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The Huffington Post reports that nine companies - including Walmart, Starbucks, Nike, Goldman Sachs and Johnson & Johnson - said this week that they have "committed to using 100 percent renewable energy, with several expecting to reach their goals within the next decade."

According to the story, "That these Fortune 500 firms have thrown their significant weight behind RE100, a global campaign to cut down on CO2 emissions by turning to renewable sources of energy, suggests a major shift in corporations' awareness of their responsibility to lead their respective industries away from carbon.

"And companies are realizing the business boost gained by placing financial incentives on themselves to use renewable sources. A recent report by the environmental nonprofit CDP, which organizes RE100 in partnership with The Climate Group, found that the number of companies putting a price on their carbon emissions has tripled since last year."
KC's View:
The timing of this announcement is interesting in view of one of the messages that Pope Francis has been preaching this week. Doing the right thing can be good business, but it also is important to do the right thing ... and respecting and nurturing our fragile planet would seem to meet both criteria.