ENVIRONMENT

Uniting team members to clean up the world’s shorelines

Dell employees on almost every continent organized Shore Up events to collect plastics and other litter from local beaches, waterways and other areas.


The launch of Dell’s ocean-bound plastics packaging woke our team members to the threats facing our environment and our oceans in particular. One big threat to ocean ecosystems is the litter that finds its way into waterways and eventually out to sea. The problem starts on land, and our Planet employee resource group (ERG) wanted to do something about it.

Planet brings together more than 10,000 Dell team members who share a passion for sustainability topics. The ERG is organized into 62 chapters at various Dell locations around the world, so each chapter can work on local efforts that meet the needs of their location, team and community while complementing global sustainability initiatives. Their creative efforts have added electric vehicle charging stations, recycling centers, workplace gardens and even IoT-enabled beehives to Dell campuses worldwide. At the end of FY18, 97 percent of our Dell-operated facilities had at least one active sustainability initiative (Our 2020 Legacy of Good goal is 100 percent.).

Dell’s Thailand Planet chapter organized Run for the Ocean, a fun run and awareness event encouraging team members to run along Bang Saen beach collecting garbage, which was later recycled.

To support Dell’s work to reduce and recycle ocean-bound plastics, our Planet teams created Shore Up, a litter cleanup campaign along the world’s beaches, waterways and other natural areas. Planet asked its chapters and members to organize local cleanups beginning around Earth Day (April 22, 2017). Planet leaders developed a toolkit to help chapters plan and publicize their events.

Chapters put together more than 75 events around the world, in some cases extending their Shore Up projects into year-round programs and even inviting customers to join them. Some highlights from the events included:

  • India had the largest Shore Up turnout of any country, with more than 2,000 team members from five cities volunteering over 5,000 hours during their 10 separate events.
  • Planet Thailand organized Run for the Ocean, a fun run and awareness event encouraging team members to run along Bang Saen beach collecting garbage.
  • The Australia-New Zealand team had more than 100 volunteers at six Shore Up events, complementing their ongoing cleanups in Waratah Park and support of local wildlife organizations.
  • Team members in Utah cleaned up a stretch of the Jordan River near campus and removed invasive plants from the shoreline to prevent them from crowding out native species. The Massachusetts team once again joined the annual Charles River Cleanup, and the California chapter cleaned up the Santa Clara trail and creek running adjacent to the Dell campus.
  • Planet Panama has a tradition of annual beach cleanups, and their team of 100 participants collected more than 1 ton of recycling materials from the beaches of Veracruz. Team members in Argentina, Chile, Costa Rica and Peru also participated in Shore Up, making it Dell Latin America’s first regional Planet event since Dell and EMC combined.
  • Planet Casablanca in Morocco celebrated Earth Day with a beach cleanup at Ain Diab, and all plastics collected by the team were recovered by a local partner to be recycled. The team also held an Our Oceans, Our Future awareness campaign and photo contest for employees.

Environment Goals

Scopes 1 and 2 GHG Emissions Reduction

Reduce global absolute greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, Scopes 1 and 2 (MTCO2e) market-based, by 40% as compared to a FY11 baseline

72% TO GOAL
FY18 PROGRESS

In FY18, we reduced our absolute Scopes 1 and 2 emissions by about 29% compared to our FY11 baseline. Compared to FY17, this represented a 16% reduction year over year.

29%
2-YEAR TREND
FY18 - 29% of 40%
FY17 - 16% of 40% Percentage reduction of GHG (Scopes 1 + 2)
RELATED SDGs

Climate Action (13)

Renewable Energy

Source 50% of our total electricity from renewables (both purchased and on-site generation)

58% TO GOAL
FY18 PROGRESS

In FY18 renewable energy represented 29% of our total electricity consumption.

29%
2-YEAR TREND
FY18 - 29% of 50%
FY17 - 24% of 50% Percentage of renewable energy from total electricity consumption
RELATED SDGs

Affordable and Clean Energy (7), Climate Action (13)

Waste Diversion

Ensure 90% of waste generated in Dell-operated buildings is diverted from landfills

100%* TO GOAL
FY18 PROGRESS

In FY18, our manufacturing facilities diverted 99% of their total waste from landfills. Because this is the largest source of our operational waste, we remain on track for achieving this goal. We estimate that the global diversion rate in our other Dell-operated buildings remains in the 50–60% range.

99%*
2-YEAR TREND
FY18 - 99% of 90%
FY17 - 99% of 90% Waste diversion rate*
RELATED SDGs

Responsible Consumption and Production (12)

*The FY18 progress, two-year trend and progress to goal are being calculated based on manufacturing facilities only.

Sustainability Initiatives

Develop and maintain sustainability initiatives in 100% of Dell-operated buildings

97% TO GOAL
FY18 PROGRESS

At the end of FY18, 97% of our Dell-operated facilities had at least one active sustainability initiative in one or more of our eligible categories: equipment or building upgrades, renewable energy use, on-site services, water conservation, and employee engagement.

During FY18, four of our Dell-operated facilities in water-stressed areas (primarily located in India), reused about 80% of the wastewater treated on site for landscaping and toilet flushing. These facilities also implemented water-efficiency projects that are saving about 1,000 cubic meters (1 million liters) of freshwater annually.

