Dell, Shareholders to Expand Partnership in Paper Reduction
New Initiatives Encourage Electronic Delivery of Financial Materials; Company to Support Tree Planting for Participants.
Round Rock, Texas, Dell will reduce paper usage by offering shareholders a new way to enroll in electronic delivery of the company’s annual 10-K report, proxy statement and other financial materials. The company also announced plans to avoid the use of nearly 255,000 pounds of paper by replacing the printed Year in Review with an interactive online resource center.1
Dell shareholders can enroll in free electronic delivery of financial materials by visiting the Investor Relations section of the company’s Web site. Under the expanded program, shareholders will have access to Web-based reports, executive messages and can receive timely information on Dell’s global business. For each shareholder who participates, Dell will make a donation to The Conservation Fund and Carbonfund.org to plant a new tree in a sustainably managed forest. In addition to new trees, the company estimates total potential savings of 678,000 pounds of paper, or the equivalent of more than 7,000 trees if 100 percent of its shareholders participate.2
“Dell is committed to leading the industry on environmental responsibility in all areas of our global business,” said Lynn A. Tyson, Dell vice president of Investor Relations and Global Corporate Communications. “We have been encouraged by the response to our environmental programs and see this as a way to partner with our shareholders to make a difference for the Earth we all share.”
“We commend Dell for its continued leadership and dedication to protecting and restoring our forests,“ said Larry Selzer, president of The Conservation Fund. ”By partnering with shareholders and encouraging others to do the same, Dell is extending its long-term commitment and vision to a cleaner and healthy environment.”
Dell’s commitment to forest stewardship also includes efforts to increase use of recycled-content paper throughout the company’s global operations, including catalogs, product packaging and office use, and increase use of paper from Forest Stewardship Certified sources. The company recently announced it had exceeded its five-year goal to use 50 percent recycled content by 2009. Dell’s marketing publications now use an average of 50 percent recycled content paper -- and many publications use up to 90 percent.
Separately, Dell earlier this year extended its “Plant a Tree for Me” program to include all U.S.-based consumers and businesses with no purchase required. The first-of-its-kind program in the technology industry helps businesses and consumers plant trees to offset the carbon impact of electricity required to power their IT equipment.
The company strives to make continual improvements to its design, manufacturing and administrative facilities around the globe and works with a number of stakeholders to help set environmental policies. The company promotes permanent recycling programs at its manufacturing facilities. In 2006, Dell facilities recycled or reused more than 93 percent of non-hazardous materials.
Dell also recently launched www.dell.com/earth, a comprehensive online resource that provides visitors in-depth information about the company’s environmental programs and policies.
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