Sustainable Business Success Stories
Bank of America is setting new industry best practices for the environment. The bank announced that it will enhance its environmental programs with climate change and forest policies that take significant new steps in the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, protection of intact forest ecosystems and transparent public reporting to all stakeholders.
Johnson Controls, a company already recognized for its environmental efforts with the World Environment Center Gold Medal, launched a global program called Blue Sky, to strengthen the company's focus and performance in two key areas: the environment and leadership development.
Thompson Outfitters--Alliance for Environmental Innovation describes how retailer Norm Thompson Outfitters, working with
the Environmental Defense Fund Alliance, made the switch to
printing its catalogs on paper containing a minimum of 10% postconsumer
Sustainability Mission focuses on improved productivity
to drive down costs, waste production, and energy demand. This
case study by the International Institute for International
Development focuses on DuPont's strategy for food and nutrition,
and safety and security. Describes how the company has invested
in agricultural businesses that provide seed, soy protein, and
crop protection products.
Carpet maker Interface,
Inc. has not only striven to reduce manufacturing waste,
and powered some of its manufacturing with renewable energy,
but is also implementing a Cool Carpet program to offset the
greenhouse gas emissions associated with the entire lifecycle
of its carpet.
Market Development Group is a collaboration of 12 leading
corporations and the World Resources Institute dedicated to
building corporate markets for green power. Their goal is to
develop corporate markets for 1000 megawatts of new, cost competitive
green power by 2010. Its members have purchased a total of 112
megawatts of green power since 2001.
The CEO of Moss, Inc,
a Belfast, Maine-based manufacturer of aluminum and fabric display
products, has announced that his company will strive toward producing
no waste and no emissions. The company has identified seven
opportunities for sustainability, and formed teams to address
each opportunity by implementing strategies such as product
buyback and brokering, as well as establishing a community advisory
The Sustainable Silicon Valley Project is a
multi-stakeholder collaborative initiative to produce significant environmental
improvement and resource conservation in Silicon Valley through the development
and implementation of a regional environmental management system (EMS).
The founding partners of the project are the California
Environmental Protection Agency, the Silicon Valley Manufacturing
Group and the Silicon Valley Environmental Partnership.
International, LLC, a designer and manufacturer of advanced
water purification systems, creates cost-effective, high-quality
water for industry and communities.
Jacobs Corporation is a family owned and operated printing,
plastic, and metal fabrication company established originally
in 1921 as a printing company. The company uses an ISO 14000
Environmental Management System to realize a competitive advantage.
Good Neighbor Project for Citizen Promotion of Sustainable Industries
is a Cambridge, Massachusetts, effort to empower citizens to
promote only sustainable, non-polluting industries within their
communities. The program provides legal, technical and strategic
expertise to help residents secure "good neighbor agreements."
Philips Electronics released the companys second
annual sustainability report in 2004, which extends the companys
sustainability principles to Philips 50.000 suppliers.
In addition, Philips pledges to develop five sustainable-product
propositions by the end of 2004.
Seventh Generation released its first comprehensive Corporate Responsibility Report (PDF 1.5 MB) based on CERES reporting guidelines in 2004. The 52-page report covers the company’s history, vision, mission, values, and operating principles and key environmental, economic and social impacts.
Eco-Industrial Park describes a sustainable development
action strategy in Northampton County, Virginia, one outcome
of which is the Port of Cape Charles Sustainable Technologies
Industrial Park for environmentally friendly businesses.
Purchasers Coalition acts as a catalyst for the transformation
of industry and the marketplace to develop, produce, and consume
sustainable productsutilizing the Coalition's aggregate
purchasing power to accelerate industry's adoption of the use
of LCA tools to address the current need for clear and concise
product environmental performance data.
has formalized its examination of the triple bottom line with
release of the company's first Corporate Sustainability Report.
The report identifies performance measures for the company,
chronicles company achievements in fuel savings and efficiency,
and sets forth goals the company seeks to reach by 2007.
Business Partnership is a nonprofit organization in
the area surrounding Yellowstone National Park that serves as
a progressive voice for businesses that value the environment
and communities as well as economic health.
Collections of Sustainable Business Success Stories
Provides case studies of "small, efficient and innovative
businesses that are driving economic growth, creating new jobs
and protecting the environment."
of Industrial Technologies BestPractices Program conducts
plant assessments and demonstration projects. These evaluations
often result in significant energy savings, reduced energy consumption,
and improved public relations for industry partners.
CERES/ACCA Sustainability Reporting Awards reward best practice in reporting on sustainability, environmental and social issues by United States and Canadian corporations and other organizations. Winners and judging are detailed online.
and Sustainable Development: A Global Guide provides
links to worldwide case studies of businesses working to improve
their sustainability profiles.
Business for an Environmentally Sustainable Tomorrow (BEST)
Program provides case studies on the winners of the
annual BEST award program since 1993.
Growth Eco-Industrial Case Studies highlight smart growth
activities from Brownsville, TX; Nova Scotia (Canada); Tucson,
AZ; San Francisco Bay, CA; Baltimore, MD; Youngsville, NC; Minneapolis,
MN; Plattsburgh, NY; Eastville, VA; Raymond, Washington; Burlington,
Vermont; Skagitt County, Washington; Shadyside, Maryland; Londonderry,
New Hampshire; Trenton, New Jersey; and Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Gateway to International Best Practices, an online global library offered by EPA, provides links to journals, databases, guidelines, programs and case studies involving innovations in air, toxics, waste and water issues, as well as multi-media approaches, such as Environmental Management, from countries around the world.
Case Study Database is sponsored by the World Business
Council for Sustainable Development and the UN Environment Program.
This vast database indexes case studies by eco-efficiency concept.
Further, each case study provides information about the company/division
size, geographical location and the project year.
Bay Area Council's
Database of Best Practices is a searchable database
of San Francisco's "Best Practices" that reduce the
previous environmental impact of a company or its suppliers.
These practices include innovative approaches to energy conservation,
environmental building design, environmental management systems,
pollution prevention, waste reduction and recycling.
International Network for Environmental Management's Case Study
Collection provides case studies on the use of environmental
management systems in corporations as well as in small and medium
provides cases and teaching materials to bring social impact
management into business education.
to success stories on other sites provide links to success
stories on a wide variety of sustainable development topics,
including Sustainable Business.
Last updated: February 7, 2005
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