Responsible Operations

Managing the environmental impact of our operations is fundamental to our commitment to the planet. We continually assess our manufacturing processes, facilities and vehicle fleet to reduce our carbon footprint.

Learn more about the data presented in this section.

Data in this section represent total quantities for our manufacturing, research, development and equipment recovery/recycle operations in seven countries. Normalized values for 2010 forward have been calculated using Xerox revenue. Unless otherwise noted, all numbers represent worldwide totals and are reported in generally accepted international metrics.

The data presented is based on actual measurements to the extent possible. Where direct measurements are not available, we employ engineering calculations or estimates. We continue to strive to increase the accuracy of the data we report. Beginning with our 2015 Global Citizenship Report, we expect to have data validated by an independent third party.

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All of Xerox’s manufacturing and distribution operations employ an environmental management system that conforms with ISO 14001. The system:

  • Establishes a framework to ensure compliance with regulations and Xerox standards;
  • identifies environmental impact and sets objective and performance targets;
  • ensures integration between day-to-day business activities and environmental planning and program management; and
  • encourages innovative engineering solutions, creative partnerships and employee involvement.
Our major manufacturing operations have been certified to ISO 14001 since 1997; worldwide technology equipment distribution centers achieved certification in 2010. Quarterly status meetings and integration with a newly deployed scorecard promote visibility, best practice sharing and innovation.

Reducing our Company-wide Carbon Footprint
While our ultimate goal is to be climate-neutral, our first priority is to reduce our total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by lowering the energy intensity of our operations. Xerox is finding success with the following approaches:

  • Shifts toward energy-efficient technologies such as Emulsion Aggregation (EA) toner, which is estimated to generate 28 percent fewer GHG emissions in the manufacturing process than conventional toner;
  • process improvements such as using digital multifunction systems in our workplaces instead of stand-alone printers, copiers, fax machines and scanners;
  • energy management and equipment upgrades such as utilizing outdoor pipes to cool process water in winter months (rather than powered industrial chillers) and replacing outdated heating and cooling systems with energy-efficient and digitally controlled models;
  • use of renewable energy sources to power our facilities (our U.K. facilities are entirely powered by Green Energy) or to offset energy use (our Webster, New York; Wilsonville, Oregon; and Dallas, Texas facilities in the United States voluntarily use renewable energy or credits to offset a portion of electricity consumption); and
  • efficiency-promoting initiatives such as purchasing energy-efficient lighting and vehicles, reducing packaging sizes, and encouraging gasoline conservation through changes in reimbursement policies, mileage tracking and route efficiencies.

Energy Challenge 2017
In 2003, we made a public commitment to reduce (GHG) emissions — our carbon footprint — by joining the U.S. EPA Climate Leaders program and launching an internal program known as Energy Challenge 2012.

Energy Challenge 2012 was a 10-year initiative to reduce GHG emissions across all company operations1 10 percent by 2012. We met this target six years ahead of schedule, so we set a new target of 25 percent reduction by 2012 (from a 2002 baseline). At the conclusion of the program, we successfully cut emissions by 42 percent – that’s 210,000 tons of carbon dioxide equivalents (CO2e) – and reduced energy consumption by 31 percent.

Our new corporate-wide goal is to reduce energy consumption by 10 percent by 2017 (from a 2012 baseline). In 2013, we reduced energy consumption by 6 percent and cut emissions by 9 percent – that’s 27,800 tons of carbon dioxide equivalents (CO2e).

1Energy Challenge 2012 included fleet and facilities for the Technology Business (and Xerox Services where co-located). Energy Challenge 2017 encompasses all parts of our business.

Energy Consumption Chart

Greenhouse Gas Inventory
In keeping with the international guidelines of the Greenhouse Gas Protocol developed by the World Resources Institute and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, we track the six major GHGs: carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (N2O), hydro fluorocarbons (HFCs), perfluorocarbons (PFCs) and sulfur hexafluoride (SF6). We express our carbon footprint in terms of carbon dioxide equivalents (CO2e).

