News releases, reports, statements and associated documents from U.S. foundations.
Printing Industries of America Unveils New Open House Recruiting Hiring SolutionWARRENDALE, Pa., Jan. 20 -- The Printing Industries of America issued the following news release:
Today, Printing Industries of America unveils its newest product, the talent acquisition program Open House Recruiting. Powered by technology partner JobOn, Open House Recruiting is a hiring solution that marries the modern virtual recruiting strategies of today with a traditional face-to-face open house. Access to Open House Recruiting is an exclusive benefit to Printing Industries of America members.
"One of the biggest challenges facing the printing industry today is finding new talent to WARRENDALE, Pa., Jan. 20 -- The Printing Industries of America issued the following news release: Today, Printing Industries of America unveils its newest product, the talent acquisition program Open House Recruiting. Powered by technology partner JobOn, Open House Recruiting is a hiring solution that marries the modern virtual recruiting strategies of today with a traditional face-to-face open house. Access to Open House Recruiting is an exclusive benefit to Printing Industries of America members. "One of the biggest challenges facing the printing industry today is finding new talent toreplenish its rapidly aging workforce," said Julie Shaffer, Vice President of Education and Marketing Strategies with Printing Industries of America. "Our aim is to provide PIA members with an affordable, cutting-edge solution that will help them attract a new generation of workers to the print community."
The Open House Recruiting program is a complete turnkey solution that sources viable candidates and delivers them to a company's door. The program comes with the Open House Hosting kit that includes suggested activities, interview questions, sample itineraries, and digital signage templates. A customized employment posting is disseminated through digital channels for maximum exposure. Interested applicants complete an online video questionnaire. From their responses, a recruiter vets potential candidates for the hiring company. Select candidates receive an invitation to an in-person open house at the printer's facility. The hosting company can conduct private interviews with promising candidates during or after the open house.
With an eye on affordability, Open House Recruiting is available in three pricing models. These include one-time access to the service or one of two tiered subscription plans, for those companies that regularly recruit new staff.
For more information on Open House Recruiting, visit http://www.openhouserecruiting.com.
Funds Established in Memory of Jordan Ashley GutheimFORT MYERS, Fla., Jan. 20 -- Southwest Florida Community Foundation issued the following news release:
The Gutheim family has established the Jordan Ashley Gutheim Foundation Fund and the Jordan Ashley Gutheim Scholarship Fund, funds of the Southwest Florida Community Foundation.
The donor advised fund and scholarship fund were established in memory of Jordan Gutheim, a 20-year-old graduate of Evangelical Christian School and a junior at Florida State University, who was killed in a car accident on May 12, 2016.
According to her family, Jordan was passionate about animal safety, seniors FORT MYERS, Fla., Jan. 20 -- Southwest Florida Community Foundation issued the following news release: The Gutheim family has established the Jordan Ashley Gutheim Foundation Fund and the Jordan Ashley Gutheim Scholarship Fund, funds of the Southwest Florida Community Foundation. The donor advised fund and scholarship fund were established in memory of Jordan Gutheim, a 20-year-old graduate of Evangelical Christian School and a junior at Florida State University, who was killed in a car accident on May 12, 2016. According to her family, Jordan was passionate about animal safety, seniorsand helping those in need in impoverished countries like Dominican Republic. They plan for the fund to support efforts including no-kill animal shelters, seniors facing dementia, humanitarian mission trips, driver safety and family services. The family also established a 4-year renewable scholarship fund for local students, preferably a graduate of Evangelical Christian School, to attend FSU. (apply at http://www.floridacommunity.com/scholarships)
Born in Fort Myers, Jordan was known for her fun and loving spirit, her happiness, sensitivity and interest in going out of her way to help others.
"Jordan took pride in her family and friendships, and valued loyalty and kindness," said her father Greg. "She loved to travel, exercise, experience new things and make others laugh. We miss her every day, but through this fund, our wonderfully kind and caring daughter will live on and continue to help others."
The fund is available for anyone who would like to contribute by visiting http://bit.ly/JordanAshleyGutheim or sending a check to the Southwest Florida Community Foundation.
