While some companies have only recently rushed to become sustainable in an effort to appease potential critics or help their brand’s image, others have been sustainability leaders for years. They have built sustainability into their core DNA, making it a critical factor in all of the services they offer and how they run their operations. These companies are helping the U.S. grow its green economy and making the country more economically diverse and resilient in the hyper-competitive age of globalization.
“And what is your commitment to community?”
I recently interviewed Daniel Horgan, Community Affairs at Capital One. The focus of our interview was on the company’s pro bono support of nonprofit organizations and small businesses.
By Michael Dupee, Vice President of CSR, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters
New Jersey is the first U.S. state to have a comprehensive municipal sustainability program that links certification with strong state and private financial incentives and a technical support and training program.
Upon announcing the 5th-ever round of finalists in the annual Siemens Sustainable Community Awards, today BCLC founder and executive director called American cities "hotbeds of social and environmental innovation."
Last week I attended an event at the White House focused on the Strong Cities Strong Communities (SC2) initiative that the Obama administration launched in July 2011. The program is a customized pilot initiative to strengthen local capacity and spark economic growth in local communities.
Half a world away from where I sit today, 70% of the population lives in poverty in Nigeria’s nine-state Niger Delta region. Of the 30 million people who live in this mostly rural area, 62% are younger than age 30.