Verizon recently released its 2012 annual report showcasing solid progress in delivering powerful answers in the areas of healthcare, education and energy management. This is the second year Verizon produced an Integrated Report, which combined its corporate responsibility performance with their traditional annual report on financial performance to offer a comprehensive vision for growth.
Verizon’s corporate responsibility is directly tied to its business strategy, so the company cannot talk about one without the other. This was the real motivator behind creating an Integrated Report.
As Verizon Chairman and CEO Lowell McAdam said in the report, “At the core of our growth strategy is our commitment to using our technology to address the world’s biggest challenges. We call this growth strategy “Shared Success,” an integrated approach to growth that drives both our business development and corporate responsibility efforts.” Verizon’s “Shared Success” opens new business markets, creates long-term value for shareowners, and helps solve community problems.
To discuss Verizon's "Shared Success" approach and the latest Integrated Report, Verizon's senior leadership, including Senior Vice President Kathryn C. Brown...
Wyndham Worldwide (NYSE: WYN), one of the world's largest hospitality providers and an industry leader in sustainable practices, is participating in the Earth Hour global initiative by turning their lights down and encouraging energy conservation.
Organized by the World Wildlife Fund, Earth Hour 2013 will take place Saturday, March 23, from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. local time. During the hour, individuals, businesses, and governments around the world turn out their lights to demonstrate their commitment to environmentally sustainable action. Since its start in 2007, the annual event has grown into the single largest mass participation event in the world with more than 5 million supporters in over 150 countries.
"We believe the hospitality industry can and should be a leader in reducing our impact on the environment, and we are committed to finding new ways to reduce energy consumption and successfully implement energy efficient strategies across our global operations," said Faith Taylor, senior vice president of sustainability for Wyndham Worldwide. "This is the fourth year that Wyndham Worldwide will join Earth Hour across our more than 100,000 locations in nearly 100 countries, to raise awareness of global energy efforts."
Wyndham Worldwide sustainable practices are created and driven by the Company's Wyndham Green program, which in its seventh year, remains one of the...
In celebration of World Water Day, The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: Dow) today launched a new digital platform to promote increased understanding of water use and expanded its work to implement clean water technologies around the globe. The United Nations has designated World Water Day 2013 as the International Day of Water Cooperation, and Dow is addressing water challenges and promoting cooperation worldwide in alignment with the Company’s 2015 Sustainability Goals, which include environmental protection and creating breakthroughs to global challenges such as clean water access.
“Improving access to clean water requires international cooperation and a better understanding of where and how we can manage distribution with increased efficiency,” said Neil Hawkins, vice president, Global EH&S and Sustainability at Dow. “Dow is advancing filtration technology and working with customers, NGOs and governments around the world to identify risks and opportunities that will result in securing more clean water for more people.”
Dow’s new interactive web tool, H2OME, illuminates everyday items that represent the output of Earth’s natural resources and the collective efforts of a cast of millions. From the intense amount of...
Dow Water & Process Solutions (DW&PS), a business unit of The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE:DOW), has entered into a collaboration agreement with Ahlstrom, a global high-performance fiber-based materials company, to use Ahlstrom Disruptor® technology for drinking water applications. The agreement combines DW&PS industry-leading market, R&D, and manufacturing expertise with Ahlstrom’s innovative nonwoven fiber technology to address an unmet need in drinking water applications.
According to the United Nations, nearly one billion of the Earth’s seven billion-plus people do not have access to clean water and our world’s population is expected to grow by another 3 billion people within the next 40 years. In order to keep up with rising populations, affluence and demand, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) estimates that our world will need 30 percent more water, 40 percent more energy and 50 percent more food by 2030.
For these reasons, and more, the United Nations has designated 2013 as the International Year of Water Cooperation, and has embarked on a campaign to encourage and nurture water cooperation.
“Global trends such as population growth and urbanization put pressure on already strained water sources,” said Snehal Desai, global business director for DW&PS. “We see a real need for new innovations to expand access to clean safe drinking water in an easy, effective and sustainable way.”
“One of the...
Author Seth Godin will bring his distinct perspective on business, marketing and change to the International Corporate Citizenship Conference in Boston, April 21-23, where he will be the closing speaker on Tuesday afternoon.
Godin’s keynote speech will address a crowd of more than 600 corporate citizenship professionals from around the globe, and will explore the question of whether corporate citizenship is merely an obligation, or an opportunity. He will also speak about the implications of humanizing the industrial voice, and how doing the right thing also turns out to be the one and only best thing going forward.
Godin is the author of 17 books that have been best sellers around the world and translated into more than 35 languages. Some of his most popular books include “Linchpin”, “Tribes”, “The Dip” and “Purple Cow.”
In addition to his writing and speaking, Godin is founder of Squidoo.com, a fast-growing, easy-to-use website. His blog (which can be found by typing “seth” into Google) is one of the most popular in the world.
Recently, Godin once again set the book publishing world on its ear by launching a series of four books via Kickstarter. The campaign reached its goal after three hours and ended up becoming the most successful book project ever...
