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NatureWorks Earns Minnesota Governor’s Safety Honor Award

MINNETONKA, Minn., June 15, 2017 – NatureWorks, one of the world’s leading biotechnology companies, was recently recognized for excellence in workplace safety and health at the Governor’s Safety Awards luncheon at the Minneapolis Convention Center. NatureWorks is one of 266 employers to be honored through the awards program, coordinated by the Minnesota Safety Council and earned along with only 41 other organizations top Honor Award.

"We thank NatureWorks for its commitment to safety," said Paul Aasen, President of the Minnesota Safety Council. "These efforts protect workers, strengthen the organization, and benefit the community as a whole."

Safety transcends our products and our culture at NatureWorks,” said Marc Verbruggen, President and CEO. "We are proud that our World Headquarters in Minnetonka was so recognized."

Since 1934, the annual Governor’s Safety Awards program has honored Minnesota employers with exceptional safety performance. Applicants are judged on several years of injury data as it compares with their industry’s national statistics, and on their progress in implementing a comprehensive safety program. Winners are recognized at three levels:

Meritorious Achievement (115 winners): Incidence rates that are better than the industry average for at least three years, and a score between 50 and 74 on a 100-point safety program evaluation scale.

Outstanding Achievement (108 winners): Continuing improvement and/or a continuing outstanding record with incident rates that are 51%-90% better than the industry average, and a score between 75 and 90 on the safety program evaluation scale.

Award of Honor (43 winners): Incidence rates at least 91% better than the industry average, and a score between 91 and 100 on the safety program evaluation scale.

The Governor’s Safety Awards luncheon in Mid-May was part of the 83rd Minnesota Safety & Health Conference, coordinated by the Minnesota Safety Council. The conference is the oldest and largest gathering of workplace safety and health professionals in the region. The Minnesota Safety Council, founded in 1928, is a non-governmental, not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life in Minnesota by preventing unintentional injuries ("accidents").

For more information on NatureWorks and naturally advanced Ingeo biopolymer, visit www.natureworksllc.com. Follow NatureWorks on Twitter (@natureworks) for the latest updates.

About NatureWorks

NatureWorks LLC is a company dedicated to meeting the world’s needs today without compromising the earth’s ability to meet the needs of tomorrow. Today, NatureWorks is a world leading biopolymers supplier and innovator with its Ingeo portfolio of naturally advanced materials made from renewable, abundant feedstocks with performance and economics that compete with oil-based intermediates, plastics, and fibers, and provide brand owners new cradle-to-cradle options after the use of their products. NatureWorks is jointly owned by Thailand’s largest chemical producer, PTT Global Chemical, and Cargill, which provides food, agriculture, financial and industrial products and services to the world. For general information on NatureWorks and Ingeo, visit www.natureworksllc.com | @natureworks.

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