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World Environment Center Forms Strategic Partnership with Leading Chinese Business Group

Washington, D.C., January 16, 2007 – The World Environment Center (WEC), a global non-profit organization that advances sustainable development in the business practices of major companies, has signed a partnership agreement with the China Enterprise Confederation (CEC), one of China’s major business groups with a membership of approximately half a million companies. The agreement formalizes and expands cooperation to improve environmental conditions, energy efficiency and business opportunities in China.

Through the partnership, the World Environment Center and China Enterprise Confederation commit to joint collaboration on the design and implementation of projects that promote energy conservation and environmental management among CEC enterprises; develop and conduct technical training programs; and organize exchanges among environmental and business professionals in such areas as technologies to improve energy efficiency.

“This agreement will enable the World Environment Center to greatly expand its capabilities to provide on the ground value to its members with operations in China, and their Chinese business partners, at a critical time in that’s country economic, environmental and social development,” concluded Terry F. Yosie, President & CEO of the World Environment Center. “Such direct in-country engagement to improve business operations yields both environmental and energy improvements and business opportunities.”

The new agreement was signed by Dr. Yosie on behalf of the World Environment Center and Madame Yin Yuanping, Deputy Director General of the China Enterprise Confederation. A copy of the Memorandum of Understanding is available at www.wec.org.

For further information, please contact Iris Ovadiya, Program Manager at 202-312-1211.

About the World Environment Center
The World Environment Center is a non-profit, non-advocacy organization that works with the private sector, international bodies, non-governmental organizations and academia to advance sustainable development. WEC achieves this mission by providing leadership, improving environmental, health and safety practices worldwide, and fostering the efficient use of energy and other natural resources to protect the global environment.

About the China Enterprise Confederation
China Enterprise Confederation (CEC)/China Enterprise Directors Association (CEDA), as the Chinese representative of employers, is a non-governmental institution. CEC/CEDA's members are mainly enterprises, companies, entrepreneurs, provincial and municipal associations, industry associations and trade associations. Today CEC/CEDA comprises 436,000 members, including all kinds of ownership enterprises and individual employers representing 34 industrial sectors in 30 provinces, 260 industrial cities and regions.


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Alcan to Receive 2007 World Environment Center Gold Medal for International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable Development

(CSRwire) Washington, D.C.- The World Environment Center’s (WEC) Twenty-Third Annual Gold Medal for International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable Development has been awarded to Alcan for its comprehensive integration of sustainability into its business decision making and operations.

The independent international Gold Medal Jury specifically noted Alcan's achievement in its Community Investment Program. Integrating sustainability into its business practices, the Community Investment Program was cited as an exemplary corporate philosophy producing long-term results.

“We are honoured to receive this prestigious award,” said Dick Evans, President and Chief Executive Officer, Alcan Inc. “Sustainability has become an integral part of the way we do business, balancing economic, social and environmental objectives.”

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WEC Announces New Leadership and New Goals

Washington, D.C., October 16, 2006 – The World Environment Center (WEC), a leading non-profit organization that promotes sustainable development and efficient use of natural resources in multinational enterprises, has appointed Dr. Terry F. Yosie as its new President & CEO. Dr. Yosie has held senior executive positions in government, the private sector and management consulting and has extensive international experience in creating sustainable development policies and strategies.

“The WEC Board of Directors is very pleased that Terry Yosie has agreed to lead our efforts to expand sustainability commitments around the world,” stated WEC Board Chair Elizabeth A. Lowery, Vice President for Environment and Energy at the General Motors Corporation. “Terry is a proven leader who has a demonstrated ability to take existing organizations to a new level. His work in directing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Science Advisory Board and the chemical industry’s Responsible Care® initiative to greater effectiveness and reputation is a testament to his strengths in developing and implementing leadership strategies.”

Prior to WEC, Dr. Yosie was Vice President for Responsible Care at the American Chemistry Council where he was a leader in developing the global chemical industry’s Responsible Care Global Charter endorsed by United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan in February, 2006. He was also Executive Vice President of Ruder Finn, a New York based consultancy; Vice President for Health and Environment at the American Petroleum Institute; and Director of EPA’s Science Advisory Board. From 1995-2001 he served on the U.S. National Academy of Sciences Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology. He is the author of over 60 published papers on environment, health, safety, security and sustainable development and is co-author of a book entitled Sustainable Environmental Management.

