Goodwill Industries of Southern Arizona

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How does the company you are nominating exemplify the concept of “reducing”?

It’s hard to imagine that any company could reduce the use of raw materials and energy as significantly as Goodwill of Southern Arizona. By keeping over 25 million pounds out of local landfills last year alone and putting those items back into circulation, a monstrous footprint of use and waste is entirely avoided due to the absence of demand for raw materials, the energy for production and assembly of those materials into finished products, and then the energy and labor to get them to market and on the shelves for consumers to purchase. The reduced demand for essential goods results in a deep impact that ripples throughout the community.

How does the company you are nominating exemplify the concept of “reusing”?

Goodwill of Southern Arizona’s ability to keep over 25 million pounds out of local landfills last year is also a clear illustration of re-using. A monstrous footprint of use and waste is entirely avoided due to the absence of demand for raw materials, the energy for production and assembly of those materials into finished products, and then the energy and labor to get them to market and on the shelves for consumers to purchase. By providing a hub for the community to donate their gently-used goods so that they can be re-used, the reduced demand for essential goods results in a deep impact that ripples throughout the community. And of course Goodwill’s operations model is designed to keep as much product out of landfills as possible, through tiered selling practices that flows from retail stores, to Outlet Stores where everything is sold by the pound, to Auction where things are sold even cheaper, and then finally to Salvage where everything is scrapped and the raw materials are sold to be recycled.

What is this company’s recycling policy and practice?

Internally, Goodwill of Southern Arizona provides bins to all employees to recycle cardboard, aluminum, plastic, white paper, and other paper products that keep millions of pounds out of the landfill. And of course Goodwill’s operations model is designed to keep as much product out of landfills as possible, through tiered selling practices that flows from retail stores, to Outlet Stores where everything is sold by the pound, to Auction where things are sold even cheaper, and then finally to Salvage where everything is scrapped and the raw materials are sold to be recycled.

How is this company engaging and informing consumers and employees about the 3 “Rs” and other sustainable practices?

Goodwill of Southern Arizona engages the community through paid marketing efforts like TV, radio, and print advertising, as well as unpaid publicity like interviews with TV outlets, radio programs, print electronic newspapers, social media, events, corporate partnerships, donation drives, and other grass roots efforts. Internally, Goodwill of Southern Arizona engages employees by way of a bi-monthly newsletter and daily “huddles.”

What else would you like us to know about this company?

Goodwill of Southern Arizona accomplishes all this by giving over 500 people with a wide variety of barriers to employment a hand up to help themselves through full-time employment that stabilizes individuals, their families, and our community. In addition, Goodwill of Southern Arizona supports and operates five youth programs and five adult programs that have yielded amazing results both on an individual, life-changing scale, as well as a broad-view community-wide scale.