The Top 6 Corporate Leaders in Eco-Friendly Business

by Search Gate staff. Published Wed 21 Oct 2015 13:59

Most major corporations today understand the importance of running an eco-friendly business. They’re taking major steps to use renewable energy, reduce water usage, and use materials from sustainable sources. These changes not only reduce companies’ environmental footprint, but they also have a positive social effect on consumers. Buyers everywhere want to know their money is going towards a good cause, and they want to invest in businesses that reflect their own views about saving the earth.

Here are some of the top 6 eco-friendly businesses in the world – and what they’re doing right.

Axion International. According to Business News Daily, Axion – a manufacturer of building materials – hopes to make an impact on the way Americans think about their nation’s infrastructure. Axion fabricates railroad ties and pilings from recycled plastic, which is sourced from both consumer and industrial use.

Seventh Generationgets its name from an Iroquois law, which states, “In our every deliberation, we must consider the impact of our decisions on the next seven generations.” Seventh Generation runs from a LEED-certified building, manufactures products such as vegetable-based cleaning wipes and chlorine-free female hygienic items, and runs a fleet of low-emission cars. This company’s practices have been recognized worldwide.

Google. Google has campuses all over the world, and the company enacts sustainable practices in each office. From reducing their footprint in New York City with the Mayor’s Carbon Challenge to implementing a rainwater harvesting system in Dublin, Ireland, this company’s multitude of LEED-certified buildings prioritizes living and working green.

The Sun and the Moon Altar. Located in Shangdong Province, China, the Sun and the Moon Altar is the largest solar-powered building in the world, with 75,000 square meters. The Altar also uses solar desalination and solar-heated water, in addition to housing an indoor solar energy theme park. This sundial-shaped building houses numerous offices for national and international companies.

IKEA. Affordably priced furniture doesn’t have to negatively impact the earth. IKEA uses sustainable forestry practices to ensure its products don’t contribute to worldwide problems like rainforest deforestation. Additionally, IKEA uses solar and wind energy, with a plan to use 100 percent clean energy at its Netherlands headquarters within the next 5 years.

Vivendi International. A French mass multimedia company, Newsweek currently ranks Vivendi as number one in eco-friendly corporate practices. Vivendi recognizes that even digital behaviors leave an environmental footprint. As a result, the company has taken huge strides toward fully green operations, drastically reducing travel-related CO2 emissions and overall energy consumption.

What We Can Learn From Them

Whatever your company’s size, there are always steps you can take to make sure you’re using sustainable practices. All workplaces must meet OSHA standards to ensure the safety and health of their workers, such as using proper indoor ventilation, safe electrical wiring, and well-supported scaffolding. Similarly, offices all over the world have begun to discover the need to implement eco-friendly processes in order to ensure the safety, health, and longevity of the earth’s precious resources.

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