Procurement | Oracle Corporate Citizenship Report
Oracle strives to reduce its environmental impact by employing sustainable procurement practices, recycling and recovering assets, and limiting business travel.
Sustainable Suppliers Are Preferred
Oracle employs a supplier qualification program that requires our suppliers to demonstrate environmentally responsible business practices. Examples of this program's achievements include:
- 90 percent of Oracle's suppliers possess certifications such as ISO 14001 and a track record of good environmental performance.
- 100 percent of Oracle's technology recyclers are ISO 14001 certified.
- 100 percent of the laptops that Oracle purchases are ENERGY STAR and EPEAT certified. They also include utilities to conserve power when they are not in use.
- We partner with airlines and car rental companies that work to track and control emissions, and 15 percent of the hotels that Oracle Travel recommends are LEED certified.
- The Oracle fitness center floor is made from recycled tires, and much of the equipment within it is powered by refurbished parts, rechargeable parts, or the person who is exercising. We donate our old fitness equipment to local schools and nonprofit organizations.
- Our primary office supply vendor—Office Depot—uses paper to ship supplies to Oracle. Since the paper bags weigh considerably less than the cardboard box alternative, approximately 1,547 pounds of wood use is avoided quarterly.
- The vendor we use to carpet our facilities in North America recycles 100 percent of the carpeting we remove and replaces it with carpet that contains 65 percent recycled content.
- Upswing, a veteran-owned marketing company and a member of Oracle's Supplier Diversity program, uses natural, renewable products to produce Oracle collateral.
In FY11 and FY12, Oracle's Asset Management team collected 127,914 technology assets for recycling or reuse.
Recycling and Recovering Assets
Oracle strives to recover, reuse, or recycle 100 percent of its workplace tools such as copiers, computers, and paper.
- Over the past two years, we replaced nearly 3.2 million manual software installations with electronic installations, eliminating nearly all the physical media that had been previously necessary.
- We purchase 100 percent recycled paper when available, and use recycled paper for nearly all of our daily printing needs. All Oracle printers print double-sided.
- We recycle 71 tons of paper, cardboard, cans, bottles, and plastic at Oracle headquarters annually.
Recovering Office Equipment
Oracle's Asset Sale, Donation, and Disposal policy outlines what employees should do with technology assets that aren't being fully utilized or have reached their end of useful life. Computers, monitors, computer accessories, printers, fax machines, projectors, and more are collected and managed by Oracle's Technology Recovery and E-Waste Recycling program. Surplus equipment from one Oracle department is given to another for immediate use, and assets that must be retired are mined for their useful parts before being donated or recycled.
In FY11 and FY12, Oracle's Asset Management team collected 127,914 technology assets, weighing more than 8 million pounds, for recycling or reuse. Additionally, the team recycled 41,000 batteries.
Oracle and its mobile phone providers—AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon—offer a trade-in program for employee cell phones and handheld devices. Phones that are traded in are refurbished and made available to customers who seek to purchase pre-owned equipment at a reduced rate.
We seek to eliminate the use of paper within our business processes as appropriate. For example:
- Although we have leveraged our own technology to reimburse employee expenses for several years—which in and of itself drastically reduces both our cost and paper use—in FY11, we began requiring employees to submit their receipts electronically. In locations where employees can access scanners, expense reports are fully processed without paper.
- Leveraging Oracle Accounts Payable, we electronically process invoices submitted by suppliers.
- Leveraging Oracle Order Management, we electronically process orders that employees submit for our products. From FY10 to FY12, 10,050 internal orders were processed without using paper.
Leveraging Technology to Reduce Travel
In FY11 and FY12, we continued our work to reduce travel by leveraging Oracle products and updating our travel-related business practices.
- We ask employees to travel only when necessary and employ Oracle Web Conferencing and Cisco TelePresence across our enterprise to ensure that virtual meetings are highly effective. Many internal meetings that were previously conducted face-to-face have been replaced by teleconferences.
- When employees book business travel, they are required to submit a business justification, and their managers are immediately notified about their trip. This practice helps Oracle managers ensure that employees travel only when necessary.
- We use Oracle's Business Intelligence tools to create expense summaries for each Oracle line of business. These summaries are automatically generated and e-mailed to Oracle executives quarterly, enabling them to better track and manage their organization's travel-related activities.