañías", según el Dr. Abrams. "El Jurado cree firmemente que este modelo proveerá excelentes estándares para los modelos de administración en el futuro, así como para empresas de corte similar" La Medalla de Oro del Centro Mundial del Ambiente "WEC" otorgada por logros corporativos en desarrollo sustentable fue establecida en 1985 como una forma de reconocimiento al liderazgo demostrado en las políticas empresariales y contribuciones en la calidad del medioambiente y desarrollo sustentable. El Jurado revisa cuidadosamente año tras año, cada una de las solicitudes entregadas por reconocidas multinacionales. El Jurado busca entre los postulantes una clara serie de valores, una trayectoria de logros, una visión global y un compromiso con el medio ambiente. La lista de los miembros que compusieron el Jurado, los detalles de la entrega de la Medalla de Oro del WEC 2003, y la lista de los acreedores a la misma, está disponible en la siguiente dirección electrónica: www.wec.org. El Jurado de la Medalla de Oro del WEC es completamente independiente al WEC y a los programas del WEC; y está formado por una serie de líderes en la materia ambiental de diferentes campos de trabajo: academia, gobierno, industria, y organizaciones no gubernamentales.

Grupo Ricoh
Ricoh Company, Ltd., fue fundada el 6 de febrero de 1936. El Grupo Ricoh está formado por 367 subsidiarias y 28 compañías afiliadas. El Grupo Ricoh se desempeña a nivel mundial en las áreas de: desarrollo, producción, mercadeo, servicio post-compra, y reciclaje de equipo de oficina incluyendo copiadoras e impresoras, equipo de información, aparatos ópticos y otros tipos de maquinarias. Más de 74,000 empleados alrededor de los cinco continentes lo forman. Para obtener más información sobre Ricoh Company, Ltd., visite: www.ricoh.com.

El Centro Mundial del Ambiente "WEC"
El Centro Mundial del Ambiente "WEC" es una organización independiente y no lucrativa. El WEC promueve el desarrollo sustentable a través del liderazgo en esta rama, mejorando las prácticas de salud y seguridad en el mundo, y dando a conocer el uso eficiente de los recursos naturales para promover el ambiente global. El WEC promueve su misión a través de tres programas: el Foro Ambiental Internacional (IEF), el reconocimiento al liderazgo corporativo a través de la Medalla de Oro del WEC, y Programas de Capacitación. Para obtener más información sobre el WEC, visite: www.wec.org

Compañías que han sido galardonadas con la Medalla de Oro del WEC son: CEMEX, The Royal Dutch/Shell Group, International Paper Company, Eastman Kodak Company; Philips Electronics N.V., Compaq Computer Corporation, Alcoa, Ciba-Geigy Limited, S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc., Xerox Corporation, Procter & Gamble Company, Rohm and Haas Company, IBM Corporation, The Dow Chemical Company, The BP Group, E.I., Du Pont de Nemours & Company, Exxon Corporation, y 3M.

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Ricoh to Receive 2003 World Environment Center Gold Medal for International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable Development

New York, January 13, 2003 – The World Environment Center's Nineteenth Annual WEC Gold Medal for International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable Development has been awarded to the Ricoh Group ("Ricoh"), a leader in enviromentally-friendly office automation products and processes. The WEC Gold Medal is awarded by an independent Jury of distinguished international environmental experts to a corporation that demonstrates preeminent industry leadership and contributes to worldwide environmental quality.

The Award will be presented at a formal gala on Thursday May 15, 2003 at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. in recognition of the company’s global leadership in sustainable development. Mr. Masamitsu Sakurai, President and Chief Operating Officer of Ricoh Co., Ltd., will accept the award on behalf of Ricoh's more than 74,000 employees in Japan, the Americas, Europe, China and Taiwan, and the Asia-Pacific region.

Commenting on the award, Mr. Sakurai reflected on the company’s strategy for sustainable success, “To survive in the new century as a respected corporation in the global community, a company needs to excel in environment-conscious management and social responsibility and obtain the support of society. Recognizing that fact, the Ricoh Group promotes sustainable management from a global point of view, making efforts to revitalize the economy of local communities and nurturing its personnel by laying emphasis on the following three points.

