Tuesday Apr 05, 2016

Oracle Sustainability Innovation Awards - Nominations Now Open

I wanted to let you know that nominations for the 2016 Oracle Sustainability Innovation Awards are now open. These awards recognize customers and their partners who are using Oracle products to take an environmental lead as well as to reduce costs and improve business efficiencies using sustainable business practices. For example, a customer may use Oracle Cloud Solutions to help drive down power consumption, Oracle Self-Service E-Billing for paperless invoicing or Oracle Advanced Compression for reduced disk space and power usage. Nominations are due Tuesday May 31. These awards will be presented during Oracle OpenWorld 2016 in San Francisco by Oracle Executive Vice Chairman of the Board Jeff Henley and Oracle Chief Sustainability Officer Jon Chorley. Either a customer, their partner, or Oracle representative can submit the nomination form on behalf of a customer. Winning customers will receive a complimentary registration pass to Oracle OpenWorld San Francisco. See this award information page for more details. 

Wednesday Feb 03, 2016

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 unique event provides supply chain professionals an opportunity to learn, network, share ideas, and get inspired. While the expanded Oracle Supply Chain Management Cloud was the headliner, there was also a well-attended session on sustainability titled ‘The Role of Sustainability in the Modern Supply Chain’. This session featured a panel with Oracle’s Jon Chorley, Chief Sustainability Officer and Group Vice President, SCM Product Strategy, and Rich Kroes, Director Sustainability Strategy. Other panelists included Bob Ferrari, Founder and Executive Editor of Supply Chain Matters blog and James Ayoub, a student at Penn State University.

James was one of 90 select students invited by Oracle leadership to attend the conference. This innovative student experience enabled the future supply chain leaders to network with Oracle employees, partners, and customers as well as attend all sessions and visit the exhibition area. It was very evident that sustainability matters to these future supply chain leaders as so many chose to attend the sustainability session and were highly engaged throughout the session as well as the entire conference.  James Ayoub summed it up nicely, “Supply chain is a great enabler of sustainability. You can see savings and opportunities everywhere with supply chain: you’re dealing with operations all around the world, you’re dealing with manufacturing, water consumption, socially responsible sourcing—there are just so many opportunities to drive an impact.”

Friday Jan 22, 2016

Oracle Corporation Recognized on CDP’s Climate Disclosure Leadership Index

By Colleen Cassity, Executive Director, Oracle Education Foundation and Oracle Giving & VolunteersLink to CDP home

CDP published its latest results in the CDP Global Climate Change Report 2015, and Oracle achieved a score of 99B. In addition, Oracle was recognized on CDP’s Climate Disclosure Leadership Index, meaning we are in the top 10 percent of highest scoring companies for transparency. This accomplishment reflects Oracle’s commitment to reducing our carbon footprint globally, 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 gas emissions, and environmental performance through the annual CDP Climate Change questionnaire.

More than 5,500 companies disclose to CDP annually, and their data are used by 822 institutional investors representing US$95 trillion in assets. It’s impressive to see the consistent improvement in Oracle’s CDP score, particularly since the internal implementation of Oracle Environmental Accounting and Reporting in 2012, which significantly enhanced the management and reporting of sustainability data across our facilities globally. 

Wednesday Jan 13, 2016

Cisco's Commitment to a Sustainable Supply Chain

Watch this new Cisco video to see how Cisco leverages Oracle Supply Chain Management Applications to fulfill its commitment to managing a sustainable supply chain by embedding environmental considerations and best practices in its core business processes. Cisco was the winner of the 2015 Oracle Chief Sustainability Officer of the Year Award. These awards are presented to select companies that use an Oracle product to take an environmental lead as well as to reduce costs and improve business efficiencies using green business practices. For example, a company may use Oracle Cloud Solutions to help drive down power consumption, Oracle Transportation Management to reduce fleet emissions, or Agile PLM to design more eco-friendly products. Nominations are now open for the 2016 Oracle Sustainability Innovation Award.

Tuesday Dec 01, 2015

2015 Oracle Sustainability Innovation Award Recipients

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 Oracle OpenWorld. Cisco was the top winner and received the 2015 Oracle Chief Sustainability Officer of the Year Award. The other winning customers include: Balfour Beatty Construction, Bank Asya, Cisco Systems, Companhia Docas de São Sebastião, Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulations, Impulse Info Systems, The National Agricultural Development Company, Skanska Ab, Sundrop Farms, and USAID Southern Africa 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 to address global sustainability business challenges. The winning customers reduced their environmental footprint while also reducing costs using green business practices and Oracle technology. For these customers, environmental sustainability has become an essential ingredient to doing business responsibly and successfully.

