We are proud to be part of a network of great companies that work throughout the year to promote sustainability. Here are some examples of how NYSE-listed companies are stepping up:
AECOM (NYSE: ACM) With a focus on lasting, positive economic, environmental and social impacts for a brighter future, AECOM is committed to sustainability in its internal operations and in the delivery of projects for its global clients. Recognizing its expansive footprint, the infrastructure firm has implemented practices that reduce energy consumption and waste, and is working to consolidate its physical footprint and significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2020.
Aegon Asset Management (NYSE: AEG) has invested over €8 billion in ‘pure’ impact areas including €436 million in clean energy investments around the world. Most recently, Aegon committed €50 million to Climate Investor One, a climate initiative which finances solar, wind, and run-of-river hydro projects in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
AES Corporation (NYSE: AES) The AES Corporation recently established a goal to reduce its carbon intensity (tons of carbon dioxide/MWh) by 50% from 2016 to 2030. Further, AES also recently announced its commitment to adopt the recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), representing the next step in the Company’s climate-related disclosures.
Agilent Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: A) is committed to conducting business in an ethical, socially responsible and environmentally sustainable manner through the products we make and way we operate. For example, our recently introduced Intuvo 9000 Gas Chromatograph consumes 50% less power than a conventional GC, uses an Agilent oil-free scroll pump and it’s 70% smaller footprint means a lot less packaging. Last year, Agilent invested in energy conservation in our operations, resulting in an equivalent energy savings to taking more than 400 cars off the road.
Air Products (NYSE: APD) exists to solve customers’ toughest challenges. We dive in to understand the real need and then creatively apply the optimal gas or technology solution. Our customers experience higher productivity, better quality products, reduced energy use, and lower emissions. Put simply, our offerings and expertise help make them more sustainable.
Avery Dennison (NYSE: AVY) is committed to serving as a force for good, guided by a bold set of 2025 sustainability goals, which include targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and waste, utilize responsibly-sourced paper, continue to innovate with a focus on sustainability and more. We are making great progress toward achieving these goals, including a 2016 reduction of absolute CO2 emissions by nearly 12 percent from a 2015 baseline. As a materials science innovator, Avery Dennison views sustainability as an opportunity to lead as we build a more resilient and profitable company, and support the communities in which we operate.
Barrick (NYSE: ABX) At Barrick, every one of our people is a shareholder in the Company. They are, in other words, not just employees, they are owners with the deep and abiding commitment that ownership brings. This commitment encompasses every aspect of our business, including environmental stewardship. We understand that mining can affect the physical environment, and our people are fully committed to not only minimizing and mitigating those impacts, but to supporting projects, such as water infrastructure or reforestation initiatives, that benefit the local environment and our community partners.
BBVA (NYSE: BBVA) has announced its strategy around climate change and sustainable development, Pledge 2025. The strategy will help the bank meet the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and is aligned with the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. BBVA is pledging to mobilize €100 billion in green finance, sustainable infrastructure, social entrepreneurship and financial inclusion through 2025.
BHP Billiton (NYSE: BHP) set a challenging five year target in FY13 to keep greenhouse gas emissions below its FY06 baseline. In FY17, BHP achieved its target, with emissions 21% below the baseline. Over the same period, production at the Company grew by over 50%, showing that emissions can be decoupled from growth.
Blackberry (NYSE: BB) Our Environment@BlackBerry Program has been in place for more than 10 years, with one of the most successful components focusing on sustainable transportation. In 2015, we developed a Commuting Action Plan and have since seen a 4% reduction in our Drive Alone rate by offering transit, cycling, walking and carpooling incentives to employees. In 2017, our Waterloo Region employees saved 4.3 tonnes of CO2 by choosing sustainable transportation as their mode of commuting to work.
Canadian National Railway’s (NYSE: CN) EcoConnexions programs are the core platform that engages our employees, communities, and customers to help us make a difference and achieve our goals of reducing emissions, conserving resources, and increasing biodiversity. Our EcoConnexions employee engagement program, launched in 2011 in partnership with Earth Day Canada, is focused on embedding environmental sustainability into our culture. It includes targeted initiatives to reduce energy consumption, reduce waste and improve housekeeping practices at our yards and offices.
