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CSX and the Conservation Fund Announce Grant Recipients; Improve Access to Healthy Food in Underserved Communities

SOURCE: CSX Corporation


ARLINGTON, Va., February 27, 2015 /3BL Media/ – CSX and The Conservation Fund, partners in a program aimed at improving the transportation and distribution of fresh, healthy food to communities in need, announced today grant awards to 10 charitable organizations in Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, New York, Ohio and Tennessee. Each organization will receive $10,000 to enhance food delivery services so that they can bring fresh, nutritious food to their communities.

In many underserved communities food distribution organizations, such as food pantries, encounter difficulty getting fresh, healthy food. Many producers and organizations also face challenges retaining quality and safety as they sell, store, package and distribute fresh food. As a result, more than 23 million Americans across the country have limited or no access to fresh produce, dairy, meats and seafood. 

As a leading supplier of efficient rail-based freight transportation in North America, CSX recognizes the integral role that transportation plays in connecting communities.  

“At CSX, it’s our job to connect communities through transportation every day, so we are proud to work with The Conservation Fund to support the local distribution of healthy and fresh food across many of the communities where we work and live,” said Tori Kaplan, Assistant Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility, CSX. “Partnering with local organizations helps us live our commitment to improving the health and wellness of communities across our 21,000 miles of track.” 

The Conservation Fund, a national nonprofit dedicated to finding conservation solutions that balance environmental and economic needs, has partnered with CSX to help address gaps in local food distribution and enhance delivery capabilities.

“With CSX’s partnership, we’re not only helping to connect America’s families to fresh fruit and produce but we’re also supporting our local farmers and working farms,” said Kris Hoellen, Vice President of Sustainable Programs at the Conservation Fund.  “The Healthy Food Transportation Grant Program is a clear win for American families and farmers.”

The grant program supports organizations that distribute fresh produce and perishable food in the 23 states where CSX operates. Combined, the 10 recipient organizations provide nutritious food to approximately six million people per year, bringing nearly 118,000,000 pounds of food equaling 98,000,000 meals served each year.

Grant Recipients  

Capital District Community Garden, Troy, N.Y. 
Capital District Community Garden will use its grant to purchase loading dock equipment for its expanded food hub distribution center, the Urban Grow Center. This will allow the organization to double the amount of fresh, affordable produce reaching urban food deserts. Capital District Community Garden has cultivated a gleaning food rescue program called Squash Hunger. They also have two mobile product markets known as the Veggie Mobile and Veggie Sprout, which sell fresh wholesale-priced product at 32 low-income inner-city market stops and an urban farm, as well as programs serving corner stores and small institutions.

Chattanooga Area Food Bank, Chattanooga, Tenn. 
The Chattanooga Area Food Bank will use its funding to purchase two manual foot pedal clipping machines and associated supplies allowing them to efficiently bag bulk produce in smaller, easier to handle sizes. The organization leads a network of partners in eliminating hunger and promoting better health in its region. It purchases fresh food from local farmers in bulk since most of its partner agencies do not have the capacity to accept, transport, store and distribute 50 pound bags of potatoes, for example, nor do elderly clients and children in need have the ability to transport and cook 50 pounds of potatoes. The new machinery will allow them to package food in smaller quantities. Underserved and vulnerable populations will benefit from increased access to fresh fruits and vegetables, and the Food Bank’s increased buying power will support local farmers and food systems.

The Deep South Community Agriculture Network (DSCAN), Darien, Ga. 
DSCAN will use its grant to acquire a refrigerated truck, and insurance for aggregation and cooling space for products produced by a network of value chains in Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia. DSCAN is comprised of six organizations working to develop chains in the following three sub-regions: Southeast Alabama, the Mississippi Delta and a two-state sub-region of West Alabama and East Mississippi. The organization works to help African-American farmers achieve financial success. It sees agricultural value chains through capacity support, coupled with first-hand agricultural knowledge and deep relationships across communities, as a means for black farmers to combine their resources to overcome these barriers by fulfilling the increasing demand for local food in the region.

