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The Role of Environmental Sustainability in Freight Transportation

By Jon Chorley, Oracle Chief Sustainability Officer and Group VP SCM Product Management I recently had the pleasure of attending and speaking at “The Movin’On Conference” in Montreal, Canada. This annual conference is organized by Michelin, a valued Oracle customer, as part of its commitment to help create the future of sustainable mobility. This world summit has been called the “Davos of Transportation” in that it brings together thought leaders from all aspects of the public and private sectors and fosters a free exchange of ideas with the common goal of creating a better path forward. To prepare for my panel session my team collected some material on transportation, focusing on freight transportation, and its impacts on the environment. Their findings were so fascinating and illuminating I decided to create a whitepaper to share them with you. I highly encourage you to read and share it with any friends and colleagues that you think might be interested as well so that we can all be further educated on what can be done to reduce the environmental impact from our freight delivery choices. This whitepaper addresses the following questions:   How important are transportation related emissions? How is e-commerce impacting transportation and associated emissions? Should we all be going to the mall instead of buying online? What is the impact of delivery fleets on emissions? What about small package delivery by drones? Are there other emerging technologies that can help? Are there other ways to maximize truck efficiency? What about using rail and ocean and should we electrify? How can Oracle software help? I hope you find the facts and figures as thought-provoking as I did. If you would like more information on how Oracle’s solutions enable sustainability, visit oracle.com/green.

By Jon Chorley, Oracle Chief Sustainability Officer and Group VP SCM Product Management I recently had the pleasure of attending and speaking at “The Movin’On Conference” in Montreal, Canada. This...

Oracle Receives Two Manufacturing Leadership Awards For Its Sustainability Leadership

The Manufacturing Leadership Council recently announced the list of world-class manufacturing companies and individual leaders that received recognition as winners of the 2019 Manufacturing Leadership Awards. The Manufacturing Leadership Awards, now in their fifteenth year, honor manufacturing companies and individual manufacturing leaders that are shaping the future of global manufacturing. Oracle was recognized for its outstanding achievement in sustainability leadership. The winning project was Oracle’s extensive global product take-back program that enables Oracle to recover, reuse, and recycle returned equipment. Oracle has taken back around three million pounds of product a year for the past several years, mostly from customers. This amount is expected to grow over time as Oracle processes equipment from its Cloud data centers. Oracle also won the MLA High Achiever Award for this category; Oracle was selected as the high achiever across all of the other winners for the category. Anthony Devito, VP, Direct-to-Customer Supply Chain Operations, who received the award (pictured in the center) for Oracle, stated, “Handling more uses, the remanufacturing required expansion so there were more opportunities to take back additional product resulting in increased volume available for reuse. Oracle reused more than 150,000 parts and products. From an ROI perspective, Oracle has doubled our throughput, from a daily output of 20 servers to over 40 servers. Oracle saved $30 million last year, representing a 150% savings increase from the prior year.” To incentivize customers to use Oracle's take-back programs, Oracle provides on-site support at no charge. Oracle also issued over one million USD in credits to customers in fiscal year 2018. The value credited is based on the value Oracle recovers through reuse. The aging equipment also provides a supply of spare parts, enabling Oracle to extend the life of other equipment. Some customers want extended support on Oracle's hardware products and harvesting spare parts from take back enables this. By increasing the percentage of reuse from take back, versus recycling, Oracle conserves natural resources, reduces carbon emissions and creates financial value – thereby realizing the vision of the circular economy. This helps Oracle comply with environmental regulations and also provides new opportunities to repurpose equipment to extend its useful life or incorporate its materials back into the supply chain at the end of a product’s life. The aging equipment also provides a supply of spare parts, enabling Oracle to extend the life of other equipment. Congratulations to Anthony and Oracle’s supply chain team!

The Manufacturing Leadership Council recently announced the list of world-class manufacturing companies and individual leaders that received recognition as winners of the 2019 Manufacturing Leadership...

Oracle Receives Gold From EcoVadis Corporate Social Responsibility Assessment

By Elena Avesani, Global Sustainability Manager, Oracle Oracle recently received a Gold Recognition Level once again based on its participation in the EcoVadis Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) assessment in May 2019. The result places Oracle in the 96th percentile 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. EcoVadis operates a collaborative platform providing Supplier Sustainability Ratings for global supply chains across 190 industry sectors and 150 countries. Approximately 50,000 companies use this platform, including more than 125 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, ethics, and sustainable procurement. The EcoVadis methodology is based on international sustainability standards (Global Reporting Initiative, United Nations Global Compact, ISO 26000), and is supervised by a scientific committee of CSR and supply chain experts, to ensure reliable third-party CSR assessments. Oracle also ranked in the top two percent of suppliers assessed by EcoVadis in the category Software Publishing. Oracle's performance was rated particularly high in the Environment category (top one percent) based on criteria such as environmental management, product stewardship, energy use, and greenhouse gas emissions reduction programs. Oracle Cloud data centers deliver a more sustainable computing platform that is efficient, renewable, and circular. Oracle works closely with its colocation partners to improve data transparency and drive renewable energy adoption. These considerations are part of Oracle’s selection process for new vendors, and they also factor into engagements with existing vendors. Oracle’s goal is to reduce emissions generated per unit of energy by 55% by 2025, in alignment with science-based targets. Oracle also keeps the environment in mind during the design and development of its hardware products. As part of this process, Oracle assesses a number of product characteristics including energy efficiency, dematerialization, serviceability, and recyclability. Being granted a Gold CSR rating by EcoVadis for the third 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.  

By Elena Avesani, Global Sustainability Manager, Oracle Oracle recently received a Gold Recognition Level once again based on its participation in the EcoVadis Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)...

