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The Earth Wins in Xerox’s Employee Sustainability Challenge

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Xerox has charged its employees with coming up with creative ideas for going green – and as a result, the company has saved $10.2 million and reduced 2.6 million pounds of waste in 2010.

The business practice reflects a growing trend of crowdsourcing environmental savings and information.

From 30 original nominations worldwide, 13 employee ideas from across the globe will be implemented. One of the winning ideas, from Wilsonville, Ore., developed the smallest package possible for an ink cartridge, also using post-consumer recycled material for the package and shipping box.

A team in Ontario, Canada, piloted a Sustainability Customer Presentation Certification program that will be rolled out across the company to raise environment awareness among sales staff. The training reached 92 percent of the direct sales force and 70 percent of the agent representatives.

“For 17 years, our Earth Awards program has showcased how employees improve the business — and benefit the world — by eliminating waste,” said Xerox VP of Environment, Health, Safety and Sustainability Patty Calkins. “Xerox employees have a strong sense of pride attached to our legacy of being environmentally conscious.”

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