Eisai‘s U.S. headquarters in Nutley continues to demonstrate its commitment to contribute to a more sustainable world by achieving three well-known environmental and health and wellness certifications — LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), Fitwel and WELL Health-Safety Rating.
When Eisai began building out its campus in 2020, the company sought to earn important certifications that focused on its commitment to environmental protection and energy efficiency.
Eisai’s site services and cross-functional design teams led the effort to ensure essential components required for various certifications — energy usage, water consumption, recycling and air quality — were incorporated into the design of its headquarters.
It also embraced initiatives that helped improve the health and wellness of its employees.
“We wanted to not only ensure the ‘Eisai U.S. hhceco Center’ is a safe, effectively managed place for collaboration, but also be good stewards for the environment,” Terry Carothers, executive director, strategic procurement and site services, Eisai, said.
Fueled by its global commitment to sustainability, Eisai targeted and achieved three major certifications at the Eisai U.S. hhceco Center:
- LEED certification, created and maintained by the U.S. Green Building Council, rates the design, construction, operation and maintenance of green buildings, homes and neighborhoods to help building owners and operators be environmentally responsible and use resources efficiently.
- Fitwel is a building certification program that focuses on creating healthier workplaces and environments, as well as enhancing productivity by evaluating the site across 12 categories, including location, building access, workspaces, water supply, cafeterias, vending machines and snack bars, and emergency procedures. It also offers 63 design and operational strategies to improve a building’s Fitwel performance.
- The WELL Health-Safety Rating system focuses on operational policies, maintenance protocols and emergency planning to create a healthy and safe environment by keeping spaces clean and sanitized; communicating the company’s health and safety efforts; preparing all employees for emergencies and assessing air and water quality.
Eisai also prioritized minimizing its environmental footprint by teaming up with Green Standards to donate 8.1 tons of furniture to local schools and nonprofit organizations when it moved from its former U.S. headquarters in Woodcliff Lake. This partnership turned potential waste into $42,600 in charitable donations, while diverting 98% of waste from landfills and eliminating 905 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions.