The Starbucks Foundation supports Hurricane Matthew relief efforts with $100,000 donation to American Red Cross and $25,000 to Team Rubicon

The Starbucks Foundation supports Hurricane Matthew relief efforts with $100,000 donation to American Red Cross and $25,000 to Team Rubicon
The Starbucks Foundation supports Hurricane Matthew relief efforts with $100,000 donation to American Red Cross and $25,000 to Team Rubicon

 

Seattle, 2016-Oct-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Starbucks Foundation will contribute $100,000 to the American Red Cross to aid Hurricane Matthew relief efforts in the U.S. and Caribbean. The Foundation will donate an additional $25,000 to Team Rubicon to support a team of volunteers providing direct relief to Haitians impacted by the storm.

Customers who wish to aid in the recovery may do so in any U.S. company-operated store through a donation to the American Red Cross at the point of sale beginning October 8. Starbucks partners (employees) who make a personal contribution to the relief efforts can request matching funds through the company’s Partner Match program.

Media contact:

Global
Phone: 206 318 7100
Email: press@starbucks.com

Source: Starbucks

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Lowe’s supports communities impacted by Hurricane Matthew with $500,000 donation to American Red Cross Disaster Relief

MOORESVILLE, N.C., 2016-Oct-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — As Hurricane Matthew continues to impact millions in the U.S., forcing thousands to seek emergency shelter, Lowe’s announced today it will donate $500,000 to American Red Cross Disaster Relief to help people affected by disasters like hurricanes, floods and countless other crises. Lowe’s is working with its national nonprofit partner to provide both immediate and long-term support to local communities in the storm’s path from eastern Florida, the Georgia coast and coastal South Carolina.

The donation to the Red Cross will help provide food, shelter and comfort to people impacted by the hurricane and countless other crises nationwide. In addition, Lowe’s has activated its American Red Cross customer donation program in over 100 of its stores stretching from Florida to North Carolina to provide a convenient place for customers to make a donation. People also can make a contribution online via the Lowe’s American Red Cross Online Donation Site.“Hurricane Matthew is expected to significantly impact communities and disrupt millions of lives, including our Lowe’s employees,” said James Frison, Lowe’s director of community relations. “Our thoughts are with those in the storm’s path and Lowe’s will continue to work with the Red Cross and our other partners to help families stay safe and get access to the necessary resources during and after the storm passes.”

Lowe’s has shipped more than 100 truckloads of critically needed supplies to the area. In the coming days and weeks, Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers will help with relief efforts in communities affected by the storm.

The Red Cross is on the ground in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina offering people a safe place to stay. As of Thursday night, more than 27,000 people took refuge in 200 Red Cross and community evacuation shelters—and this number is expected to grow. The Red Cross also has hundreds of disaster workers on the ground distributing much-needed humanitarian supplies to those impacted by the hurricane.

“The generosity of Lowe’s enables the Red Cross to provide much-needed humanitarian supplies, relief and care to the people affected by Hurricane Matthew.” said Don Herring, chief development officer at the American Red Cross. “These contributions, along with the support of the American public, ensure that the Red Cross is able to respond immediately with food and shelter during disaster relief efforts.”

As a member of the Red Cross’ Annual Disaster Giving Program, Lowe’s pledges donations on an ongoing basis in advance of disasters to help ensure the Red Cross can take immediate action. Since partnering with the Red Cross in 1999, Lowe’s and its customers have contributed more than $27 million for disaster relief. Donations to Red Cross Disaster Relief are used to help people affected by disasters big and small.

About Lowe’s in the Community

Lowe’s, a FORTUNE® 50 home improvement company, has a 50-year legacy of supporting the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community improvement projects. Since 2007, Lowe’s and the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation together have contributed more than $250 million to these efforts, and for more than two decades Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers have donated their time to make our communities better places to live. To learn more, visit Lowes.com/SocialResponsibility or the Lowe’s digital newsroom at newsroom.lowes.com.

