Ecolab, Perdue and Vulcan Materials Join GEMI

Jan 28, 2008, 00:00 ET from Global Environmental Management Initiative

    WASHINGTON, Jan. 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Global Environmental
 Management Initiative (GEMI) today announced that Ecolab, Perdue and Vulcan
 Materials have become members of GEMI.
     "I am pleased to announce that three new companies have joined GEMI,"
 said Robert Accarino, Director, Environmental Affairs, Abbott and Chair of
 GEMI. "The addition of these companies to GEMI continues to expand the
 breadth and reach of the GEMI membership that today includes
 representatives from 22 business sectors."
     The three new companies and their senior leaders for GEMI are: Ecolab,
 Inc.: Bruce Cords, Vice President, Environment, Food Safety & Public
 Health; Perdue Farms, Incorporated: Steve Schwalb, Vice President of
 Environmental Sustainability; and, Vulcan Materials Company: Brad
 Rosenwald, Corporate Vice President, Safety, Health and Environment.
     "As GEMI continues to grow, we continue to add new perspectives and
 expertise on emerging EHS and sustainability issues," said GEMI's
 Membership Chair Leslie Montgomery, Environmental Stewardship Program
 Manager, Southern Company. "Welcoming new members into the organization
 provides GEMI with an opportunity to further develop and expand upon our
 current activities and the range of companies that we can work with and
 learn from," said Montgomery.
     "Ecolab has a long-standing commitment to sustainability that includes
 environmental, economic and social responsibility. Participation in groups
 like GEMI is another way that we stay connected with other industry leaders
 to share best practices on environmental, health and safety excellence,"
 noted Bruce Cords, vice president, Environment, Food Safety & Public Health
 at Ecolab.
     "We look forward to utilizing GEMI's resources and members' expertise
 to continue to move Perdue's environmental platforms forward. By
 capitalizing on the benchmarking and collaboration resources available
 through GEMI, we feel we can accelerate our environmental sustainability
 efforts and deliver meaningful results for our various stakeholders," said
 Steve Schwalb, Vice President of Environmental Sustainability, Perdue
     Vulcan Materials Company's Brad Rosenwald, Corporate Vice President,
 Safety, Health and Environment said, "Given the constantly changing
 regulatory environment and challenges facing the industry, our Safety
 Health and Environmental programs must continue to improve for the company
 to maintain its leadership position. Membership and participation in an
 organization of GEMI's caliber is a cornerstone in helping our company
 achieve this goal of continual improvement."
     "GEMI realizes that the best way to achieve its mission 'Business
 helping business improve EHS performance, shareholder value and corporate
 citizenship' is through a diverse membership so that our member companies
 can share and learn from one another. It is with this in mind that we
 welcome our newest members into GEMI and encourage other companies to join
 the organization," concluded Accarino.
     For more information about GEMI, visit GEMI's web site at
     GEMI members include: 3M; Abbott; Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc.;
 Bristol-Myers Squibb Company; BNSF Railway Company; Cadbury Schweppes PLC;
 Cargill, Inc.; Carnival Corporation & PLC; The Coca-Cola Company; ConAgra
 Foods; The Dow Chemical Company; Duke Energy; DuPont; Eastman Kodak
 Company; Ecolab, Inc.; Eli Lilly and Company; FedEx; Johnson & Johnson;
 Johnson Controls, Inc.; JohnsonDiversey, Inc.; Koch Industries, Inc.; Kraft
 Foods Inc.; Merck & Company, Inc.; Motorola, Inc.; Novartis Corporation;
 Occidental Petroleum Corporation; Owens Corning; Perdue Farms,
 Incorporated.; Pfizer Inc; The Procter & Gamble Company; Roche;
 Schering-Plough Corporation; The Scotts Company; Smithfield Foods, Inc.;
 Southern Company; Vulcan Materials Company; and, Wyeth.
     CONTACT: Amy Goldman, GEMI: 202-296-7449

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