By Wilma Rodrigues, Saahas Zero Waste Founder and CEO
These days I am often introduced as a social entrepreneur. I am not sure this tag enthuses me: I believe that the original purpose for setting up an industry or business is public good and by that measure all businesses should be social businesses.
Unfortunately in the last century, shareholder value became the dominant narrative for a successful business. Consequently today the management and employees in companies are driven by profitability above everything else.
Our world cannot continue using resources at the same pace that we have until now. Businesses can help address the issue, and become more efficient in the process, by effectively reporting on their waste management.
GRI Reflects on the Global Gathering in Helsinki Earlier this Month
“The World Circular Economy Forum brought together more than 2,000 business leaders, policymakers and experts from around the world to present the best circular economy solutions”, it states on its website. As such, it reflects the current state of affairs and the direction of the international community towards transitioning to a circular economy. There’s really no better place to be if you crave a rich multi-stakeholder perspective on the topic in the short span of two days.
By Judy Kuszewski, Chair of the GRI Global Sustainability Standards Board
It is no longer enough for a company to just track statistics on how much plastic they collected for recycling, or their reduction in waste going to landfill. The world is facing a waste crisis and the solution is simple: organizations need to embrace the complexity of the waste problem.
Waste reporting disclosures being developed by GRI
May 1, 2019 /3BL Media/ - In the face of a growing global waste crisis, new corporate reporting disclosures are being developed by GRI to help organizations better understand and communicate their waste impacts.
International recognition of the need for action on waste is increasing. The scale of the issue – from the effect of plastics in marine ecosystems to the mounting disconnect between food waste generation and global hunger – illustrate why businesses and other organizations need to play their part by improving waste management practices.
Teck’s Red Dog Operations creates sustainable waste removal process and recycling program
When Johanna Salatas arrived at Teck’s Red Dog Operations, she discovered most of her colleagues were concerned about the limited and outdated options available to dispose of waste: burial in the landfill or incineration. Relying on the landfill wasn’t a sustainable long-term option, and incinerating high volumes of trash contributed to greenhouse gas emissions.
RCRA hazardous waste generator improvement rule changes have gone into effect, but not everyone has figured out how to navigate the resulting (highly complex) implementation period. For organizations operating in multiple states, the struggle is particularly difficult.
How can EHS managers ensure their organization stays compliant, and plan to mitigate their risk? Read Antea Group’s blog for a clear explanation.
ISM Raceway is the site of many fierce competitions, with the best drivers facing off in NASCAR and IndyCar races. Republic Services also brought its best drivers to ISM – along with its best operators and technicians – for the company’s ROAD-EO National Championship.
Watching water move down a river can lull us into thinking it’s as free as it is free-flowing. But this resource, which we share with our communities, isn’t free. In recent years, we have taken a closer look at the costs of using water in making pulp and paper. Thanks to a variety of process improvements, we are seeing greater water efficiency and lower costs.