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Caring for the Environment

DDI’s practices to reduce our global footprint

Because DDI is committed to minimizing our impact on the Earth, we have taken steps to implement responsible environmental-conservation practices across the company. Our strategy focuses on several key areas: proactive recycling and use of recyclable materials, the efficiency of our buildings, and smart, digital-first product design and production processes.

Here are a few examples of DDI’s environmental initiatives:

Recycling

DDI works to recycle many different materials, not only with individual associates, but also through company-wide initiatives. In addition to paper, cans, and bottles, DDI recycles light bulbs, computer parts, telecommunications equipment, paper scrap, printing ink, and toner cartridges.

In our printing process, DDI purchases recyclable paper from a company that is part of the sustainable-forest initiative to ensure that it comes from an environmentally responsible source. We also print using biodegradable, water-based ink.

Building Efficiency

DDI undertakes an annual energy audit of our headquarters campus to establish a baseline of gas and electricity usage, compare our usage to efficient buildings, and identify opportunities for improvement. The key actions from this audit include motion sensors to control lighting in key areas, improved computer patching to allow computers to be turned off at night, and the use of LED lighting. DDI continues to evaluate its energy usage, though ongoing monitoring and monthly reports, and implement new procedures to maximize it.

Across our headquarters campus, we have installed filtration systems to provide pure drinking water, eliminating the waste associated with thousands of units of bottled water each year.

Product Design and Production

Across all the training and marketing materials we create, we design for digital-first consumption. In recent years, we have reduced the size of our workbooks and handouts for workshops and made all our training materials available digitally. This extends to marketing materials, where we’ve added a print-on-demand option for items such as brochures, white papers, and research reports. Electronic forms also have replaced paper forms throughout the company.

We’ve adopted just-in-time printing, which has significantly reduced the size of our print inventory. In addition to decreasing the amount of print materials we produce, DDI’s printing process strives to be environmentally responsible through the reduction of scrap and waste.

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