Wednesday, 7 April 2010

Corporate sustainability news – Alcatel-Lucent, Intel and Accenture

Alcatel Lucent logo Alcatel Lucent has been named as a winner in the 2010 European Commission’s Sustainable Energy Europe (SEE) campaign.  The company was recognised in the ‘Market Transformation-Voluntary Commitments’ category for its Alternative Energy Program for Global Green Telecommunications.

The Alcatel-Lucent program is designed to enable communications service providers to extend the reach of their wireless services to areas not served by an electrical grid through the use of base stations powered with alternative energies.  The program will also make it possible to retrofit wireless base stations so that they can take advantage of advances in alternative energy technology.

Intel According to Harrington Investments, Inc., Intel has agreed to to include ‘corporate responsibility and sustainability performance’ into the policy responsibility of its Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee.

Harrington had introduced a shareholder resolution to amend Intel's bylaws to create a Board Committee on Sustainability. Intel initially opposed the resolution but ultimately agreed to change their corporate charter to require the Governance and Nominating Committee to report to the Board on corporate responsibility and sustainability performance.

Accenture In its latest CSR report Accenture says it has achieved its initial target of a 25% reduction in per-employee carbon emissions in 2009, compared a 2007 base year.  The company has further committed to reducing per capita carbon by 40% by fiscal 2012. 

Most of the companies emissions are from business travel and office energy use, hence a particular focus on reducing air travel.  The company has a policy of minimising non-critical business travel, particularly for internal meetings, and increasing the use of collaborative business tools.

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It’s clearly going to get tougher for Accenture, though, since it doesn’t have the easy wins that many IT services players have.  In the long run per-capita reductions will not be enough anyway, since we need to reduce absolute emissions to make real progress.

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