Adobe Sustainability Policy
Updated May 2019
At Adobe, we believe that we have an obligation — to our employees, our communities, our investors, our customers and the environment — to operate our business sustainably. Our management is responsible for enabling employees to contribute to our environmental objectives and to implement this policy.
Operating our business sustainably has been a core value at Adobe from its inception and this commitment is embedded in our Code of Business Conduct and in our sustainability guiding principles:
- Creating healthy, collaborative and innovative work environments
- Reducing operational costs and increasing productivity through thoughtful resource conservation and waste reduction
- Driving profit responsibly
- Fostering a culture of involvement in sustainability through employee education and engagement and
- Enabling our customers to become more sustainable through the use of our products.
Specifically, Adobe will:
- Continue to develop digital products and product features designed to enhance the sustainability initiatives of both employees and customers
- Partner with our suppliers to operate sustainably, reduce waste and commit to powering digital delivery of product with 100% renewable energy. Strategic data centre environmental management extends not only to our own data centres but also those of our partners.
- Continue to provide healthy workspaces for our employees through sustainable renovations, construction, operations and certification whenever possible
- Drive towards fuller transparency from Adobe vendors regarding the content of building materials, preferably by obtaining comprehensive Health Product Disclosures (HPDs) and Environmental Product
- Disclosures (EPDs), to create workspaces optimised for human and environmental health
- Continuously improve tracking of sustainability metrics throughout our operations and digital supply chain
- Measure Scope 1, Scope 2 and Scope 3 (business travel, supply chain, commuting etc.) carbon emissions annually; report them in our Corporate Social Responsibility Report, to CDP and other reporting plug sockets; and implement strategies to reduce them
- Develop the ability to measure and reduce all Scope 3 emissions by working with our suppliers, encouraging our employees to commit to public transportation and zero-carbon commuting and to reduce employee travel
- Act on implemented, verified science-based emissions targets in Scopes 1, 2 and 3 to grow our business while using less energy and emissions to do it
- Reach our goal of running our operations and digital delivery of product, with 100% Renewable Energy (RE) by 2035 through a sound strategy of:
- Energy efficiency excellence
- On-site renewable energy when it makes economic sense
- Policy Advocacy (Clean Power Plan, CA SB100, OR Cap & Invest, WA SB 5116, VA IRP etc.) and partnerships (REBA, BSR-FoIP, Corporate Colocation (CoLo) and Cloud Buyer’s Principles etc.) to enable a low-carbon economy throughout our digital supply chain and encourage grid-scale, affordable renewable energy for everyone in the communities where we work and live
- Investigation and implementation of renewable energy instruments, such as Community Choice
- Energy (CCEs), Power Purchase Agreements (PPA), Green Tariffs and others as appropriate for our business
- Electrification of our operations as technology and economics make it possible leading up to 2035
- Maintain solid waste diversion for our US operations at a rate of 90% or more through a combination of waste reduction, composting, re-using and responsible recycling, for all sites, as feasible
- Continue to measure and reduce per capita water usage at every site
- Educate and engage employees on sustainability at home, work and throughout their communities through a combination of employee communications, learning sessions and hands-on opportunities
- Report results of our sustainability programme to employees, executive management and other stakeholders, minimally once per fiscal year
- Ensure accurate climate risk assessment, such as the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosure (TCFD) guidance, as well as environmental compliance and reporting transparency through a combination of self- and third-party audits and certifications. Please see our CDP responses for risk assessment and mitigation and climate scenarios.
- Perform to our internal environmental management system that solidifies our operational rigour surrounding sustainability in risks, opportunities, processes, governance, communications and outcomes.
Adobe employees, vendors and visitors have a legal duty to ensure that all country-appropriate environmental laws and regulations are met. For any potential environmental violations, such as spills, strange odors, inappropriate chemical disposal etc., report them to your Adobe manager or, for vendors and visitors, to your Adobe contact. You may also contact Facilities at 6-HELP or the Global Securities Operations Centre at 408-536-4444.
Adobe expects that each employee, vendor and visitor will follow the above practices to ensure that Adobe meets its reported sustainability goals. This Sustainability Policy has ultimate lineage to Adobe’s Code of Business Conduct as well as from all Board and senior level management policy. Please follow the guidelines set in this policy statement.
This policy has been approved by Dana Rao, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Adobe.