The 2007 Sustainability Report details Fuji Xerox Australia's long-standing commitment to the environment and ongoing initiatives designed to improve the sustainability performance of the organisation.
During the briefing, Fuji Xerox Australia's managing director Andy Lambert told attendees that the transparent communication of corporate sustainability management and performance is becoming increasingly important to customers, partners, suppliers and community alike.
Lambert says, "This year we have witnessed a remarkable turning point in community attitudes toward climate change, and this is noticeably influencing government and corporate agendas. The growing focus on carbon management has led Fuji Xerox Australia to improve its own carbon management and to consider how we can contribute to our customers' carbon reduction goals."
Reflecting this theme, the Sustainability Report specifically outlines how Fuji Xerox Australia can help its customers improve their own environmental performance.
All Fuji Xerox Australia products, technologies and services are designed with sustainability performance in mind. The company is known for its Extended Producer Responsibility program, where equipment and parts are taken back from the customer at 'end of life' and remanufactured or recycled to achieve over 99 per cent resource recovery.
According to Lambert, "Our equipment consistently wins energy-efficiency awardsWe made a commitment to halve the energy consumption of our devices ten years ago. As a result, when replacing old equipment with new, our customers can benefit from energy consumption reductions ranging up to 71 per cent.
"In addition, the sophisticated knowledge management solutions available to our customers offer both business and environmental benefits. Our document software and digital technologies help customers reduce paper usage, whilst our services help them improve the efficiency of document intensive business processes, minimise equipment footprint, save costs and cut overall carbon emissions."
The briefing featured a panel discussion with participation from six leading corporate sustainability practitioners and commentators, including panel facilitator Murray Hogarth of ECOS, Energetics Founder and Director Jon Jutsen, Climate Institute CEO John Connor, Stockland Commercial and Industrial CEO Steve Mann, IAG Sustainable Business Practices Senior Manager Pauline Gregg, and Fuji Xerox Australia Corporate Affairs Director Ramsay Moodie.
Panel commentators spoke about the practical measures businesses can take to effectively minimise carbon footprint, increase business efficiency and save costs. Participants noted these measures are sometimes neglected by companies in the rush to 'go carbon neutral' by simply purchasing carbon offsets, when more aggressive and tangible action is required.
Andy Lambert told briefing attendees that Fuji Xerox Australia employees, customers, business partners and the broader community expect the company to act as a good corporate citizen by finding the right balance between economic, environmental and social considerations. He said, "We are proud of our achievements to date, but realise sustainability is a journey, so we continuously strive to improve our response to sustainability challenges and opportunities."
The 2007 Fuji Xerox Australia Sustainability Report has been independently assured by Banarra Sustainability Assurance and Advice, and meets the Global Reporting Initiative G3 guidelines, application Level B+.