General Mills CEO Says Water is Critical to Business and Engagement is Key

Last evening, at The Nature Conservancy (TNC) Global Water Summit, General Mills chairman and CEO Ken Powell addressed attendees on the company’s efforts to conserve and protect global water resources critical to the business. He shared the company’s journey of “über-collaboration” with stakeholders to improve the health of watersheds and announced significant steps the company is taking to ensure freshwater for future generations.

“As a food company, food security is important to us, and we’re tied tightly to nature,” said Powell. “We know that without healthy water for land, ecosystems and wildlife, agriculture simply does not work. Businesses languish. Economies falter. People suffer.”

Powell announced new steps the company is taking to protect water.

This week, General Mills released a new water policy. The policy provides the necessary framework to guide the company as it engages with stakeholders to improve the health of watersheds, particularly those critical to the company’s business. The scope of the policy includes General Mills’ supply chain as well as its suppliers. The policy will be overseen by General Mills’ Sustainability Governance Committee, led by Powell. The company has pledged to factor water risk considerations into business decisions, including where to locate new facilities.

In addition, Powell announced General Mills’ signing of The CEO Water Mandate, a public-private initiative launched in 2007 by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to encourage companies to develop, implement and disclose water sustainability policies and practices. Endorsers of The CEO Water Mandate acknowledge that through individual and collective action they can contribute to the vision of the UN Global Compact and the realization of the Millennium Development Goals.

“These initiatives put us on the record as doing our part,” said Powell. “They also help us learn and collaborate, yielding a bigger impact than we could ever have alone.”

The efforts announced at TNC’s Summit are in addition to work General Mills has been doing with TNC since 2010. In partnership with TNC, General Mills has established a global water risk assessment of all of its plants and growing regions. Those assessments build on the company’s supply chain risk analysis work with World Wildlife Fund. The company now has a clear picture of the most at-risk watersheds within its supply chain and is taking action to develop watershed health strategies for eight of the highest risk watersheds in its priority growing regions.

“We are delighted that General Mills is taking important steps to protect critical watersheds,” said Mark Tercek, president and CEO of The Nature Conservancy. “It’s a forward-thinking decision that will benefit the communities where the company works as well as their bottom line. General Mills’ leadership sends a clear message to other companies: investing in nature is one of the smartest decisions a company can make.”

Earlier this year, General Mills joined the Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) as a Founding Partner in support of an international standard for sustainable use of the world’s limited freshwater resources. AWS offers a variety of ways to improve, incentivize and recognize responsible water use, including helping members engage key stakeholders within their watershed and supply chain.

During his remarks, Powell encouraged others to take action on water stewardship: “We encourage our peers to sign on to The CEO Water Mandate and to participate in the Alliance for Water Stewardship. We absolutely have to work together.”

To learn more about General Mills’ water stewardship efforts, read the company’s water policy here, and join General Mills chief sustainability officer Jerry Lynch and colleagues from TNC and Ceres for a webinar discussion about responsible water management on Friday, November 21 at 10am CST: Valuing Every Drop.


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About General Mills
General Mills is one of the world’s leading food companies, operating in more than 100 countries around the world. Its brands include Cheerios, Fiber One, Haagen-Dazs, Nature Valley, Yoplait, Betty Crocker, Pillsbury, Green Giant, Old El Paso, Wanchai Ferry, Yoki and more. Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn., USA, General Mills had fiscal 2014 worldwide sales of US $17.9 billion.

Volvo VP & Group CIO, Klas Bendrik to Open Up on World-Leading Autonomous Car Project, “Drive Me” at Consumer Telematics Show 2015

Telematics Update can announce today that Klas Bendrik, Volvo’s VP & Group Chief Information Officer will take to the stage at the Consumer Telematics Show (January 5, The Rio Hotel & Casino) to give a keynote presentation that will give delegates an exclusive insight into Volvo’s world-leading autonomous car project, ‘Drive Me’.

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No Longer the Stuff of Science Fiction – Autonomous Vehicles Become Real

For the first time ever at the Consumer Telematics Show (CTS), attendees will be addressed by one of the C-level boardroom members of Volvo. This symbolizes how important the connected car and now, autonomous car projects have become to automakers. The session, which will take place one day before International CES, will look at how connectivity, mobility and autonomous tech are converging and shaping the strategies and future products of automakers.

Mr Bendrik is a firm advocate of the ‘all in’ approach for new mobility concepts, faster connectivity and autonomous technology. “This is our strong belief. This is why we have set-up an integrated approach with all three areas for Volvo’s ‘Drive Me’ pilot”. The ‘Drive Me – Self Driving Cars for Sustainable Mobility’ is the world’s first large-scale autonomous driving pilot using self-driving Volvo cars on public roads, in everyday driving conditions.”

Jack Palmer, Project Lead for CTS said, “To attract an executive of Mr Bendrik’s seniority really does show how integral connectivity, mobility and autonomous tech have become to the business plans of automakers. From the presentation, delegates will be able to identify what opportunities exist in supporting Volvo with their wider vision of making personal mobility sustainable”.

