Sustainability corporate social responsibility (ss)

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ECOFLO's Sustainabiltiy Committee presents "Corporate Environmental Responsibility". The first session exploring the three pillars of sustainability (Planet, People, and Profits) and our internal and external expectations to be stewards of the environment.

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Sustainability corporate social responsibility (ss)

  1. 1. Corporate Social Responsibility  The term "corporate social responsibility" came into common use in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s after many multinational corporations formed the term stakeholder, meaning those on whom an organization's activities have an impact.
  2. 2. Corporate Social Responsibility  Activities contribute to business performance  Engage with stakeholders; internal and external  Incorporate values to make it a part of an articulated belief system  Cause-related Marketing  Cause-related Partnerships  Voluntary Monitoring; Environmental Charters  Important to and even expected by the public  Easily monitored worldwide
  3. 3. Corporate Environmental Responsibility  Do corporation have a social responsibility to protect the environment beyond legal requirements?  Can they do so on a sustainable basis?  Should firms sacrifice profits for positive environmental impacts?  Conflict between intent and practice
  4. 4. Corporate Environmental Responsibility  From a purely scientific standpoint, companies have to begin being sustainable  Most pollution is directly tied to corporate enterprises  Climate Change initiatives mean increased governmental regulation; reactive vs. proactive
  5. 5. Corporate Environmental Responsibility  Opportunities to save money directly by reducing energy use or waste;  Many leading companies are demanding partners also conduct themselves in a socially-conscious manner; and,  Potential government intervention of more costly and less flexible regulation if business does not self- regulate.
  6. 6. Environmental, Social, and Governance  ESG companies tend to share the following attributes:  Are leaders in their industries  Are better managed and are more forward-thinking  Are better at anticipating and mitigating risk  Meet positive standards of corporate responsibility  Are focused on the long term success of the company
  7. 7. www.esgmanagers.com/sustainable_investing/what_is_esg
  8. 8. Challenges for Small Businesses • Do small businesses have to make trade-offs/ concessions? • Is this model sustainable? • Must increase the customers’ willingness to pay or reduce costs; increase revenues vs. decreasing cost of inputs
  9. 9. Initiatives  Lead by example by reducing energy use and GHG emissions throughout our operations, and encouraging our vendors and business partners to do the same  Foster transparency and provide complete, accurate, and timely environmental impact reports  Promote environmental standards, such as ISO 14001, Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), and GHG Protocol  Encourage dialogue about environmental issues among our customers, analysts, and non-government organizations (NGOs)
  10. 10. Goals  Reduce energy and water consumption 20% by 2020.  Green our supply chain; procurement of materials, office supplies, and equipment.  Educate and inspire associates and customers to conserve and preserve.  Address environmental challenges through conservation initiatives, charitable giving, and volunteerism.
  11. 11. Action Items  Route Scheduling- longer lead times to make routes more efficient (FTLs); timing to maximize portion of the day when less GHG emitted  Reconditioned Drums and recycled fiber drums  Recycling totes and metal frames  Procuring office supplies with post-consumer recycled content  Renewable Energy Credits/ Carbon Offsets
  12. 12. Quick & Easy Tips to Save Energy  Activate the power-save function on your computer ; turning off your monitor when you walk away for 20 minutes and your computer when you leave your desk for more than two hours; turn off your lights  Cut related energy bills by 30 percent by purchasing ENERGY STAR products when shopping for office equipment and other products  Seal off unused areas and reduce or eliminate heating and cooling in these spaces.; storage rooms, warehouses, and unoccupied areas
  13. 13. Renewable Energy Credits  NC GreenPower 501 (c) (3); ncgreenpower.org

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