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Drive Business Value with a More Sustainable Supply Chain: Webcast, Presentation, and Digibook

In case you missed the recent webcast on how to drive business value with a more sustainable supply chain – you can download it here.  This webcast and other supporting materials explore the impact of supply chains on the environment as well as the economies and societies they touch. To ensure a sustainable supply chain, organizations need to embed sustainability considerations all the way from a product’s ideation to managing the end of its useful life. This webcast provides a deeper understanding of how to deliver business value while also building a more sustainable supply chain using a modern suite of supply chain solutions on the Oracle Cloud. You will hear about: Key supply chain functions that help make organizations more sustainable, including product design, supply chain planning, sourcing, manufacturing, logistics, maintenance, and product take-back; How organizations across all industries can embed sustainable thinking in supply chain processes to design more environmentally-friendly products, source materials more responsibly, and manufacture and transport goods in more sustainable ways; Tools and use cases highlighting how to eliminate inefficiency, find more cost-effective solutions, build brand equity, and manage risk. The speaker is Jon Chorley, Oracle’s Chief Sustainability Officer and Group Vice President, SCM Product Strategy and PLM. You can also download this presentation, which accompanies this webcast. Interested in delving further? Check out the Sustainable Supply Chain Digibook to explore: Seven key supply chain functions that you can leverage to make your organization more sustainable including logistics, sourcing and manufacturing How you can identify and drive sustainability initiatives across your organization’s supply chain How Oracle’s modern suite of supply chain cloud solutions can support those sustainability initiatives while also delivering business value      

In case you missed the recent webcast on how to drive business value with a more sustainable supply chain – you can download it here.  This webcast and other supporting materials explore the impact...

Upcoming Webcast on August 9 at 12pm ET: Drive Business Value with a More Sustainable Supply Chain

Join Jon Chorley, Oracle’s Group Vice President, SCM Product Strategy and PLM and Chief Sustainability Officer on Thursday, August 9 at 12pm ET/9am PT for a webcast that will provide a deeper understanding of how to deliver business value while also building a more sustainable supply chain using a modern suite of supply chain solutions on the Oracle Cloud. You can register here. The impact of supply chains on the environment as well as the economies and societies they touch is profound. Environmental impacts from supply chains can include greenhouse gas emissions, energy inefficiency, toxic waste, water pollution, loss of biodiversity, deforestation, long-term damage to ecosystems, and hazardous air emissions. To ensure a sustainable supply chain, organizations need to embed sustainability considerations all the way from a product’s ideation to managing the end of its useful life. This webcast will discuss: Key supply chain functions that help make organizations more sustainable, including product design, supply chain planning, sourcing, manufacturing, logistics, maintenance, and product take-back; How organizations across all industries can embed sustainable thinking in supply chain processes to design more environmentally-friendly products, source materials more responsibly, and manufacture and transport goods in more sustainable ways; Tools and use cases showcasing how to eliminate inefficiency, find more cost-effective solutions, build brand equity, and manage risk.    

Join Jon Chorley, Oracle’s Group Vice President, SCM Product Strategy and PLM and Chief Sustainability Officer on Thursday, August 9 at 12pm ET/9am PT for a webcast that will provide a deeper...

Oracle Recognized for Greener Purchasing by Office Depot

Oracle’s commitment to sustainability extends to the products and services it purchases. Oracle recognizes that purchasing decisions present an opportunity to have both a social and an environmental impact and promote doing business in a responsible and sustainable manner. Oracle employs a supplier qualification program that requires its suppliers to demonstrate socially and environmentally responsible business practices.   With its sustainable procurement practices, Oracle is proud to be recognized by Office Depot for its leadership in greener purchasing. Office Depot, Inc., a leading provider of office supplies, business products and services, recognized Oracle as part of a select group of forward-thinking companies from across the country in the Leadership in Greener Purchasing category. "One of the unique ways Office Depot promotes sustainability is by celebrating our customers who buy greener,” said Steve Calkins, president, business solutions division for Office Depot. “By recognizing these organizations for achieving their sustainability goals, they’ll continue to make greener purchasing decisions in the future and we believe that other organizations will follow.” The award was received by Jason Feldman, Vice President of Global Procurement and Source-to-Settle, and a number of other representatives from Oracle’s procurement team at Oracle’s headquarters in Redwood Shores.   Award winners were selected from among Office Depot’s largest customers based on their expenditure on products with eco-attributes such as recycled content, energy-efficiency, non-toxicity, etc., and/or ecolabels such as FSC®, EPEAT, GREENGUARD Certification, GreenSeal® and EcoLogo. Customer purchases with the highest level of meaningful eco-attributes and ecolabels were given extra weight in the selection process.   Other winners of the Leadership in Greener Purchasing award include private sector organizations American Electric Power (Columbus, Ohio), Best Buy Co., Inc. (Richfield, Minnesota), DaVita (Denver, Colorado), Rush Enterprises, Inc. (New Braunfels, Texas), Marsh & McLennan Companies (New York City), and Ogletree Deakins; and public sector customers City of Chicago, Chicago Public Schools, Los Angeles City College, University of California, University of Notre Dame, University of Pennsylvania and Washington State Department of Licensing.

Oracle’s commitment to sustainability extends to the products and services it purchases. Oracle recognizes that purchasing decisions present an opportunity to have both a social and an environmental...

Oracle Increases its Solar Energy Usage

One of Oracle’s environmental goals for 2020 is 33 percent renewable energy usage (for leased and owned facilities, including data centers). To meet that goal, Oracle continuously assesses solar deployment opportunities to see if they are economically viable. With five additional solar projects recently completed around the world, Oracle is continuing its push towards using more renewable energy as an alternative power source. In 2015, Oracle installed solar panels at its office in Burlington, Massachusetts. This array provides about 65 percent of the building's energy needs. Since then, Oracle has completed five additional onsite solar projects at facilities in the United States and India. These projects are:   December 2017: Oracle completed installations at both its Austin Data Center and Utah Compute Facility of new 400 kW solar Photovoltaic (PV) arrays. February 2018: Oracle completed construction of an installation consisting of 125 rooftop-mounted solar PV  modules at its Mumbai, India campus. March 2018: Oracle completed construction of a system at its Pune, India campus using 435 solar PV modules, which will provide carpark cover as well. April 2018: Oracle completed construction of a 335kW solar PV installation at its Pleasanton, California, campus. This solar system, coupled with previously installed solid oxide fuel cells, effectively eliminate annual consumption draw from the electricity grid and makes the Pleasanton campus nearly net-zero, as defined by the State of California. These types of projects help Oracle move closer to achieving its goal of increasing renewable energy use and reducing carbon emissions. Oracle is also a signatory to the Corporate Colocation and Cloud Buyers’ Principles and the Renewable Energy Buyer’s Alliance. The Oracle public cloud is 100 percent renewably powered in Europe. Oracle continues to evaluate potential onsite renewable energy projects as well as renewable energy provided through local utility grids in our efforts to move towards the use of more renewable energy across our global operations. .    

One of Oracle’s environmental goals for 2020 is 33 percent renewable energy usage (for leased and owned facilities, including data centers). To meet that goal, Oracle continuously assesses...

Oracle Volunteers Take Action for a Healthy Planet

At Oracle, sustainability is everyone’s business. While we aspire to better manage our environmental footprint throughout the year, each April we specifically focus on the environment and on what sustainability means for Oracle and our employees. Last week, Earth Week, Oracle Volunteers worldwide teamed up with environmental nonprofit organizations to undertake projects that restore habitats, plant trees, clean up beaches and parklands, protect wildlife, and more. Here are just a few examples of projects Oracle Volunteers participated in last week. Headquarters: San Francisco Bay Area employees joined CuriOdyssey for its Earth Day Bay Cleanup, an opportunity to prevent trash from washing into the bay and eventually into the ocean. Europe, Middle East, and Africa: Employees in Măgurele, Romania, planted flowers and trees to beautify the grounds of a school with SinVi, a nonprofit organization working to improve access to education for disadvantaged children. North America: In Durham, North Carolina, employees teamed up with Keep Durham Beautiful, an organization working to reduce waste, plant trees, and create and tend to community gardens. Latin America: Employees in Mexico City, Mexico, joined Probosque de Chapultepec to help improve the environment by trimming plants, cleaning up, and planting native flowers in a local forest. Asia Pacific: Employees in Bangaluru, India, collaborated with Rotary Bangaluru West to teach kids about the importance of good hygiene and how it helps protect the environment. As part of our commitment to protecting the environment, Oracle donated US$2 million in FY2018 to nonprofit organizations working to protect our planet and the life it sustains. Thank you to our Oracle Volunteers for helping improve the world around us.    

At Oracle, sustainability is everyone’s business. While we aspire to better manage our environmental footprint throughout the year, each April we specifically focus on the environment and on what...

Oracle Receives Prestigious Environmental Award

Acterra recently announced that Oracle Americas, Inc. has been selected to receive a 2018 Acterra Business Environmental Award in the Acterra Award for Sustainability category for a large company. As noted by Acterra, Oracle’s commitment to sustainability is evident by its team of dedicated specialists. Members of Oracle’s three pillar teams (water, waste, and energy) in its Real Estate and Facilities group are guided by an Environmental Steering Committee that is responsible for the implementation and oversight of the company-wide environmental policy including greenhouse gas emissions, water quality, solid waste, and social equity. Oracle was selected to receive this award based on its  ambitious goals and commitment to sustainability which make the corporation a leader and role model for similar companies to learn from and replicate. The Acterra Business Environmental Award is one of the San Francisco Bay Area’s oldest and most prestigious environmental recognition programs. Initiated in 1990, it is considered a heavyweight among award programs due to its rigorous application and judging process. Executive Director of Acterra, Adam Stern, said, “Acterra is proud to recognize and share the achievements of these innovative companies and organizations, which represent the San Francisco Bay Area’s enduring commitment to sustainability. The award winners continue to push forward important new climate change solutions and lead the way for others in their industry to follow.”  Acterra is a San Francisco Bay Area 501(c)(3) nonprofit based in Palo Alto that brings people together to create local solutions for a healthy planet. Acterra works locally to help people save energy, use cleaner power, and reduce their carbon footprint at home, at work, and in the community. Acterra also recognizes Bay Area companies that are leaders in environmental sustainability and creates mechanisms for companies and organizations to learn from each other.  

Acterra recently announced that Oracle Americas, Inc. has been selected to receive a 2018 Acterra Business Environmental Award in the Acterra Award for Sustainability category for a large company....

Ski like a Snowboarder

Guest Author: Matt Johnson, Senior Director, Product Strategy When Ester Ledecka won the gold medal in the women’s super-G Olympic ski race this year, her victory wasn’t broadcast live. That’s because nobody expected her to win – including her. Seeing the crowds roar as she crossed the line, she thought, “OK, this is weird. Why do they scream?” Ester was justifiably surprised. After all, she mostly came to the Olympics to snowboard, not to ski. So how did she pull off her upset? By skiing like a snowboarder. Ester picked different lines down the hill than the skiers were taking, and they happened to be faster on that course. Ester’s victory can inspire anyone who’s challenged outside of their comfort zone. Like her, we should all seek ways to apply our core expertise to related disciplines. As we approach Earth Day this year, I’m celebrating the advantages that supply chain planners have in tackling environmental sustainability issues. Like snowboarders on ski slopes, we have great sustainability instincts and take innovative approaches. For starters, planners reflexively focus on reducing waste, because it’s a symptom of supply chain inefficiency.  We also have the knowledge and technology to do it: statistical algorithms that anticipate demand changes, supply planning to minimize the use of materials and resources, and logistics optimization to streamline transportation. But that’s not all: supply chain planners are leading the transformation to digital business models that eliminate physical supply processes altogether. For example, at Oracle we’re evolving from planning for the delivery of hardware to customers to planning for customer compute capacity in our Cloud data centers. The carbon footprint of the Cloud model is dramatically lower. Ester Ledecka went on to win the gold in women’s parallel giant slalom snowboarding later in the games, so her foray into skiing certainly didn’t hurt her performance in her core discipline. By the same token, switching to a digital supply chain model not only reduced emissions for Oracle and its customers; it improved service levels, enhanced security, and lowered costs. Here's your chance to go for gold by going green: submit your nomination for the 2018 Oracle Sustainability Innovation Award. Winners will be selected based on the extent of their environmental impact, as well as the business efficiencies they have achieved through their combined use of Oracle products. Nominations close on July 6, 2018; awards will be presented at Oracle OpenWorld in October.  

Guest Author: Matt Johnson, Senior Director, Product Strategy When Ester Ledecka won the gold medal in the women’s super-G Olympic ski race this year, her victory wasn’t broadcast live. That’s because...

Drive Business Value with a More Sustainable Supply Chain

The impact of supply chains on the environment as well as the economies and societies they touch is profound. Environmental impacts from supply chains can include greenhouse gas emissions, energy inefficiency, toxic waste, water pollution, loss of biodiversity, deforestation, long-term damage to ecosystems, and hazardous air emissions. To ensure a sustainable supply chain, organizations need to embed sustainability considerations all they way from a product’s ideation to managing the end of its useful life. To help achieve this, view the new Sustainable Supply Chain Digibook which explores: Seven key supply chain functions that help make organizations more sustainable including product design, supply chain planning, sourcing, manufacturing, logistics, maintenance and asset management, and product take-back How to identify and drive sustainability initiatives across an organization’s supply chain How Oracle’s modern suite of supply chain cloud solutions can support those sustainability initiatives while also delivering business value There is also a new self-assessment tool that organizations can use to answer a short series of questions in order to determine how sustainable a supply chain is when compared to others. The tool then provides additional recommended content that can be explored further to improve the sustainability of an organization’s supply chain.  With these new tools, it is evident that sustainability does not just mean making choices and building processes that are better for the environment. Sustainability also means eliminating inefficiency, finding solutions that are more cost-effective, building brand equity, and managing risk. Organizations across all industries can use Oracle’s supply-chain solutions to design more environmentally-friendly products, source materials more responsibly, and manufacture and transport goods in more sustainable ways. Use these new tools help make your organization’s supply chain more sustainable while delivering business value.    

The impact of supply chains on the environment as well as the economies and societies they touch is profound. Environmental impacts from supply chains can include greenhouse gas emissions, energy...

