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Tiffany releases corporate responsibility report

BY Dan Berthiaume

New York – Tiffany & Co. has set a goal to reduce global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 15% from 2013 to 2020, according to its annual corporate responsibility report. The report details that the retailer had installed energy efficient LED lighting in retail displays at more than 39 U.S. retail locations by the end of 2013. An additional 16 North American locations are planned for 2014.

The report also includes progress in the following areas:

Responsible Mining: Tiffany is involved in the Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance (IRMA), which recently released its draft standard for public comment with the plan to pilot the standard in 2015. Tiffany also invests in diamond-producing countries, actively advocates for preservation efforts and encourages more progressive and effective government oversight. The company purchases rough diamonds only from those countries that are participants in the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS).

In addition, the Tiffany board of directors also adopted a Conflict Minerals Policy, which articulates principles for responsible gold mining to its vendors.

Paper and Packaging: Tiffany is committed to responsibly sourcing jewelry and the boxes and bags in which it is presented. One hundred percent of paper suppliers of Tiffany boxes and bags in 2013 were Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)-certified. In addition boxes and bags are produced with recycled paper, ensuring the paper for our iconic packaging is responsible sourced.

Charitable Giving: In 2013, Tiffany made charitable contributions totaling over 2% of pre-tax earnings. Further, The Tiffany & Co. Foundation continues to play a key role in the company’s sustainability efforts, supporting leading organizations working in areas like responsible mining and coral conservation.

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The Amazing Body Store launches e-commerce/advisory site

BY Dan Berthiaume

Denver – The Amazing Body Store is launching an e-commerce site that includes the free services of trained wellness advisors who work directly with customers to determine the right supplements to accomplish their individual fitness goals. Advisors are specially trained to help customers develop a customized fitness routine, lose weight or gain muscle mass.

The Amazing Body Store backs all of their products up with a 100-day/100% satisfaction guarantee and offers free domestic shipping on all orders.

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Vitamin Shoppe appoints CPG vet to board

BY Dan Berthiaume

North Bergen, N.J. – John Bowlin has been appointed to the board of directors of Vitamin Shoppe Inc., effective Oct. 1. Bowlin currently serves as a director of Generac Power Systems Inc. and the Schwann Food Company.

Prior to his current role, Bowlin most recently held the position of president and CEO of Miller Brewing Company. Throughout his career, Bowlin has served in senior leadership roles at Philip Morris Companies Inc., Kraft Foods Company, Oscar Mayer Food Corp. and General Foods Corp.

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