“First, the active participation of the top management and all group-wide employees is a key to success. Next, creating economic value through environmental management is essential to engage in environmental conservation activities continuously. And finally, we must establish a reputation for social reliability by publicizing our activities. The Ricoh Group further promotes activities that restrict the environmental impact of its business activities so that the environment can recover. We humbly accept the WEC award, which we see as a testament to the strength of our beliefs and operating principles.”

The Jury cited Ricoh for its integrated commitment to the environment and sustainable development. The Jury based its award on a complete and comprehensive group of achievements that demonstrates superior performance in the areas of policy, implementation, and leadership constituting a compelling program of sustainable development. “Guided by a philosophy the organization calls ‘our earth, our tomorrow,’ Ricoh believes that we all share the planet and are obligated to protect and preserve it,” notes Dr. Joel Abrams, Professor Emeritus of the University of Pittsburgh and Chairman of the independent Gold Medal Jury.

The Signature Contribution on which the Jury based its award decision is Ricoh’s outstanding performance combined with complementary programs in world class energy efficiency technology, reduction of global climate-warming emissions, zero-waste production and products, green suppliers pipeline, and a cutting edge environmental management system globally applied.

“Collectively, these accomplishments serve as a model for corporations to achieve success through sustainability,” according to Dr. Abrams, “The Jury believes this model will provide an excellent standard for the office landscape of the future and as an example for other similar enterprises.”

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 quality and sustainable development. The Jury carefully examines all award applications submitted by qualified multinational companies each year. The Jury examines each nomination for a clearly articulated set of values, a history of proven accomplishment, a global outlook and a commitment to sustainable development. A complete list of Jury members, the Citation for the 2003 WEC Gold Medal Awardee, and a list of previous recipients are available at the WEC website: www.wec.org. The WEC Gold Medal Jury is completely independent of WEC and its programs, and is composed of international environmental leaders from academia, government, industry, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

About Ricoh
Ricoh Company, Ltd., was established on February 6, 1936. The Ricoh Group consists of 376 subsidiaries, and 28 affiliates. The Ricoh Group engages in such global-scale activities as the development, production, marketing, after-sales service, and recycling of office equipment, including copiers and printers, information equipment, optical devices, and other electronic equipment, in five regions around the world. The Group has more than 74,000 employees. For more information about Ricoh, please visit www.ricoh.com.

About the WEC
The World Environment Center (WEC) is an independent, not-for-profit, non-advocacy organization. Working with the private sector, international organizations, non-governmental organizations and academia, the WEC promotes sustainable development by encouraging environmental leadership, improving health and safety practices worldwide, and fostering the efficient use of natural resources to protect the global environment. The WEC supports its mission through three central programs: the International Environment Forum (IEF); the WEC Gold Medal Award; and Capacity Building Programs. For more information about the WEC, please visit www.wec.org.

Previous recipients of the WEC Gold Medal are: CEMEX, The Royal Dutch/Shell Group, International Paper Company, Eastman Kodak Company; Philips Electronics N.V., Compaq Computer Corporation, Alcoa, Ciba-Geigy Limited, S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc., Xerox Corporation, Procter & Gamble Company, Rohm and Haas Company, IBM Corporation, The Dow Chemical Company, The BP Group, E.I. Du Pont de Nemours & Company, Exxon Corporation and 3M.

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Shell, GM Partner to Maake Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles a Reality

Washington, D.C., March 5, 2003 – General Motors Corp. and Shell Hydrogen are combining resources to help make hydrogen fuel cell vehicles a commercially viable reality, the two announced today. "The partnership brings together two leaders in hydrogen energy and transportation to take a coordinated, comprehensive approach," said Donald Huberts, chief executive officer of Shell Hydrogen. "By combining GM's expertise in vehicle technology with Shell's leadership in refueling technologies, the initiative represents an important step forward in the commercialization of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles."

The centerpiece of the partnership will be a real-life demonstration of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles and fueling infrastructure technology in the Washington, D.C. area between GM and Shell Hydrogen (U.S.). The demonstration will feature the nation's first hydrogen pump at a Shell retail gas station to support a General Motors Corp. fleet of fuel cell vehicles.

