This week we celebrated our annual Earth Day, with April 22 designated as the official date. I’m sure most of you are aware of Earth Day; but for those who are not familiar with it, you might be asking, “what in the world is this Earth Day you speak of?” Let me explain — Earth Day is a day celebrated worldwide in which the main focus is on the Earth and finding time to really step back and appreciate nature and protect our natural environment. On this day, environmental issues are shared – locally and on a national level – with rallies and events, and people try to teach others how to live “greener” lives that will further support and protect the Earth. Believe it or not, Earth Day has now been celebrated for the past 35 years, starting on April 22, 1970.
Although April 22 is an extra special day, RR Donnelley and its affiliated companies celebrate Earth Day 365 days a year. Plain and simple, this means that RR Donnelley consistently strives to integrate the concepts of being environmentally conscious while still being cost-effective. This is RR Donnelley’s definition of sustainability and what we strive for every day.
RR Donnelley has a Global Environmental, Health & Safety Policy that I would like to share with you:
“Utilize practices that protect the environment, including reducing the quantity of emissions, developing opportunities for recycling and pollution prevention and using paper, energy and other resources more efficiently.”
This policy is meant to inform and guide all employees about the sustainability approach that is expected at all RR Donnelley facilities. This includes, but is not limited to, these top elements:
- Resource Efficiency: We identify measure and improve how we use energy, raw materials, water and other resources.
- Green Procurement: We help our supply chain adopt sustainable practices. We guide our customers in choosing sustainable options.
- Solid Waste Reduction and Packaging Minimization: Every day, we reduce, reuse and recycle in our worldwide manufacturing locations.
- Stewardship: We find, learn and share best practices and demonstrate our commitments to sustainability.
To sum up, RR Donnelley is steadfast in their sustainability practices and takes it very seriously. Some might ask why we put such an emphasis on this, and the answer is quite simple; it’s because we care. We are trying to protect our environment as much as we possibly can, along with creating and contributing to as many positive results in the world as we possibly can, all while doing our jobs!