We believe that the business of business is to improve the state of the world, and we work to make sure Salesforce is a platform for change through serving the interests of all our stakeholders — employees, customers, partners, communities and the environment. We’re working to play a meaningful role in creating a sustainable, low-carbon future by:

  • Working toward 100 percent renewable energy for our global operations
  • Achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050
  • Pursuing green building certification and other innovative green office initiatives
  • Leveraging our people, technology and resources to help environmental causes around the world 

When it comes to protecting our planet and combatting climate change, we know that companies have a key role to play. We aspire to never settle for the status quo. At every turn, we look to innovate, taking bold action and paving the way for others to join us. Together we can create a more sustainable future.

 

As a cloud company, our most significant direct environmental impact is electricity consumption and associated greenhouse gas emissions. We are focused on sourcing clean, renewable energy and improving efficiency throughout our operations. In 2013, Salesforce became one of the first cloud companies to commit to powering all data center operations with renewable energy. In 2015, we expanded our commitment to all global operations. Each year, we work to improve our renewable energy procurement practices, moving toward more locally sourced, impactful purchases.

We’re making progress by supporting renewable energy projects, advocating for clean energy, and partnering with likeminded organizations. At the end of FY16, we signed two 12-year wind energy agreements in West Virginia and Texas. This represented our biggest step yet toward powering 100 percent of our global operations with clean and renewable energy. Together, these virtual power purchase agreements are expected to generate 227,000 megawatt hours annually.

 

We see the development of renewables as an important part of our sustainability strategy. To address the challenges companies face when buying renewable energy, we became a founding member of the Business Renewables Center (BRC) and helped to develop both the Corporate Renewable Energy Buyers’ Principles and the Corporate Colocation and Cloud Buyers’ Principles. Salesforce is thrilled to be participating in this work and contributing to a global shift toward clean energy and more sustainable data center operations.

 

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