Sustainability is a core part of our company. Some of our achievements – like operating 100 landfill-free plants and earning the ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year award – help us reduce our environmental impact while benefiting our bottom-line.
We know how much money we’ve saved by recycling our byproducts, introducing solar arrays to various plants, and meeting energy efficiency goals.
Since there is such a strong business case to be made for these initiatives, we recently participated in a global effort to spread awareness of the value that resource preservation, waste reduction and sustainable practices invoke.
At Rio+20 global sustainable development summit in Brazil, we and 23 other companies announced a Framework for Action and the business benefits of prioritizing ecosystems – from forests to marine systems – within business strategy.
The Corporate Eco Forum and The Nature Conservancy are leading the global effort, with a mission to encourage businesses to include sustainability in their core business plans. Long-term benefits include positive effects to businesses’ bottom lines, risk reduction, improved growth and brand enhancement. Companies including Dow Chemical, Kimberly-Clark and Xerox are participants in the consortium.
As stated in a recent article, MR Rangaswami, a former software executive, co-founder of SandHill Group and founder of the Corporate Eco Forum said, “I have long understood the importance of sustainability, and realized I had three options: first, I could just buy ‘green products’ and hire Greenpeace to advocate for more responsible practices; second, I could focus on public policy; or third, work with the world’s leading companies and push them forward. I chose the third option.”
Collaboration helps strengthen the movement. After all, we’re all in this together.