June 2, 2016

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iGive.com is proud once again to participate in the Cause Marketing Form (CMF). This year we are joined by a number of iGive.com participating retailers and causes. Among these retailers are: Ace Hardware, Alex and AniGameStop, Kohl’s, Macy’s, Microsoft, New BalanceOld Navy, QVC, Samsung, Scholastic, and Walmart.  These organizations show their ongoing commitment to giving back by participating in this event and finding new ways to support their customers, their employees and their communities.

According to Kelly Blue Book (KBB), Corporate Social Responsibility can impact how shoppers spend their dollars.  While the focus of the KBB research was in the automotive industry, the lessons learned can be transferred to other industries. The purpose of the CMF is to  increase the number of successful company/cause alliances by providing business and nonprofit executives with the practical information and connections they need to succeed.

This years’ event, being held in Chicago is an annual opportunity for causes and corporate partners to connect, to learn and to share knowledge.

In addition, at CMF a variety of causes and corporate partners are honored with the Halo Awards.  The Cause Marketing Halo Awards recognize excellence in North American cause marketing campaigns. 2016 marks the 14th year that the Cause Marketing Forum  has honored businesses and nonprofits with Halos for doing well by doing good.  For more information on the Halo Awards read here: http://www.causemarketingforum.com/site/c.bkLUKcOTLkK4E/b.9351101/k.33C5/2016_Halo_Awards.htm

 

 

June 1, 2016

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Shoe manufacturer Nike is moving closer to it’s goal of zero waste from footwear manufacturing.  Earlier this month the company announced that 71 percent of its footwear and apparel incorporates waste from its own manufacturing process. These efforts reduce the amount of waste being sent to landfill or incineration.

As Nike writes on their website, the company’s “moonshot ambition is to double its business while halving the company’s environmental impact. It has set three strategic aims to guide this work: minimize environmental footprint, transform manufacturing and unleash human potential.” To accomplish this Nike is looking a both manufacturing and after consumer use.

Nike has been a pioneer in the Reuse-A-Shoe program with NASA, the U.S. State Department and U.S. AID. This program includes NikeGrind which regenerates existing products into new ones.  The Resuse-A-Shoe program has recycled approximately 30 Million pairs of shoes. In addition, Since 2010, more than three billion plastic bottles have been diverted from landfills and converted into recycled polyester for Nike performance products, such as new Nike Vapor football kits with Aeroswift technology.

All of these efforts contribute towards Nike’s goal of zero waste from contracted footwear manufacturing by FY20. This is part of an ongoing commitment to sustainable innovation that drives business growth while still delivering performance innovation for athletes.

About Nike Inc.

NIKE, Inc., based near Beaverton, Oregon, is the world’s leading designer, marketer and distributor of authentic athletic footwear, apparel, equipment and accessories for a wide variety of sports and fitness activities. Wholly owned NIKE, Inc. subsidiary brands
include Converse, which designs, distributes and licenses casual sneakers, apparel and accessories; and Hurley, which designs and distributes a line of action sports and youth lifestyle apparel and accessories. For more information visit http://news.nike.com/ and follow @Nike.  Nike products are available through iGive.com where a percentage of every purchase goes back to your favorite cause.

 

May 17, 2016

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Starbucks Corporation (NASDAQ: SBUX) announced that it has closed an underwritten public offering of senior notes, including the first U.S. Corporate Sustainability Bond. The company will use the net proceeds from the offering of $500 million in 2.450% Senior Notes due 2026 to enhance its sustainability programs around coffee supply chain management through Eligible Sustainability Projects. This includes coffee purchases from suppliers verified by a third-party as complying with Starbucks ethical sourcing verification program of Coffee and Farmer Equity (C.A.F.E.) Practices, the development and operation of farmer support centers in coffee growing regions, as well as short and long term loans made through Starbucks Global Farmer Fund. “Coffee is at the core of our business, and we intend to continue to finance initiatives that will make a positive social and environmental impact in our coffee supply chain as well as other areas across our business,” said Scott Maw, chief financial officer, Starbucks. “Issuing a bond focused on sustainable sourcing, demonstrates that sustainability is not just an add-on, but an integral part of Starbucks, including our strategy and finances.”