"We are the Community Foundation, and community is what we are all about," said Sarah Owen, president and CEO of the Foundation. "We want to be here for the members of our community so that we can provide support for philanthropy and building legacy. The Gutheims are an important part of our Foundation family now, and we look forward to walking alongside them in making meaningful and effective grants in Jordan's memory."
The Southwest Florida Community Foundation, founded in 1976, cultivates regional change for the common good through collective leadership, social innovation and philanthropy to address the evolving community needs in Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties. Last year, the Foundation partnered with individuals, families and corporations who have created nearly 400 philanthropic funds. Thanks to them, the Foundation has invested $5 million in grants and programs to the community. With assets of more than $93 million, it has provided more than $67 million in grants and scholarships to the communities it serves since inception. The Community Foundation is the backbone organization for the regional FutureMakers Coalition and Lee County's Sustainability Plan.
For more information about the Southwest Florida Community Foundation, call 239-274-5900 or visit http://www.floridacommunity.com.
Survey Finds 73 Percent Support Investments to Improve Health; Obesity, Future Health of Children Top ConcernsWASHINGTON, Jan. 19 -- The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation issued the following news release:
A new national survey of registered voters has found that nearly three-quarters (73%) of Americans support increasing investments to improve the health of communities. Support spans across party lines (57% of Republicans, 87% of Democrats and 70% of Independents) and regionally across the country (75% in the Northeast, 71% in the Central U.S., 72% in the South, and 75% in the West). Women are the strongest proponents of supporting health improvement efforts (62% of Republican women, 87% of Democratic WASHINGTON, Jan. 19 -- The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation issued the following news release: A new national survey of registered voters has found that nearly three-quarters (73%) of Americans support increasing investments to improve the health of communities. Support spans across party lines (57% of Republicans, 87% of Democrats and 70% of Independents) and regionally across the country (75% in the Northeast, 71% in the Central U.S., 72% in the South, and 75% in the West). Women are the strongest proponents of supporting health improvement efforts (62% of Republican women, 87% of Democraticwomen and 80% of Independent women).
The survey, released today by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Trust for America's Health, was conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, in consultation with Bellweather Research, on September 8-9, 2016 of a nationwide sample of 1302 registered voters across the country.
A majority (51%) believe that today's children will be less healthy than previous generations when they reach adulthood. The groups who hold this belief most strongly include: Republicans (55%); rural residents (60%); Southerners (57%); Independent women (62%); and Black women (68%). Most registered voters with children under age 18, however, believe their own children are very healthy (92% give an 8-10 rating on a 10-point scale); this is the case for parents of all ideologies, incomes, education levels, and ethnicities.
Additionally, 64 percent believe that the number of health issues facing the country has grown in recent years. Obesity is the top health concern (41%), cancer ranked second (33%), followed by heart disease and stroke (14%) and diabetes and substance misuse (both at 11%).
Americans also rate their own health better than the health of the community where they live (66% rate their own health as 8-10 (very good) on a 10 point scale, but only 36% rank their community's health as very good). There are differences based on income, age, education and area of the country on how people rank their health. For instance:
* 73 percent of college-educated Whites rank their health as very good compared to 57 percent of Whites without college degrees; and
* 72 percent of individuals with a household income above $50,000 per year rank their health as very good compared to 59 percent of those with incomes below $50,000.
A majority of American registered voters also strongly support (rating 8-10 out of a 10 point scale) a range of priorities and strategies for improving health, including:
* 74 percent of people highly support providing enough time--during the school day and afterschool--for kids' physical education, physical activity or community sports;
* 74 percent also highly support creating partnerships among farmers, food suppliers and community health groups to bring fresh produce trucks or mobile markets to communities that lack access to grocery stores;
* 65 percent highly support providing kids with more information on making healthy food choices and being physically active;
* 63 percent highly support investing more in preventing obesity and chronic diseases like heart disease, diabetes and stroke;
* 62 percent highly support increasing early childhood health programs, including home visit programs, mobile health screenings and treatment for diseases like asthma;
* 61 percent highly support investing more in preventing the spread of infectious diseases like the Zika virus, bird flu and hepatitis;
* 60 percent highly support treating substance use, including addiction to prescription painkillers and heroin, like a disease, not a crime;
* 60 percent highly support planning for a building more parks, walking and biking trails and other recreation areas for people to be physically active in all communities;
* 60 percent highly support increasing access to safe and affordable housing and routinely testing for things that create health problems in homes, like lead in water and paint, carbon monoxide, and harmful chemicals in the air;
* 59 percent highly support increasing incentives that encourage business owners to open grocery stores in communities that lack access to healthy food options; and
* 58 percent highly support building local partnerships across businesses, health systems, schools and community organizations to address specific health problems in communities.
