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Resource Management

More Impact with Less Resources: Wolters Kluwer closely monitors the use of natural resources in its operations and explores various means to reduce its environmental footprint. As we understand our responsibility in the supply chain, we work together with our suppliers to reduce their use of natural resources. Adopting a critical stance towards our procurement process
helps us make progress in achieving an environmentally and socially sustainable supply chain.

Operations at Wolters Kluwer

Wolters Kluwer uses natural resources in its business operations and it is our aim to reduce their use. We have selected two focal points where we can make the largest impact: offices and business travel. Our resource-related sustainability ambitions are:

  • Integrating environmental considerations into business plans and management practices
  • Increasing our certified office paper. Prior to procuring paper, we aim to check whether it is certified in accordance with the standards of FSC, PEFC, SFI, EU Ecolabel, Nordic Swan or Blauer Engel
  • Improving processes to reduce energy consumption, and water consumption, and improving waste treatment and recycling
  • Minimizing business travel by promoting alternatives such as teleconferencing, videoconferencing and presentations via Internet.

Suppliers

At Wolters Kluwer, we believe our responsibility goes beyond the social and
environmental impact of our own activities. We therefore also look critically at the impact of the activities of our business partners. As we aim not to endorse activities that do not comply with selected standards of social and environmental conduct, Wolters Kluwer has set tangible targets for this year and the near future. Our suppliers help us in achieving this aim.

Wolters Kluwer has established its own Standards of Engagement for our suppliers. These social and environmental engagement rules serve as a first step to improve participation in the supply chain. We require our suppliers to declare that they accept and adhere to our Standards of Engagement. Furthermore, we expect material suppliers from high-risk countries (see our Standards of Engagement) to be in possession of environmental and social certifications.