Dell - named Newsweek’s 2010 Greenest Company in America - just released their 2011 Corporate Responsibility Report, highlighting the incredible gains the company has made in its commitment to sustainability in the last twelve months.

Dell takes a holistic view of how to deliver better products and services by looking at sustainability throughout the lifecycle. From designing, building and shipping to using and recycling computer equipment, the company’s goal is to deliver the highest quality and most energy-efficient products with the least impact on the environment.

 

Dell has learned a great deal over the years in efficiently managing operations, buying renewable energy where practical, implementing practices that save energy and other resources. That mindset helps Dell focus on developing innovative energy efficient products and solutions for customers, shipping alternatives with sustainable packaging materials, and world class recycling options that make it easy for Dell customers to be green. These are some of Dell's key achievements in sustainability:

 

  • Data center efficiency improvements: within a five-year time frame Dell server performance per watt improved 31X
  • Laptops and desktops consume 25 percent less energy than in 2008
  • Customers have saved nearly $6 billion through Energy Smart since 2005, avoiding more than 55 million tons of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions
  • Reduced the size of laptop and desktop boxes by 11 percent
  • Increased bamboo packaging for laptops and smartphones
  • Began a pilot to ship Dell PowerEdge servers in mushroom packaging; mushroom packaging is dense and tough enough to protect our servers and desktops and is also compostable
  • Extended free global recycling to 78 countries and facilitated equipment drop off at more than 3,700 Goodwill and Staples locations in the U.S. and Canada
  • Recycled more than 150 million pounds of end-of-life computer equipment. Dell is on pace to recycle 1 billion pounds by 2014
 

In addition to our sustainability efforts, Dell's giving programs had a great year. Those efforts helped close the technology gap, support youth education, entrepreneurship and digital inclusion for underserved communities around the world. Dell targets 1 percent of pre-tax profits toward programs that benefit education, health and children. The company last year made progress in its global YouthConnect program and stimulated social entrepreneurship through the Dell Social Innovation Competition. These are some of Dell's giving highlights:

 

  • YouthConnect has positively affected 2 million children globally with expansion to nine countries;
  • Expanded the Dell Social Innovation competition to promote social change in growing communities and committed $5 million over five years to the University of Texas at Austin to grow the program; 
  • Dell and team members made multi-million dollar contributions for global disaster relief.
 

The company also made some great gains in the area of diversity. It is critical for companies like Dell to have a diverse workforce and embrace the similarities and differences of its team. Also, in order for Dell to effectively serve a global community, we proudly support having a diverse supplier network. Here are some of the diversity accomplishments in 2010:

 

  • $3 billion investment with diverse businesses
  • Dell named one of the “Top Corporations for Multicultural Business Opportunities by DiverseBusiness.com
  • DiversityInc.’s Top 50 Companies list
  • Working Mother’s 100 Best Companies list
  • Perfect score on Corporate Equality Index of the Human Rights Campaign for seventh time in a row

Dell continues its efforts to affect supplier work practices and require them to use the Electronics Industry Citizenship code of conduct as a basis for workplace operations and safety. Last year, Dell doubled the number of supplier audits to 119. While Dell have made much progress, Dell has much more work to do to help people achieve their full potential and help protect the planet. 

Please download the PDF of Dell's 2011 Corporate Responsibility Report or you can also view it via Slideshare below.