The announcement of a $1 million grant to the Conservancy from The Xerox Foundation coincides with the release of Xerox's 2006 Report on Global Citizenship, a comprehensive summary of the company's citizenship practices and policies, recent accomplishments and goals.
The 70-page report brings together for the first time data on the company's environmental performance; workplace policies; and corporate, customer and social practices. Called "Revealing Our True Colours," it covers topics including ethics and governance, customer privacy and satisfaction, employee diversity and development, environmental initiatives, philanthropy and voluntary work schemes, and more.
"Each generation of Xerox people strives to leave the company, the communities in which we do business, and the world at large better than we found it. We all feel that we are part of an ongoing experiment to demonstrate that good business and good values are not only compatible but synergistic," said Anne Mulcahy, Xerox chairman and chief executive officer, in the report's letter to stakeholders.
As the world's largest distributor of cut-sheet paper, Xerox respects its responsibility to foster sustainable development by using paper wisely and protecting forest resources. With the $1 million grant and expertise from Xerox, The Nature Conservancy – one of the world's most respected conservation organisations – will:
- Launch an online forest database for Canada's boreal forest,
- Strengthen third-party forest certification standards, which Xerox relies on to ensure paper comes from responsibly managed forests,
- Identify best forest biodiversity management practices and communicate them with forest managers, paper suppliers and others.
Other initiatives detailed in the report include:
- Xerox's recent adoption of the Electronic Industry Code of Conduct, which identifies appropriate standards of conduct for companies that do business in the electronics industry. Xerox's comprehensive ethics and compliance programme starts with a Global Code of Conduct for all employees and is integrated into all business operations worldwide,
- Customers' privacy rights and Xerox's compliance and activities with global regulations including the European Directive on Data Protection, the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act of Canada, and the US Information Protection Act,
- Programmes that support sustainable development, such as the "clean tech" research initiative at the company's Palo Alto Research Centre, and innovations in solid ink colour printing, which eliminate print cartridges and generate about 90 percent less waste than laser printers,
- Actions Xerox continues to take to nurture a greener world, such as product remanufacturing and recycling, which diverted 107 million pounds of material from landfills in 2005; engineering all eligible Xerox products to meet Energy Star efficiency criteria; and reducing Xerox's global greenhouse gas emissions by 10 percent by 2012 from a 2002 baseline,
- Employee diversity representation and the steps Xerox takes to foster a global culture of inclusion, along with how the company supports employees through benefits and flexible work arrangements. For instance, about 6,500 – 20 percent – of Xerox's US employees now work from "virtual" offices,
- Contributions to the communities where Xerox people work and live through philanthropy, educational programmes and employee voluntary programmes. The report highlights several global examples of Xerox's community outreach activities including its Social Service Leave programme, which grants selected employees up to one year of paid leave to work full-time for a non-profit agency, and the Vila Olimpica, a programme in Brazil for underserved children, giving more than 1,500 children a year the opportunity to learn and play Olympic sports,
"Like most things in business, corporate responsibility is a race without a finish line. As good as we may be today, we have to be even better tomorrow – and not by a little, but by a lot," Mulcahy said. Xerox relied on the Global Reporting Initiative Guidelines to determine the content and performance metrics for its 2006 Report on Global Citizenship. It also consulted with Business for Social Responsibility, a non-profit organisation that works to advance the field of corporate social responsibility, to help determine the report's relevance, completeness and responsiveness to stakeholders.
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