Environmental Transformation and Climate

CEOs for Sustainability Leading Forward on Sustainability Priorities in Southwestern PA

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The CEOs for Sustainability executive roundtable is an outcomes-based leadership network for C-suite leaders to share best practices and collaborate in growing the ranks of those that enjoy the benefits of strong environmental, social, and governance (ESG) performance. This group, based in southwestern Pennsylvania, is believed to be the only network in the United States providing regional thought leadership around business sustainability.

In 2020 CEOs for Sustainability called upon their peers in the Pittsburgh region to “lead forward” and commit to a sustainable economic recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic. The call to action includes commitment to three priorities that underscore sustainability as a demonstrated strategy for prosperity:

  • Support local businesses and communities through the pandemic crisis,
  • Advance racial and ethnic equity,
  • Reduce carbon emissions.

Local companies report on progress each year. Some recent examples:

Family-owned Giant Eagle has progressed on its Standing Up Against Racism Commitments, in part by achieving its goal of doubling the number of Black-owned businesses it works with in 2021. The company is on track to do so for the next four years.

The Choose Local campaign, hosted by CEOs for Sustainability and Sustainable Pittsburgh, launched in 2021 to encourage consumers throughout the 7-county region to shop local. A directory of nearly 2,000 local businesses is available at ChooseLocalPGH.org.

And based on year-to-date performance, DMI Companies is on track to divert 2,800 tons of waste from landfill–an amount projected to offset emissions from its manufacturing processes more than 500% in 2021.

Companies participating in CEOs for Sustainability represent more than $150 billion in total revenues and 100,000 employees. This network of executives recognizes that prosperous businesses are at the foundation of a thriving, equitable region. CEOs for Sustainability is hosted by the nonprofit Sustainable Pittsburgh.

More information at CEOsforSustainability.org.

Ginette Walker Vinski
(412) 258-6646

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