In The News2022-05-29T19:42:09-04:00

Find and see the best corporate environmental sustainability news, posts and stories here, at Edenark Group’s “IN THE NEWS.” Let us know if you have environmental sustainability news you would like us to add.

Will this one hurt your company…..or will it be the next one?

As part of its Net Zero pledge, CalPERS has doubled its commitment (from $47b to $100b) to investments in companies with progressive carbon emissions plans.

CalPERS will exit its investment in companies that do not have a credible (ie, certified/verified/progressive) net zero plan – “We believe in engaging with these companies,” said Peter Cashion, CalPERS’ managing investment director for sustainable investing.  “But we will make it clear that refusing to move toward climate solutions puts our investments at risk, which is counter to our fiduciary duty.”

CalPERS is not the only investor making this move.  40+ funds have already made the pledge, with more joining.

Why does this matter to you?

  • A company can achieve carbon neutrality via carbon emissions it controls – ie, the carbon emissions produced directly by the operation of its business and the carbon emissions produced by the local utility provider, producing the energy for the business – called Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions.

 

  • But when a company makes a Net Zero pledge, as CalPERS and many many many other organizations have done and are doing, it includes Scope 3 (17 items including vendors).

 

  • Therefore, for companies to not be sold by CalPERS, and for a company to ever be a candidate in the future for investment by CalPERS, they will need a carbon emissions plan that includes their suppliers (ie, your company).

 

Has your company received its first Scope 3 letter from an investor or client, noticing you that action will be needed for you to continue with them?

Have you thought about being proactive and using this as a way to take market share and improve your attractiveness to investors?  If not, might want to give it some thought.

Watch this master class and contact us, if you would like to help the planet while positioning your company for the change that is already here.

November 30th, 2023|

Unlimited Auto Wash at Frenchman’s in Palm Beach Gardens will pursue Sustainability Certification Compliance

Unlimited Auto Wash at Frenchman’s in Palm Beach Gardens, FL, is part of the seven-location Unlimited Auto Wash Club that serves South Florida.  Unlimited Auto Wash is a 100% Full Service Hand Car Wash with over 30 employees.  It cares deeply about the environment and the community it serves, and has decided to pursue the Edenark Group ISO 14001 environmental sustainability certification program.

The Edenark Group ISO 14001 is the world’s premier environmental sustainability certification program and allows SMEs (small to mid-sized enterprises) the ability to attain the world’s most popular environmental certification standard via a program designed and priced specifically for them.  This allows an organization to validate, via 3rd party audit against the world’s top standard, its environmental / sustainability / green / eco-friendly actions.

The program, which allows companies to progressively improve at a pace that works for their needs, helps the organization define how it interacts internally, externally, and with the environment.  It incorporates energy/waste/water, employee health and performance enhancement, community involvement, procurement and suppliers, compliance and regulations, emergency/security, and stakeholder engagement.  Benefits include creating a culture of continual improvement, stakeholder engagement, lower costs, higher revenues and profits, improved employee performance, and…… doing the right thing for the environment for current and future generations.   

“Many organizations, looking to cash in on consumer demand, claim to be environmentally friendly, but most practice greenwashing by self-auditing or self-certifying or using non-globally-recognized programs,” said Kevin Dalton, CEO of Unlimited Auto Wash.  “We did not want to be part of that and decided we were going to pursue environmental sustainability the right way.  We have seven facilities and are choosing to get all seven certified.  The Edenark Group ISO 14001 sustainability certification program provides us that opportunity.  This will be wonderful for all our stakeholders; our customers, our employees, our company and our community.” 

“When an organization pursues, and attains, the Edenark Group ISO 14001 sustainability certification, they are not just doing it to see their costs go down and revenues and profits go up.  They are setting a higher bar for their organization and sending a message to all those around them that may be claiming to be environmentally-supportive, but are in truth greenwashing by not validating their actions under a global 3rd party certification,” says David Goodman, CEO of Edenark Group.  “Companies who are agreeing to adhere to the world’s Gold standard for sustainability certification are allowing their actions to be reviewed; are choosing to be a leader and part of the solution, not the problem; and are joining an elite fraternity of over 300,000 organizations, in over 150 countries, that have committed to continually improving in every way.”

