May 24, 2021 Update
The Berkshire Hathaway Leadership Sustainability Council members or their affiliated foundations and Clayton decided to come together in honor of Earth Day by supporting The Nature Conservancy’s (TNC) Plant a Billion Trees Program.
Together, these companies have helped TNC plant and protect 20,113 trees in seven key locations in Brazil, China, Colombia, Kenya, Mexico, Tanzania, and the U.S.
CORT, the nation’s leading provider of furniture rental and transition services, has joined with the Berkshire Hathaway Sustainability Leadership Council to support The Nature Conservancy’s Plant a Billion Trees initiative, a major forest restoration effort with the goal of planting and restoring 1.2 billion healthy trees across the planet by 2025. As a company, CORT has pledged $2,500 towards the campaign, with additional donation opportunities for employees.
CORT’s involvement in The Nature Conservancy’s Plant a Billion Trees initiative comes as part of their commitment to environmentalism and sustainability, and to align with the company’s internal theme of “Restore Our Earth” in honor of Earth Day this year. With a business model that’s sustainable by nature, CORT produces 66% less greenhouse gas than direct sales models through their rental services and direct-to-consumer outlet locations where consumers can purchase previously leased furniture.
“We’re proud to be part of the Berkshire Hathaway Sustainability Leadership Council and excited to be involved in The Nature Conservancy’s Plant a Billion Trees initiative. Our sustainability mission is dedicated to positively impacting the communities we serve and to help reduce furniture waste in landfills. It was no question whether we wanted to join this initiative to restore trees across the Earth, and we’re thrilled to provide our employees with the opportunity to donate to the campaign and help make our planet a little greener,” said Lisa Woodworth, SVP of Marketing at CORT.
Partnering in the initiative alongside CORT includes Berkshire Hathaway Energy Foundation, BNSF Railway Foundation, Brooks Running, Clayton, Duracell, Fechheimer Brothers Co., Fruit of the Loom, Johns Manville, Lubrizol Foundation, NetJets, Richline Group, and Shaw. CORT employees are encouraged to donate through the Berkshire Hathaway microsite between April 16th – May 3rd.
Sustainability is at the heart of CORT’s value and business model, empowering customers to help keep waste out of landfills and reduce their carbon footprint. Renting furniture from CORT saves 368,862 tons of CO2 from the atmosphere every year, and their involvement in the Plant a Billion Trees campaign helps to further the company’s mission to protect the planet and reduce their impact on the environment. To learn more about CORT and sustainability, please visit: https://www.cort.com/sustainability.
CORT, a part of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway, is the nation’s leading provider of transition services, including furniture rental for home and office, event furnishings, destination services, apartment locating, touring and other services. With more than 100 offices, showrooms, and clearance centers across the United States, operations in the United Kingdom and partners in more than 80 countries around the world, no other furniture rental company can match CORT’s breadth of services and companywide commitment to making a house a home, an office a great place to work and an event a memorable celebration. For more information, please visit www.cort.com.
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