CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY

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Stakeholder Engagement

We define stakeholders as entities or individuals who can be affected by NVIDIA and whose actions can affect the organization. We continually track requests from our stakeholders so we can identify and respond to their priority issues . As we review and prioritize their concerns, we consider their relationship to our company and the relative importance of the issues they raise .

NVIDIA does not have a formal stakeholder advisory panel for corporate responsibility issues. One or more members of the Corporate Responsibility Committee evaluates each stakeholder request to determine whether a response is appropriate. If it is not, we inform the stakeholder of our reason(s) for not responding.

NVIDIA Foudation Overview

NVIDIA debuted in 2014 on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index North America.

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Stakeholders, please complete our stakeholder questionnaire.

2014 Engagements

To better understand our shareholders’ expectations, we conducted in 2014 a gap analysis of NVIDIA’s corporate social responsibility performance within five investor-oriented ratings frameworks: CDP, MSCI, Oekom, RobecoSAM and Sustainalytics. The top requests for greater transparency included tax information, political donations and supply chain management. The top requests for greater performance included board-level oversight of corporate social responsibility, water management and human capital development. This input will become part of our 2015 priority issues discussions with executives.

Stakeholder interactions in 2014 included, but were not limited to:

Stakeholder
Engagement
Government
Initiated recycling programs in states where applicable. Filed our first Form SD with the Securities and Exchange Commission related to conflict minerals.
 
 
Customers
Responded to new customer requirements to reduce greenhouse gas usage and interacted directly with several customers related to conflict minerals due diligence.
 
 
Shareholders
Participated in the Carbon Disclosure Project (investor, supply chain and water reports). Our current investor score is 92C.

Attended an integrated reporting workshop that included major institutional investors.
 
 
Employees
Conducted our regular employee survey, with 92% responding.
 
 
NGOs
Attended a forum organized by Good Electronics and the International Campaign for Responsible Technology to discuss the responsible use of chemicals in the electronics industry.
 
 
Research/Ratings Organizations
Debuted on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index.

Conducted a gap analysis to determine shareholder perception of our corporate responsibility performance (see above).

Interacted with 14 organizations interested in our corporate responsibility: Bloomberg ESG, CDP, Ceres, Corporate Equality Index, Corporate Knights (for Global100, Newsweek), FTSE4Good, IW Financial, MSCI, Oekom, RobecoSAM, SASB, Sustainalytics, and Vigeo.
 
 
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Conducted spot surveys within the 2014 Global Citizenship Report and determined that readers largely included employees, investment analysts and job seekers.
 
 

Global Citizenship Report Engagement

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

  • Targeted employee communications
  • Outreach to stakeholders and reporting organizations with which we have built a relationship
  • NVIDIA’s monthly newsletter, distributed to almost one million consumers
  • Individual outreach to shareholder groups that make inquiries throughout the year

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

Engagement Process

Communities

When we enter new communities or engage in new construction, we interact with local governments to update them on our progress and receive approval when needed. We are members of public policy organizations such as the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, Joint Venture and Digital Europe. Through the work of the NVIDIA Foundation, we work closely with communities and local governments where we have offices worldwide.

Consumers

Our customer service team tracks all interactions with consumers as they occur and shares bi-weekly satisfaction reports internally. The NVIDIA Foundation leverages our widely followed blog and social media channels to share stories of our efforts to engage employees and deepen the company’s social impact.

Customers

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

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.

Employees


  • We conduct a global employee survey every 18 months, with a 92 percent response rate in 2014.
  • In addition to using an online suggestions box, employees can contact our CEO or any executive staff member with questions or suggestions. Additionally, employees are encouraged to submit questions (anonymously, if they prefer) before our quarterly company meeting for our CEO to answer onstage. Questions that are not answered live are responded to in writing and posted for all 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 matter of concern (unless prohibited by local privacy laws for employees located in the European Union).
  • We have a dedicated “Green Ideas” suggestion box for employees to submit ideas about 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.
  • A total of 94 percent of our offices participated in 2014 in either a charitable fundraiser or volunteer event. Globally, our volunteerism rate is 30 percent. Eighty-seven percent of employees tell us that they are proud of the work NVIDIA does in their local communities and 90 percent believe that it is important for NVIDIA to be a responsible corporate citizen.

Nonprofit and Nongovernmental Organizations

We continuously engage directly with charitable organizations through the work of the NVIDIA Foundation. We do not engage proactively with NGOs, but partner with them through initiatives like the EICC or Public-Private Alliance for Responsible Minerals Trade.

Shareholders

Since 2007, we have participated in the Carbon Disclosure Project. Our score increased from 34 out of 100 in 2009 to 92 in 2014. We respond to individual shareholder requests as they arise. We also respond through quarterly/annual reports, shareholder meetings, individual meetings, proxy statement preparation, 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 to David M. Shannon, Corporate 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.

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 for issues related to product compliance and conflict minerals.