Energy sources account for more than 99 percent of our GHG emissions. Our GHG inventory includes direct emissions from the combustion of fossil fuels, primarily natural gas and indirect emissions from purchased electricity and steam at our manufacturing sites, offices and warehouses. The inventory also includes the combustion of gasoline and diesel fuels in our service and sales vehicle fleet.

In accordance with the Greenhouse Gas Protocol, inventory adjustments are completed each year as a result of the opening and closing of facilities and changes to the vehicle fleet. We have expanded our GHG tracking to include Scope 3 emissions, beginning with employee business travel and product transport.

In 2013, Xerox GHG emissions totaled 268,499 metric tons of CO2e. About 54 percent were indirect emissions from purchased electricity and steam. The remaining 46 percent were direct emissions from the combustion of natural gas, gasoline and diesel fuel. Xerox-owned or leased facilities, such as manufacturing sites, offices and warehouses, are associated with 47 percent of our direct GHG emissions. The remaining 53 percent are direct emissions from our service and sales vehicle fleet and other mobile sources.

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Chart The assessment of Scope 3 emissions pose many challenges because of the large number of variables, the difficulty in collecting data from suppliers and increasing uncertainty in the data as the sources become further removed from the company itself. We have begun calculating Scope 3 emissions according to the WRI Scope 3 Accounting Standard. We will use the information to prioritize our GHG emission reduction opportunities and to integrate consideration of carbon impact into sourcing and internal decision-making.

Climate Change Risks and Opportunities
Xerox has examined the regulatory, physical and commercial risks and opportunities associated with climate change across our value chain.

We assess and manage our carbon risk by maintaining both a robust GHG emissions inventory and a mature regulatory tracking function that provides the necessary information to stay abreast of developing regulation. We do not consider our company to be subject to unique risks due to changing weather patterns, rising temperatures and sea level rise, but we recognize that our business could be impacted by more frequent disruptions as a result of severe weather in locations where we operate. We may also need to invoke our business continuity and resumption plans to aid customers who are impacted by business disruptions due to severe weather. We're experienced in working with customers to ensure continuity of critical applications by prioritizing business needs and developing customer-specific preparedness plans where appropriate. Our business resumption plans include communication with employees and customers, management of employee health and safety issues, business continuity and resumption processes, and interaction with government organizations.

We recognize that the increasing costs of energy and concerns around energy security are issues that affect both our operations and those of our customers. Our commitment to reduce energy use in our operations was driven by cost savings, and we recognized that helping our customers to reduce energy costs through more efficient document solutions could increase our revenues.

Our immediate (short-term) focus is reducing energy consumption in our own operations as we make progress toward achieving our corporate goal of 10 percent reduction by 2017. We strive to provide sustainable document management technology solutions to our customers to reduce the energy and environmental impacts of their business.

To meet our commitment for “Reducing Energy Use and Protecting the Climate,” our long-term (more than 3-year) strategy is to continue to invest in technologies that reduce the carbon footprint of our operations and develop technology solutions that help our customers to reduce the energy and environmental impacts of their business. Our ultimate aim is to be carbon-neutral.

We invest in innovation, market leadership and sound management practices that deliver measurable benefits to the environment, our customers and society and that also increase shareholder value. We recognize the importance of creative partnerships with suppliers, customers and other stakeholders to achieve these benefits and maximize their value. Being smart with product innovation is an important part of sector leadership.

We are well-positioned for current and potential future regulation by our investment in a robust GHG emission inventory. We are currently gathering Scope 3 emissions data and other key metrics to assess climate change risk in the supply chain.

Preserving Clean Air and Water

Air Emissions
Xerox has significantly reduced manufacturing air emissions over the past 20 years. Continuous improvement remains a priority.

