first_img WhatsApp By Digital AIM Web Support – February 1, 2021 WhatsApp Pinterest Local NewsBusiness Facebook RICHMOND, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 1, 2021– Altria Group, Inc. (Altria) (NYSE: MO) today announces that it received a score of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2021 Corporate Equality Index, the nation’s foremost benchmarking survey and report measuring corporate policies and practices related to LGBTQ workplace equality. Altria joins the ranks of 767 major U.S. businesses that also earned top marks this year. This is the fourth year in a row Altria has received a score of 100. “We know that to be successful in our 10-year Vision to responsibly lead the transition of adult smokers to a non-combustible future we need to be a diverse, inclusive and welcoming place to work,” said Billy Gifford, Altria’s Chief Executive Officer. “This recognition is a testament to our employees and Mosaic, our LGBTQ employee resource group, who continuously work to ensure that our LGBTQ colleagues are included and have equal opportunity to grow and thrive.” The CEI rates companies on detailed criteria falling under four central pillars:Non-discrimination policies across business entities;Equitable benefits for LGBTQ workers and their families;Supporting an inclusive culture; and,Corporate social responsibility. Altria’s efforts in meeting all of the CEI’s criteria earned a 100 percent ranking and the designation as one of the Best Places to Work for LGBTQ Equality. “From the previously unimaginable impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, to a long overdue reckoning with racial injustice, 2020 was an unprecedented year. Yet, many businesses across the nation stepped up and continued to prioritize and champion LGBTQ equality,” said Alphonso David, Human Rights Campaign President. “This year has shown us that tools like the CEI are crucial in the work to increase equity and inclusion in the workplace, but also that companies must breathe life into these policies and practices in real and tangible ways. Thank you to the companies that understand protecting their LGBTQ employees and consumers from discrimination is not just the right thing to do—but the best business decision.” Altria is proud of its internal and external efforts to promote LGBTQ equality. In 2020 Altria signed on to America Competes, a pledge to oppose discrimination and to support comprehensive nondiscrimination laws that protect all Americans, including LGBTQ people, and supported the passage of the Virginia Values Act, the first comprehensive LGBTQ anti-discrimination legislation to pass in the south. Altria was also recognized last year as one of the “Best-of-the-Best Corporations for Inclusion” by the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce. Altria has also filed amicus briefs supporting important LGBTQ cases, including the Supreme Court’s review of federal non-discrimination laws ( Bostock v. Clayton County and R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Home v. EEOC ) and the Ninth Circuit’s review of Idaho’s law banning transgender women and girls from participating in sports consistent with their gender identity ( Hecox v. Little ). The Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s full report is available online at Altria’s Profile Altria’s wholly-owned subsidiaries include Philip Morris USA Inc. (PM USA), U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company LLC (USSTC), John Middleton Co. (Middleton), Ste. Michelle Wine Estates Ltd. (Ste. Michelle) and Philip Morris Capital Corporation (PMCC). Altria owns an 80% interest in Helix Innovations LLC (Helix). Altria holds equity investments in Anheuser-Busch InBev SA/NV (ABI), JUUL Labs, Inc. (JUUL) and Cronos Group Inc. (Cronos). The brand portfolios of Altria’s tobacco operating companies include Marlboro ®, Black & Mild ®, Copenhagen ®, Skoal ® and on! ®. Ste. Michelle produces and markets premium wines sold under various labels, including Chateau Ste. Michelle ®, 14 Hands ® and Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars ™, and it imports and markets Antinori®, Champagne Nicolas Feuillatt e™ and Villa Maria Estate ™ products in the United States. Trademarks and service marks related to Altria referenced in this release are the property of Altria or its subsidiaries or are used with permission. More information about Altria is available at, or follow Altria on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. The Human Rights Campaign Foundation The Human Rights Campaign Foundation is the educational arm of America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual transgender and queer people. HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ people are embraced as full members of society at home, at work and in every community. Source: Altria Group, Inc. View source version on CONTACT: Altria Client Services Media Relations 804-484-8897 KEYWORD: VIRGINIA UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA INDUSTRY KEYWORD: RETAIL OTHER PROFESSIONAL SERVICES OTHER CONSUMER PROFESSIONAL SERVICES WOMEN TEENS PARENTING OTHER RETAIL CHILDREN WINE & SPIRITS MEN TOBACCO GAY & LESBIAN FAMILY CONSUMER SOURCE: Altria Group, Inc. 