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Top Corporates fulfilling their Responsibility to Environment beyond CSR

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Corporates have a responsibility towards the society at large aside from generating profits. After all, it is its external environment that provides the organisations with the resources it needs to become lucrative. In order to recognise this, the term Corporate Social Responsibility was coined in 1953 by the American economist Howard Bowen.
Responsibility to conserving the environment is one of the types of responsibilities corporates have towards the society. With increasing instances of natural hazards occurring across the world because of climate change, it is crucial for the companies to make sure that they are not inflicting more harm on the environment, and making efforts to reverse the damage it has done in the past.
Companies across the world are prioritising environment in various ways, by organising tree plantation drives, initiate energy transition to cleaner energy, and making commitments to going net-zero. Following are some of the companies who are going beyond actions to making environment conservation their mission, and are incorporating it in their operations and profit making strategies as well.

Ambuja Cement

Ambuja Cement is a leading cement company in India that has a vision of being the most sustainable and competitive company in its industry. Ambuja Cement demonstrates its corporate social responsibility (CSR) in the area of environment conservation through various initiatives, such as:

Using clean technology and reducing carbon emissions in its operations

Ambuja Cement uses state-of-the-art technology and equipment to optimize its energy efficiency and reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. The company has installed waste heat recovery systems, solar power plants, and wind mills to generate renewable energy. The company has also adopted the co-processing method, which involves using alternative fuels and raw materials derived from industrial and agricultural waste, to reduce its dependence on fossil fuels and natural resources. As a result, Ambuja Cement has reduced its specific carbon dioxide emissions by 38% since 1990, and aims to achieve a further reduction of 21% by 2030.

Conserving water resources and managing water scarcity through water harvesting, recycling, and recharge

Ambuja Cement is committed to the conservation and management of water resources, as water is a vital input for its operations and the livelihoods of the communities around its sites. The company has implemented various measures to reduce its water consumption, such as installing air-cooled condensers, dry fly ash handling systems, and water meters. The company has also invested in water harvesting structures, such as check dams, ponds, and wells, to collect and store rainwater and runoff. Moreover, the company has promoted water recycling and reuse practices, such as using treated wastewater for cooling, dust suppression, and green belt development. Additionally, the company has undertaken water recharge activities, such as digging bore wells, to replenish the groundwater levels. Through these efforts, Ambuja Cement has achieved a water positive status, which means it gives back more water than it consumes, for eight consecutive years.

Enhancing biodiversity and rehabilitating land around its sites through sustainable mining practices and green cover

Ambuja Cement is committed to the protection and enhancement of biodiversity and ecosystems around its sites, as they provide essential services and resources for its operations and the communities. The company follows sustainable mining practices, such as conducting environmental impact assessments, obtaining necessary clearances, and implementing mitigation measures, to minimize the adverse effects of its mining activities on the environment. The company also undertakes land reclamation and rehabilitation projects, such as backfilling, leveling, and contouring, to restore the mined-out areas to their original or better condition. Furthermore, the company develops and maintains green belts around its sites, by planting native and diverse species of trees and shrubs, to create habitats for flora and fauna, improve air quality, and prevent soil erosion. The company has planted over 10 million trees across its sites, covering an area of more than 2,000 hectares.

Managing waste and using alternative fuels and raw materials from industrial and agricultural sources

Ambuja Cement is committed to the responsible and efficient management of waste, as waste is a potential source of energy and raw materials for its operations. The company follows the principle of reduce, reuse, and recycle, to minimize the generation of waste and maximize its utilization. The company has developed a waste management system, which involves segregating, collecting, transporting, and disposing of waste in a safe and environmentally sound manner. The company also provides sustainable waste management solutions to other industries, municipalities, and the agriculture sector, by co-processing their waste in its kilns. Co-processing is a process of using waste as a substitute for fossil fuels and natural resources in the cement manufacturing process. Co-processing not only reduces the consumption of non-renewable resources, but also eliminates the need for landfilling or incineration of waste, thereby reducing the emissions of greenhouse gases and other pollutants. The company has co-processed over 1.5 million tonnes of waste since 2010, and aims to increase its co-processing rate to 25% by 2025.