Each year, Starbucks invests significantly in its comprehensive approach to ethically source its coffee. This includes supporting coffee farming communities, mitigating the impact of climate change, and supporting long-term crop stability and farm sustainability. Starbucks operates a network of eight farmer support centers around the world (Rwanda, Tanzania, Colombia, China, Costa Rica, Indonesia, Guatemala and Ethiopia), and has a commitment to provide $50 million in farmer financing in the form of short and long term loans. Starbucks also purchased a coffee farm in Costa Rica and has turned this into a global agronomy center. All of this is grounded in the company’s open sourced C.A.F.E. Practices developed with Conservation International over 15 years ago. This rigorous set of best practices helps to ensure that the methods used in growing and processing coffee are efficient, effective and sustainable, both environmentally and socially. In 2015, 99% of Starbucks 551 million pounds of coffee purchases were verified as ethically sourced and Starbucks became a founding member of the Sustainable Coffee Challenge – a call to action to make coffee the first sustainable agricultural product in the world.

“The longevity of the coffee industry is directly linked to the social, economic and environmental conditions of coffee communities around the world,” said Craig Russell, executive vice president, Starbucks Global Coffee. “This new sustainability bond offers a way for investors to better understand the work we are doing to help ensure that there is a future for farmers and our industry.”

Sustainalytics, a leading global provider of environmental, social and governance (ESG) research and ratings, delivered the second opinion for the Sustainability Bond. This independent review offers investors additional insight into the proposed projects to be funded by the bond, as well as the expected positive environmental and social impacts of these projects. Sustainalytics also rates Starbucks as an ESG leader in both overall and relative performance to its peers.

“Improving the efficiency and effectiveness of coffee farming practices helps to strengthen the overall sustainability of the coffee supply chain while advancing the socioeconomic conditions of coffee farmers,” said Simon MacMahon, Sustainalytics’ Executive Vice President of Advisory Services. “Starbucks has a significant influence on the global coffee market and is an industry leader when it comes to supply chain standards and sustainability initiatives. We are excited to support Starbucks Sustainability Bond and applaud their efforts to advance sustainability practices throughout their value chain.”

Starbucks will publish annual updates of the allocation of the proceeds throughout the term of the sustainability bond until the proceeds have been fully allocated to projects meeting the eligibility criteria. These updates will be reported publicly on the Starbucks website at www.starbucks.com and may include additional descriptions of select projects funded with sustainability bond proceeds, and, where possible, their environmental and/or social impacts.

About Starbucks

Since 1971, Starbucks Coffee Company has been committed to ethically sourcing and roasting high-quality arabica coffee. Today, with stores around the globe, the company is the premier roaster and retailer of specialty coffee in the world. Through our unwavering commitment to excellence and our guiding principles, we bring the unique Starbucks Experience to life for every customer through every cup. To share in the experience, please visit us in our stores or online at news.starbucks.com or www.starbucks.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements contained in this release are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of applicable securities laws and regulations, including statements about the expected closing of a public offering or senior notes and the use of proceeds of such offering. Such forward-looking statements are based on current management expectations and satisfactions of certain conditions that are subject to various risks and uncertainties, including market conditions and those risks detailed in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the “Risk Factors” section of the Starbucks Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 27, 2015, and the prospectus and prospectus supplement delivered in connection with the public offering of senior notes discussed in this release. The company assumes no obligation to update any of these forward-looking statements.

May 12, 2016

Give $3 donation in stores or on macys.com during Got Your 6 Weekend and receive a 25 percent savings pass

Tune in to Macy’s Summer Vibes digital music festival on YouTube and the retailer will donate $1 for every view to Got Your 6, up to $100,000

Visit Macy's stores or macys.com during Got Your 6 Weekend (5/13-5/15) and give $3 to receive a 25 p ...

Macy’s and the national veterans campaign, Got Your 6, will again join forces for this year’s American Icons celebration. Since the partnership began in 2013, Macy’s employees and customers have raised $6.7 million to support Got Your 6 to help empower veterans to build stronger communities across America. The program will include a special savings pass on Got Your 6 Weekend and a charitable donation through Macy’s Summer Vibes digital music festival.

