Delta Dental Releases 2014 Corporate Sustainability Report

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The web-based report highlights company-wide environmental efforts in conservation, procurement and waste reduction

Being environmentally responsible can save a ton — or even 55 tons. That’s how much paper Delta Dental of California and its affiliated companies saved in 2014, according to their recently released annual sustainability report.

The web-based report includes accomplishments in areas such as paper conservation, procurement and waste reduction since the 2008 inception of the company’s sustainability program.

In 2014, the group of companies once again saw growth in its paperless adoption rate — an initiative which it continues to pursue to reduce its carbon footprint and improve the customer experience. In addition to sourcing environmentally friendly paper, the companies also reduced paper usage by more than 12 million pages over the past few years, reducing the amount spent on paper by about 33% from 2012 to 2014, according to the report.

So far this year, nearly 2 million pages have been saved through paperless options for enrollees and providers, company officials said.

“Speeding up this transition to paperless is an important objective for us, and we’ve set aggressive goals not only to reduce paper usage within our company but also to help our clients, enrollees and providers adopt online solutions,” said Delta Dental President and CEO Gary D. Radine. “We also know that environmental responsibility is an ongoing process, and we will continue to work in partnership with our stakeholders as well as our own employees to drive our sustainability efforts.”

Online tools for enrollees and providers may be accessed through Delta Dental’s website at deltadentalins.com.

For its 2014 sustainability report, visit deltadentalins.com/about/community/sustainability.html.

About our group of companies
Delta Dental of California, Delta Dental of New York, Inc., Delta Dental of Pennsylvania, Delta Dental Insurance Company and their affiliated companies under common management collectively provide dental benefits plans to 33 million people in 15 states plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. All are part of the Delta Dental Plans Association (DDPA), based in Oak Brook, IL, whose member companies collectively cover nearly 70 million people nationwide.

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