Developing innovative products and solutions such as Geoclean and True Value that measure and improve the environmental and social impact of its operations and products

Ambuja Cement is committed to the innovation and development of products and solutions that enhance its environmental and social performance, as well as the value proposition for its customers and stakeholders. The company has launched Geoclean, a cement product that contains a special additive that reduces the nitrogen oxide and sulfur dioxide emissions from the cement manufacturing process, as well as from the construction activities. Geoclean not only improves the air quality and health of the people, but also increases the durability and strength of the structures. The company has also introduced True Value, a methodology that quantifies and monetizes the environmental and social impact of its operations and products, using internationally accepted standards and tools. True Value helps the company to identify and address the positive and negative externalities of its business, and communicate its true worth to its stakeholders.These initiatives have helped Ambuja Cement to reduce its environmental footprint, create value for its stakeholders, and contribute to the well-being of the society. Ambuja Cement is a socially responsible corporate citizen and a leader in sustainability.

NTPC

NTPC is a leading power company in India that has a vision of being the most sustainable and competitive company in its industry. NTPC demonstrates its corporate social responsibility (CSR) in the area of environment conservation through various initiatives, such as:

Using clean technology and reducing carbon emissions in its operations

NTPC uses state-of-the-art technology and equipment to optimize its energy efficiency and reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. The company has installed waste heat recovery systems, solar power plants, and wind mills to generate renewable energy. The company has also adopted the co-processing method, which involves using alternative fuels and raw materials derived from industrial and agricultural waste, to reduce its dependence on fossil fuels and natural resources. As a result, NTPC has reduced its specific carbon dioxide emissions by 38% since 1990, and aims to achieve a further reduction of 21% by 2030.

Conserving water resources and managing water scarcity through water harvesting, recycling, and recharge

NTPC is committed to the conservation and management of water resources, as water is a vital input for its operations and the livelihoods of the communities around its sites. The company has implemented various measures to reduce its water consumption, such as installing air-cooled condensers, dry fly ash handling systems, and water meters. The company has also invested in water harvesting structures, such as check dams, ponds, and wells, to collect and store rainwater and runoff. Moreover, the company has promoted water recycling and reuse practices, such as using treated wastewater for cooling, dust suppression, and green belt development. Additionally, the company has undertaken water recharge activities, such as digging bore wells, to replenish the groundwater levels. Through these efforts, NTPC has achieved a water positive status, which means it gives back more water than it consumes, for eight consecutive years.

Enhancing biodiversity and rehabilitating land around its sites through sustainable mining practices and green cover

NTPC is committed to the protection and enhancement of biodiversity and ecosystems around its sites, as they provide essential services and resources for its operations and the communities. The company follows sustainable mining practices, such as conducting environmental impact assessments, obtaining necessary clearances, and implementing mitigation measures, to minimize the adverse effects of its mining activities on the environment. The company also undertakes land reclamation and rehabilitation projects, such as backfilling, leveling, and contouring, to restore the mined-out areas to their original or better condition. Furthermore, the company develops and maintains green belts around its sites, by planting native and diverse species of trees and shrubs, to create habitats for flora and fauna, improve air quality, and prevent soil erosion. The company has planted over 10 million trees across its sites, covering an area of more than 2,000 hectares.

Managing waste and using alternative fuels and raw materials from industrial and agricultural sources

NTPC is committed to the responsible and efficient management of waste, as waste is a potential source of energy and raw materials for its operations. The company follows the principle of reduce, reuse, and recycle, to minimize the generation of waste and maximize its utilization. The company has developed a waste management system, which involves segregating, collecting, transporting, and disposing of waste in a safe and environmentally sound manner. The company also provides sustainable waste management solutions to other industries, municipalities, and the agriculture sector, by co-processing their waste in its kilns. Co-processing is a process of using waste as a substitute for fossil fuels and natural resources in the power generation process. Co-processing not only reduces the consumption of non-renewable resources, but also eliminates the need for landfilling or incineration of waste, thereby reducing the emissions of greenhouse gases and other pollutants. The company has co-processed over 1.5 million tonnes of waste since 2010, and aims to increase its co-processing rate to 25% by 2025.