Visit Macy’s stores or macys.com during Got Your 6 Weekend (5/13-5/15) and give $3 to receive a 25 percent savings pass; One hundred percent of the $3 purchase price will be given to Got Your 6 and its nonprofit partners (Photo: Business Wire)

From Friday, May 13 to Sunday, May 15, customers can participate in Got Your 6 Weekend and give $3 at the register at any store or on macys.com to receive a special 25 percent savings pass to save all day on purchases. Best of all, 100 percent of the $3 will be donated to Got Your 6 and its coalition of veteran nonprofits. Exclusions and restrictions apply for the pass. Pre-sale of the passes began on May 8 in store.

“This special savings pass has been the cornerstone of our charity program with Got Your 6 and has helped raise significant funds for its incredible nonprofit partners,” said Holly Thomas, Macy’s group vice president for cause marketing. “Donations from our American Icons campaign have made many veteran-related initiatives possible, including leadership and employment training, mentorship programs, beautification and urban greening projects, and much more. We couldn’t be happier to continue this partnership, and look forward to driving even more awareness and funding for this worthy cause.”

In the military, “got your six” means “I’ve got your back.” Got Your 6 believes veterans are leaders, team builders and problem solvers who have the potential to build and strengthen communities nationwide. A coalition that unites nonprofit, Hollywood and government partners, Got Your 6 empowers veterans to make America stronger.

“Veterans have incredible potential when they return from service,” said Bill Rausch, executive director of Got Your 6. “We are so grateful for the continued support of Macy’s and its American Icons campaign as the company, its employees and customers stand with us to empower our returning veterans to lead a resurgence of community across the nation.”

Macy’s Summer Vibes

As part of American Icons, Macy’s is hosting its first-ever digital music festival on YouTube. Macy’s Summer Vibes will air on Thursday, June 2 at 8 p.m. EDT via Macy’s official YouTube channel (youtube.com/macys). The 60-minute concert series will feature headliner, Todrick Hall, as well as emerging artists including AJ Rafael, the Gardiner Sisters and Macy Kate. For every view of the festival through June 19, Macy’s will donate $1, up to $100,000, to Got Your 6. Visit macys.com/summervibes to learn more, starting May 10.

About Macy’s

Macy’s, the largest retail brand of Macy’s, Inc. (NYSE:M), delivers fashion and affordable luxury to customers at approximately 734 locations in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam, as well as to customers in the U.S. and more than 100 international destinations through its leading online store at macys.com. Via its stores, e-commerce site, mobile and social platforms, Macy’s offers distinctive assortments including the most desired family of exclusive and fashion brands for him, her and home. Macy’s is known for such epic events as Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks® and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®, as well as spectacular fashion shows, culinary events, flower shows and celebrity appearances. Macy’s flagship stores — including Herald Square in New York City, Union Square in San Francisco, State Street in Chicago, and Dadeland in Miami and South Coast Plaza in southern California — are known internationally and are leading destinations for visitors. Building on a more than 150-year tradition, and with the collective support of customers and employees, Macy’s helps strengthen communities by supporting local and national charities giving more than $69 million each year to help make a difference in the lives of our customers.

For Macy’s media materials, including images and contacts, please visit our online pressroom at macys.com/pressroom.

About Got Your 6

Got Your 6 is a campaign that’s empowering veterans to build stronger communities across America. In the military, “got your six” means “I’ve got your back.” Got Your 6 and its nonprofit partners are helping veterans find new opportunities to serve here at home. Since 2013, Got Your 6 has distributed grants totaling more than $6 million to its veteran-focused non-profit partners. For more information visit www.gotyour6.org. Be the Change, Inc., an independent 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, is the organizing body and fiscal sponsor of Got Your 6.

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May 11, 2016

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Walmart has been making significant progress towards sustainable chemicals in consumables since 2013. This past January, Walmart pledged to begin publicly communicating progress on moving towards sustainable chemicals. This policy seeks to remove substances of high concern from personal care, paper, cleaning, pet, and baby products.

Their most recent public communication on progress has pledged to provide a 95% (by weight) reduction on high priority chemicals sold in the US, as reported in a recent article by Chemical Watch.