“The Oracle Sustainability Innovation Awards are about honoring customers who are committed to making environmental issues a priority across the enterprise,” said Jon Chorley, Chief Sustainability Officer and Group Vice President of Product Strategy, Oracle.  “This year’s award winners showcased unique ways to reduce costs and improve business efficiencies through innovative green practices. We are thrilled to support their eco-transformation and sustainability success.”

Nominations are now open for the 2016 Oracle Sustainability Innovation Award.

Monday Nov 30, 2015

2015 Climate Conference Kicks Off Today in Paris

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 make up the United Nations Framework on Climate Change (UNFCC), with the first meeting occurring in Berlin in 1995.

The goal is to achieve a legally binding agreement by national governments towards substantial reductions in greenhouse gas emissions in order to prevent the planet’s temperature from increasing by 2°C above pre-industrial levels. Major world leaders, including U.S. President Barack Obama, Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi – the three countries with the largest carbon emissions – will be present for the beginning of the talks.

Businesses are eagerly looking at the outcome of these talks, pleading for clarity on issues such as carbon pricing and supply chain sourcing. A crisp policy framework would formalize many of the voluntary actions that businesses have already taken on environmental sustainability and would translate into more certainty for their investment. Carbon markets are already 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 when undertaking investment appraisal[1].

In addition to establishing the collective goal to decarbonize the global economy by reaching net zero emissions this century, a chief political result would be bringing governments to update their commitments every five years and to provide a regulatory environment that encourages businesses to innovate through new low-carbon technologies.

For more information about the upcoming climate talks see the interactive guide issued by the UNFCC that 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

 


Thursday Oct 08, 2015

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

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 on Sept. 24, the first time the head of the Roman Catholic Church has addressed the 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 partnership between science and religion to combat human-driven climate change.

The following day, President Obama and President Xi reaffirmed sweeping climate commitments to combat global warming following the U.S. – China joint announcement on climate change of November 12, 2014, which marked the first time China has agreed to peak its CO2 emissions. The actions announced are also meant to inject momentum into the global climate negotiations on the road to reaching a successful new climate agreement next year in Paris.

China's commitments include the creation of the world’s largest carbon market through a national emission trading system to be launched by 2017, the opening of the electricity market to prioritize renewable power generation and fossil fuel power generation of higher efficiency and lower emission levels, the implementation of green building standards by 2020 for 50 percent of all new urban development, and new fuel efficiency standard for medium and heavy-duty trucks. Notably, the new carbon market will cover approximately 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 include strengthening the Clean Power Plan announced in August 2015, improving fuel efficiency standards of trucks and implementing them by 2019, finalizing 20 efficiency standards for appliances and equipment and 2 new standards to limit methane emissions from landfills by the end of 2016. These actions are critical, as the effects of methane on climate change are 25 times greater than those of CO2 over a 100-year period.

Additionally, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently 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 plan to reduce HFCs that includes steps to reduce HFC-23 emissions before 2020.

The countries have also committed to extending research collaboration efforts on energy and water issues, and strengthening bilateral collaboration at the national and city levels to help accelerate clean energy solutions. The two countries have also pledged $6 billion in additional funding to support similar low-carbon solutions in the developing world.

Sources: U.S.-China Joint Presidential Statement on Climate Change

RMI Outlet: “Today's U.S.-China Announcement is the Most Significant Milestone to Date for Battling Global Climate Change

“Laudato Si” Encyclical Letter

Thursday May 07, 2015

Oracle Hosts the Third Annual SVLG Energy and Sustainability Summit

Join the Silicon Valley Leadership Group (SVLG) on June 25 at Oracle in Redwood Shores, CA to learn how to employ the latest innovative technologies and practices to create lasting value and learn what you can do on a practical level to prepare for a changing landscape. The third annual Silicon Valley Energy and Sustainability Summit will include C-Suite plenaries, policy roundtables and case studies, all focused on the business case. 

As traditional sources of business value are being eroded and new opportunities are being created in our carbon and water constrained world, this summit’s sessions will discuss how your company can ensure it is best prepared to adapt to this changing landscape.

The summit will feature three concurrent tracks: energy efficiency, next generation transportation, and renewables deployment. A sneak preview of the agenda is now available here. Stay tuned for a detailed agenda with keynotes, plenary panels, and case studies coming soon.

