Switching to sustainable purchasing can start with the restroom, which can act as a testing ground for your company's sustainability approach, said Michael Kapalko, sustainability marketing manager at SCA Tissue North America, in a recent GreenBiz.com webcast. Once you set upon a green approach to your restoom, communication with suppliers, employees and customers is essential, writes SmartBrief on Sustainability editor James daSilva.
Much triple-bottom-line thinking focuses on pursuing eureka moments, but the truth is that most eco-innovation is incremental, writes SmartBrief's James daSilva. Companies such as Bayer, Honeywell and DuPont are focusing on finding new efficiencies that might not look like much individually but add up to significant savings. "[W]hile these gains alone won't be enough, they might be among the small steps needed for a larger cultural and industrial shift," DaSilva writes.
California legislators have passed a bill to allow the recognition of B Corporations, or corporations that have "the purpose of creating a general public benefit," according to the bill. B Corps registered in the state would have to annually document their environmental and social welfare performance.
Governments and regulatory groups around the world are pushing companies to do more to integrate CSR into their corporate governance, writes Theodore Roosevelt Malloch. That can bring big rewards for early adopters that become well-versed in the issues. "Those who take a lead in setting high standards for themselves are gaining respect and value for their enterprises and organizations. But first they need to examine what corporate governance is supposed to achieve," Malloch writes.
Two reports issued this month by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Concrete Sustainability Hub examine the life cycle costs of concrete buildings and pavements, in terms of both dollars and greenhouse-gas emissions. The group's findings suggest that the use of different methods and materials in creating pavements could make a huge difference in the impact on the environment. Among other possible tactics that the report suggests: increased use of fly ash, using lighter-colored pavements and allowing old concrete time to absorb carbon dioxide from the air.