How does company’s environmental record affect your decisions?

I have two questions for you, but first two facts.

Today is the 40th anniversary of Earth Day.

And AJC reporter Rachel Tobin Ramos writes that both UPS and FedEx are battling over bragging rights as to who’s the greenest player in the delivery business.

So:

– Does a company’s environmental record affect your buying decisions?

– Does a company’s environmental record affect your decision about where to work?

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17 comments Add your comment

David S

April 22nd, 2010
7:29 am

“Green” these days is so much hype and empty platitudes that it is tough to tell what anyone does.

I saw an MSNBC program the other night about “Carbon Credits.” I couldn’t help but think that they are the new “Indulgences.” For those who are unfamiliar with the term, they were essentially the exchange of money with the Catholic Church for essentially a promise that you will get into heaven. Basically they were just a scam obviously that raised tons of money for the church. They were one of the main motivators behind Martin Luther’s split from the church and the beginning of the Protestant reformation.

Essentially these modern day indulgences allow companies who destroy the environment and violate property rights in one part of the world to buy their way out politically with money thrown around some other part of the world. Some of these projects ultimately just exploit 3rd world peoples in manners that one on the show called something along the lines of eco-colonialism.

If I know about abuses, I boycott the company. I have been boycotting Proctor and Gamble for over 25 years because of their horrible abuse and killing of animals in product testing – 50,000 per year. Boycotts have made a difference with all of their competitors. Why should my money go to support anything I don’t? That’s what being a consumer is all about. The dollar is my power.

David

April 22nd, 2010
7:29 am

Very important. Happy Earth Day!

http://carbonneutral.ups.com/

West Side Will

April 22nd, 2010
7:36 am

Couldn’t care less if a company is “green” or not. Besides, going green usually means more added costs for the company….in return means more added costs to me.

Rachel Tobin Ramos

April 22nd, 2010
7:48 am

Hi Henry — Thanks for posing this question and linking to the story. West Side Will makes a great point — the “green” efforts by both FedEx and UPS — which both companies say are their obligation to try — so far are not scalable, are more expensive because of that, and aren’t always practical to roll out across their networks. These companies struggle to make sure the cost is in line with the benefit of the technology. They do believe, however, if more companies tried alternative technologies or if enough innovation takes place, the cost would go down overtime. Both companies do have to compete on price, however, so I know that issue weighs heavily on their green decisions. Thanks, Rachel

sugarfoot

April 22nd, 2010
8:24 am

Donna P.

April 22nd, 2010
8:31 am

It makes no difference to me if a company is “green” or not. It is just a marketing ploy.

everyman

April 22nd, 2010
8:33 am

Glenn

April 22nd, 2010
9:29 am

given the choice, I’ll generally go with a company who isn’t playing the politics of green by going with the “less environmentally conscious” company.

Ray

April 22nd, 2010
9:30 am

Can’t blame the companies for adapting their policies to compete and improve their revenue stream. Unfortunately this is all based on a falacy and a wealth redistribution hoax. Man has zero effect on global warming (or has it been conveniently changed to climate change?). If policies were based on being good stewards of our planet and keeping pollution down, then I’d care. But since the green movement is a socialist hoax, then I really don’t give a crap.

Stephen

April 22nd, 2010
9:35 am

I agree with Will and Donna. Companies “going green” is more about marketing than their acknowledged responsibility for the environment; costs of “greening” are passed on to the consumer rather than counted as a cost of doing business. I’d make a conscious effort to buy from a company who is willing to shoulder its own cost: That would say to me that the company is taking responsibility, too, instead of profitting from my “greening” efforts.

Sonny Pardue

April 22nd, 2010
9:42 am

No and No. It’s all about pr/advertising and increasing the cost of doing business for John Q. Public.

Ray

April 22nd, 2010
9:48 am

Blame your political heros and environmental wackos for companies going green and profiting. That’s why businesses are in business…to make money…period!

TnGelding

April 22nd, 2010
10:33 am

No and no. You have to eat.

Mary

April 22nd, 2010
10:44 am

It’s no wonder this Country is split and in such a mess.. What a bunch of whiney/closed-minded people. Stop complaining and do something. I got to give credit (I don’t care if they profit for doing something good for the environment, no matter how small). Typical GOP (party of “NO”) crap. Y’all need to get something in life to be happy about.

JH

April 22nd, 2010
11:07 am

Please stop blabbering Mary. Why is it that a liberal is usually the one to turn a simple blog into something political? Seems me you are the whiney, unhappy one with the hang up. This country is split because of people like you, Mary.

Funny how my recycle bin is always full, but doesn’t even hit the curb at my liberal neighbor’s. Their are bad apples in every bunch Mary. You are a “bad apple” liberal!

Happy Earth Day!

TnGelding

April 22nd, 2010
7:00 pm

The only green of interest in this context is the greenback, but we all have to be more environmentally friendly.

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