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Our mission to power prosperity around the world includes our commitment to being a good corporate citizen – making our world a better place by protecting our environment.
Intuit’s sustainability efforts began in 2007 through grass-roots, employee-driven passion for protecting the environment. This is when our first green teams were formed. One decade later, Intuit is a leader in sustainability, not just because it is something companies are expected to do, but because our values drive us to continuously make the world a better place.
Consistent with our Operating Values, Intuit has charted an ambitious path toward becoming the most environmentally sustainable company we can be. We are taking the same values-based approach to sustainability that shape our products every day. Intuit focuses on sustainability in the places we work, in the products we make and in the way we live our lives.
As we’ve expanded our corporate presence around the world, we’ve made strides in promoting sustainability both at our work sites and in communities across the globe. Most notably, we have achieved carbon neutrality for our worldwide operations since 2015 through a three-pronged strategy of boosting energy efficiency internally, investing in renewable energy and buying carbon offsets. Doing less bad just won’t do.
Operating Responsibly: Setting Bold Sustainability Goals
In 2014, Intuit committed to reducing our total operational greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent by 2020, and 80 percent by 2050, as compared to 2012 levels. By early 2016, we had surpassed our 2020 goal and set new targets that are even more ambitious. We also added new goals to reimagine what is possible for our company for the good of our planet.
These goals include:
Reduce our carbon footprint throughout all operations by 50 percent by 2025 (baseline year 2012). As of August 2017, we’ve reduced our footprint by 38 percent.
Intuit focuses on reducing its carbon footprint across all of our impact areas: our buildings, physical supply chain, business travel, partner data centers and employee commute. We believe we must be aggressive and innovative in reducing our impact across our direct and indirect areas.
Reduce our building carbon footprint by 80 percent by 2025 (baseline year 2012). As of August 2017, we’ve reduced our building footprint by 64 percent.
We set our most aggressive target for our own buildings. Our focus is on efficiency first, followed by sourcing clean renewable energy. Intuit has reduced the energy consumption of its global building portfolio by 40 percent since 2012 and we continue to reduce our energy demand. A major part of our strategy is green building standards –as of August 2017, 40 percent of our buildings are LEED certified, including our newest LEED Platinum building in Mountain View.
100 percent renewable electricity by 2030. As of August 2017, 70 percent of our electricity comes from clean renewable energy.
Intuit has made great strides in its renewable energy efforts in the past few years. We have invested in on-site solar installations in Mountain View, Tucson and San Diego. But we cannot reach our goal by solely focusing on on-site renewable energy. Since 2015, Intuit has also focused on off-site renewable energy. Our Plano, Texas campus purchases 100 percent of its electricity from an off-site wind farm, and as of January 2017, our global headquarters in Mountain View purchases 100 percent of its electricity from an off-sitewind farm.
Divert 90 percent of our waste by 2020. As of August 2017, Intuit diverts 70 percent of its waste.
Waste is our most visible environmental impact. We’re working to reduce the thousands of single-use items we use every day, such as paper cups and food containers. About 70 percent of the waste at our major sites was either recycled or composted in 2017, and we aim to hit 90 percent. Intuit is re-imagining our zero-waste strategies by using rapid experimentation at our campuses. Gaining critical insights from our employees is the most impactful way to quickly make significant progress in our waste-reduction journey.
Offsetting Our Footprint: Reducing Emissions First, then Offsetting
Our strategy to reduce carbon emissions focuses first on using less energy. Then we look for cleaner alternatives to the energy we do use. Lastly, we offset the emissions we have not been able to eliminate by supporting projects that prevent the release of greenhouse gases.
In 2017, for a third consecutive year, Intuit purchased offsets through Natural Capital Partners and Code REDD. We choose projects that reflect our mission, values and regional operations. In 2017, we invested in 12 offset projects that focus on protecting sensitive habitats and distributing impactful technologies through small business, female entrepreneurship and community-based conservation. Projects include clean cookstoves in India, Guatemala and Kenya; and community –based forest preservation projects in Madagascar, Borneo, Brazil, Zimbabwe and Sierra Leone.