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Dell’s 2011 Corporate Responsibility Report Highlights Commitment to People and the Planet

Press Release   •   Sep 08, 2011 04:29 EDT

Dell’s progress toward its ongoing commitments to help people realize their full potential, build more sustainable communities and to help protect the planet is described in its 2011 Corporate Responsibility report, released today.


Dell was named Newsweek’s 2010 Greenest Company in America and is proud of its sustainability record. From designing, building and shipping to using and recycling computer equipment, the company’s goal is to deliver the highest quality and most energy-efficient products with the least impact on the environment. In Dell’s most recent fiscal year laptops and desktops were designed to use 25 percent less energy than they did in 2008. The company also lowered data center energy consumption for customers by improving server performance per watt. Dell also reduced the size of the boxes laptops and desktops are shipped by more than 11 percent.

Dell sustainability focus is concentrated on efficiently managing its own operations, developing innovative energy efficient products and solutions for customers, shipping products with sustainable packaging materials, and providing world class recycling options that makes it easy for its customers to be green.

    Corporate Responsibility highlights:

  • Data center efficiency improvements: within five-year time frame Dell server performance per watt improved 31X;
  • Laptops and desktops consume 25 percent less energy than 2008;
  • Customers have saved nearly $6 billion through Energy Smart since 2005, avoiding more than 55 million tons of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions;
  • Surpassed Dell’s goal to reduce packaging volume by 10 percent
  • Increased shipments of laptops and smartphones cradled in environmentally sensitive bamboo packaging;
  • Began a pilot to ship Dell PowerEdge servers in mushroom packaging; mushroom packaging is a dense material tough enough to protect heavier products like servers and desktops and is also compostable
  • Extended free global recycling to 78 countries and facilitated equipment drop off at more than 3,700 Goodwill and Staples locations in the U.S. and Canada; and,
  • Recycled more than 150 million pounds of end-of-life computer equipment, a 16 percent increase over the previous year. Dell is on pace to recycle 1 billion pounds by 2014.

As part of its IT solutions strategy Dell is helping customers save energy by hosting their data. In doing so, Dell will consume more energy itself than it has in recent years. However, with Dell’s more energy efficient data centers, the planet can benefit as Dell applies its expertise in efficient data center management and helps customers save energy and other resources.


Dell’s giving programs help close the technology gap, support youth education, entrepreneurship and digital inclusion for underserved communities around the world. Dell targets 1 percent of pre-tax profits toward programs that benefit education, health and children. The company last year made progress in its global YouthConnect program and stimulated social entrepreneurship through the Dell Social Innovation Competition. 

    Giving highlights:

  • YouthConnect has positively affected 2 million children globally with expansion to nine countries;
  • Dell expanded the Dell Social Innovation competition to promote social change in growing communities and committed $5 million over five years to the University of Texas at Austin to grow the program; and,
  • Dell and team members made multi-million dollar contributions for global disaster relief

Diversity & Inclusion

Dell is committed to a diverse workforce and embraces the similarities and differences of its team members. Diversity is imperative for its business and customers and part of what makes up a winning culture. Serving a global community requires Dell to have a diverse supplier network.
    Diversity highlights:

  • $3 billion investment with diverse businesses;
  • Dell named one of the “Top Corporations for Multicultural Business Opportunities by
  • DiversityInc.’s Top 50 Companies list;
  • Working Mother’s 100 Best Companies list; and,
  • Perfect score on Corporate Equality Index of the Human Rights Campaign for seventh time in a row.

Dell continued efforts to influence its supply chain to improve suppliers’ corporate
responsibility record, using the Electronics Industry Citizenship Coalition code of conduct as a basis for workplace operations and safety. Dell increased the number of supplier audits conducted as part of its program focused on workplace conditions to more than 100.


Trisa Thompson, Vice President, Corporate Responsibility: “Whether it’s through our green efforts or giving programs, our company gives back in many ways responsibly and with integrity. While we have made much progress, we have much more work to do to help people achieve their full potential and help us protect the planet.”

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