Paul Hawken Kicks off the Oracle Modern Supply Chain Experience Conference with a Call to Action on How to Reverse Climate Change

By Elena Avesani In April 2017, the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii recorded its first-ever carbon dioxide (CO2) reading over 410 parts per million (ppm). As Paul Hawken outlined to a crowd of more than 3,000 attendees in his moving keynote at the Oracle Modern Supply Chain Experience event in January, this is ‘terra nova’ as carbon dioxide has not reached this height in millions of years. Humanity will have to contend with a new atmosphere that is trapping more heat and causing climate to warm at a quickening rate. Yet contrary to the often negative and hopeless rhetoric on climate change, Hawken, a successful entrepreneur and environmental activist, envisions a world where human ingenuity and creativity reverse global warming. His most recent book “Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming,” describes 100 existing and proven technologies that can be used to reverse the increasing concentration of greenhouse gases on a year-to-year basis. The solutions are ranked by the volume of greenhouse gases they could reduce along with their associated costs and savings. The list of solutions offers some surprises with refrigerant management, not energy, coming in at the top of the list. Every refrigerator and air conditioner contains chemical refrigerants that absorb and release heat to enable chilling. Hydro-fluorocarbons (HFCs), the primary chemicals in use for refrigerants, have 1,000 to 9,000 times greater potential to warm the atmosphere than carbon dioxide. Over the next thirty years, actively containing 87 percent of refrigerants that would otherwise be released could avoid emissions equivalent to almost 90 gigatons of carbon dioxide. Manufacturing, procurement, and maintenance professionals can actively contribute to halting HFC use by sourcing existing substitute materials such as propane and ammonium, by purchasing appliances from producers that have already phased out HFCs, or by efficiently disposing of refrigerants at the end of life, which is when 90 percent of emissions are released. An increase in onshore wind from the current 4 percent of world electricity use to 21.6 percent by 2050 is the second highest ranked solution and could reduce emissions by more than 84 gigatons of carbon dioxide. At a cost of $1.2 trillion, wind turbines can deliver net savings of $7.4 trillion over three decades of operation. Sourcing energy from renewable sources, solar farms rank number eight, is one of the most effective strategies to reverse global warming and modern supply chains will be instrumental in enabling that build out.  How we eat also plays a fundamental role in the reversal plan. Reducing food waste and shifting to a diet rich in plants rank number three and four respectively.  A third of the food raised or prepared does not make it from farm or factory to fork. The food we waste is responsible for roughly 8 percent of global emissions. If food waste were reduced 50 percent by 2050, in conjunction with the reduction in new deforestation for farmland that would also result, avoided emissions could be equivalent to more than 70 gigatons of carbon dioxide. 66 gigatons of emissions could also be prevented by dietary changes and the associated avoided deforestation from land use change. Supply chain technologies present a significant set of opportunities to help reduce this waste. Implementing advanced planning and logistics technologies in concert with analytics and IoT technologies brings maximum efficiency and waste reduction as food travels through a vast network of farmers, distributors, and retailers that produce, deliver and sell what we eat. Perhaps the most significant surprise is the atmospheric CO2 reduction that could result from educating girls (ranked sixth) and family planning (ranked seventh). These two solutions combined bring an estimated 119 gigatons of emissions that could be avoided, making the empowerment of women the most impactful solution to reverse climate change. Women with more education have fewer and healthier children, their agricultural plots are more productive, and their families are better nourished. As Hawken stated, 98 out of 100 are no-regret solutions that could achieve a massive reduction of emissions by 2050 with a $120T financial return. “Every system without feedback dies,” he stated. “This is feedback. It’s a gift to help us re-imagine who we are, and humanity is already on the case by investing in remarkable solutions to reverse climate change.” For additional information on this article, email elena.avesani@oracle.com        

By Elena Avesani In April 2017, the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii recorded its first-ever carbon dioxide (CO2) reading over 410 parts per million (ppm). As Paul Hawken outlined to a crowd of more...

Oracle Awarded Gold in EcoVadis Corporate Social Responsibility Assessment

We are happy to announce that Oracle has been granted a Gold Recognition Level based on its participation in the EcoVadis Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) assessment in January 2018. The result places Oracle in the top 2 percent of suppliers evaluated by EcoVadis in all categories. CSR is the continuing commitment by businesses to act responsibly by integrating social and environmental concerns into their operations. CSR goes beyond regulatory compliance to focus on how companies manage their economic, social, and environmental impacts, as well as their relationships with stakeholders (e.g., employees, suppliers, government). EcoVadis operates a collaborative platform providing Supplier Sustainability Ratings for global supply chains across 150 purchasing categories and 110 countries. Approximately 35,000 companies use this platform, including more than 100 Oracle customers who refer to EcoVadis ratings when selecting their suppliers. The EcoVadis methodology is at the core of its CSR analysis system, covering 21 criteria across four themes of environment, labor practices, fair business practices, and sustainable procurement.  Oracle was also ranked in the top 2 percent of suppliers assessed by EcoVadis in the category Software Publishing. Oracle's performance was rated particularly high in the Environment category, based on criteria such as environmental management, product stewardship, and energy consumption. The Oracle Cloud is 70 percent more efficient than legacy enterprise data centers. Oracle is able to manage and maintain a very dense computing environment, achieving much higher utilization rates than our customers can achieve on premises. We further reduce our environmental footprint by leveraging state-of-the-art cooling and energy-efficiency technologies at our data centers. Being granted a Gold CSR rating by EcoVadis for the second consecutive time is the result of Oracle’s ongoing efforts to ensure the sustainable development of society. Oracle is committed to developing practices and products that help protect the environment.

We are happy to announce that Oracle has been granted a Gold Recognition Level based on its participation in the EcoVadis Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) assessment in January 2018. The result...

Oracle Announces Winners of 2016 Sustainability Innovation Award

At last week’s Oracle OpenWorld in SanFrancisco Jeff Henley, Oracle Executive Vice Chairman of the Board, and JonChorley, Oracle’s Chief Sustainability Officer, presented the 2016 OracleSustainability Innovation Awards to select customers. This award recognizes customers who arecommitted to making environmental issues a priority across the enterprise. Thisyear’s award winners showcased unique ways to reduce costs and improve businessefficiencies through innovative green practices using Oracle technology. “We are inspired by the important work andgreat success achieved by Oracle customers committed to a sustainable future,”said Jon Chorley, Chief Sustainability Officer and Group VicePresident of Product Strategy, Oracle. “These customers have implemented Oracletechnologies in a way that improved business efficiencies, reduced costs, andultimately supported their eco-transformation. We are honored to award theseorganizations and their partners with a 2016 Oracle Sustainability InnovationAward.” As the top nominee, John Cronin, Group ChiefInformation Officer at An Post, received Oracle’s 2016 Chief SustainabilityOfficer of the Year award along with its partner, Tony Cassidy from Vertice. AnPost believes that sustainability is acentral element of its business success; delivering high quality and affordableservices, and respecting the communities and the environment in which itoperates. Winners hail from a wide range of industries andregions. Several of the winning customers chose to include a partner who helpedsupport their sustainability initiatives. Congratulations to the below list ofwinners of the 2016 Oracle Sustainability Innovation Award. Chief SustainabilityOfficer of the Year: An Post and Vertice Oracle SustainabilityInnovation Customer Winners: Bank Audi Circle K Communications Test Design, Inc. Grupo Ânima Educação S/A Manheim mStart Qualcomm Robo Silicon Pvt. Ltd. SoftBank Corporation UT Grain Management    Oracle SustainabilityInnovation Award Partners: APPSolve Innovacx Oracle Managed Cloud Services PS Solutions StartUp Vertice

At last week’s Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco Jeff Henley, Oracle Executive Vice Chairman of the Board, and Jon Chorley, Oracle’s Chief Sustainability Officer, presented the 2016 OracleSustainabilit...

Oracle Breaks Top 10 in Newsweek’s Green Rankings

The Newsweek Green Rankingsare one of the world’s most recognized assessments of corporate environmentalperformance. Based on research from CorporateKnights and HIP Investor Inc., the 2016 iteration of the projectfeatures eight key performance indicators that are used to assess and measurethe environmental performance of the world’s largest publicly traded companies. Theproject consists of two separate rankings. The U.S. 500 ranks the 500 largest publicly tradedcompanies in the United States by market capitalization, while the Global 500 looks at the 500 largest publicly tradedcompanies globally by market capitalization on overall environmentalperformance.  Comingin at #10 in the U.S. and #17 in the world of Newsweek’s greenest companies,Oracle continues to build its reputation as a sustainability leader. Wemaintain our facilities and run our business in a responsible manner,minimizing environmental impact. We also develop productsand services that support sustainability operations and initiatives. Thesedevelopment efforts are informed by customer needs, as well as our own, and weuse our products ourselves. See Oracle’sCorporate Citizenship Report and this video to learn moreabout Oracle’s collaborative, team-based approach to sustainability thatencompasses facilities, data centers, supply chain, products, events,volunteerism, and giving. At Oracle sustainabilityis everyone’s business.

The Newsweek Green Rankings are one of the world’s most recognized assessments of corporate environmental performance. Based on research from CorporateKnights and HIP Investor Inc., the 2016 iteration...

Oracle Modern Supply Chain Experience: Sustainability and Future Supply Chain Leaders

The Oracle Modern Supply Chain Experience was held last week in San Jose, California. This uniqueevent provides supply chain professionals an opportunity to learn, network,share ideas, and get inspired. While the expanded Oracle Supply Chain ManagementCloud was the headliner, there was also a well-attended session onsustainability titled ‘The Role of Sustainability in the Modern Supply Chain’.This session featured a panel with Oracle’s Jon Chorley, Chief SustainabilityOfficer and Group Vice President, SCM Product Strategy, and Rich Kroes,Director Sustainability Strategy. Other panelists included Bob Ferrari, Founder and Executive Editor of Supply ChainMatters blog and James Ayoub, a student at PennState University. James was one of 90 select students invited by Oracle leadership to attend the conference. This innovative studentexperience enabled the future supply chain leaders to network with Oracleemployees, partners, and customers as well as attend all sessions and visit theexhibition area. It was very evident that sustainability matters to thesefuture supply chain leaders as so many chose to attend the sustainabilitysession and were highly engaged throughout the session as well as the entireconference.  James Ayoub summed it upnicely, “Supply chain is a great enabler of sustainability. You can see savingsand opportunities everywhere with supply chain: you’re dealing with operationsall around the world, you’re dealing with manufacturing, water consumption,socially responsible sourcing—there are just so many opportunities to drive animpact.”

The Oracle Modern Supply Chain Experience was held last week in San Jose, California. This unique event provides supply chain professionals an opportunity to learn, network,share ideas, and get...

2015 Oracle Sustainability Innovation Award Recipients

Oracle Executive Vice Chairman of the Board Jeff Henley and OracleChief Sustainability Officer Jon Chorley presented the 2015 Oracle Sustainability Innovation Awards to 10 deserving customers at Oracle OpenWorld. Ciscowas the top winner and received the 2015 Oracle Chief Sustainability Officer ofthe Year Award. The other winning customers include: Balfour BeattyConstruction, Bank Asya, Cisco Systems, Companhia Docas de São Sebastião,Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulations, Impulse Info Systems, The NationalAgricultural Development Company, Skanska Ab, Sundrop Farms, and USAID SouthernAfrica Trade Hub.   There were also 4 partners recognized for their efforts:Pincvision, APPSolve, Memora Processos Inovadores, and Raqmiyat. This award recognizes the innovative use of Oracle technology toaddress global sustainability business challenges. The winning customersreduced their environmental footprint while also reducing costs using greenbusiness practices and Oracle technology. For these customers, environmentalsustainability has become an essential ingredient to doing business responsiblyand successfully. “The Oracle Sustainability Innovation Awards are abouthonoring customers who are committed to making environmental issues a priorityacross the enterprise,” said Jon Chorley, Chief Sustainability Officer and GroupVice President of Product Strategy, Oracle.  “This year’s award winnersshowcased unique ways to reduce costs and improve business efficiencies throughinnovative green practices. We are thrilled to support their eco-transformationand sustainability success.” Nominationsare now open for the 2016 Oracle Sustainability Innovation Award.

Oracle Executive Vice Chairman of the Board Jeff Henley and Oracle Chief Sustainability Officer Jon Chorley presented the 2015 Oracle Sustainability Innovation Awards to 10 deserving customers at...

2015 Climate Conference Kicks Off Today in Paris

ByElena Avesani, Principal Strategy Manager, Oracle Today world leaders converge in Paris for the 21stConference of the Parties (COP21), an annual meeting of 195 nations that makeup the United Nations Framework on Climate Change (UNFCC), with the first meetingoccurring in Berlin in 1995. The goal is to achieve a legally binding agreement bynational governments towards substantial reductions in greenhouse gas emissionsin order to prevent the planet’s temperature from increasing by 2°C abovepre-industrial levels. Major world leaders, including U.S. President Barack Obama,Chinese President Xi Jinping andIndian Prime Minister Narendra Modi –the three countries with the largest carbon emissions – will be present for thebeginning of the talks. Businesses are eagerly looking at the outcome of thesetalks, pleading for clarity on issues such as carbon pricing and supply chainsourcing. A crisp policy framework would formalize many of the voluntaryactions that businesses have already taken on environmental sustainability andwould translate into more certainty for their investment. Carbon markets arealready active in 40 countries and more than 20 cities and regions.Approximately 15 percent of the S&P 500 factor in a price on carbon whenundertaking investment appraisal[1]. In addition to establishing the collective goal todecarbonize the global economy by reaching net zero emissions this century, achief political result would be bringing governments to update theircommitments every five years and to provide a regulatory environment thatencourages businesses to innovate through new low-carbon technologies. For more information about the upcoming climate talks seethe interactiveguide issued by the UNFCCthat seeks to explain the big issues behind COP21. [1] Trends in Private Sector Climate Finance,Climate Change Support Team (CCST), UN Secretary General, Oct 2015

By Elena Avesani, Principal Strategy Manager, Oracle Today world leaders converge in Paris for the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21), an annual meeting of 195 nations that makeup the United...

United States, China, and Pope Francis Pledge Action on Climate Change

By Elena Avesani, Principal Strategy Manager, OracleSeptember 2015 marked two remarkable events in the fightagainst global warming. Pope Francis addressed a joint session of Congress onSept. 24, the first time the head of the Roman Catholic Church has addressedthe body, and called on Congress to protect our environment, laying out the argument presented in his June 2015 “Laudato Si” Encyclical Letter for a new partnershipbetween science and religion to combat human-driven climate change. The following day, President Obama and President Xi reaffirmedsweeping climate commitments to combat global warming following the U.S. –China joint announcement on climate change of November 12, 2014, which markedthe first time China has agreed to peak its CO2 emissions. The actionsannounced are also meant to inject momentum into the global climatenegotiations on the road to reaching a successful new climate agreement nextyear in Paris.China's commitments include the creation of the world’slargest carbon market through a national emission trading system to be launchedby 2017, the opening of the electricity market to prioritize renewable powergeneration and fossil fuel power generation of higher efficiency and loweremission levels, the implementation of green building standards by 2020 for 50percent of all new urban development, and new fuel efficiency standard formedium and heavy-duty trucks. Notably, the new carbon market will coverapproximately 60 percent of China’s energy-related carbon dioxide emissions,which were roughly 10 billion metric tons in 2014.The United States’ equally ambitious commitments includestrengthening the Clean Power Planannounced in August 2015, improving fuel efficiency standards of trucks andimplementing them by 2019, finalizing 20 efficiency standards for appliancesand equipment and 2 new standards to limit methane emissions from landfills by theend of 2016. These actions are critical, as the effects of methane on climatechange are 25 times greater than those of CO2 over a 100-year period. Additionally, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agencyrecently announced that it will prohibit some of the most damaging forms of hydrofluorocarbons(HFCs) from several end uses in 2016. China has matched this commitment with a planto reduce HFCs that includes steps to reduce HFC-23 emissions before 2020.The countries have also committed to extending researchcollaboration efforts on energy and water issues, and strengthening bilateralcollaboration at the national and city levels to help accelerate clean energysolutions. The two countries have also pledged $6 billion in additional fundingto support similar low-carbon solutions in the developing world. Sources: U.S.-ChinaJoint Presidential Statement on Climate Change RMIOutlet: “Today's U.S.-China Announcement is the Most Significant Milestoneto Date for Battling Global Climate Change “LaudatoSi” Encyclical Letter

By Elena Avesani, Principal Strategy Manager, Oracle September 2015 marked two remarkable events in the fight against global warming. Pope Francis addressed a joint session of Congress onSept. 24, the...

Leading the Way in Eco-Friendly Events

ByElena Avesani, Principal Product Strategy Manager, OracleAsI mentioned in last week’s blog, Oracle leads the way in designing sustainableworld-class events for customers, partners, developers, and employees. Inspiredby the practices implemented at Oracle OpenWorld, in 2011 the Oracle EventMarketing team initiated a program to "green" all event marketingactivities. What began as a pilot project at 36 events in 25 countries hasgrown significantly and influenced better, smarter sustainable practices. Since2011 Oracle impacted 152 cities with 3,255 green events, saving more than $800,000thanks to sustainability initiatives. Oracleimplements sustainability practices adhering to the following guidelines:· Waste not: Promote zero waste· Be cool: Model carbonreduction and responsibility for corporate events· Give back: Catalyze legacies tobenefit host destinations· Have fun: Inspire eventattendees through engaging sustainability experiencesAtOracle Openworld Shanghai for example, 10,000 pieces of plastic were eliminatedby serving lunches in reusable boxes that were donated after the event, 50% of thedisposable signs were eliminated compared to the previous event by usingdigital signage onsite, and 60% of waste was diverted from landfill, including 100%of food waste, aligning with Oracle’s zero waste initiative. At HCM World, waste programs preventedthe emission of 14 metric tons of carbon, representing nearly half the carbonfootprint of guest rooms and meeting space. The Fitbit Wellness Programencouraged attendees to record steps taken during the event, resulting both ina donation to a health-oriented charity and in engaging and fun activities forall attendees. Ifyou want to know more about how Oracle performed in the field this year, lookat this report here. 

By Elena Avesani, Principal Product Strategy Manager, Oracle As I mentioned in last week’s blog, Oracle leads the way in designing sustainableworld-class events for customers, partners, developers,...

Oracle OpenWorld Prioritizes Sustainability

ByElena Avesani, Principal Product Strategy Manager, OracleSince 2008, Oracle leads the way in designing sustainableworld-class events for customers, partners, developers, and employees. Itsflagship events, Oracle OpenWorld and JavaOne, continuously implementinnovative practices that reduce negative impacts on the environment and createcommunity benefits. In 2013 Oracle adopted a five-year sustainability planbased on these principles: Waste not: produce zero waste to landfill by 2018. Be “cool”er: model carbon reduction and responsibility for corporate events. Give back: catalyze legacies to benefit the host destination and the event industry. Have fun: inspire attendees through engaging sustainability experiences.Oracle is working to continuously improve OracleOpenWorld and JavaOne in ways that reduce negative impacts and create communitybenefits. Some of the top sustainability wins include:· JAVAONE DEVOXX4KIDS: Oracle, Oracle Academyand Devoxx4Kids hosted this fun, one-day event which engaged 150 youth inlearning more about programming, robotics and engineering.· MOSCONE PILOT WASTE SORT: Two additional wastesorting stations at Moscone Center helped address waste contamination issuesrevealed in the 2013 event waste audit.· EARTH-SMART MENU CHOICES: New steps in 2014included more vegetarian meals, lower-footprint protein choices and the use of“imperfectly delicious” produce.· APPRECIATION EVENT: 86% of waste fromOracle’s customer party was diverted from landfill, down from a high of 91% in2012. In spite of lower diversion, waste was 10.9 metric tons less in 2014 than2012. Generator fuel use for this event also dropped by 15% since 2013. For more information read the Oracle OpenWorld EventSustainability Report here. 

By Elena Avesani, Principal Product Strategy Manager, Oracle Since 2008, Oracle leads the way in designing sustainable world-class events for customers, partners, developers, and employees. Itsflagship...

Managing the Impacts of Sustainability in Supply Chains

Last week in San Jose Oracle held its third annual Oracle Value Chain Summit, the largest gathering of supply chain professionals in North America. There were over 2,500 value chain experts representing more than 425 companies from 31 countries in attendance. A common theme throughout many of the session presentations was the topic of sustainability and the need to integrate sustainability throughout the value chain in order for it to be truly cost and environmentally effective. Andrew Winston kicked off the sustainability discussion during his keynote titled ‘The Big Pivot: Doing Business in a Hotter, Scarcer, and More Open World’. Andrew, co-author of ‘Green to Gold’ and author of ‘The Big Pivot’, is a globally recognized business strategy expert. He highlighted his vision for business success in a fundamentally changed world, discussing how businesses are being challenged and transformed by a number of critical sustainability-related trends including deep demographic shifts, resource constraints, extreme weather events, and radical transparency. But these challenges also offer unprecedented business opportunities, particularly in supply chains which comprise a large component of sustainability impacts for most organizations. Information technology is playing a significant role not only in terms of transparency but also by providing unprecedented means to drive efficiency and innovation.These same thoughts were echoed in a later session titled ‘Radically Practical Strategies to Address Supply Chain Sustainability’. Andrew hosted this panel discussion where sustainability experts from National Instruments, Stanford University, and Oracle discussed various sustainability strategies used at their respective organizations. The panelists discussed both the successes and opportunities they have experienced while implementing initiatives to make sustainability a key embedded component in their organizations. The common thread was that sustainability has emerged as a new business reality that can deliver significant business opportunities to organizations in terms of risk management, cost avoidance, revenue growth, and brand equity.

Last week in San Jose Oracle held its third annual Oracle Value Chain Summit, the largest gathering of supply chain professionals in North America. There were over 2,500 value chain...

Oracle and Conflict Minerals

By Marsha Ali, Supply Chain Socialand Environmental Program Manager, Oracle As ahardware manufacturer, Oracle is committed to socially and environmentallyresponsible business practices throughout its supply chain – and thiscommitment holds true with conflict minerals. The term “conflict minerals”refer to tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold sourced from the Democratic Republicof the Congo and nine adjacent countries in Africa. As part of the Dodd–Frank WallStreet Reform and Consumer Protection Act, Oracle files a “Conflict Minerals Disclosure” statement withthe U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) – most recently in May 2014.This report is available on our Corporate Citizenshipwebsiteand on the SEC website.   Oraclerequires all of our direct hardware suppliers, including suppliers associatedwith recent acquisitions of ACME, Tekelec and Micros – representing at least 80percent of direct spend – to complete a form developed by the ElectronicsIndustry Citizenship Coalition (EICC) and provide this information to us. TheEICC form is consistent with what the electronics industry uses to report onthe use of conflict minerals in their supply chains. For our latest report, Oraclesuppliers were asked to provide this information to us in September 2014 and againin January 2015. This Reasonable Country of Origin (RCOI) activity is alreadyin progress to collect our suppliers’ data for our 2014 report. Tofulfill this request, our suppliers asked their suppliers for their usage oftin, tantalum, tungsten and gold. These suppliers then had to ask theirsuppliers, and so on and on, until the smelter location was identifiable at acountry level. Some of the smelter operators have undergone an audit process toensure that they have appropriate policies and programs in place. This requiredsuppliers to retrace sourcing activity at least five levels back into thesupply chain. Through Oracle’s participation in the EICC coalition’s Conflict Free Smelter Initiative group, wewere able to share some of the best practices on understanding this data andthe wide differences in industry approach to tackling this issue.

By Marsha Ali, Supply Chain Social and Environmental Program Manager, Oracle As a hardware manufacturer, Oracle is committed to socially and environmentallyresponsible business practices throughout its...

Oracle Wins Prestigious Data Center Award from Datacenter Dynamics

Oraclehas again been acknowledged as a leader in data center energy conservation. Earlierthis year, our energy efficient data centers gained accolades by the U.S.Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the American Society of Heating,Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). The momentum continueswith our data center team’s latest win, achieving a prestigious award byDatacenterDynamics in recognition of Oracle’s “Breakthrough Innovations inLarge Data Center in Cold Climate” within the Mega Data Center category (net ITload capacity greater than 1 megawatt). Duringthe awards ceremony in New York City on December 2, DatacenterDynamicspresented Oracle with this award to recognize our innovation, leadership andbest practices in this important category. Weearned this achievement primarily by our innovative approachto cooling data centers using outdoor cold air – also known as air-sideeconomization – which many have been reluctant to adopt in the past. Theconventional approach to humidifying large quantities of air requires injectionof steam into air whose generation requires energy. The industry learnedquickly that it required more energy to humidify dry outdoor air than theenergy saved from the use of its free cooling, and air-side economization didnot make much headway in data centers. These problems were addressedefficiently in an innovative system installed in one of Oracle’s new state-of-the-artdata centers in West Jordan, Utah. The innovation centers on the use of wasteheat from the IT equipment for space humidification in the winter; evaporativecooling in summer; reduced primary airflow to the IT equipment; strategic hotair separation with recirculation; and novel controls that enabled the datacenter to achieve very high cooling efficiency at a lower initial investmentcost. With efficient operation and low operating Power Usage Effectiveness(PUE), the system is expected to save over 41,000 MWh a year and the equivalentof 37,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide annually compared to an averageefficient data center. More information on the project details can be found in ournew whitepaper on datacenter cooling design. Customerscan learn from Oracle’s best practices on how to construct, manage, and buildtheir own efficient data center, as well as run their applications on Oracle'spublic cloud and take advantage of Oracle's power usage effectiveness. Learn more here abouthow Oracle products and services can help customers optimize their data centersand minimize energy use.

Oracle has again been acknowledged as a leader in data center energy conservation. Earlier this year, our energy efficient data centers gained accolades by the U.S.Environmental Protection Agency...

Oracle’s Depot Repair Implementation: Driving Product Take-Back and Recycling at Oracle

By Elena Avesani, Principal Product Strategy Manager, OracleAs more and more companies establish sustainabilityinitiatives in their reverse supply chains, it is increasingly clear that thereis a positive correlation between environmental and financial benefits. Themore sustainable the reverse supply chain is, the more cost efficient itbecomes. Companies can reduce procurement costs and resource depletion throughparts harvesting and recycling, improve customer satisfaction, and achievefewer returns because of improved product designs. Furthermore, increasedtake-back improves supply of spare parts to enable extended support life tocustomers, lowers the cost of parts, and protects the environment whilecomplying with government mandated recycling programs. Issues around waste electric and electronic equipment (WEEE)in particular are becoming increasingly important for commercial ITorganizations, posing both significant risks and opportunities. As aresponsible producer of hardware products, Oracle offers various take-backprograms to allow customers and suppliers to return excess used products orretired equipment. These programs help protect the environment and providevaluable services to our customers as well as substantial cost savings. Oracle now automates and manages its returns and take-back ofretired computer equipment from customers, internal labs and data centers forasset recovery and recycling through the Oracle Returns Management System(ORMS), an implementation of OracleDepot Repair. The Oracle Depot Repair solution enables businesses toprofitably recover, re-use and recycle products and parts by providingbest-in-class tools and intelligence. The implementation went from proof-of-concept to go-live injust over three months. When integrated with other program improvements, it ledto 61 percent increased volume of systems returned compared to the previousyear. Improved customer ease-of-use triggered dramatic changes with more than1,800 systems received, and about 4,000 spare parts harvested for reuse at halfthe cost of open market purchase through the System Return for Credit (SRC)program. Reduced spares for Last Time Buy (LTB) savings amounted to $8.2million. Download Oracle's Depot Repair Implementation white paper for more details. 

By Elena Avesani, Principal Product Strategy Manager, Oracle As more and more companies establish sustainability initiatives in their reverse supply chains, it is increasingly clear that thereis a...