Unlimited Auto Wash can be reached at +1 561-WASH-ME-2

Edenark Group can be reached at +1 561.512.2257     

 

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November 28th, 2023|

Environmental Sustainability Index – Q4 2023

Honeywell and The Futurum Group combine to produce a quarterly environmental sustainability report.  This edition closes out 2023 and says the following:

 

  • Sustainability ranks as the #1 corporate priority – 34% higher than 2nd place digital transformation; 50% higher than 3rd place market growth and 4th place financial performance; and double customer experience, workforce/talent, security/trust and business continuity.

 

  • While 21% are increasing sustainability spending by more than 50%; almost all are increasing sustainability spending; and less than 2% are decreasing their sustainability spending.

 

  • Driven by Scope 3 and government mandates, 70% have emission reduction plans.

 

If this is not consistent with the actions and direction of your organization, either the study group respondents have their finger on the global pulse or you do.  Per one of our prior posts, the Bank of England believes any organization not following this course will not survive. 

 

If you want to investigate further, watch this master class and contact us.

November 27th, 2023|

Scope 3 – Will it be Friend or Foe in 2024?

By now, your 2024 planning should be nearly done and soon you will be into another year, trying to meet your goals.

Will Scope 3 help or hurt your 2024 effort?

Background –  

  • By the end of this year, over 50% of the world’s economies will have sustainability laws with teeth (ie, with fines)
  • The EU has its laws in place
  • In the US, California has 253 and 261 and the SEC is expected to have its law, which is expected to mirror the EU law, published by the end of this year (within the next six weeks)
  • All of these start with public companies and progress, over time, to smaller (non-public) companies

So, if you are a non-public company, why should you care?

Answer:  Scope 3

The carbon emissions your company produces in its day to day operation is its Scope 1.  The emissions your utility provider produces to create your electricity, is your Scope 2.  And there are 17 things like vendors, clients, travel, CapEx, product end of life (for batteries, computers, et cetera), et cetera, that orbit your company and make up Scope 3.

Now we get to the reason for this email:

  • Many of those big public companies will need to include their Scope 3 as part of their submittal.  This means they will need their vendors to have a legitimate (ie, certified/verified) sustainability and carbon program.
  • Also, any company that has publicly made a Net Zero pledge (ie, “We will be Net Zero by 2030”) MUST have its Scope 3 vendors along for the ride. 

Vendors are already receiving Scope 3 letters from their clients.  This is the first step in a process that leads to a decision – become sustainable (and have a carbon program) and stay a vendor or choose not to and get terminated.

Some organizations will see this as a royal pain in the backside, while others will see it as an opportunity to differentiate and take market share. 

 

If this might be of interest, watch this master class then contact us.

You will be doing the right thing….and good things will happen!

November 27th, 2023|

The Connection between Consumer Loyalty and Climate Responsibility

Another day, another study.  The dates change, the authors change, but the message is always the same – 

 

  • Consumers are unified in their demand that your company prove it is sustainable and part of  the climate solution

 

  • And, they are rewarding those that are doing so

 

This new Harris Poll reports

 

  • 82% of U.S. consumers believe companies have a responsibility to offset their carbon emissions –

           Does your company have a carbon emissions program? 

           Are you prepared for your Scope 3 letter?

           Are you using this as an opportunity or ignoring it?

 

  • 79% believe corporations have an obligation to address climate change

           Does your company have a 3rd party audited climate change program to promote?

               

  • 73% of Americans believe you should talk about your sustainability efforts

            For those that are not certified/verified sustainable, this poses a problem

 

  • 71% of U.S. adults say they are more loyal to companies that take an active role in protecting the environment

             Where do you see this level of agreement on any topic?

 

  • 68% of the 18-34 age group will pay more for products from companies that have a strong stance on sustainability and climate change

               If you want to take market share, or protect margin, be able to prove you are sustainable

 

If you want to show consumers you are listening; be part of the solution rather than being part of the problem; and gain a new talking point that resonates, watch this master class and contact us.

