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Before the term “Sustainability” was coined by the United Nations in 1988, SustainAbility, based in Washington DC, worked on issues including green consumerism and human rights. A quarter-century later its professionals are among sustainability and CSR thought leaders.
Valvoline has pushed for more of a connection between conservation and motor oil recycling, and will donate up to $250,000 to conservation efforts with its Let’s Do M.O.R.E. campaign.
In 2011, blue chip companies from Walmart to Coca-Cola to Disney have accomplished several initiatives from waste diversion to water efficiency. Here are some observations I have made as spring turns into summer.
Intel and Apple have stopped purchasing minerals from central Africa, which has transformed a voluntary program to what the president of an exporter association in Congo called “an embargo.”
Today Valvoline revealed its new NextGen line of motor oil, which boasts a formula that is 50% recycled oil. This product’s creation is the result of Valvoline’s unique position in this market and a natural disaster that occurred almost six years ago.
The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), which includes Nike, Gap Inc, H&M, Levi Strauss, Marks & Spencer, and Patagonia, will work to lead the apparel industry towards developing improved sustainability strategies and tools to measure and evaluate sustainability performance.
Like any smart business, Walmart is responding to market conditions and is spearheading all kinds of changes in its business operations. Sustainability has been a central to the company’s shift in strategy, and Walmart has made commitments from zero waste to a focus on climate change. Now agriculture is in Walmart’s crosshairs: the USA’s largest purveyor of groceries has launched new sustainable agriculture goals.
Several large multinationals, including ExxonMobil, BP, Seimens, and Carrefour have a presence in Zhuhai. Despite its massive economic and population growth, Zhuhai is a pleasant city to spend a few hours to take a break from casino-mad Macau; life as an expat here would be a fine option, too.
Consumers now have an opportunity trace the source of Ghana's cocoa beans that go into some of their favorite indulgences. The technology firm Helveta has partnered with the cocoa supplier Armajaro to tag sacks of cocoa to ensure they are not coming from farms notorious for child labor or even slavery.
Companies like Enablon are important because of their role in monitoring our impact on the planet and its people. Many large corporations and organizations are genuinely interested in doing what they can to achieve lower carbon emissions, meet compliance and disclosure requirements, and ensuring that workers in their supply chain are treated fairly. Those are not easy tasks.