Methodology: On behalf of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Trust for America's Health, Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, in consultation with Bellwether Research, conducted a survey among 1,320 registered voters nationwide (1,019 weighted). The survey was conducted between September 8th and 19th, 2016. Voters were randomly selected from a list of registered voters and reached on a landline or cell phone depending on the number they designated on their voter registration. Interviews were conducted by live telephone interviewers; 50 percent were reached on a cell phone. Included in the sample were three oversamples: 100 Black voters, 100 Hispanic voters, and 100 White non-college voters. Upon completion of the survey, the results were weighted to bring the three oversamples into line with the racial and ethnic composition of registered voters nationwide. The data was weighted to reflect the total population of registered voters, taking into account regional and demographic characteristics according to known census estimates and voter file projections. The data are subject to a margin of error of +/- 3.1 percentage points. Full survey and topline results are available upon request.
About trust for America's Health
Trust for America's Health is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to saving lives by protecting the health of every community and working to make disease prevention a national priority. For more information, visit http://www.healthyamericans.org.
About the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
For more than 40 years the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has worked to improve health and health care. We are working with others to build a national Culture of Health enabling everyone in America to live longer, healthier lives. For more information, visit http://www.rwjf.org. Follow the Foundation on Twitter at http://www.rwjf.org/twitter or on Facebook at http://www.rwjf.org/facebook.
Smile Drive Charlotte to Bring 50,000 Toothbrushes to Mecklenburg County Youth in NeedCHARLOTTE, N.C., Jan. 19 -- The America's ToothFairy - National Children's Oral Health Foundation issued the following news release:
Charlotte-based charity America's ToothFairy: National Children's Oral Health Foundation will host "Smile Drive Charlotte" throughout February, National Children's Dental Health Month. America's ToothFairy supports the delivery of oral health education, preventive and treatment services for underserved children. The purpose of this campaign is to raise awareness of the importance of children's dental health and collect 50,000 toothbrushes for local youth in need. CHARLOTTE, N.C., Jan. 19 -- The America's ToothFairy - National Children's Oral Health Foundation issued the following news release: Charlotte-based charity America's ToothFairy: National Children's Oral Health Foundation will host "Smile Drive Charlotte" throughout February, National Children's Dental Health Month. America's ToothFairy supports the delivery of oral health education, preventive and treatment services for underserved children. The purpose of this campaign is to raise awareness of the importance of children's dental health and collect 50,000 toothbrushes for local youth in need.With nearly 50,000 children living in poverty in Mecklenburg County, America's ToothFairy is seeking the Charlotte community's participation to ensure all children can access a basic tool for prevention of tooth decay - a new toothbrush.
Funds to seed the campaign with 30,000 toothbrushes were received through generous support from Charlotte area companies and individuals participating in #GivingTuesdayCLT in partnership with SHARE Charlotte. America's ToothFairy is requesting the community to help raise an additional 20,000 toothbrushes for children in Mecklenburg County through participation in the "Smile Drive Thru" and other local events throughout February.
The "Smile Drive Thru" will be held February 1 from 6-10am in the parking lot of SouthPark Mall near Symphony Park. During this time, the community is asked to "drive thru" and drop off donations of toothbrushes and toothpaste. Representatives from America's ToothFairy and its partner organizations will be collecting donations, and Wilson from WCCB-TV will be broadcasting live from the event.
Community members are also invited to the Smile Drive Charlotte kickoff event at Three Spirits Brewery on February 2 from 6-8pm. One dollar from each pint sold will be donated to provide toothbrushes for children. Additional events will be held throughout February to reach the goal for toothbrush distribution. Visit http://www.AmericasToothFairy.org/SmileDriveCLT for all event locations.
