Every company defines corporate responsibility a bit differently. Whether they look to societal, social, or political factors, global concerns or the welfare of their employees or a combination of some of the above. For more and more entrepreneurs and their corporations, it means being committed to environmental protection – supporting, enhancing, and sustaining the environment locally, nationally and globally.
Tom Szaky, president and CEO of international recycling company TerraCycle recently gave the keynote address at the 7th annual Responsible Business Summit New York. Szaky addressed how companies are increasingly looking towards sustainable innovations to change environmental, social and governmental risks into workable business opportunities.
“As the corporate world becomes increasingly aware of the environment and the role they play in its preservation, responsibility falls to the luminaries of sustainability to educate businesses, large and small, on how to set and achieve environmental goals through investments, collaboration, and innovation,” said Szaky. The Responsible Business Summit held annually is North America’s premier platform where senior practitioners from across the world meet and share practical ideas on how their businesses can lead the change to a new sustainable future. The summit provides direct, actionable insights accompanied by honest discussions on the challenges and opportunities ahead.
The innovative company has set out to "Eliminate the idea of waste®." TerraCycle prides itself in "recycling the 'non-recyclable,' by collecting and recycling almost any form of waste." To do this they partner with individuals, retailers, manufacturers, municipalities and small businesses.
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Creating Environmental Protection Partnerships
Operating nationally across 22 countries, TerraCycle partners with leading businesses, consumer product companies, retailers, cities, nonprofits, and facilities to recycle products and packages, from dirty diapers to cigarette butts, that would otherwise end up in landfills or being incinerated. In addition, TerraCycle works with leading consumer product companies to integrate hard to recycle waste streams, such as ocean plastic, into their products and packaging.
Since it's inception 15 years ago, TerraCycle has won over 200 awards for sustainability and has donated over $25 million to schools and charities.
Companies like Subaru, Colgate, Tide, Gillette, ShopRite, Looptworks, Garnier, Entenmann's, Brita, Bausch & Lomb, and Mountain House all partner with TerraCycle to recycle their products and reduce their carbon footprint. Some current programs include:
A recurring initiative with Colgate and ShopRite partnering with TerraCycle is the Recycled Playground Challenge, to donate two playgrounds made of recycled oral care waste.
A partnership with Gillette to make all their razors recyclable nationwide. They announced that now "all brands of disposable razors, replaceable-blade cartridge units, and razor plastic packaging are recyclable on a national scale." “Through this innovative, first of its kind program, disposable razors, replaceable-blade cartridge units, and their associated packaging are now nationally recyclable through the Gillette Recycling Program,” said Szaky. “We are proud to partner with this forward-thinking company to offer consumers a way to divert razor waste from landfills.”
Through TerraCycle’s Sponsored Waste Recycling Program, individuals and companies can go to drop-off locations and earn money for the waste they recycle. Participants earn points that can be used for charity gifts or converted to cash and donated to the charities they choose. The collected packaging will be recycled into a variety of new consumer products such as park benches, bike racks, pet food bowls, and recycling bins.
In another partnership, TerraCycle partners with beach cleanup organizations to keep beaches free of rigid plastics.
Free Recycling Programs – These programs are free, national recycling solutions for typically hard-to-recycle waste streams. Join as many programs as you like to help reduce your impact on our planet.
A Business with an Environmental Soul
Another company dedicated to protecting the preserving the environment is Staples. Through their Staples Soul programs, they continuously invest in sustainability and being socially responsible in every aspect of a business, including environmental responsibility, offering product sourcing and recycling services to customers and for internal company use. They support organizations committed to the preservation and protection of the environment, partner with and sponsor organizations such as Earth Day Canada and the Recycling Council of Canada.
"We work to make it easy for our customers and associates to make a difference by offering more sustainable products and services, operating our business in an environmentally efficient way, and helping our customers and associates take action to protect the environment."
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Grants and sponsorships to Canada nonprofit and for-profit organizations that are working in the areas of education, entrepreneurship, or the environment. Funding is available for grants to support programs that strengthen local communities or for sponsorships of events.
The funders proudly support organizations committed to the preservation and protection of the environment. Partnering with and sponsoring organizations such as Earth Day Canada and the Recycling Council of Canada allows us to maintain strong community relations as well as support important causes and initiatives.
Grants to nonprofit organizations, schools, and public municipalities in multiple states for programs in education, the environment, entrepreneurship, and community enrichment. Environment focus areas include resource conservation, clean air, clean water, recycling, and environmental education.
Grants of up to $2,500 to USA nonprofits and schools for youth-led projects that employ technology to solve environment-related issues. Projects should help encourage students and educators to find creative ways to use technology in order to achieve greater or innovative environmental outcomes.
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