Canon U.S.A. (NYSE: CAJ) is committed to its Kyosei philosophy of social and environmental responsibility and it prides itself on striving to be a good corporate citizen through the company’s robust corporate social responsibility programs and has been recognized with numerous ENERGY STAR® awards for designing energy efficient products. Canon U.S.A. is the single largest funder of wildlife conservation and research in Yellowstone National Park and since 2009 has helped contribute to the planting of over 410,000 trees through its support of the Arbor Day Foundation.
CEMEX (NYSE: CX) aims to lead in sustainable construction by developing building products and solutions that have significant positive sustainability attributes and contribute to the transformation of the construction sector. The company is protecting our future environment by working to achieve its ambitious 2020 sustainability targets, which includes the implementation of Biodiversity Action Plans across its quarries, mitigating its carbon footprint, reducing major air emissions, among other areas. CEMEX continues to empower communities through its high-impact social strategy, positively impacting more than 14.1 million people since the inception of their programs.
Clean Harbors (NYSE: CLH) provides environmental, energy and industrial services that support sustainability stewardship across North America. Our products and services, including used oil collection and high-quality re-refined oil products, help keep businesses in balance with the environment.
The Clorox Company (NYSE: CLX) is committed to good growth — growth that’s profitable, sustainable and achieved responsibly. As part of that focus, the company has set public goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, energy use, water use and waste-to-landfill in its operations by 20 percent as well as make sustainability improvements to more than 50 percent of its global product portfolio by 2020, and has already made significant progress against those goals. Clorox also works with its business partners to advance issues such as climate change, responsible sourcing and ethical business practices.
Coca-Cola (NYSE: KO) The Coca-Cola Company announced in January that it is fundamentally reshaping its approach to packaging, with a global goal to help collect and recycle the equivalent of 100% of its packaging by 2030. This goal is the centerpiece of the Company’s new packaging vision for a World Without Waste, which the Coca-Cola system intends to back with a multi-year investment that includes ongoing work to make packaging 100% recyclable. This begins with the understanding that food and beverage containers are an important part of people’s modern lives but that there is much more to be done to reduce packaging waste globally.
Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) is playing a role in sustainability efforts through fuel-efficient replacement aircraft, adding more electric ground support vehicles and by developing an easy way for customers to calculate and then offset the carbon emissions of their travel. They’re also working with the airport authority at their Atlanta hub to conserve and restore the Flint River, which flows underneath Delta’s operation there, the busiest global airline hub in the world. Plus, Delta has decided to become the only airline to cap their emissions at 2012 levels ahead of the International Civil Aviation Organization conference that will cap emissions at 2019/2020 levels. At Delta, they say that no airline better connects the world and its efforts are proof positive of its vision.
Diageo North America (NYSE: DEO) has made significant progress toward the company’s Sustainability & Responsibility Targets for 2020 against a 2007 baseline. Through June 30, 2017, Diageo North America achieved a 36% improvement in water efficiency, a 74% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and a 99.6% reduction in waste sent to landfill.
Disney (NYSE: DIS) is a company of storytellers, and our efforts to protect and conserve the world in which we live tells the story of our longstanding commitment to environmental stewardship as we operate and grow our business. Some of the ways we do this include: maintaining emissions at our theme parks to 2012 levels even with some of the largest expansion projects in our history; we are on track to diverting 60 percent of our operational waste from landfills and incineration by 2020 and awarding more than $70 million in conservation grants from the Disney Conservation Fund to support more than 2,000 projects aimed at protecting more than 400 different species around the world.
Dominion Energy (NYSE: D) is committed to environmental stewardship that reduces emissions, reduces waste and protects habitats and wildlife while providing safe, reliable service to our customers and communities. For example, the company is now the nation’s sixth-largest utility owner-operator of solar power and is a leader in reducing carbon emissions, decreasing carbon intensity by 43% since 2000.
Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK) has lowered overall carbon dioxide emissions by 31% since 2005 by modernizing its generation fleet. Now, it’s aiming for 40% by 2030.
Edison International (NYSE: EIX) is leading the transformation of the electric power industry while remaining committed to sustainability, for our planet, our employees and our communities. Our recently released Clean Power and Electrification Pathway white paper lays out a roadmap to help curb climate change and cleanse our air of smog-forming pollutants. Today, 40% of the power we deliver is carbon-free, and we’ll need to have 80% carbon-free power by 2030 to meet California’s climate goals. In addition to reducing GHG emissions through clean energy in our own sector, we’re working to reduce GHG emissions across the transportation sector (including fuel refining) and in buildings, replacing fossil fuels with clean electricity.