Oracle Recognizes Employees for Their Environmental Volunteering Efforts

Below is the final installment of our series discussion focused on Oracle’s Sustainability Champions. Oracle recognizes outstanding employees whose sustainability efforts help reduce our environmental footprint, as well as improve the environment in the communities where they live and work. In this article, hear about some of the champions recognized for their involvement with various Oracle products and helping customers use these products for their sustainability initiatives. Oracle congratulates each of these employees for their efforts. Noble Abraham, Sheel Raj Agarwal, Kari Beasley, Mohit Bhatia, Lonny Blumenthal, Ramyasri Chintapanti, Deven Dilberto, Nha Do, Jillian Erhardt, Kristen Emhoff, Juan Fernandez, Matt Frades, John Gostel, Lauren Gritzke, Steve Gunawan, Ken Haig, ML Haynes, Brittany Kloc, Ankit Kothari, Matthew Meyer, David Moore, Elizabeth Morgan, Stacey Neathery, Taj Palecanda, Uma Panneerselvam, Sabyasachi Pattanaik, Anil Saklani, Sreekumar Sivasankaran, Nikki Twiname, Vinod Yanala, Colin Wong, and Marisa Uchin India is experiencing the fastest growth in energy demand globally as it becomes the most populous country in the world. Under a business-as-usual scenario, India’s residential electricity demand is predicted to increase eight-fold by 2050. Through a grant from the United States Trade and Development Agency, Oracle Utilities, and BRPL, a Delhi-based electric utility deployed India’s first large-scale behavioral energy efficiency (BEE) pilot program for the residential sector late in 2018, enrolling 200,000 residential utility customers. The BEE program will demonstrate the ability to use software (Oracle Utilities Opower Energy Efficiency Cloud Service) to empower residential consumers to reduce energy waste, improve energy efficiency, and lower peak-hour consumption in India. As of February 2019, the Oracle Utilities Opower behavioral energy efficiency program had saved more than 23 Twh of energy across the globe, which is enough energy to power Tokyo for four months. If the Oracle Utilities – BRPL Opower behavioral energy efficiency pilot achieves the projected savings seen by similar programs in both developed and rapidly modernizing economies alike, it will set a precedent for potential expansion opportunities across India. It also will ultimately play a part in helping both customers and utilities manage the rising cost and environmental impact of the expected eight-fold increase in residential electricity demand across India. An all-star team, the Sustainability Champions listed above, was assembled to design and deploy this Oracle Utilities Opower behavioral energy efficiency program.  Mary Hall and Mark Rakhmilevich Redwood City and San Jose, California, US Since the launch of Oracle Blockchain Platform last year, Mary and Mark have been working on blockchain use cases, including one with Circulor. Circulor developed a tracking platform for conflict minerals, powered by the Oracle Blockchain Platform, to track raw materials and components that use them in the electronics and electric vehicle supply chain from the mine to the processed materials, manufactured components, finished product and then to recycling. This transparency enables manufacturers to prove that they source conflict minerals ethically from approved sources and in a sustainable manner. With this solution, organizations can prove beyond a doubt that every capacitor made with tantalum was manufactured from the materials that originated from the ore that was ethically mined in Rwanda and transported, and processed under approved conditions, without any compromise from other tantalum sources in conflict zones that might use child or slave labor or used to finance an armed conflict. Mary and Mark have put a lot of time and effort into communicating this important case study, via an Oracle case study and a blog post. Vikas Raina Mumbai, India Vikas is a cloud solution architect with the Oracle Global Startup Ecosystem, Oracle’s startup program for entrepreneurs worldwide. He works closely with startups in India to provide Oracle Cloud technology, mentoring, workshops, and business-enablement and support resources. Vikas has worked extensively with SustLabs, a startup that is an advanced metering infrastructure system and data analytics company that leverages big data on energy and water. By deciphering real-time electricity consumption from the home, SustLabs can analyze smart meter data from heavy appliances. This unlocks a wealth of information regarding energy consumption, generating valuable insights for eco-conscious consumers, utilities, appliance manufacturers, market research companies, and many more. Vikas has worked hand-in-hand with the SustLabs founder to bring to market a solution that helps reduce the stress on the environment via reduced power consumption. Vikas also helps support the Government of India’s ambitious plan to build 100 smart cities across the country. Vikas carries on this same passion at home, as well. He and his neighbors use a vacant lot to grow vegetables and flowers. The vegetables are then distributed free of cost to people who are struggling to make ends meet, while flowers are given to those who need them for religious reasons. These flowers are later recollected and used as fertilizer for the farmed land.  They also collect waste water that gets generated out of water purifiers from individual households and carry it to their farm. This improves water consumption as they bury plastic bottles up to the neck with holes in the ground and fill them with water. This results in something similar to drip irrigation technology (at a very small level), helps reuse water that otherwise would have gone to waste, as well as inspires children and others to find ways and means to improve the way we are living.      

Below is the final installment of our series discussion focused on Oracle’s Sustainability Champions. Oracle recognizes outstanding employees whose sustainability efforts help reduce our environmental...

