FY 14 Dell Corporate Responsibility Report Highlights Progress Toward Company’s ‘2020 Legacy of Good’ Goals
August 8, 2014 - Bangalore, Karnataka, India
- Energy intensity of product portfolio reduced by 23.2 percent over the last two years, saving customers $449 million
- Company avoids 6,700 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions through workforce participation in Dell’s Connected Workplace program, which is equivalent to not driving 16M miles
- New photovoltaic system installed at the Dell campus, Bangalore, India has helped save 65535 KWH and reduce 59794 Kg of Co2e
- Cloud-based collaborative learning enabled in Government schools at 5 locations across India
- Dell India’s corporate donation worth USD 250,000 to NGOs Oxfam and Goonj towards the Uttarakhand disaster relief
Dell has announced key corporate responsibility achievements with the release of its Fiscal Year 2014 (FY14) . The report provides the first progress update on the goals outlined last fall in the company’s , a strategic roadmap for bringing sustainability and business objectives together, creating social and environmental benefits while enabling better customer outcomes.
The plan outlines an ambitious, long-term strategy for Dell’s solutions, processes and people, and strives to measure the ripple effect of how its technology is helping customers and others to benefit the world. It contains 21 goals Dell is committed to reaching by 2020. Key goals include making Dell’s entire product portfolio 80 percent more energy efficient, its packaging 100 percent waste-free, and applying its technology and expertise to directly help three million youth in underserved communities.
- Dell reduced GHG emissions from facilities and logistics by 8 percent – you would need to plant 1.9 million trees to absorb that much carbon, which is approximately 73 times the number of trees in NYC’s Central Park. Dell attributes the change to more efficient fulfillment processes (including more ocean-going freight and better packaging) and increased purchases of renewable electricity, constituting 35 percent of Dell’s overall electricity purchases and up from 23 percent last year. By 2020, Dell plans to reduce emissions from facilities and logistics by 50 percent.
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- Dell has in place a consumer recycling collection program which allows customers to bring their used electronics to 16 service centres in India, known as Dell Carry-In Service Centres.
- During FY14, the total fresh water consumption at Dell-operated facilities decreased by 9%. Fresh water consumption decreased by more than 5 percent at facilities located in water-stressed regions. Dell continues to identify water-saving measures, such as Dell’s new building in Coimbatore, India, with its water recycling/reuse infrastructure. Dell has also identified the World Resource Institute’s Aqueduct Water Risk Atlas as the standard against which it will measure this goal moving forward.
- A new solar photovoltaic system was installed at the Dell campus in Bangalore, India, in June, 2013. The 186 solar panels installed across 3,340 square feet are tied directly into the campus grid, which helps Dell reduce energy loss and avoid extra heat generation. With a peak design capacity of approximately 43 kilowatts, the system has helped Dell save 65535 KWH and reduce 59794 Kg of Co2e. This solar PV system brings Dell’s combined generation capacity to 143 kilowatts. Additionally, Dell products qualify for India BEE Star energy program.
- Contributing towards the cause of disaster relief, Dell made a corporate donation worth USD 250,000 towards providing shelter, water, sanitation hygiene support, emergency food supply to those affected by the flash floods in the Uttarakhand region. Dell partnered with Oxfam India, a fully independent NGO in India dedicated to addressing poverty and injustice, helping them reach out to 12,000 affected people in 2000 households across 25 villages.
- Dell Learning in India, which is funded by the Dell Powering the Possible program, works closely with more than 15 NGOs to help equip them with digital learning resources through Dell learning centres. The program covers cities like Bangalore, Hyderabad, Delhi, Chennai, Mohali and Pune. Dell has just recently concluded its implementation of Project Aasman – part of Dell’s Youth Learning initiatives and an effort to create a cloud-based collaborative classroom – covering 8 Government schools in 5 locations across India. Since the deployment of Dell’s solutions at the PCKG Government Higher Secondary school in Chennai, there has been an overall increase in student results from 82% to 92%, with one student becoming a district topper. Also, 18 of the school students have qualified for NTSE (National Talent Search Examination), for the first time in the history of the school.
- At the Dell Social Innovation Challenge 2013, which empowers the spirit of entrepreneurship in the youth around the world, a team of students from India received the $60,000 grand prize for its project Solar Conduction Dryer which is targeted at addressing the 20 to 30 percent food spoilage rate for poor rural farmers. The winning team comprising two Indian students: Shital Somani and Vaibhav Tidke from Mumbai.
Source: Business Wire India