To ensure that the associates and management of Americold understand the policy of the company is to promote and maintain a culture that supports "Green" behavior in all it's activities.
Senior Management Commitment:
The Senior Management Team of Americold understands the importance of being a responsible corporate citizen in caring for and respecting the environment as it relates to all company activities and initiatives. In addition, the full support for this initiative is mandated by the CEO to all levels of Americold.
Initiatives included in Americold "Green Strategy" are, but not limited to, the following categories:
Since Americold consumes over 700 million kWh of electrical energy annually, the reduction of waste and the improvement in efficiency is the number one initiative for all levels of management and associates. However, water and natural gas are important resources and a conscious effort by all must also be made to insure that waste is reduced and efficiencies are improved here as well.
Recycling is a key component of Americold's "Green Strategy" and each Plant Manager and Department Head has the responsibility of putting recycling programs in place and ensuring that they are properly maintained. The following listed items are candidates for recycling however no facility or department is limited to just these items:
Electronic Warehouse Receipts and other Documents:
In line with the commitment of the Senior Management to its Going Green Policy of being "environmentally sound or beneficial, in reducing the consumption of natural resources" Americold and its affiliates operate an auto-distribution process where electronic versions of warehouse documents are delivered by email to customers who choose to participate in the program, in place of sending the hard copy versions. These documents have included our Non-Negotiable Warehouse Receipts, Transfer Receipts, Invoices, Month End Reports, and related documents.
For participating customers, we will continue to send electronic versions of these documents as PDF attachments to email messages, directed to the email addressees provided by our customers, for the warehouse locations designated by our customers, in place of sending the hard copy versions of the Documents. However, as always, the hard copy versions are printed, issued and available for our customers at each warehouse as required, or upon request.
Protecting the environment from the liquids & chemicals that we use on a regular basis is also included in Americold's "Green Strategy" and is just as important as any of the other items mentioned in this policy. Chemicals that we regularly use or have some level of control over are included in, but not limited to, this initiative are listed below: