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Our Commitment

Developing innovative solutions and our people's talents to make communities better and our future more sustainable.

 

“Our aspiration as a company is simple: to climb giant mountains and solve big problems. We support each other, we empower each other, we challenge each other, we lean on our values, and we are committed to the success of all our stakeholders equally. We carry the quiet confidence that comes from knowing we will change the world in many wonderful ways.” – Riley McCormack, CEO

Our Environmental, Social & Governance Values

We care deeply about our planet, and we are constantly innovating to make the world a better place. We work behind the scenes to help the world’s largest consumer brands, retailers, suppliers and packaging providers reduce waste, improve recycling and plastic sortation and create new efficiencies across the supply chain.

Digimarc harnesses a culture of innovation to help mitigate the visible and increasingly damaging effects of rising greenhouse gas emissions to improve the state of the world. To that end, we are working toward a sustainable future by improving plastic sortation at recycling facilities so waste stays out of landfills and oceans. We also play a critical sustainability role by reducing fresh food waste by applying serialized Digimarc Barcode on packaging and labels for food traceability, as well as making it easy for consumers to scan products and get localized, accurate information about where to recycle product materials.

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Who We Are

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Backed by a world-class patent portfolio, Digimarc has built a multisided Platform for our customers and partners to create and orchestrate solutions that tackle some big challenges facing our world today. The Digimarc Platform enables partners, suppliers and developers to enhance media identification and create solutions that address security, brand protection, food safety and traceability, supply chain efficiencies, sustainability and much more.

Promoting a Circular Economy

We partner with leading consumer brands to optimize packaging for the circular economy. Digimarc Barcode enables better detection and sortation of plastics, improving the economics and efficiencies of the recycling value chain. And, as part of the high-profile HolyGrail 2.0 project. focused on pioneering the use of digital watermarks, Digimarc can better enable companies to achieve their recycling and sustainability goals. We are part of the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation; please read about our recent progress and activities.

Protecting Consumer Safety

Consumers across the globe are becoming more conscious of what’s in their products and where they originated. We understand this important consumer desire for knowledge and safety, and believe we can make a difference for the entire supply chain, from packaging development to the retail floor, and ultimately onto to the recycling facility. And a big part of this effort is supporting product traceability to mitigate consumer risk and gain real-time insight into product locations in warehouses and distribution centers. Digimarc for packaging supports these business needs with batch-lot and item-level traceability by applying serialized or custom identifiers and additional data to product packaging.

Reducing Production Waste

Plastic packaging waste is more than just a post-consumer challenge. On manufacturing lines across the supply chain, mislabeling creates costly waste, some of which ends up in landfills. Digimarc Barcode on packaging enables automated validation of component parts and labels during manufacturing production, ensuring that mislabeling or undeclared allergens do not contribute to waste, recalls and adverse impacts on consumer health. In today’s world of real scarcity, resources are too precious to waste.

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Digimarc understands that contributing to a sustainable future involves—not just creating innovative software and services—but paying attention to how we conduct everyday business in our cubicles, employee meeting rooms and break rooms. We’re proud of being a software company with limited GHG emissions and that our employees took the initiative and formed the “Green Team” to ensure our internal practices are sustainable and reflect our priorities and values.

The Digimarc Green Team is made up of employees from all departments and all levels of the company, and is dedicated to promoting internal Digimarc sustainability practices. For instance, it has implemented an Environmental and Climate Change Policy. Other key initiatives include:

  • Utilize 100% renewable wind energy to power our corporate office (1), which accounts for nearly all of our energy usage. We continue to explore ways to reduce usage of any non-renewable energy while keeping our footprint small.

  • Reduced our electricity usage at our corporate office by six percent from 2018 to 2019 and by four percent from 2019 to 2020 (2).

  • Total electricity usage in 2020 was only 1.6 million kWh at a cost of $139,000. Starting in February 2020, all electricity comes from 100% renewable energy.

  • Total natural gas usage at our corporate office in 2020 was only 1,162 therms at a cost of $1,150.

  • Produced no scope 1 GHG emissions and a negligible amount of scope 2 GHG emissions in our operations. Scope 3 GHG emissions are limited to necessary employee air and ground travel (3).

  • No toxic air emissions including nitrogen oxides (NOx), sulphur oxides (SOx), particulate matter (PM), non-methane volatile organic compounds (VOCs) or hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) in operating our business other than from necessary employee air and ground travel (3).

  • Reduced our water usage at our corporate office by 13 percent from 2018 to 2019 and by 34 percent from 2019 to 2020(4).

  • Total water usage in 2020 was only 907 hundred cubic feet at a cost of $3,250

  • Implemented a system for Environmental Management to identify and manage environmental risks and opportunities, which is led by the executive management team with oversight from the Governance, Nominating and Sustainability committee of the Board of Directors. Our environmental risk profile is very low given we use very little energy, and the energy we do use is mostly renewable energy, and we have responsible waste management and recycling practices.

  • Created incentive programs for employees to reduce their carbon footprint and take public transportation to work or to carpool

  • Collecting athletic shoes for the More Foundation Group, which takes the proceeds and funds MORE’s Reforestation Initiative and current One Million Tree project in Africa

  • At EuroShop 2020, we participated in The Trillion Tree Campaign by donating a tree for each business card we received.

