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Environmental Sustainability


Environmental sustainability is increasing attention to global environmental concerns, providing the incentive for business to assess their environmental impact—such as the usage of natural resources and carbon footprint. Environmental sustainability in business offers the opportunity to integrate comprehensive sustainability targets and programs into business strategies and corporate responsibility programs. 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 (COP22).

As both individual citizens and corporate citizens—regardless of size or industry—all of us 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. Below is a sample of the environmental sustainability examples and research we offer our members

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Resources and Research on Environmental Sustainability


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.


What drives success—financial or environmental performance? Research says both.

RESEARCH BRIEF - Strong environmental performance both stems from and results in strong financial performance, though focusing on outcome-based initiatives—such as carbon reduction efforts—will result in both market and accounting-based value-creation.


Committed to Zero

THE CORPORATE CITIZEN | Fall 2017: Companies have come to recognize that strategic environmental sustainability initiatives like recycling and pollution prevention programs deliver both social and business benefits.


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.


Environmental Sustainability 101

COURSE - 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.


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.


United Kingdom to ban new diesel and gas cars by 2040

REGULATORY RADAR - As part of a broader effort to improve air quality in the environment, the goal of the July 26, 2017 decision is to reduce nitrogen dioxide pollution levels below EU limits in the shortest possible time in order to curb climate change.


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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