Re:Vision Architecture Designs A Better Future [Corporate Conscious Wednesday]

Companies searching for new and innovative ways to become more environmentally responsible need only to look at businesses like our Corporate Conscious Wednesday Winner, Re:Vision Architecture. This company focuses on implementing eco-friendly practices to the structure and design of buildings.

Buildings, which consume about forty percent of the land, water, energy and raw materials used globally, possess a large potential for mitigating current environmental problems. Companies like Re:Vision Architecture (RVA) directly tap into this market by exposing clients to a wide variety of professionals from different fields who work together to develop sustainable designs for projects.

This planning and consulting firm seeks to find a balance between natural and man-made environments. When working on a project, RVA professionals incorporate a chosen sites natural and cultural features with the specific necessities of the client. Additionally, Re:Vision Architecture implements sustainable construction and design ideas to conserve natural resources and to lower operating costs.  To find out more about the goals and methods of Re:Vision Architecture visit their website at www.revisionarch.com.

   Above: Energy innovation hub at the Philadelphia Navy Yard Clean Energy Campus which was a Re:Vision Architecture Project!

JustNeem Is Beauty Giving Back [Corporate Conscious Wednesday]

With winter coming to a close, who couldn’t use a good lotion to soften up their skin in preparation for spring! What if we told you that you could get a great lotion AND help others at the same time? The B Corp company JustNeem makes this possible!

JustNeem provides high-quality body care products that are partly made from the Neem tree, which is known for its anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties. JustNeem products also include the finest cosmetic grade raw materials and natural ingredients that help sustain and heal the skin.

All of the Neem raw materials purchased come from Mauritania, West Africa and JustNeem pays a fair market price for labor and goods.  JustNeem even goes above and beyond by using proceeds from soap sales to fund the planting of Neem trees in the West African village. The result, jobs and incomes for families currently living with few resources.

JustNeem also partners with like-minded NGOs that work with the villagers and even travels to Mauritania on a regular basis to visit them.

      

What do you think about the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) actions of this company? For more information about JustNeem please click here.

Patagonia: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle [Corporate Conscious Wednesday]

During this wintery season, we typically buy new jackets, hats and scarves. But, do you know where you can buy warm apparel and still be socially responsible?? Patagonia! This week we have chosen to feature Patagonia as our Corporate Conscious Wednesday Winner.

Patagonia sells everything from apparel and accessories for men, women and kids to outdoor sports equipment. You can even purchase used Patagonia clothing!

If you visit their website http://www.patagonia.com/us/home, you will find an entire section dedicated to Environmentalism. There are many great things that Patagonia is doing for our environment, but one thing that really stood out to us was their dedication to the Common Threads Initiative, which fully embraces the reduce, reuse, recycle way of life.

Patagonia reduces by making useful gear that lasts a long time and encouraging consumers not to buy things from their store if they don’t really need it. They will even repair your Patagonia gear if anything needs to be fixed. Patagnoia reuses by helping your Patagonia gear find a new home if you no longer need it. Lastly, Patagonia recycles by taking back any gear that is worn out and pledges to keep it out of landfills. You can even purchase used Patagonia clothes if you’d like.

So what do you think of Patagonia? We would love to hear your thoughts!

T’was the Night Before…

T’was the night before the program
And all through the place;
The staff was busy working
At a furious pace.

There was AV to be checked
And carbon footprints to review,
CSR activities to look over,
Just so much to do.

As attendees arrived;
All became right.
The staff had worked hard,
All through the night.

With the reg. desk finally closed,
And the work room locked tight;
The attendees were checked in,
Snug in their rooms for the night.

The very next day,
Things were handled with care.
The group soon would be gone;
They would depart with much flair.

The program was a success;
We did all we could.
If we say so ourselves,
We’ve done pretty darn good.

One more thing to say,
As we turn out the light…
Happy Holidays to all,
And to all a good night!

To all our friends in the Meeting & Incentive Industry;
Happy Holidays and Best Wishes for a Happy and Prosperous New Year!

10 CSR Organizations We Are Thankful For

We would like to take a moment to thank some special socially responsible organizations that make a difference each and every day.  Without their sustainability leadership and remarkable green initiatives, our world would surely be in trouble.

CSRwire(www.csrwire.com)  – The leading source of corporate social responsibility and sustainability news, reports, events and information.

TOMS (www.toms.com)  – With every pair your purchase, TOMS will give a pair of new shoes to a child in need. One for One.

1% For the Planet (www.onepercentfortheplanet.org) – A growing global movement of 1,401 companies that donate 1% of their sales to a network of 2,708 environmental organizations worldwide.

GMIC (www.greenmeetings.info) – The premier global community solely dedicated to sustainability in the meetings and events industry, not only through education but also by spearheading research, policy and standards.

SHFT (www.shft.com) – Multi-media platform founded by film producer Peter Glatzer and actor-filmmaker Adrian Grenier to convey a more sustainable approach to the way we live through video, design, art and culture.

Farm Sanctuary (www.farmsanctuary.org) – Works to protect farm animals from cruelty, inspire change in the way society views and treats farm animals, and promote compassionate vegan living.

Recyclebank (www.recyclebank.com) – Rewards people for taking everyday green actions with discounts and deals from local and national businesses.

Taiga Company (www.taigacompany.com) – Sustainability consultants that seek to be the oxygen to your business.

Clean the World (www.cleantheworld.org) –  Social enterprise that collects and recycles partially used soap from hotels to donate to organizations that provide aid to impoverished people around the world

TerraCycle (www.terracycle.net) –  Purpose is to eliminate the idea of waste by creating national recycling systems for previously non-recyclable or hard-to-recycle waste. Outsmart Waste.