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Richard Quest explores the Importance of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)

An in-depth look at Hilton Hotels & Resorts and Clean the World as Richard Quest explores the ways the travel industry is giving back by doing good — and what benefits it has for the companies themselves.


Travel Gives Back

Keeping the business traveler happy is not just about good service. Travel companies are realizing they do well by doing good.

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Travel industry cleans up its act

Five million bars of soap get thrown away every day in hotels across the world, says Shawn Siepler, CEO of Clean the World. Here’s what he did about it.

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Brand reputation matters

Richard Quest explores the ways the travel industry is giving back by doing good — and what benefits it has for the companies themselves.

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Transforming the Travel Industry One Bar of Soap at a Time

Travel industry cleans up its act

Five million bars of soap get thrown away every day in hotels across the world, says Shawn Siepler, CEO of Clean the World. Here’s what he did about it.

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Travel+Leisure: This Is What Happens to Half-used Hotel Room Soap

Unless you plan on holding up in a hotel room for an extended period of time, it’s safe to say that complimentary bar of soap won’t get used up. But where does that soap go after the hotel guests are gone?

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Univision News Airs Special Series on Clean the World

In February, Univision TV affiliates in Orlando and Tampa ran a two-part feature report on Clean the World during the “Noticias Univision Florida Central” newscast. After airing first in Central Florida, the series was released to other Univision affiliates around the country. Anchor / Reporter Samuel Rivera did a great job telling our story, and he plans to submit the piece for an Emmy Award.

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Clean the World Featured in AP News Story

A reporter and a photographer from the Associated Press recently visited Clean the World’s Las Vegas facility. Both the written story and the video piece moved on the AP wire today, and are now available to media outlets today. Click below to check them out!

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Press Release: Simple Solution Stops Spread of Ebola

Clean the World issued the following press release today:


Simple Solution Stops Spread of Ebola

Clean the World to Ship 5 Million Soap Bars to West Africa for Operation Soap Blitz

ORLANDO, Fla. — (Nov. 13, 2014) – Ebola cases continue to rise “frighteningly quickly” in parts of Sierra Leone, according to a report from The Africa Governance Initiative (AGI). As transmission accelerates in some areas, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that hand washing frequently with soap and water is one of the best ways to protect against Ebola. Clean the World is supporting infection-control measures in West Africa by shipping 5 million bars of soap to the region.
Operation Soap Blitz is a new Clean the World campaign with the goal of reducing the spread of viral diseases both overseas and in North America. In addition to sending soap to West Africa, Operation Soap Blitz will provide 100,000 hygiene kits to the homeless and other vulnerable people in need here at home during the cold and flu season.
“As the world’s only large-scale soap recycler, it is our responsibility to step up to the plate and provide hygiene supplies to people who desperately need them,” said Shawn Seipler, founder of Clean the World. “Our mission is to provide soap to those at risk for hygiene-related illnesses. There has never been a better time for us to fulfill that mission.”
Clean the World is a social enterprise that recycles discarded and surplus soap from the hospitality and hygiene industries. Seipler says that when he told the organization’s corporate partners about Operation Soap Blitz, they jumped at the chance to help.
“Las Vegas Sands has a deep and long-standing commitment to giving back,” said Ron Reese, Sands vice president of corporate communications. “Through Sands Cares, our global corporate citizenship program, we strive to contribute in the communities where we operate and in the global community as well. Operation Soap Blitz gives us the opportunity to do both.”
Clean the World is well positioned to send soap where it is needed most. They collaborate with humanitarian organizations with existing distribution channels in the countries battling Ebola.
“This current outbreak of Ebola in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea is the largest in history, and the people there need a large supply of soap to stop the spread of the virus,” said Jeff Picken, president of Beaumont Products, Inc., manufacturers of Clearly Natural Personal Care Products. “We felt the need to support Clean the World in Operation Soap Blitz, because their distribution network has a direct line to the affected areas.”
Seipler says Sands Cares is sponsoring 200,000 bars of recycled soap to West Africa. Other sponsorships include 100,000 bars from Clearly Natural, and 100,000 bars from the American Cleaning Institute. Unilever recently donated 280,000 pounds of surplus soap pieces, which Clean the World will re-manufacture into 3-ounce bars and then distribute both domestically and internationally.

