Guided by science and economics, we tackle urgent threats with practical solutions
EDF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Federal Tax ID: 11-6107128.
Our people: We’re one of the world’s largest environmental organizations, with more than two million members and a staff of 700 scientists, economists, policy experts, and other professionals around the world.
Our values: We believe prosperity and environmental stewardship must go hand in hand. We’re optimists, because we have seen smart ideas make a huge difference. And we build strong partnerships across interests to ensure lasting success.
Our focus: We address today’s most urgent environmental challenges. Working in partnership with others, we focus where we’re best positioned to help, based on our strengths.
FORESIGHT Climate & Energy is the essential read from Denmark on the global transition to a decarbonised energy economy — objective reporting on what really matters by expert journalists and writers from around the world.
We make it possible for businesses and their customers to take urgent action on climate change.
At 3Degrees, we are passionate about addressing climate change. We help hundreds of organizations incorporate clean energy and greenhouse gas emission reduction strategies into their business operations. And we connect over 275,000 residential customers with renewable energy through our utility and community solar partnerships. How do we do it? Through our custom renewable energy and climate solutions that meet each client at every step of the way.
After all, solving the most significant challenge of our generation is a tall order. But it’s a challenge that energizes us. We hope you’ll join us.
This is the mission statement of the Arbor Day Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit conservation and education organization.
Founded in 1972, the centennial of the first Arbor Day observance in the 19th century, the Foundation has grown to become the largest nonprofit membership organization dedicated to planting trees, with over one million members, supporters, and valued partners.
We’re committed to transforming how our buildings are designed, constructed and operated through LEED.
Our vision at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is that buildings and communities will regenerate and sustain the health and vitality of all life within a generation. Our mission is to transform the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated, enabling an environmentally and socially responsible, healthy, and prosperous environment that improves the quality of life. Through our community network, continuous collaboration with industry experts, market research publications and LEED professional credentials, our global staff is working every day to help advance spaces that are brighter and healthier for us to live, work and play in.
At Kohler, we believe that the path to a better place is a constant endeavor—that better business and a better environment go hand in hand. It is our responsibility to work in harmony with nature and, in everything we do, stay mindful of our responsibility to future generations. This is the foundation of Kohler Co.’s Believing In Better® philosophy, and it drives our thinking and action around our stewardship and environmental sustainability.
We are working hard to reduce our environmental impact. We have committed to a goal of sending no solid waste to landfills, reducing or offsetting 100% of our greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and reducing our water usage – a program we call Net Zero 2035. We’re driving growth and innovation by developing products that have lower environmental impacts over their entire life cycle and are systematically incorporating sustainability into the product development process itself.
In September 2015 the United Nations introduced a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. As we look to the future, we are working to align our sustainability practices with these bold goals. We are learning as we go, but we believe more firmly than ever that integrating business and environmental practices is undeniably better—for our company, our associates, our customers and the environment. We believe, for us, it’s the only way forward.
At United, we’re committed to operating sustainably and responsibly. This commitment means that we minimize the environmental impacts associated with our operations and that we continuously look for ways to reduce our footprint in the air, on the ground, and at our facilities.
In 2013, we were recognized for our environmental accomplishments and named Air Transport World magazine’s Eco-Aviation “Airline of the Year” Gold Winner, and in 2014, we received the Global Business Travel Association Foundation’s Sustainability Outstanding Achievement Award as well as the ICARUS Gold Award for Sustainability Excellence. We’ve built a corporate track record that we are proud of. We have improved aircraft fuel efficiency by 33 percent since 1994, advanced sustainable alternative fuels and worked to mitigate our impact on the environment through reduced energy use and waste generation. We’re not stopping there because there’s more to do.
In 2010, we became the first North American-based financial institution to achieve carbon-neutral status. Since then, we have continued to meet our commitment to carbon neutrality.
How we meet our carbon neutral commitment:
Reduce energy use. We do this by improving the energy efficiency of our operations, from the way we design and operate our buildings to green IT and employee engagement initiatives.
Generate renewable electricity from our facilities and purchase certified EcoLogo or Green-e renewable energy credits (RECs) to add the equivalent amount of electricity we use back into the grid.
