Our commitment to creating social value pervades our relationships with the communities in which we live and work. Just as we work with all of our clients to improve people’s lives, we pursue the same goal in our company initiatives and community actions.
Sustainability in our Built Environment
Cadmus has made a commitment to achieving healthy, productive, high performing office environments that create a smaller environmental footprint in all of its major offices. To accomplish this, in our search for new office space, we prioritize and choose ENERGY STAR® certified buildings, LEED® certified buildings, or similarly high performing buildings whenever possible. Independent of the building’s base certification, we pursue LEED for Commercial Interiors (LEED-CI) certification each time we lease and build out a new space for one of our major offices.
To that end, Cadmus’ corporate headquarters in Waltham, Mass., is located in an ENERGY STAR-certified building and our Cadmus office space has achieved LEED-CI Gold certification. Our Bethesda, Md., office is in a LEED Gold Core and Shell (LEED-CS) base building and our Cadmus office space is aiming to achieve LEED-CI Gold certification. Our Irvine, Calif., Cadmus office has achieved LEED-CI Gold certification. Our Portland, Ore., office’s base building achieved LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance (LEED-EBOM) Silver certification in 2010 as the result of a concerted effort by Cadmus and the building’s other tenants.
We adopt sustainable operating practices within all of our offices, participating in paper, glass, and aluminum recycling. Wherever it’s supported by the local community, we enable other-product recycling, including plastics, batteries, compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs), electronics, and more.
Green Power Purchases
We purchase energy from renewable sources equal to 100 percent of our electricity consumption for all of our office locations as a participant in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Green Power Partnership. Cadmus’ green power purchases avoid an estimated 700 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions each year, according to EPA’s Green Power Calculator.
Sustainable Commute Benefits
Since 2004, Cadmus has been proud to be ranked among the one percent of U.S. businesses known as Best Workplaces for Commuters for meeting the National Standard of Excellence in commuter benefits created by EPA and the National Center for Transit Research. We select office locations that maximize opportunities for public transportation and shorten commutes, and provide subsidies to our employees for using mass transit.
In 2014, Cadmus was recognized by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments’ Commuter Connections program for our outstanding transportation incentives.
We encourage commuting to work on bike by subsidizing the purchase of a bike for each employee, offering an annual bike maintenance stipend, and installing bike parking and storage for all our offices. Thanks to the subsidies for mass transit passes and other commuter benefits we offer our employee-owners, Cadmus is helping to reduce traffic, cut traffic-related pollution, and improve our staff’s quality of life.
Carbon Measurement and Reporting
Cadmus is a founding member of The Climate Registry, a nonprofit collaboration that sets consistent and transparent standards for the reporting of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in North America. As a founding member of the organization, we have made a voluntary commitment to measure, verify, and publicly report our GHG emissions. In 2013, we achieved Climate Registered™ status by successfully measuring our carbon footprint and having it verified by a third party.
In 2013, Cadmus also submitted its first CDP (formerly known as Carbon Disclosure Project) response, the first step toward identifying our risks and opportunities related to climate change. Cadmus is a Silver CDP Consultancy Partner and supports numerous clients in reporting and tracking their GHG emissions and other impacts on the natural environment.
Arlington Green Games
In April 2012, Cadmus’ Arlington, Va., office received a bronze award in the inaugural Green Games competition sponsored by the Arlington Initiative to Reduce Emissions (AIRE) program. Cadmus joined more than 100 commercial building owners and tenants in the year-long effort to reduce GHG emissions by deploying energy-efficient, no- to low-cost, and sustainable practices. Participants saved a total of $2 million in avoided water and energy costs and prevented the release of 10,000 tons of carbon dioxide, the equivalent of taking almost 2,000 passenger vehicles off the road for one year.
Partnerships in the Community
Cadmus has formed partnerships with select organizations to provide financial, material, and in-kind support for activities that align with our strategic vision to create social value through actions that protect the natural environment and improve people’s lives.
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, dedicated to using science, advocacy, and the law to protect the 80-mile-long Charles River and its 308-square-mile watershed. Cadmus has supported and actively participated in CRWA’s annual Charles River Cleanup since 2007.
Morrison Child and Family Services delivers specialized support services to children and families in the Portland, Ore., area who are coping with adversity and trauma. Cadmus has been a proud partner of Morrison since 2000. Members of our Portland staff are involved in activities with Morrison on a regular basis, including a monthly employee donation, garden clean-ups at the Morrison Center, and supply drives throughout the year.
The Nature Generation (NatGen) is a national organization dedicated to inspiring responsible environmental stewardship in the nation’s youth. NatGen’s annual Green Earth Book Award acknowledges authors who write and educate about the environment for school-age children. Through our partnership with NatGen, Cadmus supports and leads educational programs in the Greater Washington Metro Area near our Arlington, Va., and Bethesda, Md., offices. Many of our executive leadership team members serve on NatGen’s advisory and executive boards; staff at all levels volunteer to lead environmental education games, maintain a local nature trail, fundraise, and more. In 2012, Cadmus participated in its inaugural book buy with NatGen’s Corporate Green Book Buy program, through which companies raise money to purchase and donate Green Earth Award-winning books. In total, Cadmus’ fundraising facilitated the donation of 530 books to children served by Morrison Child and Family Services.
Click here to hear Ian Kline interview Green Earth Award-winning author Sneed B. Collard III.
Employee-Directed Charitable Giving Program
Our employee-directed charitable giving program was launched in July 2006 by president and CEO Ian Kline, who believed we could expand the social value created through the firm’s charitable activities by allowing our amazingly engaged employees to direct some of our resources to organizations they care about deeply. This program allows our employee-owners to be directly involved in deciding how and where Cadmus provides charitable support. Because the applications are strengthened by employees’ active involvement with the programs and organizations in question, the program also gives Cadmus the opportunity to encourage the good works that Cadmus’ employee-owners support with their own time and donations.
The employee-directed charitable giving committee, composed of employee representatives from throughout the company, meets quarterly to consider staff recommendations for charities and nonprofit organizations to receive one-time contributions from Cadmus. 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, a Boston-based chapter of Engineers Without Borders working to support development of a rainwater catchment system for clean drinking water for Tanzanian villages, and organizations that raise funds for research into diseases such as multiple sclerosis and breast cancer.
For a number of years, Cadmus has participated in EPA’s Mentor-Protégé 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.