In this introduction to NVIDIA’s 2015 Global Citizenship Report, our chief executive officer and executive vice president of operations explain our approach to corporate responsibility. They discuss the opportunities, successes and challenges we have faced and expect to face in the future.

NVIDIA has developed a process for charting its path to corporate responsibility maturity. We conduct an annual Priority Issues assessment to determine the company’s top priorities and those of our stakeholders, and then use these to establish overarching objectives that drive the program forward. A corporate responsibility committee, guided by four executives and comprised of employees across all functions (including vice presidents), execute programs that support the objectives. For each objective, we evaluate and execute several initiatives each year that provide various levels of return based on the business goals assigned to each initiative.

Frameworks such as the Global Reporting Initiative help us assess our development. Membership in the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition and adoption of the EICC code of conduct enable us to make progress as a key player within the electronics industry supply chain. And external stakeholder efforts such as the Dow Jones Sustainability Index, Carbon Disclosure Project and employee surveys are tools we use to keep our stakeholders engaged, demonstrate progress and receive constructive feedback.

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

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This section also contains an overview of NVIDIA’s priorities – and how we determine them in dialog with both our executives and external stakeholders.

NVIDIA has established three key objectives by which we will achieve greater responsibility, to:

  • Drive operational efficiency and excellence
  • Strengthen hiring and retention
  • Manage corporate responsibility risks and opportunities

In 2014, we performed a gap analysis — using external stakeholder data — to determine opportunities to increase our effectiveness and transparency. In 2015, we will evaluate these gaps in the context of our priority issues and develop an action plan to address them in line with our objectives.

The company’s customers and end-users share our desire to be socially and environmentally responsible, and we continually work to meet their expectations. We still have work to do, but we’re proud of the progress we’ve made so far. Over the past year, we:

  • Were added for the first time to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index
  • Improved our performance in the Carbon Disclosure Project (rising to a score of 92 out of 100 from 34 in 2009)
  • Ranked in the top 6 percent of U.S. companies in the Newsweek Green Rankings
  • Continued to drive greater transparency in our reporting efforts through the use of the Global Reporting Initiative’s G4 guidelines

We invite you to peruse this report in its entirety to gain a comprehensive view of the many steps we are taking and plan to take to achieve increasingly higher levels of corporate responsibility and global sustainability.