Study: Clear Environmental Benefits From Using Recycled Paper In National Geographic, Other Magazines
Using recovered fiber in place of virgin fiber for magazine paper has a benefit in 14 of 14 environmental impact categories studied, according to a life-cycle assessment (LCA) issued today by ENVIRON International Corporation (www.greenamerica.org/pdf/NatGeo-LCA-Report-2013.pdf). The study debunks any myths promoted by magazine and paper industries that question the environmental benefits of using recycled fiber in publication-grade paper. The production of magazine paper in the U.S. emits the equivalent of over 7.2 million metric tons of CO2 each year, or approximately the annual greenhouse gas emissions of over 1.5 million cars.
The National Geographic Society and a number of NGO stakeholders including Green America, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), and World Resources Institute (WRI), collaborated on this multi-year study. The results can be found at: www.greenamerica.org/better-paper-project/.
As a result of the study, National Geographic is now exploring recycled paper options for their publications. If National Geographic does begin using recycled paper in their magazines, they will join a growing list that includes large and small publications such as Fast Company, Audubon, YES!, and Ranger Rick – all of which have been using recycled paper...
AECOM Technology Corporation, a leading provider of professional technical and management support services for public and private clients in more than 140 countries around the world, announced today that it will recognize World Water Day on March 22, in conjunction with events in more than 100 countries.
As one of the world’s largest water engineering firms, according to Engineering News-Record magazine, AECOM is committed to environmental sustainability and working to ensure that people around the world have access to clean water. Through strategic partnerships with organizations such as Engineers Without Borders (EWB), Water For People (WFP) and the United Nations (UN) Global Compact, AECOM and its partners have managed to raise awareness about the growing concern of water disparity around the world.
The company will release a number of internal and external communications to raise awareness about World Water Day and its efforts to bring clean water to people around the world.
“We are proud of AECOM’s industry-leading reputation in providing engineering services for water supply projects around the world,” said AECOM Chairman and Chief Executive Officer John M. Dionisio. “While we join others globally in marking World Water Day, we are also celebrating our company’s commitment to a culture of social responsibility worldwide."
AECOM serves as a global sponsor for WFP, having raised more than US$125,000 since 2010, providing those in...
The Western Union Company (NYSE: WU), a leader in global payment services, today announced plans to help facilitate the “last mile” and bridge the gap between government payments that need to be disbursed and the people who receive them.
Initially, the Western Union service will enable parents with school-age children, university students and senior citizens to access government and emergency payments at more than 600 Western Union Agent locations across Haiti. Future plans may include offering a wider array of pay-out options including: bank accounts, mobile phones or prepaid cards.
The government of Haiti has developed a wide array of conditional cash transfer programs under the Ede Pep (Help People) umbrella that have successfully addressed the needs of school children, university students, the handicapped and approximately 200,000 women, children and men across Haitian society.
“Western Union is one of only a handful of global brands with an unparalleled consumer reach, the ability to connect remote communities to the global economy, and the solutions to propel financial inclusion and help communities and businesses move forward,” said Hikmet Ersek, President and Chief Executive Officer, Western Union.
“The introduction of our service in Haiti will help facilitate government payments supporting social programs across the country, and is part of our business strategy to harness the power of our global money transfer platform. Our multi-...
The Aspen Institute today announced its 2013 Class of Henry Crown Fellows. The Henry Crown Fellowship engages the next generation of leaders in the challenge of community-spirited leadership. The Fellowship brings together executives—most from the business world, all entrepreneurs, all under 45—who have already achieved conspicuous success in their chosen fields and are at a point of meaningful inflection in their lives and careers. The two-year program comprises a structured series of four seminars and each Fellow will undertake an individual leadership project to put thought into action.
“We are delighted with this year’s class of Henry Crown Fellows,” said Peter Reiling, executive director of the program. “For society, they represent a potent force of talent, ready to focus their energies on some of the greatest challenges of our times. For them, they are embarking on a personal journey—a journey ‘from success to significance’—that will change their lives forever. I know. I’m a Henry Crown Fellow too.”
The Henry Crown Fellows for 2013 are:
Tracey Abbott, vice president strategic planning, Footlocker, Inc., New York, NY
Joshua Baer, chief innovation officer, Return Path and Managing Director, Capital Factory, Austin, TX
Sidney Breyer, founder and board member, Alog Data Centers do...
Winners Announced in “People and Planet” Green Business Contest – Focus on Strategies for Getting to Zero Waste
Three winners were announced today for Green America’s quarterly “People & Planet Award,” which recognizes America’s best green, small businesses. Each of three winners will receive $5,000. The winners are: Preserve, CompostNow, and Hummingbird Wholesale. Winners were selected by the public, who had a month-long open voting period online at Green America’s website.
Green America’s “People & Planet Awards” recognize innovative entrepreneurial U.S. businesses that deeply integrate environmental and social considerations into their strategies and operations. This round of the Awards focused on green businesses that have a strong commitment to creative recycling and waste management.
Alisa Gravitz, president, Green America, said: “Recycling, creative reuse, and waste reduction are important issues for businesses today. Green America is proud to recognize businesses that are demonstrating innovative ways of moving toward zero-waste by awarding People and Planet Awards to our top three contestants.”
The winning companies’ descriptions are below:
- Preserve, Waltham, MA., http://www.preserveproducts.com. Preserve® makes stylish, eco-friendly products for the home. They strive to combine socially and environmentally responsible business practices with groundbreaking design to create their products. Preserve believes that choosing eco-friendly products doesn't...