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Every day, Oracle employees make a difference by building forward-looking technologies that help our customers drive sustainability, by finding eco-friendly ways to run the business, and by supporting environmental causes locally and globally. Based on annual surveys, we know that the overwhelming majority of Oracle employees are passionate about protecting the planet. To this end, we regularly engage and support our employees in sustainability initiatives at work and beyond.
Each year, Oracle recognizes a group of Sustainability Champions—employees around the world who are setting an example by directly contributing to a more sustainable future.
Sustainability Champions include employees who lead environmental volunteering projects, promote the elimination of single-use plastics, build applications to address environmental needs, raise awareness of alternative commuting options, and coordinate sustainability activities with colleagues in their local offices.
“Everything we do is geared towards sustainability. We're constantly looking for ways to minimize our waste output and bring down the carbon footprint of our operations.”
Kelsey Cariffe, Oracle facilities manager, believes in doing as much as you can to make a positive impact. Everything she does is geared toward sustainability and reducing Oracle's carbon footprint.
Benjamin Mapes, Oracle compliance engineer, applies his skill sets both at work and through volunteering projects around the world that address basic human needs, such as water and sanitation.
Oracle Facilities Supervisor Catalina Camp is focused on taking care of what we have. From setting up a recycling program at the office to exploring the nearby beaches with her dog, Catalina wants a safe and sustainable environment for all.
Oracle encourages employees who share a passion for the environment to get engaged by forming Green Teams. There are more than 40 Green Teams that drive sustainability efforts in offices globally. They host educational sessions, engage with local real estate and facilities teams to promote recycling and eliminate waste, encourage more sustainable modes of transportation, volunteer with environmental organizations, and more. Throughout the year, Green Teams around the world interact to share ideas and best practices that protect our planet, at work and outside of it.
“Together as a team, we have been dedicated to helping our colleagues reduce, reuse, and recycle, and have fun while doing it. We achieve some impressive results and feel proud to make a difference.”
Protecting the environment is a key focus area of Oracle’s Corporate Citizenship programs. Year-round, Oracle Volunteers contribute tens of thousands of hours to environmental causes globally, including during Focus on Environment—Oracle’s annual global volunteering initiative, which spans the months of March and April, coinciding with Earth Week.
Oracle supports its employees’ philanthropy by matching their personal charitable donations up to US$1,000 per employee annually. Additionally, when a disaster occurs—including climate-related natural disasters—Oracle matches employee donations to relief efforts dollar for dollar. Oracle matched US$4 million in employee donations globally in FY20.
Communication tools. Oracle provides employees with tools that enable a seamless remote work experience, which is proving especially valuable during the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes numerous audio and video teleconferencing options.
Commuting. Oracle facilities worldwide offer myriad initiatives to reduce the environmental impacts of commuting, including bike-to-work programs, electric vehicle charging stations, bike sharing—including e-bikes—and carpooling programs.
Travel. Oracle has a policy to limit employee travel, which enables us to not only reduce our business expenses, but also reduce our carbon emissions. We now have a goal to achieve a 25% reduction in employee air travel emissions by 2025. We actively engage with airline, hotel, and car rental business partners to minimize our impact on the environment.