Signet Jewelers Limited recognized for its corporate social responsibility and sustainability efforts

HAMILTON, Bermuda, 2017-Aug-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Signet Jewelers Limited (the “Company”) (NYSE: SIG), the world’s largest retailer of diamond jewelry, has been recognized for its corporate social responsibility and sustainability efforts by being named as a component of the FTSE4Good US and Global Indices in 2017. Signet joins this group of other publicly traded companies with strong environmental, social and governance (ESG) practices.

“Signet is proud of our commitment to reducing our energy consumption and raising our efficiency levels across our business. Our responsible sourcing efforts have lead the industry as 1 of 4 US companies to have reported a conflict-free gold supply chain for 4 consecutive years,” said Lynn Dennison, Chief Legal, Risk and Corporate Affairs Officer at Signet Jewelers.

This year marks the 15th anniversary of the FTSE Russell’s ESG Index, FTSE4Good. Investors around the world use the indices as indicators to determine if investment funds and other products are socially responsible and engage in ethical activities.

According to FTSE Russell, the last 15 years have brought a measurable shift in the investment landscape. The inclusion of ESG factors in investment decisions has evolved from a niche concept to a core investment strategy among many asset managers.

Signet Jewelers’ tradition of corporate social responsibility has always been about doing the right thing for all of our stakeholders. This is a part of our Core Values. We firmly believe that CSR makes our business stronger and more sustainable over the long-term.

To learn more about Signet Jewelers Corporate Social Responsibility please visit: http://www.signetjewelers.com/CSRreport2016

About Signet Jewelers:

Signet Jewelers Limited is the world’s largest retailer of diamond jewelry. Signet operates approximately 3,600 stores primarily under the name brands of Kay Jewelers, Zales, Jared The Galleria Of Jewelry, H.Samuel, Ernest Jones, Peoples and Piercing Pagoda. Further information on Signet is available at www.signetjewelers.com. See also www.kay.comwww.zales.comwww.jared.comwww.hsamuel.co.ukwww.ernestjones.co.ukwww.peoplesjewellers.com and www.pagoda.com.

Contact:
Investors:
James Grant
VP Investor Relations
1-330-668-5412
James.Grant@signetjewelers.com

Media:
David Bouffard
VP Corporate Affairs
1-330-668-5369
David.Bouffard@signetjewelers.com

Source: Signet Jewelers Limited

CVS Health releases its tenth annual Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2017-May-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) today (05.10.17) released its tenth annual Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report, entitled Prescription for a Better World, providing updates on progress against the company’s 2016 CSR goals, and establishing several new performance targets.

Accomplishments in 2016 spanned the company’s strategic CSR pillars of Health in Action, Planet in Balance and Leader in Growth and illustrate its efforts to make health care more affordable, accessible and effective; provide customers with healthier and more sustainable products; and operate its business sustainably and responsibly.

New performance targets introduced in this year’s report include expanding the company’s commitment to preventing and mitigating prescription drug abuse by increasing pharmacist education and outreach to 750,000 children and families by 2020. In addition, to respond to the health care industry’s complex and ever-changing compliance landscape, the company is harnessing new technologies that help colleagues stay informed of and comply with regulations and has committed to providing more than two million hours of annual compliance training to colleagues across the enterprise.

“We’re incredibly proud of everything we accomplished in 2016 and believe that our business contributions have helped to address critical health care issues and deliver more affordable, accessible and effective care,” said Larry Merlo, President and Chief Executive Officer for CVS Health. “Our corporate social responsibility strategy supports our growing business while helping people on their path to better health and making the world a healthier place to live.”

Key highlights from the 2016 Report include:

Health in Action

  • Delivered a low-cost alternative to auto-injectable epinephrine as one way to increase the affordability of prescription drugs
  • Broadened MinuteClinic services and piloted a first-of-its-kind partnership with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to offer clinic services to more than 60,000 veterans served by the Palo Alto VA. The success of the pilot resulted in the recent expansion of the program to provide quality care to veterans served by the Phoenix VA Health Care System.
  • Expanded healthier food and beverage offerings to more than 2,900 stores nationwide
  • Reached more than 170,000 students with prescription drug abuse education through the Pharmacists Teach program
  • Introduced Be The First, a five-year, $50 million initiative to help deliver the nation’s first tobacco-free generation

Planet in Balance

  • Advanced efforts to address chemicals of consumer concern by announcing the removal of parabens, phthalates and the most prevalent formaldehyde donors across nearly 600 beauty and personal care products from its store brand CVS Health, Beauty 360, Essence of Beauty, and Blade product lines
  • Published and implemented a Responsible Palm Oil Sourcing Policy and committed to sourcing 100 percent of palm oil used in CVS Health products from verified, responsible sources by 2020
  • Committed to developing a science-based emissions reduction target to align greenhouse gas emission reductions with global emissions budgets generated by climate models and joined more than 250 companies setting their emissions reduction targets in line with climate science

Leader in Growth

  • Published a Human Rights Policy that formalizes practices within our workplace and supply chain and aligns with the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights
  • Achieved our goal of spending $1 billion annually with diverse suppliers by 2017, one year ahead of schedule, and became one of 26 U.S.-based companies named to the Billion Dollar Roundtable, a top-level corporate advocacy organization that promotes supply-chain diversity excellence
  • Committed to expanding the company’s Registered Apprenticeships program to 3,000 participants by 2020

Prescription for a Better World is more than the title of our report it’s a comprehensive approach to CSR that engages colleagues across our organization to make measurable progress in fulfilling our purpose,” Eileen Howard Boone, SVP of Corporate Social Responsibility and Philanthropy for CVS Health writes in the Report. “As I look ahead to the next ten years, I see so many opportunities for our CSR strategy to play an even bigger role in supporting our business and delivering value to our customers, communities and stakeholders.”