Farm Share, Inc., Homestead, Fla.  
Farm Share will use its award to acquire more donated food from farmers and businesses throughout Florida and nearby states and transport it into Florida communities to feed more low-income households. Food Share is a charitable packinghouse dedicated to distributing nutritious food for people in need. It administers a combination of produce recovery operations and USDA commodity programs, and works within a network of nearly 1,000 community groups to help distribute food to those who need it most in the state of Florida year round. The agencies receive food from Farm Share warehouses and sister organizations in Homestead, Quincy, Jacksonville and Pompano Beach, Fla., located in the heart of local farming areas. Food Share also does daily direct-to-community food distribution to Florida’s food deserts and impoverished neighborhoods.

Feeding America Tampa Bay, Tampa, Fla. 
Feeding America Tampa Bay will use its grant funds to purchase a forklift to support its warehouse operations and thereby increasing its capacity to load, move, and transport additional fresh food over its service area (10 counties – 9,300 square miles) in West Central Florida. The organization acts as the main hub for emergency food supplies, distributing perishable and nonperishable food throughout 10 counties of West Central Florida: Hillsborogh, Pinellas, Pasco Polk, Citrus, Sumter, Hardee, Highland, Manatee and Hernando. Its mission is possible by redirecting food that would otherwise be wasted, and providing it to organizations that can safely distribute it to those in need.

Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank, Comstock Park, Mich. 
The organization will use its grant to purchase a Refrigerated Straight Truck which will expand its program capacity and broaden mobile pantry distribution to additional individuals within communities in need of fresh food in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank’s Mobile Food Pantry is particularly effective in areas where there is inadequate “hunger infrastructure,” such as a lack of food pantries or pantries that are limited in hours or refrigerated store capacity. The Refrigerated Straight Truck will bring 21 additional new distributions of fresh food annually to more than 7,000 underserved, food-insecure individuals in the Upper Peninsula by January 2017.

Food Pantries for the Capital District, Inc., Albany, N.Y.
The grant will be used to order a greater quantity of food to support product and meat distribution to 53 food pantries serving 45,000 vulnerable and underserved people. The organization’s food pantries fill a gap by providing a minimum of three days’ worth of nutritious grocery items for many people on a monthly basis in Albany, Rensselaer and Saratoga Counties.

Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana, Inc., Indianapolis, Ind.
Gleaners Food Bank will use its grant fund to purchase six 600-quart and one 200-quart portable food chests to increase portability and distribution of frozen protein items and fresh foods and produce to food-insecure residents through the Gleaners Mobile Pantry program and senior programming, including the pilot Senior Mobile Pantry program. Each Mobile Pantry truck is typically loaded with more than four tons of flash frozen meat, fresh product, dairy products, and high quality shelf-stable items. Clients “shop” for food items, preserving their dignity and ensuring the food they receive will be eaten.

Grow Appalachia, Berea, Ky. 
The grant will be used to purchase a truck and refrigerated trailer to serve as a Grow Appalachia food aggregator, delivering perishable produce from Kentucky to markets and other hubs of distribution. Grow Appalachia supplies financial aid and technical support to 43 nonprofit organizations and will use their refrigerated truck to collect product from its growers in Kentucky and deliver it to markets, food hubs, and other centers of distribution.

Lake-to-River Food Cooperative, Youngstown, Ohio
The grant funds will be used to purchase a delivery vehicle for transporting products from member farms and processing facilities to Lake-to-River Food Cooperative locations. Lake-to-River Food Cooperative serves people, schools and workplaces in need within food deserts in Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana Counties. The cooperative has a weekly delivery to four to eight schools, ensuring that students have the chance to eat at least one healthy meal each day. One hundred percent of Youngstown schools offer free lunches.

About CSX 
CSX, based in Jacksonville, Florida, is a premier transportation company. It provides rail, intermodal and rail-to-truck transload services and solutions to customers across a broad array of markets, including energy, industrial, construction, agricultural and consumer products. For more than 185 years, CSX has played a critical role in the nation’s economic expansion and industrial development. Its network connects every major metropolitan area in the eastern United States, where nearly two-thirds of the nation’s population resides. It also links more than 240 short-line railroads and more than 70 ocean, river and lake ports with major population centers and small farming towns alike.

CSX is committed to helping communities it serves live healthier, greener, safer lives. The company recognizes the importance for these communities to gain regular access to locally grown, nutrient-rich, fresh food. That’s why CSX is supporting these grants to enable local charitable organizations to transport and provide fresh food to people who need it, as part of a healthier lifestyle.

