Good Corporations

These few forward-thinking companies are at the forefront of a new wave of environmentally aware corporations and business management. They still have a long way to go, and we should encourage their greener future developments.

Good Corporations with Active and Appropriate Environmental Policies

Good Corporations

These few forward-thinking companies are at the forefront of a new wave of environmentally aware corporations and business management.

Corporations once considered only their profits. Politicians and business leaders talked about environmental sustainability, but most companies did not care. At least, they did until recently. While the old corporate business stereotypes still exist, many companies now use their business intelligence for more than just their bottom line.

This does not mean that all corporations are now completely eco-friendly. There is still more work to do. Many companies continue to deplete natural resources at an alarming rate. We need to give them a clear and viable roadmap while encouraging their green sustainability efforts.

However, to do this we must know who to support. To get us started here are a few of the “good” corporations out there.

  • George Lucas Family Foundation


    $64,061,188
    or 4% total assets
  • Publix Super Markets


    $42,900,029
    or 3% total assets
  • Goldman Sachs


    $28,187,656
    or 2% total assets
  • Alcoa Foundation


    $22,734,273
    or 2% total assets
  • The Grainger Foundation Inc.


    $64,207,802
    or 2% total assets
  • Wellsfargo


    $226,902,237

    $WFM

  • Walmart


    $166,403,573

    $WMT

  • JPMorgan Chase


    $159,4001,094

    $JPM

  • Bank of America


    $149,183,843

    $BAC

  • GE


    $106,397,515

    $GE

  • Coca-Cola


    $84,831,796

    $KO

  • Citi


    $78,094,000

    $C

  • ExxonMobil


    $74,264,738

    $XOM

  • Johnson & Johnson


    $66,469,618

    $JNJ

  • Caterpillar


    $48,121,171

    $CAT

  • UPS


    $44,528,432

    $UPS

  • MetLife


    $42,573,607

    $MET

  • Medtronic


    $41,353,571

    $MDT

  • Nationwide Insurance


    $41,353,571

    $NFS

  • Prudential Foundation


    $37,489,856

    $PRU

  • Ford


    $37,353,294

    $F

  • Intel


    $36,689,173

    $INTC

  • Bayer


    $36,462,233

    $BAYRY

  • PepsiCo


    $35,636,114

    $PEP

  • Blue Shield of California


    $33,795,162

    $ANTM

  • Verizon


    $32,680,580

    $VZN

  • Emerson


    $32,347,159

    $EMR

  • Duke Energy


    $31,179,628

    $DUK

  • General Motors


    $29,981,481

    $GM

  • General Mills


    $27,799,050

    $GIS

  • Pfizer


    $27,137,895

    $PFV

  • Monsanto


    $21,329,404

    $MON

  • Google


    $21,159,894

    $GOOGL

  • DOW Chemical


    $21,035,673

    $DOW

  • American Express


    $19,805,818

    $AXP


Ford Motor Company

The automobile industry is among the heaviest polluters, but at least we can trust the environment with Ford. Ford had a ten-part environmental policy in place for years. They even recycle their paint fumes as fuel for their fuel-efficient, six-speed transmission systems.


Walt Disney

Disney is currently trying to reduce its direct greenhouse gas emissions down to zero. They even have a zero-waste policy at all of their facilities. Nothing they produce will ever end up in landfills, making them a leader in environmental responsibility.


Fisher Investments

Fisher Investments’ Redwoods and Climate Change Initiative works to preserve California’s native Redwood forests. It does this by reducing emissions and gasses that threaten them. They have an unvarying commitment to reducing their environmental footprint.


Hewlett-Packard

One of the first companies with a public environmental sustainability policy, Hewlett Packard aims to reduce their overall greenhouse emissions and toxic manufacturing waste with an aggressive recycling program. HP is also a leader in environmental advocacy and spreading the word about the benefits of green initiatives throughout the world.


Johnson and Johnson

The Johnson and Johnson Company has spent the past 20 years making environmentally responsible personal care products. They already own a fleet of hybrid vehicles and are looking to reduce their overall waste.


Nike

Nike’s green initiatives maybe one of the more noticeable ones. They highlight them directly through their advertising. They made it their mission to produce sustainable products with only environment-friendly materials and processes. Nike even takes part in the global advocacy for environmental policies for both industry and governments.


EBay

EBay Eco-Initiatives is eBay’s subsidiary devoted to developing environmental sustainability. The site lets users sell and buy reused goods instead of throwing them away.


Starbucks

Embracing environmental sustainability across the board, Starbucks only sells Fair Trade Certified and Certified organic coffee. Every new outlet must also have LED certification and be “green” before corporate will let them open their doors.


Google

Google is always on the forefront of new technologies, and their eco-business innovator is no different. They are the leader in embracing “green” business through green supply chain management and sustainability.