The Report was developed in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) G4 Guidelines, an international framework that is widely used by organizations to report on their CSR and sustainability performance. For more information on GRI, visit http://www.globalreporting.org/.

The Report is available online at http://cvshealth.com/social-responsibility/corporate-social-responsibility.

About CVS Health
CVS Health is a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Through its nearly 9,700 retail locations, more than 1,100 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with nearly 90 million plan members, a dedicated senior pharmacy care business serving more than one million patients per year, expanding specialty pharmacy services, and a leading stand-alone Medicare Part D prescription drug plan, the company enables people, businesses and communities to manage health in more affordable and effective ways. This unique integrated model increases access to quality care, delivers better health outcomes and lowers overall health care costs. Find more information about how CVS Health is shaping the future of health at https://www.cvshealth.com.

SOURCE: CVS Health

Contacts

Media:
Joe Goode
(401) 770-9820
Joseph.Goode@CVSHealth.com

Investor Relations:
Nancy Christal
(401) 770-3614
Nancy.Christal@CVSHealth.com

The Co-operative Group Reports Solid Trading Results For The Fourth Quarter Of 2010

The Co-operative Group, the UK’s largest mutual retailer, today announces a solid trading performance for the fourth quarter, against the backdrop of a tough trading environment, exacerbated by the severe weather conditions.

Food store exteriorAcross the Trading Group – which encompasses all Co-operative Group retail businesses, but excludes financial services – like-for-like sales fell by 0.6%* in the 13 weeks to 1st Jan 2011. In Food, like-for-like sales fell 3.2%, as a result of the impact of the extreme weather on both footfall and spending patterns across the Group’s national network, as well as the planned acceleration of the programme to convert Somerfield stores to The Co-operative Group fascia. During the period close to 200 stores were closed on average for seven days a time to allow for
full refits. Despite this the core convenience estate, which includes both Co-operative & Somerfield stores, saw like-for-like sales increase by 2%.

Combined like-for-like sales in the Group’s non-food businesses increased by 12.1% with particularly strong sales performances from the online electrical, motor and travel operations.

Peter Marks, Group Chief Executive, said “We have delivered a solid trading performance across our retail businesses in a difficult environment. The exceptionally cold weather created logistical issues for our food stores – particularly given the sheer scale and geographic spread of our estate. Our people worked exceptionally hard to ensure that we provided a great service to all our customers – and the strong performance of our core convenience estate is a testament to all their efforts.

“The planned acceleration of the Somerfield conversion programme was an added issue– but this continues at pace and we remain on track to complete the process by Spring 2011.

“The performance of our non-food businesses was very strong overall and, together with the excellent progress made by our financial services business, we are confident that 2010 will have proved to be another record year for The Co-operative Group.”

The Co-operative Group is one of the UK’s leading businesses and the world’s largest consumer-owned co-operative. The Group is the fifth biggest food retailer and the leading convenience store operator and The Co-operative Financial Services runs the largest “super mutual”.

Other interests include the third largest retail pharmacy chain, the number one funeral services business, Britain’s biggest farmer and a leading travel agency. The Co-operative Group employs 120,000 people, and has over 6 million members. As well as delivering on its financial and operational goals which also include various corporate social responsibility matters such as environmental awareness and global poverty, The Co-operative Group aims to deliver on its social goals, playing an active part supporting local communities and the wider world.

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The Co-operative Wins National Business Award For Corporate Social Responsibility

The Co-operative Group’s leadership position in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has again been recognised at a prestigious awards ceremony.

The Group won the award for CSR at the influential ninth annual National Business Awards in partnership with Orange held at Grosvenor House in London

Peter Marks, Group Chief Executive, who won the Orange Leader of the Year at same event last year said: “Yet again our exemplary work in CSR has been recognised on the national stage.

“As well as being commercially successful, the Co-operative Group is a business with strong ethical foundations and our values influence not only what we do with our profits but how those profits are made in the first place.

“This is a great achievement for every member of staff who help us to deliver the Co-operative difference day in day out across our complete family of businesses.”

Philip Forrest, Chairman of Judges, the National Business Awards said: “The UK’s largest mutual – comprising food, farming, financial and funeral services – is a beacon of best practice. Judges were impressed by the Group’s proactive work, whether it relates to tar sands within its toxic fuels campaigning or sustainable lending practices through its banking arm.”

The Co-operative not only takes pride in its efforts towards CSR but also in its promotion of community living initiatives across the UK.

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