Waggener Edstrom Worldwide Releases 2009 Corporate Responsibility Report

Waggener Edstrom Worldwide Releases 2009 Corporate Responsibility Report

The Report Highlights Community, Environmental Sustainability and Employee Initiatives
Thursday, September 16, 2010 - 2:25pm

CONTENT: Press Release

(3BLMedia/theCSRfeed) SEATTLE — Sept. 16, 2010 Multiservice communications agency Waggener Edstrom Worldwide (WE) has released its 2009 Corporate Responsibility (CR) Report. The report —following the Global Reporting Initiative’s indicators — highlights the company’s social, economic and environmental performance, and provides a snapshot of achievements to date. It also identifies areas for improvement and sets out plans for the coming year. This is the second consecutive year the agency has constructed and published a CR report. 

Since 1983, Waggener Edstrom Worldwide’s commitment to corporate responsibility and sustainability has been a building block of its business. The company devotes 1 percent of its annual pretax revenue to community engagement activities, pro bono services and charitable giving. In 2009, WE contributed nearly $1.08 million in donations and services. Since 2008, WE has also made significant operational improvements and achieved a 19 percent reduction in its carbon footprint.
“We believe that reporting on our commitments and progress in the areas of corporate responsibility and sustainability is an important chapter in our story and imperative to being transparent and accountable to our employees, clients, partners and the community,” said Melissa Waggener Zorkin, WE’s founder and CEO. “As an agency on a mission to give voice to innovation and propel authentic and sustainable change, we’re committed to delivering measurable value for individuals, clients and communities, and to having a positive impact in our work and actions.”
“Waggener Edstrom Worldwide has truly distinguished itself as one of the top professional service firms in the world in its commitment to sustainability,” said Kevin Wilhelm, CEO of Sustainable Business Consulting. “The agency recently completed its third carbon footprint analysis and second annual CR report, and has implemented numerous sustainability actions that live up to this leadership in its most recent CR report. The agency is demonstrating the way forward for many businesses that are just starting their sustainability journey.”
The Waggener Edstrom Worldwide 2009 Corporate Responsibility Report is now publicly viewable and downloadable at http://waggeneredstrom.com/about/cr.
About Waggener Edstrom Worldwide
Waggener Edstrom Worldwide (WE) is a global, integrated communications agency. For more than 25 years, the independently owned firm has developed strategic communications programs for innovative and world-changing clients, working to influence markets, inspire people and improve lives. PRWeek US named WE an agency to watch in its Editors’ Choice 2010: Who to Watch list and presented its PR Innovation of the Year 2010 award to WE for its twendz™ application. The Holmes Report also named WE its 2010 Technology Agency of the Decade. In 2009, WE was awarded Best PR Agency in North America by International Business Awards and Top Place to Work in PR by PR News. The agency has nearly 800 employees in 16 offices around the world, and its 23 Global Alliance partners expand the agency’s reach to 30 additional international markets. WE has seven global practices: Analyst Relations, Consumer Marketing, Corporate Communications, Healthcare, Public Affairs, Technology and WE Social Innovation, along with its WE Studio D™ digital strategies group. To learn more, visit http://www.WaggenerEdstrom.com.
The Waggener Edstrom® mark, the Innovation Communications® mark, the twendz™ mark, the WE Studio D™ mark and other marks used herein are registered or unregistered trademarks of Waggener Edstrom Worldwide Inc. in the United States and/or other countries. The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the registered or unregistered trademarks of their respective owners. Unauthorized use is strictly prohibited.
For more information, press only:
Rhian Rotz, Manager, Corporate Citizenship, (503) 443-7821, rhianr@waggeneredstrom.com



Rhian Rotz
Waggener Edstrom Worldwide