Newsweek, Dow Jones Rankings Underscore Strong Environmental Performance
MILWAUKEE — Manpower Inc. (NYSE: MAN) today announced that the company has been named to Newsweek’s first list of the Greenest Big Companies in America and the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI).
“From championing carbon-free virtual work platforms to building one of the world’s greenest headquarters, Manpower’s commitment to people, knowledge and innovation drive our authentic commitment to green business practices,” said Manpower Inc. Chairman and CEO Jeff Joerres. “Strong environmental performance is key to our identity as a leader in contemporary working – and our charge to create practical solutions that help our clients attract, engage and retain winning talent.”
Manpower is driving a global greening of the world of work. Much of the company’s recent thought leadership and strategy have been focused on creating partnerships with existing and emerging technology companies to develop and facilitate “plug and play” individual virtual work platforms that increase productivity while reducing energy costs – such as eliminating the hassle and cost of a worker’s commute. Manpower’s consulting divisions now offer specific training for managing this new breed of workers, such as those working remotely or in rapidly evolving environmental specialties, and for advising a more broad group of clients about practical strategies for creating a more environmentally friendly workplace.
Earlier this year, Manpower announced that its world headquarters, completed in fall 2007, achieved Gold status under the LEED certification system– and was the first new building in Milwaukee, WI, to earn that distinction. The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System, administered by the U.S. Green Building Council, serves as the benchmark in green building design, construction, operation and maintenance.
Manpower is ranked No. 217 on the Newsweek list. Companies were evaluated based on environmental impact, green policies and reputation.
Manpower has taken a leading role encouraging global corporations to work together to create a more sustainable and humane world of work. This week, Manpower President of the Americas Jonas Prising participates in the UN Leadership Forum on Climate Change, an unprecedented gathering of heads of state with leaders from the private sector and civil society at the United Nations. The Forum’s objective is to make the global case to government that business has a strong interest in the negotiation of a balanced and effective global climate change agreement and is already taking action to move to a low-carbon economy.
“At Manpower we pride ourselves on the way we share our knowledge and expertise to develop sustainable world of work practices,” said Jonas Prising, Manpower President of the Americas. “These recognitions highlight our awareness of environmental challenges that impact people, where and how they work. A commitment to sustainability is deeply embedded in our culture, and has earned us a reputation as a trusted source for innovative solutions that bring job seekers and employers together.”
Manpower appeared on the 2008 Dow Jones Sustainability Index and was included again this year under the Industrial Goods & Services category. The DJSI follows a best-in-class approach and ranks leaders from each industry. Companies are assessed based on general and industry-specific criteria, are compared against their peers and ranked accordingly with the leading companies included in the DJSI. Criteria include corporate governance, knowledge management, environmental performance and human rights policies.
The annual review of the DJSI is based on a thorough analysis of corporate economic, environmental and social performance, assessing issues such as corporate governance, risk management, branding, climate change mitigation, supply chain standards and labor practices. The index provides an objective benchmark for the financial products that are linked to economic, environmental and social criteria.
About Manpower Inc.
Manpower Inc. (NYSE: MAN) is a world leader in the employment services industry; creating and delivering services that enable its clients to win in the changing world of work. With over 60 years’ experience, the $22 billion company offers employers a range of services for the entire employment and business cycle including permanent, temporary and contract recruitment; employee assessment and selection; training; outplacement; outsourcing and consulting. Manpower’s worldwide network of 4,100 offices in 82 countries and territories enables the company to meet the needs of its 400,000 clients per year, including small and medium size enterprises in all industry sectors, as well as the world’s largest multinational corporations. The focus of Manpower’s work is on raising productivity through improved quality, efficiency and cost-reduction across their total workforce, enabling clients to concentrate on their core business activities. Manpower Inc. operates under five brands: Manpower, Manpower Professional, Elan, Jefferson Wells and Right Management. More information on Manpower Inc. is available at http://www.manpower.com.