MILWAUKEE, Oct. 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — ManpowerGroup (NYSE: MAN), the world leader in innovative workforce solutions, was named for the third year in a row to Newsweek’s Greenest Big Companies in America, ranking No. 26 among 500 U.S. public companies and No. 1 in the professional services category.
“As a mission-driven organization, ManpowerGroup is dedicated to implementing new practices and tools that will enable us to more effectively align our business strategies and operations for both sustainability and profitability,” said Jeffrey A. Joerres, ManpowerGroup Chairman and CEO. “I am proud of the ripple effect that our best green practices have had on various industries, stakeholders and communities worldwide.”
In the Newsweek list, ManpowerGroup’s overall green score was 69.3. Newsweek worked with two environmental research organizations to analyze the largest publicly traded companies in the United States and compare their environmental impact and management, and disclosure policies.
ManpowerGroup was also recently named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index, the gold standard in recognizing corporate sustainability leaders, for the fourth consecutive year for its continued commitment to sustainability business practices. Earlier this year, ManpowerGroup was ranked No. 1 for social responsibility in the staffing industry in Fortune’s list of the World’s Most Admired Companies.
Many of ManpowerGroup’s reduce, reuse and recycle initiatives are driven at the local level. Key ManpowerGroup properties, located around the world, are optimized to save on energy costs and promote campaigns for collectively recycling roughly 1 million pounds of paper and plastic products annually.
ManpowerGroup’s world headquarters building in Milwaukee is Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold-certified for its green construction techniques and as all of its building materials, right down to the office chairs for containing low volatile organic compounds (VOCs) to improve indoor air quality. Recycling more than 22,000 lbs. (9,979 kg) of glass, aluminum and plastic bottles is the practice. Also, by using low-flow water fixtures in bathrooms, this office reduced water consumption by 41 percent. With recent upgrades to its heating and ventilation systems, the same building has saved $25,000 in energy costs since January.
Regional Green Champions assess the use of computers, lighting, paper, heating, cooling and more for Green@Work, an initiative that reduces the global carbon footprint of Right Management, ManpowerGroup’s talent and career management expert. The team tracks and improves 21 different environmental practices in nearly 200 offices worldwide — generating more than 4,000 green actions each day.
ManpowerGroup UK has reduced CO2 emissions for company cars, which already operate below the national average for emissions.
By Tim Spagnola
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