When I began my career, mental health was not a topic that was openly discussed. The idea of seeking therapy was something very private and even taboo. That way of thinking doesn’t work in the complex, chaotic and stressful world we live in today, with the wax and wane of the pandemic, as well as disruptive political and economic times.
The importance of mental health is now recognized as a tenet in all facets of our lives, from home to school and work. At VCA Animal Hospitals, mental health and well-being is something we’re focused on every single day.
There’s no shortage of data and stories pointing to the impacts that single-use plastics have on the planet. No one entity can take on this challenge alone, so partnerships will be instrumental in shifting society away from excessive packaging and closer to a circular economy.
Organizations often talk about the importance of company culture, but what does a healthy company culture actually look like? More significantly, how can leaders ensure their company culture is truly making an impact on their people while also benefiting their industries and society at large?
Despite Americans’ overall affection for pets, the reality is that at any given time nearly 48 million cats and dogs don’t have a home in the U.S. For years, workers and volunteers at animal shelters have faced an uphill battle as they selflessly combat pet homelessness.
At the forefront of this massive challenge is Dr. Ellen Jefferson, an animal welfare advocate, longtime pet shelter veterinarian, and president and CEO of the Texas animal shelter Austin Pets Alive.
Mars operates under its purpose statement, “The world we want tomorrow starts with how we do business today.” In 2020, the company’s bold ambitions were put to the test as the world was faced with an unprecedented level of uncertainty and change.
Barry Parkin, Chief Procurement and Sustainability Officer at Mars explains how supply chain simplification helped the company become more resilient and produce deforestation-free palm oil. And this was only possible thanks to the selection of the right partners and suppliers.