Following the lead of Genzyme and other leaders in Massachusetts corporations, traditional rivals, labor unions and environmentalists, are looking to find common ground. To facilitate this, the Environmental League of Massachusetts and the AFL-CIO of Massachusetts have formed the ELM Labor Council.
The council is modeled after the Environmental League's Corporate Council--of which Genzyme is a member--formed earlier to aid cooperation between environmentalists and corporate leaders, reports the Boston Globe.
The Sanofi ($SNY) unit is working with industry colleague Millipore as well as Legal Seafoods, State Street Corp., Saunders Hotel Group and 7 other companies to promote policy strategies for economic growth and environmental protection, says the Boston Globe.
"The trick is to marry up our self-interests and work together on areas where we can agree,'' said Environmental League president George Bachrach, in the article. "There have been unnecessary divisions in the past."
Genzyme is well placed as a member of the league. It currently shows about 170 manufacturing and development jobs around the world on its website. It's also the recipient of environmental awards, was recognized as a sustainability leader on the Dow Jones Sustainability World Indexes and named to the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations list.