Safeguarding the environment is nothing new to John Deere. We know that responsible resource management is vital to our company, employees, customers, and world. So, our operating processes reflect this strong commitment to environmental protection. We're on the constant lookout for energy-efficient systems, as well as systems that sustain air and water quality, or eliminate or reduce waste. And, when investing in new products, approaches or technologies, we give preference to those that have the most favorable environmental impact.
Energy and Greenhouse Gases
The goals: become more energy efficient and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Back in 1972, John Deere initiated its energy efficiency program. Then, in 2003, we added a worldwide greenhouse gas inventory program.
The results: between 1972 and 2006, our energy conservation programs reduced total worldwide greenhouse gas emissions by 63% per ton of production. To further manage the risks of GHG emissions from our operations and identify cost-effective opportunities, Deere joined the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)'s Climate Leaders program in 2007.
We established a goal to reduce the company's global greenhouse gas emissions by 25% per dollar of revenue through 2014.
Manufacturing locations in water-scarce regions have goals to reduce water usage. Water usage data is collected and tracked at all manufacturing locations. And, we're currently developing standards and guidelines for construction of new manufacturing facilities, encouraging the inclusion of water reduction technology in the initial project design.
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, LEED, is an internationally recognized green building certification system. John Deere uses LEED criteria for new facility construction. In fact, several of our office buildings have received LEED recognition.
John Deere dealers are also focused on sustainable facilities. One example: the newly rebuilt dealership in Greensburg, Kansas. Achieving a LEED gold rating, the dealership uses wind energy to help power the facility. John Deere offers design guidance to dealers constructing or remodeling their facilities to encourage efficient energy and water use.
We say we're committed to sustainable practices and environmental stewardship. And we follow through by supporting strong environmental policies, vigilantly complying with all applicable regulations wherever we do business, considering environmental impact in all our business planning, and fostering a culture of eliminating waste.
Environmental Management System: Our environmental policy is integrated into the company's worldwide operations through the John Deere Environmental Management System. This system includes a set of documented processes for controlling and continuously improving environmental performance based on the ISO14001 standard. John Deere manufacturing facilities, worldwide, must follow this standard.
Assurance: Each year, every John Deere manufacturing and parts distribution facility manager provides formal documentation of their facility's efforts to appropriately manage risks and safeguard employees and the environment. Third-party audits are also conducted at all manufacturing sites – internal audits at other sites – to verify compliance with the John Deere Environmental Management System standard and local legal requirements around the world.
For acquisitions, leases, and purchase of property, we make sure steps are taken to identify and quantify any environmental risks and liabilities. A formal integration process brings newly acquired businesses into the John Deere Environmental Management System swiftly.
Global environmental professionals attend rigorous training, helping them understand complex legal and corporate requirements and vital company processes and procedures.
Our leaders provide oversight. The Board of Director's Corporate Governance Committee receives regular updates on strategy in conjunction with a briefing on environment, health, and safety issues. Additionally, the company Global Leadership Council, which includes our CEO and extended staff, receives an update on our strategy at least once a year – more often if requested. The Executive Environment & Product Sustainability Council, our operations vice presidents, provides support and advocacy. They provide the people and financial resources for operational changes needed to implement environmental strategies and achieve goals.
John Deere works to be environmentally responsible. We expect our suppliers to do the same. So, to minimize environmental liabilities, we first consider those suppliers with a focus on sound resource management. Supplier environmental policies, standards, systems, and programs are in place to audit supplier environmental compliance. This includes high-risk supplier audit programs, restricted materials policies, purchased product compliance, and adherence to the Supplier Code of Conduct.
One way this is all making an impact is through recycling. As our manufacturing facilities step up recycling efforts with a goal of reducing landfill waste, our suppliers have to be supportive. If their products come to us in packaging or pallets that aren't recyclable, then our goals are not met. Thankfully, we're all in this together.
How are we doing? We're proud to show our environmental support and progress towards our goals with real numbers. Take a look.