Chapter 7 - The Sociology of Sustainable Development

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Unformatted text preview: rns about production of paper products and the limits of ecological modernization for small companies leads to the next examples of corporate sustainability: small companies attempting to use “clean” processes. A number of relatively small companies have also taken steps to use raw materials in their products that promote environmental sustainability. Gardening supply company Smith and Hawken, for example, notes of its garden furniture, “All Smith and Hawken’s teak is ecologically grown and responsibly harvested on the island of Java, where replanting programs are strictly enforced.”59 Other companies, such as Ben and Jerry’s (ice cream), built a reputation on being environmentally, economically, and socially sustainable. Ben and Jerry’s mission statement is built around: (1) producing high-quality ice cream products made from Vermont ingredients, (2) profitable growth, and (3) socially “initiating innovative ways to improve the quality of life of a broad community—local, national, and international.”60 The annual report for 1998 notes, “Financial returns to shareholders continued to improve in 1998, reflecting the impressive growth in sales and earnings. Long-term investors in Ben and Jerry’s can now take satisfaction knowing that the Company is capable of accomplishing both social and financial objectives.” While not explicit in its mission, Ben and Jerry’s is considered a “proenvironmental” corporation. The milk used to produce their ice cream, for example, is free of bovine growth hormone, a hormone that many environmental and social groups consider to be negative both for the health of cows and for small family farms that attempt to farm sustainably. Ben and Jerry’s pay local farmers extra to produce their milk and cream hormone-free. Recently, the corporation switched their packaging material from white bleached paper to unbleached paper. Their website boasts, “This is a bigger deal than you might think. Bleaching paper with chlorine to make it w...
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