With the combined hydrogen vehicle-fueling station demonstration in Washington as the foundation of the partnership, GM and Shell will together focus on three key areas:

  • Increased awareness and understanding on the part of policymakers, regulators and the general public - via demonstrations of the combined hydrogen technologies in our nation's capitol
  • Knowledge sharing - to combine the expertise from both the vehicle and fueling infrastructure sides, and
  • Experience and learning - from the trial under real-life, real-time conditions

"GM and Shell share a vision that has been made a national priority by President Bush in his State of the Union address," said Larry Burns, GM's vice president of research and development and planning. "To get there, GM and Shell will provide an entire system - from the generation and distribution of hydrogen to a retail station, and the storage of hydrogen on a vehicle to the actual vehicle itself.

"It's an important learning opportunity, with real vehicles driving in real-world settings," Burns said. "This is very important for the future of our nation. Many of our policy leaders have not had a chance to drive fuel cell vehicles and this gives them that opportunity."

GM has set a stretch target of selling fuel cell vehicles by the end of the decade and hopes to be the first manufacturer to sell 1 million fuel cell vehicles, Burns added.

Under the terms of the MOU between GM and Shell Hydrogen (U.S.), Shell's hydrogen station is expected to be operational by October, 2003, with GM's commitment to use the station for support of its vehicle fleet, which will arrive in Washington DC in May of this year.

"Hydrogen holds great promise as the ultimate fuel," said Shell Hydrogen CEO Huberts. "This clean and abundant energy carrier can be extracted from water or from natural gas. When used in a fuel cell vehicle, the only exhaust is water.

"We want to demonstrate the practical and everyday use of hydrogen fuel," Huberts continued.

"Shell's work with GM will show that filling up the car with hydrogen is as simple and safe as filling up with gasoline."

The partnership builds upon Shell's commitment to hydrogen and other renewable energies. In 1999, Shell Hydrogen was established to pursue and develop business opportunities related to hydrogen and fuel cells. Today, the Shell Hydrogen companies are leading hydrogen producers and innovators in the development of technologies to create a hydrogen fueling infrastructure. Recent Shell and GM initiatives include participation in the California Fuel Cell Partnership, a unique collaboration between the state of California, energy companies and automobile manufacturers to advance hydrogen-fueled vehicles. In addition, Shell Hydrogen recently announced plans for the first hydrogen fueling station in Tokyo, as well as a major hydrogen fuel initiative in Iceland.

Fuel cells use an electrochemical reaction that uses hydrogen and oxygen from air to create electricity to move a vehicle. The demonstration vehicles are GM's HydroGen3 minivan, which is based on the GM's Opel Zafira. The HydroGen3 is powered by a 94-kilowatt fuel cell stack and has enough power to reach 100 miles per hour with crisp acceleration.

Last fall, GM debuted Hy-wire, the world's first drivable vehicle that combines fuel cell and by-wire technology. In another first, a Chevrolet S-10 demonstrated the world's first on-board processor that extracts hydrogen from gasoline to produce electricity. This is a key technology for enabling hydrogen pumps at gas stations, using off-board processors at the pump.

General Motors, the world's largest vehicle manufacturer, designs, builds and markets cars and trucks worldwide and has been the global automotive sales leader since 1931. GM employs about 350,000 people around the world. More GM information can be found at www.gm.com.

Shell Hydrogen refers to the companies of the Royal Dutch/Shell Group which are engaged in the pursuit and development of businesses related to hydrogen and fuel cells. Each of the companies, which make up the Royal Dutch/Shell Group of companies is an independent entity and has its own separate identity. Principal offices are located in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, with regional bases in Houston and Tokyo. For further information visit www.shell.com/hydrogen.

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Alcan Recognized as a High-Performing and Sustainability-Driven Company

Montreal, Canada, September 5, 2002 - Alcan Inc. is pleased to announce that it has been selected as a component of the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI World) in recognition of its on-going efforts to implement sustainability within its businesses.

“Alcan believes strongly in the importance of integrating economic, environmental and social criteria into our business culture and practices,” said Travis Engen, President and CEO of Alcan Inc. “A focus on sustainability is necessary for our long-term success in providing value to our shareholders.”

Alcan's position in the DJSI World will be effective September 23, 2002. The Company joins over 300 companies from 23 countries that lead their industries in sustainability issues. Alcan is ranked in the top ten per cent of companies in the aluminum – steel sector assessed for the index.

This news follows the recent announcement that Alcan was recognized in Johannesburg with a United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and International Chamber of Commerce award for excellence in sustainable development for its novel and innovative International Micro-Business Network that helps grade school students develop entrepreneurial and environmental skills and experience.

