Wolters Kluwer operates on a global scale and its solutions have a global impact. Our operations - as well as the operations of our suppliers and customers - leave an environmental footprint in terms of energy, water, and other resources. Minimizing that footprint underscores our efforts to transform our business so we can save resources and maximize our positive effects.
Starting out as a paper-based company, we have transformed our portfolio to primarily high-quality electronic products and services. These solutions are developed to help customers work more effectively, saving them time, energy, and resources. Moreover, they help the environment. Wolters Kluwer Financial Services decreased paper waste by 15.5% since introducing its plan to minimize web press paper consumption
Our ambition is to lower the environmental footprint of the company, which implies that we must take into account the footprint of our own facilities. For examples, the LEED renovation of Chicago printing facility led to:
- 500 MWh reduction in energy demand
- 30% increase in water efficiency
- 92% of all construction waste was recycled
Furthermore, Wolters Kluwer Italy expects to save 40-50% in its building energy and more than 85 tons of CO2 emissions due to a shift to LED lights.
We continue to deliver energy efficiencies through the @WorkAnywhere program, which includes the development of a Remote Work Policy.
Integration starts with our suppliers, who are expected to act in a responsible way by adhering to laws and the application of labor and human rights standards. We recognize that operating on a global scale means our products have an impact on the environment in many places around the world. Therefore, we engage with suppliers and work with them on their social and environmental sustainability throughout the supply chain. For example, Wolters Kluwer requires suppliers to comply with the standards of engagement.
This code includes general sustainability standards that Wolters Kluwer wants to operate by, based on the articles of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the eight core labor standards of the International Labor Organization and United Nations Global Compact, a framework for businesses that aligns operations and strategies with universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labor, the environment, and anti-corruption.
Furthermore, for the part of the portfolio that remains paper-based, Wolters Kluwer targets paper to be recycled or certified with FSC (Forest Stewardship Council), PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) or SFI (Sustainable Forestry Initiative) programs.