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:
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.