Stewardship Action Council formed to promote Sustainable & Responsible Business Practices

Published on January 27th, 2011 | by

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.

Goals include:

  • 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
    Audubon International
    BMW
    Calvert Asset Management Company, Inc.
    Campbell Institute of the National Safety Council
    CLF Ventures
    Covanta Energy Corporation
    DM Petroleum Operations Company
    Forever Resorts
    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
    Pfizer
    PRIZIM, Inc.
    Rockwell Collins
    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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About the Author

Emily McKinin DeMasi is a 2011 MBA/ MA Public Policy candidate and Peace Corps Fellow at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. Her thesis work concerns Corporate Social Responsibility in the United States. She also works as a Research Fellow at Bridgeway Capital, a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) in downtown Pittsburgh. Emily has worked as an Associate in a Private Equity Placement Firm in NY and as a Water and Sanitation Volunteer in Ivory Coast, West Africa. She hopes to combine her business background with her passion for development and inspire others in the fields of Sustainability and CSR.