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Dell strives to better benefit the society and environment

Zafirah Salim | July 9, 2014
Some of its initiatives include creating more energy-efficient products, and harnessing its technology to help youths in underserved communities.

Dell announced that it will strive towards making Dell's entire product portfolio 80 percent more energy efficient, its packing 100 percent waste-free, and that it will apply its technology and expertise to help three million youths in underserved communities.

These are some key goals expressed by the computer technology company as part of its 2020 Legacy of Good plan. This plan serves as a strategic roadmap for merging its sustainability and business objectives, which aims to create social and environmental benefits while enabling better customer outcomes.

In its 2014 Corporate Responsibility Report - its first progress update - it included details of the company's long-term strategy, as well as how much its technology has helped benefit the world.  

Firstly, Dell reported that its line of products have reduced energy intensity by 23.2 percent over the past two years, which helps generate savings for its customers of up to US$449 million.

Secondly, Dell's "Connected Workplace" programme helped the company avoid 6,700 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) last year - this is equivalent to the same carbon footprint produced for a 16 million miles drive. To date, about 20 percent of Dell's workforce participated in this programme, which is almost half of the desired participation level.

As for facilities and logistics, the company reduced GHG emissions by 8 percent. Dell attributes the change to more efficient fulfillment processes (including more ocean-going freight and better packaging) and increased purchases of renewable electricity.

Lastly, Dell reported that in 2013, the company has helped 590,000 children through its youth learning and children's cancer care programmes. In that same year, Dell and its partners also helped install its first two solar-powered Dell Learning Labs for communities without reliable electricity access in Africa.

"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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