I received a gift from my employer yesterday, a desk calendar, made from recycled paper and decorated with stylised wind power turbines, extolling our credentials as a ‘green’ organisation. Sadly, the positive statements about what we do don’t quite match reality.
According to the quote from our CEO we
“[have] been an environmentally sensitive company for decades;” which he’d know first hand, having been here for four years.
“it’s simply part of our culture and DNA” actually I thought our culture these days was about cancelling employee benefits for anyone earning less than a million dollars a year.
“We take a leadership role in climate change initiatives and we will continue to seek innovative ways to reduce our carbon foot print” Translation – no more air conditioning or heating for you peons, and if you leave the lights on you’re fired!
The fact is, we make stuff that is chock full of toxins, take a lot of resources to produce and consume a heap of power while they’re in use. The stuff is then disposed of every three to five years, usually through dumping or by sending it to the third world for “recycling”, and replaced with newer crap. We’re a lot better than we were in the past, but we’re hardly farting rainbows and daisy chains.
We also have a problem when it comes to delivering products, customers constantly complain about our excessive packaging. One of our most famous examples is sending this box
to deliver 32 sheets of A4 paper.
And my personal favourite is this item, which weighs less than a kilo, but was dispatched on a pallet.
Of course, this all probably makes sense to whoever came up with the idea of sending a desk calendar to every employee of a technology company, despite the fact that we all have PCs running Outlook in front of us for hours a day and most people are expected to hot desk anyway.
Update: Actually, it doesn’t seem to be recycled paper after all, it just looks like it is.