All products collected will be distributed to Title I Schools, non-profit organizations and agencies in Mecklenburg County addressing the needs of underserved children. Sponsors of the campaign include The Dale Jr. Foundation and SmileMakers.
"Largely preventable, tooth decay is one of the most prevalent chronic childhood diseases affecting children in our Charlotte community and can lead to other serious health consequences," said Jill Malmgren, Executive Director of America's ToothFairy. "Community support for Smile Drive Charlotte will make it possible for children in our community to access the tools they need to develop lifelong positive oral health habits."
"We could not be more pleased to see America's ToothFairy use funds raised from #GivingTuesdayCLT to provide much-needed toothbrushes and dental supplies to children who need them," said SHARE Charlotte Executive Director Kelly Brooks. "It's great to see funds raised during the campaign invested right back into the community."
Companies or individuals wishing to donate or participate as a product collection site may contact Shannon Weatherly, National Program Director, at 704-817-5651 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About SHARE Charlotte
SHARE Charlotte makes it fun and easy to invest in our local community by offering simple ways for neighbors, over 400 nonprofits and local businesses, to come together through good. Through its signature campaigns #GivingTuesdayCLT and SummerSHARE, SHARE Charlotte raises awareness about local nonprofits and increases the level of community engagement. SHARE Charlotte believes that by doing good, we will create a stronger, happier Charlotte.
About America's ToothFairy: National Children's Oral Health Foundation
America's ToothFairy: National Children's Oral Health Foundation is dedicated to raising awareness of one of the most prevalent chronic childhood illnesses: pediatric dental disease, facilitating the delivery of comprehensive oral health services and improving quality of life for underserved children. Through a national youth movement, collaborative partnerships with a diverse array of national service organizations, growing network of non-profit clinical partners, and a suite of high-impact community education and service programs, America's ToothFairy is building a powerful, united effort to eliminate tooth decay and protect the smiles of underserved children. For more information, visit http://www.AmericasToothFairy.org.
Law Enforcement Involvement Key to Protecting Students from Sexual AssaultPHILADELPHIA, Jan. 19 -- The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education issued the following news release:
Over the last few days, a number of news outlets have mischaracterized FIRE's position on how colleges should address sexual assault on campus. These mischaracterizations have largely focused on two aspects of FIRE's advocacy.
The first point of contention is whether it is wiser for sexual assault allegations to be investigated and adjudicated by trained law enforcement professionals and impartial courts or by amateur campus administrators who may be acting with the interests of their PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 19 -- The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education issued the following news release: Over the last few days, a number of news outlets have mischaracterized FIRE's position on how colleges should address sexual assault on campus. These mischaracterizations have largely focused on two aspects of FIRE's advocacy. The first point of contention is whether it is wiser for sexual assault allegations to be investigated and adjudicated by trained law enforcement professionals and impartial courts or by amateur campus administrators who may be acting with the interests of theirinstitution, rather than of justice, in mind.
The second question is whether it is appropriate for colleges to use the lowest feasible evidentiary standard--particularly without the procedural protections that accompany the use of that standard in other contexts--if they are to remain the primary investigators and adjudicators of sexual assault allegations.
Before I go further, let me be clear about something: FIRE is a civil liberties organization. We defend the rights of students and faculty to free speech and to due process--not only in the context of sexual misconduct proceedings, but in nonacademic misconduct proceedings of any kind. Sexual assault is a heinous crime and should be harshly punished. But everyone accused of serious wrongdoing is entitled to a fair process before being found responsible--and anyone who believes this position is somehow incompatible with justice or with a concern for the well-being of crime victims simply lacks an appreciation of the historical importance of due process as a cornerstone of American justice, especially in contexts (both civil and criminal) where people have stood accused of horrific or simply unpopular offenses. It is due process that establishes the integrity of the process of separating the guilty from the innocent.
With that said, the mischaracterizations of FIRE's positions appearing lately in the media suggest that we would have sexual assault complaints referred to law enforcement and have colleges wash their hands of them, and that we don't want rapists held accountable.
Neither claim is true. Nor have we ever said anything to that effect.
