Estee Lauder’s Newest Shade: Green

Estee Lauder’s Newest Shade: Green

Estée Lauder is integrating environmental, social and governance (ESG) goals into every aspect of its business operations.  The ESG goals that Estée Lauder plans to achieve by 2025 include responsible sourcing, net zero carbon emissions, green packaging, ingredient transparency, employee safety, social investment and employee engagement.

This post is based on the Duty Free News International article, Estée Lauder announces its 2020-2025 environmental, social and governance goals by Kapila Irland, March 16, 2019. Image source: © McGraw-Hill Education/Stephen Frisch

Discussion Questions:

1. How does Estée Lauder’s business operations contribute to advancing its environmental, social and governance (ESG) goals?

Guidance: By embedding sustainable principles and purpose in every aspects of its business operations, Estée Lauder is set to achieve the following ESG goals by 2025: (1) responsible sourcing of certified sustainable palm oil ingredient; (2) net zero carbon emissions commitment; (3) recyclable, refillable, reusable, recycled or recoverable packaging; (4) online posting of descriptions and purposes of key ingredients; (5) employee training on sustainability and corporate social impact programs; and (6) support of social or environmental causes.

2. Why does Estée Lauder want to build a legacy of responsible corporate citizenship?

Guidance: According to Estée Lauder, the company Continue reading

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Green Buildings Lead to Better Labor Outcomes

Green Buildings Lead to Better Labor Outcomes

March 31, 2019

People spend 90% of their time in buildings.  A recent study showed that high-performance buildings, also known as Green buildings, or those which meet LEED standards, can increase worker productivity by 3%, employee retention by 5%, and decrease absenteeism by 30%.

Since over half of commercial real estate is leased, landlords who choose to implement Green standards help their tenants net labor force gains.  Creating a lease contract that encourages both the landlord and the tenant to embrace Green buildings is one way to create positive labor outcomes.


Video Spotlight: Green Offices and Employee Productivity


This post is based on the Facilities Net, How Green Leases Help Achieve Green Buildings by Chris Brown, March 4, 2019, and the YouTube video, Green Offices and Employee Productivity, by JLL, November 3, 2014. Image source: Shutterstock / zlikovec

Discussion Questions:

1. What are the possible factors a Green building possesses that lead to increased labor productivity and decreased turnover?

Guidance: This straightforward question can stimulate discussion about worker productivity and the components of a Green building.  Ask students to describe a LEED certified building which they have visited.  If they have not been in a Continue reading

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