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Con Edison, Nestlé and Walmart Join the Earth Institute Corporate Circle

Corporate Circle

Following the launch of the Corporate Circle in October 2009, we are thrilled to welcome Con Edison, Nestlé and Walmart as new Sustaining Members with their $25,000 gifts to the institute. At this level, all three corporations are supporting the core sustainable development work of the Earth Institute and joining a network of top companies committed to sustainability.

Here in New York City, Con Edison is investing in new energy infrastructure and looking at sustainable development more holistically to promote the area’s stability, well-being and growth. Through their EnergyNY Plan, Con Edison is working to help the public think differently and globally about the way power is viewed and used.

At Nestlé, sustainable development is defined as adopting business practices that strike a careful balance between production and good environmental stewardship to protect the agriculture needs of the future. Nestlé’s Corporate Circle membership furthers their commitment to sustainable development and the integration of sustainability objectives into their core business operations.

As the world’s largest retailer, Walmart has joined the Corporate Circle to further their commitment to promoting sustainable use and reuse of the earth’s resources. Walmart’s goal is to be supplied 100 percent by renewable energy, create zero waste and sell products that sustain people and the environment.

The Corporate Circle allows businesses from all sectors to engage in mutually beneficial relationships that further sustainable development objectives. The addition of three of the region and world’s top corporations will greatly increase the Earth Institute’s own understanding of the potentially transformative role of corporations in achieving sustainable development and provide insight for our 15 founding Corporate Circle members:

  • BD
  • Deutsche Bank
  • Ericsson Mobile
  • GE
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • HSBC
  • JM Eagle
  • KPMG International
  • Merck
  • Monsanto Company
  • Novartis
  • PepsiCo, Incorporated
  • Pfizer Incorporated
  • Procter & Gamble
  • Swiss Reinsurance Company

Read more about the Corporate Circle.

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