By Nicola Acutt, Vice President, Sustainability Strategy
Last week, leaders from around the world convened in New York for the United Nation’s Climate Summit. The goal was to gather consensus on how we double down on commitments and actions to curb carbon emissions globally. VMware participated, offering our point of view on the urgency of climate change, sharing the steps we’re taking, and collaborating with other leaders on bold actions. According to the U.N.’s report, as a society we need to shift 70-85 percent of electricity to renewable energy sources by 2050 to avoid the worst impacts of climate change.
At VMware, we’re optimistic about the power of technology to help solve big societal problems and are committed to leading responsibly. One of our key focus areas is about changing our relationship with energy. According to the U.N.’s report, as a society we need to shift 70-85 percent of electricity to renewable energy sources by 2050 to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. Data centers are responsible for two percent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions—roughly the same as global air travel.
One of the first companies to make an explicit link between sustainability and innovation was Nike — when it promoted its former CSO, Hannah Jones, to lead the company’s business model incubator Valiant Labs in July.
Recently, attendees from around the world gathered in San Francisco for the Global Climate Action Summit. The event celebrated achievements in climate action and served as a launchpad for deeper and accelerated commitments to prevent dangerous climate change. Attendees represented a diverse cross-section of state and local leaders, businesses, investors, scientists, students and nonprofits.
VMware’s EPIC2 values are the foundation of its strong company culture. VMware’s mission is to leave ahead a better future—to put back more into the environment, society and the global economy than we take – and to inspire our employees, customers and partners to do the same. We are reminded of this mission as we celebrate Earth Month 2018.
“When you’re in a movement, you don't hold your finger to the wind,” Gloria Steinem told the rapt audience. “You become the wind.” Or, put another way, “If you feel you’re pushing a rock uphill, throw it.”