Oracle Announces the Winners of the 2014 Oracle Sustainability Innovation Award

Oracle will be honoringthe winners of the 2014 Sustainability Innovation Award, one of the OracleExcellence Awards, at the Oracle OpenWorld conference in San Francisco. Thisaward recognizes the innovative use of Oracle technology to address globalsustainability business challenges. The winning customers reduced theirenvironmental footprint while also reducing costs using green businesspractices and Oracle technology. For these customers, environmentalsustainability has become an essential ingredient to doing business responsiblyand successfully. Oracle will also beawarding Lacey Lewis, Senior Vice President – Finance at Cox Enterprises, withOracle's 2014 Chief Sustainability Officer of the Year award. Lacey is beinghonored for the comprehensive, deep-rooted environmental sustainability programat Cox Enterprises. With a focus on conserving and protecting the environment,Cox Enterprises uses Oracle Applications and technology to drive efficiency andgreen business processes throughout its organization.These awards will be presented by Jeff Henley, Oracle Chairman of the Board, in Oracle's seventh annual sustainability awards session. Please join us at this awards session on Wednesday October 1 in Moscone West Room 3002 if you will be attending Oracle OpenWorld.

Oracle will be honoring the winners of the 2014 Sustainability Innovation Award, one of the Oracle Excellence Awards, at the Oracle OpenWorld conference in San Francisco. Thisaward recognizes the...

Abu Dhabi Education Council Delivers Shared Services to Over 300 Locations, While Using 90% Less Energy and Paper

Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) seeks to developeducational institutions in the emirate of Abu Dhabi, implement innovativeeducational policies, create plans and programs that improve education, andsupport educational institutions and staff to advance national development inaccordance with the highest international standards. ADEC deployed Oracle E-BusinessSuite asthe foundation for a shared services environment that provides more than 300locations in three regions with identical enterprise applications and services,significantly reducing their IT infrastructure total cost of ownership. They unifiedtheir business logic and procedures by using shared Oracle E-Business Suiteapplications, which are hosted in a demilitarized zone—dramatically improvingbusiness performance and data availability and security. All this whileconsuming 95% less energy than before when delivering HR, procurement, andfinancial services. ADEC also streamlined their procure-to-payprocesses with Oracle Advanced Procurement, reducing paper usage in its daily HR and procurementoperations by more than 90% by almost fully automating services such as payrollreporting, leave requests, and training requests. Using Oracle Business Intelligence Standard Edition to measure adherence to key performance indicators—such asamount of waste produced and energy consumed—ADEC enables ongoingsustainability that meets international environmental standards. Oracle’s Agile Product Governance and Compliance has also helped ADEC better comply with regulatorydirectives, such as proactive and retroactive corrective environmental, health,and safety measures. Read here for moreinformation on their story.

Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) seeks to develop educational institutions in the emirate of Abu Dhabi, implement innovativeeducational policies, create plans and programs that improve education,...

Upcoming Carbon Tax in South Africa

By Elena Avesani, Principal Product StrategyManager, Oracle In2012, the South Africa National Treasury announced the plan to impose a carbontax to cut carbon emissions that are blamed for climate change. South Africa is rankedamong the top 20 countries measured by absolute carbon dioxide emissions, withemissions per capita in the region of 10 metric tons per annum and over 90% ofSouth Africa's energy produced by burning fossil fuels. The top 40 largestcompanies in the country are responsible for 207 million tons of carbondioxide, directly emitting 20 percent of South Africa’s carbon output. Thelegislation, originally scheduled to be implemented from January 2015 to 31December 2019, is now delayed to January 2016. It will levy a carbon tax of R120(US$11) per ton of CO2, rising then by 10 percent a year until 2020, whileall sectors bar electricity will be able to claim additional relief of at least10 percent. The South African treasury proposed a 60 percent tax-freethreshold on emissions for all sectors, including electricity, petroleum, iron,steel and aluminum. Oracle Environmental Accounting and Reporting (EA&R) supports these needs and guarantees consistencyacross organizations in how data is collected, retained, controlled,consolidated and used in calculating and reporting emissions inventory. EA&Ralso enables companies to develop an enterprise-wide data view that includesall 5 of the key sustainability categories: carbon emissions, energy, water,materials and waste. Thanks to its native integration with Oracle E-Business Suite and JD Edwards EnterpriseOne ERPFinancials and Inventory Systems and the capability of capturing environmentaldata across business silos, Oracle Environmental Accounting and Reporting isuniquely positioned to support a strategic approach to carbon management thatdrives business value. Sources: African UtilityWeek BDlive

By Elena Avesani, Principal Product Strategy Manager, Oracle In 2012, the South Africa National Treasury announced the plan to impose a carbontax to cut carbon emissions that are blamed for climate...

Sustainability Roundtable Recognized Oracle as SBER Outstanding Corporate Leader of 2013

Sustainability Roundtable,a leader in consulting on best practices in more sustainable business,recognized Oracle as the Sustainable Business & Enterprise Roundtable’sOutstanding Corporate Leader of 2013. Sustainability Roundtable (SR) recognized Oracle for this prestigious award due its leadership in developingand driving optimization efforts towards more sustainable real estate andoperations globally. They recognized Oracle for its efforts in: Increasing energy, water, and materialsproductivity Driving data centers optimizationDeveloping new products to further sustainabilityinitiativesFocusing on employee engagement to helpwith sustainability projects  Thispast year, sustainability highlights within the Oracle organization include: Implementationof a facility-wide, EnvironmentalAccounting and Reporting (EA&R) module to reduce Oracle's environmental impactand comply with associated regulationsOracle’s newest UtahCompute Facility (UCF), one of the most energy efficient datacentersin the industry, uses a very innovative and breakthrough cooling solution thatcombines cold outdoor air with free humidification from IT equipment wasteheat, xeriscape landscaping which nearly eliminates the need for irrigation,and a 20% reduction of the copper needed for power cables by employinghigher voltage power They also recognized Oracle’s setting of ambitious goals through 2016. These goals include a 10%reduction in energy use per employee, a 6% improvement in power usageeffectiveness in production data centers, a 15% reduction in potable water useper employee, and a 15% reduction in waste to landfill per employee.

Sustainability Roundtable, a leader in consulting on best practices in more sustainable business, recognized Oracle as the Sustainable Business & Enterprise Roundtable’sOutstanding Corporate Leader of...

Silicon Valley Energy and Sustainability Summit on Friday June 13 at Oracle HQ Conference Center

Oracle will again host the Silicon Valley Energy and Sustainability Summit at the Oracle Conference Center in Redwood Shores, California on Friday June 13. This summit brings together more than 300 business, nonprofit, and public sector leaders to share best practices, lessons learned and practical solutions in applying new technologies and practices to address energy and environmental sustainability. This is a great opportunity to meet with your peers and discuss what you can do on a practical level to prepare for a changing landscape and learn how you can employ the latest technologies and practices to create value and build resiliency in your business. The event will feature a C-suite forum as well as case studies and presentations on best practices in business resiliency, water and energy efficiency, renewable energy, with a special focus on the smart technology and big data revolution. You will hear from different companies across a range of industries presenting various case studies. Case studies are now being collected until March 28. Case studies can include campus projects, customer case studies, or best practices in energy and water efficiency, distributed generation, supply chains, smart grid technologies and ICT applications for environmental sustainability and energy security.  To submit a case study, please send a short (one page or less) description of the case study to Francesca Wahl (fwahl@svlg.org) with the heading "ESS14 Case Study" by March 28.

Oracle will again host the Silicon Valley Energy and Sustainability Summit at the Oracle Conference Center in Redwood Shores, California on Friday June 13. This summit brings together more than 300...

Paris Lodron Universität Decreases Carbon Footprint by 75% and Energy Consumption by 50%

Back in October, I wrote a blog about Oracle’sEco-Enterprise Innovation Award with a summary ofthe awardwinners who use Oracle products to help with theirenvironmental initiatives. Throughout this year, I’ll be providing more detailsaround these award winners and how they’ve been able to both reduce theirenvironmental footprint as well as improve their operational efficiencies usinggreen business practices. Nominations are now open for the 2014 Oracle Eco-Enterprise Innovationaward. One of our 2013 award winners is theUniversity of Salzburg, one of Austria’s major universities. More than 18,000students are enrolled in its classes, and the university employs approximately2,700 staff members. University of Salzburg reduced its carbon footprint from96 tons to roughly 25 tons per year by migrating a large number of hardwarecomponents, software platforms, and service-related processes to OracleEngineered Systems. They were able to deliver extremeperformance by deploying OracleExadata Database Machine and OracleExalogic Elastic Cloud with preconfigured,pretuned, and pretested database servers, storage servers, and networkconnections, decreasing their total cost of ownership by 30%. The University ofSalzburg reduced its energy consumption by 50% in less than 12 months—includingthe energy used by cooling systems—by consolidating multiple servers intoOracle Engineered Systems stacks. Florin Guma, their CIO stated “We aim to be an example forour students in protecting the environment with more sustainable processes,such as more efficient cooling of data centers or better print management.Oracle helped us achieve all of our sustainability goals—75% lower carbonfootprint, 50% less energy consumption, and 20% less paper use. It empowers usto set higher targets in the future, while providing 10x better performance ata 30% lower total cost of ownership.” Read more about their story here.

Back in October, I wrote a blog about Oracle’s Eco-Enterprise Innovation Award with a summary of the award winners who use Oracle products to help with theirenvironmental initiatives. Throughout this...

Trends of Sustainability Reporting Policies Worldwide

By Elena Avesani, PrincipalProduct Strategy Manager, Oracle The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)recently released the third edition of the Carrots & Sticks publication,which analyzes the growing number of national and international reportingpolicies from around the world. In the seven years of the series, the amount ofpolicy and regulation has markedly increased. This includes a notable increasein the number of mandatory reporting measures. In 2006, 58 percent of policieswere mandatory; now, more than two thirds (72 percent) of the 180 policies inthe 45 reviewed countries are mandatory. All policies and guidance included in thispublication are either governmental or market regulatory requirements andvoluntary initiatives for the public disclosure of sustainability information;CSR initiatives requiring or providing guidance for sustainability reporting orother forms of public disclosure; or requirements or recommendations covering asingle topic (e.g., greenhouse gas emissions) or sector (e.g., mining),provided the disclosure has to be public. The analysis shows an increasing emphasison a combination of complementary voluntary and mandatory approaches toorganizational disclosure. The gradual integration of organizationalperformance data is on the rise, with attempts to combine corporate governance,financial and sustainability reporting. Their research shows the highest numberof reporters per country is in the USA, followed by Japan, South Africa, China,Brazil, Spain, Sweden, Australia, Korea, and a number of other EU MemberStates. Going forward, it is likely that moregovernments will issue sustainability reporting policies. Report readershipswill grow, and the discussion of sustainability data – including around itscredibility – will continue to increase. This enhanced participation of reportusers will occur partly due to improvements in the user-friendliness ofsustainability reports, utilizing XBRL and other reporting innovations. Reportswill increasingly focus on sustainability issues that are material forstakeholders and investors, thereby providing the most accurate and relevantview of organizations’ sustainability performance and impacts. Oracle Environmental Accounting and Reporting supports these needs and provides consistency acrossorganizations in how data is collected, retained, controlled, consolidated andused in calculating and reporting emissions inventory. EA&R also enablescompanies to develop an enterprise-wide data view that includes all five of thekey sustainability categories: carbon emissions, energy, water, materials andwaste. The report is available for download on the GRI website.

By Elena Avesani, Principal Product Strategy Manager, Oracle The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) recently released the third edition of the Carrots & Sticks publication,which analyzes the growing...

Acorn Paper Products Reduces Energy and Paper Use While Improving Customer Service

Manyorganizations believe they can’t afford to address sustainability-relatedinitiatives because they’re too expensive or possibly too disruptive. Inseveral earlier blog posts, I’ve provided examples of customers who have notonly improved their environmental footprint, but have also been able to improvetheir operational efficiencies. Another great example of this is Acorn Paper Products Company. Acorn Paper hassignificantly reduced its energy and paper use while improving its customerservice. It stocks thousands of ready-to-sell boxes, packaging supplies, andjanitorial/sanitary products, in addition to operating a sizeablecustom-manufacturing operation. The company has long held a strong commitment to environmental sustainability,using advanced biodegradable and eco-friendly packaging. Acorn Paper Productsalso relies on its IT systems to support sustainability across its businessoperations. For example, the company uses Oracle E-BusinessSuite applications,as well as Oracle Sales Cloud applications to automatecore business processes, from order entry, to e-commerce, to distribution. As aresult, it is reducing manufacturing waste as well as cutting paper and energyuse across the business. Greater automation and standardization across businessprocesses have also improved order accuracy, reducing waste as well asunnecessary shipments and returns. For example, using Oracle OrderManagement,Acorn sales representatives can configure boxes to the exact dimensions acustomer requires, which cuts down on raw materials and waste, while improvingprofitability. The company’s recent upgrade to Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.2 alsopromoted an architecture refresh that has upgraded and consolidated servers,reducing the energy it uses to run and cool the infrastructure. We are proud tohave customers like Acorn Paper using our products to further theirsustainability initiatives. As their CEO David Weissberg recently stated "Oracleis our partner in environmental sustainability. The company’s applications andtechnology enable us to streamline operations and reduce waste, paper use, andenergy use, while improving overall operating efficiency. It’s a winningproposition for the company, our customers, and the environment.” Read moreabout their story here.

Many organizations believe they can’t afford to address sustainability-related initiatives because they’re too expensive or possibly too disruptive. Inseveral earlier blog posts, I’ve provided...

The Grenelle II Act In France: A Milestone Towards Integrated Reporting

By Elena Avesani, Principal Product Strategy Manager, Oracle In July of 2010, France took a significant step towards mandating integrated sustainability and financial reporting for all large companies with a new law called Grenelle II. Article 225 of Grenelle II requires that many listed companies on the French stock exchanges incorporate information on the social and environmental consequences of their activities into their annual reports, as well as their societal commitments for sustainable development. The decree that implements Article 225 of Grenelle II was passed in April 2012. Grenelle II is the strongest governmental mandate yet in support of sustainability reporting. The law defines the phase-in process, with large listed companies expected to comply in their 2012 reports and smaller companies expected to comply with their 2014 annual reports. This extra-financial information will have to be embedded in the annual management report, approved by the Board of Directors, verified by a third-party body and given to the annual general meeting. The subjects that must be reported on are grouped into Environmental, Social, and Governance categories. Oracle solutions can help organizations integrate financial and sustainability reporting and provide a more accurate and auditable approach to collecting, consolidating, and reporting such environmental, social, and economic metrics. Through Oracle Environmental Accounting and Reporting and Oracle Hyperion Financial Management Sustainability Starter Kit organizations can collect environmental, social and governance data and collect and consolidate corporate sustainability reporting data from multiple systems and business units. For more information about these solutions please contact elena.avesani@oracle.com.

By Elena Avesani, Principal Product Strategy Manager, Oracle In July of 2010, France took a significant step towards mandating integrated sustainability and financial reporting for all large companies...

Winners of the Oracle Excellence Award—Eco-Enterprise Innovation

Didyou get a chance to attend Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco? With60,000 attendees and hundreds of sessions to choose from—there was a lot goingon. One of my favorite sessions was the Eco-Enterprise Awards andSustainability Executive Panel Discussion. During this session, Jeff Henley, OracleChairman of the Board, announced the winners of the 2013Oracle Excellence Award—Eco-Enterprise Innovation. It was an enlighteningsession as we heard several of the winning customers discuss the importance of sustainabilityto their company and how they’re using various Oracle products to help withtheir sustainability initiatives. The winning customers include: Centennial Coal,Indaver nv, Korea Enterprise Data, National Guard Health Affairs, SchneiderNational, SThree, Telstra International Group, Trex Company, University ofSalzburg, Walmart, and Yeoncheon County Office. Stay tuned for additional blogswhere you’ll learn more about these winning companies’ environmental bestpractices and why they won this award. Severalpartners were also recognized for helping these customers with theirsustainability initiatives. Those partners include: CSS International, DaesangInformation Technology, i4BI, Infosys, Knowledge Global, Solutions for RetailsBrands Limited, and SysGen. During thissame session, Jeff Henley also awarded Robert Kaplan, Director ofSustainability at Walmart, with Oracle’s Chief Sustainability Officer of theYear award. Robert was honored for helping improve Walmart’s supply chainefficiency with their Sustainability Hub. The Sustainability Hub, powered byOracle Service Cloud, is a central location for Walmartsuppliers, associates and business partners to learn, connect, inspire anddrive sustainability through collaboration. While at Oracle OpenWorld, I alsogot a chance to hear Robert Kaplan discuss their Sustainability Hub during an Oracle OpenWorld Live taping.

Did you get a chance to attend Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco? With 60,000 attendees and hundreds of sessions to choose from—there was a lot goingon. One of my favorite sessions was the...

Environmental Legislation in the United Kingdom

By Elena Avesani, Principal Product Strategy Manager, OracleAs part of my ongoing efforts to discuss upcoming environmental legislation – I’m now going to focus on the latest changes occurring in the United Kingdom. Starting on October 1, 2013 the Companies Act 2006 (Strategic Report and Directors’ Report) Regulations 2013 will require all United Kingdom quoted companies to report on their greenhouse gas emissions as part of their annual Directors’ Report. Companies will be required to report on their scope one and two greenhouse gas emissions, including the six primary Kyoto gases and converted to a CO2 equivalent. Initially this requirement will only affect 1,100 incorporated companies listed on the main market of the London Stock Exchange, a European Economic Area market or whose shares are dealing on the New York Stock Exchange or NASDAQ. The new regulations will then be reviewed in 2015 and ministers will decide whether to extend the approach to all large companies starting in 2016. Companies that are covered by the regulations need to ensure they have a robust data management and reporting framework that covers the GHGs that will need to be reported; and the full scope of their organization based on the emissions they are responsible for. The UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has issued guidance on how companies should report their greenhouse gas emissions. The document outlines the benefit of reporting – lower energy consumption and resource costs, better understanding of exposure to the risk of climate change and brand recognition – and recommends the use of Environmental Management Systems (EMS) to effectively manage environmental data. Although there is no prescribed methodology under the regulations, companies are recommended to use robust and accepted methods, such the GHG Protocol Corporate Standard. Oracle Environmental Accounting and Reporting supports these needs and provides consistency across organizations in how data is collected, retained, controlled, consolidated and used in calculating and reporting emissions inventory. EA&R also enables companies to develop an enterprise-wide data view that includes all five of the key sustainability categories: carbon emissions, energy, water, materials and waste.

By Elena Avesani, Principal Product Strategy Manager, Oracle As part of my ongoing efforts to discuss upcoming environmental legislation – I’m now going to focus on the latest changes occurring in the...

Intelligent Efficiency White Paper: Innovations Reshaping the Energy Efficiency Market

I recently read a white paper by Stephen Lacey from Greentech Media that I think you may find interesting. He talks about “intelligent efficiency” from an energy perspective. What is “intelligent efficiency” you ask? Stephen discusses the many significant advances in web-based monitoring, real-time data analytics, and utilities using peak pricing and how energy efficiency is now becoming an asset that companies can measure, manage, buy and sell. He talks about an emerging, information-driven approach to energy efficiency. Companies can get more granular information and are empowered to turn energy from a cost into an asset. This new paradigm is labeled “intelligent efficiency.”While Stephen admits that information is not the only solution to breaking down all energy efficiency barriers, he notes that less expensive sensors are enabling the granular monitoring of every piece of equipment in a facility; web-based monitoring platforms are making energy consumption actionable; and analytic capabilities are allowing companies to find and predict trends. This intelligence is turning energy efficiency from a static, reactive process into a dynamic, proactive strategy.Historically, energy efficiency was a one-dimensional process that involved replacing discrete pieces of equipment. But with instant communications and comprehensive analytical capabilities, efficiency is becoming an ongoing process – one that is connecting energy management, storage, distributed renewables, and traditional efficiency sectors to create a dynamic market. It is also enhancing project performance as real-time monitoring allows for ongoing adjustment and verification across facilities. You can read the white paper in its entirety here.  

I recently read a white paper by Stephen Lacey from Greentech Media that I think you may find interesting. He talks about “intelligent efficiency” from an energy perspective. What is “intelligent...

The Carbon Disclosure Project Spring Workshop

Guest author Elena Avesani, Principal Product Strategy Director at Oracle, discusses her participation in the recent CDP Spring Workshop at the New York Stock Exchange On April 5, 2013 the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), an independent non-profit U.K. organization that collects Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) data of major corporations, invited corporations and investor signatories to attend its annual spring workshop at the New York Stock Exchange. I was one of Oracle’s three attendees and was able to attend many informational sessions led by the CDP staff, including a review of the 2013 CDP questionnaire and scoring methodology, the technical changes from 2012 and an overview of disclosure best practices. I also attended several thought leadership sessions. Several participating companies explained how they leverage CDP disclosure to work with their CFOs to identify cost savings, develop innovative sustainability initiatives, respond to other regulatory bodies (DJSI, GRI, UNGC) and respond promptly to investors’ inquiries. Several speakers highlighted how speaking the same language as their CFO is crucial to integrate CDP responses into an effective communication with investors. Every year investors are increasingly interested on companies’ ESG performance and integrate CDP data into investment processes. Asset management companies look at governance strategy and engage companies to understand if they are aligned to their long term interests. They also look at data in the context of financial information and narrative. CDP thus provides a detailed framework to talk about climate change and disclosure on carbon, water and supply chain management. The nature of these issues shed light on how the company is managed in the long term. Particular focus was given to strategies for measuring, managing and reporting Scope3 emissions, whose weight is increasing in the CDP scoring process. Scope3 analysis requires a strong understanding of the upstream supply chain as well as the definition of a directional roadmap identifying raw materials, operations and products, procurement strategies, production strategies and logistics assessment.  Finally, the CDP pushes companies to engage suppliers on climate change and water risks through disclosure to the CDP Supply Chain Module. This disclosure enables companies to understand how to score and benchmark suppliers’ responses and educate suppliers on climate change and costs reduction. Category managers can check CDP scorecards and verify the performance of the company. It was helpful for Oracle to participate in this conference as we continue to gather our data to participate in the Carbon Disclosure Project.

Guest author Elena Avesani, Principal Product Strategy Director at Oracle, discusses her participation in the recent CDP Spring Workshop at the New York Stock Exchange On April 5, 2013 the Carbon...

Korean Air, Winner of 2012 Oracle Excellence Award, Showcases Its Sustainability Success

Are you employing Oracle products for any of your sustainability initiatives? If you are an Oracle customer with a sustainability story to showcase – don’t miss the chance to nominate your company for the 2013 Oracle Excellence Award: Eco-Enterprise Innovation. Nominations are due June 21.  One of our award winners last year was Korean Air. Korean Air is South Korea’s airline and its largest carrier. They used a combination of Oracle products to help them meet their environmental sustainability goals, such as reducing paper use, fuel consumption, aircraft noise, and carbon emissions from passenger and cargo transport. Korean Air was able to cut its catering costs by US$2.56 million per year and minimized food wastage, by creating route-specific menus based on accurate passenger numbers and regional demand. It also established an aircraft fuel management system that helped reduce its fuel consumption by 5%, based on revised laws and procedures about fuel allowances and ground-based auxiliary power units. In addition, Korean Air was able to save US$60,000 annually on paper costs and 165,000 sheets of paper per year by establishing a digital library and generating electronic airline tickets and other documents.Read more about Korean Air’s award-winning story.

Are you employing Oracle products for any of your sustainability initiatives? If you are an Oracle customer with a sustainability story to showcase – don’t miss the chance to nominate your company for...

Oracle Sponsors UNEP Environmental Forum in Nairobi

Guest author Rich Kroes, Sustainability Product Strategy Director at Oracle, discusses his participation in the recent United Nations Environment Program Forum in NairobiOracle was pleased to sponsor and participate in the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environmental Forum (GC/GMEF) held in Nairobi on February 20-22. The forum brought together environment ministers, permanent secretaries, cabinet officials and other senior opinion formers from over 140 countries to discuss the latest issues on the global environment, particularly in relation to sustainability and climate change. The ministerial consultations during the session also focused on how to drive and support the emerging positions and policy issues following the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on sustainable development held in Brazil last summer.UNEP understands the value that technological innovation and the development of sustainability solutions brings to bear in terms of addressing the diverse challenges faced by the world’s environment. The organization also understands that the private sector plays a critical role in the development of a broad array of these solutions, hence hosting the Sustainability Innovation Expo at the event to foster the sharing of technological knowledge and discuss future opportunities.A session on the UNEP-Live program also highlighted the importance of measurement in tracking major environmental developments and events, as well as identifying emerging issues in the global environment. Measurement ultimately forms the basis for and provides the means to deliver lasting and meaningful improvement in the state of the world’s environment – this is a key cornerstone for Oracle's sustainability solutions as well.

Guest author Rich Kroes, Sustainability Product Strategy Director at Oracle, discusses his participation in the recent United Nations Environment Program Forum in Nairobi Oracle was pleased to sponsor...

Electronics Disposal Efficiency (EDE): An IT Recycling Metric For Enterprises And Data Centers

Guest author Steve Stawarz, Principal Solutions Consultant and Sustainability Lead at Oracle discusses a new white paper offered by the Green GridI had the privilege to be a contributing author to the newly released Electronics Disposal Efficiency (EDE) Metric White Paper, an offering from The Green Grid. The Electronics Disposal Efficiency (EDE) metric is the first universal metric launched by The Green Grid to help end users of Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) measure their success in the responsible management of outdated equipment. EDE is a simple metric that helps organizations calculate and measure their progress in improving equipment disposal processes over time. This metric is a first-of-its-kind and will help ensure companies responsibly handle electronics and electrical equipment at the end of its useful life.  The Green Grid Association (TGG) is a non-profit, open industry consortium of end users, policy makers, technology providers, facility architects, and utility companies that works to improve the resource efficiency of information technology and data centers throughout the world. Over the past few years, TGG has developed a series of metrics for use in evaluating and enhancing data center operations. This series includes power usage effectiveness (PUE™), data center energy productivity (DCeP™), energy reuse effectiveness (ERE™), data center compute efficiency (DCcE™), and others. The Green Grid now proposes a new metric—electronics disposal efficiency (EDE)—to increase industry awareness regarding the responsible disposal of IT assets. By providing a simple metric that is easy to use, The Green Grid believes that organizations will be able to measure themselves and set goals to improve how they dispose of IT assets. The EDE metric complements the data center maturity model (DCMM), which contains clear goals and direction for improving energy efficiency and sustainability throughout a data center.Click here for a copy of the whitepaper.

Guest author Steve Stawarz, Principal Solutions Consultant and Sustainability Lead at Oracle discusses a new white paper offered by the Green Grid I had the privilege to be a contributing author to...

Agrion Summit: An Energy Agenda Focused on Market Opportunities and Strategic Investment

By Elena Avesani, Principal Product Strategy Manager, OracleOn February 19th and 20th, 2013 Agrion, a global business network for energy, cleantech and corporate sustainability, held its annual energy and sustainability summit in New York. Business leaders came together to exchange experience and expertise in order to advance the conversation on energy and sustainability. I was at the summit along with 400 other participants. We heard from experts in the renewable energy, smart cities, smart grid, corporate sustainability and energy efficiency fields. In the sustainability track, speakers from various companies discussed their sustainability programs in terms of ROI of corporate social responsibility, employee engagement, materiality, relations with the investor’s community, and sustainable supply chains. Some of my key take-aways included:It is imperative for practitioners in the sustainability space to build a business case with their CFOs to continue pushing forward their sustainability agenda within their organizations. Activities and projects should be linked to financial and operational metrics and results. While the proliferation of sustainability performance surveys from customers and vendors often generates confusion, it also indicates a significant cultural change. Sustainability is being further integrated into organizations’ business values and overall strategy and companies are being more transparent in what they are disclosing. While organizations and thought leaders around the world are pushing for further integration of sustainability data – with financial information and for environmental and social factors to be considered as equal contributors to the value of a company – the disconnect on the financial markets and the investor relations (IR) team is still a blocking factor. In some companies the CSO office and IR office rarely communicate. However, analysts are increasingly looking at companies’ environmental practices and investors better understand how sustainability practices affect the value of the company and have a strong impact on risk. Uniform regulation remains the missing element in the field and could be the final catalyst. Stock exchanges are now requiring or recommending companies to disclose environmental, social, and governance  data, but the implementation of this requirement requires a common action in the industry as this type of requirement can discourage companies that want to get listed. Highlights from the energy track included keynote presentations by Richard Kauffman, Chair of Energy Policy and Finance Sub-Cabinet in the State of New York, and Reed Hundt, CEO of the Coalition for Green Capital. Both made the case for green banks, intended to provide low cost financing to clean energy projects, and the need for partnering within the private sector to foster investment in alternative energy. Low cost lending can substantially reduce the cost of a clean energy project, making it cost competitive with fossil fuel generation or close to cost competitive and thus requiring lower subsidies.  Bradley Williams, VP of Industry Strategy at Oracle, spoke about the impact that the Microgrid will have on the energy industry from production to distribution, storage, billing and the connection to the grid, and the technology skills and assets required. It was an interesting summit and the Oracle participants, myself included, enjoyed participating in these energy and sustainability discussions.  