Walmart has not publicly released the “10 or so” chemicals Kevin Gardener (senior director of Walmart’s global responsibility) states will be addressed in this reduction. It is worth noting that the Environmental Defense Fund (NGO dedicated to environmental issues) has been working with Walmart on meeting their sustainability goals.

Criteria For Chemicals of High Concern (as stated by Walmart officials in a recent Chemical Watch article):

  1. Listing status on one or more authoritative hazard lists as included by Greenwercs (chemical reporting took used by Walmart for supplier ingredient disclosure.)
  2. Relevance ranking by business volume, distribution, and exposure.
  3. Consideration of emerging regulations, stakeholder concern, and safer distribution feasibility.

Supplier Implications

Walmart has asked suppliers to take part in a sustainability index survey. There were some key takeaways from the data they received:

  1. ¾ of suppliers that voluntarily responded provided information on their ingredient disclosure policies.
  2. Of these suppliers that reported, 78% said they are disclosing ingredients online in accordance with a naturally recognized standard.
  3. Walmart set a goal for suppliers to disclose ingredients for all products set forth in their chemical policy (set in 2015) by 2018.

Large companies such as Walmart are now setting the precedent on a demand for higher supplier transparency within products they are selling. It is imperative that a supplier knows the origins and status of chemicals within national laws and the guidelines set forth by the companies they sell to.

Source Intelligence provides a dynamic and customizable program in which you can source and manage the chemical substances used in your products. Global product chemical regulations are continuously evolving. As a supplier, you must have the ability to construct your own product chemical compliance program, tailored to you and your clients’ unique needs. This is where Source Intelligence shines as the most comprehensive and dynamic compliance software on the market. Source Intelligence’s platform is fully customizable. Meaning that if the regulations your company needs help with aren’t already within the platform, you can customize and request the addition of regulations or laws to fit your needs.

 

May 10, 2016

Sears has launched its ninth annual Heroes at Home campaign with Rebuilding Together, a leading national nonprofit in safe and healthy housing, to raise funds and assist military families facing hardship. This year the program will enable critical repairs, improvements or modifications to the largest VFW Post in Colorado and single-family military family homes across the United States of decorated veterans of World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, Persian Gulf War, Operation Iraqi Freedom and more.

Heroes at Home, which has raised nearly $20 million over the past eight years via donations from Shop Your Way members, customers and Sears associates, has funded more than 1,600 home rebuilds.

“When we meet these veterans and their families during rebuild projects they overwhelm us with their incredible spirit and appreciation,” said Joelle Maher, president and chief member officer at Sears. “Though many served long ago, it’s clear the spirit of service has stayed with them for a lifetime. That’s why supporting America’s veterans has long been a part of Sears’ DNA and we’re so proud of the dedication and support our members and associates show in giving back to those who have given so much.”

According to the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, about 1.4 million veterans are considered at risk of homelessness due to poverty, lack of support networks, and dismal living conditions in overcrowded or substandard housing.

This spring, dozens of military family homes will be rebuilt thanks to the Heroes at Home program. Among these projects is the Lowry Post 501 in Aurora, Colorado, which is the largest VFW Post in the state with an active membership of 340 veterans. The post serves veterans’ communities throughout the Denver area offering advocacy and advice to disabled veterans or those who have suffered adverse medical conditions as a result of their service. Through a Heroes at Home grant, Lowry Post 501 will receive a new fence, many interior drywall and accessibility modifications, and a new mural on the building’s exterior.

Now through July 30, Sears is calling upon Shop Your Way members and customers nationwide to donate at their local Sears store or online via a link at sears.com/heroesathome. All funds raised go to Rebuilding Together.

“At Rebuilding Together, we believe that everyone deserves to live in a safe and healthy home, especially our veterans and their families,” said Caroline Blakely, President and CEO of Rebuilding Together. “The need is dire, and with partners like Sears we are able to bridge the gap in services available to veterans, providing critical repairs and modifications that ensure our veterans can live in safe, sustainable and accessible homes.”

