Recognition for Environmental Stewardship
Dell is committed to environmental stewardship within our operations, and we work to make "being green" easy and cost-effective for customers. In addition to the positive feedback we hear from stakeholders and customers for these efforts, we’re also proud to have been recognized by a number of esteemed organizations.
Newsweek: Green Rankings 2011
Dell is honored to earn the number 5 slot in the United States and the 25th spot globally on the annual Newsweek Green Rankings for 2011. This is the third year Dell is one of the top five Greenest Companies in America by Newsweek (view the complete U.S. list here). This consistent recognition is in-step with our continuous efforts as leaders in the industry in important environmental priorities including e-waste, data center efficiency and supply chain practices. Newsweek recognized Dell for our innovations in packaging and our initiative to track the carbon footprints of individual products, in order to reduce them in the future. Dell was also noted by Newsweek for providing easy ways for its customers to be green, notably through Dell’s Reconnect program. The Newsweek Green Rankings grades the largest publicly traded companies in America (the U.S. 500 list) and worldwide (the Global 500 list) — as measured by revenue, market capitalization and number of employees — on their environmental performance, policies and reputation as environmentally responsible companies. Full information on Dell’s Green Score is available from Newsweek on its website.
Electronics TakeBack Coalition: Electronics Company Report Card
In this "report card," grading companies on their take-back and recycling efforts in the United States, Dell earned the highest grade in the industry (a "B"). Categories include the scope of the program, how responsible it is and strength of company public policy concerning recycling. Our free, convenient U.S. take-back program had the highest take-back volume of any company as well as the most collection sites, which include hundreds of Goodwill® and Staples® stores. We were also praised for our encouragement of equipment reuse and our strong policy against exporting e-waste to developing nations.
Soyka & Company and IW Financial: Governance and Environmental Management Strength (GEMS) Rating
In a study of corporate green governance and policies, Dell garnered the Number 6 ranking out of 962 large, publicly traded U.S. firms. We are the only computer maker to place in the top 10. The GEMS Rating gives companies a score of 1 to 100 based on their ability to anticipate and manage environmental issues that represent risks or opportunities.
InfoWorld: InfoWorld's Green 15
Dell is among the winners of the 2010 InfoWorld Green 15 Awards, which recognize the 15 most innovative sustainable IT initiatives. Through an accelerated hardware refresh, application reduction, server virtualization and automated server provisioning, we increased server utilization in our data centers from around 20 percent in 2008 to around 40 percent in 2009. By improving power and cooling methods in our data centers and regularly refreshing equipment with the most energy-efficient systems available, we can now accomplish 35 percent more computing without increasing our power use. As a result, we estimate we’ve avoided approximately $50 million in costs over the past 18 months.
US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): Green Power Partnership
Dell ranks in the top five of EPA’s Green Power Partnership, which recognizes the annual green power purchases of leading organizations within the United States. According to the EPA, “these green power purchases help reduce the environmental impacts of electricity use and support the development of new renewable generation capacity nationwide.” Dell gets about 25 percent of its global electricity needs from renewable energy sources. In the United States, about 35 percent of our power comes from renewable sources.
Newsweek: Greenest Companies in America
With a perfect score for our green policies and performance, Dell ranked Number 2 across all industries in this inaugural ranking. Newsweek also rewarded Dell for ranking fourth among the top U.S. corporate users of renewable energy; powering our headquarters using 100 percent renewable energy; committing that all of our desktop and laptop computers would consume up to 25 percent less energy by 2010; and leading the industry with our product take-back and recycling programs for consumers and organizations.
Technology Business Research (TBR): Corporate Sustainability Index Benchmark Report
May 2009Dell ranked Number 1 in the inaugural report of TBR, which measures the environmental initiatives of 40 companies in the computer hardware, software, professional services, and network and telecommunications sectors. Dell scored particularly well for our renewable energy use, recycling programs and integration of a sustainability strategy in our business. With 317.9 points, Dell led the second-ranking firm, British Telecom, by more than 52 points in the overall index ranking.