By Elena Avesani, Principal Product Strategy Manager, Oracle On February 19th and 20th, 2013 Agrion, a global business network for energy, cleantech and corporate sustainability, held its annual energy...

The Case for Corporate Sustainability Gets Stronger

By Jon Chorley, Chief Sustainability Officer and Vice President SCM Product Strategy, OracleMuch has changed in the world of corporate sustainability over the past year. Organizations have started to take action when it comes to implementing processes around sustainability, and as a result we are beginning to see profit from these efforts. According to the latest edition of an annual survey of global executives by the MIT Sloan Management Review and the Boston Consulting Group corporate sustainability has become more embedded in business decisions and now defines company culture and corporate reputation. Significantly, the findings from the survey show:Nearly 50% of companies have changed their business models as a result of sustainability opportunities - a 20% jump from last yearThe portion of respondents reporting profit from sustainability went up 23%, to 37% in totalTwo-thirds of respondents said that innovation advantage – identifying better solutions early – is the way to profit from sustainability 61% of companies that have changed their business model and have sustainability as a permanent fixture on their management agenda say they have added profit for sustainability Improved brand reputation was the number one benefit to organizations in addressing sustainability (40%)52% of organizations named customer preference for sustainable products as the number one reason that led to changes in their business model62% of the respondents report that their company’s CEO has a strong commitment to sustainabilityWhile all of these findings are extremely important and telling on the state of corporate sustainability, there are a few points to highlight. Organizations noted that the number one challenge in the next two years is innovating to achieve competitive differentiation. Identifying sustainability-driven innovation early will be critical to success. An innovation advantage was the most common response (67%) among organizations when asked where they see profit from sustainability. Additionally, we expect the percentage of companies that have changed their business models as a result of sustainability to keep climbing. At Oracle, we understand the importance of ensuring there is an integrated approach to sustainability at the core of all business activities. Put simply, it is ineffective to treat sustainability as a separate functional area.We are focused on delivering solutions that allow our customers to embed sustainability throughout their organizations and to achieve their sustainability initiatives so they too can be part of this exciting strategic opportunity.

By Jon Chorley, Chief Sustainability Officer and Vice President SCM Product Strategy, Oracle Much has changed in the world of corporate sustainability over the past year. Organizations have started to...

Health Authority – Abu Dhabi Increases Performance up to 80% and Lays Foundation for World-Class, Paperless, Healthcare E-Services

Health Authority – Abu Dhabi (HAAD) is the regulatory body charged with ensuring excellence in community healthcare in the emirate. HAAD needed to deploy a reliable and secure infrastructure to facilitate world-class healthcare e-services that could scale to serve millions of citizens across the emirates. The health authority deployed the Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1 to standardize processes and improve efficiency. It reduced customer service transaction workload by 20%, automated the requisition cycle with paperless processes, accelerated processing, on average, fivefold and cut the monthly financial closing process from 10 days to 3 days. By rolling out self-service capabilities, the organization saves 800 work-hours and 25,000 sheets of paper, annually. By moving to a paperless system and reducing their environmental impact, HAAD was selected as one of the winners of the 2012 Oracle Excellence Award: Eco-Enterprise Innovation. With the help of Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition, HAAD increased the performance of its front-office processes, driven by third-party applications that are uploaded into the data warehouse every night, by 80%, on average, and facilitated strategic decision-making through in-depth analysis capabilities. Read more about Health Authority – Abu Dhabi (HAAD).

Health Authority – Abu Dhabi (HAAD) is the regulatory body charged with ensuring excellence in community healthcare in the emirate. HAAD needed to deploy a reliable and secure infrastructure to...

Now Available: 2012 Corporate Citizenship Report – Sustainability Highlights

In the recently released 2012 Corporate Citizenship Report we are proud to highlight our efforts to minimize Oracle's environmental impact and the work we do to help our customers do the same. The sustainability portion of this report addresses how Oracle technology helps companies better execute and measure their own sustainability initiatives. Oracle provides sustainability solutions that can be easily integrated with our customers' core business activities. These solutions cover an unmatched breadth and depth of capability, and we are continuing to invest and innovate.Highlights: ·         Oracle develops practices and products that help protect the environment. Our database, middleware, applications, server, and storage technologies help our customers meet their sustainability goals, while providing bottom-line benefits.·         Oracle's energy efficient data centers have been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers. Many Oracle products are used within our data centers. ·         Oracle’s technology is built on open and public industry standards, and Oracle engineers drive innovation by participating in 119 standards-setting organizations. Open interfaces, documented specifications, and standards-based development tools lower IT costs, while providing increased choice, interoperability, and flexibility. The technology industry is critical to global progress and prosperity. We are committed to using our resources to protect the environment, meet regulatory compliance requirements, and employ socially responsible business practices in our operations.If you would like to share feedback with us, please contact us at citizenship_ww@oracle.com.

In the recently released 2012 Corporate Citizenship Report we are proud to highlight our efforts to minimize Oracle's environmental impact and the work we do to help our customers do the same. The...

Oracle Environmental Accounting & Reporting ISeminar on February 12

Please join us at a free Iseminar on Tuesday February 12 at 10am PT/1pm ET/Noon CT that will cover Oracle Environmental Accounting and Reporting. In this 45 minute Iseminar you will learn about this easy-to-use solution which will help enable you to:Collect the data pertaining to your company’s environmental impact and embed your greenhouse gas (GHG) reporting into the mainstream of business operations within your Oracle E-Business Suite and/or Oracle’s JD Edwards ERP systems. Automate your environmental reporting process to make it more reliable, efficient, and secure.Achieve a rapid return on your investment using Oracle Environmental Accounting and Reporting.You may be asking what is Oracle Environmental Accounting and Reporting? This is a product that provides a repeatable, consistent, and auditable process to collect and report on your GHG impact. It will help you track GHG and other environmental data against your targets and help you efficiently meet your voluntary and legislated reporting needs. It is pre-built and flexible -- with reporting features, easy deployment, an ability to report on emissions by multiple factors such as source, facility, category, etc. Register for this Iseminar here and learn how Oracle Environmental Accounting and Reporting can help you improve your overall operational efficiency and reduce cost.

Please join us at a free Iseminar on Tuesday February 12 at 10am PT/1pm ET/Noon CT that will cover Oracle Environmental Accounting and Reporting. In this 45 minute Iseminar you will learn about this...

Sustainable Progress in the Corporate World

By Jon Chorley, Chief Sustainability Officer and Vice President of SCM Product Strategy, OracleAt the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Doha in November 2012, the consensus was that it’s time to take action. In his address to environmental ministers and climate officials from nearly 200 countries, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon summed it up by stating that “the abnormal is the new normal” and he highlighted events such as the flooding in Manhattan and Beijing, to the ice caps melting, permafrost thawing and sea levels rising.But another aspect of this “new normal” is that business and the market are responding to the challenge. The green economy for example, which can be measured by looking at green jobs, green markets and investment in green industries, is showing genuine signs of momentum.  An article from Steven Cohen, Executive Director, Columbia University's Earth Institute, in the Huffington Post does a great job of capturing the progress made. There are also signs that businesses are increasing their commitment to sustainability. A new report by Calvert Investments, Ceres and World Wildlife Fund demonstrates the dramatic progress that has been made over last three years. The report, “Power Forward: Why the World’s Largest Companies are Investing in Renewable Energy,” showed that a majority of Fortune 100 companies have set a renewable energy commitment, a greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction commitment or both. Additional findings included:56% of Fortune 100 and Global 100 companies have set GHG reduction goals.Of those, 13% have set specific goals for renewable energy use, with others using renewable energy to meet their GHG goals.Many companies are shifting from purchasing short-term, temporary Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) to longer-term investment strategies like Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) and on-site projects, indicating a long-term commitment to renewable energy and reaping the benefits of reduced price volatility.And of course technology will play a critical role in helping businesses act on sustainability goals and objectives. That’s why we continue to expand our sustainability solutions at Oracle and why we recently introduced a waste management solution for the Oracle E-Business Suite. Waste management issues are becoming an increasingly crucial part of environmental sustainability and we see it as one more way Oracle is helping businesses hit sustainability goals. It’s exciting to be part of the progress being made in the green economy and sustainability and we are looking forward to continuing that work this year.

By Jon Chorley, Chief Sustainability Officer and Vice President of SCM Product Strategy, Oracle At the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Doha in November 2012, the consensus was that it’s time to take...

Don’t Miss the Oracle Value Chain Summit on February 4-6 in San Francisco

By Jon Chorley, Chief Sustainability Officer and Vice President of Supply Chain Management Product StrategyPlease join me at our upcoming Oracle Value Chain Summit in San Francisco on February 4-6. This summit features ~200 sessions across all of the supply chain management solution areas -- including Product Lifecycle Management, Manufacturing, Maintenance, Value Chain Planning, Value Chain Execution and Procurement. Customers, partners, and industry luminaries will discuss how to transform supply chains into value chains for a competitive edge. Hear from our exciting keynote speakers and customers who will share their experiences and discuss best practices for optimizing supply chains. Don’t miss this exceptional opportunity to gain the latest Oracle product knowledge in detailed product sessions and participate in a hands-on solutions pavilion. Sustainability will be discussed throughout this summit. And we also have a general session, ”The Sustainable Value Chain”, that will take place on Tuesday, February 5. Several supply chain experts will join me in discussing how sustainability is a growing factor in business positioning and performance. For product companies - the design, operation and optimization of supply chains is the central component of any meaningful sustainability program. But how to balance costs with benefits? How to measure the effectiveness of any program? How to identify the best business opportunities while avoiding "greenwashing"?  We will discuss the implications of these trends and will review real-world examples of how sustainability can be embedded throughout the supply chain to reduce risks and costs while increasing revenues.I hope you can join us at the Oracle Value Chain Summit. See the full agenda and registration information here.

By Jon Chorley, Chief Sustainability Officer and Vice President of Supply Chain Management Product Strategy Please join me at our upcoming Oracle Value Chain Summit in San Francisco on February 4-6....

Call for Nominations for Oracle Excellence Awards: Eco-Enterprise Innovation - Due July 15

Is your organization using an Oracle product to lower its environmental footprint while reducing costs? For example, you may use Oracle’s Agile Product Lifecycle Management to design more eco-friendly products, Oracle Transportation Management to reduce fleet emissions, Oracle Exadata Database Machine to decrease power and cooling needs while increasing database performance, Oracle Business Intelligence to measure environmental impacts, or one of many other Oracle products. Your company may be eligible for an Oracle Excellence Award:  Eco-Enterprise Innovation. Submit a nomination form located here by July 15 if your organization is using any Oracle product to take an environmental lead as well as to reduce costs and improve its business efficiencies by using green business practices. These awards will be presented during Oracle OpenWorld 2013 (September 22-September 26) in San Francisco. Either a customer or its partner can submit the nomination form on behalf of the customer. Winners will be selected based on the extent of the environmental impact they have had as well as the business efficiencies they have achieved through their combined use of Oracle products. To be eligible for this award, your company must use at least one of Oracle’s products and the solution should be in production or in active development. These awards will be presented to the winning customers and their partners during Oracle OpenWorld by a senior Oracle executive and will be honored in a special Oracle OpenWorld conference session. Winning customers will receive a free Oracle OpenWorld registration pass and will have the opportunity to participate in Oracle media opportunities. See last year's winners here.  

Is your organization using an Oracle product to lower its environmental footprint while reducing costs? For example, you may use Oracle’s Agile Product Lifecycle Management to design more eco-friendly...

Earth Rangers Increases Data Center Energy Efficiency by 90% Without Sacrificing Performance or Scalability by Upgrading Storage System

Earth Rangers, a recent winner of our 2012 Oracle Excellence: Eco-Enterprise Innovation Award, has been building out its Web-based tools to support online learning and education. With its Website content growing by more than 20 terabytes a year, they required a scalable, high capacity, high performance storage solution. Given their organization’s core mission, energy efficiency was also a critical factor in the selection process. Earth Rangers successfully met both goals with Oracle’s Pillar Axiom 600 storage system. It cost-effectively increased storage capacity utilization, improved its power usage effectiveness to 1.5, and increased energy efficiency in the data center by 90%, without sacrificing performance or scalability.When initializing the organization’s data center, it had two options—standard implementation of enterprise solutions or virtualization coupled with data storage optimization and cooling load reduction. Earth Rangers chose virtualization, which is more cost effective to initiate and operate than traditional servers, and this resulted in an instant return on investment.The installation has allowed Earth Rangers to avoid consumption of the equivalent of 100,000 kilowatt hours of energy, and 26 tons of greenhouse gas emissions. These savings contributed significantly to the 17.8% energy savings Earth Rangers realized in 2011—all while the organization was growing, both in reach and employees. See here for more information about Earth Rangers success. If your organization is also using Oracle products to reduce its environmental footprint while reducing costs and improving operational business efficiencies, submit a 2013 Oracle Excellence: Eco-Enterprise Innovation Award nomination here.

Earth Rangers, a recent winner of our 2012 Oracle Excellence: Eco-Enterprise Innovation Award, has been building out its Web-based tools to support online learning and education. With its...

Integrated Reporting Is Getting Closer

By John O’Rourke, Vice President, Product Marketing, Oracle Oracle recently sponsored a webcast on CFO.com titled:  The CFO Playbook on Integrated Reporting: Integrating Sustainability into Financial Disclosures which focused on why top companies in the U.S. and overseas are incorporating sustainability content into their annual reports and other financial disclosures.  The webcast speakers, James Margolis, partner with Environmental Resources Management (ERM), a global provider of environmental, health, safety, risk and sustainability consulting services (EHSS) and Mike Wallace, Director of the Global Reporting Initiative's Focal Point USA, discussed the benefits of integrating sustainability reporting with traditional financial reporting. They noted how investors, corporate directors, lenders and most recently, the Securities and Exchange Commission, use this information to better understand, benchmark and value companies. They also talked about the November 2012 release of an Integrated Reporting Framework by the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC).  Read the press release and link to the framework here.  The shift towards integrated financial and sustainability reporting is gaining momentum with a number of global stock exchanges endorsing this approach in 2012.  Visit these links to listen to the webcast and download the slides. You can also view a demonstration of Oracle's solution for integrated financial and sustainability reporting. If you’re interested in learning more about this and Oracle’s other sustainability reporting solutions, click here. If you have any questions or need additional information, please feel free to contact me at john.orourke@oracle.com.