Many of the Company's other sustainability initiatives, such as the community health initiative, Project Smiles in Brazil; Alcan's global greenhouse gas reduction program TARGET; the groundbreaking 18-year Operational Stability Agreement in the labour-management relations area; as well as its process and product sustainability developments, are described in its 2002 Corporate Sustainability Report “Alcan's Journey Towards Sustainability”. The report is available on-line at www.alcan.com.

Alcan is a multinational, market-driven company and a global leader in aluminum and specialty packaging with 2001 revenues of US$12.6 billion. With world-class operations in primary aluminum, fabricated aluminum as well as flexible and specialty packaging, Alcan is well positioned to meet and exceed its customers' needs for innovative solutions and service. Alcan employs 48,000 people and has operating facilities in 38 countries.

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World Environment Center Honors CEMEX at the 2002 WEC Gold Medal Presentation Ceremony

New York, May 17, 2002 – Tonight at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. CEMEX will receive the 2002 WEC Gold Medal for International Corporate Environmental Achievement. This award is presented annually to recognize and honor a corporation that demonstrates preeminent leadership and contributes to worldwide environmental quality.

Mr. Lorenzo H. Zambrano, Chairman of the Board and CEO of CEMEX will accept the award on behalf of the 25,000 employees in more than 33 countries and in recognition of the company’s global leadership in sustainable development. Mr. Harrison Ford, actor and conservationist will present the award at the WEC Gold Medal Presentation Ceremony and Dinner.

Over 650 dignitaries from government, industry, and international agencies, the diplomatic corps, NGO’s, academia and the media will attend.

"We are pleased to honor CEMEX for their outstanding environmental achievement. The serious commitment that CEMEX has made to sustainability will serve as a model of industry leadership for the upcoming World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg," said John Mizroch, President and CEO of the New York-based World Environment Center.

CEMEX is being honored for developing and implementing company-wide the Environmental Management System (EMS) policy. CEMEX is committed to employing cutting edge technology in its operational process in order to assure energy and materials efficiency, to promote environmental culture with all constituencies and use the most effective systems to protect its employees, neighboring communities, facilities and the environment. The company’s Signature Contribution is based on the creation of a comprehensive array of achievements, that demonstrate superiority in the areas of Policy, Implementation and leadership, guided by a philosophy and operational goal the company refers to as En Armonia con la Naturaleza a Spanish phrase for "In Harmony with Nature." This philosophy has translated into specific actions in the form of a world-class eco-efficiency program, international environmental education and significant socially responsible outreach efforts, applying a global approach to setting and meeting strong company-wide environmental standards, and achieving balance throughout its worldwide operations. All of these accomplishments will serve as a seminal example for responsible growth and sustainable development worldwide.

About CEMEX
CEMEX operations spread across the world’s most dynamic and vibrant cement markets of four continents and ranks as the third largest in global production and marketing of cement and ready-mix products. Augmented by its deep knowledge of the local markets together with its global network and information technology systems, CEMEX provides world-class products and services to its customers from individual homebuilders to large industrial contracts.

About WEC
WEC is an independent, not-for-profit and non-advocacy organization that advances sustainable development and social responsibility, encourages environmental leadership, and helps improve environmental, health and safety practices worldwide. Founded in 1974, the Center serves as a bridge for collaboration, partnership and the exchange of information between industry, government, academia, non-governmental organizations, and other sectors. The WEC accomplishes this through its International Environment Forum, WEC Gold Medal for International Corporate Environmental Achievement and its international technical cooperation programs.

Previous recipients of the WEC Gold Medal are: The Royal Dutch/Shell Group of Companies, International Paper Company, Eastman Kodak Company; Philips Electronics N.V., Compaq Computer Corporation, Alcoa, Ciba-Geigy Limited, S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc., Xerox Corporation, Procter & Gamble Company, Rohm and Haas Company, IBM Corporation, The Dow Chemical Company, The BP Group, E.I. Du Pont de Nemours & Company Exxon Corporation and 3M.

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The World Environment Center Appoints New Director for Corporate Programs

WEC's new Director for Corporate Programs

April 16, 2002

Dear IEF Delegates and Prospective Members,

The World Environment Center is pleased to announce the appointment of Deirdre Wilson as Director, Corporate Programs. Many of you already know and have worked with Deirdre, who for the past two years has served as liaison with The Auditing Roundtable in collaboration with the IEF on the WEC Corporate Social Responsibility verification protocol. She will be responsible for developing and managing the Center's corporate programs and our International Corporate Social Responsibility (ICSR) projects.

