Taking Steps Towards Sustainability

21 06 2015

Since 1994 Interface (http://www.interfaceglobal.com/Sustainability.aspx) has been an inspiring example of how a company can wake up to their environmental impacts after 21 years of operating, and change the combined cultural approach of their employees to reduce their operations negative impact on the environment.

“Mission Zero” by Interface is a commitment to eliminate their negative impact on the environment by 2020. When they started they did not know how they would meet the commitment. Their Founder, Ray Anderson, said “We have to cut the umbilical cord to oil”. He reached out to his employees and asked for help.

They acknowledged that, “Along with increasing efficiency, design innovation and recycling efforts, we are constantly looking to replace virgin raw materials as one way to close the loop around our products and cut our dependency on oil.” The European progress is nicely summarized in this infographic called Closing the Loop (http://www.interfaceflor.co.uk/web/closing-the-loop).

Obtained from http://www.interfaceflor.co.uk/web/closing-the-loop

Progress by Interface in Europe to eliminate their dependency on oil. Obtained from http://www.interfaceflor.co.uk/web/closing-the-loop

Interface has an impressive track record, which includes being the only company to have been in the Sustainability Leaders, A GlobeScan/SustainAbility Survey, every year since its inception in 1994. Download the report

The 2015 Sustainability Leaders, A GlobeScan/SustainAbility Survey Report

The 2015 Sustainability Leaders, A GlobeScan/SustainAbility Survey Report

If you are wanting help to steer your organization on the path to “Mission Zero” then contact us to discuss how through my consulting services we can together climb your own “Mount Sustainability”.