Corporate Social Responsibility and What it Means to Global Relocation
Posted by: Amy Meichner, Senior Vice President, Human Resources
Recently, when we had the opportunity to install three plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) charging stations at our Danbury world headquarters, we didn’t hesitate. The installation, which was completed this month, reinforces our commitment to our employees’ work/life balance by offering them a more cost-efficient commute, and boosts environmental health at the same time. But, realistically speaking, why would you be interested in our vehicle charging stations, and what does this mean to you?
A growing number of prospects and clients have been asking us about our corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives at Cartus, particularly in their relocation requests for proposals, since their own commitment to these ideals has become a larger component of how they do business. And it’s more than just a passing interest or “nice to have,” it’s often a requirement. At Cartus, we commit ourselves to these interests through a variety of initiatives, locally and globally, and are proud of our employees who support these initiatives.
As just the seventh organization in Connecticut to register for the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Workplace Charging Challenge, we also hope to inspire other organizations to follow suit. Statistics from the Department of Energy indicate that providing workplace charging can potentially double a PEV driver’s all-electric commuting range. Since many of our employees come from surrounding cities and towns—ten percent of them commuting 25 miles or more—installing the charging stations simply seemed like a wise choice and we’re thrilled to say that the stations are being used daily.
An Ongoing Commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility
The PEV charging stations are just one example of our CSR and sustainability commitment. Over the last 15 years, we’ve undertaken multiple initiatives, including an annual International Transit Day that results in the significant reduction of emissions and gasoline use, and the annual use of an independent air quality consultant that tests and compares our building results against Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) guidelines. We’ve won several awards for our commitment, including:
- Silver certification from the leading supplier sustainability evaluator, EcoVadis
- A GreenCircle Award from the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
- An EcoLeadership Award from the Alliance for Workplace Excellence
Ultimately, our dedication to CSR extends throughout the global community. We are a signatory member of the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), which encourages companies to support universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labor, environment, and anti-corruption. We maintain a strong commitment to charitable work, and diversity and inclusion are core components of our company culture. Our employees have worked or lived in more than 120 countries and we are fortunate to be staffed by globally-minded employees that truly want to make a difference in the world.
As societal and environmental concerns are becoming more and more a part of global conversation, companies of every size and type have begun to take proactive measures to enact change. Having been in business for over 60 years, we’re seeing it first-hand. What this tells us is, being a good global citizen isn’t just about optics or ethics—it’s also smart business. We’re proud of our current commitment to these ideals, and look forward to new opportunities to make a difference in the future.
What CSR initiatives are most important to your company? Let us know by commenting on this post!