Sustainability and Environmental Stewardship

Vanguard draws from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to define sustainability.

Sustainability is based on a simple principle: Everything that we need for our survival and well-being depends, either directly or indirectly, on our natural environment. Sustainability creates and maintains the conditions under which humans and nature can exist in productive harmony, that permit fulfilling the social, economic and other requirements of present and future generations.

Energy Efficiency and Environmental Performance (3EP)

Sustainability and Environmental Stewardship at Vanguard is defined as “the art of turning compliance lemons into management lemonade,” hence Vanguard’s programs that encompass 3EP.

Kermit the Frog was right: it’s not easy being green.  But sound environmental strategy can be very rewarding.  In fact, environmental strategy goes far beyond the pride of stellar corporate citizenship to “triple bottom-line returns.”  Wow!  And here is a smattering of companies throughout the U.S. and the world who have proven just that:

United States

  • Johnson & Johnson
  • DuPont
  • 3M
  • Interface Flooring
  • Procter & Gamble
  • Patagonia 
  • International Paper 
  • Alcoa
  • United Technologies 
  • Menasha Packaging


  • Shell
  • Toyota
  • Lafarge
  • Sony
  • Unilever
  • Bayer
  • STMicroelectronics
  • Alcan
  • Ricoh
  • Siemens

A cursory review of websites among these companies proves to be search for the “holy grail” of sustainability. These companies have proven that a commitment to environmental performance yields bottom-line profitability.

Launching your company’s own 3EP program is a laudatory commitment, a true reflection of corporate vision. To pursue the bottom-line returns offered through sustainability and environmental stewardship, contact Vanguard for a thought-provoking discussion on how Vanguard’s regulatory compliance programs and resultant strategies can turn your own “compliance lemons into management lemonade.”