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Collaboration & Engagement

We engage and collaborate within EMC and with industry peers to better understand and address the landscape of environmental issues impacting our industry and society. The IT industry shares deep interconnections throughout the value chain, and our collaborative approach helps us identify emerging trends and issues that will determine where we will focus our efforts in the future.


In addition to leveraging the contributions of tens of thousands of company employees, we also reach out to external stakeholders as a guide to sustainable innovation at the company. This includes a long list of community leaders, civil society organizations, non-profit organizations, industry experts, customers, shareholders, and suppliers.

In 2012, we collaborated with many different partners, industry groups, and universities including Ceres, CDP, the U.S. and Ireland Environmental Protection Agencies, the U.S. EPA SmartWay Transport Partnership, the Environmental Defense Fund, the Product Stewardship Institute, the Center for Advanced Life Cycle Engineering, the Irish Government, Stanford, MIT, and Yale. To learn more, visit Stakeholder Engagement.

Consortium memberships are another important means for engaging with the greater IT community. Our employees—ranging from engineers to sustainability professionals—actively participate with industry groups to transform the future landscape. Our memberships include The Green Grid, the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA), the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC), the Digital Energy and Sustainability Solutions Campaign (DESSC), the ICT’s for Sustainable Energy Partnership (ISEP), the Information Technology Industry Council (ITIC), and the Distributed Management Task Force (DMTF).


The success of our company, including our never-ending pursuit to be more environmentally responsible, rests on the shoulders of the 60,000 people who work at our company. We engage employees throughout the year in several ways, the most noteworthy of which are our Innovation Conference’s Sustainability Award, the Green Business Leadership team, and our quarterly employee sustainability awareness surveys.

  • EMC's annual Innovation Conference encourages and recognizes the power of employee innovation to shape the future. Since launching the program in 2009, we have identified—and implemented—employee ideas focused on data center energy consumption, monitoring enterprise information technology’s (IT’s) carbon footprint, and sustainable packaging practices. In 2012, a record 2,200 proposals were submitted to the Innovation Showcase by employees representing 28 countries. We selected 31 entries as award winners and recognized three “best-in-show” entries. To learn more about this award, visit Innovation Showcase.
  • In 2012, we introduced the Nelson Award for Initiative in Sustainability. Named in honor of Laura Nelson, EMC principal packaging engineer and member of the team that won the 2010 Environmental Stewardship Award, the Nelson Award recognizes not only innovative thinking, but also the commitment to follow-through in bringing the teams’ ideas to life at EMC. The kinds of initiative the winners have shown included enlisting subject matter experts inside EMC and out, analyzing the feasibility and potential impact of an idea, building the business case, piloting it, and finally seeing it through implementation. In 2012, five teams were recipients of the first annual Nelson Award for Initiative in Sustainability.
  • Aided by commitments from partners throughout the company, EMC’s Office of Sustainability is applying a unified environmental strategy across our business and day-to-day operations. The cross-functional Green Business Leadership team, with 20 participating business units and functions, collaborates to share ideas and practices, aligns programs, and drives sustainability throughout our operations.
  • EMC conducts a quarterly Environmental Sustainability Awareness Survey to better understand employee awareness. The survey is given to 500 randomly-selected employees from our global workforce and gives us insight into issues that are most important to employees as well as their understanding of our sustainability programs. Survey questions have asked about:
    • Awareness of what EMC is doing to protect the environment
    • Awareness of how EMC is helping our customers reduce their environmental impact
    • Whether employees feel good about EMC as an environmental steward
    • Whether employees look for ways to reduce EMC’s environmental impact when doing their jobs

In addition to the initiatives mentioned, we also engage employees throughout the year by hosting Earth Day events, leveraging social media to share tools and ideas, and using online tools for comparing impact and taking quizzes.

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