McKesson employees bring their ICARE spirit to all aspects of corporate social responsibility, and environmental sustainability is no exception. In FY16, our associates led a number of programs that benefited the environment, our company, and our communities, including the three following examples from our Canada colleagues.
Digitizing the Mailroom
In Markham, Ontario, a cross-functional team worked together to shut down its physical mailroom and move all of the associated functions to a digital platform on various portals by December 31, 2015.
The project resulted in more than $1.3 million of annual cost savings, as well as an elimination of 1,000 weekly mail bags. This meant a reduction of 2 million pieces of paper being sent out to the stores, resulting in 200 trees saved annually (calculated at 10,000 sheets per tree).
We encourage recycling throughout McKesson, with many events organized by employee-led groups. For example, in Quebec, the local Eco-Committee partnered with its recycling vendor, Global Electric Electronic Processing (GEEP), for a weeklong electronic recycling activity. Employees at three offices were invited to drop off their used electronics such as laptops, desktops, accessories, video games, speakers, TVs, phones, printers and more in designated recycling bins. More than 2,400 pounds of end-of-life home electronics were recycled during that single week.
The Program That Keeps Plugging Along
The Eco-Initiative and local Eco-Champions across our Canada offices continue to bring electric/hybrid car charging stations to company sites. Since the July 2016 implementation of four charging stations in the Dobrin Street office in Montreal, the stations have been in full use, with parking spots allowing eight cars to be charged throughout the day.
Based on the success of the Dobrin program, the Eco-Committee assisted in the installation of four charging stations at the Viscount Street office in Ontario. Each of the stations can charge two cars each for a total of eight charging spots. The office currently has two employees with electric cars who use the charging stations on a daily basis — and they have attracted the interest of colleagues who do not yet own an electric or hybrid vehicle, potentially influencing their decision to purchase such vehicles in the future.
Spotlight Story: Creating Better Health for Our Planet: Meet Our Richmond Community Heroes
Team McKesson uses sustainable agriculture techniques to grow vegetables for local food bank.
One of our most notable employee-led sustainability initiatives was the brainchild of an employee in our Richmond, British Columbia office.
When shopping at his local grocery store, Jason Kenyon, technical implementation engineer at McKesson Imaging and Workflow Solutions (IWS), looked at the food bank donation box and found himself wondering if the food bank accepts fresh food, and how people with limited incomes afford fresh fruit and vegetables.
This question led Jason to the Richmond Food Security Society, which aims to ensure all people at all times have access to sufficient, safe, nutritious foods. He realized that by volunteering, he and his colleagues could give back to the community while fostering better health. The result: IWS Richmond’s Plots to Plates gardening group, whose mission is to grow as much food as possible in a community garden plot and donate it all to the Richmond Food Bank.
Some Plots to Plates members are tried and true gardeners, while others are novices. What they share is a commitment that starts even before planting season. The team had a mini-seedling greenhouse that was planted and maintained at the office — inspiring curiosity and interest among colleagues. After planting, they water, weed and eventually harvest their crop of kale, carrots, beans, peas, tomatoes, onions, bok choy and herbs. Not a day goes by without a team member visiting the plot.
Learn more about Jason and his colleagues in the video below.
Spotlight Story: Turning Paper into Knowledge
Celesio’s German subsidiary minimizes paper use, supports the next generation of pharmacists.
Our colleagues in Europe share our commitment to sustainability — and philanthropy.
During FY16, GEHE, a German subsidiary of Celesio, decided to review and optimize its processes with an eye to sustainability. Their objective was to minimize the use of materials, and as a result, to minimize the company’s ecological footprint. This includes saving paper wherever it makes sense to do so.
To achieve this, GEHE digitized its picking processes in all 19 of its logistics centers. Twelve of these centers have already stopped printing picking documents — instead of using paper, employees now use handheld terminals as they assemble customer orders.
This process eliminates one sheet of paper for each box that leaves the warehouse. With around 9.5 million deliveries a year, this means Celesio saves 53.5 metric tons of paper each year. This equates to a CO2 emissions reduction of 50 metric tons, and to a savings of 2.5 million liters of water.
Here’s where the philanthropy comes in: GEHE has opted to invest its savings in scholarships for pharmacy students at German universities. This means that with every picking document not printed, GEHE is not only reducing its environmental impact, it is also supporting the education of the next generation of pharmacists.