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E-Waste Recycling Partnerships Proliferate

While electronics waste or e-waste recycling partnerships are providing significant environmental benefits by keeping waste out of landfills, they are also giving manufacturers and retailers an environmental marketing edge by providing their customers with a needed service, together with financial incentives, whether its through gift cards or charitable donations. Here … Read more »

Data Center Efficiencies Wait in the Wings

For companies looking to slash their carbon footprint and gain energy efficiencies, the IT data center is a logical first choice. From re-evaluating the equipment in place to complete overhauls in server strategy, companies are looking to the IT department to take up the slack in an otherwise down economy. … Read more »

In Pharma Sustainability, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson Rate High

In Pharma Sustainability, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson Rate High

On a scale of 1 to 100, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson are the only pharmaceutical companies to rate above 70 in a recent survey of sustainability practices in the sector. At 76 and 75, respectively, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson lead the first-ever review of the pharmaceutical sector by … Read more »

Firm Adds ‘Renewable Energy Surchage’ To Customer Bills

Many businesses are forcing customers to pay fuel surcharges these days, but how about a renewable energy surcharge? San Francisco’s Sherwood Design Engineers tacks on an extra 0.05% to bills in order to buy renewable-energy credits, the Wall Street Journal reports. The company says no one has complained. The company … Read more »

Lean And Clean With Green Purchasing

For years, sourcing and procurement organizations have focused on perfecting lean business processes, guided by the fundamentals of strategy, size, management, and financial performance. But now the collective resources, regulations, and reputations of companies are at stake around the world. Current world population is outpacing resources and fostering concern about … Read more »

Drinking Problems: Innovative Approaches to the World’s Water Crisis

March 22nd was World Water Day, and for many in the developed world, it passed without much notice. But elsewhere, more than 4,000 children under the age of five die each day from diseases caused by drinking unsafe water. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 1 billion … Read more »

Consumer Product’s Green Diet: Slimmer Packaging Looks Good On You

What a difference a year makes. At the start of 2007, few consumer products companies had a focus on sustainability in packaging. However, 54 percent of the consumer goods companies that AMR Research recently surveyed are targeting improvements. The numbers are highest in food and beverage, with 65 percent seeing … Read more »

Wouldn’t It Be Nice – U.S. Solar Industry Basks in California Sun

“Wouldn’t it be nice if we were older, then we wouldn’t have to wait so long, and wouldn’t it be nice to live together, in the kind of world where we belong…” In 1966, the Beach Boys opened their album “Pet Sounds” with the now classic song quoted above. Wikipedia … Read more »

Demand Drives GMA Sustainability Initiative

Sustainability initiatives are taking on greater urgency for consumer products companies as consumers, retailers, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and their own employees push for an increased focus on environmental and social issues. We recently attended the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) first annual Environmental Sustainability summit to find out what a difference … Read more »

5 Stages Of Corporate Sustainability

In a recent AMR Research newsletter, John Davies wrote about five Elisabeth Kubler-Ross-like stages that a business might go through when embracing a sustainability strategy: Desire – The need for a company to “do something” can be driven by protesters, a board member, or the CEO’s grandchildren asking what he’s … Read more »