Highlights of the 2007 report, titled “Our Word, Our Work, Our World,” include:
- The diversion of 2 billion pounds of waste from landfills through reuse, recycling and remanufacturing.
- Reiterating the company’s commitment to human rights through a firm policy statement that reflects Xerox’s practices with its people, customers, supply chain and distribution partners, and in the communities where Xerox conducts business.
- Recognition for a commitment to diversity by Diversity Inc., Hispanic Magazine and Black Enterprise magazine rankings, supported by an increase in the percentage of women and minorities working at Xerox across the globe.
- The 40th anniversary of the Xerox Science Consultant Program -- one of the longest running elementary school education programs of its kind.
Human rights policy formalized
The 2007 report marks the introduction of the company’s policy statement on human rights, which is aligned with Xerox’s core values and formalizes long-standing practices and policies that are fundamental to the way Xerox conducts its business around the globe.
To structure the policy statement, Xerox applied the principles of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights to a number of its business tenets: its code of conduct, position on labor relations, employment practices, relationships with suppliers and business development practices in emerging markets.
Tougher sustainability goals
Xerox also outlined its strategic environmental goals and documented actions the company is taking to meet them. Over the past year, Xerox has strengthened and realigned its environmental goals around four challenge areas where it believes it can make a significant impact across its entire value chain of products and services. Through both innovation and well-established recycling and energy-reduction programs, Xerox has created a product and services portfolio that provides sustainability benefits for its customers. The company’s environmental program is focused on these four areas:
- Climate change. Xerox aspires to be carbon-neutral. Through its energy-efficient product designs and strategies, the company will reduce the carbon footprint of its operations and its document management offerings. In addition to cutting its own greenhouse gas emissions, Xerox is helping customers drive down their energy consumption with products like the new Xerox WorkCentre 5645, a multifunction system that uses 30 percent less energy than the previous model.
- Preserving biodiversity and the world’s forests. As the largest brand distributor of cut-sheet paper, Xerox aims to develop a sustainable paper cycle in partnership with customers, suppliers and through a $1 million, three-year grant to The Nature Conservancy, which funds sustainable forest management around the world. Among its innovations this year, Xerox introduced High Yield Business Paper™, which is produced with only half as many trees as paper now used for digital printers.
- Preserving clean air and water. Xerox is eliminating and reducing its use of toxics and heavy metals throughout its supply chain. Since 1991, Xerox manufacturing operations have reduced by 94 percent emissions of particulates and toxics into the air, and since 2005, it has nearly eliminated the use of lead and mercury in its products.
- Waste prevention and management. Xerox’s goal is production of waste-free products in waste-free facilities while helping customers create waste-free offices. In 2006, the company diverted 111 million pounds of electronic waste from landfills through parts reuse and recycling, and it took more than 2.7 million cartridges and toner containers back from customers.
“The journey that we have followed in environmental stewardship --from altruism to business opportunity – is true of all our citizenship strategies: ethical governance, community involvement, philanthropy, delivering customer value,” Mulcahy said. “All have followed a similar path, starting as the right thing to do, maturing into good business practices and eventually becoming integrated into the way we manage our operations.”
Additional topics addressed in the report are principles, policies and practices in areas including governance and ethics, customer privacy and satisfaction, employee diversity and development, corporate donations and volunteerism, and much more. The report is available online at www.xerox.com/citizenship.
Xerox Corporation, the world's leading document management technology and services enterprise has been committed to corporate citizenship for decades. The $16 billion company is built on the corporate values first articulated by its founder, Joe Wilson in the late 1960s. Since then, Xerox has strived to demonstrate good values and good business are not only compatible, but synergistic. The company continues to strengthen its commitment to corporate citizenship by promoting the advancement of sustainable business practices and a commitment to the environment; conducting business with integrity and transparency; creating a great place to work; supporting education and doing its part in the communities in which its employees work and live.
Laura Mergelas, Xerox Canada, 416-733-6216, firstname.lastname@example.org
Deborah Rowe, Environics Communications, 416-969-2712, email@example.com
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