For 15 years, Deirdre Wilson has worked in industry, primarily as Corporate EH&S Manager for various business units of GE, Siemens and Alusuise-Lonza; all positions included a strong emphasis on auditing, product stewardship, and corporate reporting.

Since 1993 she's been actively involved in CMA's Responsible Care Program, the US TAG to TC207, ISO 14001 (Environmental Performance Evaluation) and associated Legal Issues Forum. She attended SUNY New Paltz for both her BA and MA in Anthropology & Geology and received the Arethusia Graduate Thesis Award.

Our new management team is looking forward to working with you. Many of you will have an opportunity to see Deirdre at the New York Forum on Sustainability, "On the Road to Johannesburg" on April 22-23, 2002 at the Millennium UN Plaza Hotel at E44th and First Avenue (Monday evening) and the Inter-Continental "The Barclay" Hotel at E48th and Lexington Avenue (Tuesday morning).

Deirdre can be reached at deirdre.wilson@wec.org or via phone at 212-683-4700 x201.

Sincerely,
John F. Mizroch
President and Chief Executive Officer

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CEMEX to Receive 2002 World Environment Center Gold Medal for International Corporate Environmental Achievement

New York, January 14, 2002 – The World Environment Center's Eighteenth Annual WEC Gold Medal for International Corporate Environmental Achievement has been awarded to CEMEX, one of the largest cement companies in the world. The WEC Gold Medal is awarded by an independent Jury of distinguished international environmental experts to a corporation that demonstrates preeminent industry leadership and contributes to worldwide environmental quality.

The Award will be presented at a formal gala on May 17, 2002 at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. Lorenzo H. Zambrano, Chairman and CEO of CEMEX, will accept the award on behalf of 25,000 employees in 33 countries and in recognition of the company’s global leadership in sustainable development.

“At CEMEX, we are building a better future by using the most advanced technologies and eco-efficient processes. As a global company, we are fully committed to the protection of the environment, and we will continue to join forces with governments, renowned NGO’s and communities to safeguard nature and promote a deeper ecological culture around the world,” expressed Zambrano.

The Jury cited CEMEX for developing a formal strategy for environmental policy and sustainable growth. This Environmental Management System (EMS) policy, established in 1993, and updated in 1997 and 2000, defines clear corporate guidelines to make all of its employees, suppliers, customers and shareholders aware of the importance and value of protecting natural resources, and is endorsed by the Board of Directors and the CEO/chairman to ensure implementation throughout the company and its worldwide operations. CEMEX has made a commitment to employing cutting-edge technology in its operational processes in order to assure energy and materials-efficiency, to promote an environmental culture with all constituencies, and to use the most effective equipment and systems to protect its employees, neighboring communities, facilities and the environment. As a result, CEMEX plants not only comply with but also exceed all environmental regulations.

“CEMEX places a strong emphasis on social responsibility and conducts an array of significant programs in community outreach, habitat conservation and environmental stewardship as well as a number of far reaching social programs, including disaster relief, solid waste disposal, infrastructure improvements, environmental awareness and a variety of community health projects in the Americas, Europe, Asia and Africa,” notes Dr. Joel Abrams, Professor Emeritus of the University of Pittsburgh, Chairman of the Jury.

The Signature Contribution on which the Jury based its award decision is the creation by CEMEX of a comprehensive array of achievements, which demonstrate superiority in the areas of policy, implementation and leadership, guided by a philosophy and operational goal the company refers to as En Armonía con la Naturaleza, a Spanish phrase meaning “In Harmony with Nature.” This philosophy has been translated into specific actions in the form of a world-class eco-efficiency program, international environmental education and significant socially responsible outreach efforts, applying a global approach to setting and meeting strong company-wide environmental standards, and achieving balance throughout its worldwide operations. CEMEX designed and implemented all of these environmental systems and improvements while experiencing consistent levels of growth through geographic diversification , becoming a global corporation with operations in 33 countries. All of these accomplishments taken together have set a standard for the cement industry and for industry in general and will serve as a seminal example for responsible growth and sustainable development worldwide.

