"Rethink your options” is a life changing axiom. I’ve always found that a fresh perception is key to a mindset which gets things done in a better way. Industries have radically been changed because people dared to rethink, envisioning an idea that was not there before.
This is especially true in the case of sustainability that shifts the main growth potential from fossil fuels onto renewable energies and conscious economic activity. As progressive companies now re-prioritize, sustainable businesses are growing rapidly, forming a new stewardship reality.
Yet, what truly brought on the shuffle of stakes is ubiquitous communication. Today’s global business community is increasingly steered by the international public debate on water use, human welfare, treatment of animals, climate change, low-carbon economy and the future of our species and fellow creatures on Earth.
In leading Arison Investments, I feel a profound responsibility to strengthen and diversify endeavors that entail a positive impact on communities and their environment. We truly believe that profits can only be reaped alongside a sustainable footprint. This is why we strive to apply a business leadership that ensures a more equitable and sustainable future. We want the Arison Investments story to tell a sustainable economic narrative, where the hefty bottom line entails improved living standards, focusing on healing our planet.
Our approach to sustainability is rooted in a unique values model that professes goodness. Basic humane values are integrated in our daily routine as a private investment house. In all our collaborative business relations worldwide, we first seek ethical standards and only then form a joint collaboration according to a unique economic game plan, which charts a course into a green future.
To create a world with a strong economy and equally strong moral values, we’ve taken upon ourselves to serve as a positive CR example in the business community. So, we began on the inside, across our own organization, with a wide implementation of our values model in-house. Each of our businesses realizes a specific value ingrained in the company vision.
For example, Arison Investments holds the controlling stake at Bank Hapoalim, Israel’s leading bank, which operates to attain the value of Financial Freedom for both its commercial and private customers worldwide. It has gained the highest +A level, and grade 4 in external control audits, Top the Platinum grading, and maximum 100 FTSE4GOOD index. Arison Investments established Miya, our wholly owned water company, to realize the value of Abundance by maximizing on existing quantities of fresh water, an energy intensive resource. Miya’s global operations have culminated in daily savings of over 500M liters of fresh potable water, translated into overwhelming reduction of CO2 emission and high fiscal savings for urban water utilities, while millions of new homes are now able to tap into water distribution pipes for the first time. Arison Investments’ infrastructure and housing giant, Shikun & Binui, is a world leader in green housing and sustainable construction, complying with SAM, Breeam and Leed standards. Arison Investments’ Salt of the Earth, operates to manufacture salt in a natural evaporation pools that have also become a breeding nest for flocks of migratory birds, demonstrating how manufacturing processes can maintain values of sustainability.
To reach a threshold of people engaged in caring for society and the future of our planet, we continuously encourage our employees to participate in workshops that promote ethical principles. We all volunteer on a regular basis and make it part of our routine to give back to society all year round. This way, we reweave basic humane values into the fabric of our business, and become part of a global community that pushes towards a bountiful future.
In all our business relations worldwide, we first seek ethical standards and only then collaborate in accordance with a unique economic game plan which also charts a course into a greener future.
Guided by a long-term sustainable economic vision, ours is a roadmap for collaborative global effort. This joint business activity is infused with a merge between science acumen, technological innovations, far-sighted moral economic strategies, societal and cultural responsibility, to ask the big questions about the viability of our future on Earth. Because I believe new thought patterns allow leveraging on global challenges, lasting partnerships across different sectors is the key component towards a better future.