By John O’Rourke, Vice President, Product Marketing, Oracle Oracle recently sponsored a webcast on CFO.com titled:  The CFO Playbook on Integrated Reporting: Integrating Sustainability into Financial...

Evaluating Solutions to Manage Product Compliance? Don’t Wait Much Longer

By Kerrie Foy, Director PLM Product Marketing, OracleDepending on severity, product compliance issues can cause various problems from run-away budgets to business closures. But effective policies and safeguards can create a strong foundation for innovation, productivity, market penetration and competitive advantage. If you’ve been putting off a systematic approach to product compliance, it is time to reconsider that decision.Why now?  No matter what industry, companies face a litany of worldwide and regional regulations that require proof of product compliance and environmental friendliness for market access.  For example, Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS), a regulation that restricts the use of six dangerous materials used in the manufacture of electronic and electrical equipment, was originally adopted by the European Union in 2003 for implementation in 2006 and has evolved over time through various regional versions for North America, China, Japan, Korea, Norway and Turkey. In addition, the RoHS directive allowed for material exemptions used in Medical Devices, but that exemption ends in 2014. Additional regulations worth watching are the Battery Directive, Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE), and Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) directives. Additional regulations are expected from organizations such as the Food and Drug Administration in the US and similar organizations elsewhere. Meeting compliance requirements and also successfully investing in eco-friendly designs can be a major challenge. It may involve transforming business models, go-to-market strategies, supply networks, quality assurance policies and compliance processes.  Without a single source of truth for product data and without proper processes in place, ensuring product compliance burgeons into a crushing task that is cost-prohibitive and overwhelming.  However, the risk to consumer goodwill and satisfaction, revenue, business continuity, and market potential is too great not to solve the compliance challenge. Companies are beginning to adapt and thrive by implementing systematic approaches to product compliance that are more than functional bandages, they are revenue-generating engines.Consider working with Oracle to help you address your compliance needs. Many of the world’s most innovative leaders and pioneers are leveraging Oracle’s Agile Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) portfolio of enterprise applications to manage the product value chain, centralize product data, automate processes, and launch more eco-friendly products to market faster.   Particularly, the Agile Product Governance & Compliance (PG&C) solution provides out-of-the-box functionality to integrate actionable regulatory information into the enterprise product record from the ideation to the disposal/recycling phase. Agile PG&C is a comprehensive solution that makes product compliance per corporate initiatives and regulations more reliable and efficient. Throughout product lifecycles, use the solution to support full material disclosures, gain rapid visibility into non-compliance issues, efficiently manage declarations with your suppliers, feed compliance data into a corrective action if a product must be changed, and swiftly satisfy audits by showing all due diligence tracked in one solution.Given the compounding regulation and consumer focus on urgent environmental issues, now is the time to act. Implementing an enterprise-wide systematic approach to product compliance is a competitive investment. From the start, Agile PG&C enables companies to confidently design for compliance and sustainability, reduce the cost of compliance, minimize the risk of business interruption, deliver responsible products, and inspire new innovation.  Don’t wait any longer!To find out more about Agile Product Governance & Compliance download the data sheet, contact your sales representative, or call Oracle at 1-800-633-0738.

By Kerrie Foy, Director PLM Product Marketing, Oracle Depending on severity, product compliance issues can cause various problems from run-away budgets to business closures. But effective policies and...

Oracle Congratulates Winners of the 2012 Oracle Excellence Award: Eco-Enterprise Innovation

Oracle recently held its fifth annual Eco-Enterprise Innovation awards ceremony during Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco. Oracle Chairman of the Board, Jeff Henley, awarded select customers for their use of Oracle products to help with their sustainability initiatives. During this session, several award recipients discussed how they embedded various sustainability strategies throughout their organizations to help reduce their costs as well as their environmental footprint. It was an interesting session based around green best business practices and how Oracle products enabled many of these customers’ sustainability efforts. The winning customers for 2012 are: Dena Bank, Earth Rangers Centre, Grupo Pão de Açúcar, Health Authority – Abu Dhabi, Korean Air, North County Transit District, Orlando Utilities Commission, Ricoh – Europe, Schneider Electric, Severn Trent Water, and Terracap. Several of these winning customers also selected a partner to co-accept the award with them. These winning partners played a major role in helping these customers achieve their sustainability-related efforts.. Oracle also awarded Ian Winham, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from Ricoh Europe, with Oracle's Chief Sustainability Officer of the Year award. Ricoh Europe is a multinational imaging and electronics company with a strong commitment to sustainability. Ian was honored for his leadership in reducing Ricoh's environmental impacts by leveraging Oracle's applications and underlying technology.See here for more details.

Oracle recently held its fifth annual Eco-Enterprise Innovation awards ceremony during Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco. Oracle Chairman of the Board, Jeff Henley, awarded select customers for their...

South Korea Upcoming Cap and Trade Legislation

In my previous blogs I talked about climate change legislation trends in California, Australia and the European Union. In the next series of blogs, I am going to highlight how carbon trading and sustainability reporting legislation is evolving in other Asia Pacific countries, including South Korea, China, Japan, India and Taiwan - starting with South Korea. South Korea passed legislation to begin a national cap-and-trade program in May 2012. Korea is the 8th biggest source of GHG emissions in the world and has a national target of cutting them 30% by 2020. South Korea's program will cover about 60% of emissions and will affect big emitters across the economy, including utilities, major manufacturers and even large universities. Emissions trading is scheduled to begin in Korea in 2015, the same year as in Australia and China. Oracle Environmental Accounting and Reporting supports the needs of South Korea and helps ensure consistency across organizations in how data is collected, retained, controlled, consolidated and used in calculating and reporting emissions inventory. Learn more about the upcoming cap and trade legislation in South Korea and how to use Oracle Environmental Accounting and Reporting to meet those requirements here. By Elena Avesani, Principal Product Strategy Manager, Oracle

In my previous blogs I talked about climate change legislation trends in California, Australia and the European Union. In the next series of blogs, I am going to highlight how carbon trading and...

Sustainability Activities at Oracle OpenWorld

Close to 50,000 participants will come to San Francisco for Oracle OpenWorld and JavaOne events, held September 30-October 4, 2012 at Moscone Center. Oracle is very conscious of the impact that these events have on the environment and, as part of its ongoing commitment to sustainability, has developed a sustainable event program─now in its fifth year─that aims to maximize positive benefits and minimize negative impacts in a variety of ways. Click here for more details. At the Oracle OpenWorld conference, there will be many sessions and even a hands-on lab which discuss the sustainability solutions that Oracle provides for our customers. I wanted to highlight a few of those sessions here so if you will be at Oracle OpenWorld, you can make sure to attend them. One of the most compelling sessions promises to be our “Eco-Enterprise Innovation Awards and the Business Case for Sustainability” session on Wednesday, October 3 from 10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. in Moscone West 3005. Oracle Chairman of the Board Jeff Henley, Chief Sustainability Officer Jon Chorley, and other Oracle executives will honor select customers with Oracle's Eco-Enterprise Innovation award. This award recognizes customers and their respective partners who rely on Oracle products to support their green business practices in order to reduce their environmental impact, while improving business efficiencies and reducing costs. Another interesting session is the “Tracking, Reporting, and Reducing Environmental Impact with Oracle Solutions” which occurs on Monday, October 1 from 4:45 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. in Moscone West Room 2022. This session covers Oracle’s overall sustainability strategy as well as Oracle Environmental Accounting and Reporting (EA&R), which leverages Oracle ERP and BI solutions for accurate, efficient tracking of energy, emissions, and other environmental data. If you want more details, make sure to visit the hands-on lab titled “Oracle Environmental Accounting & Reporting for Integrated Sustainability Reporting”. This hour-long lab will take place on Tuesday, October 2 at 5:00 p.m. in the Marriott Marquis Hotel-Nob Hill CD. Here you can learn how to use Oracle EA&R to collect sustainability-related data in an efficient and reliable manner as part of existing business processes in Oracle E-Business Suite or JD Edwards Enterprise One. Register for this hands-on lab here.  

Close to 50,000 participants will come to San Francisco for Oracle OpenWorld and JavaOne events, held September 30-October 4, 2012 at Moscone Center. Oracle is very conscious of the impact that these...

Customer News: Geodan Reduces Response Times by 25% and CO2 Emissions by 50%

We recently completed the nomination period for our 2012 Eco-Enterprise Innovation awards. We’ll be announcing the winners at Oracle OpenWorld on Wednesday October 3 in a special sustainability executive session. More news to come about that, but I wanted to give you an update on one of our winners from last year, Geodan. They are a leading geo-information and communications technology (ICT) consultancy firm that specializes in supplying location data via innovative technologies. Geodan developed a vehicle incident management system for the Dutch motorways that handles highway incidents and measures how fast a rescuer can arrive on site. They developed this system based on Oracle Database 11g to enable the collection, analysis, and reporting on vast quantities of real-time geodata and other data relating to traffic incidents and resolution. Geodan was able to minimize traffic delays thanks to faster incident management, minimizing durations of traffic jams and helping to reduce CO2 emissions by 50%. They received Oracle’s Eco-Enterprise Innovation Award in 2011 on the basis that the system they developed delivers a real contribution to reducing CO2 emissions resulting from traffic jams in the Netherlands. Read here for more details about Geodan’s success.

We recently completed the nomination period for our 2012 Eco-Enterprise Innovation awards. We’ll be announcing the winners at Oracle OpenWorld on Wednesday October 3 in a special sustainability...

Product News: Oracle Utilities Operational Device Management

Many readers have been asking about the products that Oracle provides to help customers with their sustainability initiatives. I will start writing some blogs that will discuss many of these products. For an overview of all of Oracle’s sustainability solutions, see this whitepaper and our website.I figure that I’ll start with our newest sustainability-related product and that is one for our Utilities customers. Oracle Utilities helps utilities prepare for smart metering and smart grid initiatives that enhance efficiency and provide critical intelligence metrics that can help drive more-informed energy and water usage decisions for consumers and businesses. Oracle recently announced the availability of a new application that helps utilities manage “smart device” assets for improved operational efficiency. This new application is called Oracle Utilities Operational Device Management and it can help utilities manage the change, configuration and inventory of smart grid assets.   This product was developed to meet the asset management needs of “smart devices” in a utility’s distribution infrastructure, the new software manages devices, such as meters, access points or communication relays and communication components attached to various devices that are too complex for traditional asset management systems. New smart-grid microprocessor-based devices must be managed closely throughout their lifecycle for configuration changes, firmware updates and security and compatibility issues.  Oracle Utilities Operational Device Management handles critical functions, such as managing and tracking updates and patches, as well as supporting governance and regulatory audits and smart grid Network Operations Center (NOC) processes. Oracle Utilities Operational Device Management is built on open standards and is therefore compatible with Oracle Utilities Meter Data Management and other third-party meter data management solutions to provide complete and reliable smart grid operations based on customer choice.Oracle provides integrated solutions that enable utilities of all sizes and types to achieve optimal operational efficiency and outstanding customer satisfaction. Learn more about all of Oracle’s solutions for Utilities. Oracle provides integrated solutions that enable utilities of all sizes and types to achieve optimal operational efficiency and outstanding customer satisfaction.

Many readers have been asking about the products that Oracle provides to help customers with their sustainability initiatives. I will start writing some blogs that will discuss many of these products....

United Kingdom Climate Change Legislation

As part of our blog series on legislative trends worldwide, today I’m going to highlight the UK's leading efforts towards a low-carbon economy in the context of the European Union’s (EU’s) wider objective of transitioning to a resource efficient and climate resilient economy as well as its political commitment to reducing carbon emissions by at least 80% by 2050.  You can see more information about this here.   Current policies have put the UK on track to cut emissions by over a third, on 1990 levels, by 2020. The Climate Change Act 2008 is the core legislative body that establishes the UK’s long-term framework to tackle climate change. The Act aims to encourage the transition to a low-carbon economy in the UK through unilateral legally binding emissions reduction targets. This means a reduction of at least 34 percent in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 and at least 80 percent by 2050. Introducing these carbon budgets will ensure meeting the targets for 2050 and beyond.  One of the initiatives established by the Climate Change Act is the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme.  This is a mandatory scheme aimed at improving energy efficiency and cutting emissions in large public and private sector organizations. These organizations are responsible for approximately 10% of the UK’s emissions.Learn more about this and how Oracle Environmental Accounting and Reporting can help provide accurate and complete tracking and calculation of emissions data.By Elena Avesani, Principal Product Strategy Manager, Oracle

As part of our blog series on legislative trends worldwide, today I’m going to highlight the UK's leading efforts towards a low-carbon economy in the context of the European Union’s (EU’s) wider...

Hill International Wins Oracle Eco-Enterprise Innovation Award

In my last blog entry, I discussed Oracle’s Eco-Enterprise Innovation Award, part of the Oracle Excellence awards. Nominations for this year’s awards are due July 17. These awards are presented to organizations that use Oracle products to reduce their environmental footprint while improving their operational efficiency. One of last year’s winners was Hill International. Engineering News-Record magazine recently ranked Hill as the eighth-largest construction management firm in the United States. Hill International was able to streamline its forecasting and improve its visibility into its construction projects’ productivity and profitability using Oracle Primavera. They also implemented Oracle Hyperion Financial Management to standardize its financial reporting and forecasting processes and support its decision-making. With Oracle, Hill gained visibility into the true productivity of each project and cut its financial reporting cycle time from two weeks to one. The company also used the data generated to support new construction project proposals and determine the profitability of potential projects.Hill International realized significant cost savings and reduced its environmental impact on its US$400 million Comcast Center construction project in Philadelphia by centralizing its data storage, reducing paper usage, and maximizing project efficiency. It also leveraged the increased visibility offered by the Oracle solutions to make more environmentally-sound business decisions regarding on-site demolition, re-use of previous structures, green design of new facilities, procurement, and materials usage. See more about Hill International and the other Eco-Enterprise Innovation award winners here.  