Other examples of the nationwide Heroes at Home projects that Rebuilding Together will complete this spring include:

  • Chicago – Repairing leaks in the basement and roof of the house of a Vietnam veteran’s widow whose family’s tradition of service to America includes a son who also served in the Navy for seven years and a grandson currently stationed in Alaska with the Air Force.
  • Baltimore – Updating the home with new appliances, repairing the electrical outlets throughout the home and installing handrails for an Army veteran.
  • Baton Rouge, Louisiana – Repairing the home of a Navy veteran who is a double amputee (legs) and single parent caring for his special needs child. A tree recently fell on a portion of his roof, causing severe structural damage.
  • Miami – Numerous repairs, accessibility additions and pest abatement for the home of a 93 year-old World War II Army veteran and his wife of 68 years, who have lived in the house for 49 years.

Companies within the Sears Holdings family employ more than 25,000 veterans and more than 1,500 active members of the Reserve and National Guard. For more information about Heroes at Home, to make a donation and volunteer, visit sears.com/heroesathome.

About Sears, Roebuck and Co.
Sears, Roebuck and Co., a wholly owned subsidiary of Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: SHLD), is a leading integrated retailer providing merchandise and related services and is part of Shop Your Way, a social shopping experience where members have the ability to earn points and receive benefits across a wide variety of physical and digital formats through shopyourway.com. Sears, Roebuck offers its wide range of home merchandise, apparel and automotive products and services through Sears-branded and affiliated full-line and specialty retail stores in the United States and Canada. Sears, Roebuck also offers a variety of merchandise and services through sears.com, landsend.com and specialty catalogs. Sears, Roebuck offers consumers leading proprietary brands including Kenmore, Craftsman, and DieHard — among the most trusted and preferred brands in the U.S. The company is the nation’s largest provider of home services, with more than 14 million service and installation calls made annually. For more information, visit the Sears, Roebuck website at www.sears.com or the Sears Holdings Corporation website at www.searsholdings.com.

About Rebuilding Together
Rebuilding Together is a leading national nonprofit in safe and healthy housing with more than 40 years of experience. Together, with our corporate and community partners, we transform the lives of low-income homeowners by improving the safety and health of their homes and revitalizing our communities. Rebuilding Together’s local affiliates and nearly 100,000 volunteers complete about 10,000 rebuild projects nationwide each year. Learn more and get involved at rebuildingtogether.org.

May 9, 2016

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In addition to the donation to the Canadian Red Cross, Canadian members of Best Western Rewards® (BWR®), the company’s loyalty program, can also support the cause by donating their BWR points which Best Western will then convert to cash. Those funds will also be given to the Canadian Red Cross, providing even more resources to aid in the relief effort. To learn more, click here.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with those that have been impacted by this devastating fire,” said President and CEO David Kong. “We are committed to supporting our Canadian hoteliers, employees, guests and their families as they recover from this tragic event.”

The Red Cross is often one of the first organizations to respond in a time of need and has established an emergency ‘Alberta Fires’ appeal. Individuals interested in donating can also text REDCROSS to 30333 to make a $5 donation. For more information on the Canadian Red Cross relief efforts, please click here.

With more than 4,100 hotels in over 100 countries, Best Western takes care of countless guests every day. It’s that same spirit of caring that drives the brand to support numerous charitable efforts around the world. For more information on Best Western for a Better World, please click here.

About Best Western Hotels & Resorts: 
Best Western® Hotels & Resorts headquartered in Phoenix, Ariz., is a privately held hotel brand with a global network of 4,100* hotels in more than 100* countries and territories worldwide. Best Western offers seven hotel brands to suit the needs of developers and guests in every market: Best Western®, Best Western Plus®, Best Western Premier®, Executive Residency by Best Western℠, Vīb®, BW Premier Collection® and GLō℠. Now celebrating 70 years of hospitality, Best Western provides its hoteliers with global operational, sales and marketing support, and online and mobile booking capabilities. More than 26 million travelers are members of the brand’s award-winning loyalty program Best Western Rewards®, one of the few programs in which members earn points that never expire and can be redeemed at any Best Western hotel worldwide. The brand’s partnerships with AAA/CAA, Minor League Baseball, and Harley-Davidson® provide travelers with exciting ways to interact with the brand. Best Western continues to set industry records regarding awards and accolades, including Business Travel News naming Best Western as the best midscale hotel brand in 2014 and Best Western Plus as the best upper mid-price hotel brand in 2014 and 2015, four consecutive Compuware Best of the Web gold awards for best hotel website, and seven consecutive AAA/CAA Hotel Partner of the Year awards. Nearly sixty percent of Best Western branded hotels earned a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award in 2015.

