Future Fuel is a small oil company characterized by individuals who are supporters of sustainability and have legitimate concern for the environment and are also aware of the growing 'green ' movement .As a result we have plans of increasing the research and development budget for seeking new renewable and viable alternative sources of energy as well as equipping the headquarters and 8 other sites in the west with renewable energy systems .Questions like what we are aiming to achieve, our position on corporate social responsibility, what the company owe to shareholders ,what return on investment is required, and finally how we shall balance the needs of shareholders and the need to innovate will be examined below;
Sustainability is a major driving force in most businesses today, and the rise of sustainability in the market has brought major economic and financial impact on businesses today. Sustainability as defined by the United Nations is the process of meeting present needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. (McKee 2012, page 561). Companies which are considered environmentally unfriendly face a lot of threats when it comes to finance. Therefore oil and gas companies that produce environmental unfriendly bi products face critical supervision from both policy makers and consumers.
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When talking about sustainability numerous people associate it with just protecting the environment. Sustainability is far more than going green, but it is a principle that many companies have adopted and have worked persistently to improve over the last several years. Sustainability is defined as the ability to continue a behavior indeterminately, but it also includes improving human life overall. Sustainable development is broken down into three pillars: economic, social, and environmental (Harich & Bangerter, 2014). Economics is the study of how people use resources, which correlates to the goal of sustainable development by using resources to their full potential (Laszlo, C., & Zhexembayeva, N., 2011, p. 60). Economic sustainable development allows companies to give their customers what they want without overusing mutual resources. Social development combines the social world with the physical realm to provide a good quality of life (Benoit, 2010, p. 7). Social sustainability focuses on the well-being of people and their communities. Environmental development, the most recognizable, includes protecting the environment by reducing pollution, recycling, switching of electronic devices when not in use, etc. All three of these pillars make up what is known as sustainable development. In this paper, I researched a company and their involvement in sustainability and how it applies to the
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