In my last blog entry, I discussed Oracle’s Eco-Enterprise Innovation Award, part of the Oracle Excellence awards. Nominations for this year’s awards are due July 17. These awards are presented to...

Nominations Due July 17 for Oracle’s Eco-Enterprise Innovation Awards

Are you using Oracle products to reduce your environmental footprint while reducing costs? For example, you may use Oracle Self-Service E-Billing for paperless invoicing or Oracle Advanced Compression for reduced disk space and power usage. You may be eligible for Oracle’s Eco-Enterprise Innovation Award, part of the Oracle Excellence awards. Submit a nomination form located here by July 17 if your company is using any of Oracle's products to take an environmental lead as well as to reduce costs and improve your business efficiencies by using green business practices. These awards will be presented during Oracle OpenWorld 2012 (September 30-October 4) in San Francisco. A customer, their partner, or Oracle representative can submit the nomination form on behalf of the customer. Tell us how you use Oracle products to help protect the environment and improve your operational effficiency. Winners will be selected based on the extent of the environmental impact they have had as well as the business efficiencies they have achieved through their combined use of Oracle products. To be eligible for this award, your company must use at least one of Oracle’s products and the solution should be in production or in active development. These awards will be presented to the winning customers and their partners during Oracle OpenWorld by Oracle’s Chairman of the Board and will be honored in a special Oracle OpenWorld conference session. Winning customers will receive a free Oracle OpenWorld registration pass and will have the opportunity to participate in Oracle media opportunities and inclusion in Oracle Magazine. See last year's winners here.

Are you using Oracle products to reduce your environmental footprint while reducing costs? For example, you may use Oracle Self-Service E-Billing for paperless invoicing or Oracle Advanced Compression...

Compliance with European Cap and Trade and Carbon Reporting Legislation

In my previous blogs I talked about climate change legislation trends in California and Australia. In upcoming weeks I am going to highlight carbon trading and sustainability reporting requirements in the European Union (EU), focusing initially on the overall EU Emissions Trading System and then on each country’s specific legislation.  The EU has been exploring measures to combat climate change for more than a decade and has established a variety of initiatives that have impacted  manufacturers and processors. The EU Emissions Trading System (ETS), launched in 2005, is a significant mechanism implemented to control and reduce the emissions of Greenhouse Gases (GHG). As with all Cap and Trade systems, the idea is to engage the market place, with its financial incentives and penalties, to reduce climate-changing carbon emissions rather than through top-down orders from regulators. The ETS established a market for large industrial facilities to trade the right to emit CO2, with the total number of allowances being allocated gradually reduced since inception. You can obtain full details on how the program works and how you can use Oracle Environmental Accounting and Reporting to meet these requirements here.  By Elena Avesani, Principal Product Strategy Manager, Oracle

In my previous blogs I talked about climate change legislation trends in California and Australia. In upcoming weeks I am going to highlight carbon trading and sustainability reporting requirements in...

Sustainable Corporation 2012 Conference Update

Oracle recently hosted the Sustainable Corporation 2012 conference at our headquarters in Redwood Shores, California. As to be expected for a sustainability symposium in Silicon Valley, innovation and collaboration proved to be the driving themes for how companies can integrate sustainability throughout their business. This conference was put on by the Silicon Valley Leadership Group who did a wonderful job bringing together over 300 Silicon Valley leaders to hear very informative and insightful sessions. Topics included technology and process innovation, corporate and government policy innovation, and stakeholder collaboration. The sessions were organized into two tracks: managing cost and risk and growing revenue and new markets. One thought echoed by many of the speakers was that there are many opportunities where companies can increase their profitability as well as reduce their environmental footprint by integrating sustainability across their organization. Session attendees were presented with many ideas on how to capitalize on these opportunities and were encouraged to inspire others to think outside the box and do the same thing. It was an informative and worthwhile way to spend the day. For more information, visit here. 

Oracle recently hosted the Sustainable Corporation 2012 conference at our headquarters in Redwood Shores, California. As to be expected for a sustainability symposium in Silicon Valley, innovation and...

Environmental Reporting Session at Collaborate 2012

I had the opportunity to attend Collaborate 2012 in Las Vegas last weekend. I hadn’t been in a few years and I don’t remember the level of energy and interest in Oracle solutions at the event ever being this high. It also struck me that more attendees are becoming familiar and engaged on the topic of environmental sustainability. This is a critical development in my mind because for organizations to be truly successful in measuring and managing their environmental impacts they really need to make sure their IT leadership is engaged.I had the pleasure of presenting a session entitled ‘Introducing Oracle's JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Environmental Accounting & Reporting’ with Angela Miller, Chief Technology Officer and Chief Sustainability Officer at North County Transit District (NCTD) in San Diego. For environmental sustainability initiatives and programs to be effective they really need to be embedded in organizations – and to be an extension of their IT deployments – rather than being isolated silo activities. This embedded approach is exactly what the Oracle Environmental Accounting & Reporting module provides. It’s an add-on module available for both Oracle E-Business Suite and JD Edwards EnterpriseOne. In Angela Miller’s position as both a CTO and CSO, she is in a great position to appreciate both the importance of sustainability initiatives as well as the critical role that IT can play to replace the myriad of manual, inefficient processes that were in place before NCTD purchased Oracle Environmental Accounting & Reporting. Hear for yourself the valuable perspective that Angela brings on the topic in an upcoming video that was recorded while she was in Las Vegas.By Rich Kroes, Product Strategy Director, Oracle

I had the opportunity to attend Collaborate 2012 in Las Vegas last weekend. I hadn’t been in a few years and I don’t remember the level of energy and interest in Oracle solutions at the event ever...

Compliance with California Cap and Trade and Carbon Reporting Legislation

In one of my previous posts, I talked about greenhouse gas (GHG) reporting requirements in Australia and how companies can address those requirements using Oracle Environmental Accounting and Reporting. Since then I've received several questions about how companies can address GHG reporting requirements imposed by the upcoming cap-and-trade program in California. Here I'll provide an overview of those new regulations as well as where you can get more detailed information. In January 2012 California plans to launch a cap-and-trade program that will cover electricity generation as well as industrial sources that emit 25,000 tons or more each year in carbon emissions. The new cap-and-trade regulation, which will cover some 360 businesses representing 600 facilities, is divided into two phases. The first phase begins in 2013 and will include all major industrial sources and electricity utilities. The second phase starts in 2015 and will include distributors of transportation fuels, natural gas and other fuels. The goal is to reduce emissions to 1990 levels by the year 2020, and to 80 percent below the 1990 levels by the year 2050. You can obtain full details on how the program works and how you can use Oracle Environmental Accounting and Reporting here.By Elena Avesani, Principal Product Strategy Manager, Oracle

In one of my previous posts, I talked about greenhouse gas (GHG) reporting requirements in Australia and how companies can address those requirements using Oracle Environmental Accounting and Reportin...

Oracle Environmental Accounting and Reporting and Australia’s Carbon Tax Management

We've been getting a lot of interest around the world in our relatively new product Oracle Environmental Accounting and Reporting (EA&R). This product enables organizations to track their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and other environmental data against reduction targets. EA&R also facilitates environmental reporting for both voluntary and legislated emissions reporting schemes. I plan to provide several postings that will discuss EA&R in regards to various regions and their unique GHG reporting requirements – starting with Australia. In 2007, The Australian Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency (The Department) issued the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Act 2007 (The NGER Act). The Act makes registration, and emissions reporting mandatory for corporations whose energy production, energy use or greenhouse gas emissions meet specific thresholds. In November 2011, Australia then passed a landmark law to impose a price on carbon emissions, provided for by the Clean Energy Act 2011. Companies involved will need to obtain a government-issued carbon unit for every ton of  liable carbon emissions they produce. The initial price will be fixed, but will then be replaced by a flexible price on July 1, 2015, with the price of units being set by the market, with the number of available units capped, and a 'price ceiling' and a 'price floor'. Liabilities can also be managed by certain carbon offsets, although limits apply. You can obtain full details and see how you can use Oracle Environmental Accounting and Reporting to meet these requirements here. By Elena Avesani

We've been getting a lot of interest around the world in our relatively new product Oracle Environmental Accounting and Reporting (EA&R). This product enables organizations to track their greenhouse...

Five Things Learned at the BSR Conference in San Francisco on Nov 2nd-4th

The BSR Conference 2011—“Redefining Leadership”—held from Nov 2nd to Nov 4th in San Francisco, with Oracle as one of the main sponsors, saw senior business executives, civil society representatives, and other experts from around the world gathering to share strategies and insights on the future of sustainability. The general conference sessions kicked off on November 2nd with a plenary address by former U.S. Vice President Al Gore. Other sessions were presented by CEOs of the caliber of Carl Bass (Autodesk), Brian Dunn (Best Buy), Carlos Brito (Anheuser-Busch InBev) and Ofra Strauss (Strauss Group). Here are five key highlights from the conference:1.      The main leadership challenge is integrating sustainability into core business functions and overcoming short-termism. The “BSR GlobeScan State of Sustainable Business Poll 2011” - a survey of nearly 500 business leaders from 300 member companies - shows that 84% of respondents are optimistic that global businesses will embrace CSR/sustainability as part of their core strategies and operations in the next five years but consider integrating sustainability into their core business functions the key challenge. It is still difficult for many companies that are committed to the sustainability agenda to find investors that understand the long-term implications and as Al Gore said “Many companies are given the signal by the investors that it is the short term results that matter and that is a terribly debilitating force in the market.” 2.      Companies are required to address increasing compliance requirements and transparency in their supply chain, especially in relation with conflict minerals legislation and water management. The Dodd-Frank legislation, OECD guidelines, and the upcoming Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) rules require companies to monitor upstream the sourcing of tin, tantalum, tungsten, and gold, but given the complexity of this issue companies need to collaborate and partner with peer companies in their industry as well as in other industries to understand how to address conflict minerals in their supply chains. The Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs’ (IPE) China Water Pollution Map enables the public to access thousands of environmental quality, discharge, and infraction records released by various government agencies. Empowered with this information, the public has the opportunity to place greater pressure on polluting companies to comply with environmental standards and create solutions to improve their performance. 3.      A new standard for reporting on supply chain greenhouse gas emissions is available. The New “Scope 3” Supply Chain Greenhouse Gas Inventory Standard, released on October 4th 2011, is the only international greenhouse gas emissions standard that accounts for the full lifecycle of a company’s products. It provides a framework for companies to account for indirect emissions outside of energy use, such as transportation, manufacturing, and distribution, and it incorporates both upstream and downstream impacts of a product. With key investors now listing supplier vulnerability to rising energy prices and disruptions of service as a key concern, greenhouse gas (GHG) management isn’t just for leading companies but a necessity for any business. 4.      Environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) reporting is becoming increasingly important to investors and other stakeholders. While European investors have traditionally driven the ESG agenda, U.S. investors are increasingly including ESG data in their analyses. This trend will likely increase as stakeholders continue to demand that an ESG lens be applied to their investments. Investors are increasingly looking to partner on sustainability, as they see the benefits of ESG providing significant returns on investment.5.      Software companies are offering an increasing variety of solutions to help drive changes and measure performance internally, in supply chains, and across peer companies. The significant challenge is how to integrate different software systems to facilitate decision-making based on a holistic understanding of trade-offs. Jon Chorley, Chief Sustainability Officer and Vice President, Supply Chain Management Product Strategy at Oracle was a panelist in the “Trends in Sustainability Software” session and commented that, “How we think about our business decisions really comes down to how we think about cost. And as long as we don’t assign a cost to things that have an environmental impact or social impact, then we make decisions based on incomplete information. If we could include that in the process that determines ‘Is this product profitable? we would then have a much better decision.” For more information on BSR visit www.brs.org. You can also view highlights of the plenary session at http://www.bsr.org/en/bsr-conference/session-summaries/2011. Oracle is proud to be a sponsor of this BSR conference. By Elena Avesani, Principal Product Strategy Manager, Oracle     

The BSR Conference 2011—“Redefining Leadership”—held from Nov 2nd to Nov 4th in San Francisco, with Oracle as one of the main sponsors, saw senior business executives, civil society representatives,...

Sustainability at Oracle OpenWorld

Oracle will again have a strong sustainability focus at its upcoming Oracle OpenWorld conference on October 2-6 in San Francisco. There will be plenty of sustainability sessions where Oracle customers and sustainability experts will discuss how Oracle products help customers reduce their carbon footprint as well as reduce their costs. Did you know that Oracle has been running Oracle OpenWorld as a model sustainable event since 2007? Learn about all the sustainability-related activities during Oracle OpenWorld. But if you can't make it to everything, make sure you don't miss: Eco-Enterprise Innovation Awards and the Business Case for Sustainability (Session 27126) Wednesday Oct. 5, 10:15 a.m. -- Moscone West Room 2003In this executive session, Oracle's Chairman of the Board Jeff Henley honors 12 customers with Oracle's Eco-Enterprise Innovation award. These awards are presented to select customers and their partners that are using Oracle products to both take an environmental lead as well as improve their business efficiencies by engaging in green business practices. The awards presentation is followed by a lively discussion with a panel of customers and Oracle executives who will discuss sustainability strategies for business operational efficiency using Oracle products.Introducing Oracle E-Business Suite Environmental Accounting and Reporting (Session 18012)Monday Oct. 3, 5:00 p.m. -- Moscone West Room 3011Learn about Oracle's new product that enables companies to collect the necessary information for reporting on greenhouse gas emissions, water, waste, and other environmental metrics. Make sure to visit the demogrounds -- especially the demo booth for Oracle Sustainability Solutions for Enabling the Eco-Enterprise in Moscone West, Demo Booth 8160There are lots more sustainability-focused sessions, including Sustainability Reporting: Integrating with Financial Reporting; Sustainability Sensor Data Management: Trends, Strategy, and What's New; and Why Should Utilities Care About Global Standards for Sustainability Reporting? It should be another great year for sustainability at Oracle OpenWorld.

Oracle will again have a strong sustainability focus at its upcoming Oracle OpenWorld conference on October 2-6 in San Francisco. There will be plenty of sustainability sessions where Oracle customers...

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