This year Dell joined forces with EMC and VMware to create Dell Technologies, an IT powerhouse built to help customers embrace, transform and thrive in the digital future.
But the power of our combination doesn’t stop there. Together, we are a major force for positive change, more committed than ever to putting our technology and expertise to work where it can do the most good in the world.
That’s what Legacy of Good is all about — ambitious, long-term goals that fundamentally influence how we operate, innovate and engage on behalf of people and the planet we share.
So I am particularly proud to report that, while we were busy building this new company, we were also making terrific progress toward our Legacy of Good commitments.
As a matter of fact, we achieved one of our 2020 sustainability goals in full this year when we planted our 1 millionth tree to offset carbon emissions and restore natural animal habitats. This milestone is a great example of working together for a greater good. For 10 years, our Plant a Tree program allowed customers to join us in this effort, but this year our employees got involved as well, planting over 44,000 trees to commemorate our new company and propel us to our goal.
We pioneered a new breakthrough in our sustainable packaging — using ocean plastics for protective laptop trays. The pilot project currently underway will repurpose more than 16,000 pounds of plastics from waterways, beaches, rivers and coastal areas. Our sights are set on scaling this innovative packaging solution to help achieve our goal of 100 percent sustainable materials in our product packaging.
We worked with partners in 71 countries to directly benefit 561,000 youth through our strategic giving initiatives. For example, we teamed up with Stanford University to create a computer-assisted learning platform that gives students in rural China better access to education and technology. Roughly 3,200 students participated, and they are already learning English at twice the rate of their peers outside the program. We intend to scale this initiative to 1 million students by 2020.
We continue to work in close partnership with our customers to help meet their responsible business goals. Our takeback programs, which allow customers to turn in obsolete electronics to Dell when purchasing new technologies, have made Dell the largest recycler of e-waste in the world with services in 83 countries and territories. This year we expanded our custom donation service: customers can now turn their retired IT assets into targeted, high impact donations to their community. It’s a win-win-win.
I’ve never been more excited or optimistic about the future. Every day, there are new discoveries and breakthroughs that get us one step closer to solving some of the world’s greatest challenges — and in almost every case, technology is an important part of the solution. Now, more than at any time in our corporate history, Dell Technologies sits at the intersection of innovation and human progress. There’s no place I’d rather be.