Corporate Social Responsibility(CSR)

Lexmark's commitment to sustainability: Key highlights from our Corporate Social Responsibility Report

| By John Gagel, Chief Sustainability Officer at Lexmark

Our latest Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) report showcases Lexmark’s commitment to large-scale sustainability, focusing on operations, products, people, and partners.

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Our latest Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) report showcases Lexmark’s commitment to large-scale sustainability, focusing on operations, products, people, and partners. We’ve been reporting on these efforts all the way back to 2005, so we’re proud to demonstrate a long history of responsible, sustainability practices, including awards and certifications to back up our efforts. We’re pleased to say that we’ve progressed toward many of our goals this year and are on track to meet our 2035 targets. 

Some of the key points in this year’s CSR report, highlighting our achievements and goals in various areas of the business, are summarised below. Read on to find out more!  

Environmental Management and Emissions Reduction

Lexmark is dedicated to reducing our environmental impact by setting ambitious goals for energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions, and renewable energy sourcing. By the end of 2022, we achieved a 43% reduction in Scope 1 and 2 emissions and a 26% reduction in energy consumption compared to 2015 levels. Our aim is to source 100% renewable energy by 2030 and become fully carbon neutral by 2035. We are confident we can meet this goal based on our current progress. 

This year Lexmark also made significant progress in water conservation, reducing water withdrawal by 40% since 2015. Regarding waste production, we’ve also achieved a 58% reduction in waste generated since 2015. Our recycling plant in Juárez, Mexico, for example, processes approximately 12,000 empty toner cartridges daily, redirecting more than 160,000 metric tons of material away from landfills since 1991.

Circular Economy Initiatives

We have continued our commitment to promoting a circular economy through product design, manufacturing, and end-of-life management, and have set goals to increase the use of post-consumer recycled (PCR) plastic in our Lexmark devices and cartridges. In 2022, Lexmark-branded devices contained an average of 40% PCR plastic, while cartridges contained 41% reclaimed plastic. We aim to achieve 50% PCR content in both devices and cartridges by 2025.

Product Recognitions and Compliance

Again, this year we were recognised by many prominent standards and certification across all areas of corporate social responsibility. This includes the 2022 EcoVadis Platinum Rating, EPEAT Climate+ Champion Status, ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year, Forbes World’s Top Female-Friendly Companies, Manufacturing Leadership Award for Collaborative ecosystems, and more. We have also complied with an increased number of international material restriction regulations, such as the European Union’s REACH regulation. See a full list of our CSR awards and recognition here.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

We are committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive workforce, not only among our own workforce but across the wider industry. Within our own company, this year we have set goals to increase worldwide representation of female employees to 43% and female managers to 42% by 2030. We also support diversity initiatives through our Diversity Advisory Council and Diversity Network Groups. 

Employee Well-being and Global Citizenship

We achieved our goal to provide training on human rights issues to 98% of our workforce last year. We pride ourselves on our Lexmark-owned and leased facilities which are ISO 45001:2018 certified, ensuring a safe and healthy work environment for employees.

We also actively engage in community partnerships, focusing on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) education, reforestation initiatives, educational infrastructure improvement, and watershed protection. We also constantly collaborate with universities, local schools, aid agencies, NGOs, and customers to address areas of need within communities.

Our latest CSR Report demonstrates the company’s dedication to sustainability, social responsibility, and environmental stewardship. Through our ambitious goals and ongoing initiatives, Lexmark continues to set best practices and deliver sustainable products and solutions that help our customers reduce their own environmental footprint.