Oracle Recognizes Employees for Their Environmental Volunteering Efforts

In a continuation of our discussion of Oracle’s Sustainability Champions, we recognize outstanding employees whose sustainability efforts help reduce our environmental footprint, as well as improve the environment in the communities where they live and work. In this article, hear about some of the champions recognized for their environmental volunteering efforts. Tobe Attah (Burlington, Massachusetts) Tobe's journey in advancing sustainability efforts far precedes his time at Oracle. He is an Advisory Council member for the Young Global Leadership Foundation (YGLF), a nonprofit registered with the Oracle Volunteering portal. The YGLF guides aspiring young adult leaders to achieve their global goals in alignment with the United Nations (UN) and the UN 17 Sustainable Development Goals: Agenda 2030. In 2018, the UN granted the UN ECOSOC Special Consultative Status to YGLF, distinguishing only six organizations across 980 candidates around the world. Tobe began working with the YGLF after forming a strategic alliance with his platform Doodle the News, a multimedia hub that encourages younger audiences to learn and teach each other about the world using the UN 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Tobe has loved every second of running media literacy workshops, constantly challenging himself to encourage others to get more involved with sustainability outreach. “Being a part of the Class Of program, Tobe acknowledges it can be difficult to gain traction around philanthropic efforts in a young sales organization. Tobe would love to get the YGLF directly involved with Oracle this year. With its expertise and resources, the YGLF can help Oracle facilitate streamlined paths for employees to advance sustainability. For example, Tobe already works closely with several K-12 schools in the Greater Boston Area, mentoring students to help with college readiness, projects, and capstones. Tobe can help bridge the gap between Oracle and the over 400 school districts in Massachusetts yearning for greater representation from corporate partners. Tobe and YGLF can then effectively implement programs that allow different Oracle lines of business to elect leaders for sustainable impact projects involving the community. Tobe envisions both organizations working strategically with local schools to help younger students see the value of sustainability and STEM education. Tobe also got engaged with the Oracle Green Team and he has already helped create a logo for them. Loredana Balan (Bucharest, Romania) Loredana has been a strong advocate for protecting the environment for many years, both within and outside Oracle. She has been a champion in delivering key messages and posters to employees regarding the importance of doing more to protect the environment in which we all live. She is enthusiastic and passionate about environmental discussions and has been involved in many environmental volunteer projects for the past five years. Her first Oracle Volunteering project was for Planting Day at Cernica Forest, which was also the very first environmental volunteering project for Oracle Romania. This year she is organizing a glass collection activity in which Oracle employees are encouraged to bring bottles, as well as other glass items they no longer use, to be collected and then recycled by a dedicated nongovernmental organization. Last year she participated in an Oracle Volunteering project to plant trees in a very polluted area near a refinery.   Gayathri Nagarajan, Ashok Sanke, Jasjit Singh, Manjunath Singh, Rajeevi Rao, and Neelam Tiwari (Bengalaru, India) The "Green Warrior Team" has been working for years on reducing environmental footprints and spreading awareness and efforts on solving environmental problems in the community. The team has led and participated in various volunteer projects aimed at addressing environmental challenges and their resolution. Activities conducted include the planting of trees, encouraging the use of reusable and recyclable products, avoiding single-use plastics, educating rural and urban communities (including students) to use healthy sustainable resources to reduce waste, promoting and using organic products, saving water, and cleaning public places, parks, schools and orphanages. The team has also been involved in promoting and conducting workshops on how to grow a terrace garden and live life in an organic/sustainable way with zero waste, including workshops with farmers. They have also been instrumental in promoting the reduction of carbon footprints by arranging cyclethons and expeditions in Bangalore to promote cycling as a healthy travel mode and to reduce air pollution.  In collaboration with others, the Green Warrior Team has planted more than 30,000 trees over the last two years using the Miyawaki forest technique. These Oracle Volunteering projects had many participants, ranging from 250 to 600 people. The Green Warrior Team truly believes in sustainable living and has dreams of spreading its wings to an even wider reach for a healthy and green earth.  

In a continuation of our discussion of Oracle’s Sustainability Champions, we recognize outstanding employees whose sustainability efforts help reduce our environmental footprint, as well as...

