The report outlines Vertiv’s approach to energy and water efficiency; diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I); employee health and safety; and other ESG-related topics. The content covered in the report serves as a baseline upon which the organisation will build future efforts.
“We all know how critical connectivity is to our daily lives and the global economy. The world’s appetite for data continues to rise, and our solutions keep data systems on and connected. At the same time, we recognise the current and potential impacts of climate change,” said Vertiv CEO Rob Johnson. “We are seeking to meet the growing demand for critical digital infrastructure, and simultaneously mitigate environmental impacts from our operations and products. As a result, we’re innovating to come up with more efficient and effective ways to support critical digital infrastructure.”
Vertiv’s ESG Executive Steering Committee, made up of senior leaders from across the organisation, is driving a company-wide evaluation of ESG performance. Some of the activities and results highlighted in the report include:
- The introduction of new and upgraded products with high energy and water efficiency attributes, with others planned for release in the coming months and years.
- Participation in several industry partnerships aimed at addressing data centre efficiency and emissions, including the EcoEdge PrimePower Project (E2P2), the Sustainable Digital Infrastructure Alliance (SDIA), the European Data Centre Association (EUDCA), and the Rise Partnership Program.
- An internal review of Vertiv’s Scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions.
- Development of performance and improvement benchmarks to help the organisation reduce operational greenhouse gas emissions.
- A 12% year-over-year reduction in recordable injuries based on the US
- Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s total reportable injury rate (TRIR).
- The introduction of training opportunities to support the organisation’s global focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion.
- The appointment of multiple women to executive positions within the company within the last two years, including chief information officer Sheryl Haislet, and chief legal counsel Stephanie Gill.
“In our communications with our customers and partners across the region, we’ve found that sustainability and energy efficiency are top of mind when it comes to deploying technologies, services and overall mapping out their organisational goals. The release of this report from Vertiv comes at an opportune time wherein we say to our customers, ‘We heard you,’ as it outlines our commitment in providing energy-efficient solutions and technologies, including those that can leverage renewable energy sources,” said Vertiv ASI president Anand Sanghi (Australia and New Zealand, Southeast Asia, Japan, South Korea and India).
“On the ground in ANZ, we’re making important inroads to charge ahead and fill the data centre greenspace with reliable, efficient energy, while improving representation at the leadership level – such as with the recent senior appointment of LuLu Shiraz to sales director,” said Vertiv managing director ANZ Robert Linsdell.
Vertiv brings together hardware, software, analytics and ongoing services to enable its customers’ vital applications to run continuously, perform optimally and grow with their business needs. Vertiv solves the most important challenges facing today’s data centers, communication networks and commercial and industrial facilities with a portfolio of power, cooling and IT infrastructure solutions and services that extends from the cloud to the edge of the network. Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, US, Vertiv employs approximately 24,000 people and does business in more than 130 countries. For more information, and for the latest news and content, go to Vertiv's website.