Supporting sustainable companies is a great way to give back to the environment! Large corporations play a critical role in sustainability. They can either positively influence the environment or they can play a negative role and cause environmental damage. It’s important to recognize which businesses are making a positive environmental impact, that way we can appreciate and support their efforts. But what companies use sustainable business practices? Let’s take a look at who’s leading the way.
In alphabetical order, here are some of the top large businesses known for their sustainability efforts:
Accenture provides services in strategy, digital, technology, and operations. As well, they have reduced each employee’s carbon emissions by 52%.
Apple has made it their goal to reduce carbon emissions and to partner with companies that share similar values. They use mostly aluminum instead of other materials because it produces lower emissions. Also, twenty-three of their partners are committed to 100% renewable energy. Click here for Apple’s Environmental Responsibility Report.
3. Estée Lauder
This cosmetics company sends zero waste to landfills, as all their waste is either recycled or incinerated and converted into energy. According to Business Wire, the company aims to impact the well-being of 10 million individuals through programs and in regards to health, education and environment.
Google, as per usual, is ahead of the game. Their data centers use 50% less energy than most and 91% of total waste is diverted from landfills. They are also known advocates for the environment. They contribute to the protection of critical marine habitats by providing tools for sustainable fisheries.
All of us already love Ikea, but you will even more after you hear that their products are made to cut back on people’s use of energy and water. They manufacture products using sustainable materials and 91% of their waste is recycled or incinerated into energy.
This well-known technology company recycles 75% of its total waste. By 2020, it strives to achieve zero hazardous waste going to landfills. Click here for Intel’s sustainability report.
Patagonia is an activist company that gives 1% of their earnings to environmental organizations. Since 1985, they have donated $89 million and given out over 100 grants.
Unilever controls big brands, such as; Dove, Lipton, Axe, etc. and has been making tremendous environmental efforts. They plan to cut their carbon emissions in half by 2030 by encouraging sustainable growth.
Looking to make your business or workplace more sustainable? Here are some ideas you can implement in your office:
- Donate a portion of earnings to environmental efforts or environmental non-profits.
- Reduce carbon emissions.
- Recycle! Or even better, create a zero-waste plan.
- Manufacture products from sustainable materials or recycled products.
- Use energy-efficient products.
Looking to improve your business’ recycling program? Here’s what you need to know:
- The 6 Things Your Recycling Program Is Probably Missing
- 4 Ways To Customize Your Office Recycling Bins To Fit Your Program
- 5 Steps To Start A Small Business Recycling Program
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