PwC recognizes the importance of sourcing products that reflect our firm's approach to corporate responsibility. Underlying this responsibility is our Supplier Code of Business Conduct, an outline of our ethical, environmental and social expectations in the development and sale of their products.
In FY2011, we reviewed some of our procurement policies and conducted stakeholder engagement sessions within the firm to better understand these policies and gain feedback on where we can improve. As a result of the review and these sessions, we updated our Sustainable Paper Procurement and Usage Policy. We also updated our Sustainable Events Guidelines, an internal document for event planners to help them reduce the environmental impact of events and increase their social and economic benefits to the surrounding communities where the events are hosted. We’ll continue to review and update these policies over the coming year and have developed regular review schedules for each document. As well, the review of the procurement policies and stakeholder engagement sessions helped us develop our Energy and Carbon Reduction strategy.
As part of PwC's Environmental Program, we have implemented a sustainable paper procurement and usage policy that guides our paper purchases. Some highlights of the policy include:
PwC has implemented purchasing practices that incorporates energy efficiency, e-waste, hazardous materials usage, packaging, and paper-use criteria into our national procurement process for new electronic equipment. Vendors are asked to present product roadmaps with highlights of their "go green" strategies and results. For instance, we applied these practices to select new environmentally friendly laptops and printers being phased into our operations. Additionally, some of our new laptops are now shipped in multipack boxes, reducing the shipment weight and the amount of packaging material.
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PwC is working on other initiatives to reduce the environmental impact of the products and services we source. Examples include: