Since it’s Earth Day, we thought it was a good opportunity to talk about sustainability. Sustainability is one of those words that has many different definitions, depending on who you ask. At Cook, sustainability means that we try to make decisions that are not only good for business, but also good for the planet. This has been part of our culture for decades, and we haven’t figured out all the answers. But we like to celebrate simple solutions that can affect big change, both within Cook and across healthcare.
In celebration of the day and this important ongoing discussion, here is one of my favorite stories about sustainability at Cook.
About five years ago, we were evaluating energy usage in our North Carolina office and looking for simple ways to make more sustainable choices. The employees saw different things happening around the office, such as the installation of motion-sensitive lighting. We also made an effort to communicate to the team why we cared about things like light bulbs.
One of the employees approached me soon after and said that he had recently been choosing between two different products at a retail store. The products were the same price, had the same function and were basically identical. One of them came in a big package with a large cardboard box and the other came in a small plastic tray. Solely because of what he’d been noticing at the office, he consciously picked the one with half as much packaging,
His decision may seem small, but we realize that, as a company of more than 10,000 employees, the decisions we make affect at least that many people. And small decisions, built up over time, can have a big impact.
What are you doing in your organization or home life to be sustainable? We’d love to hear your story! Email us firstname.lastname@example.org and follow @CookMedical to join in our Earth Day conversation.