Morguard, one of Canada’s largest integrated real estate companies, recognized the value of integrating sustainability into their operations for not only the social and ecological benefits but for the Morguard, one of Canada’s largest integrated real estate companies, recognized the value of integrating sustainability into their operations for not only the social and ecological benefits but for the economic advantage gained through differentiating themselves amongst their competitors.
Interface, Inc. is the world’s largest manufacturer of modular carpet. In 1994, Interface Founder Ray Anderson challenged his co-workers to pursue a bold new vision:
“Be the first company that, by its deeds, shows the entire world what sustainability is in all its dimensions: people, process, product, place and profits – and in doing so, become restorative through the power of influence.”
Committed to sustainability and increasingly reliant on projects based in lesser-industrialized countries, Alcan’s Bauxite & Alumina (B&A) division saw an opportunity to develop a sustainability vision that brought social and environmental concerns even more into focus for the business.
We have worked with Beckers since 2008 to integrate sustainability principles into company thinking and practice. The collaboration started with engagement of the leadership team, Climate Analysis and product assessment using the Sustainability Life Cycle Assessment method. More recently we have been working together on sustainability programme development.
On 22 June 2011, the European Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) industry launched VinylPlus – a new voluntary commitment to enhance the sustainable production and use of PVC by 2020. It’s no secret that PVC is a controversial material that has both critics and supporters, so when an entire industry consortium mobilises around a voluntary commitment such as this, it is surely a positive sign that sustainable development is being taken seriously in the board rooms of major corporations.
In 2009, the Duluth Transit Authority (DTA) underwent a visioning and training session provided by The Natural Step Canada to help advance their sustainability program in conjunction with the vision of The Sustainable Twin Ports plan. As the public transit provider for the cities of Duluth, Hermantown, and Proctor, Minnesota, as well as Superior, Wisconsin, the DTA is responsible for serving the mobility needs of approximately 120,000 residents and visitors in the Twin Ports area.