Ethisphere Institute recognizes Rockwell Automation as one of the world's most ethical companies
Rockwell Automation receives third consecutive recognition for a "sound ethical environment" within its industry; company also releases 2009 corporate social responsibility report.
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For the third consecutive year, the Ethisphere Institute hasrecognized Rockwell Automation as one of the "world's most ethical companies."
Through in-depth research and a multi-step analysis, Ethisphere reviewed thousands of nominations from companies in more than 100 countries and 36 industries in order to determine the winners.
The methodology for the Ethisphere rankings includes evaluating investments in innovation and sustainable business practices;looking at activities designed to improve corporate citizenship; and studyingnominations from senior executives, industry peers, suppliers, and customers.
Ethisphere Institute is an international think tank dedicated to the creation, advancement, and sharing of best practices inbusiness ethics, corporate social responsibility, anti-corruption, andsustainability.
New corporate responsibilityreport
Rockwell Automation's 2009 report describes the company's
efforts to be a "smart, safe, and sustainable manufacturer" and offers examples
about how it's helping customers do the same.
"In our recovering economy, issues such as governance,
ethics, safety, environment, employee and community relations are a priority
for us and we believe are fundamental to thriving as a sustainable company,"
said Keith Nosbusch, Rockwell Automation president and CEO. "If manufacturers
are going to prosper in the post-recession global economy, they need to adopt
smart, safe, and sustainable manufacturing technologies and practices."
Some of the sustainable achievements noted in Rockwell
Automation's corporate responsibility report include:
Rockwell Automationwas named a U.S.EPA Energy Star Service & Product Provider (SPP) in 2009.
The EPA assigns this designation to those companies that provide
energy efficiency services and products to commercial buildings and industrial
manufacturing facilities with the expectation that Energy Star SPPs will assist
industrial manufacturing customers in adopting a continuous improvement strategy
for corporate-wide energy management.
The company received the designation after it helped General
Mills save $2.6 million annually through a standardized energy management
system for air handling units. The new system utilizes outdoor air versus air
conditioning in autumn, winter, and spring to cool a plant, and uses excess
heat fromthe plant's equipment to heat buildings as needed.
Using less electricityand creating less waste.
In 2010 Rockwell will begin to explore new, more accurate
means of corporate energy and waste generation measurement, such as square
footage, per employee, or unit of production, to which the company can
normalize its environmental metrics to achieve a more accurate assessment of its
According to Rockwell Automation, the majority of its energy
consumption and carbon footprint is from electricity used to light, heat and
cool its buildings, and for production. In 2009, the company reduced its
electricity usage in 55 manufacturing and core locations by 15% in absolute
terms and increased usage by 12% when normalized to sales.
Using its own RSEnergyMetrix application, the company
analyzed data from more than 60 power monitors installed throughout its Milwaukee headquarters
campus. This analysis pinpointed opportunities where the company could change
behaviors, processes, and equipment that would result in immediate energy
reductions and cost savings. For example, Rockwell Automation reprogrammed its
lighting controls on weekends and holidays, which reduced its base load. The
company also replaced lighting in its parking garage and reduced electricity
use there by 60%. The start up of its high current lab generatorwas also
rescheduled to occur before 10 a.m., which helped reduce peak facility demand
by 100 kilowatts. Lightly loaded substations were also replaced and combined. Energy
usage at the company's Milwaukee
headquarters was reduced by 4 million kilowatt hours, resulting in more than
$230,000 in annual savings.
A greener AutomationFair.
The company's annual Automation Fair went "green" in 2009 on
several fronts: Using EPA Smartway-certified freight transportation companies
that used clean fuel-efficient trucks; attendees
received biodegradable literature bags with marketing materials produced by FSC-certified
printers who used recycled papers and soy-based inks; All lights and electronic
devices were kept at reduced energy levels and used low energy lighting in many
product displays; water was available from coolers instead of water bottles and
biodegradable plates and cutlery were used; and all excess food was donated to
local charities and food banks.
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