Edwards Lifesciences (NYSE: EW) is committed to helping patients around the world, acting as responsible corporate citizens and promoting environmental excellence in its operations and communities, which includes attaining its 2020 Environmental Plan directed at reducing energy, water, waste disposal, air emissions and climate risks. By successfully decreasing impact on climate change 12% since 2015, Edwards avoided the emission of 5,700 metric tons of greenhouse gases last year. Edwards has also reached 80% of its goal to achieve ISO14001 Environmental Management System certifications at all of its manufacturing sites worldwide.
FCA (NYSE:FCAU) Responsibility for protecting the environment rests with everyone at FCA. The environmental footprint at our plants has been significantly reduced since 2010, with plant CO2 emissions cut by 33% and a 58% reduction in waste generated. In 2017, more than 2 billion cubic meters of water was saved at FCA’s plants, with a recycling index that reached nearly 100 percent.
FedEx (NYSE: FDX) aims to connect the world responsibly and resourcefully by focusing on improving efficiencies in our vehicle and aircraft fleets and buildings, providing alternative solutions for customers, working to discover new technologies for our assets and advocating for good public policy. We call this approach to sustainability Reduce, Replace, Revolutionize, and it helped us avoid over 2 million metric tons of CO2e in FY16.
Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS) is taking action globally to reduce its environmental footprint in its retail operations, product development and across its supply chain. The company recently announced a sustainable manufacturing goal to conserve a total of 10 billion liters of water by the end of 2020; this new goal is part of Gap Inc.’s water stewardship strategy, which is focused on lessening the impact at the raw materials and product design level as well as helping communities touched by its business improve access to clean water and sanitation. In addition, Gap Inc. has committed to a 50% absolute reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in its owned and operated facilities globally from a 2015 baseline, and to divert 80% of its waste in the U.S. from landfill by the end of 2020.
Hewlett Packard Enterprise (NYSE: HPE) is a global leader in driving environmental and social change to catalyze innovation and foster transparency throughout the technology industry and beyond. HPE delivers sustainable outcomes across their value chain, with ambitious goals to source renewable energy, build the capabilities of suppliers, and improve the energy performance of IT infrastructure. In partnership with their customers, HPE is harnessing the power of technology to transform industries and accelerate breakthrough solutions to pressing environmental and social issues.
Hilton (NYSE: HLT) has invested in sustainable operations across its global portfolio, including reducing both energy and water consumption by nearly 20%, carbon emissions by 25%, and waste output by almost 30% since 2008. Hilton’s entire portfolio of 5,200+ hotels is certified to ISO 50001 Energy Management, the largest certified portfolio in the world.
HP Inc. (NYSE: HPQ) is the industry leader in PCs, Printing, and 3D Printing. Focused on Sustainable Impact across the globe, the company uses closed-loop recycled plastic in its products, was just named a 2018 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year, and HP headquarters received a Zero Waste Gold Certification from the USGBC. The company is also ranked #5 on Barron’s “100 Most Sustainable Companies” list.
The Home Depot (NYSE: HD) has expanded their pollinator friendly live goods to all US stores with their Nature’s Nutrients line of flowering plants. This spring, the home improvement retailer will begin offering organic edibles in all their U.S. stores. The organic edible offering will complete The Home Depot's extensive organic gardening product line-up, including some of the most respected brands in the space including Dr. Earth, Kellogg, Espoma and more.
Honeywell (NYSE: HON) has reduced its greenhouse gas intensity by more than 65% between 2004 and 2017, and increased its energy efficiency by about 60% between 2004 and 2017. By 2019 we will reduce our global greenhouse gas emissions by an additional 10% per dollar of revenue from our 2013 levels. Since 2010, we have implemented more than 3,600 energy efficiency and water conservation projects.
HSBC (NYSE: HSBC) issued a $1 billion Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) bond in November 2017. This was the first benchmark sustainability bond that highlighted the United Nations SDGs as use of proceeds.