About Clean the World

Clean the World is a social enterprise with the mission of saving millions of lives around the world. Clean the World leads a Global Hygiene Revolution to distribute recycled soap and hygiene products from more than 2,250 hotel and resort partners to children and families in countries with a high death rate due to acute respiratory infection (pneumonia) and diarrheal diseases (cholera) – which are two of the top killers of children under 5. Since 2009, Clean the World has distributed more than 22 million bars of soap in 96 countries. Through the “ONE Project,” Clean the World provides hygiene kits to relief organizations throughout North America. More information:

CONTACT:
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Clean the World
jterry@ctw2.wpstagecoach.com
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Press Release: Las Vegas Sands and Clean the World to Lead Las Vegas Community Build of 100,000 Disaster Relief Hygiene Kits

Las Vegas Sands and Clean the World to Lead Las Vegas Community Build of 100,000 Disaster Relief Hygiene Kits

National Preparedness Month effort mobilizes the Las Vegas community to build a bank of supplies that the American Red Cross will distribute to disaster victims in Las Vegas and throughout the United States

LAS VEGAS – Sept. 8, 2014 – Las Vegas Sands Corp. (NYSE: LVS) and international nonprofit Clean the World invite the Las Vegas community to join LVS (Venetian, Palazzo and Sands Expo) Team Members in a two-day volunteer effort to build 100,000 ONE Project hygiene kits for disaster relief efforts conducted by the American Red Cross in the Las Vegas area and for major disasters in the United States.
Underscoring September as National Preparedness Month, LVS will underwrite and host community builds on Saturday, Sept. 20 and Sunday, Sept. 21 at The Venetian | The Palazzo as part of the company’s global corporate citizenship program, Sands Cares, and its ongoing partnership with Clean the World.
Interested community volunteers ages 8 and above can sign up at http://disasterkitbuild.eventbrite.com for two-hour shifts to assemble ONE Project hygiene kits for disaster relief victims. Throughout the builds, LVS will provide volunteers with free refreshments and ongoing raffles for hotel, restaurant and shopping prizes. Volunteer shifts will run 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 20 and 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 21.
“We are committed to supporting Clean the World and we know that it’s critical during times of disaster that the necessities we take for granted become the foundation for keeping people healthy and moving ahead,” said Michael Leven, LVS president and chief operating officer. “This community build is an important effort to ensure Clean the World and the American Red Cross can help disaster victims when they most need it. We hope the Las Vegas community will join our Team Members in reaching this ambitious goal to build 100,000 disaster relief hygiene kits in two days.”
Each disaster relief hygiene kit includes soap that was collected from Las Vegas hospitality properties, such as The Venetian | The Palazzo, and recycled through Clean the World’s new soap sanitation and processing equipment, made possible through a $1 million commitment in 2014 by LVS. Other amenities in the kit include shampoo, conditioner, a toothbrush and toothpaste, which address the most critical hygiene essentials in a disaster situation.
“With the substantial partnership of Las Vegas Sands, Clean the World will have our largest build ever and the potential to impact so many people in their time of critical need,” said Shawn Seipler, founder and executive director of Clean the World. “The power of our work to drive the global hygiene revolution is amplified by bringing together the generous support of Las Vegas Sands, the tremendous impact of the America Red Cross in disaster relief situations and the amazing volunteer manpower of the Las Vegas community.”
The American Red Cross will distribute the ONE Project hygiene kits to disaster victims in the Las Vegas area and to victims affected during major disasters in the U.S., such as hurricanes and floods. Locally, hygiene kits will be given to families displaced by disasters such as fires and flooding.
“Right in our own backyard, hundreds of families every year find themselves unexpectedly without access to their homes, personal items and sense of security,” said Scott Emerson, CEO for the American Red Cross Southern Nevada Chapter. “These 100,000 kits will make an enormous impact on our ability to provide emergency relief to disaster victims in our region and around the country.”
