Vanessa Harwood, Aetna Teleworker :
Our values not only guide how we interact with people, they also lead us naturally to sustainability.
Sustainability means being sensitive to the impact that our actions have on the environment, locally and globally. We recognize that, as a company, we can make choices that are good for our business and our planet.
We’re reducing our carbon footprint through a wide spectrum of recycling and energy-reduction initiatives that include installing solar panels and engaging in sustainable building practices.
We’re very proud that these efforts have resulted in a 2009 Climate Change Leadership Award from the State of Connecticut. And, we earned LEED silver certification for our new Customer Center.
But our most impressive results may spring from steps we’ve taken to encourage our employees’ use of mass transportation and telework. By reducing the number of cars on the road, we are decreasing our carbon dioxide emissions.
No single group can solve the world’s problems, but companies can move the collective needle by using their human and financial resources to innovate in ways that benefit both private interests and the public good.