GEMI Launches New Environmental Sustainability Solution Tools Matrix(TM)

Oct 27, 2010, 08:50 ET from Global Environmental Management Initiative

WASHINGTON, Oct. 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Global Environmental Management Initiative (GEMI) announced today during its 20th Anniversary Conference the launch of its new environmental, health and safety (EHS) and sustainability solution tool, the "GEMI Solution Tools Matrix(TM)."

"I am pleased to announce that we have created an interactive web solution to guide users through all of the tools the organization has developed over the past twenty years," said GEMI Chair, Moe Bechard, Diversey, Inc. "The new GEMI Solution Tools Matrix(TM) serves as a how-to / where-to solution for professionals seeking guidance on addressing environmental sustainability issues."

Bill Gill, GEMI Communications Chair, Smithfield Foods, added, "The Matrix(TM) is intended to highlight the value of our diverse portfolio of solution-based tools and serve as a navigational guide to assist companies in their own pursuit of environmental, health and safety (EHS) and sustainability excellence.  For historical context, the Matrix(TM) includes some important external drivers and prevailing environmental management themes along the timeline with the tools."

"The Matrix(TM) displays a historical timeline of key environmental-related events and GEMI's solution tools using mouseover/pop-up windows to display tool details, associated publications and other related resources," said GEMI Tools Work Group Chair, Leslie Montgomery, Southern Company. "Regardless of where a company may be in its sustainability journey, GEMI's collection of 30 solution tools offers practical guidance and examples for addressing challenges and opportunities across the sustainability continuum.  The new GEMI Solution Tools Matrix(TM) can be accessed on our website (," Montgomery added.

"On behalf of the GEMI organization, we want to thank leaders from our Work Group for developing this new, free tool that  will be shared around the world, including: Leslie Montgomery; Paul Halberstadt, ConAgra Foods; Phil McAndrew, Kraft Foods; David Seep, BNSF Railway; Steve Shedroff, Procter & Gamble; and, Jeff Sandt of TrainUp whose team designed the tool," concluded Bechard.

GEMI members include: 3M; Abbott; Biogen Idec; BNSF Railway Company; Carnival Corporation & plc; ConAgra Foods; ConocoPhillips; Diversey, Inc.; Duke Energy; DuPont; Eastman Kodak Company; Ecolab, Inc.; FedEx; Johnson & Johnson; Johnson Controls, Inc.; Kraft Foods Inc.; MedImmune; Merck & Company, Inc.; Occidental Petroleum Corporation; Perdue Incorporated.; The Procter & Gamble Company; The Scotts Company; Smithfield Foods, Inc.; and, Southern Company.

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