The Business of Sustainability blog and podcast series explores trends in sustainability leadership as part of our effort to pave the wave to a thriving economy and a healthy environment. Below, read interviews with and hear from today's corporate leaders who are tackling sustainability challenges and raising the bar for climate action.

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Scaling for good: Can McDonald's raise the bar for sustainable food?

Francesca DeBiase, McDonald's

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.

“At McDonald's, our supply chain is our biggest environmental impact,” DeBiase said. “When I talk to our leadership team about making an impact in our supply chain, they know I’m also accountable for making these changes from a sustainability standpoint. That gives me more credibility and greater leverage to embed sustainability into the entire business – which is critical.”

Listen to podcast part 1 here and part 2 here, and read the McDonald's blog post.


Tim Brown, Allbirds

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.

Listen to the interview now and read the blog post.

Tom Linebarger, Cummins

Cummins CEO says innovation, sustainability, and regulations are good for business

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. Find out where the Fortune 500 company is on its sustainability journey and how it's investing in clean technology for the road ahead.

Listen to the interview now and read the blog post.

Dave Stangis, Campbell's

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.

Listen to the interview now and read the blog post.

Barry Parkin, Mars

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 and Chief Procurement Officer Barry Parkin on setting—and meeting—big climate goals.

Listen to the interview now and read the blog post.