SOURCE: Polycom, Inc.

April 22, 2008 08:28 ET

Polycom Solutions and Corporate Initiatives Promote a Greener Planet

Telepresence, Video and Voice Solutions Provide Polycom and Its Customers With Green Travel Alternatives; Polycom Adheres to Sustainable Manufacturing and Operations

PLEASANTON, CA--(Marketwire - April 22, 2008) - In conjunction with Earth Day, Polycom, Inc. (NASDAQ: PLCM), the leader in unified collaborative communications solutions, today announced its internal and external sustainability initiatives to reduce carbon emissions for a greener environment. Polycom's commitment is threefold: 1. to show customers how they can reduce their own carbon footprint by implementing Polycom solutions; 2. to build green products; and 3. to minimize Polycom's own environmental impact as a billion dollar enterprise with locations in forty countries across the world.

Visual Communications Contribute to a Greener Planet

Polycom's award-winning collaboration and communications solutions -- from the iconic triangular conference phone to the industry's only immersive telepresence suite -- are inherently environmentally-friendly because they enable people to meet virtually in high definition and on-demand, providing an alternative to business travel and therefore reducing carbon emissions. Companies that communicate virtually reduce operating expenses and increase productivity -- all the while demonstrating environmental responsibility.

Consider this example of the reduced carbon impact of using video conferencing (from Conservation International's carbon calculator at Every time two people elect to meet with others over video instead of traveling roundtrip between Los Angeles and New York, they save the carbon emissions equivalent of eliminating one car's emissions for a year.

To meet the growing demand for green services and support, Polycom announced a new Going Green with Polycom program today. (For more information see Polycom Announces Industry's First Green Services to Reduce Carbon Emissions Through Visual Communications.)

A Comprehensive Approach to Building Green Products

Polycom builds green solutions. Polycom's comprehensive approach focuses on improving the full product lifecycle: from research and development that minimizes the use of potentially hazardous materials and increases energy efficiency to clean manufacturing processes; and from greener product packaging and shipping/distribution models to proper product disposal. Polycom solutions are engineered to require less bandwidth, are software upgradeable for a longer lifespan, and are based on open standards to ensure interoperability in any environment. Polycom products are compatible with renewable energy from diverse sources and are RoHs and WEEE compliant.

Minimizing Polycom's Own Carbon Footprint Across 40 Countries

Polycom facilities, operations, and employees are continuously striving to improve our eco-friendliness in energy usage and behaviors. Polycom employees conserve natural resources, recycle whenever possible and Polycom mandates the use of its own collaborative communications products in lieu of travel.

Polycom employees are encouraged to reduce their own personal carbon emissions using Polycom products in the office and from their homes. A recent survey, in which a quarter of Polycom's 2,544 global employees responded, found 35 percent either telecommute from a home office or use transportation other than a personal car -- such as public transportation, carpooling, bicycling or walking -- to commute to work. Polycom employees conduct an estimated 975,000 video conferences each year over Polycom's global network.

"Doing what's right for the environment isn't over with a single announcement of intention -- it involves careful benchmarking, ongoing research into best practices and continuous improvement," said Geri Mitchell-Brown, chair of Polycom's Green Steering Committee. "We are fortunate to provide solutions that inherently help our customers reduce their carbon footprint. But we also carry a responsibility to show by example how collaborative communications solutions and our own use of resources can make a difference to business and to the planet."

Link to more information: Polycom's Commitment to Global Sustainability

About Polycom

Polycom, Inc. is the worldwide leader in unified collaborative communications (UCC) that maximize the efficiency and productivity of people and organizations. Polycom delivers the broadest array of high definition telepresence video, wired and wireless voice, and content solutions so people can enjoy the best communications, whether from a real-time collaborative interaction or on-demand streamed video experience. Spanning from the desktop to the industry's only immersive telepresence suite, Polycom's high quality collaboration and communications solutions are easy to deploy and manage, as well as intuitive to use. Based on open standards, they integrate seamlessly with leading telephony and presence-based networks. With innovative market-driving technologies, a compelling vision for next generation visual communications, best-in-class products, alliance partnerships, and world-class service, Polycom is the smart choice for organizations to gain a competitive advantage with proven and trusted communication solutions. For additional information, call 800-POLYCOM or visit the Polycom web site at

Polycom and the Polycom logo are registered trademarks of Polycom in the U.S. and various countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. ©2008, Polycom, Inc. All rights reserved.

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