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Roscoe Corporate Social Responsibility

At Roscoe, we've worked hard to earn our reputation for providing high quality work uniform rentals and unmatched customer service.

But behind the scenes, we work just as hard to be a good neighbor to our community, a responsible steward of the environment and a leader to the industry.

There's more to running a business than the bottom line. Especially when the business is one your family founded three generations back. We are building something we can be proud to leave to the next generation, and a place where our employees will be proud to work, now – and a decade from now. We want to be an asset to our community – the community where we go to work, where our customers reside and the same community that our team members call home.

We know that's not something that can be accomplished just by talking about it, so here's what we've been up to recently.

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Earth Day & Work Uniform Rental Sustainability

Earth Day & Work Uniform Rental Sustainability

Now that Earth Day is upon us once again, we at The Roscoe Company have been reflecting on our long history of sustainability. In fact, offering work uniform and floor mat rental services is by itself a sustainable practice for any organization. We've also added other "green" equipment, work processes and products through the years and have been recognized by our industry as well as the governor's office in Illinois for our environmentally friendly efforts.

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Roscoe Wins Governor's Sustainability Award, Again

Roscoe Wins Governor's Sustainability Award, Again

Every fall since 1987, the Illinois Governor's Sustainability Award has recognized companies in Illinois that demonstrate a commitment to reducing environmental impact and encouraging a more sustainable Illinois economy.

For 2016, Roscoe is proud to have earned the 30th Annual Governor's Sustainability Award again, which we previously won in 1999. Other Governor's Sustainability Award winners include Abbott Laboratories, AbbVie, Argonne National Laboratory, CDW, City of Naperville, ComEd, The Field Museum, Marathon Petroleum, Quaker Foods, and United Airlines.

"This is not an easy thing to get," said Kevin O'Brien, director of the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC). "It takes a lot of work, there is a lot of screening and, frankly, there is a lot of competition for this award."

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Roscoe Named Semi-Finalist for Governor's Sustainability Award

Roscoe Named Semi-Finalist for Governor's Sustainability Award

We are pleased to have been notified by the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center that we have been named a semi-finalist for the 2016 Illinois Governor's Sustainability Award.

We are even prouder of the six sustainability accomplishments covered in our award submission, and the four new sustainability efforts on the way to make the rental and laundering of work uniforms, custom mats, bathroom towels, mops, and shop towels even more environmentally friendly.

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Governor's Sustainability Award Submission

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Illinois Governor's Sustainability Award Submission

Roscoe was founded in 1921 on the principles of sustainability – laundering and reusing textiles that were once discarded. This foundation of reuse has evolved over the years to include a variety of textiles and provides customers with alternatives to disposable products that find their way into landfills containing undesirable soiled materials. Roscoe installed the first wastewater pre-treatment system in the industry and holds the longest record of sustainability.

"Implementing sustainable best practices is not only smart for the environment, it is smart for the bottom line" remarked owner Jim Buik .... "our team members also feel a sense of pride by knowing they contribute to setting the standard in the industry."

Having won the award in 1999, Roscoe has once again requested consideration for the Illinois Governor's Sustainability Award for the following six accomplishments:

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