The disaster relief kit build came about through LVS’ ongoing partnership with Clean the World as part of the company’s global corporate citizenship program, Sands Cares. Beyond its corporate philanthropic partnership with Clean the World, LVS also works with the nonprofit organization to drive sustainable practices on its properties. Since 2011, LVS and Clean the World have recycled more than 50 tons of waste from LVS properties into more than 550,000 bars of recycled soap.
For more information about the September 20-21 Disaster Relief Kit Build, or Sands Cares and key corporate citizenship initiatives, please visit www.sandscares.sands.com.
About Las Vegas Sands Corp.
Las Vegas Sands (NYSE: LVS) is the world’s leading developer and operator of Integrated Resorts. Our collection of Integrated Resorts in Asia and the United States feature state-of-the-art convention and exhibition facilities, premium accommodations, world-class gaming and entertainment, destination retail and dining including celebrity chef restaurants, and many other amenities.
Our properties include the five-diamond Venetian and Palazzo resorts and Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas, Sands Bethlehem in Eastern Pennsylvania, and the iconic Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. Through majority ownership in Sands China Ltd., LVS owns a portfolio of properties on the Cotai Strip in Macao, including The Venetian Macao, The Plaza and Four Seasons Hotel Macao and Sands Cotai Central, as well as the Sands Macao on the Macao Peninsula.
LVS is dedicated to being a good corporate citizen, anchored by the core tenets of delivering a great working environment for nearly 50,000 employees worldwide, driving impact through its Sands Cares corporate citizenship program and leading innovation with the company’s award-winning Sands ECO360° global sustainability program. To learn more, please visit www.sands.com.
About Clean the World
Clean the World is a social enterprise with the mission of saving millions of lives around the world. Clean the World leads a Global Hygiene Revolution to distribute recycled soap and hygiene products from more than 2,100 hotel and resort partners to children and families in countries with a high death rate due to acute respiratory infection (pneumonia) and diarrheal diseases (cholera) – which are two of the top killers of children under 5. Since 2009, Clean the World has distributed more than 17 million bars of soap in 96 countries. Through the “ONE Project,” Clean the World provides hygiene kits to relief organizations throughout North America. More information: http://localhost:8888/cleantheworld.
About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.
Contacts:
Ron Reese
(702) 414-3607
Rachanee Srisavasdi
(949) 892-0305
Dawn Britt
(702) 449-2818
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Press Release: Clean the World Named 2014 Florida Companies to Watch Winner

Clean the World Named 2014 Florida Companies to Watch Winner

Award From GrowFL and the Edward Lowe Foundation Honors Upcoming Businesses Throughout the Sunshine State

ORLANDO, FL. — (Sept. 8, 2014) – Clean the World has been selected as one of this year’s Florida Companies to Watch winners. The social-enterprise, which recycles and distributes discarded hotel soap, is one of 50 leading second-stage companies selected from more than 500 nominations statewide. All 2014 winners will join an esteemed group of 150 Florida alumni honored over the past three years.

Florida Companies to Watch is an awards program that celebrates privately held second-stage companies headquartered in the state. To be eligible, applicants must employ between 6 and 99 full-time equivalent employees, and have between $750,000 and $50 million in annual revenue or working capital in place. Awardees are selected for demonstrating the intent and capacity to grow based on employee or sales growth, exceptional entrepreneurial leadership, sustainable competitive advantage, outstanding corporate culture, inspired community giving and other notable strengths.

“It is an incredible honor to be recognized along with so many outstanding second-stage companies from throughout Florida,” said Clean the World founder and CEO Shawn Seipler. “We were dreaming big when this all started five years ago in a single-car garage in downtown Orlando. But we never expected to come so far so fast. We now have 50 full-time employees, and have shipped more than 20 million bars of recycled soap to 96 countries. I hope we can be an example to other social entrepreneurs that with a great idea and an amazing team, the sky is the limit.”