Friday Apr 17, 2015

Oracle Sustainability Innovation Awards - Nominations Now Open

Nominations are now open for the 2015 Oracle Sustainability Innovation Awards, part of the Oracle Excellence Awards. These awards recognize customers and their partners who are using Oracle products to take an environmental lead as well as to reduce costs and improve business efficiencies using sustainable business practices. For example, a customer may use Oracle’s Agile Product Lifecycle Management to design more eco-friendly products, Oracle Cloud Solutions to help drive down power consumption, 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.

Nominations are due Friday June 19. These awards will be presented during Oracle OpenWorld 2014 in San Francisco by Jeff Henley, Oracle Executive Vice Chairman of the Board. See this award information page for more details.

Thursday Mar 12, 2015

Leading the Way in Eco-Friendly Events

By Elena Avesani, Principal Product Strategy Manager, Oracle

As I mentioned in last week’s blog, Oracle leads the way in designing sustainable world-class events for customers, partners, developers, and employees. Inspired by the practices implemented at Oracle OpenWorld, in 2011 the Oracle Event Marketing team initiated a program to "green" all event marketing activities. What began as a pilot project at 36 events in 25 countries has grown significantly and influenced better, smarter sustainable practices. Since 2011 Oracle impacted 152 cities with 3,255 green events, saving more than $800,000 thanks to sustainability initiatives.

Oracle implements sustainability practices adhering to the following guidelines:

· Waste not: Promote zero waste

· Be cool: Model carbon reduction and responsibility for corporate events

· Give back: Catalyze legacies to benefit host destinations

· Have fun: Inspire event attendees through engaging sustainability experiences

At Oracle Openworld Shanghai for example, 10,000 pieces of plastic were eliminated by serving lunches in reusable boxes that were donated after the event, 50% of the disposable signs were eliminated compared to the previous event by using digital 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 prevented the emission of 14 metric tons of carbon, representing nearly half the carbon footprint of guest rooms and meeting space. The Fitbit Wellness Program encouraged attendees to record steps taken during the event, resulting both in a donation to a health-oriented charity and in engaging and fun activities for all attendees. If you want to know more about how Oracle performed in the field this year, look at this report here

Thursday Mar 05, 2015

Oracle OpenWorld Prioritizes Sustainability

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. Its flagship events, Oracle OpenWorld and JavaOne, continuously implement innovative practices that reduce negative impacts on the environment and create community benefits. In 2013 Oracle adopted a five-year sustainability plan based on these principles:

  1. Waste not: produce zero waste to landfill by 2018.
  2. Be “cool”er: model carbon reduction and responsibility for corporate events.
  3. Give back: catalyze legacies to benefit the host destination and the event industry.
  4. Have fun: inspire attendees through engaging sustainability experiences.

Oracle is working to continuously improve Oracle OpenWorld and JavaOne in ways that reduce negative impacts and create community benefits. Some of the top sustainability wins include:

· JAVAONE DEVOXX4KIDS: Oracle, Oracle Academy and Devoxx4Kids hosted this fun, one-day event which engaged 150 youth in learning more about programming, robotics and engineering.

· MOSCONE PILOT WASTE SORT: Two additional waste sorting stations at Moscone Center helped address waste contamination issues revealed in the 2013 event waste audit.

· EARTH-SMART MENU CHOICES: New steps in 2014 included more vegetarian meals, lower-footprint protein choices and the use of “imperfectly delicious” produce.

· APPRECIATION EVENT: 86% of waste from Oracle’s customer party was diverted from landfill, down from a high of 91% in 2012. In spite of lower diversion, waste was 10.9 metric tons less in 2014 than 2012. Generator fuel use for this event also dropped by 15% since 2013.

For more information read the Oracle OpenWorld Event Sustainability Report here

Tuesday Feb 03, 2015

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.

Monday Jan 05, 2015

Oracle and Conflict Minerals

By Marsha Ali, Supply Chain Social and Environmental Program Manager, Oracle

As a hardware manufacturer, Oracle is committed to socially and environmentally responsible business practices throughout its supply chain – and this commitment holds true with conflict minerals. The term “conflict minerals” refer to tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold sourced from the Democratic Republic of the Congo and nine adjacent countries in Africa. As part of the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, Oracle files a “Conflict Minerals Disclosure” statement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) – most recently in May 2014. This report is available on our Corporate Citizenship website and on the SEC website.  

