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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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