INDIANAPOLIS, Sept. 26 WellPoint, Inc.(NYSE: WLP) announced today that it is partnering with Dell to redefine theway businesses approach environmental leadership with the "Plant a Forest forMe" initiative. This new program enables organizations worldwide to facilitatethe planting of millions of trees in sustainably managed reforestationprojects to offset a portion of their overall carbon footprint.
"We are committed to the continued growth of our company inenvironmentally sensitive ways," said Mark Boxer, president and chiefexecutive officer, Operations, Technology and Government Services BusinessUnit of WellPoint, Inc. "This includes minimizing our environmental impactthrough smart business practices and partnerships to advance green strategies,such as the 'Plant a Forest for Me' initiative. We look forward to workingwith Dell to implement a flagship environmental stewardship program that willattract businesses from around the world."
"Protecting our climate is one of the most important and difficultchallenges we face today," said Tod Arbogast, director of Sustainable Businessat Dell Inc. "We commend WellPoint for playing a vital role in building aworldwide community of partners dedicated to a cleaner environment. Our sharedearth deserves no less."
The "Plant a Forest for Me" partnership is the newest of WellPoint'senvironmentally-responsible initiatives. As a company, WellPoint: recycles 55percent of the waste it produces each year; utilizes online applications andforms for a majority of its member, provider and employee communications; andsafely discards its electronic assets in a way that minimizes their impact onthe environment.
Dell launched "Plant a Tree for Me" in January 2007 to provide consumersthe opportunity to offset the CO2 emissions related to the use of theircomputer equipment. The company partners with The Conservation Fund andCarbonfund.org, non-profit organizations that plant trees in sustainablymanaged reforestation projects.
Beginning today, any organization can partner with Dell and WellPoint in"Plant a Forest for Me." Other founding partners include ABN AMRO, Ask.com andSalesforce.com. For more information, visit www.dell.com/plantaforest.
About WellPoint, Inc.
WellPoint's mission is to improve the lives of the people it serves andthe health of its communities. WellPoint, Inc. is the largest health benefitscompany in terms of commercial membership in the United States. Through itsnationwide networks, the company delivers a number of leading health benefitsolutions through a broad portfolio of integrated health care plans andrelated services, along with a wide range of specialty products such as lifeand disability insurance benefits, pharmacy benefit management, dental,vision, behavioral health benefit services, as well as long term careinsurance and flexible spending accounts. Headquartered in Indianapolis,Indiana, WellPoint is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and BlueShield Association and serves its members as the Blue Cross licensee forCalifornia; the Blue Cross and Blue Shield licensee for Colorado, Connecticut,Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Missouri (excluding 30 counties in theKansas City area), Nevada, New Hampshire, New York (as Blue Cross Blue Shieldin 10 New York City metropolitan and surrounding counties and as Blue Cross orBlue Cross Blue Shield in selected upstate counties only), Ohio, Virginia(excluding the Northern Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C.), Wisconsin; andthrough UniCare. Additional information about WellPoint is available atwww.wellpoint.com.
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