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2020 was a year unlike any other, one that called on us to respond to profound global disruption with the fullness of our humanity, our resiliency and ingenuity, and our keen sense of social responsibility. While these values are constants at Oracle, I’m especially proud of our corporate citizenship achievements as I reflect on the past year.
Inherent in every crisis are the seeds of opportunity—for creativity and problem solving, for caring and altruism—and Oracle employees seized those opportunities, every day, all around the world.
Philanthropically, we were unwavering in our support of thousands of nonprofit and nongovernmental organizations worldwide. When demand on foodbanks, shelters, and health organizations surged, these organizations knew they could depend on our steady support. When lockdowns upended in-person educational, environmental, and community programs, we offered general operating support to help our grantees adapt their programs and weather the storm.
During this time, Oracle Volunteers have donated more hours than ever before, even as they swiftly adapted in March 2020 to 100 percent virtual and contactless volunteering. I’m inspired by the many creative ways our employees banded together to help others. They taught classes online, translated educational materials into multiple languages, and became virtual mentors for students, young professionals, and emerging entrepreneurs. They took to crafting, making personal protective equipment for essential workers, and clothing and prosthetics for patients in need. They turned solo walks on the beach and on the trail into cleanups. They gave special attention to the most vulnerable. They opened their wallets, gave more generously than ever, and leveraged Oracle matching gifts to amplify their donations.
Our education initiatives—Oracle Academy and Oracle Education Foundation—proved to be vital in helping students thrive in this challenging environment. Oracle Academy, which provides educational institutions with free access to a variety of curriculum and technologies, including Oracle Cloud, continued to deliver resources to educators to keep students engaged virtually during the pandemic. Oracle Education Foundation transformed its in-person classes to virtual, expanded its offerings, engaged more Oracle Volunteers and students than ever, and continued to enthusiastically experiment in reinventing education.
Culturally, our employees’ well-being and success are of paramount importance. True to these priorities, we continue to invest in our people through ongoing career development, diversity and inclusion initiatives, and health and wellness programs designed to support them throughout the pandemic and beyond. These efforts earned us awards from the Great Place to Work Institute, as well as a 100 percent rating on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation's Corporate Equality Index for the fourteenth consecutive year.
Technologically, we play a critical role in helping our customers make a difference. Zoom, which is hosted on Oracle’s cloud infrastructure, has become a mainstay of commercial, educational, and social connection and productivity worldwide. The Therapeutic Learning System, which Oracle built and donated to the US government, is helping doctors track the effectiveness of COVID-19 drugs. Our partnership with the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change is helping African governments manage large-scale vaccination programs in the cloud, contain major diseases, and save lives; this ten-year commitment will provide free access to the Oracle Health Management system, which will also support COVID-19 vaccine rollouts.
Environmentally, we’re doubling down on our commitment to protect the planet. Our new, ambitious sustainability goals include a commitment to power Oracle Cloud with 100% renewable energy by 2025. Our technology is enabling organizations large and small, across industries, to operate sustainably and develop solutions to tackle climate change.
As demonstrated throughout this report, Oracle’s corporate citizenship efforts are steadfast, clear-eyed, and effective. We’re proud that our greatest assets—our people and our technology—change lives for the better, every day. If you’d like to share your feedback with us, please contact us at email@example.com.
Chief Executive Officer