At Plantronics, Global Citizenship refers to the values of promoting environmental health, reducing our environmental footprint, and being a socially responsible citizen. Simply put, it's about being good to our customers, our employees, our communities, and our planet.
Plantronics is dedicated to operating conscientiously in all areas of our business. This means creating positive change in everything we do: from helping to develop and strengthen the communities in which we operate; to creating a safe, healthy, and inclusive workplace; to helping our customers meet their Sustainability goals; to minimizing our carbon footprint, reducing electronic waste, and conserving resources.
Our communities are the heart of where we live and work. We're proud to support them through our contributions of time, products, funds, and skills.
Our headquarters in Santa Cruz, CA feature the largest solar and sun tube installation in Santa Cruz County. Eighty percent of our site utility bill is offset by solar power. Hundreds of sun tubes reduce lighting costs and save energy by using natural light. In total, our energy conservation efforts save approximately 1,395,000 kilowatts annually.
In June of 2006, Plantronics commissioned a 262 kW photovoltaic system. Integral to the system is the web-based monitoring. Plantronics wanted to monitor the system to:
The system installer, Barry Swenson Builder, wanted to monitor the system to:
|System Size||262.5 kW|
|SAPC 165 Modules||1260|
|SAPC 175 Modules||312|
|Xantrex 225 kW Inverter||1|
|Xantrex 30 kW Inverter||2|
|Module Pitch||20 degree|
|Project Developer||Real Estate Strategies & Solutions|
|General Contractor||Barry Swenson Builder|
|System Installer||Owens Electric and Solar|
|Roofer||Central Coating Company|
Our manufacturing facility in Tijuana, Mexico, has just completed the largest solar installation in Tijuana County and the State of Baja California. It is the second largest capacity installed over the roof in Latin America. There are 4,284 panels generating 1.3 Megawatts of electricity, enough to offset seventy percent of the building's annual consumption of electricity. Our louvered ceiling lets in natural light directly from the top, but at an angle that avoids glare, further reducing the facility's impact on the environment.
Our facility in the United Kingdom has also added solar panels to its roof. 584 panels in total, generating roughly 115,350 kilowatt hours to date since June 2013.
The solar panels at our Clarity facility in Tennessee have generated over 60,200 kilowatt hours in their second year, five percent more than was estimated. These panels will reduce CO2 emissions by 942 tons over a 25 year period.
Plantronics is committed to reducing its impact on the environment. Our recent efforts have enabled us to put a stake in the ground and report our Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GHG) for the first time. We understand that many aspects of our business impact the environment and the communities in which we live and work. A smaller footprint is better for business, better for our customers, and better for the planet.
Our goal for FY15 is to reduce emissions globally by 5% in this next year. We look forward to tracking and reporting our progress.
Excessive Carbon Dioxide (CO2) emission is problematic to our atmosphere because of its ability to trap heat; the measurement of this ability is called "Global Warming Potential." There are many GHG gases other than CO2; some of which have a Global Warming Potential 10,000 times that of CO2. For simplicity, all GHGs are measured and converted into CO2 equivalent (CO2e).
A standard GHG report organizes the sources of emissions into two main categories:
Plantronics is in the early stages of measuring GHG emissions, but we have captured the major sources at our three biggest facilities located in Santa Cruz, CA (US), Swindon (UK), and Tijuana (MX) (our manufacturing facility called Plamex).
In the past year, Plantronics has managed to both grow the business and reduce total emissions relative to increases in revenue. With continued investments in solar energy generation, we expect to reduce our emissions year over year.
Smarter Working at Plantronics is about giving employees greater freedom and flexibility in how, when, and where they work. It's about understanding the need for and creating environments where employees can be their most productive. We believe that people are more engaged and productive when they're free to work as they please.
At Plantronics, Smarter Working is not theoretical. It's how we work every day. Our new offices in Santa Cruz, CA, and in Royal Wootton Bassett, UK reflect this: From inspirational interior designs and "conversation booths" to teleconferencing video screens and offsite workspaces, we've redesigned our environment to encourage collaboration, communication, and contemplation.
For us, Smarter Working is also about being a responsible global citizen. When we embrace Smarter Working and allow employees to work from whatever location they need to, like home, we help keep more cars off the road, which helps everyone save on commute time and their impact on the environment. That's a balance that benefits everyone.
Plantronics' global headquarters is located in Santa Cruz, California, known for its beautiful oceanside location and environmentally aware sensibilities. Our recent Smarter Working building redesign of our main building includes natural floor materials such as cork, sisal (plant fiber) and recycled carpet, all of which absorb sound.
Our new ceiling wave, which also helps reduce noise, is designed to reflect the sound wave of our company logo and the ocean waves outside. Natural light and glass walls open up the interior, and ergonomically correct chairs ensure comfort for everyone. As Plantronics continues to remodel our Santa Cruz headquarters, we will continue to follow these practices.
