Chennai: Reiterating its commitment of giving back to the community and protecting the environment, more than 500 American Express India employees participated in a coastal and river cleanup drive in Chennai. The initiative is a part of American Express’ global corporate social responsibility program in association with Ocean Conservancy, an international non-profit organisation working to protect oceans from today’s greatest global challenges. Besides India,
Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup has assembled nearly 13 million volunteers and diverted 250 million pounds of trash from oceans globally. An estimated 8 million metric tons of plastic waste flows into the ocean annually, causing harm to wildlife, polluting beaches, and even permeating food from the ocean. Scientists predict that without concerted global action, there could be one ton of plastic for every three tons of fin fish in the ocean by 2025. The Ocean Conservancy programs are organized with an aim to protect the waterways and wildlife from the hazardous effects of pollution.
As part of its corporate responsibility program, American Express India backs initiatives that preserve natural resources. The company has taken various steps such as, the company has substituted plastic cutlery (Spoons & Forks) with metallic and wooden options, replaced plastic packaged water bottles use in meeting rooms. Implemented a centralized trash and recycling program to reduce the number of plastic bin liners. Single use plastic straws and coffee stirrers have been displaced with paper straws and wooden stirrers respectively. Conversion of all single use disposable plates and bowls with sustainable alternatives.