It only takes a few people to make a difference. Eight DuPont Nutrition & Biosciences employees decided that they wanted to do more to address climate change, so they started the Carbon Conversations employee forum. During six 2-hour workshops held at three DuPont sites across Denmark, employees learned about climate change and gained new skills to put into practice as climate advocates at work, at home and in their communities. After the first Carbon Conversations event, a few participants planted a Copper Beech tree on the lawn at our R&D site in Brabrand, Denmark. Copper Beeches consume around 61 kg CO2 per year and can typically live for up to 200 years. The Carbon Conversation initiative has been adopted by sites in other countries in Europe and beyond.
The 50 top leaders at DuPont Nutrition & Biosciences have identified seven central goals and two focus areas within the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In autumn, the company will host a workshop presenting tools for others with the same ambitions.
Expectant mothers can wake up to a wellness report of their unborn child and be notified if fetal heartbeat and movement are within acceptable ranges with the new Owlet Band, winner of two CES awards in the categories of Wearable Technology and Tech to Change the World. Specialized sensors housed in a fabric band that sits around the mother's abdomen track fetal heart rate and kick count, sending real-time data to a smartphone.
The agreement, supported by an initial investment of more than one million euros mainly made by DuPont, exemplifies the concept of circular economy and will lead to significant reductions in energy, water and transport consumption for both companies.