Clean the World will be recognized along with the other winners during the Florida Company to Watch celebration on Thursday, Oct. 23, at the Hard Rock Live at Universal Orlando.

 

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About Clean the World
Clean the World is a social enterprise with the mission of saving millions of lives around the world. Clean the World leads a Global Hygiene Revolution to distribute recycled soap and hygiene products from more than 2,000 hotel and resort partners to children and families in countries with a high death rate due to acute respiratory infection (pneumonia) and diarrheal diseases (cholera) – which are two of the top killers of children under 5. Since 2009, Clean the World has distributed more than 17 million bars of soap in 96 countries. Through the “ONE Project,” Clean the World provides hygiene kits to relief organizations throughout North America. More information: http://localhost:8888/cleantheworld
About GrowFL
GrowFL was created in 2009 by the Florida legislature as an economic development program focused on assisting second-stage growth companies prosper in the state of Florida. By providing strategies, resources and support to second-stage companies for next level growth through Strategic Research and peer-to-peer CEO mentoring, GrowFL helps companies overcome obstacles to growth and leads them towards prosperity. Based on the philosophy of Economic Gardening®—to grow existing businesses in a community, region or state—GrowFL, the Florida Economic Gardening Institute, is a critical component to the state’s economic development strategy and Florida’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. GrowFL is a statewide economic development organization certified by the National Center for Economic Gardening through the Edward Lowe Foundation. Website: growfl.com
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Clean The World Founder Shawn Seipler On ‘Emotional Mojo’

Don’t miss Shawn Seipler this week on the nationally syndicated television show “Emotional Mojo.” The show is part of a motivational multi-platform concept that empowers people to move forward and follow their dreams. “Emotional Mojo” combines the best of Psychology, personal development, life coaching, and daily inspiration.

The air date for Shawn’s segment varies by market. But thanks to the show’s production team, you can watch it right here and now.

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Washington Post Highlights Clean the World

Clean the World was featured in the Jan. 8 Travel section of The Washington Post.

The article details the history of our hotel soap recycling organization and the adventures of travel reporter Andrea Sachs, who helped collect, recycle and distribute hotel soaps during a recent two-day visit to Orlando, Fla.


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Since moving into their current space in a marginal section of downtown Orlando, they’ve [Clean the World] upgraded their machinery. Now, one machine grinds the used soap down to pellets that resemble broken crayons. Then, with a quick change of parts, it mixes the ground-up soap with glycerine and water, shapes the goo into a long brick, then slices it with the precision of a master chef. The finished products, honeydew green in color and smelling of spring freshness, roll down the belt. The squares unceremoniously drop into cardboard boxes, ready for shipment to faraway lands.  — (“Clean the World: Hotel Soaps That Care”, The Washington Post, Jan. 8, 2012)

You can read the entire article here, which was posted online Jan. 6. The link may require free online registration at The Washington Post website, but the article is worth the effort.

Thanks to all who help make sharing our Clean the World story so much fun. We appreciate the support of our hospitality partners, friends and contibutors. The new year brings great opportunity for increased sustainability and highly advanced socially responsible programs, and Clean the World will lead the way.

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“Hope in a Bar of Soap” on Orlando’s FOX 35

Can I please get an “AMEN” from anyone who was watching the 10:00 news on FOX 35 in Orlando last night?

Aw yeah … that’s what I’m talkin’ about 🙂

Less than a week after we returned from Haiti, the local FOX affiliate ran a story on our Orlando-based charity. But there’s no sense in me telling you about it when you can watch for yourself 🙂

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Now that you’ve had a chance to watch the story, please send this page link to your friends, family … anyone you know in the hotel industry or in the corporate world who might be able to help us out.

Start looking through all those business cards you’ve collected from people over the years. I bet you know someone who can help. There are a million people in Cap Haitien waiting for a regular supply of soap.

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