Meet Some of This Year’s Oracle Sustainability Champions

Every year Oracle recognizes outstanding employees whose sustainability efforts help reduce our environmental footprint, as well as improve the environment in the communities where they live and work. This year’s Oracle Sustainability Champions hail from many countries around the world and are involved in a wide range of sustainability-related interests. Some of these champions have been recognized for their efforts focused on improving Oracle’s sustainable business operations, some for their volunteering efforts outside of the workplace, and some for their involvement with various Oracle products and helping customers use these products for their sustainability initiatives. We are proud to recognize the following employees for their sustainability efforts on improving Oracle’s business operations. Stay tuned for additional articles on some of our other Sustainability Champions.   Gabriela Dorobantu, Mihai Kantor, Andreea Meteleciu, Sonia Nedea, Liviu Stancescu, Brenda Stefanescu, Zsofia Torok, and Andra Vlad (Bucharest, Romania) This Deal Management SSC team in Bucharest, also known as the Eco Team, is committed to raising awareness regarding environmental issues and providing alternatives to address them. Most recently, their primary challenge has been that only plastic tableware is available in the Bucharest offices. To reduce the use of these single-use plastics, they engaged in several initiatives, including offering re-usable cups for employees and making stainless steel cutlery available.  To help raise awareness, the Eco Team uses a number of communication channels including: updates on their initiatives in each quarterly all-hands team meeting; signage in the office; a dedicated newsletter, and contests. While the impact of this small team (reaching about 200 people) is significant, they realize that the impact of a centralized change for the entire site in Bucharest (more than 5,000 people) would be even greater. The team has suggested that the Oracle Real Estate and Facilities team roll out the changes more widely, and they are currently assessing the additional costs of introducing dishwashers, plates, silverware, and more. According to estimations, through their initiatives the team saved about 60,000 single-use plastic cups in less than one year, and if this was rolled out for the entire Bucharest site, the impact would be 20 times that. It is a goal worth working toward, and the Eco Team in Bucharest is ready to take the challenge. Max Lindner, Sherif Mahfouz, and Karim Oumran (Amsterdam, Netherlands) This group decided to organize the Focus on Environment initiative within the Oracle Amsterdam office this year. They have planned several activities including: providing information about electric vehicles, motorcycles, bikes, and other forms of sustainable transportation; granting free bike maintenance and repair; working with facilities to promote reduced gas, water, and electricity use; recycling/swapping clothing; and discussing green and sustainable behavior. Max was also the project leader for a “plastic fishing” Oracle Volunteering event in the canals of Amsterdam, with both Sherif and Karim volunteering for this activity. Kelsey Morgan and Kelsey Cariffe (Redwood City, California, US) Both Kelseys work in the Oracle Real Estate and Facilities group in Redwood Shores. Kelsey Morgan has championed a new program at headquarters (HQ) called, “Use Reusable,” which encourages employees to use a reusable cup by providing educational information and a ceramic cup to every employee. In addition, she has implemented the new centralized waste initiative, replacing employees' individual bins with large waste bins at central locations. Centralized waste lowers waste contamination, reduces total waste generated, and encourages physical movement by employees. She also built an onsite edible garden to provide organic, locally grown produce for use in the Oracle cafes. Kelsey’s dedication to sustainability has helped 96% of waste generated at Oracle HQ either be composted or recycled, qualifying it as a “zero-waste” facility. Kelsey Cariffe tracks all projects at HQ that could have an effect on water, electricity, and gas consumption, and reports those numbers to our global teams to track HQ’s carbon footprint. In addition, she has collaborated with Design Tech High School students and teachers to review HQ’s outdoor lighting for light pollution impact. Kelsey is also developing a monthly energy and water report for Design Tech High School to review the newly built building’s operational impact. Both of the Kelseys are dedicated to building a sustainable future at the Oracle Redwood Shores campus, minimizing our environmental impact and motivating others to do the same. Auni Moin (Reston, Virginia, US) Auni has significantly influenced others to think more about what each of us can do to reduce our individual environmental footprints, something that a true “champion” does. Besides using his own coffee mug and water bottle every day, he brings his own silverware so that he does not use the plastic ones provided in the office. Every time he goes to the cafeteria, he has the cook place his meal in the same plastic box that he cleans and keeps around for one to two months at a time. He reused the boxes that monitors came in for the move to his new apartment. He sifts through the trash, recycle, and compost bins in the work kitchen to properly throw away misplaced items. Auni also carpools to work and is a member of a food cooperative, both of which he encourages others to do/join. Paul Salinger (Redwood Shores, California, US) Paul has spearheaded efforts to steadily improve sustainability at Oracle OpenWorld and other Oracle events since 2007. Paul works with the Oracle Event Marketing team to make Oracle OpenWorld as sustainable as possible while also providing a world-class experience for its attendees. Paul and his team's focus is on helping to conserve resources, supporting and often times educating the attendees, while at the same time creating value in the local economy. Paul also meets with vendors to communicate our sustainability expectations and follows up with green vendor surveys to ensure Oracle's sustainability practices are communicated and adhered to by them. For more than ten years, Paul has worked with our event vendors to educate them about our sustainability journey, creating best practices and long term goals (zero waste and carbon neutrality). Oracle OracleWorld has become a model of sustainability that other conferences are now trying to emulate.  Paul helps produce an annual Oracle OpenWorld Event Sustainability Report that communicates the sustainability-related metrics from Oracle OpenWorld as well as shares the best practices we have developed over many years of working to help make Oracle OpenWorld an industry leading sustainable event. Paul has also helped establish a company-wide sustainable meetings policy, a set of best practices, and training for the global events team. Most recently Paul was instrumental in signing Oracle onto the newly released Principles for Sustainable Events.   Aparna Surendran (Bengalaru, India) Aparna has been encouraging many Oracle employees, friends, and neighbors to use suburban trains ever since she started using them for her daily commute several months ago. As more people started to use the train, they in turn also encouraged others to use it for daily commuting. They promote the use of suburban trains by sharing commuting information, such as train status and live updates by daily commuters. To facilitate communication they started a WhatsApp group to share commute information. Aparna has been following environmentally friendly practices for years including at home where she segregates waste and properly disposes of nonbiodegradable waste materials. She always carries eco-friendly shopping bags to avoid using plastic bags, even before a plastic ban and waste segregation became mandatory. She uses eco-friendly household items and gives eco-friendly gift items. She also encourages others to do the same. For a long time she has been using eco-friendly alternatives for daily use items, such as wooden coffee stirrers, a stainless steel lunch box, and a water bottle, instead of plastic items. Aparna makes useful and decorative items with reusable waste materials that will otherwise end up in landfills. It’s the little things that can add up to make a big difference. Danielle Wagner (West Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, US) Two-and-a-half years ago, Danielle was excited to learn that a dishwasher was installed when her group moved into a newly remodeled floor. She tried to use the dishwasher a few times but she alone did not have the volume to justify running it often enough. Danielle then garnered some interest from a few colleagues who used their own mugs, but it was the same situation—a few dishes a week weren’t going to suffice. Begrudgingly, she resorted to hand washing a small collection of dishes stored at her desk. Last fall, Danielle created a "dishwasher club" and provided some secondhand dishware for others who share the same environmental interests. She worked with the Oracle Real Estate and Facilities team to place most of the community collection on a shelf in the kitchen. She set up a “reuse” channel in Slack to provide weekly updates. Interest grew, and before long, there were enough dirty dishes for a weekly run. She had help from others to keep the momentum going, especially Staci Bender, who brought in spoons to share and offered to help run and unload the dishwasher periodically. Danielle’s next goals are to: spread the word that reusing dishware can be done; to increase local involvement to the point that the dishwasher can be run daily; and to track the reduction of disposable products that Oracle provides when the dishwasher is used. It’s been a rewarding experience for Danielle to know that she can make a direct impact on reducing environmental footprints during the work week. Oracle appreciates the efforts of each of these employees. Stay tuned for additional stories about more of our Oracle Sustainability Champions.

Every year Oracle recognizes outstanding employees whose sustainability efforts help reduce our environmental footprint, as well as improve the environment in the communities where they live and work....

New Oracle Corporate Citizenship Report

By Guest Author Rhia Bakshi, Specialist, Corporate Citizenship, Oracle  We invite you to check out the new Oracle Corporate Citizenship Report to learn how Oracle is changing lives by advancing education, protecting the environment, and strengthening communities around the world. The report highlights the tremendous strides we have made in our global sustainability and philanthropic efforts in the past year. “Good corporate citizenship means being intentional and thoughtful about the value we generate as a company—not only for our shareholders, but also for our people, our planet, and future generations,” says Oracle CEO Safra Catz. “It means applying the same level of commitment, rigor, and sincerity to changing lives as we do to building cutting-edge technology for our customers.” Oracle Chief Sustainability Officer Jon Chorley shares, “together we are changing lives around the world, and with the growth in new disruptive technologies, including the cloud, I am more hopeful now than ever before that we can achieve the Sustainable Development Goals necessary to benefit our planet and the life it sustains.” Did you know? Oracle was recognized on CDP’s Climate A List for the third consecutive year in 2018, recognizing our leadership in advancing sustainability. Oracle donated US$20 million to nonprofit organizations globally in FY2018. More than 25,000 Oracle Volunteers generously contributed their time and talents to support hundreds of nonprofits in 50 countries. Read about these accomplishments, and more, by visiting the Oracle Corporate Citizenship website.