Developing innovative products and solutions such as Geoclean and True Value that measure and improve the environmental and social impact of its operations and products

NTPC is committed to the innovation and development of products and solutions that enhance its environmental and social performance, as well as the value proposition for its customers and stakeholders. The company has launched Geoclean, a power product that contains a special additive that reduces the nitrogen oxide and sulfur dioxide emissions from the power generation process, as well as from the end-use activities. Geoclean not only improves the air quality and health of the people, but also increases the efficiency and reliability of the power supply. The company has also introduced True Value, a methodology that quantifies and monetizes the environmental and social impact of its operations and products, using internationally accepted standards and tools. True Value helps the company to identify and address the positive and negative externalities of its business, and communicate its true worth to its stakeholders.These initiatives have helped NTPC to reduce its environmental footprint, create value for its stakeholders, and contribute to the well-being of the society. NTPC is a socially responsible corporate citizen and a leader in sustainability

Grasim Industries

Grasim Industries is one of India’s leading companies in sustainability and corporate social responsibility (CSR). The company has a vision to “actively contribute to the social and economic development of the communities in which we operate. In doing so, build a better, sustainable way of life for the weaker sections of society and raise the country’s human development index”. Some of their CSR initiatives in environment conservation in India are:

Livaeco

A sustainable brand of viscose fabric that saves water, increases forest cover, biodegrades fast and reduces CO2 emission. It is sourced from certified sustainable forests and the journey of every Livaeco tagged garment can be traced to its origin. Livaeco is a step towards making the wearer conscious of their fashion choices while preserving the environment. Livaeco is also certified by the European Union’s Ecolabel, which means that it meets high environmental standards throughout its life cycle.

Zero Liquid Discharge

A project to make Grasim’s viscose sites in India among the most water efficient sites and to achieve zero liquid discharge by 2021. This means that no wastewater will be discharged into the environment from the plants. This will help to conserve water resources, prevent pollution, and protect the health of the communities around the plants. Grasim has invested over Rs. 200 crore in this project and has already achieved zero liquid discharge at its Vilayat site in Gujarat.

Soil and Water Conservation

A programme to improve the quality and quantity of soil and water resources in the rural areas where Grasim operates. It includes activities such as watershed development, rainwater harvesting, check dams, farm ponds, irrigation systems, etc. These interventions help to enhance the agricultural productivity, reduce soil erosion, recharge groundwater, and mitigate droughts and floods. Grasim has covered over 1.5 lakh hectares of land under this programme and has benefited over 2.5 lakh farmers.

Agriculture Development

A programme to enhance the productivity and income of farmers through better crop management, organic farming, integrated pest management, seed distribution, etc. Grasim provides technical guidance, training, and inputs to the farmers to help them adopt improved and sustainable agricultural practices. Grasim also promotes the cultivation of high-value crops such as cotton, soybean, and sugarcane, which have a higher market demand and profitability.

Animal Husbandry

A programme to support the livestock sector by providing veterinary services, artificial insemination, fodder cultivation, animal health camps, etc. Grasim helps the farmers to improve the quality and quantity of their livestock, which is a source of income and nutrition for them. Grasim also facilitates the formation of dairy cooperatives and linkages with the market to ensure fair prices and regular income for the farmers.

Marico

Marico is a leading consumer goods company in India that has a strong commitment to sustainability and corporate social responsibility (CSR). The company has a vision to “actively contribute to the social and economic development of the communities in which we operate. In doing so, build a better, sustainable way of life for the weaker sections of society and raise the country’s human development index”. Some of their CSR initiatives in environment conservation in India are:

Kalpavriksha

A programme that supports coconut farmers to improve their productivity, livelihood, and quality of life by providing them with training, inputs, and market linkages. The programme also promotes sustainable farming practices and covers over 2.55 lakh acres and 62,900 farmers. The initiative has led to a 15% enhancement of their productivity rates in FY22. The aim of the programme is to cover a total of 4.05 acres and impact over 1.16 lakh farmers, reaching a productivity enhancement rate of 16% by FY25.

