Co-op becomes a major Iris Prize partner for its six-day celebration of LGBT film

MANCHESTER, UK, 2017-Sep-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Iris Prize has announced Co-op as a major new partner for its six-day celebration of LGBT film taking place in Cardiff next month (10 – 15 October).

Now in its 11th year, the Iris Prize – which has been identified as one of the top 50 film festivals in the world by Movie Maker Magazine for three years in a row – has unveiled a comprehensive programme including screenings of 35 international short films competing for the Iris Prize, the 15 Best British Short nominees, plus premiere screenings of 10 feature films.

The Co-op has arranged for singer Heather Small to perform a selection of songs including “Proud” at the festival in her capacity as a Co-op Respect Network partner.

The community retailer is also hosting a Food Village which showcases the diversity of Wales’ home grown produce.

Neil Moffatt, of the Co-op’s Respect Network steering group, and a member of the Iris Prize Best British jury, explained:

“With a programme which includes screenings of 35 international short films competing for the Iris Prize and the 15 Best British Short nominees, as well as premiere screenings of 10 feature films, networking opportunities and an Education Day for schools there will be much to celebrate.

“At the Co-op we promote a culture of respect, raising awareness to ensure that inclusion is at the heart of what we do. We are proud to support events such as Iris which brings issues of discrimination into focus.”

Andrew Pierce, Iris Prize Chair, commented:

“What will you see in Cardiff? This is our new strapline which we have adopted for Iris in this our 11th year, our second decade and we are determined to be fresh and relevant – therefore this year you will notice some changes to the festival programme.”

“To bring the festival to a close we are organising our biggest party every – that’s the promise as we present the inaugural Iris Carnival an all-day extravaganza combining, music, food and film. We are taking over the Depot on Dumballs Road and the delightful Heather Small will be headlining our sound stage and Matt Lissack, from Capital FM is back by popular demand to present the Iris Awards Show.

“The carnival will also include the Co-op Food Village which involves a number of the retailer’s local Welsh suppliers including: Boss Brewing Company; Village Dairy; Frank’s Ice Cream; Radnor Hills Mineral Water Co; Village Bakery; Edwards of Conwy and the Authentic Curry Company. The food village is an excellent way to demonstrating a flavour of the diversity of great Welsh food and drink available in its stores across the UK.”

What will you see in Cardiff? – visit http://www.irisprize.org/the-prize-2017/

Media Contact

Andrew Torr
Co-op Press Office
M: 07702 505 551
E: andrew.torr@co-operative.coop

Whole Foods Market intends to take legal action against both Mr. Brown and his attorney regarding cake issue

Updated from April 18th statement:

Austin, TX, 2016-Apr-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — After a deeper investigation of Mr. Brown’s claim, we believe his accusations are fraudulent and we intend to take legal action against both Mr. Brown and his attorney. Here’s what we know:

  • Our bakery team member wrote “Love Wins” at the top of the cake, which was visible to Mr. Brown through the clear portion of the packaging. That’s exactly how the cake was packaged and sold at the store. Whole Foods Market has a strict policy that prohibits team members from accepting or designing bakery orders that include language or images that are offensive.
  • Mr. Brown admits that he was in sole possession and control of the cake until he posted his video, which showed the UPC label on the bottom and side of the box.
  • After reviewing our security footage of Mr. Brown, it’s clear that the UPC label was in fact on top of the cake box, not on the side of the package.  This is evident as the cashier scans the UPC code on top of the box, which you can view here.
  • We stand behind our bakery team member, who is part of the LGBTQ community, and we appreciate the team members and shoppers who recognize that this claim is completely false and directly contradicts Whole Foods Market’s inclusive culture, which celebrates diversity.

Yours Truly, Whole Foods Market

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Team Members, Whole Foods Market Lamar Store, Austin, TX

Team Members, Whole Foods Market Lamar Store, Austin, TX

Delhaize America with perfect score of 100 percent on the 2016 Corporate Equality Index (CEI)

Company Earns 100 percent on Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Fourteenth Annual Scorecard on LGBT Workplace Equality

SALISBURY, N.C., 2015-11-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — Delhaize America proudly announced that it received a perfect score of 100 percent on the 2016 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to LGBT workplace equality, administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. Delhaize America joins the ranks of 407 major U.S. businesses which also earned top marks this year.

Delhaize America is committed to upholding a diverse and inclusive environment for all of our associates,” said Millette Granville, director of diversity and inclusion for Delhaize America. “We are proud and honored to have earned a perfect score in the Corporate Equality Index again this year, a true reflection of this mission.”

The 2016 CEI rated 1,027 businesses in the report, which evaluates LGBT-related policies and practices including non-discrimination workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive health care benefits, competency programs, and public engagement with the LGBT community. Delhaize America’s efforts in satisfying all of the CEI’s criteria results in a 100 percent ranking and the designation as a Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality.

“In this 2016 Corporate Equality Index, hundreds of major businesses responded to our new standards for workplace equality with exceptional leadership. Delhaize America not only meets these standards, it goes above and beyond the call of duty, making commitment to equality a fundamental aspect of its corporate values.”

For more information on the 2016 Corporate Equality Index, or to download a free copy of the report, visit www.hrc.org/cei.

About Delhaize America
Delhaize America, one of the nation’s largest supermarket operators, has more than 1,200 stores along the East Coast. Delhaize America companies include Food Lion and Hannaford Supermarkets. Each banner has a distinct identity and well-established brand image within its respective markets across 16 states, offering market-specific products and services to meet the unique needs of its customers. Delhaize America employs more than 100,000 full-time and part-time associates. The company is part of Delhaize Group, an international grocery retailer based in Brussels, Belgium.

About Human Rights Campaign Foundation
The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.

SOURCE: Hannaford Bros. Co.

eBay announces 100 percent ranking on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index for the eighth year in a row

The Corporate Equality Index reports on corporate policies related to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) people.

San Jose, California, 2015-11-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — For the eighth year in a row, eBay is proud to announce another 100 percent ranking on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index (CEI), a national report on corporate policies and practices related to workplace equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) people.

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

As in past years, our submission drew strength from our progressive equal opportunity employment policy and forward-thinking benefits practices for same-sex couples and transgendered employees.

“We are proud to once again achieve a 100 percent ranking in the HRC’s Corporate Equality Index,” said Devin Wenig, eBay CEO. “ We have continued to invest in important programs focused on fairness and equality for all of our colleagues.  At a recent event we hosted the screening of our Jenni Chang’s documentary film ‘Out & Around’ at San Francisco’s Castro Theatre.  It was a great event and a memorable way to support one of our own amazing LGBT colleagues.”

eBay has been a long-time supporter of LGBT rights. This year, our submission to the CEI was contributed to by many of our external advocacy, philanthropic, and recruiting efforts.  We have also made diversity and inclusion initiatives top priorities at our company, and are in the process of hiring a Chief Diversity Officer.

For more information on the 2016 Corporate Equality Index, or to see a full copy of the report, click here.

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SOURCE: eBay Inc.

Darden Restaurants scored 100 out of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) 2015 Corporate Equality Index (CEI)

Orlando, Fla., 2014-11-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — For the third consecutive year, Darden Restaurants scored 100 out of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) 2015 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), one of 366 companies to do so. The HRC’s annual index is a renowned national benchmarking tool for U.S. businesses in the increasingly important issue of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) inclusion and equality in the workplace.

“Diversity and inclusion are business imperatives at Darden, and our commitment extends to and embraces the LGBT community,” said Daisy Ng, Chief Human Resources Officer for Darden. “Fostering a diverse workforce further enables us to retain the best, most talented team members in the industry and deliver on our core purpose – ‘to nourish and delight everyone we serve’.”

A total of 971 businesses – including the entire Fortune 500 – were rated on a number of factors grouped within four main criteria: equal employment opportunity policy; employment benefits; organizational LGBT competency; and public commitment to LGBT-specific efforts. Businesses rated 100% are recognized as “Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality.”

“In order to achieve a perfect score, a company has to show a deep and serious commitment to treating their LGBT employees fairly and equally on the job,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “We also look at whether a company is speaking out in the public square to advocate for LGBT equality here in this country and around the world. Darden not only meets these standards, it goes above and beyond the call of duty, making commitment to equality a fundamental aspect of its corporate values.”

Since its founding in 1938, Darden has welcomed and celebrated the diversity of its guests, employees, suppliers and the communities it serves. To maximize the potential of employees, Darden has implemented a number of programs focused around the diversity of its workforce, suppliers and local communities, including a curriculum-based Diversity Learning Experience (DLE) for leaders at all levels of the company. More than 17,000 leaders have participated in DLE training since it was implemented nearly 10 years ago.

About the Human Rights Campaign
The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all. Launched in 2002, the HRC’s Corporate Equality Index has become the gold standard for corporate policies and practices related to LGBT employees and their families. View the full report at www.hrc.org/cei.

About Darden Restaurants
Darden Restaurants, Inc., (NYSE: DRI), owns and operates more than 1,500 restaurants that generate approximately $6.3 billion in annual sales. Headquartered in Orlando, Fla., and employing 150,000 people, Darden is recognized for a culture that rewards caring for and responding to people. In 2014, Darden was named to the FORTUNE “100 Best Companies to Work For” list for the fourth year in a row. Our restaurant brands – Olive Garden®, LongHorn Steakhouse®, Bahama Breeze®, Seasons 52®, The Capital Grille®, Eddie V’s® and Yard House® – reflect the rich diversity of those who dine with us. Our brands are built on deep insights into what our guests want. For more information, please visit www.darden.com.

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