By Guest Author Rhia Bakshi, Specialist, Corporate Citizenship, Oracle  We invite you to check out the new Oracle Corporate Citizenship Report to learn how Oracle is changing lives by advancing...

Oracle Rolls Out an IoT-Enabled Workplace Strategy

By Guest Author: Francisco Ruiz, Director of IoT, HQ, Oracle Experiencing the evolution of smart buildings over the last decade has been exciting. As companies strive to define their technological strategies for innovation, aligning those with company goals creates a true organizational mission. Thus begins the journey to the best smart building strategies. At Oracle, the vision is to be a leader in global real estate and facilities performance, best practices, innovation, and proactive strategic planning. Our IoT strategy aligns well with that vision. To quote Stephen R. Covey, we began strategy development with "the end in mind." The Path to IoT Oracle Real Estate and Facilities (RE&F) fosters an environment where diverse, results-oriented team members with proven track records filled with a rich history of industry experience spanning MEP, sustainability, IoT and facilities can collaborate, innovate, and follow their passions that contribute to the company's triple bottom line. The belief that systems and technology could help us understand how our buildings were performing is deep-rooted in our DNA. With a data-driven approach, we were confident that algorithms could be created that could automatically feed back to the system and continuously optimize performance while quantifying and validating financial savings. In today's connected environment, we believe that a derivative of the ‘butterfly effect' is valid for building operations and an important part of our strategy. For example, an employee's alarm clock at home could signal the start of a building chiller, VAVs, etc. – our strategy began with "the end in mind." So we began our journey, in which IoT was initially a tool to help understand the performance of our buildings. W. Edwards Deming famously said, "It is wrong to suppose that if you can't measure it, you can't manage it – a costly myth." The data gathered has provided us with a means to justify our costs, validate our performance, and continuously improve our operation. It has supported many achievements including multiple LEED and Energy Star certifications, Carbon Disclosure Project A-List ratings and various other third-party recognitions. Third party recognition raises the profile of the program and has the unintended, and typically difficult to quantify, consequence of allowing an enterprise to enjoy the green glow of sustainability. As our buildings performed better, we also benefited from an improved occupant experience by enhancing their comfort, safety, security, and convenience. Additional technologies such as occupancy sensors already included in our lighting controls had the secondary value of providing space utilization data, helping us right-size our portfolio and build spaces that people really use. This continued pursuit of value and innovation using IoT has helped us achieve our goals of contributing to a healthier planet and reducing impact on natural resources. This had an additional effect of a reduction of operating costs and increased profits through improved operating efficiencies. We didn't get there overnight by trying to monitor every piece of equipment or initiating various pilots of fault detection analytics, artificial intelligence, or other more advanced topics. Instead, we began simply by executing proven methods that many of our teams were familiar and experienced with. This included Energy Star benchmarking, which is naturally complimented by electrical, gas, and water sub metering, thus allowing us to maximize the value of fundamental IoT sensors. This additional instrumentation provided measurable data on performance and anomalies. The resulting insights led to the refinement of an IoT strategy that included the creation of a global IoT team that reports into Real Estate & Facilities, and partners directly with IT and Security to guide IoT implementation and adoption.   Case Studies Several projects were performed at our existing headquarters campus in Redwood City and our Santa Clara Campus, which were built in the nineties. LEED and Energy Star certification were important first steps on our journey. We constructed two LEED gold certified smart buildings at our historic Santa Clara, California campus and equipped many buildings at our HQ with various levels of sub metering and optimized BMS programming, updated lighting controls, fixtures and lamps.  Included in these projects was the Design Tech High School, which is a Smart Building that represents the first public high school to be built on a corporate campus and allows Real Estate and Facilities to share our sustainability and technology experiences with the future leaders of our world. We also integrated multiple campuses into our centralized master systems integration platform allowing us to benchmark across multiple buildings and campuses for analysis, continuous commissioning, measurement and verification – and ultimately allowing us to sustain efficiency and share portfolio information with internal stakeholders.  Our smart building projects provide us direct access to state-of-the-art office and lab equipment, including space utilization info, BMS, lighting, energy, water, automated window tinting, shades and fire alarms. By leveraging IoT automation, the buildings can dynamically operate HVAC, lighting and shades. They also provide planning teams with insights into space utilization patterns. The success of this project was largely due to the collaborative and integrated approach to project delivery, and the technologies that were included at the design stage – critical for best results.  We're digitally transforming our portfolio and democratizing actionable information across the organization in a secure and scalable manner using IoT. The success of the program is dependent on collaboration between all staff that represents Real Estate, IT, physical and information security, energy, IoT, sustainability and our respected partners.  Establishing a Roadmap for Innovation If you don't already have a program to support technology within real estate, here are a few recommendations and considerations: (1) Identify champions at many levels in the enterprise; foster communications with those champions. They must have a passion about technology, a belief in its power, and the courage to push for change. (2) Strategy starts with practical solutions: what problems you are trying to solve and the results you want to achieve. (3) Communication and partnership between real estate, IT and security leadership teams must be established. (4) Determine your data security requirements and select a cybersecurity framework. (5) Develop a technology specification to help you define selection criteria of features, security, protocols, integration, point naming standards, and potential data lake strategies. (6) Be involved in the commissioning process, which is critical in achieving accurate data produced by IoT. (7) Create standard operating procedures that will help support the development of playbooks. I recommend incorporating these considerations into your planning, processes, and solution selection before you begin to pilot more advanced topics like analytics, fault detection, and AI. Establishing the fundamentals and sound practices leads to a successful foundation to aid your IoT journey. The bottom line is that you have to determine what a smart building means to you and your company. With so many different technologies available, and ways to architect and secure them, the best plan helps you drive forward in a unified manner, rather than piloting disparate technologies. There's a lot to consider, but it's simpler than it sounds when you begin with "the end in mind." As the Director of IoT, HQ for Real Estate and Facilities at Oracle, Francisco Ruiz is responsible for partnering with global teams to help design, secure and guide the implementation of enterprise IoT Energy Solutions. Prior to Oracle, he consulted various Real Estate teams utilizing IoT for continuous improvement and sustainable business operations including Adobe, GSA, eBay, PayPal and NASA. He is active on various industry boards and organizations which supports his continuous pursuit of the most energy efficient and sustainable technologies.

