Because Generation Z relies more on crowdsourced information, companies now more than ever must act in an ethical and socially responsible manner, writes AJ Agrawal. Companies such as Starbucks and Patagonia have created a large consumer fan base by making social responsibility an important part of their business framework.
A significant number of global supply chains did not meet minimum environmental compliance standards in 2016, according to a report from AsiaInspection. To improve sustainability efforts, suppliers could implement the International Organization for Standardization's 14001 standard, which provides companies with a framework for establishing an environmental management system.
CVS announced Wednesday it will start removing its own cosmetics lines that contain harmful parabens, phthalates and formaldehyde from its 9,700 pharmacies across the country. The company will stop shipping any store-brand products that contain those three toxic ingredients by the year 2019.
To market more sustainably, companies should consider using emails, digital coupons and social media instead of direct mail, writes Campaigner General Manager E.J. McGowan. The US cuts down 68 million trees to create 65 billion pieces of direct mail and 17 billion catalogs each year, according to the American Forest and Paper Association.
Nevadans should channel their famous can-do attitude and positive energy into energy production, such as embracing wind and other renewables, writes state Assembly Energy Subcommittee Chairman Chris Brooks. "The Nevada solar, geothermal and wind industries already employ well over 8,000 workers, and with the right policies in place that number will only grow," he writes.
Wind is an excellent option for electrical generation because it's pollution-free, improves air quality and water resources and is good for American health, writes Isak Kvam, a communications and policy associate at Wind on the Wires. "We look forward to enjoying the benefits of cleaner air and more water savings as wind power continues to grow," Kvam writes.
Cost will be a major consideration for Innogy as it considers future projects and decides whether to make investment decisions, said CEO Peter Terium. "We carefully weigh up each one and invest only when it is economically viable for us," he said.
The benefits of wind, such as its ability to curb greenhouse gas emissions that threaten wildlife populations, outweigh its potential risks, such as harming some birds in the process of operations, writes Terry Hansen of Oak Creek, Wis. "The National Audubon Society 'strongly supports properly sited wind power,' as a way to address climate change," Hansen writes.
Acciona Windpower is preparing to introduce a new 3-megawatt AW125/3000 turbine that the company says was specifically designed for the Indian market. It added that the machines would have the largest capacity in the current Indian market.
French wind firm Ailes Marines has secured approval for its proposed Saint-Brieuc offshore wind farm off the coast of Brittany, France, and is moving toward the construction phase, said the company. It added that the project is poised to become one of France's first operational commercial-scale offshore wind farms.