How a Shift in Perspective Can Massively Alter Your Company’s Environmental Impact

by Jeffrey Whitford
Feb 28, 2017 2:05 PM ET

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Many companies have sustainability targets and goals that center around in-house projects like energy and greenhouse gas reduction, water reduction and waste reduction. These targets are important, but they beg the question: Is there more that can be done to maximize a company’s total potential impact on the environment?

Several years ago, those of us at MilliporeSigma had a realization. By focusing on our product portfolio—specifically, on decreasing the impact of the 300,000 products that we offer to our customers—we could affect change that’s potentially much greater than anything we could accomplish by just addressing our own impacts.

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