Offset remaining GHG emissions with innovative North American-based carbon offsets, with a significant portion generated through impact investing projects undertaken with social partners such as schools, institutions, and Aboriginal communities.
As TD continues to grow, our environmental challenge is to reduce our environmental impact despite rapid business expansion. Our key areas of focus in managing the environmental footprint of our business operations are:
Reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions
Improving energy efficiency
Reducing paper use
Reducing waste volumes and water use
Greening our supply chain
Ecolab offers water, hygiene and energy technologies and services that provide and protect clean water, safe food, abundant energy and healthy environments for food, energy, healthcare, industrial and hospitality markets.
Our Approach to Sustainability
At Ecolab, we and our customers are united by our powerful purpose to make the world a better place. Doing Better Together. Our team of 48,000, in partnership with more than 1 million customer locations around the world, brings our best efforts forward every day to help address the world’s most pressing global challenges. Collectively, we are working to help meet growing demand for goods and services while at the same time reinventing the way businesses operate to be less reliant on the world’s limited natural resources.
Operating with care for people and the environment
Across every industry we serve, we strive to deliver the best results at the lowest total cost while reducing waste, energy and water use. From how we operate and develop solutions to the way we work with customers and support communities, we are working to deliver a more sustainable future for everyone. Through our unparalleled service, industry-leading innovation and real-time data and insights, we help our customers do more with less.
We actively seek to improve the use of water resources within our own operations and within the watersheds in which we operate. Our commitment extends beyond our operations to partnerships with thought leaders and leading organizations that support the advancement of responsible use of the world’s limited freshwater resources to the benefit of nature, communities, and business.
Advancing Global Water Stewardship Standards
Global Commitments and Partnerships
Through partnerships with leading global non-governmental organizations (NGOs), we strengthen our understanding and our ability to impact global challenges facing our business, customers, and communities. We are a signatory of the United Nations Global Compact and the CEO Water Mandate, and an active member of the Corporate Eco Forum. Our partnerships with the World Wildlife Fund and The Nature Conservancy help advance water conservation and stewardship initiatives in priority regions including China, Mexico, and the United States.
Advancing Global Water Stewardship
Ecolab is a founding partner of the Alliance for Water Stewardship’s (AWS) International Water Stewardship Standard, a globally consistent and locally adaptable framework to inform decisions and encourage collective action to promote sustainable freshwater use. In April 2014, Ecolab joined nearly 30 leading organizations from across industries to launch the Standard.
In 2014, we initiated programs to implement the framework at our own facilities. Our Taicang, China, plant, located in the Yangtze Taihu basin, outside of Shanghai, was a pilot location for the Standard. In September 2015, our Taicang plant became the first facility in the world to be certified under the AWS Standard.
We expanded implementation to our Carson and City of Industry manufacturing plants in California, where extreme drought is impacting all water users. As a leading adopter of the Standard in this region, we partnered with AWS and the WWF to provide training to other local water users. We also collaborated with companies in the watershed to implement the Standard within their facilities and to identify ways to work together to further reduce our collective impacts.
To learn more about the AWS Standard, visit www.allianceforwaterstewardship.org.
Water Stewardship is the use of water that is socially equitable, environmentally sustainable and economically beneficial, achieved through a stakeholder-inclusive process that involves site and catchment-based actions. Good water stewards understand their own water use, catchment context and shared risk in terms of water governance, water balance, water quality and important water-related areas; and then engage in meaningful individual and collective actions that benefit people and nature.
Why Understanding & Knowing More About This Is Important
Corporate ESG performance is rapidly growing in importance to institutional investors as a proxy for the quality of management. The financials are key, of course, but as much as 80% of the valuation of a public company may be found in the many non-financial / intangible metrics.
These are now bundled as “ESG” evaluation and analysis approaches and utilized in assessing the performance of management and boards and to assess the ongoing and long-term viability of the corporation.
Our Bench Strength
G&A Institute’s strengths are based on deep experience in corporate disclosure and reporting on risk management, issues management, sustainability, responsibility, and ESG performance.
No matter where your enterprise may be in its sustainability journey, G&A Institute services and resources are designed to help clients skillfully navigate their sustainability journey.
We help to position the business enterprise for greater success in the disruptive, ever-changing 21st Century business environment, where companies are expected to be more transparent, more accountable, more engaged with stakeholders, more innovative, and more broadly disclosing and reporting a wider range of ESG performance factors. Telling the story of the company’s sustainability journey is becoming a top priority for corporate boards and C-suite.
The work in our client engagements is anchored in the significant research and analysis capabilities of our team. We are the exclusive data partners for the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) in the U.S.A., United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland. Each year we analyze hundreds of corporate sustainability, responsibility and citizenship reports. Our “Big Data” is a one-of-of-kind resource that benefits our corporate and institutional client base.
We monitor the major global ESG third party service providers and track the increasing influence they have in the capital markets and corporate sector in all major geographic markets. Our services help executives, managers and boards understand the motivations, expectations and unique approaches of the third party players and assist in engagement with ESG capital market players.
The Institute resources support such organizational functions as: Sustainability; Corporate Responsibility; Marketing; Corporate Communications; EHS; Legal; Investor Relations; Stakeholder Engagement; and Public Affairs. Our resources are designed to assist internal staff in their respective functional areas, as key members of the corporate sustainability & responsibility team. Wherever your organization is in its quest for greater sustainability, G&A Institute resources are designed to help make your sustainability journey more effective, with greater ROI, and to attain and project global sustainability leadership.
Most likely, your industry and investment peers are embarked on their sustainability journey. Odds are that some have achieved global leadership and enjoy clear competitive advantage. For example, our research shows that 75% of the S&P 500 companies now report on their sustainability journey. What about the other 25%…the laggards? What is happening among your peers? Do their activities create obstacles or opportunities for your company? What are you and your company doing?
Sustainability Allies is on a mission to improve the connection between sustainability professionals, helping them get inspired, learn best practices, share ideas and find solutions to sustainability challenges. Our focus is on creating compilation reports of sustainability success stories of specific topics. These reports highlight successful sustainability initiatives that organizations are implementing. Sustainability professionals are learning from each other’s experiences and getting inspired by success stories included in the reports. We believe we need to work together, we need to share knowledge and resources in order to achieve bigger and better results.
CO2logic has extensive experience in calculating, reducing, and offsetting the carbon footprints of large organizations. Not only does CO2logic help organizations reduce their carbon footprint, they help them do it in a way that benefits the international community by developing and sustaining social programs in areas that are in the greatest need. CO2logic has won public tenders to become the carbon consultant to the European Investment Bank, the European Parliament, the City of Brussels, etc. Large corporations like Levi’s, Dow Corning, Baltimore Aircoil, Le Pain Quotidien and Mars have also trusted CO2logic’s expertise. CO2logic works with the highest quality standards and has the best consultants in the field.
Citizens’ Climate Lobby is a non-profit, non-partisan, grassroots advocacy organization focused on national policies to address climate change.
In order to generate the political will necessary for passage of our Carbon Fee and Dividend proposal we train and support volunteers to engage elected officials, the media and the public.
What we do…
We lobby in support of our Carbon Fee and Dividend proposal by building friendly relationships with our federally elected representatives. We do so with respect, appreciation and gratitude for their service.
We write letters to the editor and op-eds, and meet with editorial boards to gain their editorial endorsement.
We facilitate presentations and table at events to promote CCL and introduce others to our Carbon Fee and Dividend proposal.
We support our volunteer chapters with monthly conference calls, and we support the leaders of those chapters with weekly conference calls.
What we believe…
Politicians don’t create political will, they respond to it. We believe citizens who are well-trained, organized by Congressional district and with a good system of support can more than influence the political process.
In respect for all viewpoints, even for those who would oppose us.
Based on what climate scientists and economists tell us, we believe that Carbon Fee and Dividend is the best first step to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to mitigate the impacts of a changing climate.
