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
"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 www.gemi.org.
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
SOURCE Global Environmental Management Initiative