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P&G outlines new social, global environment commitments at Clinton Global Initiative

BY Allison Cerra

NEW YORK — At this year’s Clinton Global Initiative, Procter & Gamble unveiled three new initiatives that will benefit families around the world.

P&G said the sustainability investments reaffirmed the company’s "commitment to responsible growth." This year’s initiatives include:

  • The Pampers/UNICEF “1 pack = 1 vaccine” campaign, to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus by 2015. Since 2006, Pampers and UNICEF have provided more than 300 million vaccines to help protect 100 million mothers and their babies from maternal and neonatal tetanus;

  • By 2013, help 100 million U.S. households convert to cold water washing. The initiative, which is in partnership with the Alliance to Save Energy, and through its Tide brand and Future Friendly conservation education campaign, is part of P&G’s corporate sustainability goal of converting 70% of total global washing machine loads to cold water washing by 2020; and

  • Through its Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program and its partners, P&G will provide more than 300 million liters of clean drinking water to 2 million people affected by the drought and famine in East Africa. The efforts, P&G said, will help prevent 10 million days of illness in East Africa.

P&G, which has partnered with the Clinton Global Initiative for six years, also recognized five global partners — National Geographic, Target, U.S. Agency for International Development, UNICEF Uganda and The Carrefour Group — for helping the company either meet or exceed previously set commitments that were made at the Clinton Global Initiative.

“The Clinton Global Initiative is an opportunity to reaffirm P&G’s commitment to responsible growth and to improving life throughout the world, and this year is no exception,” P&G chairman, president and CEO Bob McDonald said. “Now more than ever, it’s critical for companies like P&G to be a force for good in the world, and by connecting our employees and brands with thousands of partners who share our Purpose and values, we can achieve meaningful change that touch and improve lives.”

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Hershey unveils new global leadership team

BY Allison Cerra

HERSHEY, Pa. — Hershey’s president and CEO, J.P. Bilbrey, announced changes to the chocolate giant’s global leadership team.

Bilbrey said that Bert Alfonso has been named EVP, CFO and chief administrative officer; Michele Buck has been named SVP and chief growth officer; and Mike Wege has been named SVP and chief commercial officer. The executives joined Hershey in 2006, 2005 and 2002, respectively.

Prior to his new role, Alfonso was named SVP and CFO in 2007. In his new role, he is responsible for Hershey’s finance, mergers and acquisitions, integrated business planning functions, information services and global shared services.

Buck, who previously served as SVP and global chief marketing officer, now will have responsibility for Hershey’s strategy and vision, innovation, research and development, the Hershey experience, consumer insights and public affairs.

Wege, who previously was SVP chocolate strategic business unit, now will lead the company’s chocolate and sweets and refreshment strategic business units, with responsibility for building and leveraging Hershey’s global brands and disseminating best demonstrated practices around the world in his new role. Wege also will lead Hershey’s global sales and marketing centers of excellence.

The following also will continue to report to Bilbrey as members of the global leadership team:

  • Ted Jastrzebski, SVP and president, Americas;

  • Terry O’Day, SVP global operations;

  • Peter Smit, SVP and president, Asia, Middle East and Africa;

  • Burt Snyder, SVP general counsel and secretary;

  • Dan Vucovich, SVP and president, United States; and

  • Kevin Walling, SVP and chief human resources officer.

“We have a world-class leadership team that will ensure continued focus on North American momentum while at the same time providing the experience and leadership to accelerate global growth and innovation,” Bilbrey said. “The team has a proven record of collaborating and working with a sense of urgency to deliver results.”

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Boulder Canyon Natural Foods introduces vegetable crisps line

BY Allison Cerra

PHOENIX — Boulder Canyon Natural Foods has unveiled its new line of vegetable snacks.

New Garden Select vegetable crisps offer a blend of 12 vegetables and provide a good source of fiber in each serving, the company said. The crisps, which will be available in hearty cheddar, red ripe tomato and sour cream and chive flavors, will hit store shelves at select grocery chains nationwide later this fall in 5-oz. packages that retail for $2.99 to $3.49.

"The growing snack trend is all about healthier snack options," Boulder Canyon Natural Foods SVP marketing Steve Sklar said. "We took the concept of vegetable snacks and really embraced the ‘veggie’ aspect of these crisps without sacrificing taste. They are every bit as delicious and addictively good as a salty snack should be, but are also better for you."

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