Sustainability: What Does it Mean for You?

May 4, 2010
Brenda H. Gotanda and Michael A. Carter
Association of Corporate Counsel's "Quick Counsel"

Sustainability is often expressed in terms of the triple-bottom line—an expanded measure of accounting that measures not only the economic aspects of a business, but also its social and environmental impacts. Companies are increasingly integrating sustainability concepts into their decision-making. Common strategies to address a company’s environmental impacts include: actions to reduce energy, water and material use, waste and pollution reduction, and greenhouse gas inventories. The social impacts may be addressed through community investments, employee training and support, and enhanced occupational safety programs.

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