Intel reports 2016 corporate responsibility progress and milestones
Via Intel Newsroom
May 19, 2017
Annual Report Shows Continued Focus on Transparency and Impact
May 18, 2017 — Intel Corporation today released its 2016 Corporate Responsibility Report, a comprehensive review of the company’s performance in areas that include environmental sustainability, supply chain responsibility, diversity and inclusion, and social impact. As an electronics industry innovator and corporate responsibility leader, Intel is committed to applying its technology to global challenges and building a better world.
Intel published its first environmental report in 1994, and the new report builds on the company’s long history of leadership in transparency and voluntary reporting. Intel was among the first companies to adopt the new Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Standards. Today Intel continues to advance its integrated reporting strategy and to increase transparency in a number of areas, including the company’s approach to human rights and how its corporate responsibility strategies and technology support the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
Building on its long history of reductions in carbon emissions and investments in water conservation, Intel continued to take actions in 2016 to achieve the lowest environmental footprint possible, while also collaborating to help others use our technology to lower their own footprints.
- For the ninth consecutive year, Intel is America’s largest voluntary corporate purchaser of green power, according to the U.S. EPA. In 2016, Intel increased its on-site alternative energy installations around the world by nearly 50 percent compared with 2015.
- Since 2008, Intel has invested over $175 million in energy conservation and alternative energy projects at its facilities worldwide, saving more than 3.9 billion kWh of energy through the end of 2016.
- For nearly two decades, Intel has been setting aggressive greenhouse gas reduction goals to minimize its air emissions. Over that time, Intel’s carbon emissions have decreased by more than 60 percent on an absolute basis.
- Since 1998, Intel has invested more than $234 million in water conservation projects, saving more than 57 billion gallons of water. Intel’s 2016 investments in new water conservation projects are estimated to save approximately 1.2 billion gallons of water a year.
- Intel has several proof-of-concept projects and pilots underway that deploy Internet of Things (IoT) solutions to reduce energy consumption and conserve water and natural resources.
Supply Chain Responsibility
- In 2016, Intel continued to work to advance accountability and improve performance across its multitiered supply chain, through assessments, audits and capability-building programs in support of our environmental and social goals.
- In 2016, Intel achieved its goal of completing on-site audits – covering more than 300 environmental, safety and human rights factors – for all 75 of its top-tier suppliers.
- Intel’s Program to Accelerate Supplier Sustainability (PASS) helps its suppliers build internal capacity around corporate responsibility through rigorous annual commitments to compliance, transparency and capability-building. As of the end of 2016, participating suppliers represented over 69 percent of Intel’s supply chain spending, and 83 percent of them had met all PASS advanced expectations in ethics, environmental and labor practices.
- Intel has collaborated with its top-tier suppliers to build a system to detect and address risks of forced and bonded labor, such as fees charged to workers to obtain or keep employment. Since 2014, $3.5 million in such fees have been returned to workers by suppliers in Intel’s supply chain.
- Since 2013, Intel has manufactured microprocessors that are conflict-free1 for tantalum, tin, tungsten and gold. The company has made substantial progress toward its goal to validate its broader product base as conflict-free, and will continue its pursuit of conflict-free supply chains as it enters new markets, acquires new companies and works to establish responsibly sourced mineral supply chains for our company as well as our industry.
Diversity and Inclusion
Intel continued to invest in initiatives and take actions to advance diversity and inclusion, not only within our own company, but also in the technology industry more broadly. Intel also invested in innovative programs aimed at building pathways to technology careers.
In early 2015, Intel set an ambitious goal to achieve full representation2 of women and underrepresented minorities in its U.S. workforce by 2020. Intel made progress toward this goal in 2016:
In 2016, 45.1 percent of Intel’s new hires were diverse, exceeding its annual hiring goal.
- Positive gains were made in the overall representation of women, which rose 2.3 percentage points since 2014 to 25.8 percent.
- Representation of underrepresented minorities in Intel’s U.S. workforce increased slightly from 12.3 percent in 2014 to 12.5 percent in 2016, leaving room for improvement in 2017 and informing the company’s focus over the next three years.
Of Intel’s recently appointed vice presidents in the U.S., 41 percent were women or underrepresented minorities.
To better support retention of diverse talent, Intel launched WarmLine, a service that enables U.S. employees to explore options with a personal adviser before they consider leaving Intel.
- Intel has committed to invest $1 billion in annual spending by 2020 with diverse-owned businesses across the supply chain. In 2016, Intel significantly increased spending with diverse suppliers, spending a total of $555 million against a goal of $400 million.
- The Intel Capital Diversity Fund launched in 2015, with plans to invest $125 million over five years in women- and minority-led companies. The fund expanded in 2016 to include startups led by people with disabilities, U.S. military veterans and members of the LGBTQ community.
Intel continued to build on its long history of investing in education and technology empowerment through the development of new initiatives and continued to empower its employees through impactful service opportunities.
Intel’s newest initiative, Intel® Innovation Generation, builds on the company’s experience in education to address the gap between youth skills and the jobs of tomorrow, and ensure that the next generation of innovators is diverse in terms of ethnicity, gender and geography. The initiative includes four main components:
Intel® Make Tomorrow aims to inspire young people to become creators and problem-solvers through technology-focused maker activities that build their innovation skills.
- Intel® Future Skills aims to close critical gaps and transform today’s workforce development and youth empowerment programs through the infusion of technology curricula, hands-on innovation experiences and employability skills training.
- Intel® Higher Education works with higher education institutions to integrate technology across academic disciplines to ensure a broader range of students can apply technology to make a difference in their communities and the world.
Intel® She Will Connect aims to accelerate closure of gender gaps in technology access and careers by empowering more girls and women to use technology, connecting them to economic and social opportunities, and inspiring them to become future innovators.
In 2016, Intel employees contributed more than 1.2 million hours of service in communities around the world, at an estimated in-kind value of $29 million. Through the Intel Employee Service Corps, Intel employees traveled to sites in the U.S. and around the world to help deploy Intel-based technology solutions and teach students, educators and other community members how to use them.
- Over the past five years, charitable giving by Intel and the Intel Foundation totaled $530 million.
1 “Conﬂict-free” refers to products, suppliers, supply chains, smelters and refiners that, based on our due diligence, do not contain or source tantalum, tin, tungsten or gold that directly or indirectly finance or benefit armed groups in the Democratic Republic of the Congo or adjoining countries.
2 Full representation is the point at which Intel’s workforce in the U.S. matches the supply of skilled talent available (market availability) for current roles at Intel.
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