About The Conservation Fund
At The Conservation Fund, we combine a passion for conservation with an entrepreneurial spirit to protect America’s most important lands and waterways for future generations. A hallmark of our work is our deep, unwavering understanding that for conservation solutions to last, they need to make economic sense. We strive to implement strategies that support sustainable economic development, spark cutting-edge conservation and bridge connections between people and the land. Top-ranked, we’re advancing vibrant, healthy communities.


Kaitlyn Barrett    
CSX Corporate Communications

Robin Murphy
The Conservation Fund

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MetLife Named ‘World’s Most Admired’ Life Insurance Company According To Fortune Magazine

SOURCE: MetLife Inc.


MetLife, Inc. (NYSE: MET) has earned the top spot among life and health insurers on Fortune magazine’s list of the “World’s Most Admired Companies.” MetLife rose from No. 2 last year and No. 5 in 2013.

NEW YORK, February 25, 2015 /3BL Media/ – MetLife, Inc. (NYSE: MET) has earned the top spot among life and health insurers on Fortune magazine’s list of the “World’s Most Admired Companies.” MetLife rose from No. 2 last year and No. 5 in 2013.

The “World’s Most Admired Companies” list is a definitive report card on corporate reputations, according to Fortune. To compile the rankings, Fortune measures corporate reputation and performance on nine key attributes: innovation, people management, use of corporate assets, social responsibility, quality of management, financial soundness, long-term investment, quality of products and services, and global competitiveness. The survey was fielded in November and December 2014 among more than 4,000 executives, directors, and securities analysts.

“Being named No. 1 in our sector on Fortune’s ‘Most Admired’ list is recognition of MetLife’s place as the leading global life insurance and employee benefits company,” said MetLife Chairman, President and CEO Steven A. Kandarian. “This recognition belongs to MetLife’s 65,000 employees for all they do to deliver value to our customers and shareholders.”

Additional information about the rankings is available on Fortune’s website at:

MetLife has shown similarly strong gains in rankings of corporate social responsibility (CSR). After the company’s most recent CSR report was published in September 2014, the company rose from 10th to second place on Bloomberg’s sector rankings of Environmental, Social and Governance performance.

About MetLife

MetLife, Inc. (NYSE: MET), through its subsidiaries and affiliates (“MetLife”), is one of the largest life insurance companies in the world. Founded in 1868, MetLife is a global provider of life insurance, annuities, employee benefits and asset management. Serving approximately 100 million customers, MetLife has operations in nearly 50 countries and holds leading market positions in the United States, Japan, Latin America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. For more information, visit

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Brown-Forman Corporation Among 16 Organizations Across the U.S. Recognized for Climate Action

SOURCE: Brown-Forman Corporation


From an innovative partnership enabling colleges to sell carbon credits to fund clean energy projects on campuses to some of the country’s leading corporations setting and exceeding aggressive emission reduction goals, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Climate Leadership Award winners announced today are demonstrating that innovative actions to combat climate change are smart business decisions. Brown-Forman together with sixteen organizations and one individual representing a wide array of industries from finance and manufacturing to retail and technology show exemplary corporate, organizational, and individual leadership in response to climate change.

“I am proud to recognize our Climate Leadership Award winners for their actions to reduce the harmful carbon pollution that’s fueling climate change,” said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. “Our winners are demonstrating that a healthy environment and a strong economy go hand in hand. These organizations are providing the leadership, commitment, and solutions needed to cut greenhouse gas emissions and meet head on the challenge of a changing climate.”

EPA’s Center for Corporate Climate Leadership, in partnership with the Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO), the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES), and The Climate Registry (TCR), announced the fourth annual Climate Leadership Award winners.

Read the full article from the U.S. EPA Newsroom here:

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CITGO & Quality State Oil Host Miss Wisconsin to Support Q Mart Shamrocks Against Dystrophy Fundraiser

Local CITGO Marketer Raises Funds for Sheboygan Area Children Living With Muscular Dystrophy

SOURCE: CITGO Petroleum Corporation


SHEBOYGAN, Wis., Feb. 24, 2015 /3BL Media/ – On Feb. 21, CITGO and Quality State Oil hosted Miss Wisconsin, Raeanna Johnson, at Sheboygan area gas stations as part of the annual CITGO Q Mart Shamrocks Against Dystrophy fundraiser. The fundraiser, which began on February 1 and runs through St. Patrick’s Day on March 17, will benefit the children of the local Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) chapter.

