Like many of my colleagues in the industry, CA Technologies just finished ‘reporting season', culminating with our latest Sustainability Report highlighting recent accomplishments, goals and commitments for the enterprise. If you're a regular reader of this blog (and if you're not, subscribe today), you know about some of the exciting corporate sustainability initiatives we have executed on in the past year. Here are a few of the items highlighted in the report:
● Purchased 22% of our total electricity from renewable sources - closing in on our goal of 25% by 2015
● Adopted a green lease policy, and now have nearly 300,000 square feet of rented office space in compliance;
● Leveraged CA ecoSoftware solution to track, monitor and report on energy consumption, GHG emissions, waste and water;
● Eliminated nearly all product packaging and shipping. Now, the company reaches an 85 to 90 percent electronic distribution rate;
● Expanded our diversity program with a commitment to significantly increase the diversity of our workforce.
● Constructed a new executive briefing center in Manhattan to LEED-CI requirements;
● Launched Green Teams globally at locations that represent more than 50 percent of the employee base worldwide;
● Achieved external assurance by KPMG of our GHG emissions; and
● Received recognition of our achievements via inclusion in: Dow Jones Sustainability Index (North America and World), Maplecroft Climate Innovation Leader Index, A+ Rating from the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), and Newsweek Green Rankings, amongst others.
Commitment to reduce GHG emissions by 35% by 2020
As pleased as I am to share these achievements with you, the one thing I am most excited about is the announcement of CA Technologies goal to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from our operations by 35% by 2020 off of a base year of 2006. This is an absolute goal and represents a substantial commitment and a real desire to continue to take a sustainability leadership role in our industry.
It's a bold objective and one that won't come easily, but we're confident we can get there. With substantial improvements (and a 25% reduction in GHG by 2011) already achieved through consolidation of our facilities, the labs on-demand initiative, a robust telework program and consolidation and improvements in our data centers, we still have to meet a 1.5% improvement benchmark every year to meet our goal. This is going to take hard work, creativity, technological advances and the willingness to take a look at every aspect of our operations.
They say that Sustainability is a journey. If so, it will continue to be an interesting and fulfilling one as we work to meet our goals and share what we've learned. Stay tuned to this blog, and follow us on Twitter @CAsustain for continued updates and please continue to let us know what is working for your organization.