  • Eliminating plastic and reducing food and other waste in the corporate office

  • Recycling old electronic equipment with Green Century Recycling, which adheres to the recycling standards R2 2013, ISO14001 and OSHAS18001

  • Recycling used batteries and light bulbs with Batteries + Bulbs who uses only EPA approved recycling facilities

  • Sending print toner cartridges back to HP to reuse and recycle under their closed-loop recycling program

(1) 98% of our on-premise employees work at our corporate office. We have three employees who work in small remote offices that use a negligible amount of energy.

(2) The majority of the decrease in usage of electricity 2020 was from less employees being onsite at our corporate office due to the pandemic. We anticipate usage will increase when more employees return onsite, however we have instituted measures to reduce electricity usage.

(3) CO2e emissions from air and ground travel in 2019 and 2020 were approximately 1,689 and 262 tons, respectively. Our employees traveled significantly less in 2020 than 2019 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We anticipate CO2e emissions will increase as the effects of the pandemic subside but we don’t anticipate usage will return back to 2019 levels.

(4) The majority of the decrease in usage of water in 2020 was from less employees being onsite at our corporate office due to the pandemic. We anticipate usage will increase when more employees return onsite, however we have instituted measures to reduce water usage.

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Our business goals work in tandem with the personal and professional goals of our employees. In fact, we see all these goals as mutually supporting efforts that form our unique culture. That’s why we make a great effort to provide avenues for employees to benefit from professional development programs and to grow as people. This is why we provide our employees with the time, money and support for their volunteer efforts.

Community-Minded

Digimarc matches employee donations to non-profit organizations and provides employees Volunteer Day-off (VTO) hours to assist a charitable organization of the employee’s choice.

Some of our employee activities and passions, include:

  • Help underserved students achieve skills and talents in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)

  • Volunteer at organizations such as Habit for Humanity, In4All STEM Connect Program, Oregon Food Bank, Saturday Academy, MESA, Walk for Wishes and others

  • Partner with the Good Neighbor Center to donate excess food from company events and meetings

  • Support MECOP, a student internship collaboration with Oregon State University, connecting future professionals with real-work experience

Lifetime Learning & Development

We encourage our employees to continually deepen and perfect their professional skills. Our Human Resources team has developed a number of programs and policies to ensure employees have the resources and skills they need to thrive. This priority also includes programs that promote diversity and inclusion, so everyone feels and knows their voice, impact and contributions matter. We prioritize our employees’ well-being, emotionally and physically, and to that end we invest in benefits and programs to keep our employees and their families happy and healthy. These include:

  • Performance management system to support continuous learning and development

  • Online training programs, such as LinkedIn Learning, conferences, seminars, on-the-job training and skill certifications

  • Company-provided Employee Assistance Program (EAP) with professional, confidential services to help employees and their loved ones improve their overall quality of life

  • Programs and resources to foster inclusion and diversity in our culture

  • Access to various innovative, flexible, and convenient health and wellness program

  • Compensation package that includes market-competitive pay, stock grants, healthcare and retirement benefits, paid time off, family leave, sick leave and flexible work schedules

  • Reporting tools for employees and other stakeholders to report conduct that may be in violation of our Code of Conduct

We understand that part of our employee and customer success depends on our ability to manage our business ethically, transparently and responsibly. Our Committee Charters and Codes of Conduct are all publicly available and, in conjunction with other internal policies, describe how we treat employees and key stakeholders and communicate our values and expectations.

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We lean into our values when making strategic business decisions about products and services, and it is no different when choosing solution partners. Our partners possess the same focus on sustainability, transparency and efficiency across, not just supply chains, but across entire societies. Our business partners are required to follow our equal employment opportunity policies, as well as demonstrate their commitment to the highest business and societal ethics.

By partnering with Digimarc, companies can offer their customers value-added benefits that help contribute to sustainability. Some examples include:

Scale Manufacturers - By printing fresh labels with Digimarc Barcode, these companies can help retailers reduce food waste

Machine Vision & Barcode Detection Companies – Digimarc-enabled hardware helps consumer brands and retailers optimize their supply chains and reduce waste

Premedia Companies - Help their customers add Digimarc Barcode to packaging, bringing with it all the benefits of waste reduction in manufacturing and future recycling benefits

Packaging Suppliers – Adding serialized Digimarc Barcode to their customers’ packaging and labels is a critical value-add for companies looking to launch a traceability initiative

In addition to individual consumer brands, manufacturers, suppliers, and other organizations, we also partner with a number of professional and trade organizations that mirror our values and goals. To see a list of our recycling-related memberships, for example, click here.

Our Values

Innovation

Innovate to make a difference

Caring

Maintain respectful relations with customers, partners, suppliers, Digimarc employees and communities

Loyalty

Work collaboratively with Digimarc employees, partners, suppliers and customers to solve problems and achieve goals

Integrity

Exhibit honesty and integrity at all times

Commitment

Dedicated to the success of our customers, partners, Digimarc employees and shareholders

Knowledge

Be experts in our fields

Company

Investors

Innovation

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