Oracle provides Design for Environment workshops, where our hardware engineers learn about sustainable design and circular economy principles.
Oracle recognizes that the environmental impact of a product is largely determined at the design stage. For this reason, we incorporate environmental considerations into the design and development of our hardware products before they reach the manufacturing stage. Among the environmental criteria we consider are energy efficiency, product serviceability, recyclability, upgradability, material conservation, and hazardous material requirements.
An efficient and effective take-back program enables Oracle to improve its risk management and address regulatory requirements for hazardous waste. Our Take-Back and Recycling program helps our customers dispose of retired equipment in a secure, environmentally responsible manner while complying with regulations.
As our customers increasingly move to Oracle Cloud, we will have greater control over the deployment and end-of-life treatment of our assets. This will allow us to adopt a circular economy model, which emphasizes the efficient and effective use of resources.
Oracle’s Environment, Health, and Safety Management System (EHSMS) and programs promote a safe, healthy, and environmentally compliant workplace. Our EHSMS allows us to manage compliance with applicable laws and regulations.
We work to eliminate or minimize waste generated by our global manufacturing operations and dispose of any waste in an environmentally responsible manner.
Our ISO 14001:2004–certified locations are designed to provide environmental protection and increased operational efficiency, including solid waste reduction and enhanced management of air, water, and waste controls.
Oracle’s product packaging team works to design high-quality, recyclable, and safe product packaging. Oracle follows the essential requirements of European Union Directive 94/62/EC on packaging and packaging waste to ensure that permitted levels of heavy metals are not exceeded.
In 2015, we established a new packaging engineering test lab in Santa Clara, California, where we research, iterate, and test our designs to maximize efficiency and minimize waste.
These efforts result in smaller and lighter product shipments, thereby lowering our transportation costs and the associated carbon footprint.