• 2013 CitizenShip Report
  • Social Impact on GPU
  • NVIDIA Foundation
Goals and Progress

Setting goals for sustainability and tracking our progress toward them is an ongoing process in multiple departments at NVIDIA — it is 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.

2012 was a good year at NVIDIA. We enjoyed record profits, growing seven percent overall while facing material and resource shortages and weak European markets. These successes enabled us to invest in our future and give back to our shareholders.

By year’s end, we were beginning to show off our first fully integrated products. Moving into 2013, we launched NVIDIA SHIELD, a portable gaming device that stole the show at the 2013 International Consumer Electronics Show. Additionally, we introduced NVIDIA GRID, which brings GPUs to the cloud. GRID enables multiple users to share a single GPU, improving performance while conserving resources.

Our Tegra family now powers 20 brands and 100 models, and we recently launched Tegra 4, the world’s fastest mobile processor. Close behind it came Tegra 4i, our first mobile processor with an integrated LTE modem. Tegra 4i opens the door to huge untapped market potential and promises to revolutionize our world by bringing visual computing to everyday devices like household appliances.

All of this forward momentum requires us to expand our workforce and facilities. Already we are bursting at the seams of our existing infrastructure on the Santa Clara campus, so this year we will break ground across the street on an addition that will inspire collaboration and help us fulfill our long-term vision. As we do with our products, we’re making efficiency the central concern in the design of this new facility, paying attention to not only financial but environmental costs.

2012 Goals
Expand our “Green Team” to address social and governance issues
100 %
This team was expanded to include environmental, social and governance issues, and rebranded as the Social and Environmental Responsibility (SER) Committee; we identified six executives to serve on the leadership committee. The committee met three times with the leadership team to review our approach to sustainability and conflict minerals and determine staffing and financial resources for sustainability projects. We will continue to meet quarterly.
100% participation in Code of Conduct training.
New employees are required to complete training within their first 30 days. We will continue to strive towards a goal of 100%.
100% participation in anti-corruption training for targeted employees.
80% 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 towards a goal of 100%.
Undertake assurance/verification of 2011 greenhouse gas emissions data.
See overview and letter from assurance provider PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Target 80% of waste for landfill diversion on the Santa Clara, Calif. campus.
Goal set was 80% diversion, which we reached in 2010. In 2012, our rate decreased to 76% due to non-recyclable debris accumulated in construction projects across our Santa Clara, CA campus. Of the total debris generated, we diverted 63% from the landfill.
Reset energy, waste and water goals for campus operations and data centers.
In Progress
We made the decision to move this discussion to 2013 so we can establish a social and environmental executive leadership team, which will help us determine priorities for our facilities operations.
Launch a data center energy optimization project.
In 2012, we collaborated with Silicon Valley Power to upgrade one major Santa Clara data center. We are well on our way to saving more than 1,582 megawatt hours of energy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 489 metric tonnes of CO2e a year. See Environmental Management.
Supply Chain
Silicon (Chip) Operations
Initiate compliance to the California Supply Chain Transparency Act.
In progress
Even though NVIDIA is not subject to this Act, we plan to voluntarily comply and have notified our Customers of our intent to comply. As a first step for compliance, we plan to put into place a process to ensure that we can address the requirements of the Act.
Initiate Scope 3 analysis for Silicon Operations suppliers
100% of Silicon Operations suppliers responded to the EICC Carbon Water Reporting System. This first round will provide rough estimates that will be followed by more accurate modeling in subsequent quarters. A deadline has not been established for completion.
Hazardous waste survey
In Progress
Received hazardous waste metrics from 100% of relevant suppliers. These suppliers are all in compliance of local laws. 75% have been audited for compliance.
Board Operations
Evaluate CEMs (contract electronic manufacturers) in our circuit board operations for compliance to the EICC Code of Conduct for their facilities.
We deferred outreach to May 2013 so that we could include compliance requirements around RoHS2, conflict minerals, and existence of a social and environmental responsibility policy. As of May 2013, we have reached out to 100% of our suppliers regarding their compliance.
Begin review of the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act.
The Act was outlined in our latest Compliance Specification (see 2013 goals below) and sent to 100% of suppliers.
Evaluate the potential for implementing a validated audit program for key suppliers.
In 2012 we engaged our largest supplier through an audit that covered health and safety, labor issues and environmental sustainability.
See our Workforce Metrics page for a detailed view of the measures we use to track our success.

2013 Goals
Lead Social and Environmental Responsibility (SER) Leadership committee through process of determining how to integrate sustainability more fully throughout NVIDIA.
Continue high performance in our internal sustainability report, as well as external rankings and ratings, such as Carbon Disclosure Project and Bloomberg ESG reporting.
Receive application level recognition for “B” level Global Citizenship report by Global Reporting Index (completed September 2013).
Explore development of a stakeholder advisory committee by conducting initial outreach to shareholder firms, employees and NGOs.
Begin to collect data from suppliers to help understand our carbon, water and natural resource footprint for products.
Engage third party to conduct internal self-assessment of human resources and ethics operations.
Participate in Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) Industry Working Group for Semiconductors.
Evaluate participation in the Human Rights Campaign’s Global Equality Index.
Pursue 100% participation in Code of Conduct training.
Pursue 100% participation in anti-corruption training for targeted employees.
Supply Chain
Silicon (Chip) Operations
Achieve 100% supplier compliance with OHSAS18001 health and safety standard.
Continue quarterly collection of smelter information through compliance with the Dodd Frank Act.
Board Operations
Launch new Social and Environmental compliance standard to all suppliers, which includes confirmation of participation in EICC.
Collect carbon and water data from suppliers. Begin discussions around product assembly impacts on carbon and water.
Continue quarterly collection of smelter information through compliance with the Dodd Frank Act.
Re-evaluate energy, waste and water goals for NVIDIA Santa Clara headquarters.
Undertake assurance/verification of 2012 greenhouse gas emissions data. 100% achieved in June 2013. Read letter from assurance provider TruCost.
Continue to divert from the landfill 80% of waste on the Santa Clara, Calif., campus.
Implement company-wide survey in first half of 2013. Confirmed 87% global participation.
See our Workforce Metrics page for a detailed view of the measures we use to track our success.
Increase veterans outreach opportunities, through participation in Project Hired’s Wounded Warrior Workforce program, and Recruit Military.