CSR Minute: Burt's Bees is Shortlisted for The Guardian Sustainable Business Award; Sprint Nextel Announces New Environmental Policy

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Monday, June 6, 2011 - 9:02am

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Burt’s Bees has been shortlisted for The Guardian Sustainable Business Engaging Employees award. The company markets its personal care products under a “greater good” model, and uses the same approach for staff engagement. Burt’s Bees employees spend up to 30 hours a year training in environmental stewardship, social outreach, natural wellness, and leadership. The program supports the company’s overall business targets of achieving zero waste, using 100 percent renewable energy, and 100 percent biodegradable packaging by 2020. Employee pay is based, in part, on these sustainability metrics as well as traditional measures.

Sprint Nextel has announced a new, holistic environmental policy and a series of ambitious goals to address its e-waste streams. Its new goals include to collect 100 percent of Sprint’s own electronic waste for reuse and recycling; to collect 90 percent of all phones sold for reuse or recycling; and to require that 70 percent of all new devices launched meet Sprint’s environmental criteria. All goals are to be reached by 2017. Last week, Sprint was awarded the “Sustainability Leadership Award” at the annual International Electronic Recycling Conference and Expo in Las Vegas.

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