Corporate Social Responsibility at Kodak Alaris

 

Practicing good corporate citizenship supports effective business sustainability in a global economy. At Kodak Alaris, we believe that Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) not only aligns with our company values it puts them into action.

 

Our three focus areas for CSR:

  • Environment, Health & Safety — Product design, sustainable sourcing (supplier code of conduct), business operation efficiency
  • Community Investment & Outreach — Philanthropy, employee giving and volunteerism, corporate contributions and extending our efforts and commitments outside of the company
  • Workplace Environment — Respect regardless of background, safety, wellness, employee engagement (internal networks, employment benefits, policies, and programs that are in place to accommodate the needs of our diverse workforce)

 

Doing good for all

Our CSR Steering Committee develops the direction and strategy for the company, then facilitates CSR throughout the employee population. Our mission of “doing good for all” means both internal and external stakeholders benefit.

Examples of Community Investment and Outreach
Examples of Community Investment and Outreach

Seeds of change: United Way’s Day of Caring

Every year since Kodak Alaris began, Rochester-based employees have taken a workday to participate in the Day of Caring with the United Way. This longstanding community event helps promote the spirit and value of volunteerism while increasing awareness of local human-service agencies and schools. It also demonstrates what people working together can accomplish right where they live.

 

Those who come together help not-for-profit organizations that provide vital community services, including childcare, assisted living and education. Volunteers often do gardening, painting, and similar maintenance chores that save these agencies valuable time as well as money.

Heart & sole: Kodak Alaris' American Heart Association Heart Walk team in Rochester, NY, puts their heart and “sole” into participating.

This incredible commitment to employee wellness extends beyond one day. Along with the launch of a global Learning Library program, we offer wellness education sessions and seminars.

Please note: While all US-based employees may participate in the annual United Way campaign, American Heart Association activities are Rochester-focused only.

Giving Shelter: Housing assistance for UK’s homeless

How far will some go to help people forced to live on the street? Some concerned employees based in Hemel Hempstead, UK, slept outside for a night with only sleeping bags and cardboard for comfort. Their sacrifice helped raise funds (that KA matched) for DENS, a small area charity that provides housing and other assistance. The organization also supports and empowers single homeless people, and others in crisis, to transform their lives.

Wendy Lewington (CEO) and Carol Wolstoncroft from DENS display a donation check with Hemel, UK, employees.

Warming Trend: Winter wear for Rochester’s homeless

Kodak Alaris' IT Team in Rochester, NY donated cold-weather clothing to the Open Door Missions' CODE BLUE program people in need or who are homeless. When the temperature drops below 20 degrees Fahrenheit, CODE BLUE offers critical necessities, including blankets, hats, and gloves.

Sweet Ride: Rochester ADA’s Tour de Cure

The American Diabetes Association’s largest fundraising event, the Tour de Cure is not a race, it is a ride.

Each year, Kodak Alaris hopes to attract new entrants. The Rochester-area KA team invites employees, friends and family join in the fun.

Participation raises diabetes awareness in the community, supports life-saving research, and sends kids to a local summer camp.

Holiday Stocking: Colorado employees fill cupboards at local food pantry

Working diligently to give back during the holiday season, four teams from the Kodak Alaris Colorado campus turned a food drive into a healthy competition. Each team sought to be the one to bring in the most canned goods/boxed food to donate to the Windsor Food Pantry, just north-east of Boulder, CO.

In only two weeks, our people collected more than 700 food items—the pantry was absolutely overwhelmed by this contribution. The Windsor Food Pantry has served over 150 families during the busy holiday season. With cupboards stocked up to overflowing, the pantry has more than enough for those who need food the most to eat their fill.

Help us support WaterAid

Why WaterAid? Because 650 million people are living without safe water.

Since 1981, WaterAid has gained valuable experience bringing safe water, sanitation and hygiene education to where it is needed most.

Support from the global community has also helped WaterAid influence policy and practice to ensure that the vital role of water, hygiene and sanitation is recognized.

Kodak Alaris’ donation to WaterAid constitutes a community investment and outreach that helps the environment, too. Our company chose WaterAid because of its global reach and our connection to clean-water concerns. For example, KODAK Adaptive Picture Exchange (APEX) dry lab solution takes water conservation seriously as a social imperative.

Donate now to help end this crisis for everyone, everywhere by 2030

Photo credit: WaterAid/ Ernest Randriarimilala

Kodak Alaris’s 5-Year Environmental Goals

Our worldwide EH&S policy states our commitment to compliance, prevention of injury and pollution and protection of health and the environment. We also commit to provide products and services that are environmentally responsible and safe throughout their lifecycle. We are proposing a set of voluntary, “beyond compliance” 5-Year environmental goals to demonstrate support of our commitments as well as support our long term business sustainability.

 

During 2016 the company’s EH&S organization performed a materiality study of the total amount of greenhouse gases emitted annually by our global operations using 2015 data as a baseline.  Total CO2-eq emissions in 2015 were estimated to have been 364k tonnes, which is within the expected range for a company with our revenue and types of activities (i.e. selling manufactured products).

 

We have these emissions by product lines and life cycle stages such that we can set specific goals to contribute to the overall target.  We intend to publish the goals on our websites in 2017 and report annually on progress.

 

In October 2016, our Board of Directors (BOD) set one 5-year environmental goal for the whole company:-

1: “Reduce our Total Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions (tCO2-eq) per US $ Revenue by 5% Compared with 2015.”  The BoD also approved 3 additional specific environmental goals for the same period:-

 

2: “Maintain uninterrupted ISO 14001 Environmental Management System certifications.”

Kodak Alaris currently has 5 ISO 14001 certifications.  One covers governance and environmental oversight of KA product design, development and life cycle.  There are also 4 individual manufacturing site certifications (Colorado and IM-Rochester in the USA, Manaus in Brazil and KAIE-Shanghai in China).

 

3:  “Meet Australian Packaging Covenant.”

This is a voluntary agreement between government and industry to reduce the environmental impacts of packaging Objectives include: design more sustainable packaging, increase recycling rates and reduce packaging litter.  Kodak Alaris signed the covenant, created an action plan to contribute to the covenant’s objectives and targets and is required to provide annual progress reports.

 

4: “All Scanners will meet EPEAT criteria (100% Bronze, 80% Silver and 10% Gold).”

Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) is a global three tier rating system to recognize environmental performance of electronic products, it is third party verified. It covers the full product lifecycle, from design and production to energy use and recycling.

 

Kodak Alaris 2016 Environment Report