THE PUNCH positive impact
taken by The Punch members
MANAGEMENT COMMITMENTS IMPACT
152 brands are committed to sustainable management.
These brands are committed to provide a clear sustainability management plan contributing to reducing their global social and environmental impact, preserving natural resources and saving money.
Having a sustainability management plan in place improves the sustainability of businesses as they are less dependent on natural resources than their competitors and have ways to deal with rising costs due to climate change leading to long-term success.
61 brands are committed to minimizing carbon emissions.
These brands are offering ways that encourage consumers to opt for more responsible choices contributing to improve air quality and economic growth, reduce climate change effects and devastating natural events such as earthquakes, floods, drought and more.
Carbon emissions are released primarily by the burning of fossil fuels, landfills and agricultural systems, industrial and waste management processes and more.
Members acting to reduce emissions impact our global environment in multiple ways including:
- Air quality leading to increase the health of our entire planet
- Economic growth. The reduction of electrical use within businesses, useless travels and waste from natural gas will push the economy towards tangible success and rise satisfaction from both sales and consumers.
- Slowed climate change. The most impactful aspect of emission reduction is the overall slowed climate change and environmental benefits minimizing the global devastating weather events we are facing.
- Cost savings by reducing energy usage and travels as well as replacing fossil fuels with cleaner, greener alternatives
89 brands are committed to sustainable design.
These brands are designing clean, functional and long-life products contributing to minimizing the use of resources, global waste and harmful atmospheric emissions due to pollutants.
Sustainable design not only helps cut down on emissions released into the ozone, but also helps significantly reduce energy, water and costs.
Sustainable design optimizes the needs of people and planet with the desire for innovation, aesthetics and corporate profits; it is a professional contribution that plays a part in positive development of the community we all share.
95 brands are committed to consumer awareness.
These brands are providing clear and transparent communication regarding the company’s sustainability practices contributing to help consumers take better purchasing decisions and minimising their global impact.
Consumers’ understanding about environmental issues and businesses solutions play a significant impact on behaviour for purchasing green products which have no or low harmful impact on environment.
SOCIAL COMMITMENTS IMPACT
90 brands are committed to staff engagement.
These brands are engaging their employees in the development and implementation of their sustainability goals contributing to help bridge the distance between staff and company values in order to grow a sustainable future.
Brands are implementing practices such as:
- Defining the company’s long-term purpose
- Creating sustainability knowledge and competence
- Creating sustainable practices with employees
- Making sustainability visible inside and outside the company
- Showcasing higher purpose by creating transformational change
76 brands are committed to local & equal employment.
These brands are giving local and equal opportunities for employment including management positions contributing to improving the local economy and the local labour market by:
- Decreasing unemployment
- Improving the quality of jobs and working conditions
- Reducing inequality due to gender, age, ethnicity/culture
- Fostering labour market integration
41 brands are committed to fair employment.
These brands are giving fair conditions to their employees for a decent standard of living contributing to promoting the creation of quality jobs and income generating opportunities for the most marginalised groups, with the aim of helping them live worthy, autonomous lives.
Fair employment is giving job opportunities that are in line with international ethical principles of employment and provide adequate remuneration sufficient for workers to afford a respectable standard of living for themselves and their families.
55 brands are committed to accessibility for all.
These brands are improving access to goods, services, facilities and information for all consumers contributing to reducing discrimination, increasing market access and participation of people with disability.
People with disability constitute a significant group of consumers. However, businesses can often unintentionally overlook the needs of these consumers, making it difficult for them to access goods and services.
ENVIRONMENTAL COMMITMENTS IMPACT
120 brands are committed to sustainable purchasing.
When sourcing and purchasing, these brands are giving priority to sustainable, local, Fairtrade, organic and/or recycled materials and suppliers contributing to reducing their impact on the environment, addressing social issues and improving the livelihoods of communities.
Sustainable purchasing/sourcing not only have benefits for the environment, it is also cost effective and helps companies understand their supply chains.
123 brands are committed to responsible production.
These brands are carefully managing the production of their goods and packaging in order to minimize waste contributing to optimizing both energy and materials, enhancing employees, community and product safety
Responsible production/manufacturing is the creation of manufactured products through economically-sound processes that minimize negative environmental impacts while conserving energy and natural resources.
Responsible packaging materials are designed to optimize both energy and material, sustainably sourced, manufactured using clean production practices and technologies, shipped and recycled.
88 brands are committed to no single use plastic.
Single use plastic is typically used once, but needs hundreds of years to break down. Approximately 150 million tons of single use plastic are produced every year worldwide ending in our landfills, our streets, our rivers and our oceans.
Single use plastics have a dramatic negative impact on our environment such as ocean pollution, harming wildlife and emitting more greenhouse gases.
When plastic is exposed to sunlight, it produces methane and ethylene, which have a detrimental effect on animal and plant habitat as well as human health.
105 brands are committed to waste management.
These brands have a clear waste management plan in place with actions to reduce, separate and reuse or recycle waste.
In recent years, businesses have become more responsible when it comes to waste management which have many benefits both to the environment and to the people such as minimizing environmental impact, saving wildlife, reducing pollution, costs and health risks.
CONSERVATION COMMITMENTS IMPACT
68 brands are committed to energy conservation.
These brands are using equipment and practices to minimize and conserve energy.
Energy conservation is the practice of using less energy in order to reduce environmental impact and lower costs.
Saving energy is important for the environment. Most electricity generation today takes place in power plants, which burn either fossil fuels like coal and natural gas, or nuclear fuel in order to heat water and produce steam. When we burn fossil fuels for electricity, we also produce greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change.
As businesses improve their energy efficiency, they need less electricity and thus rely less on carbon-intensive power plants. This reduce their business’ demand for the plant, which in turn benefits the environment by reducing their carbon dioxide emissions.
Businesses can minimize their energy use by:
- Adjusting their day-to-day behaviours
- Replacing their light bulbs
- Using smart power strips
- Installing programmable thermostats
- Using energy efficient appliance
- Reducing water heating expenses
- Installing energy efficient windows
- Upgrading to HVAC systems
- Weatherizing and/or insulating their spaces
- Engaging and informing employees
71 brands are committed to water conservation.
These brands are using equipment and practices to minimize and conserve energy.
With growing population rates and a small percentage of all the water on Earth fit for consumption, conserving water is becoming capital to keep our sources pure and safe for generations to come.
Water conservation minimizes the effects of drought and water shortages, guards against rising costs and political conflicts, helps preserve the environment and helps communities.
Businesses can minimize their water use by:
- Monitoring their water consumption
- Doing water maintenance checks to avoid leaks
- Installing water-saving measures
- Engaging and informing employees
- Installing low flow devices
- Installing water efficient equipment
- Monitoring results
51 brands are committed to biodiversity conservation.
These brands are actively supporting, protecting and promoting global biodiversity.
Biodiversity is the life support system for our planet. Our lives depend on our planet’s biodiversity in the form of ecosystems, species and genetic materials which are currently being lost or damaged faster than ever before.
Biodiversity is everywhere and it is everyone’s responsibility. It is more than just the reasoned use of nature and natural resources; it is the core of our planet’s ability to sustain future generations.
Businesses can all contribute to conserving our global and beautiful biodiversity by:
- Sourcing supplies from sustainable sources
- Managing of landholdings to protect biodiversity
- Inviting employees to work on local biodiversity conservation projects
- Supporting biodiversity conservation projects
33 brands are committed to culture conservation.
These brands are contributing to the conservation of culture and heritage through their design and communication.
Cultural heritage plays a marginal role in sustainable development.
It should always be taken into account to promote and implement the sustainable consumption and production patterns.
COMMUNITY COMMITMENTS IMPACT
145 brands are committed to local purchasing.
These brands are sourcing/purchasing locally which supports support small businesses and increases the resilience of the economy of local communities.
Local purchasing also plays a much larger role in improving environmental conditions globally, which is more critical than ever.
167 brands are committed to community support.
These brands are supporting their local community contributing to minimizing hunger, poverty and maximizing good health.
Businesses are essential to the health of their local communities. They create jobs, products and services while giving a community its character and individuality.
There are many ways businesses can get support their community during these hard times:
- Financially support organizations
- Charity work and sponsorship
- Work and partner with local businesses
- Donate skills
20 brands are committed to community education.
These brands are offering education which significantly creates stable and stimulating communities.
Education creates more employment opportunities, secures high incomes, develops problem-solving skills and improves the economy.
When businesses contribute to the education of their communities, they are inviting people to taking part in projects that help improve their neighbourhood, solve local problems and build a better place for all.
46 brands are committed to community guidance.
These brands are offering sustainable guidance to their community.
Sustainable guidance empowers learners of all ages with the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes to address the interconnected global challenges we are facing, including climate change, environmental degradation, loss of biodiversity, poverty and inequality.
By providing sustainable guidance to their communities, businesses allow people to make informed decisions and take individual/collective actions to change our societies and care for the planet.