A Decade of Sustainability Leadership

I don’t like to be “promotional” in my blog, but today Intel and our employees have something to cheer about. Today we learned that Intel Corporation was included in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes (DJSI) for the 10th straight year. The DJSI reviews and highlights a company’s economic, environmental and social performance, assessing issues such as corporate governance, risk management, branding, climate change, supply chain standards and labor practices.

Intel was also named the Supersector Leader for Technology – the ONLY U.S.-based company named to the list of 19 Supersector Leaders. The Technology Supersector encompasses companies in software, computer services, semiconductors, and hardware. Intel received sector-leading scores in a number of criteria including environmental reporting, human capital development, corporate citizenship/philanthropy, and corporate governance.

It takes a lot of people around the company to make something like this happen (heck, it takes a lot of people just to complete the survey) and it’s difficult to calculate the benefit in terms of dollars for being on this list. However, it’s nice to take a moment and feel proud of our accomplishments – and then being true to Intel’s culture – quickly look at how we can improve for next year.

One area we struggle with is how to reduce our footprint in absolute terms. We have some great results on a “per production” or “per-chip” basis, and some absolute reductions such as climate change emissions, but how do you reduce your footprint while you grow (?) An analogy would be if you have three people currently in your family, and you add two more kids to the household, how do you use less energy, water, and food, than before the new family members arrived?

Unless we shut down a few factories or move production to another company (this is like sending your kids off to college and you stop counting the impact to your eco-footprint at home in my analogy) – it’s really tough to do this while you are growing.

But enough on our challenges; maybe today is a day to take a long lunch with my colleagues and reflect a little longer on the company’s success.

4 Responses to A Decade of Sustainability Leadership

  1. Congratulations Intel and Intel employees on DJSI for the tenth year in a row. Intel is also one of the few U.S. companies to make the “100 Most Sustainable” list. As a high tech marketer turned social entrepreneur, our site, EarthSayers.tv, launched today, is the first Website dedicated to the sustainability movement that highlights the voices of sustainability. Voices that inform and inspire. We need to work together to increase the sustainability awareness as we trail other English speaking countries in number of Google searches on the term, sustainability.

  2. Congrats to Intel and all its employees for their hard work and visionary efforts. My company endeavors to link university talent with folks like Intel and it gives me great hope to see you achieve such a standard of excellence over the long term. Though we haven’t been able to reach you, (any help would be much appreciated), your example provides a powerful example and goal that motivates our partners and members alike.
    Thanks for setting higher standards and making this world a better place Intel.

  3. John Potts says:

    Congratulations Intel, I am sure that Andy Grove, Gordon Moore, Craig Barrett and the leadership of Intel are indeed proud of your accomplishment. No doubt that Intel deserves this recognition, but as an Intel veteran I am inclined to say the lion share of the effort was put forth by TMG or in general manufacturing, it is here that Intel shines bright like the north star, in more than one way. I like to think of what Intel will do going forward, when the business groups have had 10 years to put sustainability on their top 3 business drivers, we will be thinking of Intel in an entirely different way, and they will be a good thoughts.

  4. Gary Niekerk says:

    John – I agree with you that TMG (Intel’s mfg. org.) has provided the leadership on Sustainability for the company.