Huntsman (NYSE: HUN) At Huntsman, innovation is at the heart of our diversified and differentiated chemicals business. We constantly look for new and better ways to innovate to help address such global megatrends as population growth, increasing wealth in emerging economies, finite hydrocarbon resources, greenhouse gas emissions reduction, and potential impacts on climate change. Recently, Huntsman won BMW Group’s prestigious Supplier Innovation Award for Sustainability for developing technology that reduces emissions from the high-performance polyurethane seating foam used in its vehicles by a factor of 10 without compromising comfort or quality. In everything we do, we have our eyes on our triple bottom line of people, planet and profit.
Hyatt (NYSE: H) is committed to environmental stewardship and is guided in its efforts by the company’s 2020 Vision, which includes goals to reduce energy, water and greenhouse gas emissions intensities, increase waste diversion with a focus on reducing food waste, collaborate in the construction of efficient hotels, and purchase more sustainable products. Hyatt has made great progress against these goals, including doubling the percentage of responsible seafood purchases from a 2014 baseline.
Intercontinental Exchange (NYSE: ICE) With over a decade of investment in environmental markets, ICE is recognized as a global leader in emissions and renewable energy trading. The establishment of a transparent, market-based pricing system helps companies make decisions on how to allocate resources and invest in new technologies and innovative solutions. ICE also offers opportunities for sustainable investment through the leading exchange for green ETFs, NYSE Arca, and our index business which administers, calculates or publishes more than 20 environmental-based indices.
JPMorgan Chase (NYSE: JPM) is advancing sustainability for its clients and its own operations by committing to sourcing renewable energy for 100% of its global power needs by 2020 and to facilitating $200 billion in clean financing through 2025, the largest commitment by a global financial institution. In the past 10 months, the firm has been retrofitting an average of 11 branches every day, reducing lighting energy consumption by 50%. It also has 29 turbines spinning in Texas, supplying power for 13 % of its overall consumption in the U.S., which is enough to power more than 14,000 homes every year. In addition, as of the end of 2017, JPMorgan Chase has facilitated over $60 billion in clean financing projects like the $3.0 billion Initial Public Offering of Dong Energy, a global leader in offshore wind.
Juniper Networks, Inc. (NYSE: JNPR) is committed to minimizing resource impacts and improving efficiencies at every stage of our product life cycle: from the materials we use, our environmentally responsible manufacturing processes, our product energy footprint, packaging and end-of-life activities. We redesigned packaging for Juniper’s SRX4600 and are using 100% Ocean Bound Plastic material in the cushioning during shipping which prevents plastic from entering our oceans by recovering and repurposing plastics found at beaches, rivers and waterways. Our MX series 3D Universal Edge Routers offer breakthrough energy efficiency, with the MX10003 delivering ultra-high density in a space-and-power-optimized package, while consuming 0.8W per Gigabit of throughput – breaking the 1W per Gigabit barrier.
Kinross Gold (NYSE: KGC) We announced a partnership with Trout Unlimited and Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF) to protect wildlife habitat near Yellowstone National Park. Through this partnership, Kinross will donate water rights representing about 3 billion gallons of water to Trout Unlimited to protect fish habitat in the Yellowstone River watershed and reached a conservation easement with RMEF to protect an important 549-acre land corridor used as an elk migration route and Yellowstone National Park viewshed.
Marriott Vacations Worldwide (NYSE: VAC) was the first timeshare company to work with Clean the World, beginning their relationship in 2012. Since that time Marriott Vacations has collected almost half a million bars of soap and over 100,000 pounds of recyclable waste to donate to those affected by poverty, homelessness, and humanitarian and natural crises around the world.
McKesson (NYSE: MCK) At McKesson we focus on creating better health, and part of that is improving the health of our planet. We have set targets to reduce our use of non-renewable resources. Across our company, we work to optimize our fleet, use alternate power sources like solar, and seek LEED and WELL certification for new and retrofitted buildings. And we partner with our customers to reduce packaging through reusable totes while delivering 1/3 of prescription medicines in North America.
Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage, Inc. (NYSE: NGVC) Natural Grocers is dedicated to protecting the environment and reducing its carbon footprint. We encourage our customers and all shoppers to support the change they wish to see in the world with their purchasing dollars. With the regenerative farming and eco-friendly practices of the products we carry and, as importantly, the types of products we won’t sell, combined with the green tactics we implement at each store, we ensure that Natural Grocers customers are taking a small step with each purchase toward supporting the future of our planet.