November 23rd, 2023|

Unlimited Auto Wash at Lighthouse Drive in North Palm Beach will pursue Sustainability Certification Compliance

Unlimited Auto Wash at Lighthouse Drive in North Palm Beach, FL, is part of the seven-location Unlimited Auto Wash Club that serves South Florida.  Unlimited Auto Wash is a 100% Full Service Hand Car Wash with over 30 employees.  It cares deeply about the environment and the community it serves, and has decided to pursue the Edenark Group ISO 14001 environmental sustainability certification program.

The Edenark Group ISO 14001 is the world’s premier environmental sustainability certification program and allows SMEs (small to mid-sized enterprises) the ability to attain the world’s most popular environmental certification standard via a program designed and priced specifically for them.  This allows an organization to validate, via 3rd party audit against the world’s top standard, its environmental / sustainability / green / eco-friendly actions.

The program, which allows companies to progressively improve at a pace that works for their needs, helps the organization define how it interacts internally, externally, and with the environment.  It incorporates energy/waste/water, employee health and performance enhancement, community involvement, procurement and suppliers, compliance and regulations, emergency/security, and stakeholder engagement.  Benefits include creating a culture of continual improvement, stakeholder engagement, lower costs, higher revenues and profits, improved employee performance, and…… doing the right thing for the environment for current and future generations.   

“We see a lot of greenwashing and did not want to be part of that,” said Kevin Dalton, CEO of Unlimited Auto Wash.    “Many organizations, looking to cash in on consumer demand, claim to be environmentally friendly, but most practice greenwashing by self-auditing or self-certifying or using non-globally-recognized programs.  We decided we were going to pursue environmental sustainability the right way.  We have seven facilities and are choosing to get all seven certified.  The Edenark Group ISO 14001 sustainability certification program provides us that opportunity.  This will be wonderful for all our stakeholders; our customers, our employees, our company and our community.” 

“When an organization pursues, and attains, the Edenark Group ISO 14001 sustainability certification, they are not just doing it to see their costs go down and revenues and profits go up.  They are setting a higher bar for their organization and sending a message to all those around them that may be claiming to be environmentally-supportive, but are in truth greenwashing by not validating their actions under a global 3rd party certification,” says David Goodman, CEO of Edenark Group.  “Companies who are agreeing to adhere to the world’s Gold standard for sustainability certification are allowing their actions to be reviewed; are choosing to be a leader and part of the solution, not the problem; and are joining an elite fraternity of over 300,000 organizations, in over 150 countries, that have committed to continually improving in every way.”

Unlimited Auto Wash can be reached at +1 561-WASH-ME-2

Edenark Group can be reached at +1 561.512.2257 

 

 

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November 21st, 2023|

2023 will be the hottest year on record. What now?

Per this article, 2023 will be the hottest year on record. 

Per the opening chart, September 2023 was not only the hottest September on record, but it was also the largest marginal difference between any prior year’s months, on record. 

June was the hottest June; July was not just the hottest July, but the hottest month on record; and August was not just the hottest August, but second only to July in terms of all time ranking.    

Per the video imbedded in the attached, scientists were expecting this year would be hot, but not THIS hot.

We are not just getting hotter, but, pardon the pun, Momma Earth is picking up steam.  You will never, in your lifetime, experience a summer like you had as a kid.  The temperature will continue to go up for a length of time that exceeds many generations into the future.

Our decision, as individuals and as leaders of companies, is to decide if we want to help moderate this rise, and take the pressure off, or if we want to tell Momma Earth, “Let her rip!”

Consumers want your company to be part of the solution.  If you would like to consider it, watch this master class and contact us.

November 20th, 2023|

Com-ESCO™ has renewed its Environmental Sustainability Certification through 2024

Com-ESCO™, a South Florida-based, licensed and insured general contractor and commercial Energy Services Company, and parent of Sustainable Performance Solutions and Sea Coast Professional Window & Door,  has continued its environmental sustainability commitment by renewing and extending its Edenark Group ISO 14001 sustainability certification through 2024.

