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Vanessa Williams Urges Parents and Teens to Give Each Other the Ultimate Holiday Gift an “Allstate Parent-Teen Driving Contract” : “Ugly Betty” Star and Her Teenage Son Sign a Driving Contract, Launching Allstate’s National Home for the Holidays Teen Safe Driving Campaign


NORTHBROOK, Ill. (PRWEB) December 2, 2008

They’re giving each other a conversation and a promise. And best of all, it’s free.

With Devin on the verge of getting his learner’s permit, Ms. Williams and her son are signing an Allstate Parent-Teen Driving Contract before he gets behind the wheel. Based on conversations they had at home, their contract lays out expectations for smart driving decisions, and consequences if those expectations are not met.

It’s a conversation Ms. Williams and Allstate hope all parents and their teens have this holiday season.

“As a mother of two older daughters, I’ve given them the car keys and worried whether they would make it home safe. The fact is that our teens are more likely to die in a car crash than from anything else, so having the safe driving talk with your teen is just as important as talking about drugs and sex,” Williams said. “As the holidays arrive, parents and teens should use the Allstate Parent-Teen Driving Contract as way to begin a conversation that can be a gift of life.”

Vanessa and Devin signed their contract in New York City today, publicly launching Allstate’s national Home for the Holidays teen safe driving campaign.

Through its national Parent-Teen Driving Contract Sign Up Drive, Allstate encourages parents and teens to begin a conversation with their teens about safe driving by completing the interactive contract online at http://www.allstate.com/teen. By completing and signing a contract, parents can help ensure their teens return home safely for the holidays and every day.

With car crashes the leading cause of death for American teens, it’s a vital conversation for parents and teens especially this time of year. Teens have an increased chance of getting into an accident around the holidays. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, last December alone, nearly 400 teens died in car crashes across the United States. Many of these crashes could have been avoided with a simple conversation at home.

“By putting the contract in as many parent’s hands as possible, we hope to inspire them to give their teen the most important gift of all the safe driving talk,” said Vicky Dinges, Assistant Vice President of Public Social Responsibility for Allstate. “Signing the Allstate Parent-Teen Driving Contract is the first step to making a commitment between parents and teens that they aren’t going to let themselves become a statistic.”

As part of the campaign, Allstate is also conducting contract signings with other prominent parents and their teens in cities across the country, hoping that more parents and teens heed this important call. This is part of Allstate’s tradition of public advocacy aimed at reducing the number of teens killed on America’s roads each year.

“As a company dedicated to reinventing protection and retirement for American families, doing whatever we can to avert the tragedy of losing a child is something we must take on,” Dinges said.

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About Allstate

The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) is the nation’s largest publicly held personal lines insurer. Widely known through the “You’re In Good Hands With Allstate

Bureau Veritas Consumer Products Services UK Are Launching Their New Seminar Programme for Manufacturers, Retailers and Importers of Consumer Goods


Warrington, UK (PRWeb UK) April 8, 2010

Bureau Veritas Consumer Products Services UK headquartered in Warrington, Cheshire are launching a new series of training & seminar sessions for manufacturers, retailers and importers of consumer goods in Europe.

The seminars, delivered at Bureau Veritas CPS laboratory in Warrington, will cover the safety and quality issues related to a large range of product lines including textiles, hardlines, electricals, toys, nursery products, bikes or lighters. Also, for manufacturers and retailers involved with the import and use of chemicals within the EU, Bureau Veritas also propose a session on the basics of the REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals) European Directive.

Additionally, because global companies now have to face an increasing number of environmental, social and ethical issues, Bureau Veritas environmental & social technical experts will deliver seminars courses on burning issues such as Ecodesign and Corporate Social Responsibility.

The educational programme, delivered by market-sector experts, will be of value to all levels of staff, from trainee technologists through to buyers and designers. Delegates will have the opportunity to visit Bureau Veritas laboratory, see some tests performed and have informal discussions with BV technical consultants.

Jonathon Thackray, Bureau Veritas, said: Manufacturers and distributors need to stay up to date with the ever growing plethora of standards affecting the consumer goods market. This is especially true for companies trading on a global scale as they have to deal with a jungle of national and regional regulations. Our new seminar programme will help professionals understand what they need to do to comply with the current legislations.

Our programme does not only cover quality assurance; it does also approach environmental and social questions, with sessions on Ecodesign and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), since we are aware that there is an increasing demand from consumers and retailers for greener and more ethical products. For example, manufacturers are now asked to measure the carbon footprint of their products & operations or to prove that they do not use child-labour. A lot of professionals are new to these topics and our seminars can show them how these questions shall be addressed through the supply chain.

To guide BV customers through the seminar programme – starting on the 6th May 2010 with a half day session on General Product Safety – Bureau Veritas have created a brochure that can be downloaded from their website (http://www.bureauveritas.co.uk/cps). In addition to this seminar programme, Bureau Veritas can also deliver bespoke training sessions on request. Contact Bureau Veritas for more details.

About Bureau Veritas Consumer Products Services

Bureau Veritas Consumer Products Services is part of Bureau Veritas, the worlds leading testing and certification company, headquartered in France and listed on the French Bourse.

The Consumer Products Services division works with retailers and manufacturers, as well as importers and distributors, to ensure the health, safety, environmental and quality compliance of consumer products, ahead of both local and global trade. Working with its customers at all stages of the supply chain, the division also advises its customers on all aspects of sustainability, manufacturing, sourcing and supply chain optimisation in order to improve market compliance, reduce costs and increase speed to market for new products.

Bureau Veritas Consumer Products Services employs over 7,500 people and operates from labs and offices in 75 locations across 40 countries.

Parent company, Bureau Veritas, operates in 140 countries, employing over 40,000 members of staff.

For more press information, please contact Alexa Besnard at Bureau Veritas CPS UK.

Website: http://www.bureauveritas.co.uk/cps

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