Advancing Sustainability: The Legacy of a Good and Beyond

  • 75% of 2020 sustainability goals achieved ahead of schedule
  • 100 mn pound mark surpassed in using recycled/sustainably sourced materials
  • 94% and growing – recyclable or compostable packaging
  • 88% of 2020 goal to recycle 2 bn pounds of used electronics
  • The largest e-waste recycler worldwide, with services in 83 countries & territories
  • 2030 will see Progress Made Real

The importance of a ‘One Planet Mentality’

It is an undeniable force to reckon with – climate change is here and it is only intensifying. Everyone is affected either first hand, or through interconnections in global financial, economic, and social systems. The 2018 UN Report clearly states that we have 11 years to keep temperatures to only a 1.5°C rise by the end of the century.

Responsible Capitalism: A pivotal role for the tech industry

Sustainable and inclusive growth is good for business and companies that have aligned their business growth strategies to their ethics will be a step ahead in future-proofing their business. Leaders across global boardrooms are increasingly aligning their business models to a 1.5°C world.

This is where the tech industry can affect the pace of the change in two key ways. Firstly, it is reducing its carbon impact year on year. The results have already be seen, when the digital sector’s combined emissions declined about 15% between 2010 and 2015.

The second key difference, and this is probably more important, is that the digital sector helps other sectors be more sustainable.

Walking the Talk: Making good on the Legacy of Good Plan

First articulated in 2013, Dell’s Legacy of Good Plan builds on the idea that technology should be a driver of human progress, unlocking opportunities for health, happiness and prosperity.

By 2017, Dell established itself as an environmental leader with successes such as exceeding its initial 2020 goal of using 50 mn pounds of sustainable materials in its products. The company has now set its sights on using 100 mn pounds of recycled content plastic and other sustainable materials.

Earlier this year, Dell also began shipping the XPS 13 2-in1 in packaging made from ocean-bound plastics and made a public commitment to increase annual usage ten times by 2025. Using 25% recycled ocean plastic content, the move is expected to keep 16,000 pounds of plastic from entering the ocean and works towards the tech giant’s goal of achieving 100% sustainable packaging by 2020. Currently, 94% of Dell packaging by weight is recyclable or compostable.

In addition, Dell recovered 1.8 bn pounds of electronics, 88% of its 2020 goal to recycle two billion pounds of used electronics, to date. Takeback programs allow customers to turn in obsolete electronics to Dell when purchasing new technologies, making Dell the largest recycler of e-waste in the world with services in 83 countries and territories.

Further, the company has outlined a number of new supply chain sub-goals focused on EICC audits, emissions reporting and water risk mitigation plans have been established to drive responsible actions amongst suppliers. By 2020, Dell plans to have 95% of direct materials and key logistics suppliers set specific greenhouse gas emissions targets and report on their emissions inventory. Additionally, Dell will require its top 250 direct materials supplier facilities in water-stressed regions or with water-intensive processes.

Progress Made Real: Moonshot Goals 2030

Dell Technologies ushers in a new decade of responsibility & innovation with a vision of Progress Made Real. Defining the company’s way forward, these of viable goals grounded in the belief that technology and data combined with human spirit are, and will always be, positive forces in the world.

Advancing Sustainability

Cultivating Inclusion

· Reduce Scopes 1 and 2 GHG by 50%

· 75% of electricity from renewable sources

· Reduce entire product portfolio energy intensity by 80%

· GHG emissions reduction target of 60% per unit revenue

· Drive sustainability improvements

· Committed to provide healthy work environments

· Deliver future-ready skills development for workers

· Engage with people who make our products

· 25% of U.S. workforce; 15% of U.S. people leaders will be American minorities

· 50% of social & education empowerment initiatives will benefit women or underrepresented groups

· 90% of Dell employees will rate their job as meaningful

· 50% of Dell employees will drive social impact

· 75% of Dell employees will believe in leadership inspiration

· 95% of Dell employees will participate in annual foundational learning


Transforming Lives

Upholding Ethics & Privacy

· 50% empowered by our social and education initiatives will be girls, women or underrepresented groups

· Enable 1,000 nonprofit partners to digitally transform

· 75% of Dell employees will participate in volunteerism

· 100% of Dell employees will demonstrate commitment to Dell values criteria

· 100% of Dell direct business partners will demonstrate commitment to Dell values


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