The World Environment Center Gold Medal for International Corporate Environmental Achievement was established in 1985 to recognize preeminent industry leadership initiatives and contributions to worldwide environmental quality. The Jury carefully examines all award applications submitted by qualified multinational companies each year. The Jury examines each nomination for a clearly articulated set of values, a history of proven accomplishment, a global outlook and a commitment to sustainable development. A complete list of Jury members, the Citation for the 2002 WEC Gold Medal Awardee, and a list of previous recipients are available at the WEC Web site: www.wec.org. The WEC Gold Medal Jury is completely independent of WEC and its programs, and is composed of international environmental leaders from academia, government, industry, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

About CEMEX
CEMEX is a leading global producer and marketer of cement and ready-mix products, with operations primarily concentrated in the world’s most dynamic cement markets across five continents. CEMEX combines a deep knowledge of the local markets with its global network and information technology systems to provide world-class products and services to its customers, from individual homebuilders to large industrial contractors. For more information, visit www.cemex.com.

About WEC
WEC is an independent, not-for-profit and non-advocacy organization. Founded in 1974 with a grant from the United Nations Environment Programme, the Center serves as a bridge for collaboration, partnership and the exchange of information between industry, government, academia, non-governmental organizations, and other sectors. The WEC advances sustainable development and social responsibility, encourages environmental leadership, and helps improve environmental, health and safety practices worldwide through its International Environment Forum, WEC Gold Medal for International Corporate Environmental Achievement, and international technical cooperation programs.

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The Royal Dutch/Shell Group of Companies to Receive 2001 WEC Gold Medal for International Corporate Environmental Achievement

New York, NY, January 10, 2001 – The World Environment Center's Seventeenth Annual WEC Gold Medal for International Corporate Environmental Achievement has been awarded to The Royal Dutch/Shell Group of Companies ("Shell"). The WEC Gold Medal is awarded by an independent Jury of distinguished international environmental experts to a corporation that demonstrates preeminent industry leadership and contributes to worldwide environmental quality.

The Award will be presented at a formal gala on May 18, 2001 at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. Sir Mark Moody-Stuart, Group Managing Director will accept the award on behalf of Shell's 96,000 employees in more than 135 countries and in recognition of the company’s global leadership in sustainable development.

Commenting on the award, Sir Moody-Stuart paid tribute to the efforts of employees, "My colleagues and I are totally committed to a business strategy that generates profits while contributing to the well-being of the planet and its people. My thanks to the thousands of Shell people - on rigs, in plants, on forecourts, in offices - who are making it a reality."

The Jury cited Shell for its commitment to sustainable development, both as a guiding principle for its worldwide operations and as a cornerstone of the company’s management values. Guidelines for achieving sustainability are being integrated into every level of operations, including business planning, project management and daily activities.

"The evidence of Shell's leadership is apparent in the company's development of a management framework, which clearly integrates all aspects of sustainable development into the business practices of the organization," notes Dr. Joel Abrams, Professor Emeritus of the University of Pittsburgh, Chairman of the Jury. The Signature Contribution on which the Jury based its award decision is the creation by Shell of a Sustainable Development Management Framework (SDMF). SDMF goes above and beyond Shell's existing Health, Safety and Environment management systems by seeking to integrate the economic, environmental and social aspects of business. Shell supports its vision of corporate-wide sustainability through engagement, open reporting and verification.

Also factoring into the Jury's decision was Shell's leadership role in global climate change, which it considers one of the most controversial and pressing environmental issues of our time. The company is working with a wide range of NGOs, academic institutions, and regulators on the issue, in addition to applying R&D resources toward renewable energies such as photo-voltaics and wind power. Another significant factor was the newly formed Shell Foundation, launched in June 2000 with initial funding of $30 million in support of global sustainable energy, sustainable communities, and youth enterprise programs.

The World Environment Center Gold Medal for International Corporate Environmental Achievement was established in 1985 to recognize preeminent industry leadership initiatives and contributions to worldwide environmental quality. The Jury carefully examines all award applications submitted by qualified multinational companies each year. The Jury examines each nomination for a clearly articulated set of values, a history of proven accomplishment, a global outlook and a commitment to sustainable development. A complete list of Jury members, the Citation for the 2001 WEC Gold Medal Awardee, and a list of previous recipients are available at the WEC Web site: www.wec.org. The WEC Gold Medal Jury is completely independent of WEC and its programs, and is composed of international environmental leaders from academia, government, industry, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

WEC is an independent, not-for-profit and non-advocacy organization. Founded in 1974 with a grant from the United Nations Environment Programme, the Center serves as a bridge for collaboration, partnership and the exchange of information between industry, government, non-governmental organizations, and other sectors. The WEC advances sustainable development and social responsibility, encourages environmental leadership, and helps improve environmental, health and safety practices worldwide through its International Environment Forum, WEC Gold Medal for International Corporate Environmental Achievement, and international technical cooperation programs.

