What can we make possible?

Although I am now just two weeks into my new role as Intel’s Director of Corporate Responsibility, the topic of corporate responsibility is not something new to me. For over twelve years, I have had the privilege of managing Intel’s corporate responsibility programs and philanthropic investments in California and Texas, engaging regularly with a wide range of Intel stakeholders.

In my time at Intel, I have seen firsthand the positive impact that Intel has had in our local communities, donating not just financial resources, but also time, knowledge, and skills. I also gained an appreciation for the complexities of the issues we face as a company, and how our commitment to openness and transparency has helped make us a better company over the years.

That is why I am so pleased for my inaugural blog to be focused on the release of Intel’s 2008 Corporate Responsibility Report: What can we make possible? In the report, we highlight how the same principles that have made our core business a success-a commitment to innovation and investment-have helped us to begin to help tackle global challenges, whether it’s helping to train teachers, volunteering in local organizations or designing more energy-efficient products.

So what were we able to accomplish in 2008? 2008 was an important year for corporate responsibility at Intel – we were able to make strides in our core focus areas and take some of our programs to a new level:

- We became the largest purchaser of green power in the U.S, according to the U.S. EPA.

- We surpassed the milestone of training 6 million teachers worldwide through the Intel® Teach Program.

- The Intel Foundation announced its commitment to invest $120 million dollars over the next ten years in science competitions to inspire the next generation of innovators.

- Our 80,000+ employees around the world gave back over 1.3 million volunteer hours to over 5,000 schools and community-based organizations in over 40 countries, triggering $8.5 million in matching grants from the Intel Foundation.

The report also talks about the many challenges we faced in the past year. From increases in our waste generation and water use to continued efforts to improve the overall representation of women in the workforce and quantify the impact of our community and education programs, we discuss the steps we are taking to improve in these areas.

My hope is that you find the new report a valuable resource to get the detailed data and information you need to better understand and evaluate our company’s performance on corporate responsibility. But more importantly, I hope you view it as a jumping off point for conversation and dialogue.

So please let us know your thoughts on what we have accomplished and what we still have left to do. I look forward to your feedback and ideas on the report and to our continuing conversation on this blog.

5 Responses to What can we make possible?

  1. elaine cohen says:

    Congratulations on your report, i havent read it in depth yet, but it looks IMPRESSIVE. i did manage to take note of your calculation of economic impacts which you can read on my blog here
    http://tinyurl.com/p2cfao
    The challenge i think, given that CR is all about impacts, is for Intel go further in understanding more about its social and environmental impacts by producing a calculation along the lines of the economic ripple effect study. I didnt check out the environmental section yet, but the social section doesnt appear to go this far. I believe this would ehnance Intel’s reporting, but more importantly, would offer a useful management decision-making and strategy tool
    elaine cohen, israel, http://www.b-yond.biz/en

  2. I appreciate your comments. We continue to look for ways to improve our report each year. Your feedback on the “ripple” approach is helpful in informing our planning for next year. I agree that there is more work to be done with the social section and we are actively working on it right now. In fact, we supported research with the Global Reporting Initiative last year and are supporting research with Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship this year. Thanks again for your insight.

  3. brobin says:

    “What can we make possible?”
    Well, one thing you can make possible is David Letterman’s continued attack on the children of people with whom he disagrees politically.
    Oh well, there’s always AMD!

  4. Patty Strothcamp says:

    To the Sponsor of the David Letterman Show/CBS
    Dear Sirs:
    I am writing you today to express my thorough disgust with one of your “Employees”. I call David Letterman, “one of your employees” because the money he takes home as payment for his services comes partially from you.
    I watched part of his show of June 8, 2009 and found his remarks regarding Governor Sarah Palin of Alaska and her daughter, Willow, who recently attended a New York baseball game to be most particularly offensive…no, that’s the wrong word. “Abusive” is more correct.
    Why would a 62 year old man or his staff think there could be anything funny in suggesting that a New York ball player had “knocked up” a politician’s 14 year old daughter? You are paying him to say this smut?!!!!
    As a mother of a fully grown 27 year old beautiful young woman, I cannot even try to imagine how I would have felt if this remark had been made about her at the age of 14, 18 or any age. That’s just the reaction from my point of view. What do you think this has done to this 14 year old, or her 18 year old sister, Bristol?
    What kind of company are you running that you would sponsor this trash? Have you addressed this issue with CBS or with Mr. Letterman? As far as I am concerned, this “King of Late Night Smut” needs to be fired. His monologues have become mean, obnoxious, and degrading to all who apparently do not agree with him on his particular political issues.
    As long as you sponsor Mr. Letterman and he is one of your employees, I will no longer purchase the products or services from your company.

  5. Evgeniy says:

    Intel is a very good company to foresee the future and goes to him. Progressive company.I think that the crisis will only exacerbate the role of large companies.