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 user 2006-11-02 at 2:31:00 pm Views: 36
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    $1M goes to help forests.
    , 2006) — For the first time, Xerox Corp. has put all of its corporate
    citizenship efforts in one place for the world to examine.Xerox
    released its “2006 Report on Global Citizenship” Thursday, the debut of
    a report that charts everything from the company’s environmental
    emissions progress to its efforts to protect customer privacy.In
    conjunction with the release, the Xerox Foundation announced a $1
    million grant to the Nature Conservancy to create a program to
    strengthen forest conservation efforts.”We see it not only as an
    opportunity to report on our progress, but to identify areas where we
    need to improve,” Chairman and Chief Executive Anne M. Mulcahy wrote in
    a letter accompanying the report. “As good as we may be today, we have
    to be even better tomorrow — and not by a little, but by a lot.”

    Among the accomplishments Xerox cites:
    # Reducing by 16 percent the amount of chemicals and particulates the company released into the air in 2005 vs. 2004.
    Diverting 107 million pounds of material from landfills through
    equipment remanufacturing and 14 million pounds through recycling.
    Employing a compound that causes the pellets used to make toner to
    break more readily during the grinding portion of manufacturing, which
    cuts the energy needed by 22 percent.
    # Planning to develop a policy statement on human rights issues during the next year.
    Planning to begin a third-party auditing program in 2007 to ensure its
    suppliers are in compliance with an electronics industry code that
    monitors companies’ social responsibility.

    In Monroe County, the
    company’s largest manufacturing location, Xerox reduced electricity
    consumption by 1 percent in 2005 and natural gas consumption 4
    percent.The drop came even as Xerox opened the Gil Hatch Center for
    Customer Innovation and brought other workers to Webster, said Anne
    Stocum, manager of environmental market support.”We’re on a continuous
    improvement path,” Stocum said, adding that the company is installing a
    computerized system that can regulate energy use in Webster from a
    central location, which should further increase conservation.The Nature
    Conservancy program will work to develop tools that will help the paper
    industry better manage forests and maintain biodiversity, Stocum
    said.”It’s in Xerox’s best interest that the forests of the world are
    still around and in good working order in 100, 200, 300 years.”That
    program encouraged Frank Regan, chairman of the Rochester regional
    chapter of the Sierra Club. Regan’s wife is a Xerox employee.”It’s
    really important to see businesses follow through their whole supply
    chain” to assess environmental impacts, he said. “I wish more
    businesses would do it.”