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World Environment Center Appoints New President and Chief Executive Officer

New York, October 31, 2000 – The World Environment Center (WEC) has appointed John F. Mizroch as President and Chief Executive Officer of WEC as of October 16, 2000. He is replacing James G. Veras, who will continue as a Senior Advisor to the Center and assist in the transition of leadership.

Mr. Mizroch has had a very successful career in the private, public and NGO sectors, and brings extensive international experience and a network of contacts that will serve the Center and its supporters extremely well in the years to come. Mr. Mizroch served with the US Diplomatic Corps, was a senior official in the Reagan Administration and served on Capitol Hill as senior staff. He has worked in the private sector and has extensive overseas experience in Eastern Europe, Latin America and Asia. Most recently, Mr. Mizroch was Director of International Programs at Concurrent Technologies Corporation and was was the Executive Director of the Environmental Export Council, both located in Washington DC.

Mr. Mizroch was formally introduced to the International Environment Forum (IEF) of the WEC on October 23 and 24 in Montréal, at the organization’s Forum on "Trade and the Environment, the Precautionary Principle and the Kyoto Protocol", held in collaboration with the Commission for Environmental Cooperation. He holds a Juris Doctor from the College of William and Mary, and Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Virginia.

"We all have a great deal to look forward to under the direction of John Mizroch, and he has the enthusiastic support of the Board of Directors and the WEC staff" said Dr. Thomas Hellman, Vice President, Environmental Health and Safety at Bristol-Myers Squibb and Chairman of the WEC Board of Directors.

Founded in 1974 with a grant from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the World Environment Center is an independent, not-for-profit, non-advocacy organization that advances sustainable development and social responsibility, encourages environmental leadership, and helps improve environmental, health and safety practices worldwide. It accomplishes this by providing (1) a platform for collaboration, partnership and the exchange of information between industry, government, non-governmental organizations and other sectors; (2) international recognition for outstanding accomplishments through its WEC Gold Medal for International Corporate Environmental Achievement, which was established in 1985; and (3) technical cooperation programs.

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WEC Honors International Paper at The Annual WEC Gold Medal Dinner

Washington, D.C., May 26, 2000 – The Sixteenth WEC Gold Medal for International Corporate Environmental Achievement was awarded on May 19th to International Paper by the World Environment Center. At a formal gala held at the National Building Museum, Mr. Gilbert M. Grosvenor, Chairman of the Board, National Geographic presented the Medal to Mr. John Dillon, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of International Paper.

International Paper was selected to receive the WEC 2000 Gold Medal by an independent jury of distinguished international environmentalists from academia, government, industry and non-governmental organizations. Dr. Joel I. Abrams, Professor Emeritus of the University of Pittsburgh, chairman of the jury said, "As a leader in the forestry industry, International Paper is helping to set standards for best practices and enhanced environmental performance. The company’s integration of environmental protection, economic growth, and social responsibility serves as a model for others to follow."

In commenting on the award, Dillon said "This award belongs to every one of the 100,000 International Paper employees, because the culture of environmental excellence and spirit of innovation that made these programs possible cannot exist in a corporation like ours without the personal commitment of everyone in the company, in every division and at every level of management. That commitment has made the difference for us."

International Paper was the first forest products company in the U.S. to earn ISO 140001 certification of a forest management system. It manages its forests according to the standards of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFISM) program of the American Forest and Paper Association, and requires its loggers to do the same. Of special note is the company’s Signature Project, an innovative habitat conservation program that is the first mitigation bank on private lands initiated by an industrial concern. Developed in partnership with government agencies and non-governmental environmental advocacy organizations, the program contributes to long-term species survival and endangered species recovery while providing International Paper, the largest single private landowner in the United States, with the flexibility it needs to manage its land.

