iNova Credit Union, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Originally founded by postal employees in 1936, iNova Credit Union has provided financial services to the residents of Halifax, Nova Scotia for over 70 years. The company became a partner of the Atlantic Canada Sustainability Initiative (ACSI) in 2007, and committed to take action on sustainability using The Natural Step Framework. All staff were trained in strategic sustainability planning, and they worked together to perform a baseline analysis of their work to date. As a co-operative, iNova has a long record of commitment to social and environmental issues. But, as General Manager Willy Robinson explains, working with The Natural Step through the ACSI program helped the organization expand this commitment. “Working with The Natural Step gave us a chance to continue what we had been doing for a long time, in terms of microcredit, accounts for the under-served, et cetera, and yet focus on a broader sustainability by introducing concerns like the degradation of the earth,” Robinson said. The organization has integrated sustainability into their vision and mission statement and is currently working on integrating their sustainability action plan and a new set of green procurement guidelines. They have also established a sustainability committee for Nova Scotia members of the Credit Union Managers Association. In the spring of 2009, iNova offered a special loan program providing an incentive for hybrid and fuel-efficient cars. They wanted a giveaway to promote the program, but didn’t want something their clients would just throw away. Instead, the staff used their green procurement guidelines to choose a biodegradable car wash with a reusable cloth – something they felt was directly useful to the recipients,...

ICI Paints

ICI Paints is an international organisation that specializes in paint and packaging coatings for food and beverage cans. As of 2009, the company is a part of Akzo Nobel, the biggest global coatings manufacturer in the world and a major supplier of specialty chemicals. In 2005, an innovative collaboration between ICI Paints and UK-based NGO Forum for the Future led to the creation of a user-friendly life cycle assessment tool that can be used early in the product design process to capture 80 per cent of a product’s potential sustainability impacts. The results are presented in a visual format, giving decision makers a comprehensive, quantitative overview of impacts across a products life cycle: from extraction and processing of materials through to their disposal. Download the complete case study from the link...