Environmental Statement

The Ken Blanchard Companies strives to conserve natural resources by minimizing consumption of resources and energy, reducing emissions, and increasing awareness so that future generations will inherit a healthy, sustainable planet.

CORPORATE SUSTAINABILITY TEAM

The Corporate Sustainability Team (CST) was formed in 2014 to ensure that this environmental sustainability mindset becomes embedded in our culture. This team is tasked with implementing enhancements to our systems, processes, structures, equipment, and practices to help us become a more sustainable company. Team members have attended a six-month training program with True Market Solutions (TMS).

Team Purpose

The purpose of CST is to lead efforts to embed sustainable strategies by improving efficiencies, educating and influencing associates, reducing energy and waste, and lowering our impact on the environment to benefit our employees and their families, clients, community, vendors, and future generations.

Team Vision

Our vision is that Blanchard will set a noticeable example of responsible conservation of natural resources and reduction of energy consumption, differentiating us in the marketplace.

Long-term Goals

  • 50% less CO2 per employee
  • 50% of power from renewable energy
  • LEED standards for headquarters buildings
  • 75% reduction in waste removal
  • 25% reduction in water use

GREEN TEAM

Founded in 2004 by an independent group of employees, this grassroots organization’s mission is to inspire and educate Blanchard associates and partners to set a noticeable example in responsible conservation of natural resources. The team is an active partner of CST. They hold expertise in sustainability and consult with CST and other departments to help them meet their sustainability goals.

An important goal for Blanchard is to decrease our environmental impact. Since the establishment of the Green Team, Blanchard has instituted numerous environmentally friendly practices. We have received the prestigious "Outstanding Contribution for Paper Recycling" award by Legacy Fibers each year since 2004, thanks to our corporate-wide recycling program. We have a dedicated recycling center at our headquarters that includes paper, cardboard, glass, plastic, aluminum, and e-waste recycling. In our offices we use paper that has at least 30% post consumer content and we switched to a lower weight paper to reduce the environmental impact created in shipping heavier paper.

The Green Team generates ongoing interest in and awareness of green practices for all associates by hosting brown-bag information sessions, monthly meetings, and an annual Earth Day event.

OUR CARBON FOOTPRINT

In 2012 Blanchard conducted a carbon footprint report for our US operation, which showed that we produced 1,368 metric tons of CO2 in that year. We also did a calculation on how much carbon we have prevented from entering the environment by making operational changes since the Green Team was first formed in 2004. The environmental measures put in place since 2004 yielded a 17% reduction in CO2 emissions in 2012.

OUR MATERIALS AND PRODUCTS

We take our responsibility to conserve natural resources seriously. We challenge our organization on an ongoing basis to use a multi pronged approach to conservation—including the way we produce and deliver our products and services. Learn more about our production partnerships and eco-innovation efforts.

OTHER SUSTAINABILITY EFFORTS

Here are a few of the measures we have taken to reduce our environmental impact and promote sustainability in the community.

  • Online launch and master components for our major product lines help to reduce the carbon output related to travel and hotel stays
  • Reduced the weight of our paper by 30% since 2005
  • Focused on creating virtual training designs for our products
  • Started a campus-wide recycling program
  • Implemented an Energy Management System to remotely control headquarters building thermostats and reduce energy use by 20-30%
  • Replaced HVAC units with high efficiency models
  • Established our carbon footprint baseline in 2012
  • Founded two conservation gardens (Redwood Village Water Wise Garden in 2007 and Plaza del Arroyo native plant garden in 2014)