Different Roles in Sustainability and Company Improvements

Before reading the article, I was already aware that a reduction in carbon, pollution, and greenhouse gas emissions is necessary for a sustainable future. However, I did not realize how difficult it is for stakeholders to agree on regulations due to differing responsibilities, views, and even some laws. Free market incentive policies and emissions trading approaches are just a couple of the different proposed solutions that follow the EPA’s Clean Air and Water Acts, and cap-and-trade programs are becoming popular in the United States. Wicked problems have taught me many lessons and has deepened my understanding of sustainability and industry issues. I did not realize how many factors go into improving a wicked problem (stakeholders, and even sometimes countries, need to reach agreements on regulations, environmental depletion has been occurring for years, poverty could have an effect on wicked problems and sustainability, and more). When it comes to the Current State Analysis, in my personal opinion, the analysis is an effective way to identify a wicked problem and discover ways to improve it. I believe by defining the problem and identifying its factors and root causes through this six-step analysis, wicked problems have the opportunity to be less wicked. Regarding sustainability, many companies, including Toms Shoes, are attempting to reduce their negative environmental impact. Toms Shoes is a for-profit retailer that mainly sells shoes. Toms has a goal of achieving equity through promotion of mental health, more opportunities for those who need them, and the end of gun violence; In addition, Toms gives grants to partners based on needs and has a grassroots efforts program. In addition to these, Toms Shoes is starting a Pro-LGBTQ+ council called the Giving Advisory Council in order to best support that community. Finally, when it comes to sustainability, Toms Shoes’ Certified B Corp status means that the company is transparent, accountable, and environmentally friendly, and the company is also committed to sustainable efforts. Moving forward with my wicked problem of supplier factories/sweatshops, I would like to research what ethical changes brands or companies have made in their factories in the recent years, and I would like to research how using more sustainable methods, practices, and supplies would affect factory environments.

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