By Guest Author: Francisco Ruiz, Director of IoT, HQ, Oracle Experiencing the evolution of smart buildings over the last decade has been exciting. As companies strive to define their technological...

Oracle Employee Sustainability Champions

Every year Oracle recognizes several employees whose sustainability efforts help reduce our environmental footprint, as well as improve the environment in the communities where they live and work. Last year’s Oracle Employee Sustainability Champions represented many countries around the world and they were involved in a wide range of sustainability-related interests. One of last year’s champions was Bernard Schober, a shark conservationist, who was recently spotlighted in a video. Bernard is a 23-year Oracle veteran and is a Duty Manager for the Food and Beverage Hospitality Support Desk. He is also a shark conservationist who lives in the middle of the Arizona desert. Bernard has been working with various shark conservation groups, most notably Fins Attached in Colorado Springs, Colorado, to raise funds and do outreach on shark conservation. He has published two books—Chumming the Waters and Cap’n Klute’s Ocean Almanac—the proceeds of which he donates to Fins Attached. Bernard has taught children in classrooms in the United States and in Fiji how they can help sharks in the world’s oceans, has presented at SharkCon in Tampa, Florida, and has been active in other unique places of outreach such as book festivals and ComiCons. He also leads a recycling effort in his work office, purchasing with personal funds TerraCycle boxes that allow his office to recycle items that are not recycled by Phoenix-area municipal recycling efforts. Another of last year’s champions, Benjamin Mapes, is also featured in a video. For the past 13 years, Benjamin has volunteered with Engineers Without Borders (EWB), a national organization that serves as an engineering resource that partners with global communities on projects that improve basic human needs (e.g. clean water, sanitation, and structures). Benjamin is a founding member of the Denver Professional Chapter of EWB USA. Since 2006, he and this group have been involved with communities in Ecuador, Togo, Madagascar, and Tanzania on engineering projects that are focused on basic human needs. As a result, hundreds of people now have access to clean water and sanitation. “Our first EWB project of the Denver, Colorado, chapter was a water project in Malingua Pamba, a village in Ecuador,” Benjamin said. “What I'm most proud of is the fact that we helped the community install a potable-water system that is now functioning for every member of the community.”  Sustainability is a primary concern in their development work to create long-term success in each project and to promote the health of each community.  Making a global difference is a priority for Bernard, Benjamin, and the other Oracle Employee Sustainability Champions. We look forward to recognizing this year’s champions! 

Every year Oracle recognizes several employees whose sustainability efforts help reduce our environmental footprint, as well as improve the environment in the communities where they live and work....

Oracle Endorses the Principles for Sustainable Events

  Oracle has a long history of striving to make its events as sustainable as possible and has become widely recognized as a global leader in this regard. For Oracle OpenWorld we follow a process based on the ISO 20121: 2012 Event Sustainability Management Systems standard that entails reviewing opportunities from previous event cycles, comprehensively engaging Oracle partners, and executing our sustainability plans onsite. We also work with all our event vendors to ensure they are adhering to sustainable event best practices in the areas of dematerialization, sourcing, and supply chain management. More information on how we manage sustainability initiatives at Oracle OpenWorld is available in this report. Oracle has also developed an internal Oracle Event Sustainability Best Practices Checklist that covers event logistics such as contracts, hotels, catering, and transportation so that all Oracle employees can ensure they are implementing the sustainable best practices.  Oracle has now joined several other representatives from global event, tourism and sustainability management bodies in becoming signatories of four key principles designed to guide and motivate event organizers worldwide to embrace and implement sustainable practices. These principles were developed by a multi-stakeholder group convened by the Events Industry Council (EIC). Oracle agrees with our industry colleagues that the focus of sustainable events includes shared responsibility for implementation and communication, identification of the basic environmental practices and key social considerations, and pathways to support local economies to grow. The Principles for Sustainable Events encourage organizations and practitioners to adopt practices that foster collaboration with a simple and powerful message: by working together, planners and suppliers can support a healthy natural environment, resilient communities and culture, and thriving economies. By signing on to these landmark global sustainability principles convened by EIC, Oracle again makes clear its commitment to organizing sustainable events.  

  Oracle has a long history of striving to make its events as sustainable as possible and has become widely recognized as a global leader in this regard. For Oracle OpenWorld we follow a process based...

Oracle Scores an ‘A’ for Climate Change

We are proud to announce that Oracle has been highlighted as a global leader on corporate climate action by environmental impact non-profit CDP, achieving a place on the CDP Climate Change A List.​ Every year, thousands of companies disclose data about their environmental impacts, risks and opportunities to CDP for independent assessment against its scoring methodology. In 2018, companies were requested to do so by over 650 investors with over US$87 trillion in assets, and/or 115 major purchasing organizations with US$3.3 trillion in purchasing power. Companies receive scores of A to D- for how effectively they are tackling climate change, deforestation and water security. Those that don’t disclose or provide insufficient information are marked with an F. Oracle has been recognized for its actions in the last reporting year to cut emissions, mitigate climate risks and develop the low-carbon economy, based on its 2018 disclosure to CDP. The Climate Change A List is published by CDP each year, alongside similar lists for leadership on protecting forests and water security. The full list of companies that made this year’s CDP Climate Change A List are available here, along with all other public company scores. CDP assesses companies on the comprehensiveness of their disclosure, their awareness and management of environmental risks and their demonstration of best practices associated with environmental leadership, such as setting ambitious and meaningful targets.  

We are proud to announce that Oracle has been highlighted as a global leader on corporate climate action by environmental impact non-profit CDP, achieving a place on the CDP Climate Change A List.​ Ever...

