The COVID‐19 crisis is accelerating the transformation of business – one that solidifies the private sector mandate of a stakeholder‐first, rather than shareholder‐only, mentality. We’ve kept a pulse on this shift, brand action and stakeholder expectations, revealing that 75% of the U.S. public believes business must take action to protect employees, care for communities and support front-line workers in the fight against COVID‐19. Companies who have rapidly and authentically met this expectation demonstrate Purpose – at its finest.
The coronavirus pandemic has not only dramatically changed our world and our way of life, but it is shining a light on our universal interconnectedness and our vulnerability to the seismic risks that have rocked our current capital market systems. Whether it be a deadly virus or the climate crisis, we are experiencing first hand the need for collective action and mass mobilization.
Tune in to the Ceres 2020 Digital Program to learn how we can build a more resilient, sustainable global economy and help prevent future crises. Upcoming sessions:
UPS is uniquely positioned as the leading company in Transportation – a traditionally high-polluting industry that includes airlines as well as shipping companies. Operating a growing fleet of more than 125,000 vehicles worldwide, UPS nevertheless aims to reduce emissions by 12% across global ground operations by 2025 through the use of renewable energy, as well as alternative and low-carbon fuel.
By Claire McCarthy Global Director Sustainability, Security & Safety
April 22, 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. On the first event in 1970, over 20 million Americans took to the streets in protest calling for increased protections for the planet. A collective generation asked for cleaner water, cleaner air, healthier ecosystems, and an overall healthy, sustainable environment. By the end of 1970, the US Environmental Protection Agency had been created and the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and the Endangered Species Act were all passed into law.
As we rush to address the urgent, overwhelming global coronavirus pandemic, it’s easy to overlook the long-term support systems that maintain our health and wellness.
For those sequestered in city apartments, with no access to parks, green spaces or even trees, the sense of loss is very tangible right now. Of course, that feeling pales in comparison to those dealing with the loss of a loved one or friend due to the unforgiving coronavirus — but it’s a sentiment we must also confront for society at large.
When people talk or think about sustainability, they often consider activities related to becoming more environmentally friendly. And while this is undoubtedly a good start, if we’re going to talk about true, long-term sustainability, we need to look at the bigger picture.
Merck received the 2020 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award for continued leadership and superior contributions to ENERGY STAR. Merck has been named a Partner of the Year for 15 years in a row, and in Sustained Excellence for 13 years.
Companies receiving the award were selected for demonstrating how energy efficiency drives economic competitiveness in tandem with environmental protection.
In 2018, we announced goals to achieve 100 percent renewable energy, water neutrality, and zero waste by FY20 at Cisco’s campus in Research Triangle Park (RTP), North Carolina. The campus’s proximity to leading research universities makes it an ideal testing ground for sustainable improvements within our real estate operations. Here’s how we made progress in FY19: