CBRE named as a Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality for the fourth consecutive year

CBRE Scores 100% on Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Annual Scorecard on LGBT Workplace Equality

Los Angeles, 2016-Dec-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG) announced that it received a perfect score of 100 percent on the 2017 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to LGBT workplace equality that is administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. With its high score, CBRE is recognized as a Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality. This marks CBRE’s fourth consecutive year of achieving a perfect score, and the company continues to pave the way for increased diversity across the entire commercial real estate industry.

“We are grateful that our people are committed to upholding our values while creating outstanding outcomes for our clients—together our efforts underscore the value of an inclusive and diverse workforce,” said Chris Ludeman, global president, Capital Markets, CBRE and co-executive sponsor of the company’s LGBT & Allies Network Group. “We are honored that HRC has recognized our commitment for the fourth consecutive year by recognizing CBRE as a Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality.”

The 2017 CEI rated 407 major businesses in the report, which evaluates LGBT-related policies and practices such as non-discrimination workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive health care benefits, competency programs, and public engagement with the LGBT community.

CBRE’s LGBT & Allies Network Group plays an instrumental role in ensuring CBRE satisfies all of the CEI’s criteria and in engaging with national organizations such as Out & Equal that advocate for workplace equality.

“We are committed to celebrating the successes of all our people in order to deliver exceptional outcomes to our clients,” said Tim Schroeder, managing director, Global Workplace Solutions, CBRE and co-executive sponsor of the LGBT & Allies Network Group. “We are extremely proud of our people and of this important achievement that recognizes our commitment to a diverse and inclusive environment.”

Earlier this year, CBRE was ranked 15th on the list of 500 U.S.-based companies in Forbes magazine’s 2016 “America’s Best Employers” list. CBRE was also recognized as one of Fortune magazine’s Most Admired Companies for the fourth straight year and named a World’s Most Ethical Company by The Ethisphere Institute for the third consecutive year.

More information on CBRE’s diversity and inclusion efforts can be found here. For more information on the 2017 Corporate Equality Index or to download a free copy of the report, visit http://www.hrc.org/cei.

About CBRE Group, Inc.
CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Los Angeles, is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm (based on 2015 revenue).  The Company has more than 70,000 employees (excluding affiliates), and serves real estate investors and occupiers through more than 400 offices (excluding affiliates) worldwide.  CBRE offers a broad range of integrated services, including facilities, transaction and project management; property management; investment management; appraisal and valuation; property leasing; strategic consulting; property sales; mortgage services and development services. Please visit our website at www.cbre.com.

MEDIA CONTACT:
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Source:  CBRE Group, Inc.

FCL ranked first in SaskBusiness’ Top 100 largest companies in Saskatchewan for the fourth consecutive year

Saskatoon, SK, 2016-Sep-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — For the fourth year in a row, Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL) has placed first in SaskBusiness Magazine’s list of the Top 100 largest companies in Saskatchewan.

In 2015, FCL recorded revenue of $9.1 billion with net earnings of $539 million. Of that, $375 million was returned to the 200 local retail co-ops across Western Canada that are member-owners of FCL.

“While we have been impacted by the economic challenges in Western Canada, particularly in the energy sector, we have diverse businesses in a wide geographical area and that has helped us stay competitive. Co-op members are resilient and loyal and that stability allows us to bring a long-term approach to planning and creating sustainable growth,” said FCL CEO Scott Banda.

“Through these conditions, local retail co-ops in Saskatchewan and across Western Canada continue to serve communities big and small, while making new investments that strengthen our provinces.”

FCL is joined on this year’s Top 100 list by 19 retail co-operatives in Saskatchewan. Together, the retail co-ops included in the SaskBusiness list recorded combined sales of nearly $2.3 billion in 2015. A full list of these retail co-ops is shared below.

Economic impact

The number of co-ops on the Top 100 list highlights the substantial impact that the Co-operative Retailing System (CRS) — comprised of local retail co-ops and FCL — has in Saskatchewan. Retail co-ops have returned almost $355 million to their members in Saskatchewan over the last five years, which is reinvested by these members in their communities. A total of $1.3 billion was returned by western Canadian co-ops to their members over the past five years.

