The two companies I chose to research are TOMS and Exxon Mobil. TOMS is environmentally responsible and Exxon Mobil, who has made some definite negative impacts to the environment, has developed and implemented initiatives to lead the company in the direction of becoming more environmentally responsible.
TOMS was an interesting company to research. A man named Blake Mycoskie was visiting the country of Argentina when he came up with the idea to start a company that would be for-profit. Trying to make life a little less difficult for children and families, for every pair of shoes sold, TOMS donates a pair of shoes to a child or family that were growing up without them. The shoes are made with recyclable and vegan materials which are ecofriendly. The canvas of the shoes are a blend of organic canvas and recycled plastics. The shoes are also made of hemp, cotton and recycled polyester which are all products that are good for the planet. In addition to donating the shoes, through the purchases made from selling sunglasses, has helped provide eye care to approximately 150,000 in need. Additionally, purchases of TOMS Roasting Co. Coffee and the Bag Collection has helped provide clean water and training for birth attendants along with giving them birth kits that help women deliver their babies safely. As a result, jobs have been created, sustainable water systems have been developed which in turn has increased productivity in the economy and improved health for the people.
Exxon Mobil is responsible for making products that aid in transportation, providing power to cities and services and lubricants to customers. Exxon Mobil operates under three brand names 1) Exxon 2) Esso and 3) Mobil. Exxon is one of the biggest energy companies in the world, has made billions of dollars but, also holds top spots in being responsible for greenhouse gas emissions and pollutions. In 1989, an Exxon oil tanker hit a reef and millions of gallons of oil spilled into the water of Alaska. Later, another oil rig exploded in Mexico which released 206 million gallons of oil into the sea. After both incidences, the company chose to use the crisis as an opportunity for change in the way it operated and in worker safety. In an effort to be more environmentally responsible, initiatives to reduce air emissions have been put in place which have decreased sulfur and nitrogen oxides by about 31 percent and new technologies have been developed which measure and monitor air quality. Additionally, drilling initiatives were added such as using non-aqueous based fluids that are environmentally friendly on their offshore rigs to reduce the amount of fluids that are discharged to the sea. To limit the impact to freshwater availability, on site recycling and reusing water has been implemented which preserve water quality and reduce water use. Overall, environmental impacts were negative, and accidents happened but moving forward, the company has and continues to take measures to correct past mistakes.
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