“The money raised by CITGO and Quality State Oil will help children suffering from muscular dystrophy in communities across Wisconsin,” said Johnson. “I am honored to work with local businesses like these that make such a great effort to help their neighbors each year.”

Johnson signed autographs for anyone who made a $1 or $5 donation to the MDA by purchasing a paper Shamrock at CITGO Q Mart convenience stores in the Sheboygan area. On February 21, she was on hand at the CITGO Q Mart store at 1006 Geele Avenue in Sheboygan, the 415 Broadway Street CITGO Q Mart store in Sheboygan Falls and the 300 Fond du Lac Avenue CITGO Q Mart store in Sheboygan Falls. Additional CITGO Q Mart stores across the region will also host raffles and giveaways throughout February and March as part of the fundraising effort. 

“For 25 years, CITGO and Quality State Oil have supported the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Together, we have donated $1 million to children and families in Wisconsin living with muscular dystrophy,” said Scott Stangel, wholesale marketing manager for Quality State Oil. “With Reanna’s help, we hope to surpass our $33,000 fundraising goal for this year’s Shamrocks Against Dystrophy campaign.”

Johnson was joined by MDA State Goodwill Ambassadors Jacob Smith, Ally Naze, Myranda Gereau and Devin Argall, who shared how they live with muscular dystrophy and how funds donated to the MDA make a difference for children and their families across Wisconsin.

Muscular Dystrophy is a group of diseases that cause muscle loss and progressive weakness. While there currently is no cure for muscular dystrophy, the MDA is working to defeat the disease and support those afflicted by it through worldwide research programs, comprehensive services and public and professional educational programs. Funds raised by CITGO and Quality State Oil will help pay for Wisconsin children affected by muscular dystrophy to attend the local MDA summer camp, support MDA research and provide children with physical therapy consultations. 

CITGO is committed to giving back to the local communities it serves through its network of locally owned stations. CITGO Marketers and Retailers in Wisconsin like Quality State Oil own and operate more than 250 CITGO locations and are proud to support their communities. For more information on the positive impact of the locally owned CITGO stations, visit

CITGO, based in Houston, is a refiner, transporter and marketer of transportation fuels, lubricants, petrochemicals and other industrial products. The company is owned by PDV America, Inc., an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A., the national oil company of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. For more information, visit 


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Vigilant Global and LCCHS' New Hopes for 2015 FIRST Robotics

Team #3985 head to FIRST Robotics with their best robot yet.

SOURCE: Vigilant Global


For the fourth year running, mentors from Montreal tech firm Vigilant Global have teamed up with students from LaSalle Community Comprehensive High School to build a competition-ready robot for Robotique FIRST Quebec.  

This year’s six week build period began on a high note, with students and mentors rising to the challenge by finalizing the concept for their robot during the first two weeks. To win the competition, their bot will need to be able to stack and place objects on the playing field and outpace the other teams doing the same. 

The team decided to up their strategy for the 2015 challenge by building two robots simultaneously. The first robot was completed just short of the build period deadline and will be used in the competition. The second robot will be used to test impending improvements to the original bot during the upcoming weeks, right up until competition weekend on March 21st

The head Vigilant mentor was especially impressed by the new LCCHS recruits and says that “the students were more involved in the build this year than they have any previous year. This year in particular our most dedicated and improved students [are two girls who] came in rather shy at the beginning [and are now] my star students.”

Both students and mentors feel there is lots of work left to do before FIRST weekend, but are willing to pull their weight to get it done. They are confident that their best robot to date will perform like a champion on game day. 

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Stopping Corruption in the Public Sector. Using Guidelines to Do It.

SOURCE: Source Intelligence®


From public to private industries, anyone involved with dealing business globally, has the potential of being infiltrated by corruption and its issues. As private and public sector entities are becoming more adverse in conducting business globally, the market is seeing an increase in potential corruption cases. Companies and government bodies are taking notice that there is an issue and proactivity is needed in order to control it. In places like Botswana, Africa, corruption has entered into both private and public organizations, which has lead to ongoing support to combat it. Kelebogile Taolo of the All Africa Daily News writes how government agencies are taking steps forward to fight corruption.

