Working to Change the Climate

— Submitted by Patricia Calkins, vice president, Environment, Health and Safety

In December the world’s nations will come together at the United Nations Climate Change Conference, where they will discuss global climate change goals.  While time is of essence when it comes to implementing climate protection policies, it has become apparent that a final decision on new goals for reducing emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases will not be met at the Copenhagen Summit.  According to this Washington Post article, the national emissions goals delay from the US Senate is likely delaying the world’s goal setting since many countries won’t move forward without a proposal from the US.

The conference will focus efforts on critical aspects of setting emission-reduction targets, and work to determine the amount and type of aid developing countries would offer to poor nations.

At Xerox sustainability is an area that has been key focus since the company started in the 1960’s, we pioneered two-sided copying, print-on-demand, the use of recycled paper in the office, recycling toner cartridges and the promulgation of tough sustainability standards for our paper suppliers.

We’ve just put out our 2009 Report on Global Citizenship. This annual report shares a full overview of Xerox’s activities and progress in the areas of corporate social responsibility: environmental sustainability, governance and ethics, customer privacy and satisfaction, employee diversity and development and corporate giving and volunteerism.  Click here for the release on the report.

This report reflects on the year and gives us the opportunity to set goals for the future.

We look forward to continuing to prove that good global citizenship and good results are not only compatible but also synergistic with the world’s goals on climate change.

— Patricia Calkins, vice president, Xerox Environment, Health and Safety

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