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Stakeholder Engagement

NVIDIA's stakeholders are entities or individuals who can be affected by NVIDIA and whose actions can affect the organization. As we review and prioritize our stakeholders' concerns, we consider their relationship to our company and the relative importance of the issues they raise. The appropriate internal teams evaluate each stakeholder request to determine whether it is appropriate for us to respond. If it is not, we contact the stakeholder and present our reason(s) for not responding.

We promote sustainability and social responsibility among our stakeholders and keep them informed about our own efforts to be conscientious global citizens. This page describes:

  • Our interactions with stakeholders related to environmental, social and governance issues.
  • The direct and indirect methods NVIDIA uses to engage with our various stakeholders.
  • Industry initiatives in which NVIDIA is an active member and organizations in which we play a significant role.

We like to hear from stakeholders regarding sustainability issues and opportunities. Please complete our stakeholder questionnaire.

2013 Engagements

In 2013, NVIDIA's corporate responsibility organization began tracking specific stakeholder requests in an effort to improve our priority issues analysis. We created a database that will improve our efforts to engage going forward. In future years, NVIDIA will consider developing a formal stakeholder advisory panel to address corporate responsibility issues.

2013 stakeholder interactions included, but were not limited to:

Stakeholder (G4-24)
Engagement (G4-27)
Government
Adapted to new state requirements regarding energy efficiency labeling and product recycling (National Center for Electronics Recycling, U.S. Dept. of Energy Green Electronics Council, California Energy Commission); initiated recycling programs in states where applicable.
 
 
Customers
Adapted to new customer requirements resulting from their efforts to reduce greenhouse gas usage and report on conflict minerals (consumer electronics companies).
 
 
Shareholders
Participated in the Carbon Disclosure Project (investor, supply chain and water reports). Our current score is 87B. Also, provided input to the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board for the Technology and Communications sector and Semiconductor standards.
 
 
Employees
Collected almost 200 environmental ideas that were generated by our global employees as part of a campaign to promote the company's global citizenship report. Relevant internal groups have assessed the ideas and responded. Human Resources engaged the Best Places to Work Institute for a needs assessment and benchmark regarding best practices in employee engagement.
 
 
NGOs
Considered a request from Humanity United and International Campaign for Responsible Technology to participate in their current campaigns. However, it was mutually determined that they were not relevant for NVIDIA.
 
 
Research/Ratings Firms
Interacted with 11 firms (Bloomberg ESG, CDP, Ceres, Civic 50, DJSI, Good Guide, SASB, STOXX, Sustainalytics, Trucost and Vigeo) that are interested in our progress with corporate responsibility efforts. We will submit again this year (for the second time) for inclusion on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index.
 
 
All
Conducted spot surveys throughout the 2013 Global Citizenship Report and determined that the majority of visitors to our report were employees. Other visitors were consumers, NGOs and shareholders, in equal balance.
 
 
Global Citizenship Report Engagement

After publishing our Global Citizenship Report each year, we promote its availability through:

  • A targeted employee email campaign
  • A growing list of stakeholders we have built through direct contact over the years
  • Websites, such as csrwire.com
  • NVIDIA's monthly newsletter, which is distributed to almost one million consumers
  • Individual outreach to shareholder groups that make inquiries throughout the year
  • Emails to reporting organizations, including Bloomberg, Trucost, and Sustainalytics

We also distribute the report to our executive staff and to sales and marketing employees who interact directly with customers and partners.

Engagement Process (G4-25, G4-26, G4-27)

Beyond reporting, we directly engage with each stakeholder group as indicated here.

Customers

Through the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC), we make our self-assessment questionnaires available to customers annually and collaborate with them through our position on the EICC board of directors. We promote our corporate responsibility efforts when possible during quarterly business reviews.

Shareholders

Since 2007, we have participated in the Carbon Disclosure Project. Our score increased from 34 in 2009 to 87B in 2013. We respond to individual shareholder requests as they arise and through quarterly/annual reports, shareholder meetings, individual meetings, proxy process, analyst days and external shareholder events.

Individual shareholders who wish to communicate with the board regarding nominations of directors or other matters may do so by sending written communications addressed to David M. Shannon, Company Secretary. If no particular director is named, letters will be forwarded (depending on the subject matter) to the Chair of the Audit, Compensation, or Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee.