Most of our air emissions originate from the production of imaging supplies such as toner, photoreceptor drums and belts, and fuser rolls. Year-over-year volatile organic process air emissions (VOV and non-VOC) from these production activities decreased 29 percent in 2013 to approximately 13 metric tons. These reductions demonstrate the success of our design initiatives to minimize environmental impact: year-over-year emission reductions came primarily from process modification, lower production volumes of legacy products coated using organic solvents, and production declines attributable to longer-life components.
Volatile organic process air emissions chart A subset of these volatile organic process emissions is defined by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as hazardous air pollutants (HAP). In 2013, Xerox reported worldwide air emissions of approximately 5 metric tons of HAP under national toxic chemical release regulations, including the United States’ Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) program. Methylene Chloride, methyl Iso butyl Ketone (MIBK), 1,3-butadiene and styrene represent virtually all of these HAP emissions.

HAP air emission chart

Ozone-Depleting Substances
Xerox policy prohibits the use of ozone-depleting substances (ODS) as ingredients in products, spare parts, accessories and packaging. Ozone-depleting substances are used as refrigerants in facility and vehicle air conditioning systems and various food/equipment-cooling systems. Although ODS may be released during the normal operation and failure of these systems, the total amount released is not significant from a company-wide perspective. Elimination of ODS as refrigerant is managed consistent with government phase-out dates.

Toxic Chemical Releases
The release of materials used in our worldwide operations are evaluated annually and reported to government agencies under national toxic chemical release reporting regulations, such as the U.S. Toxic Release Inventory, the Canadian National Pollution Release Inventory, and the European Pollutant Release and Transfer Register. Releases for reporting year 2013 were 16 percent lower than 2012 levels and 70 percent lower than 2007 levels. In 2013, reportable releases and transfers decreased primarily due to decreases in the amount of organic solvents used in manufacturing processes as a result of production.
Toxic Chemical Releases Chart
Xerox strives to beneficially manage these materials whenever possible. In 2013, 84 percent of materials reported under national toxics reporting programs were beneficially managed on-site or at approved treatment, storage and disposal facilities.

Management of Toxic Chemicals chart In 2011, all operations with reportable toxic chemical releases to the air, land or water — in amounts of greater than one metric ton — established goals, targets and objectives related to chemical releases. Progress against these goals as of year-end 2013 is summarized below.

  • An initiative to reclaim spent methyl isobutyl ketone (MIBK) continued to exceed expectations in the second full year of implementation. Recovered solvent was qualified for use as a cleaning solvent for the fluid delivery systems used in U.S. fuser roll coating operations. As a result, the amount of virgin MIBK purchased in 2013 for use in the manufacturing operation was reduced by 35 percent from baseline on a normalized, per-part basis.
  • The amount of methylene chloride used to manufacture Xerox photoreceptor belts was reduced by more than 55 percent from baseline, greatly exceeding target. This dramatic reduction was primarily due to volume declines of legacy products and process modifications that reduced the amount of methylene chloride used for batch cleaning of production equipment.
  • Emissions of 1,3-butadiene emissions from U.S. toner resin manufacturing operations met the normalized, per-batch target, reflecting a full year of operation with no unplanned releases. Absolute emissions were again down significantly, primarily due to the technology migration to toners produced via emulsion aggregation.

Spills and Accidental Releases
Our goal is to prevent all environmental releases of regulated materials to air, soil and water. We have greatly reduced the frequency of spills and accidental releases, though we have not yet reached our target of eliminating these events.

In 2013, our North American operations identified five reportable accidental spills/releases (compared with eight in 2012). All of the events occurred at our Monroe County, New York location. Two of the five events went to secondary containment and never reached the environment. Two of the releases were to storm water outfalls, and one was to air. Corrective actions were taken in all cases.

Water Consumption and Treatment
As part of our commitment to conserve resources, we monitor water consumption across our manufacturing, distribution and R&D facilities worldwide. We have a corporate goal to reduce water consumption by 21 percent by 2014 and by 30 percent by 2019 (against a 2009 baseline).

In 2012, we achieved this goal early by reducing consumption 35 percent. In 2013, we sustained this achievement with only a 0.4 percent increase from the prior year. Though we certainly continued this conservation project in 2013, any additional benefit was offset by changes in production scheduling that resulted from increases in product manufacture, product changes, and cleaning cycles. As a result, water consumption rose slightly.

However, our manufacturing facility in Dundalk, Ireland achieved a 50 percent reduction in water consumption due to continued upgrade, control and optimization of cooling towers at the site.

The water discharges at manufacturing sites are monitored to validate compliance with local sanitary sewer discharge limits. Wastewater from manufacturing processes are treated, as necessary, before being discharged into local sanitary sewers. The treatment includes adjusting pH and removing suspended solids. We utilize best practices to prevent unwanted pollutants from entering waterways via surface contamination and run-off. Extensive sampling of wastewater, discharged to both sanitary and storm sewers, ensures that discharged water meets our strict requirements.

The New York Water Environment Association presented our Webster, New York facilities with a GOLD Environmental Performance Award for Water Discharge Quality for 2013. This award acknowledges that nearly 4,000 water permit analyses for sanitary and storm water met all permit specifications. We’ve received five gold and nine silver awards since the program began in 2000.

Water Consumption chart

Preventing and Managing Waste

Hazardous Waste
Our worldwide hazardous waste volumes decreased by 33 percent in 2013. These reductions are primarily due to significant, one-time waste generation/disposal activities in 2012 (not included in the 2013 waste volumes) and process modifications decreasing waste volumes. We beneficially managed 62 percent of the hazardous waste generated in 2013 via recycling and/or fuels blending technologies.

We do not export hazardous waste to developing nations. A third-party supplier is contracted to recover spent methyl isobutyl ketone; this material is returned to us to support ongoing coating operations. Solid and liquid hazardous waste streams that have an adequate BTU value are managed via a fuels blending program. An off-site waste disposal vendor blends these waste streams to meet the specifications provided by cement kilns.

Hazardous Waste Generated ChartHazardous Waste Management ChartNon-hazardous Solid Waste
We have had major waste reduction efforts in place for many years. We reuse boxes, pallets and containers for parts delivery. We recapture toner that is outside the acceptable size range during manufacturing, recycle returned equipment and reuse totes for recycling scrap metal and paper.

We have a corporate goal to reduce our rate of landfill and incineration of waste 50 percent by 2015 (against a 2009 baseline). In 2012, we achieved this goal early. In 2013, we further surpassed the goal, achieving a 60 percent reduction from the 2009 baseline.

Our global manufacturing operations and all facilities in Monroe County, New York generated 41,000 metric tons of non-hazardous solid waste in 2013, down from 51,000 metric tons in 2012. Process waste consists primarily of paper, wood pallets, waste toner, plastics and packaging waste such as corrugated cardboard; equipment manufacturing waste includes scrap metal, waste batteries and lamps, miscellaneous trash, and non-usable end-of-life equipment and parts that are returned to Xerox for processing. Equipment manufacturing waste made up about 60 percent of the non-hazardous solid waste managed by Xerox operations in 2013.

In 2013, we managed 94 percent of non-hazardous solid waste beneficially, up from to 93 percent in 2012. The increased reuse/recycle rate can be attributed to an increase in our manufacturing operations using energy from waste technology for non-recyclables in 2013. Additionally, in 2013 our equipment resellers were able to return a number of products to the marketplace for resale. That resulted in a significant reduction of all non-hazardous waste.

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Environmental Remediation and Compliance

In 1985, we began a voluntary assessment program that identified 68 of our worksites requiring remediation. We worked closely with the appropriate federal, state and local agencies to initiate prompt and appropriate measures to ensure the protection of employees, neighbors and the environment.

Today, only nine of the original 68 sites still require active remedial or control measures; we have removed the sources of contamination and have remediated the rest for reuse or redevelopment. In 2013, we completed remediation at one site in Canada, but we are awaiting final confirmation prior to removing this site from our active remediation list.

