Avaya Celebrating Earth Day
Today, Avaya is pleased to join millions of people and businesses around the world in the 40th annual celebration of Earth Day. We take this day to consider and evaluate our own environmental sustainability and honor the importance of these issues to many of our stakeholders, including our customers, partners and employees.
Geoffrey Baird, our Sustainability Officer articulates the Avaya Sustainability journey, “I think the call for action for corporate sustainability continues to increase in strength and visibility around the globe. Our focus as a company is how we deliver and measure results so that we can play a leading role in helping our customers, partners and employees adapt to the many changes we're seeing in along economic, environmental and social dimensions."
There are a number of ways that we are engaging and highlighting Earth Day this year within our communities.
- EPA Climate Leaders program: I am proud to announce that we have recently become an official partner with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Climate Leaders Program. Here is a summary of the program for their website, “Climate Leaders is an EPA industry-government partnership that works with companies to develop comprehensive climate change strategies. Partner companies commit to reducing their impact on the global environment by completing a corporate-wide inventory of their greenhouse (GHG) gas emissions, setting long-term reduction goals, and annually reporting their progress to EPA. Through program participation, companies create a lasting record of their accomplishments and identify themselves as corporate environmental leaders."
- Avaya.com/green: This week we are very pleased to re-launch the section of avaya.com devoted to our sustainability program and we invite our stakeholders to check out the site for details of our program. Sections within the micro site include Sustainable Products and Solutions (product design, packaging, product operation and end of life management), Governance, Carbon Management and Employee Engagement Programs. I hope people will bounce over to that new site and check it out, it is pretty snazzy.
- Records Clean-up: we are undertaking a coordinated program at many of our largest locations around the world, in North and South America, Asia and Europe, to raise employee awareness about the secure and efficient disposal of documents via shredding and recycling. Employees have been asked to review their workspaces for non-essential records that are no longer required and recycle this material on location via additional recycling capacity that has been created for this event.
- Green Expos: Lastly, we have a number of green expos/events in EMEA, Asia and North America, with a mix of both internal groups and outside organizations coming into sites to share knowledge about local and global green issues. Often, these are led by a local green team, which consist of a cross-functional group of peers who partner together to make operations at their location run more efficiently, while also providing resources to help their colleagues work and live greener. Geoffrey Baird explains the importance of these teams thusly, "Green teams offer a meaningful way for employees to contribute to both Avaya and their broader communities, striking a nice balance globally and locally."
As we take today to recognize and feature our commitment to sustainability on this Earth Day, we want to emphasize that the goals of conserving resources and minimizing waste are paramount to the value we bring to our customers and our own operations 365 days a year.
Posted by Wilson Korol at 01:47 on April 22, 2010