"Our Word, Our Work, Our World" looks at Xerox's impact on society, the
economy and environment
TORONTO, Nov. 12 /CNW/ - Xerox Canada, in tandem with Xerox Corporation
(NYSE: XRX), today released its 2007 Report on Global Citizenship,
articulating its aspirations and accomplishments in environmental stewardship
and sustainability, workplace practices, ethics and corporate governance and
Highlights of the 2007 report, titled "Our Word, Our Work, Our World,"
- 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.
"Our commitment to corporate citizenship has been deeply rooted in our
values for years. Every day we work hard at doing the right thing - for our
customers, our employees, the environment and the world in which we work and
live. By doing the right thing for stakeholders and the global community,
we're also doing what is right for our business," said Anne Mulcahy, Xerox
chairman and chief executive officer. "This year's report highlights the
programs and the policies that support our commitment and drive us to a new
level of achievement, year after year."
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
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(R) 5645, a
multifunction system that uses 30 percent less energy than the
- 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(TM), which is
produced with only half as many trees as paper now used for digital
- 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.
"In 2007, Xerox recorded success in meeting environmental targets
including: giving new life to the equivalent of more than 2.8 million products
through remanufacturing, reuse and recycling; and meeting the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency's rigorous new ENERGY STAR(R) criteria in more
than 50 percent of its current product line and 80 percent of its office
"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
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.
NOTE: For more information on Xerox, visit http://www.xerox.com or
http://www.xerox.com/citizenship for more about the company's citizenship
programs. For open commentary and industry perspectives, visit
http://blogs.xerox.com/. XEROX(R), WorkCentre(R) and High Yield Business
Paper(TM) are trademarks of XEROX CORPORATION. ENERGY STAR(R) and the ENERGY
STAR trademark are registered U.S. trademarks.
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