Environmental Goals and Priorities

Xerox aligns its environmental sustainability goals around four commitment areas where we can make a significant impact across our entire value chain of products and services:

Climate Protection: We invest in technologies that reduce the carbon footprint of our operations and the document-management solutions we offer to our customers. Our aim is to be carbon-neutral.

Preserving Biodiversity and the World’s Forests: We work with our customers, suppliers and other stakeholders to support the development of a sustainable paper cycle through paper-sourcing guidelines and environmentally sound paper offerings, as well as products and services that decrease offices’ dependency on paper.

Preserving Clean Air and Water: We strive to eliminate the use of persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic materials throughout the supply chain.

Preventing and Managing Waste: Our goal is to produce waste-free products in waste-free facilities that promote waste-free customer workplaces.

Our policy is to integrate these global environmental commitments into our core business strategy and practices. Our approach is to invest in innovation, market leadership and sound management practices that deliver measurable benefits to the environment, our customers and society, and that increase shareholder value. We recognize the importance of creative partnerships with suppliers, customers and other stakeholders to achieve these benefits and maximize their value.

We are reporting out progress on these commitments on the following table

Commitment Strategic Goal Objective Metric/Target 2007 Progress

Protect Our Climate


  • Reduce total company-wide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
  • Help customers meet their printing needs with the most energy-efficient document management solutions.
  • Move Xerox employees to take action to reduce their environmental footprint at work and at home.
  • Reduce total GHGs 25% from 2002 to 2012.
  • Obtain the 2007 ENERGY STAR® for 90% or more of new product launches by 2010.
  • Develop decision tools for customers to “green” their offices.
  • Boosted target from 10% to 25%. Down 21% from 2002 to 2007.
  • 80% of new products launched met the 2007 ENERGY STAR standard.
  • Launched the Xerox Sustainability Calculator in 2008.

Preserve Biodiversity and the
World’s Forests

Sustainable paper cycle

  • Certify Xerox-branded paper to standards for sustainable forest management.
  • Improve forest management among Xerox suppliers through our partnership with The Nature Conservancy.
  • Supplier adherence to Xerox requirements for sustainable forest management Goal is 100% by volume.
  • Obtain Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and Pan European Forest Certification Chain of Custody (PEFC) certifications for Xerox operations in 2007.
  • Launch first FSC and PEFC certified papers in 2007, increasing percentage in portfolio in 2008 and beyond.
  • Share findings and best practices resulting from partnership with Xerox suppliers in 2008/2009.
  • More than 90% of Xerox paper by volume met our requirements.
  • Achieved chain of custody certification as planned enabling growing portfolio of FSC and PEFC certified papers.
  • Conducted supplier workshop in 2008 to share results of work supported by The Nature Conservancy partnership.

Preserve Clean Air and Water
through Reducing Use of Toxics
and Heavy Metals

Zero persistent,
bioaccumulative, toxic
(PBT) footprint

  • Reduce PBT footprint throughout the supply chain.
  • Xerox’s five National Environmental Performance Track facilities achieve goals to reduce energy, waste and hazardous materials.
  • Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) to prioritize areas for future technology development.
  • Reduce use of PBTs in Xerox supply chain through adherence to Xerox and EICC requirements for our 50 key global suppliers, representing 90% of spend, by 2012.
  • On track to achieve goals 2008–2010. Xerox achieved U.S. E.P.A. National Performance Track Corporate Leaders distinction in 2008.
  • Xerox is using LCA and life-cycle thinking to better understand impacts of printing technology and inform future direction of research and development.
  • By year-end 2008, on track to complete audits of all key suppliers in high-risk regions. Any identified gaps are addressed through a corrective action process.

Waste Prevention and Management

Waste-free facilities
and products

  • Reduce material footprint of Xerox equipment and supplies.
  • Continued investment in “cartridge-free” solid ink technology that produces up to 90% less waste than conventional office color printers.
  • Maintain >90% reuse or recycling of recovered Xerox equipment and supplies offerings.
  • Expand ISO 14001-conforming environmental management system to Xerox U.S. supplies warehouses in 2008 and additional operations and geographies in 2009–2011.
  • The latest generation of solid ink products cut energy consumption by 14%, made double-sided printing a standard feature and bundled GreenPrint software to reduce unnecessary printing.
  • Xerox achieved 98% reuse/recycling of equipment and supplies (117 million lbs), bringing the total landfill avoidance to 2.1 billion pounds since 1991.
  • The largest warehouses have adopted environmental management systems and set a goal to reduce the solid waste sent to landfills 25% by 2012.