Findlay International is committed to protecting the environment and efficiently using its resources through normal day-to-day activities. Findlay strives to promote practices that protect natural resources.

The following are the key elements of Findlay’s environmental policy:

Conserve:

  • Electronic communication is given a preference, communication is printed only if necessary
  • Standard forms, rates, country information, etc. are housed on the Findlay intranet so each team member does not have to maintain their own hard copies
  • Computers and photocopiers automatically go into “sleep mode” after 20 minutes of non-use
  • Computers and copiers are turned off during non-working hours
  • The heat and air conditioning units are set at an environmentally friendly temperature. During the weekend and after hours, the units are adjusted accordingly
  • Blinds are drawn to prevent over heating or opened to allow light to enter the building
  • Lights are turned off when not in use
  • Routine maintenance is performed on the heating and cooling units, as well as the physical facility, to optimize efficiency
  • Warehouse facilities are constructed with sky-lights
  • Projected new warehouse facility will be constructed to comply with the Green Building Code and will include the use of solar panels

Recycle:

  • Office paper is reused as scrap paper and then recycled accordingly
  • Printer cartridges are returned to a company that properly recycles them
  • All corrugated material, paper, and recyclable packing materials are separated and recycled accordingly
  • Lift-vans that cannot be reused are broken down and recycled
  • Excess lumber and used crates are broken down and recycled
  • Findlay’s purchasing department is encouraged to buy products made of recycled materials as long as they are in accordance with Findlay’s standards

Reuse:

  • Unused office supplies are returned to the supply cabinet for reuse
  • Old computers are donated to Goodwill for reuse (after the hard drives are wiped down)

Educate:

  • Employees are trained to perform their jobs in an efficient and environmentally responsible manner

Foster safe environment for staff and visitors:

  • Smoking is prohibited in the building and on the premises
  • Findlay encourages staff to offer ideas and suggestions to improve Findlay’s environmental policy

Understanding there is a strong demand for sustainable development of pro-environmental practices, Findlay relies heavily on our ability to enforce its environmental policy throughout all business units. As part of Findlay’s continuous process improvement, assigned personnel consistently research and implement new processes and procedures to protect the environment.

Findlay continues to implement measures aimed at reducing the environmental impact of its equipment used during normal daily operations. Findlay proactively researches and implements new procedures for reducing gas emissions, conserving energy, and recycling paper and plastic products.

Improving Fuel Efficiency:

Reducing the fuel consumption offers the following benefits to the environment: to save resources (fossil fuels), and to help reduce CO2 emissions (created by burning fuel), which causes global warming.

One way Findlay achieves this is by purchasing diesel engine trucks. Diesel engine trucks offer better fuel efficiency than gasoline engines. Moreover, diesel engine trucks are superior in suppressing CO2 emissions. By contrast, steps taken to cut nitrogen oxide emissions, a regulated component of exhaust gas, generally cause fuel consumption efficiency to decline. For this reason, Findlay is able to achieve dual objectives of cleaner gas emissions and lower fuel consumption simultaneously.

Findlay encourages carpools for employees who live in close proximity to one another. Findlay offers an incentive by purchasing one full tank of gas per week for employees that participate in carpools. Findlay also encourages its sales staff to use public transportation for customer sales calls, pre-move surveys, and QC-Visits. Furthermore, Findlay’s dispatch department uses a software system that maps out shorter transit routes for crews.

Energy Conservation:

Findlay also pays close attention to the amount of energy used. On a monthly basis, the management team conducts energy audits. These audits enable Findlay to expose ways to conserve energy and reduce consumption.

Findlay purchases energy efficient office equipment—including computers, printers, copiers and flat-panel monitors—that assist with keeping power consumption to a minimum. Findlay has also converted its lighting systems to use energy efficient light bulbs.

Findlay uses software programs for online or “virtual” web-conferencing such as Go-To-Meeting and WebEx to reduce the transportation requirements for sales staff and managers.

Findlay also employs more traditional processes such as lowering the thermostat in the winter and keeping the air conditioning at a reasonable temperature in the summer. This results in a significant energy savings for both our heating and cooling systems. Findlay also purchased energy efficient heating and cooling systems that ensure the efficient use of electricity and natural gas.

Recycling (Targeting Higher Levels of Recyclables):

In 1998 Findlay established the following definitions and standards of recyclables to expedite employee knowledge about the environmental benefits of recycling, while aiming to increase recycling levels:

  • Purchase and use only materials that are easy to recycle
  • Adopt structures that facilitate recycling
  • Prioritize use of recycled materials
  • Reduce use of substances that impact the environment

Findlay is also concerned about the environmental impact of the local community. Findlay’s President is an active member of the local community environmental awareness board and often meets with local politicians to address environmental education and awareness.