Sustainability is a priority and key part of the brand for 1 Hotels, which is cutting down on its use of plastic and created the "Save Our Shores" campaign. "I wanted to capture the beauty of nature in a hotel and commit to safeguarding it as best I can, a responsibility that I believe we all share," CEO Barry Sternlicht said.
Circular economy policies are becoming more common in the fashion industry as companies recognize resale's potential and consumers seek environmentally friendly practices, writes Sarah Mahoney. "Now that awareness is high and the value has been proven, big brands know they need to move," said Accenture Strategy's Harry Morrison.
The world could further address climate change by encouraging investments in wind and solar and technologies that improve transmission and energy systems, writes Bill Gates. "[I] am optimistic that with the right mix of solutions we can deploy right now and new innovations we can build a path to a carbon-free future," he notes.
Procter & Gamble's leadership in the Alliance to End Plastic Waste is the company's latest effort to be socially and environmentally responsible, writes Patrick Grubbs. Companies formed the AEPW on their own, pledging $1 billion and the board is chaired by P&G CEO David Taylor.
The latest sustainability report from Smithfield Foods showcases the company's efforts in animal care, the environment, helping communities and food safety and quality. The company also rolled out a new interactive tool that allows users to take a virtual tour of its sustainability initiatives and follow each stage of its supply chain.
Researchers in Ireland are testing a biorefinery that separates grass into a juice and a fiber that can be used in several end products, including animal feed and fertilizer. The test is aimed at improving sustainability of the farming sector.
Neste and AirBP have partnered to provide a refueling option for sustainable alternative jet fuel at Caen Carpiquet airport in France. Neste handles production of the fuel, which comes from non-palm renewable and sustainable raw materials, while AirBP handles the supply.
Banana importer Fyffes has introduced a band for its Organic Fairtrade bananas that's made from recyclable paper. The move is the latest step in the company's ongoing sustainability effort, Ireland Sales and Marketing Manager Emma Hunt-Duffy said.
GE Renewable Energy has garnered orders for 728 onshore wind turbines for the North American market this year with a total power generation capacity exceeding 2 gigawatts. "This is a time of unprecedented growth and demand for the onshore wind industry in the US, and we are proud to offer technology and service offerings that meet the specific needs of our customers," said Vikas Anand, GE Renewable Energy's CEO for onshore wind in the Americas.
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Toxic workplaces can only be solved by managers who help employees be themselves, create meaning, learning and connection in the work, and model what they teach, says Moe Carrick. "Somewhere along the line we have degraded our thinking about people as commodities it seems, rather than the unique, complex (and messy) humans that we are," she says.