97%
2-YEAR TREND
FY18 - 97% of 100%
FY17 - 97% of 100% Percentage of Dell-operated facilities
RELATED SDGs

Affordable and Clean Energy (7), Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure (9), Responsible Consumption and Production (12)

Energy Intensity of Product Portfolio

Reduce the energy intensity of our product portfolio by 80%. To help achieve the energy intensity goal, we will continue to track disk drive energy intensity and hardware and software efficiency on our storage and data protection products:

75% TO GOAL
FY18 PROGRESS

We have reduced our product portfolio energy intensity by 60% since FY12. This was driven in part by a greater than 8% decrease in the expected lifetime energy consumption of an average client system but hampered by an increased absolute energy footprint of our products (up 10.5% due both to interest in larger, higher-resolution displays and to including more products in our calculations).

Our current trajectory should yield an overall 76% reduction by the end of FY21, slightly off our goal.

60%
2-YEAR TREND
FY18 - 60% of 80%
FY17 - 54% of 80% Percentage reduction of energy intensity
RELATED SDGs

Affordable and Clean Energy (7), Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure (9), Responsible Consumption and Production (12)

SUBGOAL
Disk Drive Energy Intensity

Reduce disk drive energy intensity (as a function of capacity) by 80% from a FY12 baseline

93% TO GOAL
FY18 PROGRESS

Since FY12, we have seen a reduction of our disk drive energy intensity by 74% (as a function of capacity).

74%
2-YEAR TREND
FY18 - 74% of 80%
FY17 - 70% of 80% Percentage reduction of disk drive energy intensity
RELATED SDGs

Affordable and Clean Energy (7), Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure (9), Responsible Consumption and Production (12)

SUBGOAL
Hardware and Software Efficiency

Demonstrate continued improvement, in both hardware and software efficiency, in 100% of covered products

During the Dell-EMC integration process, the specific program that allowed us to measure this goal was inadvertently eliminated. However, we remain committed to improving hardware and software efficiency.

RELATED SDGs

Affordable and Clean Energy (7), Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure (9), Responsible Consumption and Production (12)

Sustainable Materials in Products

Use 100 million pounds of recycled-content plastic and other sustainable materials in our products, using FY14 as a baseline

73% TO GOAL
FY18 PROGRESS

In CY17, we used 20.5 million pounds of sustainable materials in our products. 9.7 million pounds came from our closed-loop efforts, and 9.4 million pounds came from post-consumer recycled content (sourced from water bottles, etc.). We increased our use of recycled carbon fiber across Dell LatitudeTM products, using 1.3 million pounds in CY17. We also used 10,900 pounds of recycled plastic from our Dell EMC closed-loop process.

73*

million pounds

2-YEAR TREND
FY18 - 73 of 100
FY17 - 53 of 100 Sustainable materials used (million pounds)
RELATED SDGs

Decent Work and Economic Growth (8), Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure (9), Responsible Consumption and Production (12)

*This figure is derived from data collected on a calendar year basis.

Sustainably Sourced Packaging Materials

Ensure 100% of product packaging is sourced from sustainable materials*

95% TO GOAL
FY18 PROGRESS

In FY18, 95% of Dell product packaging and services packaging material by weight was sourced from sustainable materials. The scope includes product packaging and service parts packaging across all Dell products, and Dell EMC packaging purchased in quantities greater than 1,000.

95%
2-YEAR TREND
FY18 - 95% of 100%
FY17 - 94% of 100% Percentage of packaging sourced from sustainable materials
RELATED SDGs

Responsible Consumption and Production (12)

*We define sustainable materials as those that can be produced in required volumes without depleting nonrenewable resources, and those that come from recycled or renewable resources.

Recyclable/ Compostable Packaging

Ensure 100% of packaging is either recyclable or compostable*

95% TO GOAL
FY18 PROGRESS

In FY18, 95% of Dell product packaging and services packaging material by weight was sourced from sustainable materials. The scope includes product packaging and service parts packaging across all Dell products, and Dell EMC packaging purchased in quantities greater than 1,000.

95%
2-YEAR TREND
FY18 - 95% of 100%
FY17 - 94% of 100% Percentage of packaging that is recyclable/compostable
RELATED SDGs

Responsible Consumption and Production (12)

*We categorize a material as being recyclable if it is accepted by a majority of municipalities, and as being compostable if it can be certified to meet the ASTM D6400 standard.

Environmentally Sensitive Materials

Phase out environmentally sensitive materials as viable alternatives exist

FY18 PROGRESS

In FY18, we finalized the integration of the Dell and EMC substance management systems. The entire company now uses a single, common restricted materials list and a common supplier substances declaration tool. This will help make future substance phaseouts more effective. We successfully phased out four phthalates in FY16, and will continue to focus on phasing out further phthalates in the near future. We are assessing restrictions of substances of very high concern that are on the REACH authorization list and are present in our products.

RELATED SDGs

Responsible Consumption and Production (12)

Recovery of Used Electronics

Recover 2 billion pounds of used electronics, using FY08 as our baseline

97% TO GOAL
FY18 PROGRESS

In FY18, we recovered 177.2 million pounds of used electronics. This metric is based on data collected by Dell between February 2017 and January 2018, and data collected by heritage EMC between January 2017 and January 2018. We expect to have all data collection fully aligned with our fiscal calendar by the end of FY19.

1.9

billion pounds

2-YEAR TREND
FY18 - 1.9 of 2
FY17 - 1.8 of 2 Used electronics recovered (billion pounds)
RELATED SDGs

Responsible Consumption and Production (12)