Intel Advances 2020 CSR Goals and Empowers Others through Technology
News - NETCreator - 2018-05-17 21:30:40
SANTA CLARA, California, May 17, 2018 — Intel releases its 2017-2018 annual Corporate Responsibility Report, a comprehensive assessment of the company’s performance in areas that include environmental sustainability, supply chain responsibility, diversity and inclusion, and social impact.
As a technology industry innovator and corporate responsibility leader, Intel is committed to advancing transparency, driving performance improvements in its global operations, and exploring new ways to apply its technology to address global challenges. The report also highlights the ways in which Intel proactively collaborates with others and leads industry initiatives to drive greater impact on complex issues – from climate change and water management, to diversity in the technology sector and human rights issues in the global technology supply chain.
The new report builds on the company’s more than two decades of leadership in transparency and voluntary reporting. The report is prepared using the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Standards, and reflects Intel’s continued work to evolve its integrated reporting approach and alignment to frameworks such as the UN Sustainable Development Goals in response to feedback from investors and other stakeholders.
Intel’s long-standing commitment to environmental leadership helps it achieve efficiency, reduce costs and respond to the needs of customers and community stakeholders. Intel invests in conservation projects and sets companywide environmental targets, seeking to drive reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, energy use, water use and waste generation. The company also works with others to apply technology to environmental challenges such as climate change and water conservation.
Since 1998, Intel has invested more than $237 million in water conservation projects at its global facilities. Its efforts to date have saved around 60 billion gallons of water. In 2017, Intel began to make progress on its new goal to restore 100 percent of its global water use by 2025.
Intel remains on track to meet its 2020 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions goal to reduce direct GHG emissions by 10 percent on a per unit basis by 2020 from 2010 levels. Intel’s direct GHG emissions decreased 20 percent on an intensity basis from 2010 levels.
Since 2012, Intel has invested more than $185 million in approximately 2,000 energy conservation projects at its facilities worldwide, cumulatively resulting in savings of 3 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) of energy and more than $400 million through the end of 2017.
For more than a decade, Intel has been one of the top voluntary corporate purchasers of green power in the U.S. EPA’s Green Power Partnership (GPP) program. Today, 100 percent of Intel’s U.S. and European power use and approximately 75 percent of its global power use are from renewable sources.
Intel has doubled the number of on-site renewable energy projects at its sites around the world since 2015, with installations in 15 countries/states using 19 different technology applications – from solar and wind, bio-energy and chemical/fuel cell technologies.
Intel remained on track to meet its goal to design all new buildings to a minimum LEED Gold certification through 2020, with its newest building in Bangalore, India, receiving LEED Platinum certification in 2017. That brings total LEED certified space to 15.4 million square feet in 46 buildings globally – roughly 25 percent of the company’s total operational space.
Intel achieved a recycling rate of 85 percent of its non-hazardous waste in 2017, and remained on track to achieve its goal of a 90 percent non-hazardous recycling rate by 2020. Intel is also on track to meet its 2020 goal of zero hazardous waste to landfill by 2020.
Supply Chain Responsibility
Advancing accountability and improving performance across its supply chain creates value for Intel and its customers by helping reduce risks, improve product quality, and achieve environmental and social goals. Through communication, assessments and capability-building programs, Intel works to ensure that its supply chain is resilient, responsible and respectful of human rights.
As a result of Intel’s work with its suppliers to build a system to detect and address risks of forced and bonded labor (such as fees charged to workers to obtain or keep employment), Intel suppliers have returned over $13 million in fees to their workers in Intel’s supply chain since 2014.
In 2017, 86 percent of suppliers participating in Intel’s CSR leadership program (representing more than 60 percent of supplier spends) fulfilled all of the requirements, a significant increase from 57 percent of suppliers in 2013, when the program started.
All of the first-tier Intel suppliers that Intel asked to participate in the supply chain survey in 2017 responded. Intel also expanded its request to add the CDP water survey to their reporting.
