• Advancing Sustainability Goal

      We will drive sustainability improvements in our global workplaces through 2030

      Dell Technologies’ commitment to protecting the planet may be global, but it is local action — informed by local needs — that creates meaningful results. Commitment at the local level can come in many forms, and how we get there varies accordingly. Our factories in Xiamen, China, for example, face very different water-related issues than our offices in Montpellier, France, or our U.S. data centers in Durham, North Carolina. Our efforts to meet this goal have begun by focusing on two global efforts: reducing freshwater use and reducing waste generated at our facilities.


    • We will reduce freshwater use in our Dell Technologies-owned facilities by 25% in locales with high water stress, and by 10% elsewhere

      Dell Technologies uses freshwater for domestic purposes, such as drinking, cooking, cleaning and flushing toilets as well as for cooling and landscape needs. Water stress — any situation in which water is insufficient for a region’s needs — is chronic in some parts of the world. While water resources are precious everywhere, living and operating in those areas require special consideration. We view our goal to reduce freshwater use as part of being a good citizen of those communities.

    • We will reduce workplace plastic waste by 90%

      Single-use plastics — those used once and then discarded — are symptomatic of the linear economy. We want to break free from this use. Our goal focuses on plastic and plastic foam waste generated in Dell's facilities, such as from product and component packaging and food service and vending.

    Goal Performance to Date About Our Performance in FY21 Related U.N. Sustainable
    Development Goals

    We will drive sustainability improvements in our global workplaces through 2030

    We will reduce freshwater use in our Dell Technologies-owned facilities by 25% in locales with high water stress

    Megaliters of freshwater used in high water stress locales

    In FY21, we decreased the use of freshwater in high water stress locales by 23 megaliters. This represents a 34% decrease in these locales. We attribute this decrease primarily to reductions in building use due to COVID-19.
    We will reduce freshwater use in our Dell Technologies-owned facilities by 10% elsewhere

    Megaliters of freshwater used in other locales

    In FY21, we decreased the use of freshwater in other locales by 197 megaliters. This represents a 15% decrease in these locales compared to our FY20 baseline. We attribute this decrease primarily to reductions in building use due to COVID-19.
    We will reduce workplace plastic waste by 90%

    Metric tons of plastic waste generated in our manufacturing workplaces

    In FY21, our total plastic waste generated in manufacturing operations increased by 73 metric tons. This represents a 7% increase compared to our FY20 baseline. We attribute this increase to improved recordkeeping and to changes in manufacturing activities. The intent of the 2030 goal was to reduce plastic waste throughout our workplaces, including in our office buildings, but due to COVID-19, many buildings were not in use much of the year.