About American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

Media Inquiries:

704-758-2917
PublicRelations@Lowes

SOURCE: Lowe’s Companies, Inc.

BESTSELLER FOUNDATION supports small scale farmers in India with Lawrencedale Agro Processing (LEAF) investment

BRANDE, Denmark, 2016-Sep-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — BESTSELLER FOUNDATION has become shareholder in Lawrencedale Agro Processing (LEAF) that supports small scale farmers at one end and providing top of the range products at the other.

80% of the population in India is involved in farming, but with an average plot size of just under three acres, the farmers as well as the retailers rely on middlemen to buy, transport and process the farm products before they reach the shops.

It is LEAF’s mission to change that. LEAF’s business model is designed to re-engineer the supply chain for farm produce in India – empowering the farmers, the retailers and the consumers.

On average fresh produce in India changes hands seven times which results in loss of and damage to produce as well as a reduction in profit at every step. Ultimately that means low profits for the farmer and mediocre products at relatively high prices for the consumer, with minimum profit for the retailer. LEAF’s business model is based on control of every step of the supply chain – from farm gate to shop shelves.

Active contributor to more efficient value chain
Managing Director of BESTSELLER FOUNDATION Kristian Sloth Petersen has great expectations to the social impact of the investment in LEAF:

‘With this investment BESTSELLER FOUNDATION becomes an active contributor to development of a more efficient value chain to the benefit of producers and customers. We believe that LEAF has the right business model and team in place to be able to scale the business across large parts of India in the coming years. As a consequence, thousands of small scale farmers will increase both their production volumes and income which will impact positively on the livelihoods of their families and communities.’

LEAF supplies 300 retailers (and counting) all over Southern India with high quality produce, cleaned and packed. The produce is sourced from 1,500 farmers who receive high quality inputs and training on good farming practices. At harvest time the farmers can sell their produce to LEAF and are thereby guaranteed a profit.

From 2014 to 2015 data collected by LEAF shows a 25% increase in average productivity among the farmers. Until 2020/-21 LEAF aims to grow its network of farmers to include over 10,000 farmers.

BESTSELLER FOUNDATION’s investment represents roughly 20% of the value of the company. BESTSELLER FOUNDATION has one seat on the board of LEAF.

Contact information:
Mikkel Rytter Poulsen
Communication Officer
BESTSELLER FOUNDATION
Mikkel.poulsen@bestsellerfoundation.org
+4599424812

Source: BESTSELLER FOUNDATION

Bulgari supports the Save the Children charity with #RaiseYourHand campaign

PARIS, 2016-Aug-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Bulgari has launched the new campaign #RaiseYourHand to support the Save the Children charity. Bulgari and Save the Children have had a global philanthropic partnership for the past seven years. An impressive lineup of artists and personalities have raised their hands to support this eminently worthy cause.

In 2009, Bulgari began helping vulnerable children through support for Save The Children, a charity that works around the world to protect the rights of thousands of children and sustainably improve their living conditions in 120 countries. This year the House has deepened its commitment with the launch of the #RaiseYourHand campaign.  Numerous personalities have agreed to raise their hands to show their support for the cause partnered by Bulgari in a series of photos and a film shot under the artistic direction of  Fabrizio Ferri.

The raised hands wear pieces from a new jewelry collection created specially by Bulgari to raise funds for Save the Children. The collection includes a necklace and ring inspired by Bulgari’s signature B.zero I, as well as a new sterling silver and black ceramic bracelet. A portion of the proceeds from sales of the bracelet is donated directly to Save The Children.

In the course of this seven-year partnership Bulgari has raised over $50 million for the charity, helping a million of beneficiaries around the world thanks to improved services and infrastructures, notably in education. The #RaiseYourHand campaign emphasizes the importance of giving children a healthy start and bringing them opportunities to thrive and achieve.