Newmont Mining (NYSE: NEM) is focused on sustainability and serving as a catalyst for local economic development through transparent and respectful stakeholder engagement and as responsible stewards of the environment. Sustainability is not only a core value and the right thing to do, it also delivers value throughout the mine lifecycle for our business, shareholders and other stakeholders. Newmont has been ranked by the DJSI World Index as the mining industry leader for three years in a row.
Nike (NYSE: NKE) believes that sustainability is the world’s greatest innovation challenge. We are investing in disruptive innovations that move toward a more circular future. That’s why 71% of all Nike apparel and footwear contain recycled materials, in everything from yarns and trim to some of our most premium jerseys and shoes. It is also why, for four years straight, Nike has been recognized as using the most recycled polyester in the industry, diverting more than 3 billion bottles from landfill since 2010.
Nokia (NYSE: NOK) became the first telecoms equipment vendor to set long-term environmental science-based targets. We target by 2030 to reduce emissions from our operations by 41%, and scope 3 emissions – mainly from customer use of our products, by 75%.
Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NYSE: NCLH) We restore coral reefs on our private island, Great Stirrup Cay, to restore degraded reefs to densities where these corals can reproduce successfully and expand their populations in partnership with Nova Southeastern University’s Oceanographic Center. We recycled over 6,000 tons of paper, scrap metals, plastics, glass and other materials in 2017 through the Company’s Live Load program in partnership with Waste Management.
Novartis (NYSE: NVS) is one of 73 companies worldwide to make CDP’s Water A List in 2017 and is recognized among category leaders in healthcare in the 2017 CDP Climate Score; one of the 13 signatories to the “Industry Roadmap for Progress on Combating Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR)”, actively addressing the issue of AMR in the environment; and has signed a contract as an off-taker for 100 megawatts of offsite renewable energy from a new wind project which will cover 75% of Novartis’ US carbon footprint from purchased electricity starting 2019.
Nutrien (NYSE: NTR) Journey 2050® and Farmers 2050®, created by Nutrien, takes students on a virtual farm simulation that explores world food sustainability. Using an inquiry based approach, this digital program encourages students to make decisions and adjust them as they see their impact on society, the environment and the economy at a local and global scale. Every Day is Earth Day for Farmers.
Performance Food Group Company (PFGC) Good sustainability practices are not only critical for the greater good of people and the planet, we believe it is a better way of doing business at Performance Food Group. We continuously look for ways to make contributions and instill best practices throughout our entire enterprise. This is our promise to our customers, our suppliers, our employees and our stakeholders. For example, through PFG’s 100% Wood Pallet Recycling Program on Earth Day the company will recycle in-bound wood pallets equivalent to saving 7,397 trees – annualized at 2.7 million trees.
PPG (NYSE:PPG) Through our focus on sustainable business practices, we are minimizing the footprint of our operations and working with our suppliers to deliver sustainable products that are more durable, create less waste during use and enhance the sustainability of the products to which they are applied. We are also actively engaged with our customers, providing them with innovative products and services that help them meet their sustainability goals, such as increased energy efficiency and reduced emissions and waste.
PPL (NYSE: PPL) sustainability commitments provide a framework for PPL to grow and innovate in a responsible, reliable way that benefits customers, shareowners, employees and society as a whole.
Praxair (NYSE: PX) Earth Week projects often involve community activities, including tree planting, roadside clean-ups and school educational events. Employees also share individual environmentally-friendly acts — more than 2,700 in 2016. Praxair’s Global Giving program then “matches” each act with a donation; in 2016, this donation funded contributions to community organizations that provide seeds for food growing in areas where hunger is a pressing concern.
Prologis, Inc. (NYSE: PLD) strives to be an exemplary global citizen by minimizing its environmental impact while maximizing returns for its shareholders. Prologis’ co-investment venture, Prologis European Logistics Fund, issued a €300 million green bond—the first such issuance by a logistics real estate company. Prologis is proud to be recognized for its leadership in sustainability, including being awarded 10 GRESB Green Stars and being recognized for superior sustainability practices as NAREIT’s industrial Leader in the Light for six consecutive years.
