At VMware, we recognize that all aspects of our business have an impact — from the products we create and the people we employ to our environmental footprint.
We are striving to have a net positive impact by putting back more than we take and involving all parts of our business in the challenge. We’ve set ambitious goals to scale our global impact, and we know that every action counts.
Our Global Impact Report illustrates our commitment to “leaving ahead” a better future by highlighting our progress in 2017 to drive environmental and social impact in support of our business and 2020 goals.
Here’s a snapshot of our commitments and accelerated progress:
In 2017, we reduced our carbon emissions intensity by 23 percent — surpassing our 10 percent target for the second consecutive year and demonstrating that growth can be decoupled from our footprint. We can do more with less.
We are committed to procuring renewable energy for all of our sites by 2020. In 2017, we reported being 77% of the way there, and have a roadmap to get us to 100%.
In 2017, we achieved carbon neutrality for our data center in Wenatchee, Washington and received third-party certification for it as a CarbonNeutral Data Center.
We’ve executed on our commitment to science-based targets and released our Scope 1 and 2 targets this year. Next year, we will complete our Scope 3 SBT and work toward SBTI approval for all three.
With the effects of climate change increasingly visible, we continue to expand our efforts beyond our walls to accelerate the transition to a low-carbon world. Working with our supply chain is a priority as we amplify business practices that are socially and environmentally responsible. Last year, we joined CDP’s Supply Chain initiative to support our suppliers in their sustainability goals and expand responsible choices with regard to procurement. This year, we requested CDP disclosure from our preferred suppliers and are working toward our goal of 50% of suppliers (by spend) disclosing to CDP.
We have and continue to be committed to innovating products and services that support our customers in reducing their IT infrastructure footprints – eliminating the need for hardware and therefore, power.
We will continue to measure the impact our products have on our customers, as we’ve done over the last three years. According to our commissioned study by IDC, our products have helped customers avoid over 1 billion MWh of cumulative power consumption. As a result of these improved efficiencies through virtualization technology, our products have cumulatively avoided over 540 million metric tons of carbon — equal to powering 68 percent of U.S. households for a year. The collective impact of our virtualization solutions is a true enabler for the future growth of IT.
We have and continue to be committed to innovating products and services that support our customers in reducing their IT infrastructure footprints – eliminating the need for additional resources and decoupling growth from harmful impacts.