Land & Biodiversity

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 considers the protection status and biodiversity value of existing locations and those 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 on biodiversity in 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 the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN 2021) Red List species or national conservation list species and has no plans to operate in these areas. Despite the fact that Lexmark facilities may be located in urbanized areas, we take actions to support the biodiversity in the communities where we live and work.

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  mangrove trees in various coastal and watershed areas of Cebu and tree seedlings throughout Cebu. Much of this work is in partnership with the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) for tree and mangrove planting activities. 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.

Reforestation

Reforestation programs are a focus of Lexmark locations worldwide. Trees have many benefits that extend beyond their beauty. They offer social, environmental, and economic benefits for years after they are planted. Trees not only create an ecosystem to provide habitat and food for birds and numerous other animals but also absorb carbon dioxide and other potentially harmful gases, reducing the overall concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Because of this, Lexmark employees have planted trees around the world in parks, schools, cities and forests. Other reasons include reforestation due to invasive species, natural disaster recovery, park revitalizations, community improvements, and tree canopy improvement needs to reduce larger city heat island effects.

While there are countless benefits for planting trees, there is an additional reason that Lexmark has prioritized tree planting in our global community efforts.  Lifecycle assessment analyses on our devices show that the largest environmental impact associated with printing is paper consumption during the use phase. Planting trees is a way that Lexmark can offset this biomass impact.

  • Lexmark's reforestation initiatives
    Lexmark has teamed up with numerous organizations and customers to plant trees in communities around the world. 

    Examples of Lexmark reforestation teamwork include the following:
    • Partnering with PrintReleaf since 2018 to offset the environmental impact related to internal office and test page printing through their seamless process. This service is being offered to Lexmark managed print services customers. 
    • Lexmark partnered with Arbor Day Foundation, planting 10,000 white and red mangroves in Ile a Vache, Haiti in 2022 and longleaf pine trees as part of their 2021 Alabama Private Lands project. 
    • Since 2018, Lexmark France has participated in the BlueBiz CO2ZERO program to use blue credits earned from employee travel to offset flight-related CO2 emissions. Lexmark's contribution helps with planting new trees, maintaining existing forests, and supporting local communities in Panama through the reforestation project CO2OL Tropical Mix. 
    • Lexmark India employees have participated in tree planting projects such as the 10K Plantation and Urban Plantation. 
    • In Lexington, Kentucky, Lexmark has been a sponsor of Reforest the Bluegrass since 1999. This educational community effort has planted trees and restored hundreds of acres of floodplains in the Lexington area.

 

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Lexmark's monarch habitat at headquarters is certified as an official Monarch Waystation by Monarch Watch. 
 

Pollination

Lexmark Boulder partners with Free Range Beehives for on-site corporate beekeeping. The partnership includes three honeybee hives, three gentle bee colonies, a beekeeper, honey extraction and routine inspections and maintenance. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is supporting this effort by launching a Pollinator Protection Initiative.

A butterfly garden is maintained on Lexmark headquarters' property in Lexington, Kentucky. The registered Monarch Waystation includes milkweeds and a wide array of native nectar plants providing a monarch butterfly habitat. 

Many communities are encouraging local businesses and corporations to get involved and provide native species plants and pollinator gardens to help reverse the decline in bee and butterfly populations. Butterflies and bees are declining due to the wide use of pesticides, development and global climate change. Without the required pollination, many plants and crops would fall into short supply, reducing the opportunity to buy fresh produce locally and increasing prices due to food costs and increased transportation. 

Lexmark operates a nearly eight-acre solar array. Portions of the array were planted with a native pollinator seeding mix. These plants will provide habitat and food sources for monarch butterflies, bees and other small mammals. Five beehives were placed around the array.