We’re committed to being good stewards of the earth in everything we do.
A key tenet of our corporate responsibility program is contributing to environmental sustainability, both by our actions as a company and by our support of employees’ efforts and interests in this area.
It can be as simple as a group of New Jersey employees using their community service PTO day to beautify a local park, or as coordinated as hundreds of Rochester employees participating in United Way Day of Caring activities involving planting trees and gardens. It’s corporate efforts like implementing energy-efficient practices throughout our owned facilities (such as geothermal HVAC), and it’s grass-roots efforts that started when an employee walking on a trail outside one of our buildings noticed that milkweed plants had been mowed down, and launched the creation of a pollinator garden in the space to ensure native plants could thrive.
And we’re always improving, by cutting down on paper usage, using more online and remote training (which reduces our carbon footprint from flying), and working with sustainability-minded employees to facilitate and implement their ideas. We even pair it with community service, like when we kept 100 PCs out of landfills by refurbishing them and donating them to an underserved elementary school in southern California, helping to enhance the digital literacy of students there.
- Replace florescent lighting in all 14 Rochester buildings (over 1.1 million square feet total) with energy efficient LED lighting by the end of Fiscal 2022
- Establish carbon footprint and GHG emission baseline measurements for owned facilities in Rochester, to then establish reduction goals
Consideration for the environment is a factor in business and operational practices on many levels, such as these:
Recycling and Waste Reduction
- Each of our offices feature prominent recycling bins with instructions so that waste is properly recycled.
- Our recycling program extends to all IT-related equipment, including laptops, desktop computers, and servers. It’s Paychex’s goal to follow international guidelines for disposal of electronic waste.
- We strive to put offices along the outer sides of our buildings to maximize natural sunlight.
We support our many employees who are actively involved in environmental causes and programs in their communities, such as using their paid time off for community service to participate in clean-up and beautification projects.
Vendor Sustainability Practices
A key criterion in our selection process for facility design vendors is to work with companies with strong environmental sustainability performance as verified by third-party environmental designations.
Environmental Sustainability in Action
Our environmental efforts were recognized in 2017 by Paychex’s inclusion in FTSE4Good Index. The FTSE4Good Index Series is designed to identify companies that demonstrate strong environmental, social, and governance practices measured against globally recognized standards.
By the Numbers - Fiscal 2019
- Recycled nearly 9,000 units of electronics companywide in fiscal 2019.
- Reduced printing by more than 40 million pages in fiscal 2019.
- Replaced Styrofoam in break rooms and cafeterias with compostable and recyclable items, eliminating 2.5 tons of Styrofoam a year in Rochester alone.
- Eliminated paper from sales and service training programs, saving thousands of trees annually.
- Coordinated an electronics recycling event for Rochester employees to bring in outdated electronics, keeping toxic metals out of landfills and reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 17,000 pounds.
Sustainability in Action: Grass-roots Action in Rochester
When a group of IT professionals took grass-root action to boost recycling at their location, their success led to a formalized program with representatives in buildings across the city, along with involvement from the corporate benefits, facilities, and marketing teams. The team’s work educating more than 2,000 employees at participating locations has increased bottle and can recycling (with deposit refunds going to charity), reduced plastic garbage can liner usage, and increased recycling of consumer products such as K-cups.
And they show no sign of stopping. They recently formed an oversight committee that meets monthly to discuss the current state and drive desired-state activities, and they’re creating a model for improved sustainability that can easily be replicated at other Paychex locations.