The International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP) is the world’s leading professional association for sustainability professionals. ISSP is a member-driven association committed to moving the profession of sustainability forward by leading the design and delivery of ISSP Sustainability Professional Certification, and by building strong networks and communities of practice. Webinars, online courses, a sustainability educational certificate, sustainability professional’s body of knowledge, special reports, resource directories and salary surveys are just a sampling of the rich content offered to members. Formed in 2007, ISSP boasts almost 1000 members from every region of the world. For more information, please visit www.sustainabilityprofessionals.org
WHO WE ARE
EarthShare was founded in 1988 by America’s leading national environmental and conservation organizations with a clear mission: connecting workplaces to environmental causes. Today, EarthShare is your 501(c)(3) partner working at the intersection of the environmental community and corporate America to amplify sustainability efforts by galvanizing the power of employees. With an established member network of nearly 600 of America’s most respected nonprofits behind us, we help channel the passion for purpose in an evolving workforce to ensure a sustainable future.
WHAT WE DO
Our employee engagement solution employers meet employees where they are, guide them toward sustainability commitments, and unleash their entrepreneurial spirit to achieve action-oriented results. EarthShare creates customized programs to help its partners educate, inspire, and empower their workforce while advancing environmental initiatives.
Employees want to change the world and EarthShare can help. The EarthShare Corporate Alliance is a new turnkey program that gives employers a simplified way to engage and educate employees about the topic of our changing climate—to help create a well-informed, activated, and engaged workplace culture.
OUR MISSION IS TO CATALYZE A GLOBAL SOLUTION TO THE CLIMATE CRISIS BY MAKING URGENT ACTION A NECESSITY ACROSS EVERY LEVEL OF SOCIETY.
With seas rising, global heat records falling, and storms becoming more and more devastating, the reality of climate change has never been clearer. But with clean energy solutions like wind and solar getting more affordable, batteries getting better, and buildings becoming more efficient every year, neither has the way forward.
The good news does not end there. Because now, thanks to 195 countries signing the historic Paris Agreement to cut greenhouse gas emissions planet-wide, the world is united in working for a safe and sustainable future with net zero carbon emissions by the second half of this century.
At Climate Reality, we are here to ensure it gets there. We are working to accelerate the global shift from the dirty fossil fuels driving climate change to renewables so we can power our lives and economies without destroying our planet.But we can only do it together. That is why we are uniting millions from all corners of the globe and all walks of life – factory workers and farmers, teachers and taxi drivers, students and shop clerks, and more – to make our leaders honor and strengthen their commitments to climate action that they made in the Paris Agreement.
Stopping climate change is the challenge of our time. But we know how and thanks to the Paris Agreement, we have the tools to do it. The sustainable future we want is finally in our hands. And at Climate Reality, we will not let it slip away.
Conscious Capitalism Florida Chapter’s purpose is to seek out and connect the role models of Florida’s conscious business community.
We accomplish this by identifying businesses and leaders that operate with a higher purpose making wise business decisions that take into account the needs of all stakeholders.
When companies operate in this manner, their employees become team members, their vendors become partners, their customers become advocates, and they operate sustainability within the environment and community – simultaneously providing healthy long-term returns their shareholders.
We believe that capitalism is the most powerful force for human cooperation, value creation and social good the world has ever seen.
Conscious Capitalism Florida Chapter is an affiliate of the global Conscious Capitalism Community.
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To engage and align diverse stakeholders in support of systemic solutions to urgent global problems.
Finding common ground between uncommon allies.
Future 500 is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that began in 1995 in Aspen, Colorado. Over the years, we have established our main office in San Francisco with affiliate offices in Portland, Oregon; Washington D.C.; Beijing and Tokyo. We are supported by an extensive network of correspondents, advisers, and senior fellows worldwide.
Since our inception, Future 500 has fostered the capacity for corporations and NGOs to engage one another in unique and meaningful ways. Here are just a few of our successes to date:
California’s Bottle Bill
We built a corporate-NGO coalition that crafted California’s innovative “Bottle Bill” – arguably the most cost-effective in the world – using economic incentives to drive the recycling of more than 100 billion beverage containers and a host of packaging materials and products.
Sustainability Procurement Standards for Timber
We forged a partnership between Mitsubishi companies and Rainforest Action Network, developing simple, practical procurement specifications, now adopted by over 400 companies, to save over four million acres of Old Growth forest.
