Lexmark strives to ensure that our operations do not harm the local environment. Understanding our responsibility to help maintain balance in the natural world, we engage our communities primarily in reforestation programs and watershed protection.
Lexmark owns or leases facilities used for manufacturing and research and development in the United States, Mexico, Europe and Asia. An important prerequisite for locating these global facilities includes a thorough understanding of local ecology and biological issues so that we can take a prudent approach to their protection. Consequently, an important part of our worldwide environmental assessment is the use of internationally accepted evaluation tools.
As the first step to establishing a facility in the United States or abroad, Lexmark applies the following standards to assess environmental aspects of the site: American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) E1527-131 and E1903-112.
We also consider the protection status and biodiversity value of those areas where we plan to operate. With the exception of an operational site in the Philippines described below, Lexmark does not own, lease or manage operational sites in or adjacent to protected areas, or areas of high biodiversity value outside protected areas. In addition, our activities do not result in significant impacts to these types of areas. We also do not own, lease or manage operational sites in areas where habitat restoration has occurred or in habitat protected areas. Finally, Lexmark does not operate in areas that are known to be protected or home to International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List species and has no plans to operate in these areas.
Lexmark is especially sensitive to the environment in our Philippines operations. Many global organizations recognize the entire country as an area of high biodiversity. The Lexmark Research and Development Corporation (LRDC) located in Cebu, Philippines, is a 30,817 square meter research and development operation. Lexmark employees in the Philippines work diligently to restore habitats near these facilities, focusing on reforestation and watershed protection. Since 2008, Lexmark has planted 133,000 mangrove trees in various coastal and watershed areas of Cebu and over 16,000 tree seedlings in various areas of Cebu.
Mangroves are beneficial to the environment; they provide shelter and food for sea life, stabilize coastlines by reducing erosion, and protect coastal communities from storm surges.
1 ASTM E1527-13, Standard Practice for Environmental Site Assessments: Phase I Environmental Site Assessment Process, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2013, www.astm.org
2 ASTM E1903-11, Standard Practice for Environmental Site Assessments: Phase II Environmental Site Assessment Process, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2011, www.astm.org
An important part of our worldwide environmental assessment is the use of internationally accepted evaluation tools.