Technology For Good: Key Takeaways from Oracle OpenWorld London 2019

Guest Author: Elena Avesani, Global Sustainability Manager, Oracle Attending Oracle OpenWorld events is always a breath-taking experience – the sheer number of solutions and capabilities showcased can be overwhelming yet inspiring. Even more so now that emerging technologies are augmenting Oracle Cloud solutions capabilities exponentially. Oracle OpenWorld London, the first of a series of global events launched in 2019, was no exception. Innovators, startups, and experts gathered together to share insights on how to leverage transformational technologies for better outcomes in business and society at large. Tech-for-good themes were frontstage. The exponential growth of digital technology can transform industries including manufacturing, agriculture, energy, and transportation while addressing the world’s most pressing needs and mitigating inequality. Here are the key takeaways: Powering smart cities with emerging technologies 70 percent of world populations will live in cities by 2050 according to the 2030 Vision Report. It is imperative to create human settlements that are inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable. Efficient systems, especially waste, sanitation, building and transportation services are fundamental to improving the quality of life in cities and minimizing environmental impact. Furthermore, the value of the smart cities market has been estimated at $1.5 trillion by 2025 for the provision of sensors, connected transit and utility systems. Here comes Proxima, an Oracle Cloud connected city prototype built using LEGO bricks, sensors, Arduino, Raspberry Pi, and the Oracle Cloud Services, by far the most visited booth at the conference. The prototype modelled a smart city where services such as trash management, lighting, energy monitoring, building management, parking, and safety are automated and centrally monitored. The Oracle IoT Cloud services enable sensors to notify the local disposal system when the bins are full and trigger a pick-up, a chatbot sends information about location and availability of parking sites as well as recharge stations. Street lighting is triggered by citizens’ transiting a particular area, and the overall consumption of energy in the city is monitored in real time with the Oracle Analytics Cloud. Enabling transparent supply chains with blockchain To help customers increase trust across their business networks, Oracle has launched Oracle Blockchain Applications Cloud.  Oracle’s business-ready blockchain applications provide immediate business benefits to customers by improving transparency in their business network and transforming their supply chains. Tracking systems, sensors and blockchain, for example, enable precision agriculture models, smart resources allocation, as well as guaranteeing sustainable ingredients sourcing. Certified Origins, an olive oil producer, showcased how the Oracle Blockchain services help them with certifying production, packaging and shipping phases, increasing quality control, granting access only to authorized sellers and buyers, and building branding reputation for the company. Closing the diversity and inclusion gaps with artificial intelligence Research increasingly shows that companies with more diverse workforces perform better financially. Still, women, accounting for an average of just 16 percent of the members of executive teams in the United States and 12 percent in the United Kingdom, remain underrepresented at the top of corporations globally. Furthermore, on average women across the world are paid just 63 percent of what men earn according to the World Economic Forum, that also estimates the global pay gap between men and women will take 202 years to close. AI tools can help: HR function is beginning to use big data and machine learning to understand performance, pay, corporate culture, well-being. Dr. Zara Nanu, CEO at Gapsquare, a startup powered by the Oracle Global Startup Ecosystem, and Jason Williamson, who leads the Oracle accelerator efforts, dived into the power of AI and data science to provide insights into pay and wage gaps and their root causes and deliver data-driven recommendations for change. Gapsquare worked with Harvard to analyze aggregate payroll data and identify gaps that could not be justified by different levels of experience and background. Facing disruption with lateral thinking, collaboration and continuous learning As Lord Mark Mallock-Brown eloquently put it in his keynote speech, we live in uncertain times in which disruptive technologies and geopolitical shifts blur the lines between opportunities and obstacles. In such a contest, collaboration, lateral thinking and breaking down silos is paramount. Climate change, a problem without a passport, and data security are risks that cannot be dealt at a national level and require multi-national solutions. Innovative solutions will require scaling private and public partnerships, giving the private sector a more significant role in such implementations. Massive investments in infrastructure, energy transition and mobility will be required, particularly in Asia and Africa. Businesses that harness the power of emerging technologies now will be at the forefront of the next wave of innovation and change

Guest Author: Elena Avesani, Global Sustainability Manager, Oracle Attending Oracle OpenWorld events is always a breath-taking experience – the sheer number of solutions and capabilities showcased can...

KMG Rompetrol Cuts Emissions by 20 Percent by Moving to Oracle Cloud

Every year Oracle awards several customers with the Oracle Sustainability Innovation Award. This award recognizes customers that are embracing environmental initiatives as a central part of their businesses and leveraging technology to support those efforts. As a way of sharing some of the best green business practices of these award-winning organizations, I would like to share some of their stories. For today’s blog, I will focus on KMG Rompetrol. KMG Rompetrol is a major player in the Black Sea and Mediterranean oil and gas market, operating large refineries and gas stations in Romania, and also provides well services in the upstream area. With the company’s continued growth, reaching historical production levels the previous year, it was looking to reduce its IT infrastructure costs and increase scalability while continuing to decrease its environmental footprint. By migrating its Oracle E-Business Suite applications from a rented datacenter to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure KMG Rompetrol reduced its infrastructure and operational costs, increased application performance, and minimized energy consumption, greatly contributing to its sustainable development goals. KMG Rompetrol decreased its power usage by more than 4,500 kilowatt hours (kWh) per month, a 20 percent reduction, by moving to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure and Oracle Cloud Platform—considerably lowering greenhouse gas emissions. This was a central focus of Rompetrol’s strategy as a key player in the European oil and gas business. In addition, KMG Rompetrol eliminated capital expenditures for IT infrastructure and reduced its operational costs by US$35,000 per year—including expenses for hosting, hardware maintenance, and server administration. We applaud KMG Rompetrol for taking an environmental lead as well as reducing its costs and improving business efficiencies using green business practices. 

Every year Oracle awards several customers with the Oracle Sustainability Innovation Award. This award recognizes customers that are embracing environmental initiatives as a central part of their...