 

Oracle requires all of our direct hardware suppliers, including suppliers associated with recent acquisitions of ACME, Tekelec and Micros – representing at least 80 percent of direct spend – to complete a form developed by the Electronics Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC) and provide this information to us. The EICC form is consistent with what the electronics industry uses to report on the use of conflict minerals in their supply chains. For our latest report, Oracle suppliers were asked to provide this information to us in September 2014 and again in January 2015. This Reasonable Country of Origin (RCOI) activity is already in progress to collect our suppliers’ data for our 2014 report.

To fulfill this request, our suppliers asked their suppliers for their usage of tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold. These suppliers then had to ask their suppliers, and so on and on, until the smelter location was identifiable at a country level. Some of the smelter operators have undergone an audit process to ensure that they have appropriate policies and programs in place. This required suppliers to retrace sourcing activity at least five levels back into the supply chain. Through Oracle’s participation in the EICC coalition’s Conflict Free Smelter Initiative group, we were able to share some of the best practices on understanding this data and the wide differences in industry approach to tackling this issue.

Monday Dec 29, 2014

Oracle Wins Prestigious Data Center Award from Datacenter Dynamics

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 (EPA) and the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). The momentum continues with our data center team’s latest win, achieving a prestigious award by DatacenterDynamics in recognition of Oracle’s “Breakthrough Innovations in Large Data Center in Cold Climate” within the Mega Data Center category (net IT load capacity greater than 1 megawatt). During the awards ceremony in New York City on December 2, DatacenterDynamics presented Oracle with this award to recognize our innovation, leadership and best practices in this important category.

We earned this achievement primarily by our innovative approach to cooling data centers using outdoor cold air – also known as air-side economization – which many have been reluctant to adopt in the past. The conventional approach to humidifying large quantities of air requires injection of steam into air whose generation requires energy. The industry learned quickly that it required more energy to humidify dry outdoor air than the energy saved from the use of its free cooling, and air-side economization did not make much headway in data centers. These problems were addressed efficiently in an innovative system installed in one of Oracle’s new state-of-the-art data centers in West Jordan, Utah. The innovation centers on the use of waste heat from the IT equipment for space humidification in the winter; evaporative cooling in summer; reduced primary airflow to the IT equipment; strategic hot air separation with recirculation; and novel controls that enabled the data center to achieve very high cooling efficiency at a lower initial investment cost. With efficient operation and low operating Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE), the system is expected to save over 41,000 MWh a year and the equivalent of 37,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide annually compared to an average efficient data center. More information on the project details can be found in our new whitepaper on data center cooling design.

Customers can learn from Oracle’s best practices on how to construct, manage, and build their own efficient data center, as well as run their applications on Oracle's public cloud and take advantage of Oracle's power usage effectiveness. Learn more here about how Oracle products and services can help customers optimize their data centers and minimize energy use.

Tuesday Oct 21, 2014

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

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 there is a positive correlation between environmental and financial benefits. The more sustainable the reverse supply chain is, the more cost efficient it becomes. Companies can reduce procurement costs and resource depletion through parts harvesting and recycling, improve customer satisfaction, and achieve fewer returns because of improved product designs. Furthermore, increased take-back improves supply of spare parts to enable extended support life to customers, lowers the cost of parts, and protects the environment while complying with government mandated recycling programs.

Issues around waste electric and electronic equipment (WEEE) in particular are becoming increasingly important for commercial IT organizations, posing both significant risks and opportunities. As a responsible producer of hardware products, Oracle offers various take-back programs to allow customers and suppliers to return excess used products or retired equipment. These programs help protect the environment and provide valuable services to our customers as well as substantial cost savings.

Oracle now automates and manages its returns and take-back of retired computer equipment from customers, internal labs and data centers for asset recovery and recycling through the Oracle Returns Management System (ORMS), an implementation of Oracle Depot Repair. The Oracle Depot Repair solution enables businesses to profitably recover, re-use and recycle products and parts by providing best-in-class tools and intelligence.

The implementation went from proof-of-concept to go-live in just over three months. When integrated with other program improvements, it led to 61 percent increased volume of systems returned compared to the previous year. Improved customer ease-of-use triggered dramatic changes with more than 1,800 systems received, and about 4,000 spare parts harvested for reuse at half the cost of open market purchase through the System Return for Credit (SRC) program. Reduced spares for Last Time Buy (LTB) savings amounted to $8.2 million.

Download Oracle's Depot Repair Implementation white paper for more details. 

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