In addition to using conventional techniques for groundwater recovery and soil excavation, we develop innovative remedial technologies. These include techniques that enhance the recovery of contaminants such as high-vacuum 2-Phase Extraction and enhanced bedrock fracturing. We also employ technologies where contaminants are converted to less harmful substances through enhanced natural biodegradation and chemical oxidation.

Compliance Reporting
We require our various operations and subsidiaries worldwide to report allegations of regulatory violations to our EHS&S group for tracking, evaluation and corrective action where appropriate. In 2013, two instances resulted in a notice of violation. One stemmed from filing a monthly report late, and the other was for exceeding wastewater discharge limits. Neither incident resulted in a compliance penalty. Issues have been abated and closed out with the relevant authorities, and we’ve established appropriate controls to ensure ongoing compliance.


Our Progress in 2013

Xerox Reduces Environmental Impact – Xerox 2014 Citizenship Report

We’re Among The Nation’s Top Purchasers Of Green Power.

Preserving the Planet | Responsible Operations

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized Xerox as being among the nation’s top purchasers of green power in the technology and telecom sector. Green power is electricity generated from renewable resources such as solar, wind, geothermal, biogas, and low-impact hydro, and produces no net increase of greenhouse gas emissions.

The Xerox Board of Directors: Maintaining Independence

Sustaining Business

Based on standards for independence developed by the New York Stock Exchange, the Xerox Board of Directors is approximately 90 percent independent. It includes one non-independent director: Xerox Chairman and CEO Ursula M. Burns. Learn more about the Board's independence and our governance policies:


Voice of employee survey

Evolving the Workplace

Our proprietary Voice of the Employee Survey allows managers to assess their employees' satisfaction with their job, work group, manager and Xerox as a whole.

Since 2009, we have surveyed 100% of our global population across 49 countries and in 26 languages. Each manager receives a personalized report to assist in developing action plans where needed. In addition, we capture global trend data and employee ideas.

We received 68,500 responses to our 2013 Voice of the Employee survey. We will administer the survey again in 2015.

See more detailed information on employee satisfaction surveys.


*In 2012, the survey was distributed to around 14,000 employees in Europe, Canada and our developing markets. All other years reflect a larger global population.

Addressing employee inquiries

Evolving the Workplace

The Sentinel Customer Satisfaction Assurance Systemtm, a Xerox proprietary Web-based polling/routing/reporting system, links employee inquiries or comments through the intranet with appropriate Xerox contacts to identify and track any comment, suggestion or unresolved problem for action.

The chart below displays the number of employee inquiries we received and routed for resolution. The decline in inquiries in recent years is due to the overall resolution of systemic issues and the ability for employees to provide comments/suggestions or raise a technical issue.


Employee Diversity – Women Employees

Evolving the Workplace

We gain a competitive advantage as we continue to draw on the experience and creativity of a well-balanced, diverse workforce. That means we're better able to understand and meet the changing demands for our products and services. Simply stated, a balanced workforce makes good business sense.

In the U.S., 53.2 percent of employees are women, and women represent 27 percent of executive and senior-level managers. Diversity reporting is not tracked in most other countries.

The chart below displays the percentage of executive and senior-level managers who were women over the past four years in the U.S.

Learn more about diversity at Xerox.

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Employee Diversity – Minority Employees

Evolving the Workplace

Employees with different ways of thinking – and different ways of perceiving our world – are employees who create innovative solutions. In a business like ours, whose lifeblood is fresh ideas, this variety of perspectives is a priceless resource – and a key to achieving critical business results.

Minorities represent 40.3 percent of employees and 12 percent of executive and senior-level managers in the U.S. Diversity reporting is not tracked in most other countries.

The chart below displays the percentage of minority employees in our U.S. workforce over the past four years.

Learn more about diversity at Xerox.


