Kraft Foods’ greener offices helping the environment

Kraft Foods is changing the behaviour of its employees to reduce their environmental impact through the company’s ‘greener’ office buildings around the world.

“Sustainability is an important part of our business strategy, and we want our workplaces to be a constant visible reminder to our employees,” said Steve Yucknut, vice president, sustainability.

“Our greener offices are inspiring employees to think and act differently at work. And together, we’re changing behaviour and getting results.”

Around the world, Kraft Foods has reduced its office buildings’ environmental impact by installing motion-activated lighting and more efficient plumbing fixtures. It is also ensuring its employees can more sustainably and be more flexible, productive and mobile. With wireless tools to work at home, on the road or with a customer without being “at the office,” people use less energy in commuting, and there’s less need for office space.

In Australia, the company’s new office in Melbourne is a more space- and energy-efficient location as it is located within walking distance to public transport and hotels. The office also has onsite facilities such as showers, changing rooms, lockers and bicycle parking to encourage staff to bike to work.

It even has a rainwater collection system and gray water plant to recycle wastewater for on-site uses like landscape irrigation. The National Australian Built Environment Rating System gave the office 4.5 out of 5 stars by for its environmental performance.

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