Dell Ranks No. 4 on Newsweek Green Rankings

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We are thrilled to learn that Dell placed No. 4 on the Newsweek Green Rankings for U.S. companies — marking the fourth year in a row that Dell has ranked in the top-five companies.

Newsweek Green RankingsThe Newsweek rankings cover three areas: a company’s environmental impact, the corporate policies and goals it implements to manage that impact, and a company’s disclosure of its efforts. We embed comprehensive sustainability efforts into every part of Dell’s product and services life cycle, but we’re particularly proud of a few areas:

  • In 2012, we achieved ambitious multi-year packaging goals to reduce size, use more renewable and recycled content, and increase recyclability for our customers when they’re done with our packaging. The effort eliminated more than 20 million pounds of material and saved our business $18 million.
  • Last year, we reused and recycled more than 192 million pounds of end-of-life computer equipment — an almost 30 percent increase of the year before and keeping us well on our pace to meet our goal of recycling 1 billion cumulative pounds by 2014.
  • We added fresh air validation to an entire line of data center equipment, establishing that it can run in customer data centers under warranty at up to 113 degrees Fahrenheit (45 degrees Celsius). This saves our customers money and environmental impact by enabling them to use outside air instead of energy-intensive chillers.

We’re pleased with our corporate responsibility achievements, but we know there’s always room to improve. As we continue to be mindful of our environmental impact, we increasingly are working with our suppliers and customers to make the production and use of IT more efficient, and to leverage the power of IT to address social and environmental issues. We are honored for this recognition among our peers for our accomplishments and our commitment to put technology and expertise to work where it can do the most good for people and planet.

About the Author: David Lear

David Lear serves as the Vice President of Dell’s sustainability programs, and works to create long-term stakeholder value and opportunities by integrating economic, social, and environmental responsibility into Dell’s core business strategies. His team engages key stakeholders including customers, NGOs, regulators, industry groups, and agencies to collaborate on global policy and standards development. This includes managing strategic giving and community partnerships that demonstrate the enabling power of technology to drive both business and sustainability outcomes. David joined Dell in 2006 as Director of Product Safety and Environmental Affairs, responsible for the delivery of Dell global product compliance programs. Previously, Lear served in various roles in design and manufacturing in the Test & Measurement industry, where he specialized in the development of product technologies. David holds a BS in Chemistry and Biology from Missouri State University, and a MBA from the University of Indianapolis.