A Letter from Marc B. Lautenbach
President & Chief Executive Officer
Recently, we had the honor to host high school students from the Danbury, Connecticut, Early College Opportunity program at our Global Technology Center. The occasion was a workshop offering real-world insights into advanced technologies and potential career paths for which their education, with its rich grounding in STEM courses, is helping to prepare them. We offer programs like this frequently as a natural part of corporate citizenship and a way to create opportunity in the communities where we operate.
Of course, such programs also benefit Pitney Bowes. Our commitment to corporate responsibility energizes our entire company through a values-based culture of innovation that drives us to operate more efficiently, collaborate more productively and make more of our lives both on and off the job. This culture brings out the best in all of us, strengthening our relationships with clients and helping us attract the very best talent for the future.
As we head toward our second century, this tradition of responsible, purposeful innovation is stronger than ever, expressing itself every day through programs and actions that benefit stakeholders around the world.
As an environmental leader, we continue to drive down energy consumption, eliminate waste and encourage responsible consumer choices among our workforce. As a result, we continue to earn numerous honors from independent environmental authorities. Last year’s recognitions included an overall score of A- from the Carbon Disclosure Project and an EPA Climate Leaders Award for Excellence in Greenhouse Gas Management.
Meanwhile, our commitment to the health and well-being of our workforce earned us a Gold level award as an American Heart Association Fit-Friendly Worksite — a recognition inspired by events such as our 10th annual “One in a Million Day” walkathon, during which more than 4,000 employees and family members in 15 countries walked a total of 42.5 million steps.
What we do for our communities is equally distinctive and has a powerful positive impact. Our signature volunteer program, Dedication to Education, helped more children and families than ever, with 32 projects engaging more than 500 employee volunteers in the United States, Canada, England, France and Australia. “D2E” is a strategically focused year-round literacy and education agenda made possible by the Pitney Bowes Foundation and our enthusiastic employee volunteers.
Last year, we increased the depth and variety of our service to organizations and communities for whom we can make a difference. We reached 193,000 students through our grants and partnerships, providing more than 4.3 million hours of enrichment through early literacy, STEM education, entrepreneurial training and mentoring programs. In addition, our employees’ commitment to skills-based volunteerism included service to 65 local, national or international nonprofits as trustees or board members. All told, our employees contributed 58,000 hours of volunteer service, along with $1.32 million in employee charitable donations, which were matched by the Pitney Bowes Foundation.
Everywhere I go throughout the global reach of our company, I am impressed by the level of passion, energy and commitment the people of Pitney Bowes bring to our colleagues, clients and communities. This Corporate Responsibility Report chronicles some memorable examples from the past year as it underlines the policies and values that — after 97 years — continue to lead us forward. Thank you all for what you do and who you are.
President and Chief Executive Officer