With the polar vortex still in recent memory for East Coasters and California mired in unprecedented drought, our role in the changing climate is top of mind.
As individuals, the everyday actions we take to help the environment — shorter showers, turning off lights and raising the thermostat — can make a difference, but what makes those small actions powerful is their collective impact.
For companies the size of Broadcom, the principle is the same: small changes can have measurable benefits. With more than 10,000 employees in 17 countries around the world, Broadcom is keenly aware of its global impact and responsibility to be good stewards in the areas where our employees live and work.
Over the past few years, the company has taken steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from its labs, offices and data centers. Those actions are further underscored by being publicly accountable for operating in a socially responsible way.
That’s where the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) comes in. The global program is the world’s largest database of primary corporate climate change information.
Broadcom has just completed its sixth year of participation—and recorded its best scores yet.
According to this year’s report, Broadcom’s score rose to a 94, up 96 percent from 2009.
The main drivers behind Broadcom’s score increases include:
- Better alignment of internal data collection processes with CDP’s climate change reporting structure.
- Increased disclosure around corporate climate change programs and initiatives.
- Quantified energy and carbon reduction measures resulting from improvements to global real estate assets.
- Enhanced climate change risk and opportunity assessment process.
- Verified Scope 3 emission data resulting from corporate air travel. This is in addition to verification of Scope 1 and 2 emission sources.
New this year, Broadcom implemented a utility tracking and reporting program that helped facility managers at its global offices optimize site-level energy, water, waste and greenhouse gas emissions.
“Energy efficiency is vital to our business and we apply the same high-performance energy efficiency standards to our global operations that we do to our products,” Broadcom President and Chief Executive Officer Scott McGregor said.
Thanks to the new initiatives and reporting protocols, Broadcom was able to lower its metric tons of CO2 by 4.8 percent per person and 7.1 percent per square foot of real estate. In terms of energy consumption, Broadcom reduced electricity usage by 1,110,643 kilowatt hours (kWh), the equivalent of 333 metric tons of carbon dioxide, in its San Jose, Calif., facilities alone.
Broadcom’s rising CDP score shows “our efforts are yielding success and our environmental reporting and management capabilities are maturing,” McGregor said. “Not only does energy consumption monitoring minimize our environmental footprint, it’s simply smart business.”
The CDP ranks companies and other public organizations on environmental stewardship by taking into account a number of factors, including the breadth and transparency of disclosure and overall carbon footprint relative to the size of facilities, number of employees and profit.
Learn more about Broadcom’s commitment to sustainable facilities in the video below: