Q&A: Lexmark sustainability chief on defying ESG criticism to ‘stay the course’


John Gagel, chief sustainability officer for Lexmark International, discusses with Compliance Week why the private company tracks its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and plans to comply with the climate-related disclosure rule proposed by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Lexmark, created in 1991 as a spinoff from IBM, is a global imaging and internet of things solutions provider based in Lexington, Ky. Gagel is responsible for managing the company’s environmental, social, and governance (ESG) program, as well as initiatives and strategy development in global sustainability, circular economy, product sustainability, and carbon neutrality.

Responses in the Q&A below have been edited for brevity.

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