*Numbers are approximate, may fluctuate, and include hotels currently in the development pipeline.

May 6, 2016
The CI and TOMS’ partnership began in 2013 resulting in millions of pairs of shoes being given to kids in need.
Shoes help protect children’s feet from harmful debris and contaminated soil. ©2016 Children International

As the annual event One Day Without Shoes approaches, Children International is celebrating giving nearly 3 million pairs of shoes to kids in need and three years as a TOMS Giving Partner.

Children International (CI) is proud to partner with TOMS and its One for One® model to give new shoes to children in the impoverished areas CI serves. By the end of 2016, this partnership will have resulted in more than 3 million pairs of TOMS Shoes being distributed to children in need. These shoes do several things for CI’s kids and their families:

  1. The shoes protect children’s feet from harmful debris and contaminated soil.
  2. In many parts of the world, TOMS Shoes meet school requirements for thousands of kids. Where the shoes do not meet school requirements, they help kids by providing an extra pair for other extracurricular activities.
  3. Shoes help ease the financial burden on CI’s families who may not have the means to provide basic necessities like shoes for their kids.

The distribution of shoes is just one part of CI’s holistic child development program framework, which focuses on helping children and youth become healthy, educated, empowered and (ultimately) employed so that they can break the cycle of poverty.

One Day Without Shoes on May 10 is a day to raise awareness of children’s health and education issues and the important role that shoes play in helping kids. Going without shoes allows participants to experience the importance of proper footwear. It is also a conversation starter, allowing participants to bring awareness to issues surrounding children’s health and education. And, for this year’s day of awareness, TOMS will be giving away a pair of shoes for every unique photo of bare feet shared on Instagram using #withoutshoes, up to 10,000 shoes for 10 different countries.

Employees at CI’s headquarters in Kansas City, Missouri, will go without shoes on May 10 and will participate in a variety of activities that help educate participants on the importance of adequate footwear. Additionally, CI employees are hosting a shoe drive to benefit two local nonprofits – Operation Breakthrough and Midwest Foster Care and Adoption Association.

Learn more about TOMS and Children International.

About Children International
Children International is a top-rated humanitarian organization focused on ending poverty by helping children and youth. Our local staff and volunteers deliver our holistic programs in health, education, empowerment and employment to over 300,000 kids through 70+ community centers in 10 countries.

For more information about Children International, visit children.org.

Follow Children International on Facebook and Twitter.

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May 3, 2016

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Nation’s leading bicycle retailer seeks to help businesses become bike-friendly and make cycling more accessible

 Performance Bicycle®, the No. 1 choice for people who love to ride, is on a mission to help businesses become bike friendly. Performancebike.com/bikefriendly is a brand new resource of tips, facts and best practices on how and why businesses should become bike friendly.   A cornerstone of Performancebike.com/bikefriendly, is a free, downloadable ebook; “How to Make Your Business Bike-Friendly.”  Intended for business leaders and associates, the easy to follow guide outlines the financial, environmental and human resource benefits of being a bike friendly business.

“Being a bike friendly business is not only good for the environment, but also associate health and well-being, and ultimately a company’s bottom line,” said Performance Bicycle Chief Executive Officer David Pruitt. “The evidence is overwhelming; commuting by bike reduces health care costs, boosts associate productivity and reduces absenteeism.  Our “How to Make Your Business Bike Friendly” resource is designed to help business leaders and associates move the conversation forward about their business becoming bike friendly.”

To learn more about Performance Bicycle’s efforts to help businesses become bike friendly, or to download the “How to Make Your Business Bike Friendly” eBook visit performancebike.com/bikefriendly.

To further promote cycling through the creation of more trails, Performance Bicycle is partnering with the Rails To Trails Conservancy.  During the month of May, cyclists can make an in-store or online donation of $1 to support Rails To Trails  efforts to  build, maintain, defend and connect trail corridors across the nation.  Performance will match up to $10,000 of all donations collected.

