Cox Enterprises Achieves a Milestone in its Sustainability Program

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – In a world that continues to face challenges at environmental, social and governance fronts, companies must have a long-term commitment to do business in a way that is sensitive to the needs of the planet. Companies must measure and report on corporate sustainability efforts so that stakeholders can recognize the contribution a company is making to global sustainable development.

Cox Conserves, the national sustainability program of Cox Enterprises, has completed 10 years of an exemplary corporate sustainability journey, which focused on operations, employees, communities and partners. In 2007, Cox formalized its commitment to sustainability with a goal to reduce its carbon footprint by 20 percent by 2017 and launched a program to engage the company’s employees and community partners.

Now celebrating its 10th anniversary, Cox Conserves has displayed strong operational leadership over the last decade. The program achieved its initial carbon goal and has expanded to include waste and water goals, as well as initiatives to engage suppliers, customers and peer-businesses.

Since 2007, Cox Enterprises has invested more than $100 million in sustainability and conservation initiatives. Through these investments, the company has offset 82,000 tons of carbon, diverted 97,000 tons of waste from landfill and conserved 57 million gallons of water. These projects are helping the company reach its goals to send zero waste to landfill by 2024 and become carbon and water neutral by 2044.

According to Cox Enterprises Chairman Jim Kennedy, the company’s commitment to sustainability has been unwavering over the last 10 years. Cox Conserves is much more than just an operational program, Kennedy says. It is a part of their corporate culture that brings positive change to the local communities.

Beyond business operations, Cox seeks to inspire environmental action in communities and employees. The Cox Conserves Heroes program, created in partnership with The Trust for Public Land, has honored nearly 200 environmental volunteers across eight states and has donated nearly $1 million to nonprofits on their behalf.

In Atlanta, Cox has been driving force behind the Atlanta BeltLine, a national blueprint for urban renewal, and Food Well Alliance, an organization bolstering Atlanta’s local food movement to build healthier communities.

Through national partnerships with American Rivers and Ocean Conservancy, Cox volunteers help clean up their local communities, which has resulted in more than 25 tons of materials being removed from waterways.

Cox also offers employees incentives to utilize renewable energy at their homes through the Employee Solar Program. Cox Conserves and You, an internal digital platform, enables employees across the nation to track their eco-actions and share ideas.

Source: 3BL Media