by Tonie Hansen

Global citizenship is serious business at NVIDIA.

In October, we climbed to No. 10 on Newsweek’s Greenest Companies list of the top 500 U.S. companies, from No. 314 three years earlier.

In June, we received the Acterra Award for Sustainability for large companies from Acterra, a leading environmental nonprofit.

And we’ve just become the first high-tech company in the U.S. – and the first company in Silicon Valley – to complete a global greenhouse gas assurance process, as defined by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).

We engaged PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP to provide limited assurance on our 2011 consolidated greenhouse gas emissions data under the AICPA attestation standards. The review helps “harden” the greenhouse gas data NVIDIA collects across our global locations and activities, which is used to set goals for climate emission reductions.

Launch of New Global Citizenship Report

Coinciding with this achievement, we’ve launched our third annual Global Citizenship Report, which describes our commitment to making a positive difference in the world.

Our commitment begins with our company. We design products for optimal power efficiency so our customers can do amazing things. We hold ourselves to the highest degrees of governance and ethics. And we work with our supply chain partners to meet the highest industry standards.

It extends to our workforce. In our workplaces, we create healthy environments where energy and water use is minimized. For our people, we strive to build an engaging setting where achievement and innovation is maximized.

It includes the environment. We set policies and create systems to lighten our environmental footprint. And we engage our network of customers, suppliers and employees to continually improve awareness of environmental issues.

And it embraces our community. Wherever we work, our employee-driven initiatives aid the communities in which we do business. Whether we’re volunteering at local farms or promoting the long-term benefits of math and science education, community engagement is one of our core values.

Global Citizenship Infographic

Global Citizenship Report 2012 "By the Numbers" infographic
Highlights from NVIDIA’s global citizenship efforts
“by the numbers”.

This year, we’ve created an infographic to accompany our Global Citizenship Report that highlights our efforts “by the numbers.” From helping urban planners make cities more sustainable to boosting the processing power for physicists studying the Big Bang, we’re helping to solve complex social issues and enabling a new age of scientific discovery.

Check out the report and infographic, and let us know what you think in the comments below.

Feature photo credit: Nick Pelegrino