IBM and sustainability consulting firm Esty Environmental Partners (EEP) are the main movers behind the formation of the Sustainability Innovators Working Group “aiming to define and develop state-of-the-art approaches for environmental management and corporate sustainability”.
EEP is the organiser of the group, which comprises thirteen industry-leading companies from various sectors that have already put significant effort into sustainability; Boeing, CH2M Hill, Coca-Cola, Delhaize Group, Disney, Diversey, Dow Chemical Company, FedEx, Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies, Inc., Shaklee, Unilever, and Xerox.
The idea is that the group will generate new management tools and models for incorporating sustainability more deeply into business strategy and corporate practice.
Sounds like a good idea. No company can do it all, or get it all right, so sharing experiences should benefit everyone. There are a lot of industry forums and other collaborations going on, though, so I hope this isn’t duplicating existing initiatives and that whatever comes out of it is shared outside this select group.