There are a number of businesses who have enhanced their reputations by becoming environmental leaders.
From eco-friendly work initiatives, like programs that improve sustainability, to charitable giving, the six businesses below are great examples of having environmental causes play a role in their image:
Disney is already beloved by children around the world, though their environmental focus is more well known among parents. Disney strives to please families with the prospect of an eco-friendlier future, via a zero waste policy, where none of their refuse goes to landfills.
In 2016, they diverted 45% of waste from landfills and incineration. Their goal by 2020 is to divert 60% of waste. Disney is also a big proponent of water saving tech, as well as reducing emissions; they successfully reduced their net emissions by 37% in 2016.
Vehicle manufacturer Ford has gradually fitted their products with environmentally-friendly materials, standing out in an automotive niche that’s steadily adapting to more eco-friendly alternatives. For Ford in particular, their 2008 Escape is thought to be the first U.S. automotive use of 100 percent recycled fabric seating surfaces.
Ford is also a two-time winner of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star Award, winning two years in a row — a first for any automaker. The award noted how the Ford Escape and Focus were more than 80 percent recyclable, compared to the 75 percent norm.
HP has the distinction of being the first company to report its own greenhouse gas emissions. Emission reduction has been a primary goal since then, as well as cutting back on toxic substances in products like ink cartridges. In addition to this, HP has adopted a recycling program that, like Disney, aims to keep their waste away from landfills.
The company is also noted for its Consumer Buyback and Planet Partners Recycling Program, which can provide customers cash back for recyclable materials that HP can put to good use instead of in a landfill.
American Overhead Door
Many businesses have worked with local initiatives to improve their environmental efforts, such as how American Overhead Door has participated with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s Environmental Leadership Program.
The garage door service provider emphasizes how their framework aims to improve overall sustainability and minimize waste. This particular business is a silver partner, noting when “organizations have gone above and beyond the requirements for Bronze status, and have begun to actively develop a functional environmental management system (EMS).”
Headquartered in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, Nike wants to see the world remain green with their distinctive environmental efforts. The company touts their own line of sustainable equipment and sporting goods, notably shoes developed from environmental-friendly materials, such as recycled polyester. In addition, Nike’s manufacturing facilities runs on renewable energy. They are also noted for pressing partners and suppliers in other countries to carry out environmental policies.
In the fiscal year for 2015, Nike transformed 54 million pounds of factory scrap into materials for apparel and footwear. They diverted 92% of total waste from incineration and landfill, a very impressive number. Nike’s continued role in environmental programs is unquestioned.
Johnson & Johnson
The many products from Johnson & Johnson are often made with the environment in mind. Sustainable packaging, water conservation, carbon emission reduction and renewable energy use are cores of the company’s environmental philosophy. The result has been the elimination of polyvinyl chloride from most of their products, with ample savings from using solar energy.
Back in 1990, Johnson & Johnson set a goal to reduce carbon emissions by 7 percent in the next two decades. From 1990 to 2007, the company made true to their promise, achieving a 12.7 percent decrease.
Another successful goal was to reduce water use by 10 percent from 2005 to 2010. The end of 2009 had the company at a water reduction of 14 percent. Clearly, it seems like when Johnson & Johnson set an environmentally friendly goal, they work hard to achieve it. It’s a good look for any company and one that benefits our environment.
These six businesses exemplify dedication to environmental efforts, ranging from using more sustainable packing and renewable energy at facilities to concerted efforts to reduce landfill waste and water usage. In many cases, the emphasis on the environment is a win-win, helping the environment while simultaneously bringing in new customers impressed by these efforts.