Redefining the Future

Today, EMC published our eighth annual sustainability report: Redefine the Future.

People often make the mistake of thinking this report is just about “being green” with nothing but statistics about emissions reduction and waste avoidance. But that barely scratches the surface!

From detailing the best-in-show winner of EMC’s Innovation Roadmap (our internal research & development competition), a recent Climate Data Lake project in collaboration with the Schoodic Institute, and highlights from Total Customer Experience Day, to electronic waste recycling in India, STEM education in Mali, and the EMC Privacy Index, this report truly highlights how my EMC colleagues around the globe are building a vision of a sustainability into their jobs every day.

For example, we launched the Supply Chain Sustainability Management and Resource Training (SMaRT) Library to provide training modules, case studies, and other resources to help suppliers address social and environmental responsibility issues. We live and work in a complex, interconnected economy where inequality, unfair labor and poor environmental practices regrettably still exist. The SMaRT Library is one way EMC is raising the bar for the business practices within our own supply chain.

Another major global issue is the disposal of eWaste, electronic products at the end of their useful life. When not handled properly, eWaste poses serious human health and environmental problems.  Not only do we continue to offer take-back services to EMC customers worldwide, 100% of our Information Technology Asset Disposal partners, the companies that receive EMC equipment for disposal, are certified to R2 or eStewards standards for responsible recycling.

Companies are expected to deliver more than a healthy financial bottom line; they also are responsible for contributing to a healthy global economy, environment, and society. In other words, sustainability really is about redefining the future – making sure that our business, our community, and our natural world are working together to build the future we want.

About the Author: Kathrin Winkler