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CEOs of Leading U.S. Companies Advance Sustainability Through Various Programs

Washington – Today, 77 Chief Executive Officers from leading U.S. companies reported on their personal and corporate commitments to sustainable business practices in Business Roundtable’s Enhancing Our Commitment to a Sustainable Future: 2009 Progress Report. Business Roundtable member companies represent virtually every sector of the economy, with more than $5 trillion in annual revenues and nearly 10 million employees.

“As CEOs of the world’s leading companies, our members share a commitment to doing what we can to help find solutions to environmental, social and economic challenges,” said Michael G. Morris, Chairman, President and CEO, American Electric Power Company, Inc. and Chairman of Business Roundtable’s Sustainable Growth Initiative. “Companies are embracing their obligations and trying to do business the right way, and our employees are the key to making that happen. Their ingenuity and commitment make our achievements in these areas possible.”

From developing new energy-efficient technologies to providing safe, clean water sources in developing nations to creating business solutions that reduce customers’ and suppliers’ carbon footprints, Business Roundtable member companies are addressing a vast range of environmental, social and economic issues to help make the world more sustainable. To hear first hand from Mr. Morris and his fellow CEOs on their sustainability programs, click here for a series of video blogs.

The CEO accounts released today are part of the membership’s ongoing effort to promote, measure and share sustainability best practices through two successful, pioneering Business Roundtable programs: S.E.E. Change (Society, Environment, Economy) and Climate RESOLVE (Responsible Environmental Steps, Opportunities to Lead by Voluntary Efforts).

Business Roundtable launched S.E.E. Change in 2005 to promote better business and a better world. S.E.E. Change demonstrates that the traditional business goals of high profits and low costs are compatible with a strong commitment to social and environmental improvement. The Climate RESOLVE initiative, launched in 2002, seeks to have every company in every sector of the economy take voluntary actions to control greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and address climate change.

“In an interconnected and increasingly competitive global environment, it is now more important than NEWS RELEASE ever to commit ourselves to the core values that have traditionally made America’s economy strong, and none is more important than sustainable growth,” said John Castellani, President of Business Roundtable. “Our collective actions, as chronicled in this report, demonstrate not just our leadership in prosperity and hope, but also our commitment to a sustainable planet.”

For more information on Business Roundtable’s Enhancing Our Commitment to a Sustainable Future: 2009 Progress Report, please visit www.businessroundtable.org. Members contributing to the report include:

  • ABB Inc.
  • Abbott
  • Accenture
  • ACE Limited
  • Aetna
  • Alcoa Inc.
  • Altec, Inc.
  • American Electric Power
  • Anadarko Petroleum Corporation
  • ArvinMeritor, Inc.
  • AT&T Inc.
  • Avery Dennison Corporation
  • Bechtel Group, Inc.
  • BNSF Railway Company
  • The Boeing Company
  • The Brink’s Company
  • Caterpillar Inc.
  • Ceridian Corporation
  • Citi
  • Chevron
  • The Chubb Corporation
  • The Coca-Cola Company
  • CSX Corporation
  • Cummins Inc.
  • Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu
  • The Dow Chemical Company
  • Duke Energy
  • DuPont Chemical Company
  • Eastman Kodak Company
  • Eaton Corporation
  • Exxon Mobil Corporation
  • FedEx Corporation
  • FPL Group, Inc.
  • General Electric Company
  • General Motors Corporation
  • W.W. Grainger 
  • The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc.
  • Honeywell
  • HSBC
  • Humana Inc.
  • IBM Corporation
  • Ingersoll Rand Company Limited
  • International Paper Company
  • ITT Corporation
  • John Deere
  • Johnson Controls
  • KPMG LLP
  • The McGraw-Hill Companies
  • McKesson Corporation
  • Merck & Co.
  • Motorola, Inc.
  • National Gypsum Company
  • Navistar
  • Norfolk Southern Corporation
  • Office Depot, Inc.
  • Owens Corning
  • Praxair, Inc.
  • Pfizer Inc.
  • Principal Financial Group
  • The Procter & Gamble Company
  • SAP America, Inc.
  • Sara Lee Corporation
  • SAS Institute Inc.
  • Siemens Corporation
  • Southern Company
  • State Farm
  • The Travelers Companies, Inc.
  • Tyco International
  • Union Pacific
  • United Technologies Corporation
  • Verizon Communications Inc.
  • Western & Southern Financial Group
  • Weyerhaeuser Company
  • Whirlpool Corporation
  • The Williams Companies, Inc.
  • Xerox Corporation