ECI Commits to Support the Sustainable Development Goals
Petach Tikvah, Israel, July 27, 2016 --- ECI, a global provider of ELASTIC Network® solutions for service providers, critical infrastructures and data center operators, announced today the publication of its 2015 Sustainability Report. This is ECI’s fifth report written in accordance with GRI G4 sustainability reporting standards and represents another step in ECI’s journey over the years to continue to enhance sustainable business practices.
The report illustrates ECI’s commitment to sustainable development as a contribution to the positive global impact of business socially, economically and environmentally – from futureproof strategies and collaborative innovation driving greater resource efficiency for customers to reducing environmental impacts in our own operations and investing in our employees. The report also introduces the company’s alignment to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, identifying 5 SDGs that ECI specifically supports and advances through its activities.
Darryl Edwards, CEO and President of ECI said, “For more than 50 years now, ECI has been dedicated to doing business in a sustainable manner. Continuing to drive future-critical innovation and efficiencies remains a top priority to help our customers and our own business thrive through the long term.”
In 2015, ECI introduced its ELASTIC Network® strategy, dedicated to extending the life cycle of equipment and protecting customer investments with more efficient products and services that offer environmental advantages. More specifically, the ELASTIC Network strategy future proofs customers by moving them from closed systems to open systems, from vendor lock-in to vendor agnostic platforms, from proprietary IP to open source innovation and from physical hardware to virtualized networking.
ECI’s 2015 Sustainability Report also includes recommendations from stakeholders who shared their views at a round table discussion earlier this year. Customers, community leaders, environmental experts and business sustainability experts suggested:
Increased transparency of ECI’s sustainable practices so that ECI is identified as an example to emulate, internationally and locally
To boost the deployment of sustainable products by continuing to encourage employees to design energy efficient, environmentally friendly technologies, beyond regulatory guidelines
Expanded impact on the community through collaboration that engages other organizations, including customers, in shared community initiatives to increase overall impact as well as advance technological education and cyber security
Deriving greater business benefits from sustainability activities by placing more focus on creating business value through addressing social and environmental needs.
Mr. Edwards continued, “It is always wise to take a step back and listen. This is one of the best ways to learn and improve. We are delighted with the positive feedback and validation of our existing sustainability path as well as with recommendations for how to do better. In addition to stakeholder suggestions, we continue to advance the participation of women in technology, provide impeccable service to our customers and embed ethical conduct at all levels of our business to maintain the trust of our stakeholders and safeguard against business risk.”
ECI also announced that it was awarded the highest “Platinum Plus” ranking for the third year in a row by Maala, a non-profit organization which promotes corporate responsibility and standards for responsible business in Israel. ECI received the maximum score in the following categories: ethical aspects of business conduct, diversity & inclusion, environmental management & strategy corporate commitment & disclosure, employee relations, health and work-life balance, employee community involvement (volunteering) and climate change & air quality.