When Plastics News writes about sustainability, we naturally tend to focus on materials-related issues, and most frequently about packaging. Carbon footprint plays a role, too, as well as energy savings, either from the reduced transportation costs that lightweight plastics bring to the table, or insulating properties of plastic building products. But sustainability means many things to others, as this post from FastCompany.com indicates. The item, "Sustainability Faceoff: Coca-Cola vs. PepsiCo," does look at packaging, but that's just the beginning. How about issues like:
- Where does the company source its sweetener?
- How is its worker safety record? Do employees participate in wellness programs?
- Do workers own a share of the company? How much does the CEO earn compared with the worker bees?
- Does the company buy products from minority-owned and women-owned suppliers?