Core to our culture is our commitment to doing the right thing, the right way. And it is central to all we do — whether we’re designing new technologies and services for our clients, driving down our carbon footprint, or supporting the work of employee volunteers helping children and families in their local communities.
Our commitment to responsible business practices strengthens every aspect of Pitney Bowes. Embedded in our culture for nearly 100 years, it continues to drive our relationships with clients, employees, peers and the communities where we operate. Core to our culture is our commitment to doing the right thing, the right way. And it is central to all we do — whether we’re designing new technologies and services for our clients, driving down our carbon footprint, or supporting the work of employee volunteers helping children and families in their local communities.
A key part of this commitment is our long tradition of environmental responsibility. Our steadfast efforts in energy conservation, waste reduction and product stewardship have achieved important operational gains and have also earned us national recognition as an environmental leader. For the past 10 years, we have been a proud member of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) WasteWise Hall of Fame. And just this past year, the EPA recognized us with its Climate Leaders Award for Excellence in Greenhouse Gas Management.
Equally important, we offer a broad array of programs to help employees and their families lead healthy, productive lives both on and off the job. In turn, they’ve embraced these programs in growing numbers — including more than 4,000 participants in 15 countries for our annual “One in a Million” walking campaign. Last year, we also drew more than 2,000 women from 150 universities in India to a six-hour programming hackathon called PB Code Inspire, designed to encourage women to pursue careers in computer science and engineering.
And we continue to strengthen our philanthropic outreach in support of literacy and education. Over the past 10 years, our employees have contributed more than 500,000 hours of volunteer service in partnership with education non-profits, tutoring and mentoring students in local schools around the world.
Our culture of corporate responsibility supports our progress at every step — helping us attract and retain a diverse, energized workforce focused on client success; accelerating the flow of innovative solutions; ensuring that our products and facilities meet rigorous functional, environmental and safety standards; and providing a fair, transparent governance infrastructure to keep everyone on track and at their best.
It’s an exciting time to be at Pitney Bowes. I’m immensely grateful for the outstanding efforts of people throughout our company as we build our bridge to our second century — and prepare to cross it.