Investments in Saskatchewan

FCL, on behalf of retail co-ops, has also made major investments in Saskatchewan and Western Canada over the last year, including:

  • Wastewater Improvement Project (WIP) — The Co-op Refinery Complex (CRC), a subsidiary of FCL, commissioned a $200-million environmental mega-project that allows it to clean and recycle all of its wastewater.
  • New fertilizer terminals — FCL invested $75 million to construct two new high-throughput fertilizer terminals in Western Canada, including one in Hanley, Sask., and another in Brandon, Man. Both facilities are expected to be fully operational in early 2017.
  • Co-operatives First — FCL committed $5 million over five years to support Co-operatives First, a new non-profit organization that is helping to inspire the next wave of co-operative development in rural and First Nation communities.
  • Co-op Community Spaces — A total of $1.5 million from the Co-op Community Spaces program was invested in 21 recreation, conservation and urban agriculture projects in Western Canada.

Across the West, FCL and retail co-ops have reinvested $4.7 billion in their communities through capital investments since 2011.

Co-ops in the Top 100

Ranking Wholesale/Retail Co-operative Location
1 Federated Co-operatives Limited Saskatoon
19 Saskatoon Co-operative Retailing
Association Ltd.
Saskatoon
29 Pioneer Co-operative Association Ltd. Swift Current
31 Prince Albert Co-operative Association Ltd. Prince Albert
35 Sherwood Co-operative Association Ltd. Regina
48 Lloydminster and District Co-operative Association Ltd. Lloydminster
55 Discovery Co-operative Association Ltd. North Battleford
65 Yorkton Co-operative Association Ltd. Yorkton
72 Moose Jaw Co-operative Association Ltd. Moose Jaw
74 Prairie Co-operative Association Ltd. Melville
76 Prairie Sky Co-operative Association Ltd. Weyburn
79 Meadow Lake Co-operative Association Ltd. Meadow Lake
81 Pineland Co-operative Association Ltd. Nipawin
83 Prairie North Co-operative Association Ltd. Melfort
88 Southern Plains Co-operative Association Ltd. Estevan
89 Delta Co-operative Association Ltd. Unity
90 Central Plains Co-operative Association Ltd. Rosetown
92 Kindersley and District Co-operative
Association Ltd.
Kindersley
98 Borderland Co-operative Association Ltd. Moosomin
99 Southland Co-operative Association Ltd. Assiniboia

Contact:
PHONE: 306.244.3311
FAX: 306.244.3403
GENERAL INQUIRIES: inquiries@fcl.ca
GENERAL CAREER INQUIRIES: careers@fcl.ca

Source: Coop

Kroger listed to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index-North America for the fourth consecutive year

CINCINNATI, 2016-Sep-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) today (Sept. 13, 2016) announced it was named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index-North America (DJSI) for the fourth consecutive year.

The DJSI evaluates the top 20% of the 600 largest American and Canadian companies in the S&P Global Broad Market Index that lead the field in terms of sustainability.  The index considers multiple factors under three dimensions: economic, social and environmental.

“Kroger’s goal is to be a positive force for change in our communities and to drive sustainability and innovation into our business,” said Suzanne Lindsay-Walker, Kroger’s director of sustainability. “Inclusion on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for the fourth consecutive year reinforces this commitment.  We are proud of this recognition and the work that our more than 400,000 associates do every day to make this happen. With our associate’s continued dedication, we will continue to push toward our 2020 goals and beyond.”

Learn more about Kroger’s sustainability progress and review our 2020 goals at http://sustainability.kroger.com/.

Every day, the Kroger Family of Companies makes a difference in the lives of eight and a half million customers and 431,000 associates who shop or serve in 2,778 retail food stores under a variety of local banner names in 35 states and the District of Columbia. Kroger and its subsidiaries operate an expanding ClickList offering – a personalized, order online, pick up at the store service – in addition to 2,230 pharmacies, 785 convenience stores, 323 fine jewelry stores, 1,400 supermarket fuel centers and 38 food production plants in the United States. Kroger is recognized as one of America’s most generous companies for its support of more than 100 Feeding America food bank partners, breast cancer research and awareness, the military and their families, and more than 145,000 community organizations including schools. A leader in supplier diversity, Kroger is a proud member of the Billion Dollar Roundtable.

SOURCE: The Kroger Co.