Global Citizenship
Social Impact of the GPU2012 Citizenship ReportNVIDIA Foundation

Safety and Health

NVIDIA is committed to providing safe and healthy workplaces for all its workers. From environmental monitoring to emergency response planning to cancer awareness activities as part of our Compute the Cure initiative, our programs demonstrate our commitment and concern.

Our record reflects the results of this dedication. Less than 1 percent of our leave-of-absence requests relate to work. We have very few workers’ compensation claims. Repetitive motion injuries are responsible for the majority of them; we’ve recognized this and have taken steps to work with affected employees through our ergonomics program and online courses.

NVIDIA relies on manufacturing partners to produce our products. But this arrangement doesn’t lessen our interest in promoting the health and safety of all workers connected to our business. To that end, we work closely with our suppliers and partners on workplace issues. As a member of the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC), we require our suppliers to adhere to the EICC Code of Conduct, which has established standards for the health and safety of workers.

Environmental Health and Safety Overview
Our Environmental Health and Safety Team oversees workplace conditions for NVIDIA employees across the globe. The team conducts trainings and audits, ensures regulatory compliance and provides technical support and information. Its responsibilities include:
  • Helping to design facilities that meet or exceed local safety requirements
  • Implementing safe practices across NVIDIA’s programs, activities and facilities
  • Ensuring compliance with all applicable health and safety laws, regulations and policies

In addition, the Environmental Health and Safety team has responsibility for the following programs:
  • Air Quality (Outdoor & Indoor) Environmental Compliance, Protection and Impact Assessments
  • Hazardous Materials Inventory
  • Hazardous Materials: Use, Transportation, Disposal, Recycling & Waste Minimization
  • Occupational Safety & Health Assistance
  • Pollution Prevention
  • Water Quality, Storm Water & Wastewater Discharge Testing

Emergency Response Team
Health and Safety
Some 340 global employees volunteer for NVIDIA's Emergency Response Team. In 2011, ERT employees packaged disaster care kits to recognize the 10-year anniversary of September 11.
Planning for emergencies is an essential part of keeping our employees safe. Our volunteer Emergency Response Team is made up of employees who have been trained to respond and provide first aid in the event of an emergency. These volunteers have received training in basic first aid as well as emergency preparedness for rapid response in the case of a medical emergency, hazardous chemical spill, major incident or large-scale disaster. We have active teams in offices around the world, including Santa Clara, Calif., and Austin, Texas, in the United States; Bangalore, Hyderabad and Pune, in India; Taipei, in Taiwan; Shanghai and Shenzhen, in China. We continue to add teams to new locations.

Because we do not manufacture the products we sell, our suppliers are a key component of our success as a company. We meet with our suppliers regularly and conduct quarterly business reviews. These reviews give us an opportunity to measure their adherence to our social responsibility policy as well as the guidelines in the EICC Code of Conduct. We require our suppliers to meet international standards on the environment and human rights and workplace safety, and we work with them on issues that may arise in these areas. For more information, please see the Silicon Chip Operations section in environment.

“NVIDIA is the world's leading tech company and I am proud to be part of it. It knows its responsibilities towards the environment and its people. What inspires me is how our technology is helping to resolve some of the most critical problems around world.
Rohit G., India