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Dell highlights sustainability achievements

Corporate Responsibility Report shows progress to green goals and community programmes

Dell highlights sustainability achievements
Dell says the report shows progress towards its 2020 Legacy of Good plan.

Dell has released its Corporate Responsibility Report for FY2014, which the company says shows good progress towards its sustainability and business objectives.

The company has reduced the energy consumption of its products, cut its own greenhouse gas emissions and waste, and directly helped 590,000 youth through its strategic giving programs in 2013.

The company outlined its goals CSR goals in its 2020 Legacy of Good plan last year. The plan reflects a long-term strategy for Dell's solutions, processes and people, and "strives to measure the ripple effect of how its technology is helping customers and others to benefit the world" the company said.

Among the 21 goals Dell laid out is the aim of making Dell's entire product portfolio 80% more energy efficient, its packaging 100% waste-free, and applying its technology and expertise to directly help three million youth in underserved communities.

In FY2014, Dell said that it had made a number of achievements. It has reduced the energy intensity of its portfolio by 23.2% over the last two years, and its server portfolio has seen a reduction of 50%.

The company's Connected Workplace program for flexible working practices has saved 6,700 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions, equivalent to eliminating 16 million miles of travel, and saving the company $12 million. Dell also reduced GHG emissions from its own facilities and logistics by 8%.

In FY14 the company spent $4.1 billion with diverse suppliers, up from $3.44 billion in FY13. The company continues to be recognized as part of the Billion Dollar Roundtable for its spending with minority and woman-owned suppliers. The company also helped 590,000 children through its youth learning and cancer care programs, and created Learning Labs in under-served parts of Africa that have given 434 students access to technology.

"As a private company, our entrepreneurial spirit and bold long-term goals are fueling new, innovative ways to solve problems and create positive change," said Trisa Thompson, vice president of Corporate Responsibility at Dell. "I'm proud of the progress we're making toward our 2020 Legacy of Good commitments and the resulting impact we're having for our customers, team members, communities and the planet."

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