Commissioner of the Botswana Police Service, Keabetswe Makgophe, recently launched a campaign to aim its focus on the internal struggles that surround their department.

Anti-Corruption compliance and development is no easy task, but in order to generate a corruption-free environment, much planning is needed to move forward and correct the problem.

“We should always closely monitor all our processes and be proactive in closing any gaps available for corruption to occur.”

Corruption hurts all those involved, be it directly or indirectly.

“Some members of the public still do not understand that when you bribe a police officer, you are equally guilty of corruption. This is wrong and should be discouraged at all costs because it has the potential to dent the good image of the organization as well as the country.”

In order to develop a good anti-corruption compliance program there needs to be a set of rules or guidelines that an organization may follow to make sure that the proper steps are taken. These guidelines ensure that, whatever methods are being used to devise a plan, any organization looking to create a quality anti-corruption program, are using methods that are accepted worldwide and have proven to work. It takes time to create a quality anti-corruption program, but with the help of guidelines and proper mentoring, any organization has the ability to stop corruption. For a copy of our Policies, Procedures and Records guidelines, click here

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Principles and Profits: The Container Store Story – The Minute



Profits versus virtue: that’s the cover story of the current issue of Bloomberg Businessweek. Its graphic illustration of two poles of business activity that have been historically thought of as opposing, but are increasingly looked to as complementary, define the point of the issue’s feature about the Container Store. The article reports the company’s DNA as “conscious capitalism,” a business strategy with a bottom line built on a higher purpose. By profit standards, the Container Store is doing very well. Its sales for 2014 are estimated at $790 million, with adjusted earnings of $94 million. It operates 70 stores with 5,000 employees. Principles are healthy, too. The company pays those employees an average of $48,000 a year, about twice the typical retail salary, and provides many other employee benefits.

Founder Kip Tindell has trademarked his business philosophy as “the Foundation Principles,” which include considering suppliers and customers as family. The Bloomberg story ranks the Container Store with Costco, Starbucks, Panera, Zappos, and Southwest Airlines as companies that are doing well while doing good. There’s just one catch: since the Container Store went public in 2013, its share price has dropped from $46 to $20. The story details the company’s solutions to benefit shareholders as well as stakeholders. It makes for compelling, compulsory reading.

I’m John Howell for 3BL Media.

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Ecolab Named One of the World’s Most Admired Companies by FORTUNE Magazine

SOURCE: Ecolab


ST. PAUL, Minn., Feb. 23, 2015 /3BL Media/ – Ecolab Inc., the global leader in water, hygiene and energy technologies and services, has been recognized by FORTUNE Magazine as one of the 2015 World’s Most Admired Companies.

The recognition measures corporate reputation based on nine key attributes from financial soundness to innovation. Within the chemicals industry, Ecolab ranked second overall and first for social responsibility and long-term investment value.

“This recognition is a testament to the integrity and hard work of our 45,000 associates who work every day to help make the world cleaner, safer and healthier,” said Ecolab Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Douglas M. Baker, Jr. “It is an honor to be recognized as a leader in our industry and as one of the world’s most admired companies.”  

The 2015 FORTUNE World’s Most Admired Companies list is based on responses from thousands of survey participants, including executives, directors and analysts, who rate companies in their industry on nine criteria. The 2015 survey included a total of 668 companies from 29 countries. A company’s score must rank in the top half of its industry survey to be listed as a World’s Most Admired Company.

The full list of the 2015 World’s Most Admired Companies is available online here and will be featured in FORTUNE’s March issue on newsstands beginning Feb. 23, 2015.

About Ecolab

A trusted partner at more than one million customer locations, Ecolab (ECL) is the global leader in water, hygiene and energy technologies and services that protect people and vital resources. With 2013 sales of $13 billion and 45,000 associates, Ecolab delivers comprehensive solutions and on-site service to promote safe food, maintain clean environments, optimize water and energy use, and improve operational efficiencies for customers in the food, healthcare, energy, hospitality and industrial markets in more than 170 countries around the world.

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