In 2017, Intel made significant progress toward validating that its supply chain uses responsibly sourced minerals, with approximately 98 percent of its relevant suppliers using only smelters and refiners whose products are from conflict-free1 sources.
Diversity and Inclusion
Diversity and inclusion are key to Intel’s evolution, and driving forces for continued innovation and growth. Intel believes that inclusive teams of people with diverse perspectives are more creative and innovative. Inclusion is the foundation of a high-performance workforce, where all employees are empowered and capable of doing their best work. Intel’s diversity eﬀorts go beyond hiring and retention, to also include spending with diverse suppliers, diversifying its venture portfolio, and strengthening the technical pipeline to encourage more women and underrepresented minorities to enter and succeed in technology careers.
In 2015, Intel committed $300 million to accelerate diversity and inclusion both at Intel and across the technology industry. In 2017, Intel accelerated its 2020 goal to reach full representation2 in its U.S. workforce by the end of 2018. As of the end of 2017, the gap to full representation in Intel’s U.S. workforce improved 84 percent.
Intel spent over $650 million with diverse suppliers in 2017, making significant progress toward reaching its goal of $1 billion in annual diverse spending by 2020.
The number of underrepresented minorities in leadership positions at Intel has increased 27 percent since 2015 through the end of 2017. Of Intel’s recently appointed vice presidents in the U.S., 36 percent were women or underrepresented minorities and the company has seen positive trends in progression at all levels of the company as detailed in Intel’s 2017 Diversity and Inclusion Annual Report.
To better support retention of diverse talent, Intel created WarmLine, a service that enables U.S. employees to explore options with a personal adviser before they consider leaving Intel. Since its launch in 2016, the service has reached over 10,000 cases and successfully achieved a 90 percent retention rate.
Launched in 2015 as a $125 million investment fund, the Intel Capital Diversity Initiative is the largest of its kind in the venture industry that identifies and invests in women- and minority-led technology companies. Through the end of 2017, more than 30 technology startups led by diverse teams joined Intel Capital’s portfolio, representing more than 10 percent of the total portfolio.
Intel’s collaboration with the Oakland Unified School District continued to achieve results in 2017, with a 400 percent increase in students enrolled in computer science classes since 2015.
Intel is committed to creating a better world through the power of its technology and the passion of its employees. Intel believes that the health of the company and local economies both depend on an increasingly inclusive community of innovators. Intel is committed to applying technology to broaden access to opportunity and prepare people for the jobs of the future. Intel also empowers its employees to apply their expertise to solve global challenges, support local communities and inspire the next generation of innovators.
Over the past 10 years, Intel employees have volunteered more than 10 million hours globally to tackle environmental challenges, improve education and help meet community needs.
Through the Intel Employee Service Corps, Intel provides opportunities for employees to empower people through technology in education, health, agriculture and other fields, including teams that worked with local governments to help assess technology needs in disaster-affected areas such as post-hurricane Puerto Rico.
Through the Intel® Future Skills program in 2017 Intel helped 14,000 underserved young people acquire technology skills they need for the jobs of the future.
In 2017, the Intel Foundation announced a $1 million investment to support coalitions of partners working to inspire and empower middle school girls from disenfranchised communities to become technology creators and innovators. As part of this initiative, Intel held the first Intel® She Will Connect STEM camp for U.S. middle school girls in northern Arizona, bringing together girls from across the state to engage in hands-on experiences in technology, engineering and computer science.
As of the end of 2017, Intel had helped 3.3 million women in sub-Saharan Africa connect to health, government, education and economic opportunities through the Intel She Will Connect program, and expects to achieve its goal of reaching 5 million women by the end of 2018.
Over the past five years, charitable giving by Intel and the Intel Foundation totaled more than $500 million.
1“Conﬂict-free” refers to products, suppliers, supply chains, smelters and refiners that, based on Intel’s due diligence, do not contain or source tantalum, tin, tungsten or gold that directly or indirectly finance or benefit armed groups in the Democratic Republic of the Congo or adjoining countries.
2Full representation is the point at which Intel’s workforce in the U.S. matches the supply of skilled talent available (market availability) for current roles at Intel.