For U.S. companies, reducing carbon emissions is a sign of leadership and global competitiveness at a time when action on climate change continues to increase. In today’s world, a low-carbon business strategy distinguishes a company as being ahead of the curve.
In 2002, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency started the Climate Leaders program. Major companies successfully developed corporate-wide inventories of their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, set long-term goals to reduce their emissions, and achieved those goals; the companies included Raytheon, 3M, Anheuser-Busch, Bank of America, Kodak, Xerox.
The question is …
What are the rest of us doing as organizations and/or as individuals?
My precious granddaughter and her fiancée have pledged that they will go ‘remarkably’ green for one year and not use any NEW plastic what-so-ever! Not even allowing a plastic top to be placed on top of their Starbucks® cup – using a porcelain cup instead. They’ll be using recycled products and objects and making wonderful shopping bags for groceries out of old fabrics. Their endeavor seems extreme to those of us who think because we simply use a little less water; a little less electricity; fewer plastic bags for groceries; and maybe – just maybe – recycle our trash that we’ve made this a better world. I applaud their effort to protect in the future for the next generations to come.
Leaders of the world, take heart. The X,Y and Young Lions of the next generations love to be associated with organizations that are involved in and with the communities they serve. Being “green conscious’ within your business will improve the quality of life internally and externally and should have a huge rate of investment with your employees, the community, and the good of mankind in general.
To change one’s life: Start immediately. Do it flamboyantly. No exceptions. – William James
After a lull in the action, business and innovation are on the rise! After corporations put new outsourcing projects on hold last year as the economy imploded, outsourcing specialists feared for the worst. However, after a nail-biting pause in the action, the volume of outsourcing work started rising. According to the Global TPI index, which measures commercial outsourcing contracts valued at greater than $25 million, the fourth quarter of 2009 will see $24.7 billion of new business, the best performance in six quarters.
Seems the financial crisis did sound a wake-up call that market conditions can change abruptly and that businesses need to change with them. “Companies are realizing that they need flexibility, the ability to contract when problem arise and expand when opportunities appear, “says Michael Corbett, chairman of the International Association of Out-Sourcing Professional. He adds, “At the same time, they are under enormous cost pressure.”
In short, outsourcing isn’t expanding in spite of an uncertain economy, but because of it.
The point in this may be for you to consider the idea that if you outsource a piece of your business that you are not really equipped to handle well , it would result in your employing base working at their highest and best use, saving time and money in the long run.
Let me hear your success stories about when you have utilized outsourcing for your organization.
Sometimes things which at the moment may be perceived as obstacles, and may actually be obstacles, difficulties, or drawbacks, can in the long run result in some good end which would not have occurred if it had not been for the obstacle. – Steve Allen