How Green Is Your Organization?
April 22, 2014 by Bruce Jones, Senior Programming Director, Disney Institute
“You’ve probably heard people talk about conservation. Well, conservation isn’t just the business of a few people. It’s a matter that concerns all of us.” – Walt Disney
This Earth Day, organizations around the world are focusing on environmental issues, climate change and the challenges depleting our natural resources. As we stop to evaluate our daily practices and how they impact the Earth, we encourage you to consider the environmental impact of your organization every day.
At Disney, our commitment to environmental stewardship focuses on using resources wisely and protecting the planet as we operate and grow our business. Through several initiatives, we strive to protect natural resources and prevent further climate change.
- Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund (DWCF): Founded in 1995, DWCF is a major pillar of the company’s environmental initiatives. The foundation provides support for conservation funding, wildlife research, habitat rehabilitation and protection, education programs from children, and the development of community conservation.
- Long-Term Goals: Use resources wisely and protect the planet as we operate and grow our business. The Walt Disney Company has created three long-term goals and targets to guide our environmental stewardship actions. These goals are currently tied to zero net greenhouse gas emissions, zero waste and water resource conservation. These long-term goals act as guiding principles in daily operations and future business endeavors.
An organization’s values reflect those of the individuals who comprise the company. If your organization does not have an environmental stewardship initiative, consider bringing this opportunity to your team and leadership within the company. Remember, your environmental footprint starts with small actions that can trickle into the larger community.
- Start Small: Daily actions have a large implication on the environment. Consider your workspace. If you work in an office, consider powering off your computer at the end of each day to save energy. Carpool with coworkers to work or lunch. Recycle. Get your team on board to make little changes every day.
- Grow Large: Complement personal steps to create positive change in the environment with larger, organization-wide initiatives. Focus on environmental issues that align with the organization’s mission, vision, and core values and individuals will be more likely to support your initiative and help bring it to success.
How does your organization encourage environmental stewardship?
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