Company earns LEED Gold Certification at global headquarters
Xylem Inc., a leading global water technology company focused on addressing the world’s most challenging water issues, announced today the release of its third annual sustainability report. The report, entitled “A Drop is Everything”, reflects the vital place of water in the world and the company’s central role in finding better ways to transport, treat and test this resource.
“We are positioned to deal with one of the world’s most pressing issues – responsible stewardship of our shared water resources – on a daily basis. Our proximity to this challenge informs our sustainability strategy and drives us to move with speed to become a more sustainable company,” said Patrick Decker, president and chief executive officer of Xylem.
In 2013, Xylem developed a strategic framework to formalize its commitment to sustainability. The new framework is aligned with the company’s overarching business objectives, and focuses on four key areas – innovation and product efficiency, environmental performance, corporate reputation and employee engagement.
“Our internal efforts extend beyond water and energy to every aspect of sustainability, from workplace safety and corporate governance to product responsibility and employee development,” said Chris McIntire, Xylem’s sustainability champion and president of Xylem’s Analytics and Treatment businesses. “We are still at the beginning of our journey and we are dedicated to making continuous progress as a leader in the water industry. We are committed to build world-class products and sustainable solutions to protect and preserve the environment and to strengthen the communities where Xylem works around the world.”
Xylem also announced today that its new global headquarters in Rye Brook, New York has achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification. LEED certification is an official recognition that a project complies with the requirements prescribed within the LEED rating systems as created and maintained by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).
The LEED rating system offers four certification levels: Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum, which correspond to the number of credits accrued in five green design categories: sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources and indoor environmental quality. The Gold certification, earned by Xylem, corresponds to 60-79 points, on a scale of 100 points. The LEED certification program is administered by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI).
Xylem is a leading global water technology provider, enabling customers to transport, treat, test and efficiently use water in public utility, residential and commercial building services, industrial and agricultural settings. The company does business in more than 150 countries through a number of market-leading product brands, and its people bring broad applications expertise with a strong focus on finding local solutions to the world’s most challenging water and wastewater problems. Xylem is headquartered in Rye Brook, New York, with 2013 revenues of $3.8 billion and more than 12,500 employees worldwide. Xylem was named to the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index for the last two years for advancing sustainable business practices and solutions worldwide.
The name Xylem is derived from classical Greek and is the tissue that transports water in plants, highlighting the engineering efficiency of our water-centric business by linking it with the best water transportation of all -- that which occurs in nature. For more information, visit www.xylem.com, http://www.xylemsustainability.com.
SOURCE: Xylem Inc.