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Adobe Named a Global Leader in Reducing Environmental Impact

Natural Capital Leader efficiency badge-01In the seventh annual State of Green Business Report 2014, the GreenBiz Group and Trucost introduced the Natural Capital Leaders Index, a first-ever assessment of companies that have successfully grown their revenue while reducing emissions and their use of the earth’s natural resources. After screening more than 4,600 companies, Adobe was recognized as the Natural Capital Efficiency Leader of the technology industry — not just in the US, but the world. We’re thrilled to see Adobe on this list and to be in the company of other industry leaders, such as Sprint, eBay and Ford Motor Company.

We caught up with Joel Makower, chairman and executive editor of GreenBiz Group, who gave us a little more insight into the index and what this will mean for companies now and in the future. He said that “there is a growing recognition among the public that “sustainability” isn’t just about preserving icebergs, rainforests and charismatic megafauna. It is also about public health, community well-being, food security, affordable housing and alleviating poverty… we believe that the Natural Capital Leaders Index developed by Trucost will become a new standard for assessing which companies are truly leaders in sustainability.”

Trucost Natural Capital Leaders Index 2014 (click to enlarge)

Since Adobe was founded, corporate responsibility has been a guiding principle, which has created a company culture that places value on sustainable business practices.

Last fall, we released our 5-year CR Report, highlighting our sustainability efforts and accomplishments to date. Some of the ones we’re most proud of include:

  • Being one of the first companies to adopt the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards.
  • Achieving carbon neutrality at all our owned facilities in North America in 2012 and committing to continued global leadership in operational efficiency and reducing resource consumption.
  • Reaching 100 percent waste diversion from the San Jose headquarters. The building also produced 27 percent of energy onsite with renewable electricity, effectively using the headquarters as a power plant and reducing its dependency on the grid.
  • 70 percent of Adobe’s employees working in LEED certified office space.
  • For the second year in a row, distributing 73 percent of our software electronically in an effort to reduce the need for packaging.

Our employees also play a part in helping Adobe reach its sustainability goals by supporting of our recycling and composting programs, taking advantage of our commuting alternatives and telecommuting policies, and contributing personally by biking to work. Working together, we’re able to make a true impact on decreasing waste in our landfills and reducing traffic congestion and air pollution.

Being selected as the technology industry trailblazer in the Natural Capital Leader Index is validation of our commitment to responsibly managing the environmental impact of our operations. As we continue to grow as a company, we will continue making every effort to ensure our footprint remains small.

Building Healthier Communities

When people talk about green building, they’re usually focused on the environmental impact, such as water, waste and energy efficacy, and aren’t necessarily thinking about how the people working inside or their overall well-being are affected. Today, 68% of Adobe’s square footage is LEED certified — and growing.  As a leader in LEED-certified buildings and as a founding partner of the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Building Health Initiative, we’re looking to make the connections between green building workplaces and healthier, more collaborative and creative employees.

Our headquarters’ open spaces feature natural light, clean air, and access to views of San Jose, CA.

Our headquarters’ open spaces feature natural light, clean air, and access to views of San Jose, CA.

The goal of the initiative is to raise awareness about the health effects of existing buildings and change the way builders and contractors choose products that are not only better for the environment, but also for our own well-being. As part of the initiative, Adobe has taken the Building Health Challenge – a pledge to promote health and wellness and take actions to catalyze industry change in building healthy places. Our first action is a study that will measure our existing LEED certified workspaces and how they contribute to a more collaborative, creative, innovative and healthy work environment for our employees.

For Adobe, creating “sustainable” workplaces for our employees is a priority.  It’s important to us that our employees come to work each day and feel that working here enables their creativity and collaborating with colleagues is easy. We want our employees to view their workplaces as healthy and that they feel good while working.  A few examples of this are most visible in our open workspaces:

  • Natural light is the dominant lighting source.
  • The air in our buildings is, on average, 10x better than the air outside.
  • It is easier and more efficient to regulate the temperature in an open workspace so our employees are more comfortable.

Studies by Carnegie Mellon, among others, have demonstrated that productivity in green buildings is .4% to 18% higher than in conventional buildings, due to better lighting, cleaner, fresher air, and greater access to daylight and outside views.  And according to the USGBC, a 1% increase in productivity is worth more than the entire cost of utilities for most companies.

We are excited to be a part of this drive towards sustainability and will continue to keep you updated on where our efforts are focused and how we’re progressing.

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