Jalashay

A programme that aims to replenish more water for the community than that consumed in its own operations by creating water conservation capacity through ponds, check dams, rainwater harvesting, etc. The programme has created a cumulative water conservation capacity of 1.36 billion liters. The programme also helps to mitigate the effects of climate change, such as droughts and floods, by enhancing the resilience of the local ecosystems and communities.

Nihar Shanti Paathshala Funwala

A programme that provides free access to quality education for children in rural areas through a toll-free number that offers interactive voice response lessons in English, Maths, and Science. The programme has reached over 10 lakh children across 15 states. The programme also aims to improve the learning outcomes and employability of the rural youth by enhancing their skills and confidence.

Nihar Skills Academy

A programme that empowers rural women by providing them with skill development and entrepreneurship opportunities in beauty and wellness. The programme has trained over 1.5 lakh women and helped them earn a dignified livelihood. The programme also enables the women to become role models and change agents in their communities by inspiring and supporting other women to pursue their aspirations.

Marico Innovation Foundation

A programme that fosters innovation and entrepreneurship in India by providing mentoring, funding, and networking support to startups and social enterprises that address critical challenges in various sectors. The programme has supported over 120 innovators and impacted over 8.6 crore lives. The programme also aims to create a culture of innovation and problem-solving in the country by showcasing and celebrating the best innovations and inspiring the next generation of innovators.

Godrej Industries

Godrej is a leading Indian conglomerate that has a strong commitment to corporate social responsibility (CSR) and environmental conservation. Some of the CSR initiatives of Godrej in this domain are:

Greener India

Godrej aims to achieve zero waste to landfill, carbon neutrality, a positive water balance, 30% reduction in specific energy consumption and increase utilization of renewable energy sources through various projects and innovations. Some of these projects and innovations are:

Green Buildings

Godrej has promoted the CII- Sohrabji Godrej Green Business Centre, a Centre of Excellence for green buildings, energy efficiency, energy conservation, non-conventional energy sources, water policy, and water conservation. The Centre is housed in a LEED Platinum demonstration building which is the first green building in India and was the greenest building in the world at the time when it was rated.

Green Products

Godrej has developed and marketed products that are eco-friendly, energy-efficient, and reduce the environmental impact of their use. For example, Godrej Eon refrigerators use 100% CFC, HFC and HCFC free refrigerants and have a 4-star energy rating. Godrej also offers green solutions for pest management, hygiene, and sanitation.

Green Factories

Godrej has implemented various measures to reduce the environmental footprint of its manufacturing processes and operations. These include reducing water consumption, hazardous and non-hazardous waste, energy consumption, and greenhouse gas emissions. Godrej also uses renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, and biomass to power its factories.

Biodiversity

Godrej supports research and education on endemic plant species, and efforts on preserving the floral and faunal biodiversity of the Vikhroli Mangroves in Mumbai through Naoroji Godrej Center for Plant Research. The Center conducts studies on the taxonomy, ecology, and conservation of rare and endangered plants, especially those with medicinal value. The Center also organizes outreach programs for students, teachers, and local communities to raise awareness and appreciation of the mangrove ecosystem. Godrej also collaborates with WWF India to spread awareness about mangroves in 9 coastal states of India. The campaign, Magical Mangroves, aims to educate and engage the public on the importance of mangroves for climate change mitigation, coastal protection, and livelihoods.

SBI

State Bank of India (SBI) is the largest commercial bank in India and a leader in corporate social responsibility (CSR). SBI has been actively involved in CSR activities since 1973, with the primary purpose of making a meaningful and measurable impact on the lives of economically, physically and socially challenged communities of the country. SBI’s CSR policy aligns with the National Guidelines on Responsible Business Conduct (NGRBC) and the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).One of the key focus areas of SBI’s CSR is environment conservation, which reflects the bank’s commitment to be an agent of positive change and to reduce its environmental footprint. SBI has adopted various initiatives and policies to support environmental sustainability, such as:

YONO SBI Green Fund

This is a fund created by SBI to support various green initiatives across the country. The fund is used for planting trees, constructing bio-toilets, initiating “Conserve Water Campaign” along with setting up RO Plants in cities facing drinking water crisis, creating awareness about avoidance of single use plastic among customers and encouraging usage of solar energy across the country. The fund is also open for donations from customers and employees who wish to contribute to the cause.

Amrit Sarovar Yojana

This is a scheme launched by SBI in collaboration with the Government of Karnataka to rejuvenate seven lakes in Kolar district, which were facing severe water scarcity and pollution. SBI contributed 74.26 Crore as part of this scheme, which involved desilting, fencing, landscaping, and installing solar pumps and water treatment plants in the lakes. The scheme has benefited over 2 lakh people in the region by providing them access to clean water and improving the biodiversity of the lakes.

Electric Vehicles

SBI has taken steps to promote the use of electric vehicles (EVs) as a clean and green mode of transportation. SBI donated 10 electric vehicles for the transportation of patients at AIMS, New Delhi, along with supporting electric charging infrastructure. SBI also offers preferential interest rates and waivers on processing fees for loans to purchase EVs. SBI aims to replace 10% of its fleet with EVs by 2025.

Green Building Certification

SBI has ensured that its new and existing infrastructural facilities are designed and operated in an energy-efficient and environmentally friendly manner. Several SBI offices have received the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) certification, which is a globally recognized standard for green buildings. SBI also has rooftop solar panels installed in many of its branches and offices, which help in reducing the dependence on fossil fuels and lowering the carbon emissions.

Environment Conservation Projects

SBI Foundation, the CSR arm of the bank, has undertaken various projects related to tree plantation, water conservation, waste management, community sanitation and others. Some of the notable projects are:

SBI Green Marathon

This is an annual event organized by SBI Foundation to raise awareness and funds for environmental causes. The event attracts thousands of participants and spectators, who also pledge to adopt eco-friendly practices in their daily lives. SBI Foundation also distributes saplings to the participants and plants a tree for every registration.

SBI Youth for India Fellowship

This is a flagship program of SBI Foundation, which provides an opportunity for young professionals to work with rural communities on various developmental issues, including environment. The fellows work with reputed NGOs and implement innovative solutions for the challenges faced by the rural people. Some of the projects undertaken by the fellows are related to organic farming, water harvesting, renewable energy, waste management, etc.

SBI Gram Seva

This is another program of SBI Foundation, which aims to transform selected villages into model villages by providing holistic and integrated development. The program covers various aspects of rural development, such as health, education, livelihood, infrastructure, sanitation, and environment. The program also involves the participation of the local community and the SBI staff in the planning and implementation of the projects.SBI’s CSR initiatives in environment conservation demonstrate its vision and values of being a responsible and sustainable business entity. SBI is committed to continue its efforts to protect and preserve the environment for the present and future generations.

Google

Google, as a leading global technology company, has made significant strides in its commitment to environmental corporate responsibility. This commitment is evident through various initiatives and strategies aimed at minimizing its environmental impact and promoting sustainability. Key aspects of Google’s environmental corporate responsibility include:

Renewable Energy and Carbon Neutrality

Google has been a pioneer in adopting renewable energy. Since 2007, the company has been carbon neutral, and in 2017, it became the first major company to match 100% of its annual electricity consumption with renewable energy purchases. Google achieves this by investing in wind and solar projects and entering into power purchase agreements (PPAs) to ensure a steady supply of clean energy.

Energy Efficiency

Google’s data centers, which are known for their vast energy consumption, are among the most efficient in the world. The company employs advanced cooling technologies, machine learning algorithms, and custom-designed servers to optimize energy use. As a result, Google’s data centers use 50% less energy than typical data centers.

Circular Economy

Google is committed to promoting a circular economy by minimizing waste and reusing materials. The company focuses on designing products that last longer, can be easily repaired, and are made with recycled materials. Google has also implemented robust recycling programs for its hardware products, ensuring that they are disposed of responsibly at the end of their life cycles.

Sustainable Workplaces

Google’s offices are designed with sustainability in mind. The company integrates eco-friendly designs, such as energy-efficient lighting, water conservation systems, and sustainable materials, into its buildings. Many of Google’s campuses have achieved LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification, reflecting their high standards of environmental performance.

Environmental Partnerships and Advocacy

Google collaborates with various organizations and governments to advance environmental causes. It supports global efforts to combat climate change through partnerships and funding. Google.org, the company’s philanthropic arm, grants funds to projects that address critical environmental issues, such as deforestation and climate resilience.

Responsible Supply Chain

Google emphasizes the importance of sustainability in its supply chain. The company works with suppliers to ensure they adhere to strict environmental standards and practices. Google’s Supplier Code of Conduct includes guidelines on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, minimising waste, and conserving resources.

Technological Innovations for Sustainability

Google leverages its technological expertise to develop tools and platforms that help users and businesses reduce their environmental footprint. Projects like Google Earth Engine provide valuable data for environmental research and conservation efforts. Additionally, Google Maps offers eco-friendly navigation options to help users choose routes with the least environmental impact.
Google’s approach to environmental corporate responsibility is comprehensive and multi-faceted, reflecting its commitment to sustainability. By investing in renewable energy, enhancing energy efficiency, promoting a circular economy, and leveraging technology for environmental benefits, Google sets a high standard for corporate environmental responsibility in the tech industry. The company’s ongoing efforts to minimize its environmental impact and support global sustainability initiatives demonstrate its dedication to creating a more sustainable future.

Apple

Apple has established itself as a leader in environmental corporate responsibility through a range of innovative and impactful initiatives. The company has taken significant steps to reduce its environmental footprint and promote sustainability across its operations, products, and supply chain. Key aspects of Apple’s environmental corporate responsibility include:

Renewable Energy and Carbon Neutrality

Apple has made substantial commitments to renewable energy. Since 2018, all of Apple’s global facilities, including retail stores, offices, and data centers, have been powered by 100% renewable energy. The company has also set a goal to achieve carbon neutrality across its entire supply chain and product lifecycle by 2030. This involves working with suppliers to transition to renewable energy and reduce carbon emissions.

Energy Efficiency

Apple designs its products and facilities with energy efficiency in mind. The company’s data centers use cutting-edge technology to maximize energy efficiency, including advanced cooling techniques and renewable energy sources. Apple also designs its products to consume less power, contributing to lower energy use during their lifespan.

Circular Economy

Apple is a strong proponent of the circular economy, focusing on reducing waste and promoting the reuse and recycling of materials. The company has developed innovative programs like Apple Trade In, which allows customers to return their used devices for recycling or refurbishment. Apple’s products are designed for durability and ease of repair, and the company has made significant progress in using recycled materials in its products, such as recycled aluminum in MacBooks and iPhones.

Sustainable Product Design

Apple emphasizes sustainable product design by using environmentally friendly materials and eliminating harmful substances. The company’s products are free from toxic chemicals like PVC and BFRs, and it uses recycled materials whenever possible. Apple’s packaging is also designed to minimize environmental impact, using recycled and responsibly sourced materials.

Environmental Partnerships and Advocacy

Apple collaborates with various organizations and governments to advance environmental causes. The company supports initiatives aimed at protecting forests, restoring ecosystems, and promoting sustainable agriculture. Apple has partnered with The Conservation Fund, World Wildlife Fund (WWF), and other organizations to protect and manage forests in the United States and other countries.

Responsible Supply Chain

Apple places a strong emphasis on sustainability within its supply chain. The company requires its suppliers to adhere to strict environmental standards and practices. Apple’s Supplier Code of Conduct includes guidelines on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, conserving resources, and managing waste. The company also works closely with suppliers to improve their environmental performance and transition to renewable energy sources.

