For policy to be effective, individuals within the organization must be empowered to pursue sustainable practices within their own areas of the company. An example of this is the installation of recycle bins around the campus at Okuma America.
Many companies have gone away from recycling because of the costs involved. But our leadership, plus a number of individuals who are passionate about recycling, advocated for implementing recycling practices here in Charlotte, NC.
Today we recycle anything from paper goods to cardboard, and even the metal chips from our CNC machining processes. Even though recycling comes with a cost, we still do this, because it’s part of who we are as people and ingrained in our collective belief system.
At Okuma’s state-of-the-art Dream Site facilities in Japan, the latest technologies for building machine tools are employed. At these facilities significant investments have also been made to utilize energy-saving practices.
Dream Site 1 has about 500 solar panels installed on its walls and 3,800 solar panels on its roof. These panels generate roughly 1,040 kW, which is equivalent to the energy consumed by 260 ordinary homes.