In 2010, our UK facility's Smarter Working redesign reduced its carbon footprint by moving from three buildings to one, reducing floor space from 47,440 square feet to 21,154 square feet. From electrical wiring to plumbing fixtures and timber, the refurbishment reused existing building materials as much as possible.
A "smart" lighting system saves energy, and the heat recovery system is 45 percent more fuel-efficient. The new office has facilities for cardboard crushing, paper and oil disposal, and composting.
Our manufacturing facility Plamex (Plantronics México) is the only facility in the world to win both the Ibero American and Asia Pacific Quality awards, which recognize Plamex's long-standing commitment to programs that encourage environmental sustainability.
Plamex has received the Waste Reduction and Recycling award from the city of San Diego and has been ISO 14001-certified since 2007. The facility is Clean Industry-certified by Mexico for full compliance and continuous environmental improvement, and has also received several national and international environmental awards and honors, such as the Federal Ministry of Labor's Safe Industry Certificate, Baja California Quality Award for the "Best Maquiladora Company" and the PROFEPA/CNIME Environmental Award from the EPA/National Maquiladora Council.
Plantronics works continuously to reduce waste and prevent pollution at our facilities, in all aspects of the manufacturing process, and each of our products' lifecycles. At our Santa Cruz facility, we recycle all paper, cardboard, small batteries, fluorescent tubes, and e-waste.
Our manufacturing facilities follow strict recycling programs, and their employees receive full training on best practices. Plamex, our manufacturing facility in Mexico, recycles more than 6.3 million pounds of materials (cardboard, plastics, cables, and components) per year.
We've sent over 215,000 pounds of e-waste to our recycling company since 2012.
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All of our Santa Cruz buildings have been designed to meet the standards of California's voluntary Savings by Design program, featuring energy-efficient construction, low-flow toilets, and waterless urinals that save approximately 300,000 gallons of water per year.
Drought-tolerant plants, shrubs, and grasses make up the majority of our landscaping. Our "smart" irrigation system uses satellite data to calculate the amount of water to use, saving approximately 250,000 gallons of water per year.
Total water conservation efforts at Plantronics saves more than 550,000 gallons of water each year.
With over 3,000 employees contributing their talents from California to England to China, our global team is our most valuable asset. We encourage our employees to stay involved with their communities and the environment, and support them in numerous ways, including:
Our goal is to create safe, comfortable products that are easy to use. We strongly support global efforts to eliminate hazardous materials from all parts of the production process and packaging.
Plantronics long history of supporting environmentally sound manufacturing processes has been recognized by numerous cities, agencies, and organizations over the years.
We were one of the first companies to achieve full compliance with the European Union's (EU) Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) directive. We worked closely with our suppliers to help ensure that our entire supplier network followed RoHS requirements.
In Europe, we also led the way in complying with the EU's Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive: All discarded Plantronics products and packaging can be safely disposed of or recycled.
Environmental management software has also improved our reporting capabilities for hazardous-materials legislation such as RoHS, REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemical Substances), and California's Proposition 65. In addition, we access a data warehouse service to improve the level of information available about our product components.
Each one of Plantronics' global facilities has ISO 9001 certification: We are recognized for having systems in place that ensure that we develop, produce, and deliver quality products. Our Mexico and Europe facilities have also achieved ISO 14001 certification, which ensures that we are constantly improving the ways our products are manufactured.
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Plantronics has been honored with the 2013 Secretary of State's Award for Corporate Excellence (ACE) by John Kerry, the United States Secretary of State. This award recognizes companies for corporate citizenship, exemplary employment practices, environmental stewardship and innovative business practices. Plantronics won this award for our culture, innovation, community engagement and environmental leadership at Plamex, our manufacturing facility in Tijuana, Mexico. U.S. Secretaries of State have awarded the ACE since 1999 to recognize American companies that are leaders in socially responsible activities and contribute to the overall growth and development of the local economy in which they work. It is the first time ever that the honor has been given to a medium size company.
Plantronics' product design process now includes a formal environmental assessment as an essential part of the product development phase. We've also made our power supply units more energy-efficient, which complies with global regulations on product power consumption.
In January 2011, Plantronics officially declared phthalate-free designs for our products going forward. We are currently removing phthalates from our legacy product lines.
Plantronics is committed to maintaining environmentally sound processes that meet or exceed all applicable legal requirements, as well as the mandates of voluntary programs to which Plantronics subscribes. Plantronics' environmental policy guides all of the company's product development, operations and facility management around the world, and provides a framework for setting and reviewing environmental objectives and goals that include:
Plantronics provides this specification to designers, suppliers, and supply chain partners as guidance to ensure our products meet the most stringent environmental requirements enacted worldwide.