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Safeway has been named one of the 2014 World’s Most Ethical Companies (WME) by the Ethisphere Institute. This is the fourth time and third consecutive year that Safeway has been recognized by Ethisphere for its commitment to maintaining superior business practices.

The Ethisphere Institute is an independent center of research, best practices and thought leadership that promotes best practices in corporate ethics and compliance and enables organizations to improve governance, mitigate risk, and enhance relationships with employees, business partners, investors and the broad regulatory community. For the past eight years, it annually selects companies from throughout the world for its prestigious WME list.

Safeway is an industry leader in principled business practices, environmental sustainability and effective community outreach. For the last three years, the company has been at the top of the US Greenpeace Supermarket Seafood Sustainability scorecard, a ranking of sustainability practices for grocers. In 2013, Safeway was named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index North America for the fifth year in a row and to the Carbon Disclosure Project for the fifth consecutive year.

In February of this year, President Obama chose Safeway’s Maryland distribution center as the site of an announcement where he called for new fuel efficiency and greenhouses gas standards for medium-duty and heavy-duty trucks. The president praised Safeway saying, “By improving the aerodynamics of its trucks, investing in larger trailers, more efficient tires, Safeway has improved its own fuel efficiency. And the results are so solid that Safeway now encourages all the companies it hires to ship its products to do the same.”

The company’s significant community outreach and philanthropic initiatives include raising and donating millions of dollars annually to benefit a range of non-profits, including food banks, schools, cancer research centers and numerous organizations assisting people with disabilities. Collectively, those funds average $200 million annually. To view the complete list of the 2014 World’s Most Ethical Companies, please visit http://www.ethisphere.com .

And speaking of Safeway, Academy Award-nominated Viola Davis in conjunction with The Safeway Foundation and the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) last month launched “Hunger Is,” a joint charitable program designed to raise awareness and funds to fight childhood hunger in the United States. The year-round campaign encourages individuals and communities to get involved in solving a widespread problem that too often goes unnoticed.

The program will provide Safeway shoppers with multiple opportunities to give during an in-store childhood hunger awareness fundraiser during the month of April at more than 1,300 Safeway stores across the United States. Funds raised through the initiative will be designated toward programs focused on eradicating childhood hunger and improving health-related outcomes. During the inaugural year, breakfast programs will be the focus, giving children a healthy start to their day and the best chance to excel.

Eight industry leaders will lead in-depth “leadership circles” on how to acquire and leverage influence at this year’s Network of Executive Women (NEW) Executive Leaders Forum, July 29-31 at the Terranea Resort in Los Angeles. More than 300 senior executives from the retail and consumer goods industry are expected to attend the invitation-only event. The executives include: Susan Chapman-Hughes, senior vice president, U.S. account development for global corporate payments at American Express, who will offer advice for “Creating New Opportunities for Yourself,” and Joy Chen, CEO of Yes To Inc., who will share tips for “Bringing Other Women to the Table.” Vicki Escarra, CEO of Opportunity International, will offer insights on “Influence: Leveraging: What and Who You Know.” Marissa Nelson, senior vice president of Ahold USA, will offer her thoughts on “Using Your Power to Transform the Organization.” Maria Lindenberg, chief procurement officer for Chevron Corporation, will discuss “Global Leadership: It’s Within Your Reach.” Jesse Spungin, chief marketing officer of K&N Engineering, will address “The Power of Servant Leadership.” Virginia Simmons, director at McKinsey & Co., will share her insights on “”Gender Diversity at the Top: Changing Culture, Moving Boundaries.”

The NEW Forum also will present four keynote addresses, featuring famed editor Tina Brown; Al Carey, CEO of PepsiCo Americas Beverages; Ann Fudge, former chairman and CEO of Young & Rubicam Brands; and Sumeet Salwan of Unilever. Kendra Doyel of The Kroger Co. will facilitate an interactive Town Hall.

The NEW Forum is open to invited senior-level industry leaders who are members of the Network. Contact your NEW Ambassador for details.

Based on a study of 10,000 U.S. consumers, H-E-B, Trader Joe’s, Chick Fil-A and Publix earned the highest scores in the 2014 Temkin Experience ratings, ranking 268 companies across 19 industries. Joining the firms in the top 14 spots are: Aldi, Food Lion, Sonic Drive-In, Dairy Queen, Kroger, Piggly Wiggly, Regions, Sam’s Club and Starbucks.

Wegmans Food Markets’ pharmacists are communicating with shoppers who don’t speak English through a service called Language Line Solutions. “Once it’s clear there is a language barrier, the pharmacist presents a simple card with several languages identified, and the patient/customer can point to his or her language.

“There is access to 200 languages,” explained Mary Ellen Burris, SVP of consumer affairs for Wegmans. Printed prescription information is also available in a number of languages.