Oracle Recognizes Select Customers with the 2018 Oracle Excellence Award: Sustainability Innovation

The Oracle Excellence Awards is an annual program that recognizes an extraordinary set of customers and partners for exceptional use of Oracle solutions to accelerate innovation and drive business transformation and value by increasing agility, lowering costs, and reducing IT complexity. Each year, the winners are chosen from hundreds of nominations that come in from across the globe. Oracle is honored to congratulate each winner on their leadership and proud they have chosen Oracle technology to help power their cloud transformations. One of the Oracle Excellence Awards is the Oracle Sustainability Innovation Award. This is presented to select customers and their partners that are embracing environmental initiatives as a central part of their businesses and leveraging technology to support those efforts. These award-winning organizations are using many different Oracle products to take an environmental lead as well as to reduce costs and improve business efficiencies using green business practices. The top award winner, City of San Jose, was awarded the 2018 Chief Sustainability Officer of the Year Award. Other winners include: Colegio de Bachilleres iGeolise KMG Rompetrol Mercury NZ Limited National Grid Orlando Utilities Commission Public Company Motorway of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina Redstone Content Solutions LLC State of Wisconsin Telecable S.A. “Our customers and partners continue to display unprecedented creativity in building successful, sustainable organizations,” said Jon Chorley, Chief Sustainability Officer and Vice President of SCM Product Strategy, Oracle. “At this year’s Oracle Sustainability Innovation Awards, we honored these customers for showcasing unique ways to increase eco-innovation while also reducing costs and improving organizational performance using Oracle technologies.  

The Oracle Excellence Awards is an annual program that recognizes an extraordinary set of customers and partners for exceptional use of Oracle solutions to accelerate innovation and drive business...

Join Us at the Sustainability Sessions at Oracle OpenWorld San Francisco

Interested in learning more about the Oracle products that can help with your organization’s sustainability initiatives?  If you will be attending Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco on October 22-25, 2018 then you can learn more about these products as well as Oracle’s own sustainability initiatives. Discover some of the best practices, from both a cost and environmental perspective, as customers share their experiences.  You can review this Focus On Sustainability document which lists many of the Oracle OpenWorld sessions that will discuss sustainability. There are two sessions whose sole focus is sustainability and we especially hope that you can attend them: Session: Sustainability Innovation Awards and Executive Panel Discussion Date: Wednesday, Oct 24, 11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. | Moscone South - Room 206 Session Description: Oracle Executive Vice Chairman of the Board Jeff Henley, Chief Sustainability Officer Jon Chorley, and other Oracle executives honor select customers with the 2018 Oracle Sustainability Innovation Award. This award recognizes customers and their partners that rely on Oracle products to support their sustainable business practices to reduce their environmental impact while improving business efficiencies and reducing costs. This session features the awards presentation followed by a panel discussion with customers and Oracle executives, who discuss how these award-winning organizations are embracing environmental initiatives as a central part of their business strategy and how information technology plays a pivotal role. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Session: Environmental Sustainability in Action at Oracle and in the Cloud Date: Wednesday, Oct 24, 4:45 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. | Moscone South - Room 105 Session Description: Environmental sustainability has developed into a new business reality that benefits the planet but also delivers value in terms of risk management, cost avoidance, revenue growth, and brand equity. Oracle sees sustainability as a natural extension of business operations and thereby requires its integration into core business activities. Attend this session to hear the latest on customer case studies, industry best practices, and product demonstrations on embedding sustainability using Oracle Cloud. Functional areas covered include supply chain management, business intelligence, Internet of Things, and data center operations. Learn also how Oracle is embedding sustainability in its own operations, including at Oracle OpenWorld.    

Interested in learning more about the Oracle products that can help with your organization’s sustainability initiatives?  If you will be attending Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco on October 22-25,...

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 solar...

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...

Oracle Corporation Recognized on CDP’s Climate Disclosure Leadership Index

ByColleen Cassity, Executive Director, Oracle Education Foundation andOracle Giving & Volunteers CDPpublished its latest results in the CDP GlobalClimate Change Report 2015, and Oracle achieved a score of 99B. In addition,Oracle was recognized on CDP’s Climate Disclosure Leadership Index, meaning weare in the top 10 percent of highest scoring companies for transparency. Thisaccomplishment reflects Oracle’s commitment to reducing our carbon footprintglobally, and marks an improvement for the fifth year in a row. CDP, formerly known as the Carbon Disclosure Project,helps companies track and report information on energy use, greenhouse gasemissions, and environmental performance through the annual CDP Climate Changequestionnaire. Morethan 5,500 companies disclose to CDP annually, and their data are used by 822institutional investors representing US$95 trillion in assets. It’s impressiveto see the consistent improvement in Oracle’s CDP score, particularly since theinternal implementation of Oracle Environmental Accounting and Reporting in 2012, which significantly enhanced the management andreporting of sustainability data across our facilities globally. 

By Colleen Cassity, Executive Director, Oracle Education Foundation and Oracle Giving & VolunteersCDP published its latest results in the CDP Global Climate Change Report 2015, and Oracle achieved a...

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 Streamlines Tracking of Global Carbon Footprint and Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Oracle has automated its global carbon footprint and greenhouse gas emissions measurement using Oracle Environmental Accounting and Reporting. By using this solution, Oracle was able to increase organizational efficiency and reduce the need for labor intensive, manual processes in the tracking of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for both voluntary and legislated environmental reporting.The move to Oracle Environmental Accounting and Reporting enables Oracle to more effectively meet both internal and governmental reporting needs, while addressing the associated economic mandates for reporting emissions and sustainability efforts. Organizations across the company can now record environmental data such as energy consumed or energy generated at facilities or locations within the enterprise, and can automatically calculate corresponding GHG emissions resulting from the use of emission sources. In addition, Oracle Environmental Accounting and Reporting includes data integration from multiple applications to ensure proper representation and calculation of emissions across the globe. The result is access to fast, accurate data and reporting to help the company meet its sustainability goals.

Oracle has automated its global carbon footprint and greenhouse gas emissions measurement using Oracle Environmental Accounting and Reporting. By using this solution, Oracle was able to increase...

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...