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Environmental Sustainability

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Companies around the globe are realizing business value by increasing commitments to environmental sustainability. In fact, today more than ever, environmental sustainability is at the forefront of public policy debate—whether as the focus of innovative scientific research or through local and global policy initiatives such as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement.  This increased attention to global environmental concerns provides you with the incentive to assess your company’s environmental impacts—such as use of natural resources and carbon footprint—and offers the opportunity to integrate comprehensive sustainability targets and programs into its business strategies and corporate responsibility programs. Like all of us as individual citizens, corporate citizens—regardless of size or industry—can improve environmental sustainability at least incrementally and sometimes in transformative ways. Every positive action, no matter how small, can be the first step to creating a virtuous cycle of sustainability.  Whether through creating targeted employee green teams, committing to establishing more eco-friendly supply chains, or developing best practices for reducing harmful or excessive waste, companies that promote environmental sustainability as a corporate citizenship imperative can become leaders in the movement to create a sustainable planet, society, and economy for future generations. 

The Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship is here to help you make your company more sustainable.  Here is a sample of the resources we offer our members

Resources and Research on Environmental Sustainability

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Value of Sustainability Reporting

This comprehensive survey covers various aspects of an organization’s environmental, social, and governance (ESG) reporting, and includes the cost and benefits of reporting as well as making connections to financial performance.

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Sustainability reports getting attention from investors and regulators

This spring, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) opened for comment a review of its Regulation S-K filing—inviting comment on both form and substance of disclosures for companies listed on U.S. stock exchanges.

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Powering Sustainability through Innovation

Three companies are working to build environmental sustainability into their products, reducing their carbon footprint while gaining a competitive edge.

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On the Road, on the Rails, and in the Air

How three companies are cutting carbon in the transportation sector.

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Your enthusiasm for your company’s green initiatives can affect their success

Organizations seeking to strengthen their environmental performance should appoint individuals with strong personal commitment to lead environmental efforts and provide budgetary and other forms of organizational support to emphasize their commitment.

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Use action and words to cultivate an environmentally friendly organization

Leaders at all levels who seek to get employees on board with environmental sustainability practices within their organizations should lead with an emphasis on exhibiting support of environmentally friendly behaviors and demonstrate through their actions passion for and support of environmentally sustainable practices and behaviors.

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California passes aggressive new climate change goals

While California is on pace to reach its carbon reduction goals, given the uncertainty surrounding future regulations, businesses appear to be slowing participation. Therefore, Governor Brown signed into law SB 32, which extends California’s climate goals out to 2030, including an aggressive new goal of a 40 percent reduction from the state’s 1990 level.

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Sustainability 101: An Intro Sustainability Program

In the webinar you will learn the basics of how to get an environmental sustainability program started, assess your impacts, gain input and buy-in, and report on your performance. This video is for members only; you must be logged in as a member to view it.

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Upcoming Courses in Environmental Sustainability

Environmental Sustainability 101 | Dallas, TX

MAY 2-3, 2018 - Enroll by MAR 2 and SAVE $250 - Environmental sustainability is a critical component of corporate citizenship strategy and an increasingly important business priority. This course provides an overview of concepts, tools, and resources that can get you started.

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Environmental Sustainability 101 | ONLINE

JUNE 4 - JULY 27, 2018 - Environmental sustainability is a critical component of corporate citizenship strategy and an increasingly important business priority. This course provides an overview of concepts, tools, and resources that can get you started.

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