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United States Carbon: Global leaders debate: the agenda for business sustainability

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One theme coming across loud and clear from this year’s discussion is that we need to shift gears, both in scale and ambition.

Each year Accenture hosts Sustainability 24, a unique online conversation connecting thousands of people, including business leaders, policy makers and academics from more than 90 countries. This year’s Sustainability 24 once again convened thought-leaders across the world to debate and discuss the challenges and opportunities that business sustainability presents.

One theme coming across loud and clear from this year’s discussion is that we need to shift gears, both in scale and ambition, when it comes to sustainability. We need to move beyond pilot projects and small-scale successes and focus on how we use sustainability innovation to transform organisations and economies at their cores.

The most recent Sustainability 24 report reflects the views of 62 executives and thought leaders who participated in the day long debate. Some of the specific themes of this report include:

Sustainable strategies, innovation and business models: exploring scalable business models and new forms of collaboration that can take sustainability from pilot projects to mainstream.

Sustainability and operational excellence: scrutinising operations and supply chain transparency to optimise resource consumption and promote innovation.

Energy and resource optimisation: re-examining consumer demand and global supply chain practices to address resource efficiency.

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United Statees Carbon: What is sustainability?

Sustainability is based on a simple principle: Everything that we need for our survival and well-being depends, either directly or indirectly, on our natural environment.  Sustainability creates and maintains the conditions under which humans and nature can exist in productive harmony, that permit fulfilling the social, economic and other requirements of present and future generations.

Sustainability is important to making sure that we have and will continue to have,  the water, materials, and resources to protect human health and our environment.

What is United States Carbon doing?

United States Carbon combines the best in class technology utilizing, SMART WEB, SAETEC and SHOMEL to achieve the most comprehensive approach to reduction of energy in exchange for Carbon Assets. Our software solutions measure energy consumption and create the baseline for the Carbon Assets. Our solution can be offered as software service (SaaS) to large greenhouse gas emitters for corporate social responsibility, reporting and compliance management.

A United States Carbon Sustainability Plan is self-funding.  Benefiting People, Planet, And Profits…at the same time. Contact us today and let us show you how.

United States Carbon aims to make sustainability the next level of environmental protection by drawing on advances in science and technology to protect human health and the environment, and promoting innovative green business practices.

How can I help?

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Government Regulations and Practices

Executive Order 13423: “Strengthening Federal Environmental, Energy, and Transportation Management” of 2007 set policy and specific goals for federal agencies to ”conduct their environmental, transportation, and energy-related activities under the law in support of their respective missions in an environmentally, economically and fiscally sound, integrated, continuously improving, efficient, and sustainable manner.”

Executive Order 13514: “Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance” of 2009 enhances EO 13423 “to establish an integrated strategy towards sustainability in the Federal Government and to make reduction of greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) a priority for Federal agencies.”

The Federal Government Sustainability website includes the latest information from federal agencies relevant to developing and maintaining sustainable facilities and to developing and promoting sustainable practices within their environmental programs.

Greening EPA. EPA implements a wide range of programs to reduce the environmental impact of its facilities and operations, from building new, environmentally sustainable structures to improving the energy efficiency of older buildings.

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United States Carbon: Environmentally Conscious Companies Have More Productive Employees

If a company is trying to be better for the planet, its workers will strive to be better for the company.

Want to increase employee productivity? You could give everyone the option of working from home–or you could make your company more environmentally responsible.

A recent study from researchers at UCLA looked at how companywide “green” standards affect employee productivity and found that businesses that follow international environmental standards have employees that are 16% more productive than less sustainable companies.

Whether a company is sustainable or not is certainly subjective, so the researchers relied on certifications to help: a company was included if it was organic, Fair Trade, or conformed to the International Organization for Standardization’s ISO 14001 environmental management standard.

Information on individual companies was taken from data acquired by a French employer-employee survey of 10,600 people at 5,220 companies, while productivity was measured “as the logarithm of the firm’s value added by the number of employees,” according to the paper. The result: environmentally conscious companies are more productive.

It may not just be the sustainability of these companies that’s increasing productivity, however. “These companies have a cluster of good practices, like more training and better relationships among employees,” explained study co-author Magali Delmas in an interview with Ecomagination. “These are companies that people want to work for.” In other words, companies that are better managed may be environmentally aware as a result–the productivity boost comes from good management, not necessarily from organic or Fair Trade certification.

There is much more research to be done in this area, as the researchers acknowledge in their paper: “The literature so far has focused mostly on the impact of the adoption of corporate social responsibility practices at the macro level and our research opens the path to investigate the more micro organizational impacts of the adoption of such practices. Scholars could, for example, test the effect of environmental standards on safety, stress, or employee absenteeism.”

But for now, the news on employee productivity should give another talking point to anyone arguing for more efficient and environmentally aware companies.

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