If my title makes you think of Janet Evanovich, I hope it makes you smile. Smiling doesn’t always come easily these days for many of us committed to a sustainable and just world.
However, as I keep reminding my friends, the world is not flat, and no amount of bluster makes it so. And for a long time now, it’s the multinational corporations that have had the economic power to effect needed change. So, to remind us that there’s serious weight behind many sustainability agendas, I’ve chosen to highlight a few companies running full force into a renewable world.
From the Fortune 25 list, I’ve chosen the following:
|Fortune Number||Company||Sustainability Initiatives||Revenue|
|25||Microsoft||Microsoft continues to meet its goal for corporate carbon neutrality and has made a commitment to:
|20||HP||In 2015, Hewlett-Packard Company made strong progress on its GHG emissions reduction goals across the value chain. Its 2016 goals are:
||$103.355 B (before the split into two companies)|
|9||Ford Motor||Ford’s top sustainability strategies address climate change, smart mobility, water stewardship and human rights.||$149.558 B|
|3||Apple||Goal: Use 100 percent renewable energy. In 2015, 93 percent of their energy came from renewable sources, and they want to make it 100 percent. In Singapore, they power their facilities with a 32-megawatt solar project spread over more than 800 rooftops. In China, they’re adding 170 megawatts of solar to begin offsetting the energy used to make their products. Their data centers around the world run on 100 percent clean energy.||$233.715 B|
|1||Wal-Mart||Now in year 12 of its sustainability journey, Wal-Mart has set the following goals for 2025:
Just these five companies alone represent $1,062,338,000,000 in revenue, which if they together formed a country would be the 19th-largest economy in the world. To echo a hopeful refrain of the day, “This train has left the station.”
As you kick off your new year with strong goals, remember you’re not alone. And we’re here to help with innovative solutions to help you drive your sustainability goals forward. New to the intersection of sustainability and electronics? You can start here: At the Core of Sustainable Electronics.
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Have a happy, healthy, productive and prosperous new year. I’m looking forward to working with you.
Carol Baroudi works for Arrow’s Value Recovery business promoting sustainability awareness and action. She is the lead author of Green IT For Dummies. Her particular focus is on electronics in the circular economy, with an emphasis on the IT asset disposition stage, e-waste and everything connected. Follow her on Twitter at @carol_baroudi and connect with her on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/in/carolbaroudi.