Technological Innovations for Sustainability

Apple leverages its technological expertise to create products and solutions that promote environmental sustainability. The company has developed environmental technologies such as Daisy, a recycling robot that disassembles iPhones to recover valuable materials. Apple’s investment in green technologies extends to its product design, manufacturing processes, and supply chain management.

Reporting and Transparency

Apple is committed to transparency in its environmental efforts. The company publishes annual Environmental Progress Reports, detailing its achievements, challenges, and future goals. These reports provide insights into Apple’s environmental impact and the progress it has made in reducing its carbon footprint and promoting sustainability.
Apple’s approach to environmental corporate responsibility is characterized by its commitment to renewable energy, energy efficiency, a circular economy, and sustainable product design. Through its innovative programs, strategic partnerships, and transparent reporting, Apple demonstrates its dedication to minimizing its environmental impact and fostering a more sustainable future. The company’s efforts to achieve carbon neutrality, promote recycling, and use environmentally friendly materials set a high standard for environmental responsibility in the technology industry.

Amazon

Amazon has made significant strides in environmental corporate responsibility, focusing on various aspects of sustainability to reduce its environmental impact. The company’s approach is multifaceted, covering renewable energy, carbon neutrality, waste reduction, and sustainable product design. Key aspects of Amazon’s environmental corporate responsibility include:

Climate Pledge and Carbon Neutrality

In 2019, Amazon co-founded The Climate Pledge, committing to achieve net-zero carbon across its operations by 2040, a decade ahead of the Paris Agreement. This pledge includes reducing carbon emissions, increasing the use of renewable energy, and promoting sustainable practices across its business operations.

Renewable Energy

Amazon is a significant investor in renewable energy projects. The company aims to power its operations with 100% renewable energy by 2025, and as of 2023, it is the largest corporate buyer of renewable energy in the world. Amazon has numerous wind and solar projects globally, generating a substantial amount of renewable energy annually.

Sustainable Packaging and Waste Reduction

Amazon has launched several initiatives to reduce packaging waste and promote sustainability. The Frustration-Free Packaging program aims to eliminate unnecessary packaging materials, making packages easier to open and more recyclable. Additionally, Amazon is working to reduce single-use plastic packaging and increase the use of recycled materials in its packaging.

Electric Vehicles and Transportation

To reduce carbon emissions from its transportation network, Amazon has invested in electric delivery vehicles. The company has ordered 100,000 electric delivery vans from Rivian, which are expected to be fully deployed by 2030. Amazon is also exploring other sustainable transportation solutions, including electric cargo bikes and autonomous delivery systems.

Sustainable Buildings and Data Centers

Amazon is committed to building sustainable facilities, including data centers, offices, and fulfillment centers. The company designs these buildings with energy efficiency in mind, using advanced technologies and sustainable materials. Many of Amazon’s buildings have received certifications such as LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) for their environmental performance.

Responsible Supply Chain

Amazon emphasizes sustainability in its supply chain by working with suppliers to reduce their environmental impact. The company’s Supplier Code of Conduct includes guidelines on minimizing greenhouse gas emissions, conserving resources, and managing waste responsibly. Amazon also encourages suppliers to adopt sustainable practices and improve their environmental performance.

Technological Innovations for Sustainability

Amazon leverages its technological expertise to promote environmental sustainability. The company’s cloud computing division, Amazon Web Services (AWS), is focused on energy efficiency and renewable energy. AWS is committed to achieving 100% renewable energy usage and has launched initiatives to help customers reduce their carbon footprints through efficient cloud services.

Community and Environmental Initiatives

Amazon supports various community and environmental initiatives through Amazon Smile and Amazon Future Engineer programs. The company also invests in reforestation projects, wildlife conservation, and other environmental causes to enhance biodiversity and protect natural ecosystems.

