A letter from the President at Hubbard-Hall Inc
What is sustainability?
The U.S. National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 declared as its goal a national policy to:
"create and maintain conditions under which [humans] and nature can exist in productive harmony, and fulfill the social, economic and other requirements of present and future generations of Americans."
A mission to be proactive
While Hubbard-Hall has been an environmentally responsible company throughout its 160-year history, our mission today is to be proactive in embracing new, sustainable technologies and engaging our business partners in the process. We believe that by providing industry leadership in this arena we can help our customers succeed and our communities thrive.
This directive has never been more critical. A decade ago, promoting the safe use of hazardous chemicals was good enough. Today, we have a responsibility to seek out safer, greener and more sustainable products that will produce equal or superior results to the traditional chemistries.
Green to Gold
So what have we done? Let me quote former Hubbard-Hall Board member and current commissioner of the Connecticut DEP, Dan Esty, who recently published the business best seller Green to Gold. He described the Eco-Advantage:
“Environmental leaders see their businesses through an environmental lens, finding opportunities to cut costs, reduce risk, drive revenues, and enhance intangible value.”
Mr. Esty goes on to say,
“Connecticut-based chemical distributor Hubbard-Hall… servicized its product, offering to track chemical inventories for its customers, handle regulatory paperwork, resupply them as needed, and take away empty containers.”
As a member of the National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD), Hubbard-Hall conforms to the standard for product stewardship, called Responsible Distribution. This is a member-voted condition for membership in NACD , which requires members to continuously improve performance in the areas of environment, health, safety, and security. Moreover, as an ISO certified company, we want to ensure our current and future stakeholders that the level of sustainability outlined by the EPA in 1969 is achieved.
Thrive, Not Just Survive
Our intent, as a company of dedicated professionals facing the economic downturn, global warming, shortages of resources, and so much more, is to not simply survive, but thrive. We will seize the opportunities engendered by these crises and look to drive both immediate and long-term growth.
To us, sustainability means promoting a shared view that our world is a rich, yet fragile place -- one that provides great gifts to those who are open minded to possibilities and confident enough to act.
In the final analysis, the legacy of our past success is the template for our future purpose: to make the world in which we live and work a better place for the next generation that is to come.
Andrew K. Skipp