Oracle Unveils Winners of 2008 ‘Empower the Green Enterprise’ Awards
Award Showcases Customer Successes Using Oracle Products to Support Green Business Practices
Oracle OpenWorld, San Francisco – September 23, 2008
Showcasing its customers’ environmental leadership, Oracle today recognized 16 global customers and their respective partners with ‘Empower the Green Enterprise’ awards.
The Oracle ‘Empower the Green Enterprise’ award recognizes customers from a wide-range of industries that are using Oracleâ Applications and technology products to support green business practices and sustainability initiatives in order to reduce environmental impact, costs and improve business efficiencies.
Recipients of the 2008 Oracle ‘Empower the Green Enterprise’ Award include: Alcoa, Australian Vintage Limited, BT, Dell, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Fiji Water, Ingersoll-Rand, Intercall, Interface, Motorola, National Ignition Facility & Photon Service, Novartis International AG, PG&E, Standard Parking, Sun and Supervalu.
The 16 winning companies were selected by a panel of seven judges, including three sustainability experts: Cody Sisco, manager of Advisory Services at Business for Social Responsibility (BSR); Daniel Esty, green thought leader and co-author of Green to Gold; and Mike Sweeney, executive director of The Nature Conservancy’s California chapter.
Oracle’s strategy is to deliver complete, integrated and end-to-end product suites on an open, standards-based middleware and database architecture. Oracle’s approach helps customers to simplify computing environments, lower cost and risk, and provides greater choice and flexibility.
Customers Benefit from Eco-Advantage
Oracle continues to deliver products and services that give organizations an eco-advantage, enabling them to cut costs, reduce risks, drive revenues and improve brand reputation by running lean and green.
Organizations can achieve an eco-advantage in various ways:
Improving the efficiency of their organization – the eco-efficiency – by cutting out waste, using resources productively and minimizing the carbon footprint.
Improving product and service designs so they're based on green processes, such as minimizing waste by-products and designing for recycling – or eco-innovation.
Gaining knowledge into the value chain so that the business can promote its green brand and enhance and protect its overall brand – or eco-transparency.
With climate change emerging as a critical issue, it is important that leading technology vendors help their customers reduce their carbon footprints,” said Dan Esty, Hillhouse Professor of Environmental Law and Policy at Yale University. “Oracle's ‘Empower the Green Enterprise’ awards highlight the company's focus on greenhouse gas emissions and environmental issues more generally – and show how organizations can leverage information technology for eco-advantage.”
“Global businesses recognize that environmental responsibility is good business,” said Oracle Chairman, Jeff Henley. “Whether green projects are driven by an organization's desire to protect the environment, reduce costs, produce eco-friendly goods to meet growing consumer demand, or comply with increasing levels of government regulation, the results can be both good for the environment and good for business. Oracle’s ‘Empower the Green Enterprise’ awards showcase the success of environmental IT initiatives and the tangible business benefits our customers across the world are realizing by pursuing green practices.”