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HRG earns two 2012 Communicator Awards of Distinction

BY Allison Cerra

WAUKESHA, Wis. — Hamacher Resource Group has received two 2012 Communicator Awards of Distinction, the company announced Thursday.

This marks the fourth time HRG has won in the four years they have entered their work to the Communicator Awards, a leading international awards program honoring excellence in marketing and communication. Including this year’s two awards, HRG now has five Communicator Awards overall.

This year, HRG was awarded for its marketing/promotion-direct mail for an integrated campaign developed to help a manufacturer of pain relief ointment increase awareness and sales within the independent pharmacy retail channel. HRG also was awarded for its corporate identity-package design for brand development work that the company did on behalf of one of its clients, a manufacturer of dietary supplements with more than 20 products in need of updated, cohesive branding. Both awards were part of the Communicator Awards’ print and design category.

"Receiving two Communicator Awards this year is indeed an honor," HRG VP Dave Wendland said. "The marketing communications team here is so ingrained in our industry and works hard to translate that knowledge and experience into successful brand-building, sales-inducing campaigns. Involvement in a wide variety of projects from rebranding and direct communications campaigns, to product launch support and social media strategies, helps us continually hone and expand our skills. When we achieve this type of recognition it’s very rewarding as well as inspiring."

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Family Dollar declares quarterly dividend

BY Allison Cerra

MATTHEWS, N.C. — Family Dollar said its board of directors declared a regular quarterly cash dividend on the company’s common stock of 21 cents per share.

The dividend is made payable July 13 to shareholders of record at the close of business on June 15.

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CVS Caremark releases 2011 corporate social responsibility report

BY Allison Cerra

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Caremark announced on Tuesday the release of its 2011 corporate social responsibility report.

Providing an overview of the company’s commitments to environmental stewardship and diversity, improving patient health outcomes, as well as its continued status as an employer of choice and to helping people — especially children and the underserved — access care and services through its social investments, this year’s CSR unveils CVS Caremark’s strategy for reinventing pharmacy for better health and also highlights the company’s focus on diversity, both within its own workforce and in active engagement with the communities it serves. What’s more, the report features CVS Caremark’s progress related to the goal of reducing its carbon intensity by 15% by 2018 through a variety of sustainability measures. This year’s report includes an accounting of the company’s political contributions and activities, a first for CVS Caremark.

The report, titled "Helping People on Their Path to Better Health," is available online at Cvscaremark.com/CSR.

"The process of measuring our progress and performance and assessing the outcomes of our efforts to date in such areas as workplace, diversity, governance, products and services and the environment, helps us to be more accountable to our stakeholders," CVS Caremark president and CEO Larry Merlo said. "We’re pleased to share this report and the exciting progress we’re making, in many different ways, every single day."

The CVS Caremark 2011 CSR report was developed in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative G3 guidelines, an international framework that is recognized and used by organizations to report on their CSR and sustainability performance.

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