According to the CSRwire press release, The Stewardship Action Council (SAC) announced its formation yesterday with aims to promote and improve sustainable and socially responsible business practices, provide a space where cross-functional collaboration can take place, and develop a performance-based sustainability index.
This new multi-stakeholder organization is open to industrial facilities, academic institutions, governmental and non-governmental organizations, the investment community and trade associations with the mission to: Raising the level of social, environmental, and economic performance through shared responsibility and collaboration among business, non-governmental, academic, and government organizations.
- creating a multi-stakeholder learning network.
- creating collaborative partnerships to address local and regional environmental, social and economic challenges.
- advancing sustainability performance and recognizing and sharing outcomes.
My hope is that SAC will also act as a bridge to the federal government where they can advise as experts and influence public policies and/or legislation that incentivizes sustainable and socially responsible business practices. As you can see from the list of founding members below, state governments are represented but there are no federal agencies connected to this group yet.
Founding members of SAC include:
- American University
Calvert Asset Management Company, Inc.
Campbell Institute of the National Safety Council
Covanta Energy Corporation
DM Petroleum Operations Company
Georgia Department of Natural Resources
Indiana Department of Environmental Management
Matt Potoski, Iowa State University
Johnson & Johnson
Lockheed Martin Manassas
Michelin North America, Inc.
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
National Pollution Prevention Roundtable (NPPR)
North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources
Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation
Virginia Department of Environmental Quality
Washington State Department of Ecology
West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection
Wildlife Habitat Council
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
To learn more about SAC visit their website.
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