The Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc. (SFI) announced today that J.D. Irving, Limited (JDI) is the 2017 winner of the SFI Leadership in Conservation Award. This award, announced at the SFI Annual Conference, recognizes SFI Program Participants across Canada and the U.S. who are involved in strong partnerships focused on conservation. In 2016, SFI Program Participants reported on 420 different audited research projects with more than 500 unique partner organizations. JDI collaborated in 68 forest research projects, the highest number of any SFI Program Participant. Project highlights include JDI’s award-winning Unique Areas Program, which has grown from 29 sites in the 1980s to more than 1,300 today, it focuses on protecting unique elements in working forests. The sites are found and mapped by over 100 forestry professionals working in Maine, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. The program has four broad objectives: preserving rare and uncommon species and landscape features; monitoring important indicator species; establishing a database of species and natural features; and engaging the public and stakeholders. Click Read More below for additional detail.
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Oil’s September Surge Propels Bull Market Run on Demand Optimism

Futures were little changed in New York, up more than 9 percent in September. Oil this week returned to a bull market on signs the persistent crude surplus was finally starting to shrink, while Trafigura Group and Citigroup Inc. warned of the potential for a further supply squeeze in 2018. The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and Russia have hailed the success of their agreement to cut production and urged their allies to stay focused on finishing the job. U.S. Gulf Coast refiners restarted after last month’s hurricanes. Click Read More below for additional detail.
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Gap Inc. And Gap Foundation Increase Support For Relief Efforts Following Recent Natural Disasters

In response to the devastation caused recently by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, and earthquakes in Mexico, Gap Inc. and Gap Foundation have increased their total donation to $2 million to address immediate needs and ongoing recovery efforts. The donation includes cash grants from Gap Foundation to on-the-ground relief organizations, donations from Gap Inc. brands towards critical clothing needs, and employee-matched donations. So far, nearly 100,000 units of clothing have already been delivered to Texas and Florida, with additional clothing donations planned in the coming months. So far, a total of $180,000 has been donated by Gap Inc. employees, which includes company-matched funds.
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IWCO Direct and Mail-Gard® Achieve HITRUST CSF Certification for the Protection of Private Healthcare Information

In its unwavering focus to safeguard data, IWCO Direct, a leading provider of data-driven direct marketing solutions, announced it has achieved HITRUST CSF v8.1 Certification for all facilities through ControlCase, an approved HITRUST Assessor. HITRUST CSF Certification includes Mail-Gard®, a division of IWCO Direct that provides business continuity and disaster recovery services. The certification demonstrates all supporting systems meet key regulations and requirements for protecting and securing sensitive personal healthcare information (PHI). The Health Information Trust Alliance (HITRUST), in collaboration with healthcare, business, technology, and information security leaders, established HITRUST CSF, a certifiable framework that can be used by all organizations that create, access, store or exchange personal health and financial information. Click Read More below for additional detail.
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Irving Consumer Products Breaks Ground on their New $400 Million Tissue Production Plant in Macon, Georgia

Irving Consumer Products broke ground on the construction of their new $400 million state-of-the-art tissue plant in Macon, Georgia today at an event at the site of their future home. Joined by Mayor Robert Reichert and Charlie Gatlin, Special Projects Advisor for Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD), President Robert K. Irving acknowledged the next step in the construction of the new facility. “We’re excited to begin construction on this new plant. The plant will create over 200 permanent, skilled jobs and allow us to continue to meet our customers’ growing demands,” said Robert K. Irving, President of Irving Consumer Products. “It will also provide growth in our home province. The pulp will be from Irving Woodlands, manufactured at our New Brunswick pulp mill.” The new plant will produce ultra-premium quality household paper products including soft bath tissue and high quality paper towel that is both strong and absorbent. Click Read More below for additional detail.
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Maine SFI Implementation Committee Wins Award For Community Leadership, Education Outreach And Growth

The Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc. (SFI) announced today that the Maine SFI Implementation Committee is the winner of the 2017 SFI Implementation Committee Achievement Award. This award, announced at the SFI Annual Conference, recognizes the exceptional work of the grassroots network of 34 SFI Implementation Committees across the U.S. and Canada. Groups ranging from Habitat for Humanity and Boy Scouts to universities and Ducks Unlimited Canada work with SFI Implementation Committees. "Education and outreach have long been a strength of the Maine SFI Implementation Committee. Every year we hold multiple events and workshops that involve hundreds of people and benefit our communities. Having these efforts recognized with an SFI award is hugely gratifying," said Pat Sirois, the Maine SFI Coordinator. "This award really belongs to the network of countless people who care about Maine's forests. We all share the benefits of the healthy, productive forests that are such a significant part of the quality of life in our state." Click Read More below for additional detail.
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eBook Revenue Up in May 2017; First Monthly Increase in More than Two Years

eBook revenues for trade book publishers were up 2.4% in May 2017. The growth was attributed to increased eBook sales for Adult Books, up 3.4% over May 2016. This is the first monthly increase over prior year sales since March 2015, according to the StatShot Monthly report from the Association of American Publishers (AAP). The increase in eBook sales was one element of a growth month for book publishers. Revenues for book publishers were up by $50.7 million (4.6%) in May 2017 over May 2016. Revenues from Jan. – May 2017 were $4.25 billion, gaining $175.7 million (4.3%) compared to the same timeframe in 2016. Click Read More below for additional detail.
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Walmart Announces $5 million Commitment for Hurricane Maria Relief

Walmart has committed $5 million in support of Hurricane Maria relief efforts. This builds on the commitments previously announced by Walmart and the Walmart Foundation totaling $35 million to support 2017 hurricane assistance in response to Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma. Walmart operates 45 retail facilities in Puerto Rico, which includes two distribution centers and a satellite headquarters, supported by nearly 15,000 associates across the Island. The $5 million commitment will support organizations helping with local relief efforts supporting those in need. Click Read More below for additional detail.
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