Cadmus works with private clients on projects to promote corporate social responsibility, and we take our responsibilities as a good corporate citizen very seriously. We are committed to improving the communities in which we live and work by participating in programs and organizations such as these.
EPA Green Power Partner
As a participant in the EPA Green Power Partnership, we obtain 100 percent of our electricity from renewable sources for all of our office locations.
In all Cadmus offices, we use 80 percent post-consumer recycled content paper products. We also supply our office kitchens with reusable dishware and compostable paper cups to reduce contributions to the waste stream. In all of our offices, we participate in paper, glass, and aluminum recycling. Additionally, our Portland and Boulder offices enable other product recycling, including plastics, batteries, and electronics.
Cadmus’ corporate headquarters in Waltham, Mass. is LEED Gold certified; our Portland office achieved LEED Silver certification in 2010 following a concerted effort by Cadmus and the building’s other tenants.
Best Workplace for Commuters
Since 2004, Cadmus has been proud to be among the one percent of U.S. businesses known as Best Workplaces for Commuters, thanks to the subsidies for mass transit passes and other commuter benefits available to our employee-owners. By partnering with the EPA and U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) in this voluntary program, Cadmus is helping to reduce traffic, cut traffic-related pollution, and improve the quality of life for our employee-owners. In addition, we have installed bike parking for all our offices and offer an annual bike maintenance stipend for staff who commute by bike.
Clean Energy Choice® Program
Joining this program enabled Cadmus to bring renewable energy benefits to the town of Watertown, Mass., former site of the company’s headquarters. The Clean Energy Choice program matched the value of our renewable energy purchase in a contribution to the town. That money was used to install a photovoltaic (PV) system on the roof of Watertown’s high school. The Clean Energy Choice program is a project of the Renewable Energy Trust, which Cadmus has supported since 2002.
Cadmus is a founding member of the Climate Registry, a nonprofit collaboration that sets consistent and transparent standards for the reporting of greenhouse gas emissions in North America. As a founding member of the organization, we have voluntarily committed to measure, verify, and publicly report our greenhouse gas emissions. In 2013, we achieved Climate Registered™ status by successfully measuring our carbon footprint and having it verified by a third party.
Charles River Watershed Association and The Nature Generation
Cadmus has formed strategic partnerships with these two organizations and provides financial support for specific activities. The Charles River Watershed Association (CRWA) is active in the Boston area that is home to Cadmus headquarters. Founded in 1965, CRWA is one of the nation’s first watershed organizations. It is dedicated to using science, advocacy, and the law to protect the 80-mile-long Charles River and its 308-square-mile watershed. CRWA’s projects involve water law, regulation, and policy; watershed management; sustainable land use planning; water quality; fisheries and habitat; and education, outreach, and technical assistance.
The Nature Generation is a national organization dedicated to inspiring responsible environmental stewardship in the nation’s youth. Through our partnership with The Nature Generation, Cadmus is involved in a number of education programs in the Greater Washington Metro Area near our Arlington, Va. and Bethesda, Md. offices, including scholarships and internships, an Earth Day Photo Contest and a GreenFocus – Brownfields photo contest. The Nature Generation’s annual Green Earth Book Award acknowledges authors who write and educate about the environment for school-age children.
Employee-Directed Charitable Giving Committee
The Cadmus employee-directed charitable giving program was launched in July 2006 so our employee-owners could be directly involved in deciding how and where Cadmus provides charitable support. The committee meets quarterly to consider staff recommendations for charities and nonprofit organizations to receive one-time contributions from the company. Through careful consideration of all proposals received, the committee works to reflect the wide-ranging interests and values of Cadmus’ employee-owners. Past recipients include a local agricultural and arts festival, an organization that provides education opportunities for girls in South Sudan, and organizations that raise funds for research into diseases such as multiple sclerosis and breast cancer.
EPA Mentor-Protégé Program
For a number of years, Cadmus has participated in this program, which seeks to increase the participation of small disadvantaged and woman-owned businesses in work for EPA. We work closely with qualified firms to promote their economic stability and help them develop the technical, administrative, and managerial expertise to compete successfully for EPA contracts. Our work with these businesses also helps EPA meet its goals for obtaining services from small disadvantaged and woman-owned businesses.
Staff members in our Arlington, Va., office participate in this program by volunteering their time with disadvantaged high school students in the District of Columbia throughout the school year. The program’s goal is to help the students develop not only a science project that has an environmental focus but also a great relationship with their mentors that will lead to a deeper understanding of and appreciation for the environment. Each May, participating students present their projects to elementary school classes in the District and to a team of judges at the annual EnvironMentors Fair. Students who excel in the program and pursue environmental science studies in college receive scholarships.
Partnership with the Department of Conservation and Recreation
Cadmus partnered with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation to maintain a small parcel of public land opposite our company headquarters. Staff members mowed the area, kept it free of litter and mulch and otherwise maintained the trees, following the advice of an arborist they consulted. The mowing helped improve motorists’ visibility as they approached a tricky intersection. Staff members also worked with the local electric utility to close an open trench on the property that contained power lines. A picnic table placed on the site gave staff members and the public a shaded place to enjoy lunch.
We encourage our staff members to volunteer their time to help charitable organizations and to do other good works. They have, for example, helped raise money for girls’ educational programs in Afghanistan and Africa for several years by purchasing holiday cards offered by the New England Women’s Initiative. They also collect and donate coats and food for homeless shelters during the holiday season. One staff member, at her own expense, erected a warning sign and fenced off an area along the Charles River across from company headquarters to protect a turtle nest and the eggs it contained. Many other individual employee-owners are involved on their own in efforts to improve their communities and the world beyond their doors.