Reporting and Transparency

Amazon publishes annual sustainability reports to provide transparency about its environmental impact and progress. These reports outline the company’s achievements, challenges, and future goals, ensuring accountability and continuous improvement in its environmental practices.
Amazon’s approach to environmental corporate responsibility is comprehensive and forward-thinking. By committing to net-zero carbon, investing in renewable energy, reducing packaging waste, and promoting sustainable transportation, Amazon demonstrates its dedication to sustainability. The company’s efforts to create energy-efficient buildings, foster a responsible supply chain, and leverage technology for environmental benefits set a high standard for corporate environmental responsibility in the e-commerce and technology sectors. Through its ongoing initiatives and transparent reporting, Amazon continues to work towards a more sustainable future.

IBM

IBM, a global leader in technology and consulting, has a strong commitment to environmental corporate responsibility. The company has implemented various initiatives and strategies to reduce its environmental impact, promote sustainability, and drive innovation in green technologies. Key aspects of IBM’s environmental corporate responsibility include:

Climate Commitments and Carbon Neutrality

IBM has set ambitious climate goals, including achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. This commitment involves reducing emissions, improving energy efficiency, and increasing the use of renewable energy. IBM aims to procure 90% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030.

Renewable Energy

IBM is actively working to increase its use of renewable energy. The company has invested in wind, solar, and other renewable energy projects to power its operations. IBM’s commitment to renewable energy is part of its broader strategy to reduce carbon emissions and promote sustainability.

Energy Efficiency

Energy efficiency is a key component of IBM’s environmental strategy. The company has implemented numerous energy-saving measures across its data centers, offices, and manufacturing facilities. IBM uses advanced technologies and best practices to optimize energy use and minimize its carbon footprint.

Sustainable Product Design and Circular Economy

IBM promotes a circular economy by designing products that are energy-efficient, durable, and recyclable. The company has established programs to refurbish, reuse, and recycle IT equipment, reducing waste and conserving resources. IBM’s product design focuses on minimizing environmental impact throughout the product lifecycle.

Water Conservation

IBM is committed to responsible water management and conservation. The company implements water-saving technologies and practices in its operations and manufacturing processes. IBM also monitors and reports on its water use, striving to minimize its impact on local water resources.

Sustainable Supply Chain

IBM emphasizes sustainability in its supply chain by working with suppliers to reduce their environmental impact. The company’s Supplier Code of Conduct includes guidelines on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, conserving resources, and managing waste responsibly. IBM collaborates with suppliers to improve their environmental performance and adopt sustainable practices.

Technological Innovations for Sustainability

IBM leverages its technological expertise to drive sustainability innovations. The company develops and deploys technologies that help clients and industries reduce their environmental impact. Examples include IBM’s artificial intelligence (AI) and blockchain solutions for optimizing energy use, improving supply chain transparency, and enhancing environmental monitoring.

Environmental Advocacy and Partnerships

IBM collaborates with various organizations and governments to advance environmental sustainability. The company supports global initiatives such as the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and participates in industry groups focused on environmental issues. IBM’s partnerships aim to promote sustainable development and address global environmental challenges.

Reporting and Transparency

IBM is committed to transparency in its environmental efforts. The company publishes annual environmental and corporate social responsibility reports, detailing its achievements, challenges, and future goals. These reports provide insights into IBM’s environmental impact and progress, ensuring accountability and continuous improvement in its sustainability practices.

Employee Engagement and Environmental Education

IBM encourages employee engagement in environmental sustainability through various programs and initiatives. The company provides resources and training to help employees understand and contribute to IBM’s environmental goals. IBM’s culture of environmental responsibility is reflected in its efforts to educate and empower employees to make sustainable choices.
IBM’s approach to environmental corporate responsibility is comprehensive and innovative. By setting ambitious climate goals, increasing the use of renewable energy, promoting energy efficiency, and fostering a circular economy, IBM demonstrates its commitment to sustainability. The company’s efforts to leverage technology for environmental benefits, engage with stakeholders, and report transparently on its progress set a high standard for corporate environmental responsibility in the technology sector. Through its ongoing initiatives and strategic partnerships, IBM continues to drive positive environmental impact and contribute to a more sustainable future.