Respecting our Relationship With the Environment

Dun & Bradstreet endeavors to create, maintain and promote a sustainable work environment using the best available practices and resources, while maintaining team member comfort, health and productivity. Dun & Bradstreet supports environmental and corporate responsibility as follows:

Energy Conservation

Dun & Bradstreet currently tracks energy consumption for our main office locations via Energy Star.

  • Over the period of mid-May 2017 through mid-May 2018, the average monthly usage of natural gas in our Center Valley office was approximately 236 kcf (thousand cubic feet) and the average monthly usage of electricity was 298,500 kWh (thousand Watt-hours). Usage varies according to many factors, including weather and building occupancy.
  • Real Estate standards used for constructing new office space to maintain effective use of space and to obtain sustainable practices include: centralized copy rooms and shared printing devices with energy saving capabilities, occupancy sensors, LED lighting, centralized waste and recycling receptacles, recyclable materials (i.e. carpet), video and telephone conferencing via Skype (to reduce travel), Building Management System to control HVAC and lighting during unoccupied periods and open environment (eliminating the need for construction material) with standard size, adjustable height, benching workstations 2.5’ X 5’. This allows D&B to maximize our space more efficiently and reduce the amount space required to conduct business operations; therefore, avoiding unnecessary carbon emissions.
  • Electronic Recycling Events are organized annually to provide an opportunity for team members to recycle home electronics and appliances instead of having these items end up in landfills.
  • Dun & Bradstreet recycles our out-dated and unusable technology equipment, such as computers and printers, through local vendors and a third-party vendor whom we contract. The number of technology items recycled for the period of April 2017 through May 2018 are:
    • 52 Monitors
    • 3 Desktops
    • 1 Printer
    • 1 Television
    • 211 Laptops
  • Multiple pallets of computer peripherals, such as AC adapters, cables, port replicators, desk phones and UPSs exceeding 6,000 lbs.
  • Water consumption is minimized by using motion sensored and low-flow equipment and appliances. For the period of mid-April 2017 through mid-April 2018, the average monthly water usage in our Center Valley office was approximately 144,167 gallons. Usage varies according to many factors, including building occupancy.

Waste Management

Dun & Bradstreet has formal recycling programs in our main office locations for paper, glass, cardboard, toner cartridges, aluminum cans, light bulbs, ballasts and batteries and computer equipment.

Dun & Bradstreet implemented a land-fill free program at our Center Valley, PA, office effective October 2011, in which the trash is transported to an Energy from Waste (EfW) plant where it is incinerated and the energy is transmitted to the energy grid.

Pest control and janitorial services use environmental safe products.

Emission Reduction

Dun & Bradstreet has been purchasing renewable energy credits (REC’s) since 2010 as a part of our energy agreements for our main office locations. The percent of green energy was 35% for 2014, 40% for 2015, 2016 and 2017 and 60% for 2018.

  • Dun & Bradstreet participates in an Alternate Workplace program in which 14% of our work force in the United States works from their home. This program is sustainable in that our employees do not have to travel to the office. This program reduces overall energy consumption and carbon emissions.
  • Dun & Bradstreet partners with WageWorks to provide discounts for employees on public transportation.

Internal Organizational Resources

Dun & Bradstreet endeavors to create, maintain and promote a sustainable work environment using the best available practices and resources, while maintaining team member comfort, health and productivity. For example, we use video, web, Skype and teleconferencing when possible to reduce travel. We also have an open-plan office design that reduces the resources needed to configure our space. The furniture and carpets, in many of our office locations, are made of materials that can be recycled at the end of their useful life.

At most Dun & Bradstreet locations, we have programs in place to eliminate individual printers, fax machines and scan devices and have centralized these services with multi-function devices that can scan, fax, print and copy and, most importantly, go into "energy saver" mode when not in use. Reducing the number of machines while increasing the operating efficiency of each yields a triple win: less equipment to purchase and maintain, reduced energy use and lower cost. We have also addressed the use of paper, printing, mailing and related resources, by moving certain aspects of our administration online, reducing the need to print reports. Other electronic initiatives have enabled us to move a variety of other corporate functions away from printed materials, such as online holiday cards, payroll, travel and entertainment reimbursement processing, and timecard processing. These online initiatives help team members save energy resources as well as function more efficiently.

Email Usage Statements

Dun & Bradstreet customers receive monthly usage statements via email. Switching to email from physical mail and print can potentially save over 1 million pieces of paper from being printed annually.