The Edenark Group ISO 14001 is the world’s premier environmental sustainability certification program and allows SMEs (small to mid-sized enterprises) a program designed and priced specifically for them.  

The program, which allows companies to progressively improve at a pace that works for their needs, helps the organization define how it interacts internally, externally, and with the environment.  It incorporates energy/waste/water, employee health and performance enhancement, community involvement, procurement and suppliers, compliance and regulations, emergency/security, and stakeholder engagement.  Benefits include creating a culture of continual improvement, stakeholder engagement, lower costs, higher revenues and profits, improved employee performance, and…… doing the right thing for the environment and current and future generations.   

“We provide a full range of general contracting and ESCO services and are a leader in energy efficient construction”, said Mike Modica, principal in com-ESCO.  “We intimately know the sustainability space and via our various companies, provide products, services, auditing and credentialing, to a large number of clients, domestically and internationally.  We have worked with Edenark Group for years and our views, expectations and standards align with their views, expectations and standards,” added Modica. 

“Sustainability is not a one-and-done event.  It is a process of continual improvement.  Any organization that claims to be sustainable and does not have an annual certification via a globally-recognized program with 3rd party verification is greenwashing; they are promoting actions not validated.  When an organization attains and renews the Edenark Group ISO 14001 sustainability certification, they are not just doing it to see their costs go down and revenues and profits go up; they are setting a higher bar for their organization and sending a signal to all those around them,” says David Goodman, CEO of Edenark Group.  “They are agreeing to adhere to the world’s Gold standard for sustainability certification; are choosing to be a leader and part of the solution, not the problem; and are joining an elite fraternity of over 300,000 organizations, in over 150 countries, that have committed to continually improve in every way.”

com-ESCO can be reached at 888.344.ESCO (3726)

Edenark Group can be reached at +1 561.512.2257

 

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November 20th, 2023|

United Tech Employee Management has renewed its Environmental Sustainability Certification through 2024

United Tech Employee Management, a Palm Beach, Florida-based, family-owned, employee leasing, payroll, workers’ comp, and unemployment administration company, has renewed its Edenark Group ISO 14001 environmental sustainability certification through 2024.

The Edenark Group ISO 14001 is the world’s premier environmental sustainability certification program and allows SMEs (small to mid-sized enterprises) the ability to attain the world’s most popular environmental certification standard via a program designed and priced specifically for them.

The program, which allows companies to progressively improve at a pace that works for their needs, helps the organization define how it interacts internally, externally, and with the environment.  It incorporates energy/waste/water, employee health and performance enhancement, community involvement, procurement and suppliers, compliance and regulations, emergency/security, and stakeholder engagement.  Benefits include creating a culture of continual improvement, stakeholder engagement, lower costs, higher revenues and profits, improved employee performance, and…… doing the right thing for the environment.   

“We have deep desire to help improve our community; serving people and protecting future generations is at the core of our culture.  We are choosing to be part of the solution,” said Kristina Smith, President of United Tech Employee Management.  “Our model allows our services to scale and grow as our clients grow. We like the fact that the Edenark Group ISO 14001 program follows the same philosophy of progressive improvement, allowing us to continue to grow and improve in our sustainability effort every year,” added Smith.     

“Sustainability is not a one-and-done event.  It is a process of continual improvement.  Any organization that claims to be sustainable and does not have an annual certification via a globally-recognized program with 3rd party verification is greenwashing; they are not willing to have their actions validated.  When an organization attains and renews the Edenark Group ISO 14001 sustainability certification, they are not just doing it to see their costs go down and revenues and profits go up; they are setting a higher bar for their organization and sending a signal to all those around them,” says David Goodman, CEO of Edenark Group.  “They are agreeing to adhere to the world’s Gold standard for sustainability certification; are choosing to be a leader and part of the solution, not the problem; and are joining an elite fraternity of over 300,000 organizations, in over 150 countries, that have committed to continually improve in every way.”

United Tech Employee Management can be reached at +1 561.594.4892

Edenark Group can be reached at +1 561.512.2257     

 

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November 17th, 2023|

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