Dell Reports Progress on 2020 Legacy of Good Plan, Including Environmental, Community Engagement and Diversity Initiatives
Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Dell India clocked in a total of over 1,11,644 hours towards volunteerism across 1,961 organizations and 2,164 events predominantly in the area of engaging with schools for transformational change.
Employees across India eliminated over 17 million paper drinking cups as part of the mega-recycling initiative aimed at reducing the amount of waste generated.
Dell contributed towards disaster relief during the floods in Jammu and Kashmir.
Dell has reported significant progress against its 2020 Legacy of Good plan and the company’s 21 goals in support of the environment, communities and Dell team members. Dell has a long-term commitment to putting its technology and expertise to work where they can do the most good for people and the planet. The report summarizes its efforts in its Fiscal Year 2015 (February 1, 2014 – January 31, 2015).
“Dell has made great progress across its global business ecosystem in its efforts to use the technology we produce for good,” said Trisa Thompson, vice president of Corporate Responsibility at Dell. “We’re committed to this ongoing work and share our results to both create and inspire positive change in business practices.”
“At Dell, we believe that technology should be about enabling human potential and making lasting contributions to the planet and society. In India, we have made significant progress towards achieving the social and environmental goals as prescribed in our 2020 Legacy of Good plan; there is more to be achieved in the near future”, said Rajeev Kapoor, Executive Director, Global Financial Services and India Champion for Dell Giving.
As part of employee volunteerism, Dell India clocked in a total of over 1,11,644 hours across 1,961 organizations and 2,164 events predominantly in the area of engaging with schools for transformational change. This is at an average of 6.89 hours per participation.
This included a unique cultural event titled ‘Chiguru 2014’ consisting 20 cultural activities for 84 schools, 9000+ servings, with the participation of 2600 students; and individual student outreach programs in Bangalore, Hyderabad, Mumbai and Chennai.
In an effort to deepen Dell’s partnership with Learning Links Foundation, Dell India helped its SCIMA Digital Literacy Enhancement and [email protected] programs reach nine schools in five cities. The programs which help enrich technology-based learning, have reached 54,000 students over the past five years. A Dell Wyse cloud computing solution enables SCIMA’s students to communicate, collaborate and exchange knowledge at any time, from anywhere. The server is kept at a central location at Delhi and Dell provides the schools with laptops, netbooks and tablets to access the platform.
Sponsored 200 students from rural Bangalore, through Sikshana NGO. This is as part of the “Day of the Girl” celebrations (observed by the UN) by supporting education for the girl child.
Environment and Sustainability
The Dell India team launched an initiative to eliminate paper drinking cups at all of the region’s facilities. Team members were encouraged to bring reusable cups from home to use during the day resulting in the elimination of over 17 million cups.
Dell's new Coimbatore facility has been awarded LEED certification by the India Green Building Council. The facility features several environment-friendly elements, ranging from the construction material used to the overall design of the building. Dell also recently opened a large, leased office building in Noida that is equipped to meet the LEED Gold standard for Commercial Interiors; and a new office tower under construction at Dell’s in Bengaluru campus is designed to meet the LEED Platinum standards.
Dell has been involved with the EPEAT® green procurement tool for long, and in FY15, registered products in three locations including India for the first time.
Dell presented an informal sector recycling model to India’s Ministry of Environment and Forest. The company will next promote the model for adoption by the Infocomm and Consumer Electronic Technology Group, a group of industry leaders working with governments to address environmental legislation.
As part of PM Narendra Modi’s call to action regarding the ‘Swachh Bharath mission (Clean India campaign)’, the employees of the Dell manufacturing unit at Sriperumbudur, Chennai, in partnership with Learning Links Foundation (LLF), have undertaken cleanliness drives by adopting neighboring colonies.
Dell made a corporate donation worth $ 2,50,000 towards disaster relief during the floods in Jammu and Kashmir.
