Supply Chain & the Circular Economy CSR News

How Companies Can Enable Individual Contribution to the Circular Economy

by Nate Hurst Chief Sustainability and Social Impact Officer, HP

As climate change continues to impact the planet – and governments and organizations worldwide set standards to reduce its harmful effects – it’s important for companies to rethink how their products are created, used and maintained. The smartest, most sustainable products are not only crafted with care as part of a closed-loop supply chain; they’re optimized to enable consumers to enter the circular economy with little effort.

HP Reinvents Technologies to Lower the Impact of Printing

by Nate Hurst, Chief Sustainability and Social Impact Officer, HP; John Ortiz, Director of Product Stewardship, HP

Over the centuries, mankind has used the printed word as a way to exchange ideas, share histories, keep records, and entertain others. As the world became more digital, many assumed that printing would become essentially obsolete. 

The truth is that printing remains as important today as it was decades ago. In fact, businesses and consumers print trillions of pages each year. In the U.S. alone, a typical office worker prints 10,000 pages per year.* 

What has changed is the way people think about printing and the potential impact their actions may have on the environment. 

Hybrid Airship: Big Impact, Small Environmental Footprint


More than two-thirds of the world’s land area and more than half of the world’s population have no direct access to paved roads. How then do you access remote sites safely, affordably and with a small environmental footprint?

Planes are an option, but you need runways. Helicopters are an option, but cannot carry large freight, cargo or many passengers. Ships are an option, but you need major waterways.

Human Rights Activist and Actress Julia Ormond to Keynote Responsible Electronics 2017

EICC annual conference convenes industry, government and civil society leaders
Press Release

ALEXANDRIA, Va., August 30, 2017 /3BL Media/ - The Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC), a nonprofit coalition of leading companies dedicated to improving social, environmental and ethical conditions in their global supply chains, today announced that human rights activist and actress Julia Ormond will provide the keynote address at EICC’s annual conference in Santa Clara, Calif. on Oct. 17, 2017.

Connecting Cotton and Trees Signals Hope for Farmers in Haiti

Timberland Raises the Bar for Sustainable Sourcing, Helps Plant First Cotton Seeds in Haiti in 30 Years
Press Release

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, August 29, 2017 /3BL Media/ - Once the country's fourth largest agricultural export, cotton is making its comeback to Haiti after a 30-year absence.

Responsible Investing – Principles, Pillars and Progress


by John Streur, president and CEO, Calvert Research and Management 

The responsible investing movement that we have started and shaped has reached the end of the beginning, with a broad and strong foundation that will evolve to provide the superstructure of our society’s continuing struggle to address and solve its greatest challenges. Our efforts are working, and we are being joined in our mission by more investors worldwide every day.

Caterpillar's Integrated Value Chain


Caterpillar is building capabilities to deliver an integrated value chain. To do so, we must engineer our value chains just like we engineer our products into a synchronized system that maximizes quality, value and speed to the customer.

1.) Our suppliers provide product materials and inputs.

2.) Caterpillar manufactures equipment and provides technology solutions.

3.) Cat dealers distribute our products and solutions to our customers.

4.) Customers use our products and solutions on job sites and in energy applications.

UK Anti-Slavery Commissioner: Businesses Must Lead the Fight Against Modern Slavery

Press Release

LONDON, August 24, 2017 /3BL Media/ - The UK’s Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner has called upon businesses to take the lead in combatting modern slavery. Speaking to Front Group Ltd about the role of business in eradicating forced labour, Kevin Hyland OBE, said: “The Modern Slavery Act has sparked the beginnings of a much needed cultural shift and increased prioritisation to prevent this abhorrent abuse. Businesses must be at the centre of the fight against modern slavery”.

World Water Week and Creating Tomorrow

WBCSD's Sustain Newsletter | August 2017

80% of our water currently goes back into the environment untreated. We have to get serious about reducing, reusing and recycling water.

Wells Fargo Recognized for Disability Inclusion Policies and Practices

Wells Fargo has received a rating of 100 percent on the national Disability Equality Index® Best Places to Work list — the second time the company has achieved the top score.

For the second consecutive year, Wells Fargo has been named one of the Disability Equality Index® (DEI®) Best Places to Work for Disability Inclusion, earning a score of 100 percent on the national list. Companies received the recognition based on their self-reported culture and leadership, access, employment practices, and community engagement and support services.


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