Dell is on track to attain its 2020 sustainability goals which include recovering 2 billion pounds of used electronics, using 100 million pounds of recycled-content plastic and other sustainable materials in its products, and volunteering 5 million cumulative hours of community services.
In the 2019 fiscal year, Dell partially met its goal of volunteering 5 million cumulative hours for social services. About 52 percent of Dell team members registered at least one volunteer activity through Dell online tracking system. Overall, team members volunteered 890,000 hours in FY19 — the highest annual total in our history of the goal. This represented a 22 percent increase compared to FY18.
Within the framework of CSR efforts, Dell managed to reach more than 3.6 million youth directly and over 12 million people indirectly in FY 19. The company’s strategic giving initiatives directly impacted over 992,000 youth and indirectly impacted 1.4 million people. This represented a 38 percent increase and a 13 percent increase, respectively, compared to FY18. One key growth driver was the move to provide more district wide programs during the school day, complementing Dell Technologies’ existing after-school programs. These programs include the company’s Solar Learning Labs (18 locations worldwide), Girls Who Code and learning platforms for students with disabilities.
In FY19, Dell’s university hiring rate was 24 percent. This represents a 69 percent increase compared to FY18. In FY19, all business units strengthened their focus to build a talent strategy around this goal. This included clearly identifying the targeted roles for recent graduate hiring and ensuring Dell has development programs in place to help accelerate the growth of new team members. In addition, Dell revised its definition of a university hire, from candidates who graduated within the past 12 months to those who have completed a bachelor’s degree program and have up to three years of experience. This aligns with industry best practices.
Dell also managed in FY19 to serve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on Decent Work and Economic Growth as it continued to be recognized as an Employer of Choice in countries across the globe. Its opportunities for flexible work continue to earn team members’ appreciation and industry recognition, with rankings by FlexJobs Top 100 Companies with Remote Jobs in 2019 (#17) and Indeed’s Top-Rated Companies for Work/Life Balance in 2018 (#13). Forbes named Dell to the Best Employers for Diversity 2019 list.
Pursuing the Sustainable Development Goals, Dell reduced its global absolute greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, Scopes 1 and 2 market-based, by 38% compared to Dell FY11 baseline.This represents a 13 percent reduction compared to FY18. This reduction can largely be attributed to a decrease in electricity consumption and an increase in renewable energy purchased.
Dell has sourced 33 percent of its total electricity from renewables in FY 19. This represents an 8 percent increase compared to FY18. The company can attribute this increase to additional renewable electricity purchased.
Through FY19, Dell reduced its product portfolio energy intensity by 64 percent . This represents a 7 percent increase in performance compared to FY18, and an actual reduction in energy intensity of 13.6 percent over FY18.
Since FY12, the baseline year, Dell server portfolio has achieved the greatest reduction. Dell have reduced the energy intensity of its server portfolio by almost 78 percent.
During FY19, four of Dell-operated facilities in water-stressed areas (primarily located in India), reused about 80 percent of the wastewater treated on-site for landscaping and toilet flushing.
In 2019, the company used 100 million pounds of recycled-content plastic and other sustainable materials in its products. At the end of 2018, Dell had used 94 million pounds of recycled-content plastic and other sustainable materials in its products, using FY14 as a baseline.
In CY18, Dell used 22 million pounds of sustainable materials in its products. This represents a 31 percent increase compared to CY17. This increase can be attributed to the company’s efforts to scale the reuse of plastics from used electronics. In CY18, 13.7 million pounds came from closed-loop efforts and 7.6 million pounds came from post-consumer recycled content (sourced from water bottles, etc.).
In FY19, Dell maintained its progress for product and services packaging material by weight at 95 percent. Meanwhile, Dell continued testing and evaluating cost-effective sustainable solutions for heavy products, particularly servers and storage. Dell will continue to identify opportunities to innovate in this area.
Dell Technologies has also decided to phase out six environmentally sensitive substances, including several phthalates.
In FY19, Dell published two studies looking at sustainability-related outcomes from specific IT-based solutions, for a total of four such studies since FY14. One study released this year focused on sustainability-related outcomes from the application of open data to mobility systems. The other explored the role of IT in enabling the integration of wind energy into the Texas electric grid.
Moreover, 100 percen of Dell Technologies-operated facilities have at least one active sustainability initiative, especially in the fields of equipment or building upgrades, renewable energy use, on-site services, water conservation, and employee engagement.
Dell has been one of key companies that worked hard to conduct responsible action to serve society and help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).