FIRE has long held the view that colleges have a vital role to play in responding to campus sexual assault allegations. We agree with the premise (and the supporting caselaw) that when accusations go unaddressed, it can create a hostile environment that deters victims from continuing their education. In this regard, we do believe there is a role for colleges.
As I explained in written testimony I submitted to Congress in 2015:
* While colleges have unsurprisingly proved incapable of competently determining the truth or falsity of felony allegations, they are well-equipped to secure counseling for alleged victims, provide academic and housing accommodations, secure necessary medical attention, and provide general guidance for students who navigate the criminal justice system. Institutions should perform those functions regardless of a complainant's decision to report the incident.
FIRE's view that the investigations and adjudications of these cases should be performed by law enforcement and courts is not the radical view some have portrayed it to be in recent weeks. In fact, it is a view we share with Sen. Bernie Sanders, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, Janet Napolitano (president of the University of California System and former secretary of the Department of Homeland Security), and the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network, all of whom have argued that law enforcement must play a central role in responding to sexual assault allegations.
There are a lot of reasons why our continued dependence on campus courts frustrates our ability to provide justice.
The first reason why courts of law are better suited to adjudicate these cases is because they have essential tools that higher education institutions lack, including but not limited to the ability to:
* subpoena witnesses or put them under oath;
* collect, analyze, interpret, and maintain forensic evidence;
* utilize the expertise of professionals in special victims units;
* employ formal rules of evidence to ensure that reliable information is considered and unreliable or unduly prejudicial information is excluded;
* have impartial judges presiding over the proceedings; and
* use the tools of legal discovery that ensure that the parties and, ultimately, the fact-finders have a full picture of the evidence.
Expecting campus courts to consistently deliver justice without these tools is unreasonable. It should surprise no one that with these procedural shortcomings, guilty students have been exonerated and innocent students expelled.
The Department of Education's (ED's) unlawful insistence that institutions use the low "preponderance of the evidence" standard--which requires the campus fact-finder to be only 50.01% certain that the accused committed the offense--despite the absence of those essential safeguards dramatically increases the margin of error. That is why FIRE consistently argues that the preponderance of the evidence standard may only be used fairly when it is accompanied by the meaningful protections utilized by courts and in administrative proceedings.
The other reason why it is unhelpful to continue to leave these investigations to colleges is because law enforcement is critical to keeping our communities safe. In a piece I wrote for The Hill in 2015, I explained:
* Moreover, campus tribunals cannot adequately protect the interests of victims and the community. Rape, after all, is a serious, dangerous crime. When law enforcement and courts are not involved early, perpetrators remain free to prey on new victims. Does anyone think it was reasonable for New York University to wait two months before advising the police that one of its students had uploaded a video of himself lighting his girlfriend on fire as she lay passed out in her dorm? NYU apparently delayed reporting the incident to the police to honor the victim's preference. Remember the public outrage when the University of Virginia kept "Jackie's" accusations of a brutal gang rape internal? Had the allegations been factual, who would have been made safer by that decision?
Given the high stakes for all involved, it is dangerous to remove the adjudication of sexual assault allegations from professionals with the power to impose appropriate punishment on those properly found guilty.
ED actually has shown some recognition of this. In attempting to strike the balance between honoring a complainant's request for confidentiality and the community's interest in public safety, the Department issued a document titled "Questions and Answers on Title IX and Sexual Violence" in which it encouraged institutions to honor a complainant's confidentiality request, unless doing so would be dangerous. ED encouraged institutions to weigh factors such as "whether the alleged perpetrator has a history of arrests... whether the alleged perpetrator threatened further sexual violence or other violence against the student or others, and whether the sexual violence was committed by multiple perpetrators)... ...[and] whether the [alleged] sexual violence was perpetrated with a weapon... ." Although FIRE's disagreements with the Department are well-catalogued, this is one area in which we find ourselves in agreement.
The bottom line is that even when a college expels the right student for a sexual assault, our communities--including the students at that college--remain unsafe while that perpetrator walks free. Unless a rapist is behind bars, he or she may commit the same crime again. And rapists can still target potential victims who are enrolled in their former institution. While there is nothing unjust about expelling a student who was given meaningful due process, that penalty does not adequately protect our communities.