“I am delighted to begin this exciting new opportunity, one that involves marshalling the talents and resources of global corporations, national and multi-lateral governmental bodies and non-government organizations to further the mission of the World Environment Center. WEC is focused on providing environmentally beneficial and sustainable development practices to its membership through international roundtables and member supported projects.”

WEC is initiating a series of ambitious goals for 2007. They include:

  • Increasing programs to provide technical assistance and capacity building worldwide.
  • Expanding WEC’s presence in Asia-Pacific countries to continue working with governments and enterprises that are committed to sustainable development in that region.
  • Growing the WEC membership within and beyond the twelve business sectors currently represented.

For further information, contact Gwen Davidow, Director of Corporate Programs at WEC at (202) 312 1281 or gdavidow@wec.org.

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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 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 for the Environment programs. For more information about the WEC, please visit www.wec.org


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ABN AMRO Bank to Receive 2006 World Environment Center Gold Medal for International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable Development

Washington, D.C., January 9, 2006 – The World Environment Center’s (WEC) Twenty-Second Annual Gold Medal for International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable Development has been awarded to the ABN AMRO Bank for its leadership in sustainability.

In particular, the independent Jury cited ABN AMRO’s work in helping to inspire, create and implement the Equator Principles. The Equator Principles are a voluntary set of guidelines for determining, assessing and managing social and environmental risk in project financing, which are created based on the policies and standards set by the International Finance Corporation (IFC). ABN AMRO spearheaded this effort from the private sector side, and in coordination with several other major banks developed and implemented this globally important program. As a result, thirty seven international financial institutions, which represent 80% of project financing in the world, have now adopted the Equator Principles. The Jury also noted the work of ABN AMRO as an agent of environmental, social and economic development by integrating sustainability into its mandate.

“On behalf of ABN AMRO, I am delighted to be receiving this award” Mr. Rijkman Groenink, Chairman of the Managing Board of ABN AMRO Bank, said. “At ABN AMRO we have worked hard to integrate the principles of responsible environmental stewardship and socially responsible development into our activities, and for this reason we are particularly pleased to be recognized for this award.”

The Gold Medal Jury believes that the broad adoption of the Equator Principles will have a global impact on sustainable development. “The Equator Principles define precisely how the financial institutions should contribute to sustainable development; through assessing projects on social and environmental criteria in order to lend responsibly” said Gold Medal Jury Chairman Dr. Joel Abrams, Professor Emeritus of the University of Pittsburgh.

The WEC Gold Medal Award will be presented to ABN AMRO Bank at a formal gala on Friday May 12, 2006 at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. in recognition of the company’s global leadership in sustainable development. Mr. Groenink 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 quality and sustainable development. The WEC Gold Medal is awarded annually by an independent Jury comprised of distinguished international experts.

A complete list of Jury members, the Citation for the 2006 WEC Gold Medal Awardee, and a list of previous recipients are available at the WEC website: www.wec.org/wecgm.htm. The WEC Gold Medal Jury is completely independent of the WEC and its programs, and is composed of international leaders from academia, government, industry and non-governmental organizations.

About ABN AMRO Bank
Netherlands-based ABN AMRO is a leading international bank with total assets of EUR 899.3 bln (as at 30 September 2005). It has over 3,000 branches in more than 60 countries and territories, and has a staff of over 98,000 full-time equivalents worldwide. ABN AMRO is listed on the Euronext and New York stock exchanges.

About the World Environment Center
The World Environment Center (WEC) is an independent, not-for-profit, nonadvocacy organization. Working with the private sector, international organizations, non-governmental organizations and academia, the WEC promotes sustainable development by encouraging 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 for the Environment programs. For more information about the WEC, please visit www.wec.org

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

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WEC Elects Two New Board Members

Washington, D.C., September 21, 2005 – The World Environment Center (WEC) recently announced the election of two members to its Board of Directors, Ms. Jan Dell with CH2M Hill and Mr. Robert Accarino with Abbott.

Dell is a Vice President in CH2M Hill’s Industrial Client Group and works with multinational companies to devise and implement sustainable business programs and practices to maximize their economic performance and enhance their brands. In her 20+ years of experience, she has worked closely with global clients in the petroleum, chemical, footwear, apparel, entertainment and manufacturing industries to effect eco-efficiency improvements in their business processes and supply chains.

Accarino joined Abbott in 1997 and is currently Director, Environmental Affairs. He is responsible for providing overall direction for Abbott’s environmental commitment to global citizenship through policy development, strategic planning, and outreach programs and partnerships.

