Consider Sustainability In All Our Decisions
We aim to consider the environment in every decision we make. We started small with a grassroots employee effort to reduce office waste. Today, that's expanded into a global effort to reduce product packaging, reduce energy usage in our buildings and data centers, move products from CDs to downloads, and help our employees make better decisions when it comes commute and travel. In order to institutionalize our efforts, we also crafted a GHG emissions reduction plan that impacts all Intuit offices, data and call centers in US, Canada, United Kingdom and India.
Reduce Our Environmental Impact
As the company continues to grow, the challenge to measure and reduce our environmental impact in absolute terms becomes even greater. Learn more our environmental impact areas:
Measuring and Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Since 2006, Intuit has conducted an annual GHG emissions inventory that enables us to determine the environmental impact of our operations and calculate Scope 1, 2 and 3 totals (including those from our supply chain). This level of comprehensive quantification has increased awareness of our impact, and allowed us to strategically plan to reduce our environmental footprint.
GHG Reductions Goal: Reduce Emissions by 15 Percent
In 2008, we committed to an absolute reduction of our emissions by 15 percent. Our initial goal was to achieve this reduction by 2012. Although emissions have reduced year over year relative to revenue growth, our overall GHG footprint has increased. However, we are committed to meeting our goal and will pursue reduction initiatives that span across all stakeholders, allowing employees to participate in the execution of the companywide strategy.
GHG Reduction Plan
To achieve a 15 percent absolute reduction in GHG emissions, Intuit undertook a strategic planning process that included functional group leaders from various departments. It was apparent that we needed to consider many options, including facility improvements, on-site renewable energy generation, modifying employee behavior, and changing certain company policies.
After a careful review, Intuit's strategic implementation of the GHG Reduction Plan is now centered on three impact areas: Energy Usage (39%), Employee Commute & Travel (36%), and Supply Chain (20%), which form more than 95% of the overall GHG footprint. We have invested significant resources in order to better understand and reduce the environmental impact from these top focus areas.
Intuit's GHG Footprint is comprised of various activities across Scope 1, 2 and 3 categories based on the methodology developed through the partnership between the World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Business Council on Sustainable Development (WBCSD).
Intuit's GHG Footprint
In fiscal year 2011, Intuit's GHG inventory increased by over 6% to approximately 102,000 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (MtCO2e). The total emissions were 7,000, 39,000 & 56,000 MtCO2e for Scope 1, 2 and 3 respectively. This increase in emissions is due to three main reasons: an increase in the overall size of the company, improved data collection, and an inclusion of new activities (as additional data has become available). An in depth analysis indicates that the two largest increases in emissions come from Employee Commute & Travel (as more employees are added) and Energy Usage (as more revenue is generated). In addition, the totals were higher because more data was available from our primary suppliers.
Electricity Usage and Associated GHG Emissions
Energy usage makes up 39% of Intuit's GHG footprint. Intuit has collected facility and data center electricity usage statistics for most of our largest facilities. However, we still use estimates from time to time to completely quantify our electricity usage and assess our greenhouse gas emissions.
Electricity Usage at Intuit's Data Centers and Facilities
Intuit has made steady improvements in our overall electricity usage compared to the growth in revenue for the company. Since 2007, we've reduced our facility electricity usage on an annual basis. However, our overall electricity usage has increased along with an increase in data center electricity usage.
Energy and GHG Reduction initiatives include
Employee Travel & Commute and Associated GHG Emissions
Employee Commute and Travel makes up 36% of Intuit's GHG emissions. In order to reach our GHG reduction goal, we decided to help our employees make choices that are environmentally friendly, including teleconferencing, flexible workplace, reducing business travel, among others.
Supply Chain and Associated GHG Emissions
Year over year Intuit makes an effort to reduce supply chain impacts. We are focused on driving toward digital distribution of all our products, reducing product packaging and using Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified paper for marketing materials wherever possible. The biggest reduction in supply chain has been in the Procurement Upstream category.
Measuring & Reducing Water Usage
We have launched several initiatives to improve water efficiency, such as using low-flow faucets and urinals, and turning off fountains and climate-controlled irrigation. In the near future, we expect to use reclaimed wastewater for some our landscaping at our headquarters in Mountain View, Calif.
Measuring and Reducing Waste Generated
Since 2008, we've collected data about the waste the company generates. Every year, we expand the number of categories of waste and the number of participating sites. For instance, the chart below reflects waste collected at Intuit facilities in five different states across US & Canada during 2011.
Waste Generated in FY11 at Intuit Facilities (in pounds):
Our landfill diversion is at 60%, and we're hoping to increase it further by expanding existing recycling and composting programs.
2011 Sustainability Report