Op-Ed: Here’s how companies can strong-arm their suppliers into cutting carbon emissions
By: Michael Leventhal
In a country full of businesses that do good things for society, I was surprised to see that one of the most controversial business propositions from the recent presidential election has more or less become a no-brainer for companies who want to take a stand for the environment. I am referring, of course, to the President of the United States.
On Tuesday, President-elect Donald Trump will be sworn in as the 45th president of the United States. When his name first appeared in the news cycle, it struck me as odd he was being mentioned because he was a businessman and apparently very interested in the environment. As much as anything, it was probably because he told people he wanted to “Make America Great Again” and he had experience running a business.
When he was being selected by the Electoral College for a place on the ticket, Trump’s name also made headlines across the country. With the help of the media, it was quickly determined that voters felt more qualified, more competent, and more in control on their own when they were selecting a president.
It is this idea that Trump will be a businessman who wants to make America great again that is proving to be a good thing for business.
Why it matters: This is a great time for companies to think about what they need to do to be good stewards of the environment because it’s easy to do. With climate change a growing and serious threat (even though we are still in the first part of the century it is taking in serious harm to the ecosystem), the good news is that companies can do something about it.
Here are the steps you can take as a business to help protect the environment and make sure your company is on a good path to being carbon neutral.
1. Don’t burn fuel:
It won’t take much effort to put this in place. When we want to buy something that is made from a material that is harmful to our health or environment, we sometimes look at the fuel that goes into making the products we need and then make the decision about whether or not we want to purchase that product.
The good news is that it shouldn’t be much of a stretch to make a similar decision about how you purchase products when deciding on how to invest in the long term.
When it comes to the environment