The COVID-19 pandemic has swept the globe and turned the world of logistics upside down. Countries known for being exporters have shut down their factories. Countries known for consumption have closed their shop doors.
At Antea Group, we believe in a philosophy of Better Business, Better World®, where doing the right thing environmentally and socially translates to improved business performance and market position long term. As an environmental consulting firm, we are committed to sustainability leadership across our operations and in our project work, with the shared purpose to create a cleaner, safer, more sustainable world. Our Sustainability Program seeks to create positive impacts at global, national and local levels through engagements in charitable giving, pro-bono services, and volunteerism.
By Evan Leon, MBA/MS Candidate 2020 Erb Institute | Business for Sustainability
Cobalt is key in emerging low-carbon technologies, specifically lithium-ion batteries in electric vehicles. It forms part of the cathode active material (for example, lithium cobalt oxide, LiCoO2) that receives positively charged lithium ions during the battery’s discharge (see image on upper-right). (Source: https://sites.psu.edu/hjoisrclbl )
Conducting operations while not depleting the resources these operations depend on is the pinnacle of any company pursuing sustainability. With countless factors to consider when tackling environmental or economically sustainable initiatives, many companies struggle to find a starting point. Some even quit before they begin.
Knowing this, I urge companies to start where they have the greatest influence: their employees.
Antea Group’s corporate philosophy is “Better Business, Better World™” and we believe that doing the right thing environmentally and socially will improve our competitive position and benefit society as a whole. In 2016 we supported many charitable organizations with monetary contributions as well as volunteer hours. Read about how Antea Group gives back to the global and local community each year.
CSR has traditionally been a voluntary practice. It underlines a company’s sense of purpose with basic ethical standards, generally accepted norms of corporate behavior, and the spirit as well as the letter of law.
In China, only leaders are allowed to battle corruption
Huffington Post. Since his rise to power, Chinese President Xi Jinping has waged a sweeping anti-corruption campaign that has targeted both decadent high officials and small-time tyrants -- in his words, both "tigers and flies."
All too often I hear the word “sustainability” used loosely to represent environmental performance. It bothers me because I believe it is important for people to recognize all three elements of sustainability: environmental, social and economic responsibility. At Sappi we constantly strive to balance these issues while juggling near- and long-term business strategies. When projects come together that have benefits across all three aspects, we know we’re on the right track.