Blog post by Evelyn Neumayr
Oracle is committed to being a good corporate citizen, including being a sustainable company. Are you aware of Oracle’s initiatives to support this commitment? Did you know that as part of Oracle’s efforts we have a chief sustainability officer? As part of a new series of articles, this debut article features a Q&A with Jon Chorley, chief sustainability officer and group vice president of Oracle’s Supply Chain Manufacturing Product Strategy and Product Lifecycle Management. You’ll soon see additional articles focused on other key executives whose teams also support Oracle’s sustainability efforts.
Q: Jon, what is your function as Oracle’s chief sustainability officer?
I lead an integrated cross-functional team, comprised of people from many different groups within Oracle, that helps maintain our facilities and run our business in a responsible manner while minimizing environmental impact as outlined in Oracle’s Environmental Policy. While there are some key executives at Oracle that work on our sustainability initiatives (such as Randy Smith, Liz Snyder, Cindy Reese, Ron Melanson, Christina Cavanna, Laura Ipsen, and myself), fundamentally our approach at Oracle is that sustainability is everyone’s job. There is a need and an opportunity to embed sustainable thinking throughout our business.
We do have an Environmental Steering Committee that includes key executives from Oracle’s different lines of business, including real estate, human resources, marketing, IT, public policy, and both software and hardware product development. This committee was established in 2008 and meets quarterly to address strategic issues. The Environmental Steering Committee in turn provides periodic updates to Oracle CEO Safra Catz.
In addition to keeping our own house in order, we also focus on developing products that support our customers’ sustainability initiatives. These development efforts are informed by customer needs, as well as our own because we use the products ourselves. Given our immense customer base, we have a far larger potential to make a positive impact by supporting the management and measurement of their sustainability initiatives. In my role as group vice president in Oracle President Thomas Kurian’s organization, I am uniquely positioned to help understand and address the needs of our customers in our product development organization.
Q: Tell us a little more about the Oracle solutions that are relevant when it comes to helping our customers become more sustainable.
Oracle provides product capabilities, which are embedded within our customers’ core business activities and IT deployments, that can be leveraged to support their sustainability initiatives. Whether through measurement accounting, risk management, waste reduction, optimization of logistics networks, or hyper-efficient data center infrastructure, Oracle is in the unique position of being able to provide solutions that span the entire nexus of IT and sustainability business requirements. A great example is Oracle Environmental Accounting and Reporting, which we also use ourselves at Oracle.
Q: If an employee is interested in learning more about Oracle’s sustainability initiatives, where can they find out more? What can employees do to make a difference?
Oracle just released a new sustainability video that highlights our efforts, and the Sustainability in Action at Oracle video is available. More details are available in our Corporate Citizenship Report, and we have our product information available at oracle.com/green. We have found that there’s often a lack of awareness of the many great things going on at Oracle, so a few years ago we started distributing a newsletter periodically to highlight key activities and achievements in the company.
If you will be at Oracle OpenWorld San Francisco 2015 in October, you and your customers can see many of the things we do to make it one of the most sustainable events of its size. There will also be several sessions touching on some of the opportunities for customers to become more sustainable by leveraging Oracle solutions such as business intelligence, engineered systems, supply chain management, and the Internet of Things.
One great way to make a difference is to participate in employee volunteer projects, whether it’s for the environment or other great causes. But the greatest impact you can make is during your day-to-day activities at Oracle, including recycling, being more energy efficient, and how you design and deliver our solutions.