Republic Services (NYSE: RSG) embraces its responsibility to regenerate the planet with the materials they are entrusted to handle every day — and do so by driving increased recycling, generating renewable energy and helping its 14 million customers be more resourceful in their waste disposal. The Company’s core commitments are reflected in the five elements of their Blue Planet sustainability platform: Operations, Materials Management, Communities, Safety and People. Republic Services continues to be recognized for its overall sustainability efforts, earning the DJSI’s North American and World Indices recognition; the ROBECOSAM Sustainability Award — Gold Class; Barron’s 100 Most Sustainable Companies; Ethisphere’s World’s Most Ethical Companies; CDP Global and Supplier Climate Level Distinctions; and Forbes America’s Best Large Employers list.
Rogers (NYSE: RCI) is committed to embedding environmental stewardship across our business activities. We prioritize managing our energy use and greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs), aiming to reduce GHGs by 25% and energy use by 10% by 2025, based on 2011 levels. We are also committed to reducing waste and paper usage in our workplaces — our internal Get Up & Get Green program eliminates garbage bins at employees’ desks and encourages them to use centralized sorting bins.
Royal Caribbean (NYSE: RCL) Royal Caribbean’s 2020 environmental goals set ambitious and measurable sustainability targets in sustainable sourcing, emissions reduction and destination stewardship that will reduce its environmental footprint and raise awareness about ocean conservation.
Salesforce (NYSE: CRM) is committed to creating a sustainable, low-carbon future by delivering a carbon neutral cloud, operating as a net-zero greenhouse gas emissions company, and by working to achieve its goal of 100 percent renewable energy for all global operations. As Salesforce continues its environmental stewardship, it strives to offer a blueprint for how other companies looking to make a positive impact in the world can harness similar sustainable innovation and in 2018 was ranked #2 on Barron’s List of 100 Most Sustainable Companies, as well as #2 on Fast Company's Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Social Good list.
SAP (NYSE: SAP) Despite growing four-fold since 2000, SAP emits less carbon dioxide today than it did 18 years ago. SAP hit the mark and reached its bold carbon reduction targets for the year 2020 already end of 2017. In support of UN Sustainable Development Goal 13 “Climate action”, SAP is extending its commitment and working towards becoming carbon neutral by 2025, while running its buildings and data centers on 100% renewable energy and providing its customers with a “green cloud”.
Sanofi (NYSE: SNY) is changing its packaging to reduce waste. The company is replacing plastic trays used to protect medicines with a carton solution, avoiding 80 tons of PVC per year.
Santander (NYSE: SAN) Acting as a responsible and sustainable bank, it is paramount to fulfill our mission which is to help people and businesses prosper. To this end, in 2017, the bank financed 3,390 megawatts of renewable energy, which is equivalent to the consumption of 3.6 million households. For the second consecutive year, Santander was the leading lender for renewables in the United States, and led the financing of Latin America’s largest wind farm in Mexico. Also within its own operations, the Group has made measurable efforts to reduce its environmental footprint by consuming 100 percent of its energy from renewable sources in Spain, the UK and Germany and sourcing from renewables 43% of total energy consumed by the Group worldwide.
Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE) Sustainability is embedded in Sempra Energy’s business strategy and growth drivers. The company is focused on clean energy, renewable natural gas, system modernization, and electric and natural gas-based solutions that reduce emissions and address environmental concerns. Fifty percent of the company’s power generation portfolio is now emissions-free; the company’s emissions rate from power generation is about half the U.S. national average; and, just one percent of the company’s total water use is from freshwater sources.
Sony (NYSE: SNE) Road to Zero is Sony's global environmental plan, striving to achieve a zero environmental footprint throughout the life cycle of our products and business activities by 2050.
Southern Company (NYSE: SO) Since 2000, employees from throughout the Southern Company system have voluntarily remove over 15 million pounds of trash from waterways.
SunTrust’s (NYSE: STI) online lender, LightStream, plants a tree for every loan. Over 1,500 acres have been planted so far.
TD Bank (NYSE: TD) uses business, human capital and philanthropy to further our efforts in sustainability. In December 2017, we announced a set of environmental initiatives to support the transition to a low-carbon economy, including a target of C$100 billion by 2030 in low-carbon lending, financing, asset management and other programs. Our employees have planted over 300,000 trees across North America as part of TD Tree Days, and through the TD Common Ground Project, the bank celebrated Canada's sesquicentennial by investing in the revitalization of over 150 urban green spaces.
