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 SAN RAFAEL, Calif., Jan. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- For its excellence in environmental improvement through waste reduction, San Rafael-based Fair, Isaac and Company, Inc. (NASDAQ: FICI) has been chosen a 1993 Waste Reduction Awards Program (WRAP) winner by the California Integrated Waste Management Board. Fair, Isaac, which helps businesses worldwide improve decision-making through data, won the award largely for practices involving recycled and postconsumer recycled paper use, as well as internal recycling of several materials. Fair, Isaac was one of 145 winning companies throughout California.
 According to Manager of Purchasing Stephen Gale, Fair, Isaac has maintained an environmental procurement program since 1990. That program is written into the company's purchasing guidelines.
 "Even though Fair, Isaac is in a clean, non-manufacturing industry, we still have a commitment to minimize any impact our business operations could have on the environment," Gale explains. "To meet that end, our practice is to focus on types of materials and equipment we purchase and use, to initiate internal waste management and recycling programs, and to monitor technologies for improved environmental results."
 For the past five years Fair, Isaac has increased its use of recycled products, particularly paper, a product it uses most abundantly in delivering product documentation to clients. Today, Fair, Isaac most often purchases and uses a paper that is 50 percent recycled with 15 percent postconsumer recycled content. It is currently considering the use of unbleached paper to reduce mills' waste streams. The company also:
 -- encourages the use of recycled or remanufactured consumable print items, such as toner cartridges
 -- does not purchase ozone depleting chemicals or equipment which requires their use (when a technologically acceptable alternative exists)
 -- does not purchase furnishing or products using woods from rainforests
 -- evaluates and considers suppliers' commitment to sound environmental practices as part of the supplier evaluation process
 -- maintains internal programs and stations to recycle paper, aluminum, glass, print cartridges and more.
 "We continually look for other opportunities to recycle and reduce waste," Gale adds, citing the company's effort to move toward paperless generation of documentation, and its provision of duplex capabilities on all walk-up copiers as prime examples. "Where we do identify potential improvements, responsible officers and managers become involved in the evaluation process. Positive change for the environment is often times the more cost-effective way of doing business as well."
 Established in 1956, Fair, Isaac provides data analysis, software and consulting to help clients in a variety of industries make more profitable decisions. Fair, Isaac has offices worldwide and is headquartered in San Rafael, Calif. Its subsidiary, DynaMark, Inc., provides direct marketers with a broad spectrum of data processing and database management services from its St. Paul, Minn., facility.
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 /CONTACT: Sondra Harris, Manager of Marketing Communications of Fair, Isaac, 415-491-7000/

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