In short, the best-case scenario for punishing a rapist through a campus disciplinary proceeding and without the involvement of law enforcement is equivalent to the worst-case scenario in a court of law.
If we are to find real solutions to address campus sexual assault, victims' rights advocates and civil liberties organizations like FIRE must work together to guarantee fundamental fairness to all parties. The first step is to stop the unnecessary attacks that mischaracterize the positions of those that believe the current approach is unfair and inadequate. FIRE remains ready to work with anyone interested in good-faith dialogue toward finding solutions that will make our campuses safer and fairer.
Hepatitis B Foundation Launches #justB Storytelling CampaignDOYLESTOWN, Pa., Jan. 19 -- The Hepatitis B Foundation issued the following news release:
Few people know about hepatitis B or the stories of the two million Americans living with the serious liver infection. This will change beginning January 2017 as the Hepatitis B Foundation unveils its #justB national storytelling campaign with real people sharing their stories about hepatitis B. The goal is to put a human face on this disease in order to increase public awareness, decrease stigma and discrimination, and to promote testing and treatment for hepatitis B, which will ultimately save lives. DOYLESTOWN, Pa., Jan. 19 -- The Hepatitis B Foundation issued the following news release: Few people know about hepatitis B or the stories of the two million Americans living with the serious liver infection. This will change beginning January 2017 as the Hepatitis B Foundation unveils its #justB national storytelling campaign with real people sharing their stories about hepatitis B. The goal is to put a human face on this disease in order to increase public awareness, decrease stigma and discrimination, and to promote testing and treatment for hepatitis B, which will ultimately save lives.Stories will be featured each month on the foundation's website at hepb.org/justb.
Hepatitis B has infected 1 out of 3 people worldwide - or 2 billion people in total. Of this number an estimated 240 million people are chronically infected and live with an increased risk of dying prematurely from cirrhosis, liver failure and liver cancer. Two-thirds of these people don't know they're infected with the hepatitis B virus, which is spread through blood, unprotected sex, unsterile needles, and from an infected mother to her newborn during childbirth. Although there is still no complete cure, the good news is that hepatitis B is preventable and treatable.
The first #justB video to debut is 'Janet and Kurt's Story,' which shares the experience of a couple who learn that the baby they plan to adopt is being born to a woman infected with hepatitis B. They describe their initial fear and panic, their frantic search for information, and their efforts to make sure the baby is vaccinated in the delivery room to break the mother-to-child infection cycle that leads to most of the new hepatitis B infections worldwide.
In the months to come, nearly 20 individuals from across the U.S. will be featured in storytelling videos, sharing their experiences about being diagnosed with hepatitis B and the struggle to receive adequate treatment, the stigma and discrimination they face, and their courage in living with this chronic liver disease. Family members also share the pain of caring for and losing loved ones due to hepatitis B. Each story is a powerful reflection of the enormous impact that hepatitis B has on the lives of hundreds of millions people around the world.
The Hepatitis B Foundation is partnering with Philippa Wharton, a video producer headquartered in New York City, and the StoryCenter, a nonprofit organization that started the global digital storytelling movement, to produce the #justB videos. The foundation has also collaborated with the Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO) in the development and promotion of this national initiative.
"There is no better way to raise public understanding about the true impact of hepatitis B than through personal stories," said Joan Block, RN, BSN, executive director and co-founder of the Hepatitis B Foundation. "Hearing from real people will help make hepatitis B real. And this will help us to make hepatitis B an urgent public health priority, with the goal to eliminate hepatitis B once and for all."
The #justB storytelling campaign is funded by educational grants from Arbutus Biopharma, focused on hepatitis B drug discovery, and Dynavax Technologies, dedicated to immunotherapies. For more information or to view the videos, visit hepb.org/justB.
