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Wednesday, November 23, 2016 - 05:50

Green Company of the Year

Fuji Xerox Asia Pacific

FUJI Xerox has made conscious efforts to be a good environmental citizen. The company recognises that global warming, natural resource depletion, chemical pollution and the destruction of biodiversity are real and pressing issues that pose major threats to sustainability for the industry.

Since 2009, the company has reaffirmed its commitment to participating in the resolution of these environmental concerns. As a start, it established targets for the reduction of its greenhouse gas emissions - by 30 per cent - from the level in FY2005. The company subscribes to the principle that used products are not waste, but can be recycled as valuable resources and, therefore, constantly endeavours to achieve resource recycling and zero emission throughout all its business territories in the Asia-Pacific region.

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Since 2013, the company has taken on the slogan "Challenge Eco No 1" which translates into concrete corporate efforts company-wide to make environmental contributions to society through its business activities. This takes the form of reducing the environmental impact at every stage of its product life cycle, from the sourcing of parts and materials, the assembly, processing, logistics and end-user power consumption to product disposal and recycling.

One such instance is its offices in Japan have installed smart technologies that trigger the off-switch for lights when no movement is detected in the meeting rooms. This helps with power consumption and conservation of energy. It is also an example of the Genko Itchi principle and management philosophy to "walk the talk", a step in the company's efforts to behave as a role model for customers and stakeholders.

IT optimisation has helped the company become more aware of how it can reduce the environmental impact, not just in its operations, but also in its products. For example, the "RealGreen concept" in product development sees individual employees on the frontline of operations being trained to identify problems intrinsic to their core business, along with the goal of overcoming sustainability challenges. Efforts such as the reduction of paper printing helps with resource saving; reducing paper document storage helps with space saving, and business processes migrated to an IT platform help with efficiency and resource optimisation.

These higher energy savings are passed on to customers; while IT optimisation products help everyone accumulate savings in time, cost, space and transport. Environmental consciousness is now embedded in the Fuji Xerox corporate culture. In 1999, the company established its Ecology and Safety Vision, a guiding policy that is designed to make Fuji Xerox a leading global contributor to environmental protection. Environmental consciousness still remains one of its10 Shared Values.

Having more than 45,000 staff worldwide means Fuji Xerox is in a good position to inculcate environmental consciousness, not only internally in its corporate culture, but also in the communities in which its teams live. Moreover, since 2005, its products have been known to achieve an 80 per cent reduction in energy consumption.

Fuji Xerox is known for its innovative green solutions and continuous commitment to developing greener features for its products. Workplaces are transformed by digitalisation with sustainability in mind. Fuji Xerox believes that environmental sustainability is achievable for companies no matter their size. Introducing sustainable workplace practices and business decisions can cost very little. Greening an office can begin in small ways and have large and long-term impact.


Top Green Companies in Asia

Maynilad Water Services

When your services are highly dependent upon, and directly impact the environment, sustainability is more than just a buzz word - it becomes an imperative.

Maynilad Water Services, Inc (Maynilad) in the Philippines recognises that as a water and wastewater services provider, its operations have a direct impact on the environment. The company therefore knows that its responsibility ranges from ridge to reef.

The continuous supply of water is integral to Maynilad's business, and watersheds help maintain the quality of Maynilad's water supply. Plant for Life is a long-term, multi-site reforestation and afforestation programme that engages various stakeholder groups. This is achieved through formal agreements with private organisations and government agencies; and leveraging ties with non-profit institutions and other volunteer organisations.

Moreover, the company partners and empowers the indigenous communities living in watershed areas by helping them organise their cooperative, supporting their sapling nurseries, and awarding stewardship fees for maintaining the planted trees. This has enabled the indigenous peoples to gain viable alternative livelihood opportunities compared to their traditional practices that could cause environmental harm.

Originally created to reforest the watersheds in Angat, Ipo and La Mesa, the programme was later expanded to include the areas along the Manila Bay coast and Laguna Lake.

Meanwhile, water used at homes and businesses usually end up in bodies of water such as rivers and lakes. When left untreated, the wastewater causes pollution and disease.

To address this, Maynilad also offers wastewater management services to the 17 cities and municipalities it currently serves. The company lays sewer conveyance systems and deploys septic tank cleaning trucks to collect wastewater. The wastewater is then treated at Maynilad's facilities before it is discharged to the receiving bodies of water.

Maynilad produces also a Greenhouse Gas and Air Pollutants (GHG/AP) Inventory to show its greenhouse gas production and measures to curb it. In 2011, Maynilad became the first company in the Philippines to receive the ISO 14064:2006 certification for the verification of its greenhouse gas (GHG) or carbon footprint quantification and reporting initiative from TUV Rheinland.

An outtake of conducting the GHG/AP inventory is a programme aimed at curbing energy consumption.

Through the Maynilad Energy Management System (EnMS), Maynilad established procedures that seek to meet yearly energy consumption targets. For example, technological interventions and system improvements are being adapted, such as procedures involving machinery, pumps, lighting and alarms. The company also instituted procedures for solid waste and hazardous waste management, in line with legislation and certified quality controls.

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