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd (NYSE: TEVA) boosted the adoption of renewable electricity in Teva's European operations in 2017, continuing with the conversion of seven sites that came on stream for Teva through the acquisition of Actavis. By the end of 2017, Teva had achieved 85% renewable electricity consumption across legacy and new sites in Europe, representing more than 30% of Teva's global electricity consumption. This is another positive advancement toward Teva's aspiration of zero emissions globally, which is supported by long-term relationships with a trusted network across 15 countries in Europe.
Tyson Food’s (NYSE: TSN) 2017 sustainability report, Sustaining Our World, is highlighted by the company’s commitment to support improved environmental practices on 2 million acres of corn production by the end of 2020. It is the largest-ever land stewardship commitment by a U.S. protein company and supports Tyson Foods’ recently announced goal of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 30% by 2030.
UBS (NYSE: UBS) As part of UBS and Society, UBS has set a target of $5 billion of client assets invested into new impact investments by the end of 2021, is aiming to be a recognized innovator and thought leader in philanthropy, and is supporting the transition to a low-carbon economy as laid out in its climate change strategy.
Voya Financial (NYSE: VOYA) Our Voya Investment Management Environmental, Social and Governance Program helps our clients meet their investment objectives by enabling them to invest across a spectrum of environmental, social and governance objectives. Voya’s responsible, sustainable culture is reflected in our operations through various initiatives, including our environmental sustainability work. Since 2007, we have reduced our energy use by 44% and total waste by approximately 34% and, for the past 11 years, Voya has also purchased renewable-energy wind credits that equal 100% of our electricity use — a track record that, in 2015, led to Voya joining the RE100, a global list of companies that have pledged to source 100% of their electricity from renewable energy.
Walmart (NYSE: WMT) is the first retailer with an emissions-reduction plan approved by the Science Based Targets Initiative, in alignment with the Paris Agreement. Under this plan, we are working with our suppliers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in our value chain by one gigaton (one billion metric tons) by 2030 – the equivalent to taking more than 211 million passenger vehicles off of U.S. roads for an entire year.
Weis (NYSE: WMK) Since the inception of the Sustainability program in 2008, Weis has set clear objectives to achieve the goal of being a strong steward of the environment and a good neighbor and giving back in the communities served. As a company that operates 205 stores in seven states with its own distribution and manufacturing facilities, Weis is committed to the continuous improvement of operations with sustainability in mind. Weis has a robust recycling program with a 52% corporate recycling rate, continually installs energy efficiency measures, manages a refrigerant leak rate lower than the national average and invests in transportation efficiencies.
Weyerhaeuser (NYSE: WY) is one of the world's largest timber, land and forest products companies. In the last decade alone, we have planted more than one billion trees to ensure our forests continue to thrive, while also providing a renewable resource that can be used to make a range of forest products essential to everyday life. One hundred percent of our timberlands are independently certified to sustainable forest management standards, and we certify our supply chain as well. We have also made great progress toward our ambitious 2020 sustainability goals, including reducing our greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent since the year 2000 and increasing energy efficiency by 15 percent since 2009.
Wheaton Precious Metals (NYSE:WPM) At Wheaton, our goal is to minimize our direct and indirect impacts on the environment, and we are committed to improving the surrounding environment by supporting conservation programs that help protect biodiversity, manage water and energy resources, and reduce waste. As part of the Carbon Disclosure Project, each year we measure our total greenhouse gas emissions, reduce them where possible and offset the difference. Wheaton is proud to be a carbon neutral company since 2016.
Zoetis (NYSE: ZTS) We at Zoetis support our veterinarian and livestock farmer customers with solutions to help them raise healthy animals that are the source for a wholesome, sustainable supply of meat, poultry, fish, eggs, milk and dairy foods. We are developing ever better medicines, vaccines, diagnostics, genetic tests and biodevices that will help them raise healthy animals to nourish a growing global population with limited new sources of farmable land, water, and other natural resources. Zoetis is committed to using the world’s resources wisely and to growing our business in a way that is considerate of the global community.