Adobe was recognized in the CDP 2013 S&P 500 Climate Change Report Sustainability Index as a leader in the Information Technology sector. The climate change report was created to highlight the progress achieved by a portion of the S&P 500 companies in reducing emissions, responding to climate-related risks and opportunities and influencing key stakeholders to manage climate change.
From day-one we’ve been committed to responsibly managing the impact of our operations and to fostering a culture that values this approach to business. We continuously strive to exceed industry certification standards and maximize efficiency with leading edge technology. Being recognized in CDP’s Global 500 Climate Change Report validates that are our environmental efforts in energy conservation, green building and waste reduction are making a difference. As a company in an increasingly energy intensive business, we’re continuously looking for new ways to reduce our energy consumption, stabilize costs, while providing best-in-class workplaces for our employees. Our ultimate goal is for our facilities to produce or offset as much energy as they consume, resulting in Net Zero energy usage. Our energy conservation initiative is, of course, closely tied to our green building effort. We’re proud to be one of the first companies to adopt the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design – or LEED – standards.
Adobe achieved carbon neutrality at our owned facilities in North America in 2012 and we aim to achieve global carbon neutrality at all facilities in 2015. To date, 23 of our 17 LEED certified facilities, 58 percent of our global footprint have achieved Platinum level, ranking them among most efficient buildings in the world. Waste reduction is another area where we’re able to drive significant impact. Seventy-three percent of our licensed products were delivered digitally in 2012, eliminating the need for packaging.