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Last week I blogged about an executive who thinks that environmental sustainability initiatives helped his company survive the last recession. Now, this week, here’s another example of a company reporting economic benefits from environmentally sustainable practices.
The new edition of Business Insight, which MIT Sloan Management Review produces in collaboration with The Wall Street Journal, contains a fascinating case study of a Subaru plant in Indiana that has found that reducing its environmental impact saves money. For example, the company says that it has reduced electricity-per-car consumption 14% since 2000. (Researchers Alan G. Robinson and Dean M. Schroeder report that they confirmed the company’s claims.)
The article goes into interesting detail — including a passage about how Subaru employees explored the contents of the company’s dumpsters to figure out ways to reduce waste.