Oracle employs socially and environmentally responsible business and sourcing practices throughout its hardware supply chain.
We manage our hardware supply chain to comply with applicable regulations, and sustainability is a consideration throughout every phase of our product lifecycle.
Oracle engages with numerous industry, trade, and government organizations and associations to define standards and best practices for sustainable IT solutions.
We work with our suppliers and other industry groups to advance ethical standards and business practices. The following documents outline our approach to responsible supply chain management.
Oracle’s Supplier Code of Ethics and Business Conduct requires suppliers to observe the law and conduct business in an ethical and responsible manner. Where local laws are less restrictive than Oracle’s code, suppliers must comply with the code, even if their conduct would otherwise be legal. Where local laws are more restrictive than Oracle’s code, suppliers must always, at a minimum, comply with the law. Where permitted by law, we enable the anonymous reporting of noncompliance incidents through the Oracle Integrity Helpline.
Oracle has adopted the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC) Code of Conduct and actively participates with other industry groups to leverage industrywide approaches aimed at reducing duplicative efforts and promoting continuous improvement in factory working conditions across the electronics industry.
Oracle has incorporated assessment of the following issues into quarterly evaluations of our hardware supply chain vendors.
As part of our commitment to the EICC Code, we have incorporated scorecards for our hardware supply chain suppliers based on their compliance with country and local laws, as well as the EICC Code of Conduct.
In 2014, Oracle initiated audits based on the EICC Code of Conduct at various supplier factory locations that support our direct hardware supply chain operations.
Oracle has taken various measures based on the audit finding, including, but not limited to, the following:
We encourage all our direct hardware manufacturing suppliers to disclose their environmental sustainability performance metrics using the EICC assessment tools. Seventy-five percent of Oracle’s tier 1 direct hardware manufacturing suppliers currently publish their environmental sustainability performance.
Oracle’s commitment to sustainability extends to the products and services we purchase.
We employ a supplier qualification program that requires our suppliers to demonstrate environmentally responsible business practices.
Furthermore, we are committed to empowering and supporting small and diverse suppliers through our Supplier Diversity program. The program supports corporate sustainability initiatives by working with our suppliers on climate change issues. For more information, visit the Supplier Diversity program website.
90 percent of Oracle’s suppliers possess certifications such as ISO 14001 and strong track records of environmental sustainability.
100 percent of Oracle’s technology recyclers are ISO 14001 certified.
100 percent of the laptops we purchase are ENERGY STAR and EPEAT certified.
30 percent of the hotels recommended by Oracle Travel are LEED certified.
The carpeting at our facilities in North America consists of 54 percent recycled content, equaling 228,649 pounds.
In FY13 and FY14, we continued our work to reduce travel by leveraging Oracle products and updating our travel-related business practices.
Oracle strives to recover, reuse, or recycle 100 percent of its workplace tools such as copiers, computers, and paper.
Oracle’s Asset Sale, Donation, and Disposal policy outlines what employees should do with technology assets that are not being fully utilized or have reached their end of useful life. Computers, monitors, computer accessories, printers, 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 FY13 and FY14, Oracle’s Asset Management team collected almost 145,000 technology assets, weighing more than 5 million pounds, for recycling or reuse. Additionally, the team recycled nearly 72,000 batteries.
Oracle and its mobile phone providers—AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon—offer trade-in programs for employee cell phones and handheld devices. Phones that are traded in are refurbished and made available to customers who seek to purchase preowned equipment at a reduced rate.