Bloomberg Achieves 200% Return on Sustainability Investments

Media company Bloomberg has achieved a 200% return on investments insustainability, the company says in its first publicly releasedsustainability report.

For every $1 spent on sustainability, Bloomberg says it saves $2 inoperating costs, resulting in a net savings of $25 million since 2008.

Bloomberg began formally looking at sustainability as a business issuefive years ago. Since then, the program has evolved from an employeeengagement platform and highly effiective management tool, to a uniquesource of innovation and opportunity, the company said.

Bloomberg’s efforts include leveraging its core expertise to integratesustainability information into business decision-making for itsexpanding customer base. In 2008, Bloomberg began to integrateEnvironmental, Social and Governance (ESG) data into its equityplatform. And in 2009, the company acquired New Energy Finance, aprovider of clean energy and carbon markets information.

The report highlights a number of achievements:

  • In the past 3 years, Bloomberg has initiated over 300 sustainability projects in 24 countries
  • The company reduced emissions from its core business 2.4% from 2007 levels
  • Core emissions normalized by revenue decreased by over 20% against the company’s 2007 baseline
  • Bloomberg Markets and Bloomberg Businessweek are printed on paper from sustainable forests (FSC certified)
  • Over 5,000 users in 29 countries have accessed more than 50 million sustainability data sets from the Bloomberg Professional service
  • All new PCs and flat panels shipped to customers are Energy Star
  • Nearly half of Bloomberg’s 13,000+ employees will sit in LEED Certified office space by 2012
  • Bloomberg diverted 59% of its waste from landfills via recycling and composting programs
  • Bloomberg.com carried 1,976 stories on clean energy and environmental issues in 2010
  • In the past 3 years, Bloomberg News has won 43 journalism awards related to its coverage in social and environmental issues

"It is not only important for companies to develop sustainabilitystrategies, but also to report on their results," said Peter Grauer,Chairman of Bloomberg L.P. "Disclosure, transparency and access toinformation are critical drivers of shared knowledge surroundingsustainability. As members of the global business community, it is ourresponsibility to ensure this information is made available – and toelevate the conversation."

The Bloomberg Sustainability report is available at the link below.

Website: www.bloomberg.com/about/bsustainable

Original Article on SustainableBusiness.com

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