Contouring companies to fit the natural world
Zero Waste Solutions can help your business reach the seven goals of eco-effectiveness:
- To reduce the material intensity of goods and services;
- To reduce their energy intensity;
- To reduce their toxic dispersion;
- To enhance material recyclability;
- To maximize the sustainable use of renewable resources;
- To extend product durability;
- To increase the service intensity of goods and services.
"We are changing from a society that uses resources to a society that saves resources. No company can avoid either taking environmental responsibility or focusing on environmental issues in all respects of their operations."
Roland Nilsson - CEO, Scandic Hotels
Zero Waste Solutions can help your business make more dollars and sense. We can assist your business with the following services:
We can also help your company or commuity implement environmentally sound and sustainable corporate practices and policies.
- Design a waste reduction strategy
- Assess your company's regulatory compliance, environmental quality and efficiency
- Audit your company's energy and water usage, waste generation, resource productivity, and any other operating data
- Generate indicators and recommendations to ensure your business has the highest eco-effective standards
- Evaluate current business policies or corporate charters to ensure your firm is an industry leader
- Train and educate staff to make daily decisions for sustainability
- Assure your business has the best corporate social and environmental reporting principles
- The Natural Step Framework
- The CERES (Coalition for Environmentally Responsible Economies) Principles
- The Sunshine Standards for Corporate Reporting to Stakeholders
- The Keidanren Charter for Good Corporate Behavior
- The International Chamber of Commerce's Business Charter for Sustainable Development
- The Caux Round Table Principles for Business
- The International Standards Organization (ISO) 14000 Guidelines
"To become human, one must make room in oneself for the wonders of the universe."
South American Indian saying
Social injustice, economic exploitation, and environmental pollution are not natural. They are consequences of a mindset that has shaped human development for 500 years.
Resource depletion, hunger, poverty, and global warming are not problems. Overconsumption, greed, and ecological ignorance are the real problems. We need to talk about and act on this reality, not just adapt our daily lives in ways that allow these real problems to continue unchallenged.
We, as corporations and communities, must adopt a new worldview. We must learn a new story – as Thomas Berry has written – to restore meaning and purpose to human existence. Our old story is filled with violence, racism, persecution, and environmental vandalism. Our new story will be about community, equity, frugality, justice, sharing, and sustainability.
By disconnecting ourselves from nature, we have lost our place in the universe. Our fascination with chronicling consequences diverts attention from resolving problems. This delusion has been our prison and it is time to free ourselves.
Zero Waste Solutions can help your company or community on the journey to wellness. We are all connected parts in the web of life. By contouring our daily decisions with the wisdom inherent in traditional societies, we can regain our rightful place in the natural world – that of steward, not exploiter – and embrace a new vision of prosperity.
"There is eventually only one story, the story of the universe. Every form of being is integral with this comprehensive story. Nothing is itself without everything else. Each member of the Earth community has its own proper role within the entire sequence of transformations that have given shape and identity to everything that exists."
Thomas Berry and Brian Swimme
What's in it for your business?
- Reduced waste
- Improved financial performance
- Reduced operating costs
- Enhanced brand image and reputation
- Increased sales and customer loyalty
- Increased productivity and quality
- Increased ability to attract and retain employees
- Reduced regulatory oversight
"Although the next industrial revolution is about a transformation in our global business practices, sustainable development actually involves more than that. Most importantly, it is also about social justice. The inefficient use of resources is compounded by distributional inequity: the top population quintile, mostly in industrial countries, currently metabolizes 80-85 percent of the world's resources, leaving the balance for the remaining 4.7 billion. If the developing world were to share the same standard of living as the North, and if that living standard were to double over the next forty years, we would have to increase our resource use (and attendant waste) by a factor of sixteen. Publicly, governments, the United Nations, and commerce all work towards this end. Privately, no one believes we can increase industrial throughput by a factor of five, much less sixteen. It simply isn't physically possible. The reality is that we will clearly have to pursue other strategies in order to establish a supportable economic quality-of-life for the ten billion people who are expected to populate the planet by mid-century. This is a matter of basic arithmetic and equity."
"We need to start moving beyond simple environmental literacy towards a much more strategic capability for understanding the long-term implications of business processes and practices for the physical and social environment in which we operate. This is where the real debate on stakeholders should be, rather than where it currently is, stuck with a sterile argument on the supremacy of shareholder versus other stakeholder interests."
John Baker, Chairman, National Power plc
"Interface will be environmentally sustainable. But our mission is larger. We will also be financially sustainable, for the simple reason that our corporation must survive and that we must assure the livelihood of our associates and the investment of all our stakeholders. We will be socially sustainable, respecting the communities in which we work, positively influencing all those whose lives we touch, and taking care not to deplete the human spirit on which we depend…Our sustainability goals - financial, social, and environmental - are inextricably bound together, which is why we make such a point out of doing well by doing good."
Ray C. Anderson - Founder, Chairman, and CEO, Interface, Inc.
If you're interested in giving your business a sustainable future, let's talk. Contact Michael Jessen at Zero Waste Solutions: 250-229-5632 or firstname.lastname@example.org
"Money, markets, and measurement have their place. They are important tools indeed. We should honor them and use them. But they are far short of the deification their apostles demand of us, and before which we too readily sink to our knees. Only fools worship their tools."
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