Since 2009, we have been building support for a price on carbon. Through our engagement with industry, NGOs, SRIs, climatologists and policy makers we have crafted two core policy principles. We believe that they encompass the necessary ingredients to garner bipartisan support. We currently have over 200 signatories, including James Hansen and Lester Brown to name a few.
Extended Producer Responsibility
From 2011-2012, Future 500 led a four part multi-stakeholder “Dialogue” series to address what Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) policy might mean for the United States. As a result of these discussions, new momentum was injected into the waste issue, leading to efforts across the country around voluntary and regulatory approaches from industry and recycling advocates alike.
Whether we’re supporting CIRCULAR ECONOMIES, introducing BREAKTHROUGH PRODUCTS, or accelerating BEHAVIOR CHANGE CAMPAIGNS we create stories that propel change. From crafting comprehensive media strategies, to content creation and messaging development, our practice is communications, and our passion is making a difference.
To learn more, please visit www.bluepractice.com.
Presidio Graduate School educates and inspires a new generation of skilled, visionary and enterprising leaders to transform business and public policy and create a more just, prosperous and sustainable world. Through innovative MBA and MPA and research programs, PGS activates students and professionals across a range of disciplines, industries and sectors to bridge the gap between commerce and the common good.
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Presidio Graduate School,
San Francisco, CA
#1 Ranked MBA in Social
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Paving the way for a low-carbon future
It is now widely accepted that human activity is responsible for global warming, resulting in climate change. Our planet is on track to break through the “1.5 to 2 degree ceiling”: the global average temperature rise defined by the United Nations as the upper limit to avoid a devastating impact on people and their ability to live on this planet. To stay below this limit, significant cuts on the release of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases are needed.
To create a global policy framework for this, 195 countries adopted the Paris Agreement at the UN Climate Change Conference in 2015. Now that the long term goal of a net zero economy by the second half of this century has been set, the transition to a thriving and low-carbon economy will be accelerated. For example, the Paris Agreement states that all national climate action plans must be reviewed and improved every five years.
According to DSM’s CEO, Feike Sijbesma, who attended the Conference, “With the Paris Agreement – which has now entered into force – world leaders collectively embrace an accelerated transition to a low-carbon economy. Royal DSM is deeply committed to continuing to combat climate change: by reducing the impact of our own operations, by enabling our customers through providing low-carbon products and solutions and by advocating and raising our voice on, amongst other things, renewable energy and carbon pricing. The longer we fail to address climate change, the higher the costs of adaptation for future generations.”
At DSM, we believe that effectively tackling climate change is both a responsibility and a business opportunity. We are therefore focusing on:
Impact on people and planet
Climate change affects both people and the planet. That is why DSM is not only involved in the UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) #13: Climate Action, but also in other key SDGs where we can contribute.
Global warming has already had a major impact on nature, including biodiversity loss, ocean acidification and more frequent extreme weather events such as droughts and floods. This environmental damage, in turn, affects human needs as defined in several other SDGs such as clean air, access to water, food production, the availability of productive land and consequently health. At DSM we understand the strong link between the environment and social development. That is why we engage in the broader United Nations sustainable development agenda and work with our global partners to improve nutrition.
Bio Renewable Age
A shift from the current fossil fuel based energy system, to what we call the “(Bio-) Renewable Age” is needed. We aspire to a low carbon economy, where goods and services are produced, traded and used in a sustainable manner. The world needs competitive alternative energy systems, which increasingly include sustainable biomass, solar, wind and hydro. Collaboration between businesses, scientists, governments and civil society is needed to enable and fast-track this needed transition.
The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people.
We address the most pressing conservation threats at the largest scale. Thanks to the support of our more than 1 million members, we’ve built a tremendous record of success since our founding in 1951:
Ethical Markets Media (USA and Brazil) is a micro-multinational social enterprise with the mission of reforming markets and metrics while helping accelerate and track the transition to the green economy worldwide with the Green Transition Scoreboard®, Ethical Biomimicry Finance®, Transforming Finance TV Series and research and daily news at www.ethicalmarkets.com.