The 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.