The award presentation ceremony and dinner followed the second annual WEC Gold Medal Colloquium on "Best Practices for the Millennium," which featured a presentation by the WEC Gold Medal awardee, International Paper. During the two-day meeting, international experts from industry, government, NGO’s and academia shared their views about the best environmental, health and safety practices for a sustainable future. Chaired by Dr. Robert W. Slater, Senior Assistant Deputy Minister of Environment Canada, the meeting included presentations by renowned architect William McDonough, called a "hero for the planet" by Time Magazine, Professor Nicholas Robinson, an expert on international rules of law, and representatives from leading companies worldwide.

WEC is an independent, not-for-profit, non-advocacy organization. Founded in 1974 with a grant from the United Nations Environment Programme, the Center contributes to sustainable development worldwide by strengthening industrial and urban environment, health and safety policy and practices through three complementary programs - the International Environment and Development Service, the International Environment Forum, and the WEC Gold Medal. WEC is a bridge for the exchange of information and expertise among industry, government, non-governmental organizations, and the community.

International Paper ( www.internationalpaper.com ) is the world's largest paper and forest products company. Businesses include printing papers, packaging, building materials, chemical products and distribution. As the largest private landowner in the U.S., the company manages its forest under the principles of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFISM) program, a system that ensures the perpetual growing and harvesting of trees while protecting wildlife, plants, soil, air and water quality. Headquartered in the United States at Purchase, N.Y., International Paper has operations in nearly 50 countries, employs nearly 100,000 people and exports its products to more than 130 nations.

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Kodak to Receive 1999 WEC Gold Medal

New York, NY, December 8, 1998 - The World Environment Center (WEC) today announced that the recipient of the 1999 WEC Gold Medal for International Corporate Environmental Achievement will be the Eastman Kodak Company. The presentation will be made next May 21 at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. Mr. George Fisher, Chairman and CEO, will accept the 15th WEC Gold Medal on behalf of Kodak personnel worldwide.

According to Dr. Joel I. Abrams, Chairman of the WEC Gold Medal Jury and Professor Emeritus of the University of Pittsburgh, "The Jury cited, from among Kodak’s achievements, the significance of the reusable and recyclable single-use camera design and the specific link between management compensation and environment, health and safety performance."

Kodak's Signature Contribution is the reuse/recycling of its single-use cameras, as well as its closed-loop reuse/recycling programs for a variety of photographic waste, including packaging. The WEC Gold Medal Jury particularly liked the redesign of what was initially a disposable camera into a camera that could be reused. Bringing back the cameras as many as 10 times to recycle and reuse its components reflects the Corporation's extensive, worldwide commitment to sustainable development.

On hearing the news, Mr. Fisher said, "The WEC Gold Medal is a clear reflection of the hard work and dedication of Kodak men and women around the world to integrate health, safety and environmental excellence throughout our global business practices. That the internationally prestigious World Environment Center’s Jury has selected Kodak from among numerous other world-class corporations is particularly gratifying. The WEC Gold Medal, while given in recognition of Kodak’s achievement, is in the larger sense symbolic of the fact that our shared future depends upon the global achievement of sustainable development and that the route to sustainable development must be paved by shared commitment."

The WEC Gold Medal Jury, which is completely independent of WEC and its programs, bases its decision on an exemplary environmental policy, globally uniform application of that policy, and international EH&S leadership that sets new corporate boundaries. The Jury is made up of distinguished international environmentalists from academia, government, industry and non-governmental organizations. (The list of Jury members, their Citation for 1999 and the list of previous recipients are available at www.wec.org or from either of the contacts named above.)

Founded by George Eastman in 1880, Kodak is a world leader in imaging, giving customers the power to take, make, store, and use pictures through conventional and advanced silver halide imaging, as well as digital and electronic imaging. Kodak products include photographic films, papers and chemicals for amateur and professional use; motion picture films; diagnostic imaging film and equipment; and electronic imaging products, including cameras, scanners, sensors and printers.

WEC, whose 25th Anniversary falls in 1999, is an independent, not-for-profit, non-advocacy organization. Founded with a grant from the United Nations Environment Programme, the Center contributes to sustainable development worldwide by strengthening industrial and urban environment, health and safety policy and practices through three complementary programs - the International Environment and Development Service, the International Environment Forum, and the WEC Gold Medal. WEC is a bridge for the exchange of information and expertise among industry, government, non-governmental organizations, and the community. WEC is headquartered in New York City and has project personnel in some 15 countries around the world.

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