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ICCF Conservation Leadership in Business Awardees
DuPont is a world leader in corporate environmental policy and practices and a corporation at the forefront of scientific research into new sustainability methods. DuPont has been recognized by Business Week as the world’s “Top Green Leader” and is a founding member of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. DuPont is currently engaged in the United States Climate Action Partnership, the UN Global Compact, EPA Climate Leaders, EPA Power Partnership, and EPA Energy Star, among others.
Yvon Chouinard, founder of outdoor-clothing manufacturer Patagonia, is a leader who exemplifies a pro-business commitment to international conservation. Mr. Chouinard is an avid sportsman and environmentalist known for his contributions to climbing and the outdoor gear business. His 1978 book Climbing Ice launched the modern sport of ice climbing. He is most known for creating the Patagonia company, which is famous for its bold innovations in materials and design and for being an outstanding place to work as well as a resource for environmental activism. Mr. Chouinard committed Patagonia to using core fabrics with the least environmental impact, such as organically grown cotton and recycled polyester, and in 1998 Patagonia became the first company in California to acquire all of its electricity from renewable energy sources. In 1989, Patagonia co-founded The Conservation Alliance, a network of companies that donate revenues to environmental causes. Patagonia now donates one percent of sales or ten percent of net profits, whichever is greater, to environmental organizations. In 1993, Mr. Chouinard announced the Patagonia Employee Internship Program, through which staff may be paid by Patagonia for two months while working for the environmental group of their choice. In 2001, Mr. Chouinard co-founded 1% for the Planet, a nonprofit group that encourages other companies to donate to conservation causes.
National Geographic Society
National Geographic is actively engaged in conserving our precious natural resources for future generations. Their Conservation Trust funds innovative conservation efforts and public-education campaigns. Dedicated to the conservation of the world’s biological and cultural heritage, the National Geographic Society’s Conservation Trust supports innovative solutions to issues of global concern. The trust encourages model projects that engage and inform their areas’ local populations. Projects that hold potential as media subject matter are also encouraged, as National Geographic’s vast audience offers their grantees opportunities to make a broad public impact.
Unilever’s environmental commitment is impressive, including a focus on sustainable agriculture, water and eco-efficiency, and reduction of environmental impact across the life cycle of its products. Unilever is a world leader in sustainable agriculture, focusing on purchasing key crops from sustainable sources. This includes a growing commitment to sourcing tea from Rainforest Alliance Certified Farms and to purchase all palm oil from certified sustainable sources by 2015. Unilever is a founding member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil and in 2009 was one of the top five corporations in World Wildlife Fund’s Palm Oil Buyers’ Scorecard. Since 1995, Unilever has reduced its water use in manufacturing by more than 65 percent. Unilever is also strongly committed to preserve and protect America's National Parks. As the longest-standing corporate partner of the National Park Foundation, Unilever has donated over $50 million dollars to sustain America’s National Parks.
Bumble Bee Foods
Bumble Bee Foods is an industry leader with its internal sustainability programs, its active participation in a wide range of fishery management organizations, its support for science-based sustainability initiatives, and its involvement in public-private partnerships to improve sustainability standards. Bumble Bee is committed to ensuring that the seafood they provide to customers is sourced from sustainably harvested stocks and has taken a strong leadership role in responsible harvesting and science-based management of fisheries. In 2009, Bumble Bee founded the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) – a global partnership among scientists, World Wildlife Fund, and tuna processors representing nearly 75% of the world’s shelf stable tuna production. This unique combination of industry, science, and the environmental community is committed to driving positive change in tuna fisheries through direct action of its participants.
The Coca-Cola Company
The Coca-Cola Company, the world’s largest beverage company, has embarked on one of the world's greatest examples of sustainable business leadership with their Replenish initiative to safely return to nature and communities the amount of water equal to what they use in their products and production by 2020. Beyond simply demonstrating the potential of free market conservation to the international business community, Coca-Cola's water partnerships have made significant impact in enhancing water security, improving access to safe drinking water and sanitation, and expanding sustainable water management for improved food security. The Coca-Cola Company’s Replenish Africa Initiative (RAIN), supporting 40 projects in 25 countries, aims to provide water access to more than two million people in Africa by 2015. Coca-Cola is working with WWF to conserve 11 of the world's most critical freshwater river basins, including the Amazon and Zambezi, and with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to invest in women for sustainable development.