Environmental Impact

Environmental Impact
ManpowerGroup conducts its business with respect and consideration for the environment. As a service organisation, our operations are entirely office-based. Thus, our environmental impact is small compared to that of manufacturing companies. Yet, even office-based businesses have the opportunity to impact the environment in a positive way-especially a business with offices in 82 countries and territories.

World Headquarters
In September 2007, Manpower moved into its new world headquarters, a "green building" in downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The new facility's design is aligned with the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) and earned the organisation’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification. Sustainable features include the following:

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ManpowerGroup's World Headquarters
in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.

The World Headquarters is a model for ManpowerGroup's operations globally and will serve to inspire the design and choices made in future office space, especially our larger locations which provide opportunities for more design and operating innovations.

Local Efforts
Most of ManpowerGroup's environmental initiatives are driven at the local level, and many operations develop programs in response to local and national needs. Most of the initiatives are based on the principle of "Reduce, Re-use & Recycle," and in 2008 we began to track and evaluate these programs with the hope of replicating the successful programs across our entire network. We believe this will contribute to more sustainable communities and an improved environment in which to live and work.

Based on a recent survey of our operations around the globe, these efforts are working. In 2008, Manpower operations reported that conservation efforts resulted in saving over 63,000 reams of paper. That's equal to nearly 32 million sheets of paper and the equivalent of 3,812 trees. What's more, Manpower operations report recycling more than one million pounds of paper and plastic products in 2008, and more than 12,000 printer cartridges.

Newsweek magazine recognized these efforts when it named Manpower to its 2009 list of "The Greenest Companies in America," based on "actual performance, policies and reputation." From building one of the world's greenest headquarters to championing carbon-free virtual work platforms, Manpower's commitment to strong environmental performance is key to our leadership in contemporary working. It is also consistent with our efforts to create practical solutions that help our clients attract, engage and retain winning talent.

And once again, Manpower was named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI). DJSI recognition is based on its evaluation of a company's performance in areas such as corporate governance, environmental performance, human rights policies and other social criteria. The index provides an objective benchmark for financial products that are linked to economic, environmental and social criteria. The DJSI assessment is based on both industry-specific and general criteria, including comparisons against our peers and other companies in the DJSI. We continue to look for ways to improve our efforts to reduce waste and energy consumption. We are developing measurement methodologies that will help us track progress toward specific targets that will encourage more of our field operations to formalize programs associated with energy reduction, paper reduction/recycling, and printer cartridge recycling, all of which helps reduce our carbon footprint. We understand that there is still much we can do to further reduce our environmental impact and will continue to search for meaningful improvements.