Robert Muggah @ SecDev Group, Rebecca Katz @ Georgetown University
When it comes to infectious disease outbreaks, cities are dual-edged. To be sure, cities are a big part of the problem. They intensify the spread and transmission of infectious disease through increased human contact.
Right now, sustainably minded business is good business. The global coronavirus pandemic has jeopardized the health of our communities, impeded our ability to support local business — causing a historical spike in unemployment — and prevented us from connecting with friends and families.
In damaging the wellbeing of communities around the world, coronavirus has also hurt the wellbeing of small business stakeholders. So, if we want the economy to thrive in this new world, we need to do well by our neighbors.
UPS (NYSE:UPS) and CVS Health Corp (NYSE:CVS.N) today said UPS subsidiary UPS Flight Forward will use drones to deliver prescription medicines from a CVS pharmacy to The Villages, Florida for the largest U.S. retirement community, home to more than 135,000 residents. The service will use Matternet’s M2 drone system.
The COVID‐19 crisis is accelerating the transformation of business – one that solidifies the private sector mandate of a stakeholder‐first, rather than shareholder‐only, mentality. We’ve kept a pulse on this shift, brand action and stakeholder expectations, revealing that 75% of the U.S. public believes business must take action to protect employees, care for communities and support front-line workers in the fight against COVID‐19. Companies who have rapidly and authentically met this expectation demonstrate Purpose – at its finest.
Water is a critical element within the mining industry; in fact, mine water management is one of the largest challenges facing miners today. But with climate change altering the rules of the game, miners are encountering new challenges as they strive to use water resources to the highest efficiency – the World Economic Forum named climate change and weather-related risks as the top five biggest threats in its 2020 Global Risks Report.
UPS is uniquely positioned as the leading company in Transportation – a traditionally high-polluting industry that includes airlines as well as shipping companies. Operating a growing fleet of more than 125,000 vehicles worldwide, UPS nevertheless aims to reduce emissions by 12% across global ground operations by 2025 through the use of renewable energy, as well as alternative and low-carbon fuel.
Coyote Logistics recognizes and gives thanks to these members of the supply chain and invites others to do the same.
Despite being pushed to the limit, supply chain professionals around the world have displayed incredible dedication to ensuring those on the front lines have what they need to fight the disease. This work is more than inspiring. It’s lifesaving.
As we rush to address the urgent, overwhelming global coronavirus pandemic, it’s easy to overlook the long-term support systems that maintain our health and wellness.
For those sequestered in city apartments, with no access to parks, green spaces or even trees, the sense of loss is very tangible right now. Of course, that feeling pales in comparison to those dealing with the loss of a loved one or friend due to the unforgiving coronavirus — but it’s a sentiment we must also confront for society at large.
When people talk or think about sustainability, they often consider activities related to becoming more environmentally friendly. And while this is undoubtedly a good start, if we’re going to talk about true, long-term sustainability, we need to look at the bigger picture.