Catholic Healthcare West (CHW) manages to combine business success with a commitment to sustainability. “The moral and operational imperatives are here, now, for health care to support safer chemicals reform. This isn’t just a fight between environmentalists and the chemical industry, it’s really about who cares for human health.”
Construction Specialties has created a niche for itself by developing and manufacturing environmentally responsible building products. This $300-million-a-year business helps builders avoid PVCs, PBTs, and other chemicals known to harm human health and the environment. “The demand for environmentally responsible and relevant building products is growing rapidly.”
Kaiser Permanente uses its purchasing clout to create new markets for safer medical products, and has spent years removing toxic chemicals from its operations to protect patient health. But the people at Kaiser realize their own efforts will always fall short without robust federal laws to support them.
“Amazingly, it’s hard to fathom that as architects we don’t always know what chemicals are in the building materials we use. It’s time for this to change. It’s time to bring a new set of baseline criteria to building design and construction by starting with the elimination of toxic chemicals in building materials.” – Robin Guenther, Principal, Perkins+Will
A leading brand of natural household and personal care products, Seventh Generation is an excellent example of how socially responsible businesses are thriving in today’s marketplace. Their name comes from the Law of the Iroquois that states, “In our every deliberation, we must consider the impact of our decisions on the next seven generations.”