This will not be the only automaker announcement at the Consumer Telematics Show (CTS) – Audi and Nissan will also be using the event to set out their new vision for auto mobility, in front of a 500 person audience of automotive execs.

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iPocket Drive Brings Portable USB Hard Drive Technology to all Apple Device Users through Indiegogo

The hard drive, backed by The Power Company, allows easy data transfer from iPhones and iPads and music and movie streaming without an Internet connection

Franklin, TN (PRWEB) November 20, 2014

iPocket Drive, a portable USB hard drive for the Apple iPhone, iPad, and iTouch devices, will launch a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo beginning on December 2, 2014 in hopes of raising $5,000. The device, available in 8, 16, 32, 64, & 128GB, provides Apple users with all the benefits of an on-the-go hard drive that is compatible with everything from iPhones to iPads to Mac & PC computers. The Power Company, the company behind iPD, has previously had two successful campaigns on Indiegogo with the latest being the Smart Card, a wallet-sized charger for iPhone and Android devices.

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“Users of Apple products have always had the best in terms of product functionality,” iPD creator and The Power Company founder Gene Aikens said. “But this is one function that they have been missing out on for years. The iPD is the personal and private USB hard drive of the future.”

Users of iPD can save memory on their devices and cut down on data usage by storing music and movies on the hard drive. It allows users to free up space on their devices, but still have them at their fingertips. Both music and movies can be streamed directly from the iPD to an Apple iPhone, iPad, or iTouch without using cellular data, the devices memory, or having to sync with online servers. This makes iPD a convenient solution for those who travel on planes frequently, or have limited data plans.

iPD also provides Apple users a storage solution that does not involve cloud use. Personal and sensitive files can be securely stored or transferred to other devices without having to trust that private data with the cloud, and kept securely in your pocket or in a secure place at your home. This makes file transfer simpler, safer, and faster than Cloud use.

The 64GB & 128GB iPD models have enough storage to backup an entire hard drive on your mac or PC. And if that isn’t enough functionality you can also use the iPD as a cable to charge your iPhone or iPad 100% from any USB outlet. All that functionality and it fits right in your pocket.

The Indiegogo campaign for iPD will go live on December 2, 2014. The first contributors to the campaign can receive their own iPD for just $59, a $20 discount from the eventual retail price. Package deals of several iPD’s will also be available for discounted prices. To learn more about iPD and the Indiegogo campaign, please visit


The team behind The Power Company spans five countries, four languages, and has more than 34 years of experience. It is headed by Gene Aikens, product designer and president. The Power Company focuses on producing smartly-designed electronics that simplify daily technology use, all while fitting neatly in a wallet, or pocket. The company’s premier product is the Smart Card, a wallet-sized iPhone and Android charger. Smart Card was successfully funded on Indiegogo early in 2014, ultimately raising more than $63,000. It is now a part of Indiegogo’s Forever Funding program and still available for contributions. Learn more at

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Ability Commerce Announces Alliance with EcomLB Software Consulting to Support JDA Direct Commerce Community

The knowledge and expertise of EcomLB strengthens Ability Commerce’s professional services offerings

Delray Beach, FL (PRWEB) November 20, 2014

Ability Commerce, a leader in direct commerce software and provider of JDA Direct Commerce Professional Services, today announced their partnership with EcomLB, LLC, a software consulting company specializing in a range of services specifically dedicated to the Ecometry software platform.

“Linda Barncord, President of EcomLB, is well known in the JDA Direct Commerce world for the excellent customer service she provides as well as her vast knowledge and expertise of the Ecometry platform, “said Shawn Ellen, Director of Sales and Marketing for Ability Commerce. Ellen Added, “Alliances like these will continue to strengthen our ability to provide a variety of professional services to the JDA Direct Commerce Community.”

Ability Commerce has also added Barncord to the list of presenters for their

Ability Commerce User Summit scheduled March 11-13 in Delray Beach, FL.

About EcomLB, LLC

EcomLB is a software consulting company with expertise in the Ecometry Direct Commerce Software. With more than 25 years’ experience with the software, EcomLB provides specialized consulting services to Ecometry customers. The company also provides an exclusive Quick Question service allowing customers to leverage the company’s knowledge base to get quick answers to functionality and application questions. For more information about EcomLB, visit

About Ability Commerce

Ability Commerce is a leading provider of order management, ecommerce and financial software platforms that help growing businesses increase revenue reduce overhead and engage with their customers. The company ranked No. 3 in the Marketplace Management category on Internet Retailer’s 2014 list of Top Second Collective 500 (“Second 500”) Leaders. Its comprehensive solutions, which enable companies to acquire, convert and retain customers more efficiently, include the Ability OMS (order management system) module and the SmartSite ecommerce platform. Also, as a Microsoft Gold Partner, Ability Commerce offers the Microsoft Dynamics GP ERP (enterprise resource planning) solution. While founded in 1999, Ability Commerce leverages more than 30 years of combined direct marketing and management experience from its sister company, Marketing Concepts, a forerunner in the direct commerce industry. For more information about Ability Commerce, visit or email info(at)abilitycommerce(dot)com

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