Diversity and Inclusion
Dell India in association with Biz Divas Foundation, a national network of professional women, hosted “Women on Boards” — a collaborative symposium to address the importance of women representation and the increasing demand for diversity in India’s corporate boardrooms. Also, Dell in partnership with Catalyst, hosted “Men Who Get It: Engaging Men in Gender Initiatives” – a panel discussion to explore the challenges and rewards of engaging men in gender initiatives.
Dell is now the world’s largest technology recycler with take-back programs in 78 countries. Since FY08, Dell has recovered 1.42 billion pounds of used electronics; 172.6 million pounds in FY15. The company now is 71.4 percent of the way to its ambitious 2 billion pound 2020 goal.
In FY15, Dell shipped the first UL Environment-certified closed-loop PC on the market, the OptiPlex 3030 All-in-One. By the end of FY15, Dell was shipping globally 16 displays and three desktop systems that contained closed-loop recycled plastics, contributing to the 21.9 million pounds of recycled plastics used in its products since FY14.
Since 2009, Dell has avoided more than 31 million pounds of packaging and saved more than $53 million by reducing materials. Additionally, new palletization design developed in FY15 enabled Dell to fit 20 percent more products on each pallet shipped.
Dell was the first technology company to market with packaging created from all of the following: captured greenhouse gases, wheat straw, mushroom and bamboo. Wheat straw packaging is 100 percent recyclable, uses 40 percent less energy and 90 percent less water in manufacturing than traditional cardboard. Dell increased its usage of wheat straw-based packaging 8-fold over FY14.
At the end of FY15, two-thirds of all Dell packaging was recyclable or compostable. Additionally, 100 percent of tablet shipments and 92 percent of notebook shipments arrived in packaging that was 100 percent recyclable or compostable. The company goal is to achieve waste-free packaging by 2020.
Advances in children’s cancer care continue as Dell built on its four-year partnership with Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen), funding additional research and advanced High Performance Computing (HPC) to help researchers analyze patients’ molecular data more quickly and collaborate with colleagues more effectively – reducing the total time needed for whole genome sequencing from approximately eight weeks to two days.
Dell expanded funding for the KIDS Cloud Initiative, which provides doctors and researchers a secure, cloud-based virtual collaborative portal to analyze and discuss data such as tumor characterizations and seamlessly map those to drug databases in order to develop and agree on personalized treatment plans for individual patients in real time.
Dell expanded collaboration with 65 Youth Learning partners across 14 countries with grant funding, new technology and team member expertise, helping underserved young people to acquire the information and skills needed to compete in today’s global workforce.
In FY15, Dell’s strategic giving initiatives directly helped 6,57,000 youth who enrolled and participated in Dell-funded programs. Since FY14, Dell has helped 1.4 million youth directly and 6.8 million people indirectly, more than 40 percent toward its 2020 goal.
Dell qualified 150 products to the various ENERGY STAR specifications, including 43 Dell servers to the ENERGY STAR® 2.0 Computer Servers specification in 2014.
Over the last three years, Dell has reduced the energy intensity of its entire product portfolio by 30.1 percent. Collectively, this will help customers spend $450 million less on electricity with their FY15 purchases than they will spend on their FY12 purchases.
Dell’s employee resource groups (ERGs) build on Dell’s culture of inclusion and the company has seen more career engagement from team participation. At the end of 2014, 18 percent of Dell team members were engaged in ERGs — an increase from 14 percent in 2013. Membership in the ERG’s, which range from sustainability to women’s professional development to LGBT groups, reached more than 17,000 team members, putting Dell on track to engage 40 percent of its global workforce in employee resource groups by 2020.
For the first time in 2014, 47 members of the Dell leadership team participated in Men Advocating Real Change (MARC), an initiative designed to cultivate male leaders’ unique potential as diversity change agents and work towards achieving gender equality in the workplace.
Dell Inc. listens to customers and delivers innovative technology and services that give them the power to do more. Powering the Possible is Dell’s commitment to put technology and expertise to work where it can do the most good for people and the planet. Dell acts to strengthen communities, preserve the environment, engage a diverse and inclusive workforce, and ensure supply chain responsibility.