How can individuals, organizations, and private businesses harness the power of doing more good than harm?
Gregory Norris, Co-Director of the Sustainability and Health Initiative for NetPositive Enterprise (SHINE), speaks with the Harvard Office for Sustainability about "handprints." Similar to a footprint, which measures a corporation's negative impact, a handprint measures a corporation's positive contributions to our health and our planet.
We compare a company's handprint to its footprint, and when its handprint is larger than its footprint, the company becomes a NetPositive Enterprise.
Corporations can create handprints by:
- Shrinking the footprint within their own operations and in their supply chains
- Helping others reduce their footprint
- Taking restorative action—for example, by planting a tree, cleaning a beach, or building a playground.