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ESFI Names Schneider Electric as Recipient of 2012 Safety Award for Excellence

ESFI Names Schneider Electric as Recipient of 2012 Safety Award for Excellence

ARLINGTON, Va., Nov. 12, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Electrical Safety
Foundation International (ESFI) has named Schneider Electric as the recipient
of the 2012 Safety Award for Excellence (SAFE), for its efforts in fighting
counterfeit electrical products.  The SAFE Award recognizes a company,
nonprofit association or other industry-related organization for active and
sustained efforts in support of ESFI's mission to reduce electrically-related
fatalities, injuries and property loss.

Chris Curtis, North American CEO, accepted the honor on behalf of Schneider
Electric during the National Electrical Manufacturers Association's 2012
Illuminations Dinner at Turnberry Isle Miami in Aventura, Florida on November
10, 2012.

"Schneider Electric has a long-standing reputation as a leader in safety,"
stated ESFI president Brett Brenner. "Their dedication to ESFI's mission of
electrical safety is evidenced by the aggressive actions they have undertaken
to combat counterfeit electrical products, a serious and growing threat to
public safety."

In December 2011, Schneider Electric launched the first report and reward
program of its kind in the electrical industry. The Report and Reward program
provides incentives for counterfeit product information in the U.S. in an
effort to ensure the safety of customers and the reliability and integrity of
Schneider Electric's brands, while raising awareness of the critical safety
concerns associated with counterfeit products.

Schneider Electric is an industry leader in anti-counterfeiting initiatives
with a multi-faceted effort that has, to date, kept more than 250,000
potentially hazardous counterfeit goods out of the marketplace and included
filing 13 civil lawsuits against 40 companies involved in the manufacture,
importation & distribution of counterfeit electrical products. In addition,
Schneider Electric conducts international investigations and raids, monitors
the internet to identify counterfeiters and remove their listings, sponsors
international anti-counterfeiting conferences and works with Federal
authorities on criminal investigations.

"Schneider Electric has also been extremely supportive of ESFI's new
Operation: ACT anti-counterfeiting program, a collaborative industry-wide
effort that is focused on health and safety," noted Brenner. "Backing from key
industry stakeholders like Schneider Electric is crucial to the long-term
success of Operation: ACT."

"Schneider Electric is committed to eliminating counterfeits from the
marketplace, but we realize that this problem cannot be solved by a single
company," said Chris Curtis, North American CEO of Schneider Electric. "We are
proud to be working with ESFI on Operation: ACT, which brings the entire
electrical supply chain together for a unified, sustainable program to fight
counterfeits."

Past recipients of the ESFI Safety Award for Excellence are: WESCO
Distribution, Inc., The Home Depot, and Mr. Electric.

The Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) is a 501(c) (3)
organization dedicated exclusively to promoting electrical safety. ESFI
proudly sponsors National Electrical Safety Month each May, and engages in
public education campaigns throughout the year to prevent electrical fires,
injuries, and fatalities. To learn more about ESFI and electrical safety visit
www.electrical-safety.org.

About Schneider Electric

As a global specialist in energy management with operations in more than 100
countries, Schneider Electric offers integrated solutions across multiple
market segments, including leadership positions in Utilities &
Infrastructures, Industries & Machine Manufacturers, Non-residential
Buildings, Data Centers & Networks and Residential. Focused on making energy
safe, reliable, efficient, productive and green, the company's 130,000 plus
employees achieved sales of about 31 billion US dollars (22.4 billion euros)
in 2011, through an active commitment to help individuals and organizations
make the most of their energy.

www.schneider‑electric.com/us

Phone: (703) 562-4643

Email: Julie.Chavanne@esfi.org

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