Transportation industry, retail industry, sustainability issue, Cathay Pacific, IKEA, greenhouse gaz emissions, air pollution, resources, FLYgreener program, nonrenewable fossils fuels, supply chain disruption
Sustainability in global industries is a very important subject to focus on. All of these industries are facing different sustainability-related problems and challenges that they need to overcome to protect the planet for future generations. As part of the problems, we can find greenhouse-gas emissions, air pollution, the use of resources, and the consumers' actions. The two industries that we will talk about are transportation and retail.
The transportation industry is facing many sustainable-related problems. As much in the air as on the ground. Transportation can be through planes, cars, buses, trains, or even boats. Not only people travels but also merchandise and all of this combined create these sustainability problems.
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[...] These problems are affecting the planet and are accelerating global climate change. The solution taken by Cathay Pacific Let's now take a look at the solution taken by Cathay Pacific to answer these sustainability-related problems encounter in the transportation industry. One of the solutions put together by Cathay Pacific in order to reduce their GHG footprint is by creating the FLYgreener program. The FLYgreener program which is basically a carbon offset program launched in 2007, is one of the major focuses of the environmental affairs department (ENV). [...]
[...] IKEA installs different solutions in order to come over the sustainability-related problems of the retail industry. Among those solutions, there is the creation of the People and Planet Positive strategy, the development of sustainable wood sourcing, and the creation of a sustainable supply chain. First, the group management of IKEA created the People & Planet Positive Strategy in 2012, this strategy focused on three areas, sustainable life at home for consumers, resources and energy independence for the company, and a better life for people and the communities touched bu IKEA. [...]
[...] The company is changing its way of consumption and is purchasing its resources. Time after time, the company is building a more sustainable environment as much for its employees, its customers, and the planet. The sustainable challenges that both industries, Transportation & Retail, are facing concern the long-term decisions to make, the supply chain, and working together to reach out common goals. First, long-term decision making is referring to the need for both industries to make decisions that will not only affect the present but decisions that will have a real impact on the future regarding the environment and the protection of the planet. [...]
[...] In fact, the purchase of goods and service in the supply chain often have an impact on local communities, the environment, and the economy (Dunbar, 2019). As an example, we can talk about IKEA and the sourcing of its wood. In 2013, the round source equivalence of IKEA amounted to one percent of all industrial wood sourced on the planet. But sourcing this wood posed several sustainability concerns. As said earlier, the purchase of goods can have an impact on local communities, the environment, and the economy. [...]
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