Consumers

The NVIDIA Foundation leverages our blog and social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn) to share stories of our efforts to engage employees and deepen the company’s social impact. We communicate with almost one million subscribers to NVIDIA’s monthly newsletter to let them know that our Global Citizenship Report is available. Our customer service team tracks all interactions with consumers as they occur and shares bi-weekly satisfaction reports internally.

Developers

We have established robust mechanisms for communicating with and facilitating interaction among developers through targeted discussion forums and conferences (frequency varies, depending on the channel). Developer resources include courses in parallel programming; enhancement tools for debugging, performance and testing; access to highly skilled engineers and specialists who provide custom services and co-design industry-specific applications; and financial support to university researchers in various scientific disciplines.

Suppliers

We engage with suppliers through quarterly business reviews and allocate points in their performance score for their efforts to participate in social and environmental initiatives and address any challenges. Through the EICC, we analyze their self-assessment documentation and request periodic audits. We actively reach out to suppliers when we need a response or action related to product compliance and other citizenship issues, such as conflict minerals.

Employees
  • We implement a global employee survey every 18 months and achieved 87 percent participation in 2013. In 2013, we initiated regular pulse surveys to more easily collect frequent feedback on certain key issues.
  • As our Global Citizenship Report website gets updated each year, we execute a campaign to drive employees to the site and work to engage them through competitions that test their knowledge of our citizenship issues and achievements.
  • In addition to a suggestion box for general issues, we host a “Green Ideas” suggestion box through which employees can submit ideas for saving energy, waste and water on our campuses or through product design. We review ideas regularly and keep employees informed about whether we’re able to implement their suggestions.
  • 94 percent of NVIDIA offices participated in either a charitable fundraiser or volunteer event in 2013. Globally, our volunteerism rate is 30 percent.
  • We have an open work environment where employees can email our CEO or any executive staff member with questions or suggestions without fear of retribution. Additionally, employees are encouraged to submit questions (anonymously, if they prefer) before our quarterly company meeting for our CEO to answer onstage. Questions that aren’t answered live are responded to in writing and posted for employees to read.
  • We have established a third-party corporate hotline to allow any employee to confidentially and anonymously lodge a complaint about any accounting, internal control, auditing or other matters of concern (unless prohibited by local privacy laws for employees located in the European Union).

Nonprofit and Nongovernmental Organizations

We continually engage directly with charitable organizations through the work of the NVIDIA Foundation. We do not engage proactively with NGOs, but instead partner with them through initiatives like the Public Private Alliance for Responsible Minerals Trade to address issues such as conflict minerals.

Communities

Through the work of the NVIDIA Foundation, we work closely with communities and local governments where we have offices worldwide. We sit on the Silicon Valley Leadership Group’s environmental committees, which allow us to engage monthly with the community and local governments on environmental issues. When we enter new communities or engage in new construction, we interact with local governments, as requested, to update them on our progress and receive approval as needed.

Industry Initiatives

NVIDIA belongs to or participates in the following organizations and committees (partial listing):

Organization Name
Website
NVIDIA Role
ARITH 20 Conference 2011
Sponsor
 
 
Association for Computing Machinery
Member
 
 
CEA
Member
 
 
Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition
Board of directors and participation in various working groups
 
 
Global Semiconductor Alliance
Board of directors
 
 
HDMI Forum
Board of directors
 
 
High Performance Graphics Conference
Committee participant
 
 
Indo American Chamber of Commerce
Member
 
 
IEEE
Member
 
 
International Conference on Supercomputing
Program committee
 
 
IPC – Association Connecting Electronics Industries
Member
 
 
JEDEC
GDDR5 Task Group vice chair, Future High Bandwidth Memory (HBM) Chair
 
 
OpenGL
Member
 
 
Open Power Foundation
Founders, Board of directors
 
 
PCISIG-PCIE
Board of directors
 
 
T10 (SCSI)
Project editor, INCITS Technical Excellence Award recipient
 
 
T13 (ATA/ATAPI)
Project editor, officer (secretary), INCITS Technical Excellence Award recipient
 
 
VESA
Board of directors
 
 
Wireless Gigabit Alliance (WiGig)
Board of directors