OUR PEOPLE AND WORKFORCE
Employee Travel & Commuting
EMC encourages alternative travel, commuting, and communications methods including e-conferencing, virtual meetings, remote work assignment programs, and shuttle services. We encourage employees to reduce their environmental impact and achieve savings for our business at the same time. Our online travel booking tool, for example, provides users with carbon information that allows them to select different routes and methods of transportation. In addition, we continue to add efficiencies to our corporate fleet to reduce environmental impacts associated with travel.
We provide a number of technology options for employees to collaborate more effectively and more often without having to travel. Our options for e-conferencing include TelePresence, video conferencing, web conferencing, and audio conferencing. We have 50 Cisco TelePresence facilities around the globe.
During 2013, EMC also continued to see a growing demand for desktop video conferencing, adding an average of 335 new Desktop Video Conferencing accounts each month. Usage also increased from an average of 852 hours per month in 2012 to an average of 1,340 hours per month in 2013.
A substantial amount of work that previously required engineers to travel to a customer location is now being performed remotely. We have also implemented other initiatives that will impact Scope 3 business travel emissions over time, including increased use of high-definition video conferencing, and redesigned job responsibilities to reduce the number of different individuals required to perform common services. We believe these changes are helping reduce travel costs and impacts. For example, our EMEA region, where several new systems were installed in 2013, saw a 7 percent savings in its travel expenditure.
In 2013, we also started a pilot of our forthcoming Unified Communication solution, Microsoft Lync, a new communication platform that dramatically enhances instant messaging, content sharing, conferencing, voice, and video. We are planning a global deployment of the platform, which we expect to begin in the second quarter of 2014.
We continually examine our fleet and potential replacement aircraft to improve fuel efficiency and reduce emissions. Our total emissions from our fleet aircraft were 3,785 metric tons CO2e in 2013. We have been participating in the EU-Aviation Emissions Trading Scheme (EU-ETS or AVETS) since its inception in 2010. The EU-ETS or AVETS went live in 2012, and we reported our 2012 CO2e emissions in early 2013.
More and more of our employees are working remotely and with other flexible work arrangements. Our WorkWise program, for example, empowers eligible employees in either a partial or full commitment to work remotely. The environmental benefits include reduced emissions from and time lost to commuting and facility consolidation, which allows more efficient use of space and energy.
Employee Commuting & Shuttle Programs
EMC facilities around the globe offer shuttle programs to create efficiencies, while reducing carbon emissions and easing our employees’ commuting challenges. Our facilities in the U.S. and in Cork, Ireland, offer carpool matching programs for employees. In addition, EMC’s Hopkinton, Massachusetts, location received the Massachusetts Excellence in Commuter Options (ECO) Award at the highest Pinnacle level for the third year in a row.
In 2013, our Ireland COE introduced a pilot program with shuttles between our office and the Shannon airport; the goal is to limit the number of single-occupancy vehicles, since many employees travel on the same days. Initial feedback has been positive and we are considering expanding the program.
The Ireland COE also continues to expand its Cycle to Work program and the Israel COE installed secure bicycle storage to encourage biking to work.
Commuting programs and projects available at various EMC facilities include:
- Bike racks and showers for employees who bike to work
- Incentives to encourage employees to use public transportation and EMC sponsored shuttles
- Direct service to our locations from some local train stations
- A commuter pretax savings plan
- Shuttle lines at the Israel COE from the center of Tel-Aviv and Ramat Gan to EMC facilities for the benefit of the employees and to reduce carbon emissions. Work is in process for planning an extended shuttle route with the local city municipality and other companies to better accommodate the commuting needs of employees
- Shuttle services between buildings at our central Massachusetts facilities to limit employees’ use of their own vehicles; shuttle fleets include hybrid vehicles
- Bus service at the India COE for approximately 936 employees, further reducing dependence on individual vehicles
- Shuttle services between our two Santa Clara, California locations and to local commuter train stations
- Transportation provided by the Egypt COE used by approximately 250 employees daily
- Transportation provide by the India COE used by approximately 3,000 employees and contractors daily.