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Transcript of Sustainability
to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs
improving the quality of human life while living within the carrying capacity of the Earth's supporting ecosystems
stabilizing the currently disruptive relationship between earth's two most complex systems - human culture and the living world
Over 400 brands including Liptons, Dove, Ben & Jerry's, Axe, and Hellmann's
Paul Polman, CEO with big ideas
Purpose and principles that drive the company are to have the highest standards of corporate behavior, always work with integrity, have a positive impact, and helping people get more out of life.
Brands in action
Sustainable Living Plan http://www.unilever.com/sustainable-living/news/?name=hubfeature&item=2
Founder and Former Chairman: Ray Anderson
Triple Bottom Line
Strategic Goal: Zero Footprint (Mission Zero)
Biggest Problem: Sourcing raw materials for closed loop products
Front 7 – Redesign Commerce: Create a new business model that demonstrates and supports the value of sustainability-based commerce.
Front 6 – Sensitize Stakeholders: Create a culture that uses sustainability principles to improve the lives and livelihoods of all of our stakeholders – employees, partners, suppliers, customers, investors and communities.
Front 5 – Resource Efficient Transportation: Transport people and products efficiently to eliminate waste and emissions.
Front 4 – Close The Loop: Redesign processes and products to close the technical loop using recovered and bio-based materials.
Front 3 – Renewable Energy: Operate facilities with 100% renewable energy.
Front 2 – Benign Emissions: Eliminate toxic substances from products, vehicles and facilities.
Front 1 – Eliminate Waste: Eliminate all forms of waste in every area of business.
Yvon Chouinard, Owner/Founder
Build the best product, cause no unnecessary harm, use business to inspire and implement solutions to the environmental crisis.
Patagonia's Mission Statement
"'Responsible' seems to us the apt, more modest, word to use while we walk the path that, we hope, leads to a place where business takes no more from nature than what it can replace."
Chris Caldwell, AJ Harmon, Sarah Miller, and Jennifer Walker
Mount Sustainability and the Seven Fronts
Characteristics of a Sustainable Company:
Employees, Resources, Partnerships, and Supply Chain
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