These few forward-thinking companies are at the forefront of a new wave of environmentally aware corporations and business management. They still have a long way to go, and we should encourage their future greener developments so that we can all become more efficient and greener over time.

| Written by Robert Stukowski



Purchasing Power

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by looking at the deep struggles the world faces. Rather than giving in to despair or apathy, we can find ways to use something as commonplace as our shopping habits to invest in making a positive change. Together, we can change the world—one pint of ice cream at a time.

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by looking at the deep struggles the world faces. Rather than giving in to despair or apathy, we can find ways to use something as commonplace as our shopping habits to invest in making a positive change. Together, we can change the world—one pint of ice cream at a time.

Purchasing Power with Purpose

Changing the world—one pint of ice cream at a time.


@BillionBackRecords

Each year in the United States, individuals and corporations give about $400 billion to charitable causes, ranging from arts organizations to social services and religious organizations. For the ordinary person, that number seems staggeringly large. But, according to CBS News, that represents only a small fraction—2%—of the Gross Domestic Product of the nation.

$400,000,000,000 yearly

Charitable giving has gained increased attention in the last decade, with advances in communication technology, yet the amount given has stayed relatively stagnant giving around 2% of their income to charity—a strange parallel to the economy as a whole.

So how do we have a greater impact? How do we do more with our money, and make a bigger difference?

Americans give roughly 2% of the nation’s GDP to charity each year. The nation as a whole produces over $19 trillion in one calendar year according to the World Bank. What if there was a way to harness even just a fraction more of that incredible amount of production to combat the deepest issues our society faces?

Many people would love to give more to charity, but don’t have the means to donate cash out of their pocket. So how do we give more without having to give more? The answer—using our spending habits to make a difference.

Ben&Jerry Icecream

If the average person spends $5,400 on impulse buys each year, that is an additional $5,400 that we can leverage to impact the world around us. By spending money at companies which give back to the community, you are able to give back. One example is Warby Parker, an eyeglass store, who donates a pair of glasses to someone in need for every pair sold. In the enterprise business world, Salesforce is committed to its 1-1-1 model, donating 1% of profits, 1% of employee time, and 1% of its product to charity. Or, if you happen to be walking down the freezer aisle in your grocery store, consider buying Ben&Jerry’s ice cream. The company awards more than $1.8 million a year to fund community action and change. Eating more ice cream is the kind of social investment most of us can get behind.

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed when we look at the deep struggles the world faces. What can one person really do in the face of such large-scale issues? Rather than giving in to despair or apathy, we can find ways to use something as commonplace as our shopping trip to invest in making a change.

Together, we can change the world—one pint of ice cream at a time.


| Written by Benjamin Hoekstra

| Visuals by Billion Back Records, The World Bank, Charities Aid Foundation


Rise of Ethical Investing

Finance was once criticized as soulless. Ethical investing startups are changing that by prioritizing humanitarian companies and the democratizing of the markets. Investors are more conscience about the issues affecting humanity. Picking companies and funds which take into account environmental and social responsibilities, and hundreds of other human factors are what the people want.

Finance was once criticized as soulless. Ethical investing startups are changing that by prioritizing humanitarian companies and the democratizing of the markets. Investors are more conscious of the issues affecting humanity. Picking companies and funds which take into account environmental and social responsibilities, and hundreds of other human factors are what the people want.

The Rise of Ethical Investing

Finance was once criticized as soulless but ethical investing startups are changing that by prioritizing humanitarian companies and democratizing of the markets.

Morry Brown had what so many young finance graduates wanted: he was an associate at Goldman-Sachs. His career was set. A steady ramp of promotions leading to Rolexes and BMWs was his for the taking. But Morry wasn’t satisfied. What good was he doing for the world as a spreadsheet monkey? And so he quit, to found a company that merged investment with ethics: EarnWell.

EarnWell’s mission was remarkably simple: to create a portfolio of the 100 most ethical S&P 500 for the socially active casual investor. They took into account carbon footprint, gender equity, association with weapons production, environmental sustainability, and hundreds of other factors. Over 90% of the ‘EarnWell 100’ earned a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign’s corporate responsibility, and the carbon footprint of the portfolio is 80% lower than the S&P index funds.

Other opportunities for socially responsible investing have begun to crop up everywhere. Recently, industry heavyweight Pacific Life launched Swell investing, with portfolios in renewable energy companies, researched-focused biotechnology firms working towards disease eradication, and zero-waste business.

This comes at a time when research has shown corporate leadership that responsibility isn’t just good PR — but profitable. If more companies put ethics before short-term gains, social activists — and investors — might just see the change they want.

Read more about how doing the right thing is just as profitable from Forbes.

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| Written by Dante Vaisbort

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