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Leading the Way: Top 10 ESG Strategies of Global Corporate Giants

In a world where sustainability is more than a trend, but a call to action, companies are adopting Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) strategies as guiding principles.

Key Takeaways

  • Cisco Systems Inc
  • Verizon
  • NVIDIA Corporation
  • Apple
  • PayPal
  • Bank of America
  • Salesforce
  • Microsoft
  • Intel Corporation
  • Alphabet
Leading The Way

In a world where sustainability is more than a trend, but a call to action, companies are adopting Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) strategies as guiding principles. These strategies transcend simple “green” initiatives, expanding into social responsibility and embracing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). Let’s delve into the top 10 ESG strategies of some of the world’s corporate behemoths, exemplifying leadership and innovation.

10: Cisco Systems Inc
CEO: Chuck Robbins
Cisco Systems, or Cisco, envisions achieving net-zero emissions across all categories by 2040. With an interim target of net-zero emissions for global Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions by 2025, Cisco goes beyond by contributing a substantial US$477 million to community programs, demonstrating a holistic ESG approach.

9: Verizon
CEO: Hans Vestberg
As one of the largest telecom providers in the US, Verizon commits to generating renewable energy equivalent to 50% of its annual electricity consumption by 2025. The company’s ESG strategy stands on four pillars: governance, integration, engagement, and reporting, creating a robust foundation for transparent communication and informed decision-making.

8: NVIDIA Corporation
CEO: Jensen Huang
NVIDIA Corporation, a global technology company, dedicates itself to acquiring or producing enough renewable energy to offset 100% of its worldwide electricity consumption. Highlighting its commitment to energy efficiency, NVIDIA’s H100 GPUs, built on the Hopper architecture, boast a remarkable 26x energy efficiency advantage over CPUs in inferencing benchmarks.

7: Apple
CEO: Tim Cook
Apple Inc. successfully avoided 23 million metric tonnes of emissions across all scopes, showcasing a commitment to reducing its carbon footprint. Actively working to further cut emissions, Apple’s transition to the Apple M1 chip resulted in an 8% reduction in the product’s carbon footprint. Apple aims to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030.

6: PayPal
CEO: Dan Schulman
In line with its environmental sustainability efforts, PayPal sets a target to achieve net-zero emissions by 2040. PayPal’s ESG strategy encompasses responsible business practices, social innovation, employees and culture, and environmental sustainability, showcasing a comprehensive approach to these critical issues.

5: Bank of America
CEO: Brian Moynihan
Bank of America aspires to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions across its financing activities, operations, and supply chain by 2050. Through its Environmental Business Initiative, the bank plans to mobilize and deploy US$1 trillion by 2030 to expedite the transition to a sustainable, low-carbon economy.

4: Salesforce
CEO: Marc Benioff
Salesforce’s ESG initiatives focus on creating a sustainable, low-carbon future, aiming to be a net-zero greenhouse gas emissions company and achieve 100% renewable energy for global operations. The company also champions equality through initiatives focused on equal rights, pay, education, and opportunity.

3: Microsoft
CEO: Satya Nadella
In 2020, Microsoft laid out its sustainability commitments, targeting carbon negativity by 2030 and striving to be water positive by the same year. Microsoft also aims to achieve zero waste across its direct waste footprint by 2030, showcasing a comprehensive approach to environmental sustainability.

2: Intel Corporation
CEO: Patrick Gelsinger
Intel Corporation is on a mission to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions across its global operations by 2040. Demonstrating progress in energy conservation, Intel saved around 486 million kilowatt-hours of electricity in 2021. The company’s dedication is evident with an allocation of approximately US$300 million for investments in energy conservation.

1: Alphabet
CEO: Sundar Pichai
Alphabet, the parent company of Google, allocated the net proceeds from its US$5.75 billion Sustainability Bond to support environmentally and socially-responsible projects. Google’s sustainability strategy revolves around accelerating the transition to carbon-free energy, empowering individuals and communities through technology, and creating positive impacts where it operates.

These top 10 companies showcase not only diverse but also innovative approaches to ESG, setting benchmarks for others to follow. In their commitment to sustainability, they are not just corporate giants but leaders in a global movement towards a more responsible and inclusive future.

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