In Praise of Rubicon Customers’ Net Zero Carbon Commitments

At Rubicon®, we partner with some incredible companies, each working tirelessly towards their respective missions. In honor of Earth Month, we wanted to highlight a few of our customers that have specifically shown dedication towards climate action.

These sustainably-minded companies honor our mission to end waste through commitments to net zero carbon emissions. Rubicon has done the same, and recently joined the Climate Pledge, an environmental protection initiative co-founded by Amazon and Global Optimism. Signatories of the Pledge commit to reaching net zero carbon emissions by 2040, ten years ahead of the goal set out in the United Nations’ Paris Climate Agreement.

To all our featured customers: Thank you for your commitment to reducing carbon emissions and preserving our planet.

AT&T

AT&T is currently working towards its goal of carbon neutrality across all of its global operations by 2035. To accomplish this goal, the company has laid out six initiatives to target the most impactful areas of their company.

Through these initiatives, AT&T will invest in renewable energy, deploy a low-emissions fleet, optimize networks, and more.

Thank you, AT&T, for taking steps towards carbon neutrality and encouraging others to do the same! Learn more about AT&T’s six initiatives and carbon commitment here.

Best Buy

Best Buy has led sustainability initiatives within the company since 2009, cutting its overall environmental impact by 55 percent. In February 2021, the company topped Barron’s list of 100 most sustainable companies for the third time, having last achieved this honor in 2019.

As a continuation of these efforts, Best Buy recently joined the Climate Pledge alongside fellow signatories like Rubicon. To achieve the pledge’s goals, Best Buy will be investing in energy efficiency programs, reducing transportation emissions, and shifting to permanent renewable energy.

Thank you, Best Buy, for joining us in taking the Climate Pledge, and for taking extra steps within your organization to care for the planet. Learn more about Best Buy’s commitment to sustainability at its corporate responsibility and sustainability site.

FedEx

FedEx recently announced its commitment to carbon neutrality in global operations by 2040. To accomplish this goal, FedEx will be investing over $2 billion dollars into vehicle electrification, sustainable energy, and carbon sequestration.

As the world’s largest cargo airline, FedEx understands the necessity of investing in both immediate and long-term solutions for combating climate change.

Thank you, FedEx! Learn more about the company’s commitment to going green at the FedEx Sustainability site.

Fifth Third Bank

Fifth Third Bank has achieved what few companies its size has achieved to date—it has gone carbon neutral. In January 2021, Fifth Third announced that its 2020 operations (including facilities, business travel, and more) achieved carbon neutrality.

Fifth Third isn’t stopping there. The company is continuing to work towards its 2017 sustainability goals, which include the already-completed goal of 100 percent renewable power, a 20 percent reduction in water use, and a 25 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.

Thank you, Fifth Third Bank, for showing what is possible when companies commit to net zero carbon commitments! Learn more about Fifth Third’s environmental sustainability efforts at their environmental, social, and governance (ESG) site.

Sweetgreen

Sweetgreen understands the inherent connection between the safety of our planet and our food. In order to build a more sustainable company—and planet—Sweetgreen recently announced its six-year plan to become carbon neutral by the year 2027.

The plan includes reducing all carbon emissions by half, and offsetting in areas where reduction isn’t yet possible. To do this effectively, Sweetgreen has hyper-analyzed every step of its production process and worked to identify the most sustainable suppliers of its ingredients.

Thank you, Sweetgreen! Learn more about Sweetgreen’s commitment to be carbon neutral by 2027 in this article on Medium.

Walmart

Walmart has recently announced its goal to be a “regenerative company,” which includes a pledge for zero emissions by 2040 and a plan to protect, manage, or restore at least 50 million acres of land and one million square miles of ocean by 2030.

As it stands, Walmart already has 29 percent of total operations backed by renewable energy. In its new plan, Walmart aims to be using 100 percent renewable energy by 2035. They also plan to shift all trucks and vehicles to electric and opt for low-impact cooling and heating equipment.

Thank you, Walmart, for combatting the loss of our natural resources through emissions reduction and restorative practices! Read more about Walmart’s path to zero emissions here.

Thank you all for your commitments to reducing carbon emissions, and for being a part of Rubicon’s mission to end waste.

To learn more about how Rubicon is working to transform the world of waste and recycling, be sure to download our Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Report.


Jen Clough is Sr. Director of Key Accounts at Rubicon. To stay ahead of Rubicon’s announcements of new partnerships and collaborations around the world, be sure to follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter, or contact us today.