Hilton Joins Hands with Xiamen University International College to Plant “Green Dreams,” Kicking Off “Hilton Amazing 300” Celebrations

XIAMEN, China, Dec. 2, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Hilton and Xiamen University (XMU) partnered together for a charity tree-planting activity at the university’s Xiang’an Campus today, under the theme of “Planting Green Dreams – Hilton Amazing 300 Tribute to XMU Centenary.” The event saw the planting of 300 agarwood saplings donated by Hilton to XMU’s International College, celebrating the upcoming 100th anniversary of Xiamen University in 2021, as well as the opening of Hilton’s 300th Hilton hotel in China at the end of this year.

Over 20 Hilton Team Members and more than 60 teachers and students from Xiamen University helped to plant the trees at the event, adding further green charm to what is widely recognized as “The Most Beautiful University in China.” Participants included Mr. Qian Jin, Area President, Greater China and Mongolia, Hilton; Mr. He Yuanzan, Chair of the College Council of XMU International College; Prof. Tao Tao, Dean of XMU International College; and Mr. Xu Guang of the China Environmental Protection Foundation (CEPF), which supported the donation of the saplings.

Hilton Joins Hands with Xiamen University International College to Plant “Green Dreams”, Kicking Off “Hilton Amazing 300” Celebrations (PRNewsfoto/希尔顿)

Hilton’s donation and planting of saplings at Xiamen University serve as an example of the company’s corporate social responsibility vision of “Travel with Purpose” – a program in which Hilton has been committed to investing in, developing, and protecting the environment of the cities and communities in which it operates. Beyond environmental work, Hilton also seeks to support future talent development in partnership with like-minded institutions.

Mr. Qian Jin, Area President, Greater China and Mongolia, Hilton, offered Hilton’s warm congratulations to Xiamen University for its centenary celebrations, and pledged Hilton’s support for further cooperation in the future, saying: “At Hilton, we strongly believe in working together with multiple sectors of society to help foster and educate the next generation of talents, as we strive to serve the communities in which we operate. We look forward to working together with Xiamen University in the future, engaging students with more channels for communication as well as internship opportunities.”

Speaking on behalf of the university, Prof. Tao Tao, Dean of the International College of Xiamen commented: “As an old Chinese saying goes: ‘It takes ten years to grow a tree, but one hundred years to grow a generation of good men.’ With this in mind, we find it fitting to plant trees as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of our university. Building on Hilton’s strong support for talent development at our institution, today’s event will serve to deepen our cooperation as we have planted saplings, friendship, and hope.”

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Mars Wrigley warehouse workers say they’re getting yelled at for washing their hands and wiping down equipment amid an $8 billion boom for candy this Halloween



a person wearing a costume: Inside the battle to get hazard pay at a Mars Wrigley's warehouse. Hollis Johnson/Business Insider


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Inside the battle to get hazard pay at a Mars Wrigley’s warehouse. Hollis Johnson/Business Insider

  • Workers at an Illinois distribution center for candy maker Mars Wrigley have been demanding the company provide hazard pay and improve safety protocols during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Mars Wrigley produces popular candies like Twix, Skittles, and M&M’s. Ahead of this Halloween, the National Confectioners Association reported a 25% increase in chocolate sales.
  • Michael Samuel, a former worker at the Mars warehouse in Illinois, told Business Insider supervisors reprimanded him for taking extra time to wipe down equipment. Samuel helped get 100 signatures in a petition for safer working conditions before being fired on October 1, he said.
  • Mars declined to comment on the claims regarding working conditions in its Joliet, Illinois, warehouse because it said the workers are employed by third-party firms XPO Logistics and DHL. 
  • “They are not employed by Mars Incorporated,” said Caitlin Kemper, external affairs manager at Mars, regarding Samuel and his colleagues. 
  • DHL refuted “any allegations of unfair labor practices,” but declined to comment further due to an ongoing NLRB complaint regarding the Joliet warehouse. XPO Logistics spokesperson Joe Checkler said the company’s “primary focus is the health and safety of our employees.”
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Michael Samuel said he used to spend 10 hours a day, seven days a week loading trucks with popular Halloween candy like Snickers, M&M’s, and Twix — until October 1, when he was fired from his job at a Mars Wrigley distribution center. 

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Samuel, 45, said he joined the Mars distribution center near Chicago in 2017 as a forklift operator, having been hired through the logistics firm DHL. 

Samuel was part of a group of workers from the warehouse in Joliet, Illinois, organizing to demand hazard pay and better working conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic. Essential employees of many large companies have fought for better benefits since the pandemic broke out earlier this year.

As shoppers are set to spend $8 billion on Halloween this year, including 25% more on candy purchases than in recent years, some workers warn of a nightmare within the Mars distribution center.

Samuel said he had been reprimanded by supervisors for taking bathroom breaks to wash his hands and spending extra time wiping down equipment. 



a group of people standing next to a sign: Mars Wrigley workers demonstrate outside company headquarters on September 4. Courtesy of Warehouse Workers for Justice


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Mars Wrigley workers demonstrate outside company headquarters on September 4. Courtesy of Warehouse Workers for Justice

Because logistics companies DHL and XPO Logistics hired all workers in the Illinois warehouse where Samuel worked, Mars declined to comment on the claims detailed in this story. “They are not employed by Mars Incorporated,” said Caitlin Kemper, external affairs manager at Mars. A DHL spokesperson said the firm refutes “any allegations of unfair labor practices,” and XPO Logistics spokesperson Joe Checkler said the company’s “primary focus is the health and safety of our employees.”

But Samuel said after his experience working at the Mars plant, he’ll be buying candy from someplace

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