Wolters Kluwer continuously reaffirms its committment to social and environmental responsiblity related to both its suppliers and its own operations. It is important to adapt business practices to manage the sustainable use of limited natural and social resources.
The environment is impacted by our own operations and those of our customers and suppliers. By focusing on the resources that can reduce our footprint most effectively, our objective is simple: to reduce our environmental impact. Moreover, our Supplier Code of Conduct helps us to manage the social and environmental impact of our suppliers.
Operations at Wolters Kluwer
Wolters Kluwer aims to reduce the use of natural resources across its entire global business operation. Our resource-related sustainability ambitions are to:
- Integrate environmental considerations into business plans and management practices
- Increase our certified office and printing paper. Certification is one of our procurement criteria. We therefore check whether paper is certified in accordance with the standards of FSC, PEFC, SFI, EU Ecolabel, Nordic Swan or Blauer Engel
- Improve processes to reduce consumption of energy and water, and to improve waste treatment and recycling
- Minimize business travel by promoting alternatives such as teleconferencing, videoconferencing, and presentations via Internet
- Work jointly with our suppliers on the improvement of the sustainability performance through our Supplier Code of Conduct
Our effort to minimize our environmental impact is in line with the agreement reached in Paris at the COP21 in December 2016 and contributes to improving several Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). For example, in most German offices, renewable energy use has increased from 25% to 35% and in the US, a 15% reduction of paper usage saved an equivalent of 40,000 trees in 2016.