It has been one year since our last Sustainability Report, which covered our 2010 calendar year data. This report covers our progress in sustainability through calendar year 2011 with highlights to date in 2012. During this time, sustainability has become even more closely tied to our business strategy and we have made significant progress with sustainability initiatives for ourselves and for our customers. In addition, seeking best-in-class sustainability reporting, for the first time this report reflects external assurance of our greenhouse gas emissions.
To develop this report, we have incorporated the principles of the United Nations (UN) Global Compact in combination with guidelines of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) G3.1, the most respected industry standard for sustainability reporting worldwide. This year’s report qualifies for GRI Level A+.
As a software company, CA Technologies has a major role to play in addressing material issues, including IT security and privacy and in advancing solutions to help clients manage their efficiency and performance. As such, we heavily invest in talent to support our business. Career advancement, employee engagement and work-life balance are key programs that encourage our employees to excel. We are also focused on supporting sustainability through diversity and inclusion efforts and are working to include more women and other minority groups as part of our workforce.
In terms of our operations, we focus on initiatives to maximize the efficiency of our facilities and data centers and minimize resource consumption, especially energy and paper. Collaboration with professional organizations and our supply chain vendors is essential to managing our operational impact and ensuring environmentally sustainable growth. We are considering incentives to suppliers for long-term contracts and for their adoption of CA ecoSoftware.
CA Technologies also devotes significant time and resources to social areas where we can make a meaningful difference, such as education, technology and health services. We provide financial assistance and technology contributions to help transform the lives of disadvantaged children throughout the world and to promote the development of future leaders in the field of IT.
Integrity is one of our core operating principles. We engage with globally recognized governance institutions to ensure that we uphold good business practices and that we comply with public policy, laws and regulations, which in turn enables us to continue our business and pursue our goals for sustainability. During the 2012 annual meeting of the World Economic Forum, CA Technologies helped spearhead the establishment of a broad set of principles to encourage cyber resilience and was the first company to commit to playing a role in mitigating cyber threats.
In developing this report, we identified major material issues starting with the GRI G3.1 framework. We then interviewed our key leaders to narrow our list to the issues of greatest importance to both stakeholders and our business. We also evaluated other important resources, including:
- Corporate plans, strategies, policies and initiatives
- Input from our management and Board
- Customer testimonials
- Employee feedback and interviews
- External environmental, social and governance rankings
- Industry benchmarking
Starting in 2012, we have begun engaging with a formal stakeholder panel as a member of Ceres. Ceres companies are committed to improving their environmental and social performance by working with environmental groups, investors and other stakeholders to integrate environmental and social factors into their business strategies. Along these lines, we are exploring the possibility of adding the capability for CA ecoSoftware to track certain social dimensions of sustainability to inform our initiatives and potentially those of our customers.
We are honored that our sustainability efforts have received third-party recognition as detailed below.
In 2012, CA Technologies was named a component of both the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index and the Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index.
Newsweek Green Rankings
In October 2012, CA Technologies was ranked among the top 10 greenest companies in the U.S. by Newsweek magazine. These rankings grade the 500 largest publicly traded U.S. companies on their environmental impact, strategy, policy, management, reputation, and overall performance as environmentally responsible companies. The complete list can be found at www.newsweek.com/green
FTSE Group confirms that CA Technologies has been independently assessed according to the FTSE4Good criteria, and has satisfied the requirements to become a constituent of the FTSE4Good Index Series. Created by the global index company FTSE Group, FTSE4Good is an equity index series that is designed to facilitate investment in companies that meet globally recognized corporate responsibility standards. Companies in the FTSE4Good Index Series have met stringent social and environmental criteria, and are positioned to capitalize on the benefits of responsible business practice.
In April 2012, CA Technologies was named a Maplecroft Climate Innovation Index Leader. Our company was ranked 54th out of 360 in the Maplecroft Climate Innovation Indexes (CIIs), up from 73rd out of 350 in their prior profiling.
In December 2011, CA Technologies was named a leader in energy management software by Verdantix, an independent analyst firm focused on sustainable business strategies and market opportunities. This mention appears in the Verdantix report titled Green Quadrant Energy Management Software (Global), December 2011.