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Operations

Sustainability is at the heart of how we operate our business. This includes working toward a 100% renewable energy goal, managing our use of natural resources, ensuring responsible supply chain practices, and building a more circular economy.

Targeting 100% renewable energy

55%

decrease in emissions intensity per unit of energy since 2015

47%

decrease in total emissions since 2020

37%

increase in renewable energy use since 2019

Emissions reduction is a key component of our sustainability strategy. Since 2015, we’ve reduced our carbon footprint on an absolute basis, despite the significant increase in our energy use resulting from the growth of Oracle Cloud.

We remain steadfast in our commitment to achieving 100% renewable energy use across our operations, aligned with the 1.5°C science-based target scenario for scope 1 and scope 2 emissions. We also aim to reduce the environmental impact of the products that we sell.

Reducing resource consumption

36

Oracle-owned buildings globally are ENERGY STAR certified

28

Oracle-owned buildings received BOMA certifications

9

Oracle-owned buildings are LEED certified

As a global company, how we manage our use of natural resources can have a huge impact. We’re always looking for ways to maximize energy efficiency and minimize water consumption and waste generation across our operations.

Energy efficiency

We manage our facilities to the highest industry standards and are proud to have been recognized for our highly efficient, environmentally friendly buildings and operations.

Water conservation

We pursue a variety of water-saving strategies across our facilities and data centers—including rainwater harvesting, xeriscape gardening, and condensate reclamation—to reduce our total potable water use.

Waste management

We have a robust waste management program that includes recycling and composting at our offices and raising employee awareness about responsible waste management to minimize waste to landfill.

Managing a responsible value chain

93%

of Oracle’s key direct manufacturers have an environmental program in place

79%

of Oracle’s key direct manufacturers have energy or carbon reduction goals in place

40%+

reduction in logistics-related emissions since 2015

We know that our purchasing decisions can have a significant social and environmental impact. Our Supplier Code of Ethics and Business Conduct requires our suppliers to observe the law and conduct business in an ethical and responsible manner. Our Sustainable Procurement Statement (PDF) affirms our ambition to incorporate sustainability into procurement processes. Purchasing specification requirements, such as ENERGY STAR and EPEAT certification, are in place to ensure the procurement of more sustainable product and service offerings. Siting policies also take into consideration environmental impacts as we look to acquire, design, and build new facilities.

Here are some of the ways we’re driving a sustainable value chain.

  • Engaging with indirect and direct suppliers to report data on their carbon, water, and waste footprints.
  • Working with our key suppliers to ensure alignment and identify new opportunities to reduce our environmental impact.
  • Investing in educating our suppliers about our goals and expectations as we transition to a low-carbon economy as part of our net-zero goal.
  • Managing, monitoring, and auditing our direct hardware supply chain as part of our membership in the Responsible Business Alliance (RBA). In fiscal year 2021, 20 audits based on the RBA Code of Conduct were completed at direct hardware supplier factory locations to ensure compliance.
  • Working closely with our logistics partners to minimize shipments, maximize consolidation, and take sustainability into account when selecting modes of transportation, including lower-emissions options such as bio-liquefied natural gas.
  • Collaborating with our travel partners to reduce emissions from flights taken, encourage the use of public transportation, and promote lodging venues that integrate sustainability into their operations.

Read about Oracle’s adherence to environmental, health, and safety standards in the ESG Hub

Recycling and reusing hardware

99.9%

of electronic waste is reused or recycled

3M+ pounds

of retired customer hardware assets are collected for recycling or reuse annually

100%

of our technology recycling partners are ISO 14001 certified

Creating a sustainable hardware lifecycle isn’t just about sourcing the right materials and getting them where they need to be as efficiently as possible; it’s also about removing resource inefficiencies across the lifecycle, reusing and repurposing materials, and keeping assets in use for as long as possible. From packaging to hardware, our Design for the Environment principles focus on recyclability, reuse, disassembly, and efficiency in the manufacturing, distribution, and use of our products.

To ensure the responsible disposal of excess and used products, we provide take back programs free of charge to our customers and suppliers. These programs help protect the environment and provide valuable services to our customers.

Internally, we provide program management for the recycling and reuse of retired office equipment, including personal computers and phones.

Read more about the Oracle Hardware Take Back and Recycling Program

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