Monitoring the safety of our employees

Evolving the Workplace

The health of our business depends on the health and safety of our workforce. In 2013, an ongoing project to improve employee safety awareness and inspection of safe work practices resulted in a declining frequency of injuries.

See more detailed information on our recordable injury rates.

Up 18% from 2009Down 1% from 2010Up 5% from 2011Down 3% from 2012

Preventing Injuries and Illnesses

Evolving the Workplace

The health of our business depends on the health and safety of our workforce. In 2013, an ongoing project to improve employee safety awareness and inspection of safe work practices resulted in a declining frequency of days away from work cases.

See more detailed information on work injury rates at Xerox.

Up 4% from 2009Up 6% from 2010Up 13 % from 2011Down 12% from 2012

Topping the competition

Serving Customers

Xerox is the leader in equipment revenue market share*. We offer the industry's broadest portfolio of document technology and services for businesses of any size, in any industry, anywhere around the world.

*Equipment revenue (shipment value) in the hardcopy peripheral industry. Source: IDC WW Quarterly HCP Tracker, Final Historical 1Q14.

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Innovating for the future

Serving Customers

Xerox was granted 1,168 U.S. patents in 2013, ranking the company as one of the world's top innovators. Our joint venture in Japan, Fuji Xerox Co. Ltd., received 800 U.S. patents. The Xerox group garnered 1,968 patents total.

Xerox and Fuji Xerox collectively invest about $1.3 billion annually in research, development and engineering.

*Total patents earned along with Fuji Xerox Group.

Learn more about innovation at Xerox.

See more information on our patent filings.


Measuring Customer Satisfaction

Serving Customers

Service and support for Xerox products earned five consecutive industry certifications from 2006-2010 under the J.D. Power and Associates Certified Technology Service and SupportSM program. All forms of customer support – phone, online, on-site – were evaluated by independent service industry experts who recognized our support services as among the best in class. These certification reviews have ensured we maintain process excellence in technical service delivery.

In 2011, we chose to invest in a new customer satisfaction process to ensure a stronger focus on understanding and fulfilling customer needs and expectations. The new process solicits feedback from our technology customers around the globe and provides detailed insights that help us identify systemic issues and make the necessary changes that ensure strong customer satisfaction. Improved closed-loop follow-up processes also enable faster responses to individual problems.

Achieved certification in the J.D. Power and Associates program for Certified Technology Service and Support.In 2011, we chose to invest in a new customer satisfaction process to ensure a stronger focus on understanding and fulfilling customer needs and expectations. In 2012, we continued our investment in a new customer satisfaction process to ensure our award-winning service and customer-centric approach builds customer loyalty and trust. In 2013, we further developed our new customer satisfaction process and saw positive results, both in the feedback from our customers and in the internal measures we use to assess the quality of what we are delivering to the marketplace.

Industry Analysts Recognize Xerox As A Market Leader

Serving Customers

Our commitment to our customers has gained worldwide recognition.

Xerox has been named a leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Managed Print Services for six consecutive years (most recently Oct. 21, 2013) and a leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Customer Management Contact Center BPO for two consecutive years (most recently Dec. 24, 2013).1

Many independent industry analysts rate Xerox services and products as leaders in multiple categories. Selected awards are displayed in the chart.

1Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner's research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

IDC: an IDC MarketScape leader for Worldwide Managed Print Services.

Quocirca: Market leader for MPS Landscape.
IDC: an IDC MarketScape leader for Worldwide Managed Print Services.

Quocirca: Market leader for MPS Landscape.

Everest Group: PEAK Matrix Assessment leader for Benefits Administration Outsourcing.
IDC: an IDC MarketScape leader for U.S. Shared, Networked MFPs for the Distributed Office; EMEA Managed Print Services.

Forrester Research, Inc.: cited as a leader in The Forrester Wave™: Managed Print Services, Q2 2012.