Rounding out Performance Bicycle’s National Bike Month efforts, all Performance Bicycle stores will lead teams in the PeopleForBikes National Bike Challenge, an annual nationwide event running May through September that unites thousands of bicyclists across the country. No matter what level of experience, all cyclists are invited to join their local store team where they can log their miles, as well as find  encouragement from cyclists in their area. Cyclists interested in joining their local store team can sign up by creating an account on the National Bike Challenge website and searching “Performance Bicycle (City Name).”

To learn more about Performance Bicycle’s advocacy efforts, visit performancebike.com/advocacy.

About Performance Bicycle®
Performance Bicycle® is the No. 1 specialty bicycle retailer in the U.S. and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Performance Inc. Performance Bicycle® provides an omni-channel cycling experience that spans more than 100 stores nationwide, and www.PerformanceBike.com, catering to both the avid cycling enthusiast and the recreational rider. Cyclists can stay in touch with Performance Bicycle by following the brand on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram at twitter.com/performancebike,facebook.com/performancebike, youtube.com/performancebike and instagram.com/performancebike.Performance Inc. is majority owned by North Castle Partners of Greenwich, Conn. For more information about Performance Bicycle, please visit www.PerformanceBike.com.

April 29, 2016

Red Nose Day’s official retail partner makes more Red Noses available and expands Red Nose Day merchandise to help raise funds to fight kids’ poverty

Championing everyone’s right to be happy and healthy, Walgreens proudly returns as the exclusive retail partner of the second annual Red Nose Day, helping raise funds to fight kids’ poverty. The campaign’s iconic Red Noses – which people wear in support of the official Red Nose Day on Thursday, May 26 – returned to store shelves at Walgreens and Duane Reade locations nationwide this morning, officially kick starting the nine-week charitable campaign.

Following the sell-out success of last year’s inaugural Red Nose Day, Walgreens is going beyond the nose in 2016 and raising funds through the sale of new Red Flair merchandise, also available nationwide starting today. From red hats and springy novelty headbands to oversized sequin bowties and Red Noses for cars (to name a few), Walgreens is making it even easier for Americans to “Get Seriously Silly” in support of a great cause.

“Helping people live happy and healthy lives is our passion at Walgreens, and participating in Red Nose Day lets us do just that for those who need it most: kids living in poverty in the U.S. and abroad,” said Alex Gourlay, president of Walgreens. “Topping last year’s success is a challenge we’re ready for. We have more Red Noses, new Red Flair and several other fun ways for everyone in the Walgreens family – from our valued customers and vendor partners to our passionate team members – to get involved in this powerful campaign.”

The Return of the Red Noses        
Between now and the official Red Nose Day in May, Walgreens hopes to sell significantly more Red Noses than the 5 million it sold last year. To help meet its goal, Red Noses and Red Flair hit Walgreens shelves two weeks earlier this year, giving Americans even more time to “Get Seriously Silly” in support of a great cause. Starting today and continuing through June 4, Walgreens and Duane Reade locations nationwide will sell Red Noses for $1 each and Red Flair items for between $1-$5.99. Proceeds from Red Nose and Red Flair purchases benefit the Red Nose Day Fund* which supports charities with domestic and international reach aimed at fighting childhood poverty, including Boys & Girls Clubs of America; charity:water; Children’s Health Fund; Covenant House; Feeding America; Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance; National Council of La Raza; National Urban League; Oxfam America; Save the Children; and The Global Fund.

Beyond purchasing Red Noses and Red Flair for themselves, Americans can further support the cause by purchasing Red Noses and Red Flair products for their schools or workplaces, or organize fundraisers in their community. Cash donations can also be made at any Walgreens location.

Walgreens commemorated the return of the laughs and Red Nose Day fun with the help of actor and comedian Ravi Patel (Grandfathered, Masters of None), who helped deliver the first batch of Red Noses and Red Flair to Walgreens shelves in Chicago, the retailer’s hometown. Accompanied by Walgreens team members, Patel arrived at Walgreens flagship store in a Red Nose Day-adorned armored truck. With security in place, a briefcase full of Red Noses and Red Flair handcuffed to his arm and a store full of unsuspecting shoppers, Patel successfully delivered the Red Nose Day fun to Walgreens. The event was captured on film and is posted on the Walgreens YouTube channel.

