Companies support hurricane relief efforts

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Featured this week: Ignacio Alvarez, Popular; Reshma Kewalramani, Vertex Pharmaceuticals; Arrow Electronics; Crowe; Estee Lauder; Factset; Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas; Morgan Stanley; Nike; Regeneron; Royal Carribean Group; Toyota; Wells Fargo; Lowe's; The UPS Foundation; KeyBank; Yum! Brands; Target; Hill & Markes; Alyeska Pipeline Service Company; Westfield Insurance; Texas Instruments; FM Global

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Popular CEO, Ignacio Alvarez, coordinated emergency response efforts among the branches of Puerto Rico's largest bank, while employing a set of policies to ensure customers aren’t penalized for late payments or needing quick cash after the storm. Popular said it will eliminate late fees on personal loans and mortgages. In addition, the bank will allow non-customers to withdraw money from its ATMs for free and will waive fees for customers using off-network ATMs. "Unfortunately, we've gotten pretty good at this," Alvarez said of the bank's response efforts, referencing the island's recent run-ins with powerful storms.

Vertex CEO and President, Reshma Kewalramani, was recognized by the Asian American Business Development Center (AABDC) with its Pinnacle Award, which recognises an individual who is widely acknowledged as a leader in their industry. "My upbringing as an Indian American informs every day I have spent as a physician, an executive, a mother and a wife," said Kewalramani in an interview.

Dr. Alveda Williams, corporate director of inclusion at Dow, recently celebrated her twentieth anniversary with the company. "As I reflect on the journey, I am grateful for: the people… The possibilities… The purpose-driven work… The progress…" Williams wrote in a recent Twitter post.

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Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship 
Chestnut Hill, MA
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Denver, CO
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Various Locations
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Estee Lauder (JUST ADDED!)
Melville, NY
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Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas 
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Beaverton, OR
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Regeneron (JUST ADDED!)
Tarrytown, NY
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Royal Caribbean Group 
Miami, FL
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Toyota (JUST ADDED!)
Plano, TX
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Wells Fargo (JUST ADDED!)
Multiple US Locations
ESG Senior Reporting & Disclosure Specialist
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Member Companies in the News

Lowe's announced it will donate $2 million to support relief efforts in Florida after Hurricane Ian left devastation across the state, causing catastrophic flooding and damage. Lowe's donation will support disaster relief partners and nonprofit Pro customers, helping organizations provide emergency shelter, food and rebuilding supplies to those affected by the storm. Lowe's also will host relief events to distribute critical supplies.

Following the devastation of Hurricane Fiona, Wells Fargo is donating a total of $300,000 from the Wells Fargo Foundation, supporting three organizations at the forefront of relief efforts. The donation is made up of three $100,000 grants to the Hispanic Federation, SBP, and the World Central Kitchen. The efforts of the three organizations go towards emergency access to food and water, assessing damage, distributing supplies, and helping people navigate federal assistance and rebuild homes for impacted families.

The UPS Foundation, in collaboration with The Salvation Army, mobilized more than 50,000 pounds of relief for Puerto Rico, including more than 15,000 meal kits, emergency clean-up kits, water and essential baby supplies. The Foundation’s initial response efforts consisted of more than $250,000 in funding and in-kind support, including $50,000 to The Salvation Army and $25,000 to Fundacion Sila Calderon.

Right now in our online Member Community, your peers are discussing strategies for hurricane relief. Lend your voice to this conversation.

KeyBank recently announced the winners of its Key4Women program, a business pitch contest for women-led businesses based in Seattle and the Greater Puget Sound region. The program was conducted in collaboration with the UW Tacoma Milgard School of Business and the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business, who worked together to review and select winning entries. The local business Dotz Allergy Friendly Baked Goods, which manufactures allergy-friendly treats for people with food sensitivities and medically modified diets, won the grand prize.

Yum! Brands reaffirmed its commitment to sustainable growth through advancing its use of renewable energy, reducing emissions, and investing in circularity. The company’s 2021 Recipe for Good report details efforts to establish its first science-based targets and pledges to reach net-zero emissions by 2050. The report also highlights new packaging policy for all brands, designed to support better recycling systems and eliminate unnecessary packaging, as well as educational programming with suppliers aimed at reducing emissions from beef, poultry, and dairy related operations.

Target will be the convening sponsor at the 2023 International Corporate Citizenship Conference, happening April 30-May 2, 2023, in Target's hometown, Minneapolis, Minnesota. 

Members on the Move

Welcome new Center members, Hill & Markes, Alyeska Pipeline Service Company, Westfield Insurance!

Members from Texas Instruments and FM Global have already registered for the 2023 International Corporate Citizenship Conference, happening this spring in Minneapolis. Reserve your spot today!