About Hepatitis B: Hepatitis B is the world's most common serious liver infection and the primary cause of liver cancer, which is the 2nd leading cause of cancer deaths in the world. Two billion people (or 1 in 3) have been infected with the hepatitis B virus, more than 240 million are chronically infected, and almost 1 million people die each year from hepatitis B-related liver failure and liver cancer. In the U.S., 1 in 20 Americans has been infected with hepatitis B, and an estimated 2 million are chronically infected. The hepatitis B virus is transmitted through blood, unprotected sex, unsterile needles, and from an infected mother to her newborn during delivery. Although hepatitis B is preventable and treatable, there is still no complete cure for this deadly liver infection.
About the Hepatitis B Foundation: The Hepatitis B Foundation is the nation's leading nonprofit organization solely dedicated to finding a cure for hepatitis B and improving the quality of life for those affected worldwide through research, education and patient advocacy. To learn more, go to http://www.hepb.org, read our blog at hepb.org/blog, follow us on Twitter @HepBFoundation, find us on Facebook at facebook.com/hepbfoundation or call 215-489-4900.
Consumer Goods Giant Unilever Commits to 100% Recyclable PackagingOAKLAND, Calif., Jan. 19 -- As You Sow Foundation issued the following news release:
Consumer goods giant Unilever has made a commitment that 100% of its packaging will be recyclable, reusable, or compostable by 2025. The company, the world's third largest consumer goods company after Procter & Gamble and Nestle, said it will ensure "it is technically possible for its plastic packaging to be reused or recycled and there are established, proven examples of it being commercially viable for plastics re-processors to recycle the material."
The shareholder advocacy organization As You Sow has OAKLAND, Calif., Jan. 19 -- As You Sow Foundation issued the following news release: Consumer goods giant Unilever has made a commitment that 100% of its packaging will be recyclable, reusable, or compostable by 2025. The company, the world's third largest consumer goods company after Procter & Gamble and Nestle, said it will ensure "it is technically possible for its plastic packaging to be reused or recycled and there are established, proven examples of it being commercially viable for plastics re-processors to recycle the material." The shareholder advocacy organization As You Sow hasbeen engaging the company for more than a year to make its packaging recyclable, focusing especially on multi-laminate plastic sachets and pouches used for shampoos in small packages marketed in Asia that cannot currently be recycled. Much of this packaging is discarded and ends up polluting waterways in developing Asian countries due to the lack of solid waste management systems.
"We are pleased that Unilever heard our concerns and those of other stakeholders and made a significant commitment to recyclable packaging," said Conrad MacKerron, Senior Vice President of As You Sow. "We hope, however, that this timetable can be accelerated due to recent studies showing growing amounts of plastic waste ending up in oceans, where they harm marine life." A scientific study released in 2015 estimated that 8 million tons of plastics are swept into waterways annually -- equivalent to a garbage truck load every minute.
In the marine environment, plastics break down into indigestible particles that marine life mistake for food. Studies by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency suggest a synergistic effect between plastic debris and persistent, bio-accumulative, toxic chemicals. Plastics absorb toxics such as polychlorinated biphenyls and dioxins from water or sediment and transfer them to the marine food web and potentially to human diets. If no actions are taken, oceans are expected to contain more plastic than fish by 2050.
The company said it would work in partnership with governments and other stakeholders to support scaling up of collection and reprocessing infrastructure, which is critical in the transition towards a circular economy. As You Sow believes the keys to controlling ocean plastic deposition involve radically improving capabilities to increase capture and recycling through modernized systems and new recovery markets, as well as reducing the amount of single use plastics in commerce through alternative materials and materials redesign.
Unilever is the third large consumer goods company to make a significant commitment to recycling packaging following engagement with As You Sow. In 2014 Procter & Gamble agreed to make 90% of its packaging recyclable, and Colgate-Palmolive pledged to make all packaging recyclable in three of four operating divisions and to use 50% recycled content, both by 2020.
As You Sow's Waste program advocates for more responsible production and recycling of consumer products and packaging to preserve the Earth's limited natural resources. Packaging should be designed to be recycled, reducing the use of virgin natural resources and mitigating emissions that contribute to climate change. These resources should be generating profits and green jobs. Instead they play a role in poisoning the environment, contribute to ocean toxicity, and generate risk for the companies that produce them.
As You Sow (http://www.asyousow.org) promotes environmental and social corporate responsibility through shareholder advocacy, coalition building, and innovative legal strategies.