Sustainability: From Social Expectation to Economic Imperative

Preparing the Workforce for the Future

Here’s a question every CEO must ask: How are my company’s environmental and social contributions benefiting society as well as our business?

The question includes both environmental and social initiatives, because sustainability has evolved from social expectation to economic imperative.

For us, an important element of measuring sustainability is how we are improving manufacturing efficiency and productivity.

Just as important is our social and workforce impact. Are we improving our communities? Are we planning for and educating the workforce of the future?

Preparing this workforce is about more than staying connected to college curriculum.

Our efforts are rooted in encouraging young people to learn about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in elementary school, to ignite a passion and curiosity that will engage them through their school years and foster an interest in a STEM career.

Business Roundtable 2017 Sustainability Report. This report features narratives from business leaders about how their companies are improving the quality of life around the world through sustainability efforts.

Preparing Now for the Future

We need to prepare students now because in today’s increasingly connected operations, intelligent devices can self-analyze, perform predictive diagnostics and adapt to changes quickly.

Seamless information sharing that spans people, processes and technologies across global and remote operations leads to better collaboration, faster problem-solving and increased productivity.

It’s these technologies and solutions that will help companies run cleaner, safer and more energy efficient processes to bring life-saving medicines to market faster, make clean drinking water more available and improve the quality of your favorite products.

As important as it is to invest in the next breakthrough innovation, it is equally important for us to invest in developing our current and future employees to work with these technologies.

That’s why we contribute thousands of volunteer hours and millions of dollars to the success of FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) and other STEM programs.

Our mission to improve the quality of life by making the world more productive and sustainable starts with us and the actions we take every day.

Read more about our culture in our Corporate Responsibility Report.

Actions that lead to recognition like:

  • Indices and organizations naming us as a sustainability leader.
  • The Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index naming us a member for the sixth time.
  • Inclusion on the FTSE4Good Index, a recognition that we have earned for more than a decade.
  • The 2016 Newsweek Green Rankings, one of the world’s most recognized assessments of corporate environmental performance, ranking us among the Top Green Companies in the U.S.
  • Being named to Ethisphere Institute “World’s Most Ethical Companies” for the ninth time

Employees want to know that the work that they do is impactful and appreciated, that they will have the tools and training to succeed.

One of the ways we know we’re doing the right things is our recent selection as a 2017 Catalyst Award winner.

The Catalyst Award honors innovative organizational approaches with proven, measureable results that address the recruitment, development and advancement of women.

Socially responsible and sustainable business practices are embedded in the way we work.

When we help our customers improve their productivity, quality, safety and sustainability, we help those customers help the world.

Read the Business Roundtable Report: Create, Grow, Sustain: Delivering Shared Success.

Mary Burgoon
Posted April 20, 2017 By Mary Burgoon, Market Development Manager, CPG Industry, Rockwell Automation
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