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Performance: Operations


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Assess and Act

Sustainable businesses must nurture, protect and respect the human resources essential to their direct operations and across their supply chains. This is both a moral imperative and sound business sense. Moving from theory to practice can be challenging, but expertise and resources are available to advance implementation of the UN Guiding Principles. Read more.

 

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Carbon Asset Risk

Scientists and governments worldwide say that a 2 degree Celsius increase in global average temperatures is the upper limit before climate change becomes catastrophic. To avoid this scenario the International Energy Agency recently estimated that two-thirds of the world’s fossil fuel reserves will need to remain in the ground unless carbon capture and storage becomes commercially viable on large scale. Read more.


WaterValuing Natural Capital

Just as businesses require financial capital to operate, they require “natural capital,” too, including air, water, soil, flora and fauna and geological resources such as minerals and energy sources. Human survival and the global economy are 100% dependent on such capital. But as we push the sustainable limits of these resources, the need to align consumption with those limits becomes imperative. Read more.


WiresExelon's 2020 Low Carbon Roadmap

Among electric utilities, Exelon has been especially aggressive in setting and meeting energy efficiency and GHG reductions goals. The company’s 2020 Low Carbon Roadmap includes a commitment to reduce GHG emissions from its operations and through customer clean energy and energy efficiency efforts by more than 15 million metric tons of GHG emissions per year by 2020. Exelon's director of Environmental Strategy, Bill Brady talks about how the energy company is reducing its GHG emissions while simultaneously growing the business by incorporating energy efficiency and other strategies into the companies operations. Watch the video...


WindmillsSourcing Renewable Energy for Data Centers

In addition to traditional buildings, data centers, the facilities that house large volumes of Internet infrastructure, are significant users of energy.  Companies like Apple and eBay are taking bold steps to mitigate the carbon footprint of their data centers through robust renewable energy strategies. Read more...


Water Droplet (sm)Water Stewardship and The Coca-Cola Company

Comprehensive water stewardship is a top business priority for The Coca-Cola Company, which since 2004 has improved the efficiency of its water use by 20 percent. However, as water risks intensify globally and investor and stakeholder expectations continue to grow, Coca-Cola identified the need for a rigorous third-party evaluation of its water management approach. Read more...


Timberland Shoe BoxesRecycling Made Easy

For years companies, like Timberland and Patagonia have been inviting customers to bring back their shoes or jackets for repair, and if beyond repair, recycling.  Recently other apparel and footwear companies, such as H&M and Puma, are getting into the recycling game and are seeking out new ways to educate and engage the consumer. Read more...


Supply ChainImplementing the UN Guiding Principles

In 2005 John Ruggie was appointed UN Secretary General’s Special Representative on Human Rights and Transnational Corporations and Other Businesses. Following this appointment, a multi-stakeholder consultation process ensued resulting in the June 2011 release of the “Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights: Implementing the United Nations ‘Protect, Respect and Remedy’ Framework.” Read more...