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Notable sustainable and socially responsible corporates in Texas

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Southwest Airlines

Southwest Airlines is a travel company that both inspires and lives by “The Golden Rule,” treating others the way they want to be treated. They believe in living the Southwest way which is to have a Warrior Spirit, Servant’s Heart and Fun-LUVing Attitude. Southwest Airlines is outstanding in their charitable giving, community outreach and volunteer work as well as in their environmental initiatives.

One Reports include details on their triple bottom line: performance, people and planet. Southwest Airlines Employees have volunteered more than 137,000 hours, diverted more than 2,900 tons of material from landfills and into recycling facilities as well as received record revenues of $17 billion in 2012, tripling the revenue over the last decade. Check out all the details and One Reports here. The community outreach and volunteerism of Southwest Airlines is seen throughout the United States. Learn more about their efforts and how they are giving back to society in their charitable giving and community outreach and volunteerism programs.

Texas Instruments

Texas Instruments corporate citizenship is clearly seen, heard and experienced in Texas and throughout the world. They are committed to being accountable to their social, environmental and economic impact everywhere. They have been performing corporate citizenship reports for many years, long before sustainability records became more publicly understood and in the mainstream media. Learn more about their reports and citizenship archives. Some of their highlights in 2012 included them consolidating additional building space following the acquisition of National Semiconductor and they began assessing those facilities to determine their efficiency. They also sent production to more efficient factory sites and continue to keep their design specification current in sustainable construction.

Giving back to the community is another significant responsibility that Texas Instruments focuses on. Learn more about their values, giving initiatives and employee volunteerism and discover the amazing number of citizenship awards they have received throughout the years.

Whole Foods Market

Whole Foods Market opened their first grocery store in 1980 in Austin, Texas. They now have 360 stores throughout the United States and United Kingdom and are the world’s leader in natural and organic foods. They operate sustainably in many ways including in their transportation, architecture and operations as well as support local farming and have a sustainable commitment to agriculture. Learn about their environmental stewardship, green reporting and “Better Bag” program here. Check out their community giving and donation programs as well as their mission in sustainability and the future.

Green Mountain Energy

Green Mountain Energy is one-hundred percent dedicated to protecting the environment. They have been working on providing clean energy since 1997 and continue to evolve and change in technology, developing more than eighty new wind and solar facilities throughout the United States and with their large customer base have avoided more than 24.5 billion pounds of carbon dioxide emissions. Learn about their sustainability story and how they continue to lighten their carbon footprint in all areas of production. See how they’ve partnered with energy efficient vehicle programs and provide one of the most sustainable resources for charging. Learn about the benefits of clean energy and watch this video to see how it works.

Waste Management

Waste Management has a sustainability goal to generate enough renewable energy to power more than 2 million homes by the year 2020. Currently, they create enough for approximately 1.2 million. Learn more about some of their goals and accomplishments including producing more than twice the amount of renewable electricity than the entire US solar industry. In 2012 they produced enough energy in their gas projects to power nearly 500,000 homes. Learn about how Waste Management defines environmental performance, thinks green in renewable energy and bioreactor landfills, creating the next generation of landfill design and operation with technology that accelerates the decomposition of organic waste.

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