Environment

Environment

We strive to reduce the environmental impact of our activities and acknowledge our responsibility to the environment. We aim to conserve natural resources, minimize waste and encourage energy efficiency. Two of our principal business operations are the holding of Weight Watchers meetings and the offering of internet subscription weight management products. Weight Watchers meetings are typically held in either meeting rooms in civic or other community centers or in leased locations. Our internet subscription weight management products are maintained and hosted in technologically advanced facilities. At our meetings, we sell our products which are sourced from reputable third party suppliers and manufacturers and complement our weight management plans. Given the nature of our business, our most utilized and valued resources are our employees and brand.

We aim to conserve natural resources, minimize waste and encourage energy efficiency in our day-to-day operations. These conservation and efficiency efforts take many different forms, and are carried out by employees in various parts of our organization based on their unique roles. Part of this effort is through our inventory management process which closely monitors the shelf life, program relevance and other life cycle factors of inventory to minimize unnecessary waste and avoid unnecessary use of natural resources in surplus manufacturing. To the extent that we generate waste, we seek to minimize its impact on the environment through certain initiatives. For example, in the United States and Canada, we recycle out-of-date program materials and donate nearly-expired consumable products in our warehouses to local food banks. In addition, in the United States and the United Kingdom, we recycle, or dispose of in an environmentally-favorable manner, computer equipment and other electronics. We also continue to explore methods by which we can reduce our use and disposal of paper. For example, we have converted to paperless tracking of member attendance in certain of our geographies. Management and various employees have also initiated certain local “go green” campaigns which have included adopting paperless record keeping, introducing filtered water sources instead of bottled water and reducing the number of printers.

We have found that improving operational efficiencies not only brings value to our business but the environment in which we operate. For example, the energy and other natural resources used in the operation of our meeting business was reduced when we consolidated meetings globally. In addition, we have begun to incorporate energy efficient and environment friendly criteria into certain specifications, such as lighting, for meeting room sites in the United States. We continue to explore methods by which we can improve these efficiencies and encourage our employees to take action in their day-to-day activities to have a positive impact on the environment whether through recycling, carpooling, conserving resources or other efficiency measures.