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Bobbin-plant employees help build affordable houses

| November 18, 2015

Employees at Imperial Tobacco’s Philippine Bobbin Corporation (PBC) factory have given up their own time to support a project that’s providing accommodation for disadvantaged families.

About 25 volunteers from the PBC factory near Rosario recently helped with construction work on 20 new homes.

The aim of the project is to improve the lives of poor families in depressed areas where they’re exposed to health problems, high crime and other negative factors.

The project is backed by Imperial’s charitable arm, the Altadis Foundation, through Gawad Kalinga, a Philippines-based charity.

Almost a quarter of the population in the Philippines lives below the poverty line and Gawad Kalinga’s vision is to provide these people with affordable housing.

“I’m delighted that our people volunteered to help contribute to the efforts locally to enhance living conditions,” said Carlos Saez-Diez, PBC’s general manager. “We’re all very proud to know that our company is supporting this on-going project thanks to the generosity of the Altadis Foundation.”

Iggesund Paperboard receives environment and energy award

| November 17, 2015

Iggesund Paperboard, a leading producer of high-quality virgin fibre paperboard for use in the premium packaging and graphics sectors, received the Environmental and Energy Awareness Award Nov. 16 for its mill in Workington, England.

The company was chosen as the winner for its contribution to the reduction in fossil fuel CO2 emissions resulting from the investment in the Biofuel CHP plant and its commitment to continuous improvement and sustainability. Iggesund received the award at the at the CN Group Business Awards.

“We can be very proud of the award and what it recognizes in Iggesund Paperboard,” Jonny Lowe, head of HR at Iggesund Paperboard’s Workington Mill, said in a press release. “It is a reminder that we have achieved an enormous amount already in recent years. We still have some exciting developments ahead in this area and through people continuing to engage with identifying and proposing ideas and opportunities for our future energy and environmental improvements we will be able to maintain this progress into the future.”

Iggesund was also recognized for showing a broad commitment to improving the impact on the environment through a dedicated and structured approach to maximizing its process efficiencies within the wider Pulpmill, Boardmachine and Finishing operations as well as for minimizing its process wastes.

This is being exemplified by the ongoing work preparing for certification under the Energy Management Standard ISO 50001 to complement the existing Environmental Management Standard 14001.

The award presentation was held at the Carlisle Racecourse, Cumbria, U.K., with around 250 representatives of the counties business community in attendance.
Iggesund Paperboard is part of the Swedish forest industry group Holmen, one of the world’s 100 most sustainable companies listed on the United Nations Global Compact Index.

CSi receives OHSAS certificate

| November 17, 2015

CSi, a global leader in product handling at the end of production and packaging lines based in the Netherlands, has been awarded the OHSAS certificate. The company received the certificated after a nine-month period of preparation, numerous internal audits and an extensive external audit by Veritas.

CSi was formerly SCC** certified; however, this system is only recognized in the Netherlands. Because CSi now operates globally, the company has switched to the ISO18001 standard, better known as OHSAS.

CSi serves many international manufacturers of fast-moving consumer goods and is dedicated to meeting their increasingly stringent safety standards. In order to fully comply with safety management systems and independent external auditing, CSi must continually advance to the next level of safety with each project.

CSi provides a complete package from initial consultancy and design to production, assembly, installation and commissioning.

Estades elected chairman of Cigar Association 

| November 17, 2015
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Javier Estades

Javier Estades, head of premium cigar manufacturer and marketer Tabacalera USA, has been elected chairman of the Cigar Association of America (CAA). CAA is a national trade organization of cigar manufacturers, importers and distributors as well as major suppliers to the industry.

Estades was elected chairman at the organization’s recent annual conference in Palm Beach, Florida.  Originally established in New York City in 1937 as Cigar Manufacturers of America, CAA’s roots date to predecessor organizations prior to 1900.

As the head of Tabacalera USA, which is part of Imperial Tobacco Group, Estades oversees the Fort Lauderdale-based premium cigar division of Altadis USA., the manufacturer and marketer of such classic hand-made cigars as Montecristo, Romeo y Julieta and VegaFina.

He also is responsible for the North Carolina-based 800-JR Cigar and its affiliates. JR Cigar is one of the U.S.’ largest premium cigar wholesale and retail businesses, featuring retail stores, upscale cigar lounges and a major online business.

Estades joined Imperial’s premium cigar operations in the U.S. in 2011. In addition to his work at Imperial, Estades has worked with such fast-moving consumer goods companies as HJ Heinz and Bristol Myers-Squibb.

Fontem and NJOY settle patent dispute

| November 17, 2015

Fontem Ventures and NJOY have reached a global settlement agreement that resolves ongoing litigation in the U.S. and Germany.

The settlement ends one of eight patent-infringement cases originally brought by Fontem Ventures and Fontem Holdings in March 2014 in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California in relation to e-vapor technology.

Under the terms of the settlement, Fontem Ventures has granted NJOY and its affiliates a non-exclusive royalty-bearing global license under the patents-in-suit and certain other vapor technology-related patents.

The remaining settlement terms are confidential.

UN expert says ISDS system undermines democracy

| November 17, 2015

Alfred de Zayas, the UN independent expert on the promotion of a democratic and equitable international order, has said that the investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) mechanism has devastating implications for the respect of human rights around the world.

ISDS provisions or their derivatives are included in trade agreements such as the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), which is currently being negotiated between the US and the countries of the EU, and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which has been provisionally agreed between the US and 11 other countries (Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam).

Writing in The Guardian newspaper yesterday, de Zayas said that, since its inception, the UN had put on the world stage not only the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, but also legally binding instruments, including 10 core human rights conventions and countless declarations and resolutions.

But the ISDS mechanism threatened the existing system of justice, the concept of checks and balances, and the very core of the rule of law. ‘Its implications for the respect of human rights around the world are devastating,’ he wrote. ‘If it is allowed to continue to exist, it will hijack the dreams of a just international order born out of the Second World War. It must be abolished because it undermines fundamental principles of the UN, state sovereignty, democracy and the rule of law. Far from contributing to human rights and development, the international investment regime and ISDS have resulted in growing inequality among states and within them.’

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