We believe that promoting and implementing positive environmental processes is not a political issue, it’s a human issue. And it is the responsibility of leading global organizations such as ours to take the initiative and reduce our carbon imprint.
Recognizing the importance of conducting business in an environmentally-responsible manner, we have vigorously pursued environmentally-friendly alternatives to everyday tasks and products at all of our offices across the world.
What follows are some examples of the initiatives we’ve undertaken to help our clients and colleagues reduce their environmental impact and lead a “greener” life.
— Although the mobility industry is notable for generating extensive paper files, Weichert has pioneered the drive to paperless processes. Our MyWIN system eliminates/minimizes most of the paper in our processes while reducing the carbon footprint associated with extensive hard-copy records retention.
— In those instances that we do need to buy paper—for the production of marketing collateral, for example—we buy certified recycled products.
— Our Tax department, which prepares year-end tax reports for the mobile employees we have served, recently converted to an all-electronic format. Instead of printing and mailing hard copy reports, we provide employees with a user-name and password to access the data they need to complete their tax forms.
— Our work from home policy allows certain colleagues the option of working from their home office one day a week, reducing travel, gasoline/fuel consumption, harmful auto emissions and energy use. Further, whenever possible, we utilize Skype and videoconferencing to reduce unnecessary business travel.
— Our companywide payroll runs at 100% paperless.
— We partner with Green Vision, a green recycling agency, for the safe and proper disposition and recycling of outdated computers and other electronics equipment at our headquarters campus in New Jersey.
— We strive to incorporate the principles of energy efficiency and sustainability in all our buildings, maintenance and operations. As an example, in 2011 and 2012, we participated in the New Jersey Direct Install program, which allowed us to make energy-efficient upgrades (valued at $500,000) to our lighting and HVAC units at our headquarters office. During this upgrade, energy-saving bulbs and switches were installed throughout our office.
— We use an alternative-energy supplier to power a number of Weichert locations, including our headquarters office.
— We maintain vigorous recycling programs at all of our offices and recognize recycling “champions” in each office on a regular basis.
— We provide all employees with ceramic coffee mugs and eliminating Styrofoam cups from the kitchen areas.
We believe that these initiatives represent a great step in the right direction, and look forward to the long-term positive impact that they will have on our environment.
With a service network reach that extends to over 175 countries, it is vital that we promote corporate responsibility within our supply chain. Not simply because it makes good business sense, but because we are a responsible corporate citizen and we expect our partners to be as well.
Our Responsible Purchasing Regulations reflect our commitment to sustainability in our supply chain, incorporating social, employment and environmental aspects into purchasing decisions in order to build a better future.
Our Responsible Purchasing Regulations define guidelines for suppliers that promote and ensure compliance with our minimum sustainability requirements, within the constraints of good business practices and market conditions, including availability, demand, and profitability. This program aims to improve the efficiency of the supply chain processes.
We expect our suppliers to:
• maintain compliance with laws and regulations applicable to their operations;
• encourage environmentally sound decisions when evaluating operating and service options.
• whenever possible, conduct business in a carbon neutral way to minimize the impact on the environment.
• give purchasing preference to suppliers that uphold environmentally friendly practices;
• continue to identify and support recycled-content paper and paper products, for all materials we source within the constraints of good business practices and market conditions, including product availability, consumer demand and profitability; and
• purchase recycled content paper for our internal usage.
We never cease to be amazed and humbled by our colleagues’ commitment to positively impacting the lives of others, be it employees being relocated around the globe or families in need in their respective communities. Throughout the past year, even as the headlines seemed impossibly bleak, they found time to dedicate to making life just a little bit better for those who needed it most. The following are a few examples of our community outreach efforts:
— Colleagues in our Toronto office participated in the Telus Walk to Cure Diabetes in support of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and also raised money for this important cause.
— Colleagues in our Houston office helped make holiday wishes come true for a group of children undergoing cancer treatment at the MD Anderson Center. After receiving wish lists from the children, the Houston team worked diligently to fill those lists to the very last item. Once the gifts were collected, a colleague delivered them to the Center while dressed as Santa Claus.
— Colleagues in our New Jersey office partnered with Jersey Cares to conduct a campus-wide coat drive, collecting gently-worn coats for men, women and children. Our NJ colleagues also participated in the 34th annual Weichert Toy Drive, donating approximately 450 toys to be distributed to local charities.
— Colleagues in our Boston office recognized the season by once again partnering with the local Toys for Tots chapter and collecting everything from new bikes to dolls to electronic games to help struggling families fulfill their children’s holiday wishes.
— Colleagues in our Chicago office volunteered their time to Feed My Starving Children, a non-profit organization committed to feeding hungry and needy children. These colleagues assisted in hand-packing meals specifically formulated for malnourished children, and then shipping them to nearly 70 countries around the world.
— Colleagues in our Calgary office reached out to Closer to Home, a non-profit agency that helps families in need, to find ways they could help out. The agency matched our team up with a single mother and her three children–-aged 11, 5 and 6 months–-and our colleagues went about collecting toys and gifts and other things on the family’s wish list. The team delivered the presents to Closer to Home’s office unwrapped, providing paper and tape and bows so that the mother could be involved in the process and share in the excitement of gift-giving. Our team never actually met the family they were helping, preferring to remain anonymous and keep the focus on helping them through a rough patch.
These simple gestures, representative of efforts of our colleagues worldwide, were undertaken as part of our CommunityCares program, through which we encourage employee volunteerism and corporate giving that supports helping families and improving communities.