Setting goals for sustainability and tracking our progress toward them is an ongoing process in multiple departments at NVIDIA and fundamental to the way we do business. Establishing our objectives, defining metrics for achieving them and monitoring our progress keeps us on the path to groundbreaking developments in technology and systemic environmental and social stewardship.
Present sustainability integration plan to key executives (Q1).
Participate in Dow Jones Sustainability Index process (Q2).
File Form SD to disclose NVIDIA's status in identifying the source of conflict minerals in its products.
Achieve 100% participation in Code of Conduct training.
Supply Chain Management
Silicon (Chip) Operations
Conduct labor and ethics assessment of NVIDIA operations as part of our compliance to the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition.
Collect carbon and water data for 100 percent of Tier 1 suppliers.
Implement a new manufacturing parts database to better identify the status of parts with respect to social and environmental compliance initiatives, and to support engineering teams in making design decisions in relationship to these initiatives.
Engage Great Place to Work Institute in a cultural benchmarking assessment to learn how to better link NVIDIA culture with employee perceptions
See our Workforce Metrics
page for a detailed view of the measures we use to track our success.
Reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 15% (normalized per employee) by 2019, from base year 2013.
Drive a mean PUE value across our global data centers of 1.55 by 2016.
Maintain a solid waste landfill diversion rate of 80 percent or greater each year (from 2013 to 2016).
Lead the Social and Environmental Responsibility Leadership committee through a process to determine how to integrate sustainability more fully throughout NVIDIA.
As part of these efforts, we streamlined compliance efforts and created stronger ownership for key issues, such as customer sustainability requests, conflict minerals and carbon/greenhouse gas management. A working committee presented the integration plan to leaders in April 2014. There was agreement on key objectives and initiatives to pursue. See EVP, Operations
letter for more detail.
Continue high performance in our internal sustainability report and external rankings/ratings, such as the Carbon Disclosure Project and Bloomberg ESG reporting.
In 2013, we received a GRI B+ Application Level Check
from the Global Reporting Initiative. Our Carbon Disclosure Project performance increased from 82C to 87B. In 2014, we plan to evaluate all ratings, rankings and research requests received each year (currently at nine) and focus on responding to requests that provide the highest value to NVIDIA.
Explore the possibility of developing a stakeholder advisory committee by conducting initial outreach to shareholder firms, employees and NGOs.
NVIDIA will continue to remain responsible to all stakeholders who inquire about our social and environmental performance, but will not form a stakeholder advisory committee at this time. We have created a database of contacts based on inquiries we receive and internal leaders have been established as the points of contact for specific stakeholders. Our Stakeholder Engagement
page has more info.
Begin to collect data from suppliers to help understand our carbon, water and natural resource footprint for products.
We have collected (through our participation in the Electronics Industry Citizenship Coalition) carbon and water information on several Tier 1 suppliers in our Silicon Operations, and carbon data for Tier 1 suppliers in Board Operations.
Engage a third party to conduct an internal self-assessment of human resources and ethics operations.
An NVIDIA employee was selected and trained in 2013 to conduct the assessment in 2014, in compliance with our membership in the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition.
Participate in the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board Industry Working Group for Semiconductors.
NVIDIA was interviewed, commented on the draft for the semiconductor industry, and reviewed briefs for Electronics Manufacturing Services standards.
Evaluate NVIDIA's participation in the Human Rights Campaign's Global Equality Index.
NVIDIA has not committed at this time to participate in the Index. We are in communication with our LGBT employee community about the process. If time allows, we will review the survey this year and provide a review of our findings to executive staff.
100 percent participation in Code of Conduct training.
New employees are required to complete training within their first 30 days. We will continue to strive toward a goal of 100 percent.
100 percent participation in anti-corruption training for targeted employees.
Ninety-eight percent of employees who have frequent contact with customers, partners and suppliers (such as those in sales, finance and procurement) have received anti-corruption training. We will continue to strive toward a goal of 100 percent.
Silicon (Chip) Operations
Achieve 100 percent supplier compliance with the OHSAS18001 health and safety standard.
Continue quarterly collection of smelter information through compliance with the Dodd Frank Act.
As of this report filing, Silicon Operations is 33 percent conflict free across all "3TG" metals, and 100 percent conflict free for tantalum.
Launch new social and environmental compliance standards for all suppliers, which includes confirmation of their participation in the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition.
Launched in May 2013. Includes compliance requirements around RoHS2 and conflict minerals, and the existence of a social and environmental responsibility policy.
Collect carbon and water data from suppliers. Begin discussions around product assembly impacts on carbon and water.
Carbon data from our Tier 1 suppliers have been collected.
Undertake assurance/verification of 2012 greenhouse gas emissions data.
Target 80 percent of waste for landfill diversion on the Santa Clara, Calif., campus.
This goal was reset in 2013 and will be active through 2016.
Re-evaluate energy and water goals for our Santa Clara headquarters.
We will set new greenhouse gas reduction goals by Q3. We will evaluate the feasibility of setting a water goal for our Santa Clara campuses.