Green Inside and Out: What Being in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index Means to Us

by Tonie Hansen

Our corporate colors aren’t the only green thing about NVIDIA.

We’re green on the inside, too—from building energy-efficient products to reducing our carbon footprint. But we don’t stop there.

We’re working hard to be not just a tech leader, but a leader in sustainability. And we’re striving across a range of areas—from the societal benefits of our technology to employee volunteerism in the community.

The Dow Jones Sustainability Index, the most prestigious list of its kind, assesses companies on broad criteria such as these. We’re honored to be named to the index today, and be recognized as one of North America’s best performing companies in sustainability. It’s the second year in a row we’ve placed in the top fifth of the region’s 600 largest companies.

So what factors helped us make the index?

The social impact of our technology — our GPUs are powering innovations in work ranging from HIV research to earthquake forecasting.

A great workplace — we aim to attract and retain a diverse workforce and invest in making engineering an attractive career path for young people from all backgrounds. We were voted one of Glassdoor’s “Best Places to Work” for 2015. And our CFO, Colette Kress, was named last year to the National Diversity Council’s “Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Tech.”

Giving and volunteerism — the NVIDIA Foundation, which steers our global philanthropic programs, is led by employees. Ninety-four percent of our offices participated in a charitable activity last year, and our Compute the Cure  effort has donated nearly $2 million to cancer research since 2011.

Green citizen — the parallel processing power of our GPUs enables the world’s fastest, most energy-efficient supercomputers. We work with our suppliers to improve their social and environmental performance, and have been ranked on the Newsweek Green Rankings for the past six years. Each year, we improve performance on the Carbon Disclosure Project—most recently scoring 92 out of 100.

And we’re always striving for better. By 2020, we’ve pledged to reduce our global greenhouse gas emissions 15 percent per employee. Our commitment to diversity is an ongoing effort, and we’re dedicated to finding innovative solutions to the world’s toughest problems far into the future.

The Dow Jones Sustainability Index is just the latest benchmark in the continued efforts of NVIDIANs worldwide to work together and innovate in a socially responsible way.

You can learn more about all of our sustainability efforts in our latest Sustainability Report.