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first_imgThe editors of a leading geology journal consider the possibility that one of their core concepts is a mere paradigm.Thomas Kuhn left an indelible mark on philosophy of science with his 1962 bombshell book, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions. Kuhn was the one who gave us the phrase “paradigm shift” and the portrayal of scientists working in guilds, beholden to their colleagues, unable to think outside the box of conventional theories that may or may not have anything to do with reality. Many scientists working under the assumption of “scientific realism” pretend Kuhn’s concerns have been dealt with, but his name turned up once again in a rare case of self-examination by editors of a journal that should represent rock-solid realism: the journal Geology.The occasion was a re-examination of a core principle in geology, the study of “sequence stratigraphy.” This important branch of geology interprets the time sequence of strata between unconformities. The basic idea is that each layer was deposited after the one below; it’s intuitive, simple, and straightforward. It can be represented in 2-D models. There may be dips in the strata, but each one was laid down depending on the sediment supply and the ability of a landform to accommodate it, perhaps as sea levels rose and sank over time.Now, that simple model has come under question by Andrew Madof and two colleagues in a paper in Geology, “Nearshore along-strike variability: Is the concept of the systems tract unhinged?”Sequence stratigraphic models assume that nearshore strata have relatively consistent and laterally persistent stacking at the systems tract scale and therefore may not fully describe the three-dimensional stratigraphic architecture in areas displaying marked nearshore along-strike variability. A stratigraphic model of nearshore deposits is presented that corrects for this assumption by explaining variations in along-strike stratal geometries in terms of a systematic change in the orientation of a shoreline trend or clinoform rollover, a scenario comparable to deflection around a hinge. The model defines hinge zones that are both fixed and moving with respect to time, and was created from outcrop, well-log, and seismic reflection data. Model end members predict contemporaneous progradational, aggradational, and retrogradational stacking bounded by surfaces displaying significant along-strike changes in architecture, implying that sequence stratigraphic surfaces can be diachronous.The details may be of interest to specialists. Suffice it to say that the Editors of Geology were impressed enough to conjure up the spirit of Kuhn over this sea change in thinking. Their concerns are expressed in an open-access editorial, “The future of the sequence stratigraphy paradigm: Dealing with a variable third dimension.” They ask if sequence stratigraphy is a method, a model, or a paradigm.So is sequence stratigraphy a method, or a model, or both? Following on from this it is important to ask, after just over 50 years of development since the original work of Sloss (1949,), how should the method and model continue to develop? To answer these questions, it is perhaps useful to think of sequence stratigraphy as a paradigm; that is, a framework of theories, methods, postulates, and standards for what constitutes a legitimate contribution to a field of science (Kuhn, 1962). As a paradigm, sequence stratigraphy is both method and model, and it is certainly possible in this case to progress from careful, objective observation to interpretation following certain theoretical models. However, it is also possible, as Kuhn (1962) points out, that the paradigm dominates thinking and observation, to the extent that it can make sufficiently objective observation and independent testing of the model elements difficult. In which case, it is very important to constantly review the various elements of the paradigm to check that they are performing well, and to encourage modifications or additional elements, to include new developments from theory and experiment, and to address relatively weak areas. Madof et al. is an example of a possibly useful additional element to the method, and this and other areas for possible modification are discussed here.It’s not surprising that the editors maintain the paradigm in the end. Would they, of all people, take decades and even centuries of thinking and toss it overboard? Unlikely. They do show, nevertheless, a refreshing openness to consider that conventional wisdom about sequence stratigraphy could need major repairs if not a complete overhaul.Science is about a progression of ideas, methods, and data, and even well-established paradigms change, sometimes through evolution, and sometimes through rapid revolution. Given this, it seems highly unlikely that sequence stratigraphy will stay as it is. More likely is that it will evolve and change as our knowledge and understanding grows, particularly through new methods that lead to new data and new understanding. Read Madof et al. (2016) with this in mind.If Kuhn is right, though, their bets on evolution instead of revolution are based on hunches. And even evolutionary change can lead to radical revisions, given enough time.Incidentally, Science Magazine reviewed a new book about Kuhn’s thesis 50 years after its debut (actually, 54 years). “Kuhn’s book, like the scientific revolutions it documents, initiated a paradigm shift in the way we think about scientific practice,” reviewer Sandra D. Mitchell writes, pointing out its enduring legacy. “Rather than seeing scientific change solely as rational progress—a slow climb up the mountain of truth—we now view it as a socially produced, psychologically influenced, and somewhat disjointed change of explanatory frameworks.”We invite creation geologists to read these two papers and comment. How drastic a change does the Madof paper represent? Are there implications for interpreting the ages of strata? (Visited 110 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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