Social Responsibility: Environment
Protecting our Planet
Olympus first established global environmental principles in 1992 and set ambitious environmental protection goals. Today, our global Olympus Group Environmental Policy encompasses a wide range of activities targeting the re-establishment of a healthy environment and a society in which sustainable development is possible.
Our efforts focus on:
- Environmental protection and safety - controlling hazardous substances used in manufacturing processes and contained in products and packaging;
- Energy conservation - reducing energy consumption of manufacturing processes, products-while-in-use and product logistics;
- Resource conservation - promoting efficient use of materials in manufacturing processes, reduction of material content in products, and recycling of products and packaging at their end of life; and
- Information disclosure - providing details on environmentally conscious Olympus Eco-Products to our customers.
Environmentally Conscious Manufacturing
As part of those efforts, our manufacturing facilities use lead-free glass in the lenses we make, adhere to world-leading Reduction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) standards, have vastly reduced disposable packaging, and demand company and supplier compliance with global environmental standards.
In addition, we have adopted activities to promote CO2 emission monitoring and reduction, along with waste minimization, with the goal of reducing our global carbon output by 2020 to half of our 2007 levels. This CO2 emissions goal targets not only our manufacturing, service, distribution and administration facilities, but entire product lifecycles as well, including procurement, sales, logistics, use by customers, service and disposal.
Nationally, our headquarters for Olympus Corporation of the Americas in Center Valley, PA, incorporates numerous U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) principles, and many of our facilities across the Americas have instituted day-in, day-out green habits, from carpooling to the use of high-efficiency lighting. Olympus also supports sound end-of-life management of our products, participating in the North American Call2Recycle program and other electronics recycling initiatives.
Environmental Awareness Month
Each June, Olympus celebrates Environmental Awareness Month. This event is designed to harmonize as much as possible with the annual theme of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) World Environment Day, which is celebrated every year on June 5th.
In June and throughout the year, all Olympus locations participate in activities designed to raise awareness of how employees can minimize their environmental footprint. Past activities have included hosting photo contests, recycling household electronic waste, composting organic materials, installing charging stations for electronic vehicles and distributing energy-conserving lighting fixtures.