A Message from CSO Kathrin Winkler

Kathrin Winkler, CSO

Dear Readers,

Thank you for taking the time to peruse EMC’s 2014 Sustainability Report. At EMC, we know perhaps more than most just how much information is vying for your attention every day. Accordingly, we’ve tried to organize this material to make it easier for you to find just what you’re looking for. But we do hope that you’ll take a few extra minutes to scan the Executive Report to learn about the topics most important to us.

After all, a Sustainability Report is very special. It contains the record of our company’s sustainability performance, and a description of our priorities with an explanation of why they were chosen and how we approach them. It is the narrative of EMC’s story and offers the context for our decisions; an opportunity to celebrate our progress and ponder our challenges. Most important, it is an account of why the work done by EMC employees everywhere and every day is so relevant to the world around us.

For me personally, reporting season always generates that strange ambivalence between pride in what we have accomplished and frustration that we’re not moving further, faster. But writing this letter – my fifth – has given me an opportunity to reflect on just how much we have redefined sustainability at EMC over the years. I need only look at what’s new in this report. We’re experimenting with a new metric for measuring the effectiveness of our product take-back program. Our supply chain responsibility team has built a portal for increased engagement and collaboration with our suppliers. Our architects and data scientists are applying their skills to understanding climate change. We have – perhaps not redefined, but refined – our position on climate legislation. We’ve launched the Global Impact Corps for employees to apply their professional skills to help civil society. And there is so much more. But what is not new is our commitment to continue redefining our jobs to drive environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable outcomes.

I say “we”, but of course it is you – our employees especially, but also our suppliers, customers, partners, and engaged stakeholders – who are doing all the heavy lifting. It is a privilege to be on this journey with a company like EMC. Thank you.

Best regards,
Kathrin Winkler
Chief Sustainability Officer