“We are delighted that Jan and Bob have joined our Board,” said Elizabeth Lowery, WEC Board Chair and Vice President of Environment & Energy at General Motors. “Their diverse experience will add tremendous value to WEC’s efforts to work with public and private sectors and the NGO community to promote sustainable development.”

About the World Environment Center
The World Environment Center (WEC) is an independent, not-for-profit, non-advocacy organization. Working with the private sector, international organizations, nongovernmental organizations and academia, the WEC promotes sustainable development by encouraging 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 for the Environment programs. For more information about the WEC, please visit www.wec.org or email info@wec.org.

WEC CONTACT:
Iris Ovadiya, Program Manager
(+1 202) 312-1370
1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Suite 550
Washington, DC 20004


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Starbucks Coffee Company to Receive 2005 World Environment Center Gold Medal for International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable Development

Washington, D.C., January 27, 2005 – The World Environment Center (WEC) has selected Starbucks Coffee Company (Nasdaq: SBUX) to receive its 21st Annual Gold Medal for International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable Development for international leadership in sustainable development within the specialty coffee industry. This leadership is clearly demonstrated in the company’s development of Coffee and Farmer Equity (C.A.F.E.) Practices, a set of environmentally, socially and economically responsible coffee buying guidelines created in conjunction with Conservation International that are designed to contribute positively to the livelihoods of coffee farmers while placing an emphasis on environmental conservation and supply chain transparency.

Coffee affects the lives of over 25 million farmers in more than 70 countries around the world, many of which are developing regions. Traditional coffee production methods can often adversely affect the surrounding environment through the use of harmful chemicals and unnecessary deforestation. Although Starbucks Coffee Company purchases only two percent of the world’s coffee, Starbucks has used its position in the global marketplace to demonstrate how innovation in combining corporate social responsibility and business strategy can lead to long-term economic and environmental sustainability.

“Contributing positively to our communities and environment is at the heart of Starbucks,” said Howard Schultz, Starbucks chairman. “Starbucks is committed to constantly improving our environmental footprint in every level of our supply chain, from coffee farmer to customer. We are honored to receive this award in recognition of our leadership in helping to ensure sustainability at origin.”

The WEC’s Gold Medal Jury based its award criteria on a comprehensive group of achievements that demonstrates superior performance in the areas of policy, implementation, and leadership in sustainable development. These ideals are exemplified in Starbucks innovative Coffee and Farmer Equity (C.A.F.E.) Practices Program – an initiative that provides incentives worldwide for suppliers who meet high quality, transparency, environmental, and labor standards. By 2007, the company has pledged to purchase more than 60 percent of its coffee from suppliers who grow coffee under C.A.F.E. Practices guidelines.

“Incentivizing growers with low cost loans, long-term contracts and guaranteed prices is a pioneering new route to agricultural production,” said Gold Medal Jury Chairman Dr. Joel Abrams, Professor Emeritus of the University of Pittsburgh. “This creative new way of doing business has the potential to improve the lives of people and the global environment.”

The Jury believes that Starbucks outstanding environmental leadership and achievements stand as a model to be emulated by agribusinesses throughout the world to help preserve and protect the environment.

The WEC Gold Medal Award will be presented at a formal gala on Friday, May 13, 2005, at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., in recognition of the company’s global leadership in sustainable development. Mr. Schultz will accept the award on behalf of Starbucks approximately 100,000 partners in 35 countries around the world.

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.

A complete list of Jury members, the Citation for the 2005 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 the WEC and its programs, and is composed of international environmental leaders from academia, government, industry and non-governmental organizations.

About Starbucks
Starbucks Coffee Company is the leading retailer, roaster and brand of specialty coffee in the world, with more than 8,700 retail locations in North America, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East and the Pacific Rim. The Company is committed to offering the highest quality coffee and the Starbucks Experience while conducting its business in ways that produce social, environmental and economic benefits for communities in which it does business. For more information about Starbucks, please visit www.starbucks.com.

About the World Environment Center
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 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 for the Environment programs. For more information about the WEC, please visit www.wec.org or email info@wec.org.

WEC CONTACT:
Ryan Nelson
Program Coordinator
(+1 202) 312-1211
1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Suite 550, Mailbox 142
Washington, DC 20004-3022

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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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Media Contact: Marc Osborne +1 (514) 848-1342
Investor Contact: Jo-Ann Longworth +1 (514) 848-8368

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