Corporate America Steps Up During Climate Week

The combination of the Pope’s visit, Climate Week NYC and news of China planning a national cap and trade program has made last week huge in terms of support for climate action. But it’s also been a week of great sustainability news coming out of corporate America, and I’m excited to see the momentum building.

  • Companies publicly stating aggressive, science-based sustainability goals? Check.
  • Big brands supporting the Clean Power Plan? Check.
  • Business committing to set an internal price on carbon? Check.
  • Increasing commitment to sourcing 100% of energy from renewables? Check.

Like I said, it’s been a really good week. After 18 years as a sustainability advocate, I’m encouraged to see companies continuing to step up their leadership on climate— making public, science-based commitments and increasingly creating an environment where denial and delay by private and public sector leaders is no longer acceptable. Many of the companies who have made commitments, (this week, before this week, and hopefully leading into COP21), are demonstrating that tending one’s own sustainability garden is necessary but no longer sufficient—corporate leaders of today and tomorrow need to collaborate with each other for greater impact and assert public policy leadership as well. Read more

Procter & Gamble, CVS, Colgate and Others Demonstrate “We” > “Me”

Mathers_Jason (1)When looking for ways to increase supply chain efficiencies, few strategies have the cost and emissions savings potential of collaborative distribution or shared shipping—where companies pool freight resources to reduce the amount of truck trips required to move supplies or products. As the Guardian noted in a recent article on Ocean Spray and Tropicana’s shared shipping collaboration, companies stand to annually save billions of dollars and cut over a hundred million tons of climate pollution by adopting this strategy.

A recent Logistics Management report–Getting From “Me” to “We”: Creating a Shared Infrastructure for Product Distribution–dug deeply into this topic too. It shared several examples of how leading companies are implementing this strategy. The example that stood out to me involved CVS, Kimberly-Clark and Colgate.

Read more

Inside the Pringles Plant: Popping the Lid on Energy Savings

By Julia Li, 2010 Climate Corps fellow at Procter & Gamble, MBA candidate at Michael G. Foster School of Business, University of Washington, Member of Net Impact

Sometimes doing the right thing feels like a drop in the bucket.  Such was the sentiment when I first became an EDF Climate Corps fellow at Procter & Gamble.  I wondered how much of a difference I could make at such an industry giant.  On the other hand, a leaky faucet can waste twenty gallons of water a day.  Suddenly those drops start to add up.

Unlike most fellows who were looking for savings in office buildings and data centers, I was staring down a 37-acre beast of a manufacturing facility—the Pringles plant in Jackson, Tennessee.  P&G’s many sustainability teams and experts again made me wonder what kind of contribution I could make.  Feeling trepidation, coupled with excitement at this unique assignment, I ventured forth.

P&G has been eager to show its dedication to sustainability.  I have been fortunate enough to travel to Jackson twice since I started my fellowship five weeks ago.  At the site, I have full access to the people, plant and other resources necessary to make my evaluations—not to mention all the crunchy Pringles I could ever want to eat! Read more