The Business of Sustainability blog and podcast series explores trends in sustainability leadership. Below, read interviews with and hear from today’s corporate leaders who are tackling sustainability challenges, supporting a thriving economy and raising the bar for climate action.
- Danielle Jezienicki, director of corporate social responsibility, Williams-Sonoma, Inc.
- Tracy Liu, chief operating officer, WAYB
- Angie Renner, environmental integration director, Walt Disney World Resort
- Tim Brown, co-founder, Allbirds
- Kara Hurst, head of worldwide sustainability at Amazon
- Dave Stangis, VP of corporate responsibility and chief sustainability officer, Campbell’s
- Heather Corcoran, outreach lead at Kickstarter
- Barry Parkin, chief procurement and sustainability officer, Mars, Inc.
- Francesca DeBiase, chief supply chain and chief sustainability officer, McDonald’s
Read more interviews here.
Williams-Sonoma, Inc. is furnishing a better planet
Making sustainability a core part of a company’s foundation is challenging, especially when that company has eight brands under its umbrella. Hear from Director of Corporate Social Responsibility at Williams-Sonoma, Inc. Danielle Jezienicki, on how she embeds sustainability into the founding principles for each of Williams-Sonoma, Inc.’s brands, including west elm and Pottery Barn.
WAYB car seats designed by former Patagonia CEO put safety – and sustainability – first
Parents care most about the health and safety of their kids, and they’re looking for brands that speak to these values. Tracy Liu, Chief Operating Officer of WAYB, speaks about how the company is tapping into its team’s expertise in making outdoor gear and bringing the same principles to the baby gear industry, like its car seat made of unique materials that allows it to be super strong, ultralight and easy on the planet.
How Kickstarter is helping its creators launch more sustainable products
Kickstarter is in a unique position when it comes to environmental awareness – a new resource is helping the creators of its thousands of design and technology projects to think about sustainability before work even begins. Hear how the crowdfunding platform is giving its creators the chance to detail their environmental commitments as they make and ship their projects, and how its guiding more sustainable practices during the early stages of product design.
Scaling for good: Can McDonald’s raise the bar for sustainable food?
Led by executive vice president and chief supply chain and sustainability officer Francesca DeBiase, McDonald’s has set ambitious climate and environmental goals. Hear what the roadmap to meeting these goals looks like for McDonald’s and how the largest restaurant company in the world will work with suppliers and the industry to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The future is sweet — and sustainable — for Allbirds
If you take a quick look around your office, it probably won’t be hard to spot a pair of shoes made by Allbirds, the San Francisco-based footwear company that makes its products using materials like wool and eucalyptus fiber – and seems to be everywhere. Allbirds co-founder Tim Brown shares his approach to design and innovation and gives us a peek behind the company’s sustainability curtain.
Campbell Soup CSO talks sustainability, soup and stout
As Vice President of Corporate Responsibility and Chief Sustainability Officer at Campbell, Dave has built the company’s reputation and been a vocal leader for setting a high bar on sustainability and corporate responsibility in the food industry. In this episode, learn about Dave’s approach to setting big sustainability goals, the role of technology and innovation in building a more sustainable food system, and what kind of beer goes best with a winter soup.
How an Indonesian coconut plantation inspired Mars’ ‘aha’ moment on sustainability
You likely know Mars as the company behind M&M’s, Pedigree dog food, and Uncle Ben’s Rice. But Mars is also known for environmental leadership. In this episode, EDF’s Tom Murray chats with Mars Chief Sustainability Officer Barry Parkin on setting—and meeting – big climate goals.
Cummins CEO says innovation, sustainability and regulations are good for business
Cummins CEO Tom Linebarger chats with EDF president Fred Krupp about electric trucks and Harley Davidsons. As head of the largest independent maker of diesel engines and related products in the world, Tom has set lofty environmental goals for Cummins.