Employee Engagement and Empowerment
From global green teams to individual volunteering efforts, Dell relies on the talents, dedication and ideas of our employees as we work to become the 'greenest technology company on the planet.'
Volunteering to work on green initiatives at work and in their communities, sharing ideas and best practices and participating in carpooling and telework programs are just a few of the ways our employees share the responsibility of protecting our environment.
Getting Involved and Being Heard
For our employees, Dell's green agenda is a personal one. They can implement environmental best practices on our campuses or join a voluntary Green Team to help make Dell programs or processes more environmentally responsible. Many employees extend their impact by volunteering in their surrounding communities.
Here are some examples:
- In Dell Australia/New Zealand, the team held a consumer recycling day during which they recycled nearly 20 tons of used computer equipment. During the past three years at seven events across Australia and New Zealand, they collected more than 140 tons of equipment.
- In China, Dell employees planted trees and cleaned up the community on City Cleaning Day in Xiamen.
- The Dell Environmental Health and Safety team in Penang, Malaysia, created a project to recycle the silica desiccant gel that Dell uses to absorb moisture in our packages and manufacturing operations and have it used for cat litter. Dell Penang employees brought in more than 975 pounds of computer equipment and ink cartridges for recycling.
- Japan's Environmental Team started a joint project among six inkjet printer manufacturers in Japan to collect used ink cartridges. Considering the volume, collecting the cartridges is no small feat: approximately 200 million ink cartridges are consumed in Japan annually.
- Employees across Europe, the Middle East and Africa started green teams to bring green initiatives to each site, focusing on areas such as lights, air conditioning, and water and energy consumption.
- In North Carolina, the Winston-Salem team recently launched a Green Team and is having a natural filtration system built, which will capture and clean rainwater.
- In Ottawa, employees distributed green tips to employees, hosted a Spring Clean-Up Event and distributed more than 1,000 trees to Ottawa residents as part of the city's Trees for Tomorrow program.
- The Middle Tennessee team held a community recycling event, collecting nine tractor-trailers full of electronic items.
- In the U.S., our employees conducted a ReGeneration and Product Passion road show educating employees about the environmental benefits of Dell products and our efforts to improve our planet.
Another way employees can contribute to improving the environment is by changing the way they commute to work. In many locations, Dell allows employees to work remotely from home on a part-time or full-time basis as part of our flexible work solutions commitment.
Examples of Progress and Involvement on Campus
There are a number of ways for employees to go green on Dell campuses. In recent years, environmental awareness has become a priority for all members of the global community and global environmental volunteer teams at Dell, which are created as grassroots efforts or in partnership with the Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) team. Dell employees across the globe participate in green teams to brainstorm and work on environmentally responsible projects in their facilities and local communities.
Dell is saving more than $3 million and avoiding nearly 12,000 tons of CO2 annually through a global power management initiative that turns off computers at night and wakes them back up in the morning, an idea brought forward by one of our employees.
A Central Texas Green Team hosted an employee awareness event on the Round Rock campus to educate approximately 2,500 employees about:
- Cafeteria napkin and plasticware waste
- What we can recycle using the bins under our desks
- How to choose the least amount of packaging in the cafeteria
- The biodegradability of polystyrene versus other materials
- How to save money by bringing your own cup to the coffee shop or cafeteria
- How a single-stream recycling plant works
- Contamination of recycle bins
The Green Team also worked with the cafeteria provider to apply a discount on fountain drinks for employees who bring their own cup to Central Texas cafeterias.
Additional Examples of Green Team Activities Across the Globe
- The Penang, Malaysia, site continues its monthly domestic waste collection program. The program encourages employees to bring materials from home for recycling. The site collected more than 56 metric tons of materials during this past year.
- The Philippines site was one of several office facilities that started or expanded an on-site recycling program. The site donated proceeds to local organizations.
- The Green Team in our Oklahoma call center hosted an on-site fair to educate employees on actions they can take at home and at work to improve the environment.