Quocirca: Market leader for MPS Landscape.
IDC: an IDC MarketScape leader for Worldwide Managed Print and Document Services; U.S. Smart Multifunction Peripherals.

Quocirca: Market leader for MPS Landscape.

HfS Research BluePrint: Winner's Circle for Healthcare Payer BPO Services.

Everest Group: PEAK Matrix Assessment leader for Benefits Administration Outsourcing; Contact Center Outsourcing.

NelsonHall NEAT: Leader in Benefits Administration Services.

Xerox Foundation

Caring for Communities

In 2013, more than 2,500 non-profit organizations, colleges and universities received direct financial support from the Xerox Foundation through grants, matching gifts or community involvement activities. We focus our investments in the following areas:

  • Education and workforce preparedness
  • Science and technology
  • Employee and community affairs
  • National and cultural affairs

Learn more about the Xerox Foundation.

See more detailed information on Xerox Foundation giving.

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The Xerox Community Involvement Program

Caring for Communities

The Xerox Community Involvement Program links the voluntary spirit of our employees to get involved in the communities where we live and work. Since 1974 when the program began, more than 500,000 Xerox people have been involved in regional, community-focused projects.

Learn more about the Xerox Foundation.

See more detailed information on community involvement programs.

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Our goal: Zero waste to landfills

Preserving the Planet

To pave the way for our ultimate goal of zero waste to landfills, we aimed to achieve a 50 percent reduction in landfill rate between 2009 and 2015. We reached this target three years early, and in 2013 we surpassed it.

See more detailed information on Xerox recycling.

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Conserving water

Preserving the Planet

As part of our commitment to conserve resources, we monitor water consumption across our manufacturing, distribution and R&D facilities worldwide. Since 2009, water consumption has decreased by 35 percent.

See more detailed information on water consumption.

Down 7% from 2009Down 21% from 2009Down 35% from 2009Down 35% from 2009

Reducing greenhouse gas emissions

Preserving the Planet

Since 2009, Scope 1 (direct) and 2 (indirect) greenhouse gas emissions are down 24 percent in our Document Technology business. The reductions are the result of improved energy efficiency, new technologies and improved energy management practices.

See more detailed information on greenhouse gas emissions.

No change from 2009Down 8% from 2009Down 13% from 2009Down 24% from 2009

New products achieve the ENERGY STAR® rating

Preserving the Planet

In 2013, 100 percent of our new eligible products met the current ENERGY STAR (July 2009) requirements. We've continuously reduced power consumption of our laser-based printing products by adjusting fuser design, changing properties of toner, implementing more efficient electronic controls and improving the xerographic system as a whole.

See more detailed information on ENERGY STAR® ratings for Xerox Products.


End-of-Life Management

Preserving the Planet

Our approach to managing products at end-of-life translates into significant environmental and financial benefits. Globally, our combined returns programs (equipment remanufacture in conjunction with parts and consumables reuse and recycling) prevented over 33,000 metric tons of waste from entering landfills in 2013 alone.

Learn more about the Xerox Green World Alliance.


Reducing emissions by reducing employee air travel

Preserving the Planet

Business travel plays a big role in contributing to greenhouse gas emissions. In recent years, we've promoted videoconferencing and other technology as environmentally friendly alternatives to air travel. Thanks to these efforts, we've reduced emissions due to air travel by 20 percent per employee every year since 2010.

See more detailed information on carbon dioxide equivalents (C02e).

Baseline yearDown 20% per employee from 2010Down 20% per employee from 2010Down 20% per employee from 2010

Energy Use Reduction

Preserving the Planet

Following achievement of our "Energy Challenge 2012," we adopted a new goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 10 percent across all company operations by 2017. In 2013, we attained a 6 percent reduction – more than half of our five-year goal.

To allow for consistent reporting, the chart below depicts achievement against the original 2002 baseline.

See more detailed information on energy use reduction.

Down 21% from 2002Down 27% from 2002Down 33% from 2002Down 39% from 2002