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Safeway launches annual campaign for people with disabilities

BY Alaric DeArment

PLEASANTON, Calif. — Safeway has launched its annual April fundraising campaign to benefit people with disabilities, the supermarket chain said Monday.

The company said The Safeway Foundation, its philanthropic arm, had launched the campaign to benefit Easter Seals, Special Olympics and other groups, saying its Support for People with Disabilities campaign had contributed more than $140 million.

"We have designated April as our time to make a difference in the lives of countless people served by these well-respected organizations," Safeway EVP and Safeway Foundation chairwoman Larree Renda said. "Because one-in-five people live with a physical or intellectual disability, few causes resonate as deeply with our employees, customers and in our neighborhoods as the need to help people with disabilities reach their full potential."

 

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CVS Caremark elects former J&J CEO to board

BY Antoinette Alexander

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Caremark elected on March 29 former Johnson & Johnson CEO William Weldon to serve on its board of directors, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Weldon is the former chairman of the board and CEO of Johnson & Johnson, having served in those positions from 2002 until his retirement as CEO in April 2012 and his retirement from the board in December 2012. Weldon previously served in a variety of senior executive positions during his 41-year career with J&J.

He is also a director of financial services company JPMorgan Chase & Co. Weldon’s experience in managing a global healthcare company and his deep knowledge of the worldwide healthcare market across multiple sectors makes him well suited to serve on the board, CVS Caremark stated in the filing. His background in international business management and operating in the highly-regulated healthcare industry is also greatly valued by the board, the company noted.

 

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Walgreens to expand solar energy initiative in Colorado

BY Alaric DeArment

AURORA, Colo. — A Colorado-based firm will install solar power systems at 22 Walgreens stores in 14 cities in the state over the next few months, under a partnership between the two companies.

Walgreens announced Monday an expansion of its relationship with SolarCity, saying the new power systems would reduce more than 47.5 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions over the next two decades.

"A strong commitment to the local community is one of our company’s core values," Walgreens director of energy and sustainability Menno Enters said. "SolarCity is helping us contribute to the health of the local communities we operate in by providing us with clean energy as well as contributing to the local economy in Colorado."

Walgreens and SolarCity recently had a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the completion of the first in a series of solar installations at a store in Aurora, which Aurora mayor Steve Hogan and Republican Rep. Mike Coffman attended.

"Colorado has been at the forefront of energy conservation," Coffman said. "And I’m happy to see that SolarCity and Walgreens have teamed up to help meet our state’s renewable energy goals."

 


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