#RedNose Road Trip & Challenges
Together with Walgreens, Patel will continue the fun online by inviting Americans to “Get Seriously Silly” on social media with weekly #RedNose challenges. Starting today and continuing every Monday leading up to Red Nose Day, Patel will accept the weekly #RedNose challenge from Walgreens with a silly video and task Americans to join in. The challenges include “Share your four-legged friend’s #RedNose look,” “Share your #RedNose Mom & Me Flair selfie,” and “Share your #RedNose landmark photo,” among others. People can share their silliest pictures and videos answering the challenge on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #RedNose.

Weekly #RedNose challenge videos will be featured as part of a new Walgreens “50 States, 50 Stories” video series to live on Walgreens.com/RedNoseDay. In the series, Walgreens takes Red Nose Day on the road in search of powerful stories showing people both supporting and benefitting from Red Nose Day. The uplifting, fun-filled stories will showcase real people’s charitable Red Nose Day efforts in action across the country.

Walgreens “nose” consumers aren’t the only ones who know how to have fun for a great cause. Later this week, Walgreens executives will issue a Corporate Challenge to colleagues at other companies encouraging them to share funny videos and show America their silly sides. In the coming weeks Walgreens Facebook page will show just how silly corporate America can get to help fight kids’ poverty around the world.

Beyond the Nose
In the UK, Red Nose Day has raised more than $1 billion since it launched over 25 years ago and is an inspiring cultural phenomenon that unites people from all walks of life in the interest of saving and changing lives. The inaugural Red Nose Day event in the U.S. took place last May and raised more than $23 million to help kids in need in America and abroad.

This year, Red Nose Day’s nine-week campaign will culminate in a live, two-hour broadcast on NBC airing on May 26 (9-11 p.m. ET). The Red Nose Day Special will feature popular comedians, top musicians and Hollywood stars in an engaging mix of comedy, live musical performances and short, compelling films shedding light on the cause.

For more information on Red Nose Day and how to get involved, visit walgreens.com/RedNoseDay and Walgreens on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About Walgreens
Walgreens (www.walgreens.com), one of the nation’s largest drugstore chains, is included in the Retail Pharmacy USA Division of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (Nasdaq: WBA), the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise. More than 8 million customers interact with Walgreens each day in communities across America, using the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services and advice. Walgreens operates 8,173 drugstores with a presence in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Walgreens digital business includes Walgreens.com, drugstore.com, Beauty.com, SkinStore.com and VisionDirect.com. Walgreens also manages more than 400 Healthcare Clinic and provider practice locations around the country..

About Red Nose Day
Red Nose Day is a fundraising campaign run by the non-profit organization Comic Relief Inc, a
registered 501(c)(3) public charity. Money raised goes to the Red Nose Day Fund, which distributes money to organizations whose work helps to achieve Comic Relief Inc.’s vision of a just world free from poverty. The inaugural Red Nose Day in the U.S. was held on May 21, 2015 and raised more than $23 million. Funds raised benefited children in all 50 states and 15 countries internationally through programs addressing literacy, education, healthcare, and nutrition. The second annual Red Nose Day will be held on Thursday May 26, 2016.  The day’s events will culminate in a two-hour entertainment TV special on NBC, featuring the country’s favorite comedians, musicians and Hollywood stars.

Comic Relief Inc. and Comic Relief UK are independent organizations related through their shared vision of a just world, free from poverty; and with the same mission to effect positive change through the power of entertainment. In the UK, Red Nose Day has been going for 30 years and is an inspiring cultural phenomenon that unites people from all walks of life in the interest of saving and changing lives across the globe.

* Until June 4, 2016, for each Red Nose purchased Walgreens will donate $0.50; and for each Red Nose Flair item purchased (Beads, Bow Ties, Headbands, Sunglasses, Pens, Mugs, Cups and Hats) Walgreens will donate 10 percent of the purchase price to Comic Relief Inc.’s Red Nose Day Fund, which helps lift children out of poverty in the U.S. and overseas. For more information about the Red Nose Day Fund, visit rednoseday.org. No portion of purchase is tax deductible.