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Respecting our Relationship With the Environment

Dun & Bradstreet endeavors to create, maintain and promote a sustainable work environment using the best available practices and resources, while maintaining team member comfort, health and productivity. Dun & Bradstreet supports environmental and corporate responsibility as follows:

Energy Conservation

Dun & Bradstreet currently tracks energy consumption for main office locations via Energy Star.

  • We are proud to say that our largest office in the world, Center Valley, Pennsylvania, has been Energy Star rated since 2008. Over the six month period of mid-September 2013 through mid-March 2014, the average monthly usage of natural gas in our Center Valley office was approximately 81.5 kcf (thousand cubic feet) and the average monthly usage of electricity was 252,000 kWh (thousand Watt-hours). Usage varies according to many factors, including weather and building occupancy.
  • Real Estate standards used for office space to maintain effective use of space include: centralized copy rooms and shared printing devices with energy saving capabilities, occupancy sensors, video and telephone conferencing (to reduce travel), open environment with standard size furniture (eliminating the need for construction material), and Building Management System to control HVAC and lighting during unoccupied periods (for example, the lights turn off automatically at our Short Hills location at a specified time in the evening).
  • Earth Day Events are organized annually to promote education and provide an opportunity for team members to recycle home electronics and appliances.
  • Water consumption is minimized by using motion sensor and low-flow equipment and appliances. For the period of mid-October 2013 through mid-April 2014, the average monthly water usage in our Center Valley office was approximately 82,333 gallons. For the period of mid-August 2013 through mid-February 2014, the average monthly water usage in our Parsippany office was approximately 101,542 gallons. Usage varies according to many factors, including building occupancy.

Waste Management

Dun & Bradstreet has formal recycling program in our main office locations for paper, glass, cardboard, toner cartridges, aluminum cans, light bulbs, ballasts and batteries and computer equipment.

From November 2013 through March 2014, our Center Valley office has recycled 464 light bulbs and 300 AAA and AA batteries.

Also, from November 2013 through March 2014, our Parsippany office recycled:

  • 75 Laptops
  • 24 Workstations/Servers/Towers
  • 17 Monitors
  • 1 Flat Screen Monitor
  • 2 UPS Power Supplies
  • 15 Keyboards
  • 40 Port Replicators
  • 54 Lithium Batteries
  • 2 Printers

From November 2013 through March 2014, our Short Hills office recycled:

  • 83 Laptops
  • 1 Desktop
  • 12 Monitors

Dun & Bradstreet implemented a land-fill free program at our Center Valley, PA, office effective 10/13/11, in which the trash is transported to an Energy from Waste (EfW) plant where it is incinerated and the energy is transmitted to the energy grid.

Dun & Bradstreet promotes the re-use of materials such as unnecessary office equipment and artwork by donating used furniture and artwork to Habitat for Humanity.

Pest control and janitorial services use environmental safe products.

Emission Reduction

Dun & Bradstreet has been purchasing renewable energy credits (REC’s) since 2010 as a part of our energy agreements. The percent of green energy was 25% for 2010 and 35% each year thereafter for 2011, 2012, 2013 and 35% for 2014.

  • Dun & Bradstreet participates in an Alternate Workplace program in which 18% of our work force in the United States works from their home. This program is sustainable in that our employees do not have to travel to the office. This program reduces overall energy consumption.
  • Dun & Bradstreet has been a Demand Response Program participant since 2009. Under this program, regional electricity grid operator, PJM, calls Dun & Bradstreet when there is stress on the grid (for example, during extremely hot days in the summer) and requests to reduce our electricity consumption. Dun & Bradstreet responds by shutting down all non-essential electric services and switching to generator power. This program prevents the grid provider from having to fire up another power plant to cover the extra electricity demand. The program also prevents brown/black outs that would otherwise jeopardize hospitality and critical service organizations.

Internal Organizational Resources

We have a designated “Green Team” of Dun & Bradstreet team members who focus on sustainability initiatives, such as reduction of energy consumption efforts in the office, maintaining Dun & Bradstreet’s internal sustainability website, reducing waste and organization of employee recycling events. Dun & Bradstreet maintains a Sustainability website on our intranet which provides information and updates for team members on Dun & Bradstreet’s sustainability efforts. The website includes information on the Sustainability “Green Team” members and how to contact them, corporate actions, updates and information relating to sustainability and sustainability resources. The website also provides tips on what each team member can do personally to impact energy consumption.

Dun & Bradstreet endeavors to create, maintain and promote a sustainable work environment using the best available practices and resources, while maintaining team member comfort, health and productivity. For example, we use video, web and teleconferencing when possible to reduce travel. We also have an open-plan office design that reduces the resources needed to configure our space. The furniture and carpets, in many of our office locations, are made of materials that can be recycled at the end of their useful life. At most Dun & Bradstreet locations, we have programs in place to eliminate individual printers, fax machines and scan devices and have centralized these services with multi-function devices that can scan, fax, print and copy and, most importantly, go into "energy saver" mode when not in use. Reducing the number of machines while increasing the operating efficiency of each yields a triple win: less equipment to purchase and maintain, reduced energy use and lower cost. We have also addressed the use of paper, printing, mailing and related resources, by moving certain aspects of our administration online, reducing the need to print reports. Other electronic initiatives have enabled us to move a variety of other corporate functions away from printed materials, such as online holiday cards, payroll, travel and entertainment reimbursement processing, and timecard processing. These online initiatives help team members save energy resources as well as function more efficiently.

Email Usage Statements

Dun & Bradstreet customers will now receive monthly usage statements via email. Switching to email from physical mail and print can potentially save over 1 million pieces of paper from being printed annually. Click here to learn more.