Contact:

LVMH Moët Hennessy – Louis Vuitton
22, avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris – France
Tel: +33 (0)1 44 13 22 22
Fax: +33 (0)1 44 13 22 23

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Bulgari supports the Save the Children charity with #RaiseYourHand campaign
Bulgari supports the Save the Children charity with #RaiseYourHand campaign

 

Source: LVMH

Kroger supports America’s Military Service Members with the release of thank you video as part of its summer-long Honoring Our Heroes campaign

CINCINNATI, 2016-Jul-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — To show support for our heroes – service members, their families and veterans – The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) family of stores today released a thank you video as part of its summer-long Honoring Our Heroes campaign, which continues in stores through July 19th.

Customers can show their support and donate through register scan cards and coin boxes at stores or by donating online at www.honoringourheroes.com. All funds raised from customers will be additional to Kroger’s $1 million commitment. All gifts will help the USO continue its mission to keep service members connected to family, home and country throughout their service to our nation.
More than two million Americans serve on active duty or in the reserves today, including many Kroger family of stores associates. Kroger’s “Honoring Our Heroes” program is designed to show Kroger’s deep gratitude to our active duty service members and our nation’s 23 million veterans through the company’s partnership with the USO.

Kroger has shown appreciation for our heroes this summer by hosting dinners for the troops and their families.

  • On May 24, Kroger associates served lunch and dinner to 1,000 service members at Joint Base Elmendorf–Richardson in Anchorage.
  • On June 3, associates hosted a beachside BBQ for 1,000 veterans, active duty soldiers and their families in Virginia Beach as part of Warrior Week.
  • On June 7, associates hosted a rib roast at Ft. Riley, Kansas, for 1,000 military families as they celebrate Victory Week, the anniversary of their base.

Kroger’s customers and associates have enthusiastically supported the endeavor: Kroger’s annual campaign has raised more than $14 million since 2010 to support USO programs, which represents the largest cumulative gift to the USO in its 75-year history.

Kroger honors our troops in a variety of ways throughout the year:

  • Care Packages
    Kroger’s corporate and Cincinnati/Dayton division associates will be packing 2,500 care packages at the company’s annual picnic on July 15th. The care packages will be donated to the USO in honor of their 75th anniversary.
  • Gift Card Donations
    Customers may purchase special donation gift cards in $5, $10 and $15 denominations that will be delivered to USO centers around the world. In addition, shoppers can share their spirit with loved ones by purchasing patriotic banner gift cards to give as gifts, maybe to someone in the family who is (or was) a service member or someone in the community who is especially patriotic.
  • Meet Our Heroes
    Kroger has hired more than 32,000 veterans since 2009, and the “Meet Our Heroes” section on Kroger’s website highlights some of the many team members who have served in the military. Customers can visit HonoringOurHeroes.com to become inspired by Kroger’s own associates’ stories of courage, then write a special message of their own to America’s heroes. By posting on social media channels using the #HonoringOurHeroes hashtag, the message will automatically show up on the official website. In addition, many of the messages will be broadcast on special digital outdoor billboards.
  • Share a Coke
    Kroger teamed up with Coca-Cola and the USO to donate 100,000 Coca-Cola cans to service members through the Share a Coke campaign.

To find out more about these programs please visit www.honoringourheroes.com.

About the USO
The USO strengthens America’s military service members by keeping them connected to family, home and country, throughout their service to the nation. At hundreds of locations worldwide, we are united in our commitment to connect our service members and their families through countless acts of caring, comfort, and support. The USO is a private, non-profit organization, not a government agency. Our programs, services and entertainment tours are made possible by the American people, support of our corporate partners and the dedication of our volunteers and staff. To join us in this important mission, and to learn more about the USO, please visit uso.org.

About Kroger
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.

Contact:

Call Center
(Open Mon. – Fri. 8 a.m. – 9 p.m. EST)
1-866-221-4141

Mail
The Kroger Co.
Customer Relations
1014 Vine Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202-1100

Corporate Switchboard
(513) 762-4000

SOURCE: The Kroger Co.