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VMware’s 2021 ESG Report: The Next Normal—Our Path to 2030

Nicola AcuttSeptember 27, 2021

VMware is committed to embedding Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) into everything we do—throughout our technology strategy,  business model and culture. We are applying the same strategic focus to ESG that we’ve used to launch our most innovative products and services and fueled by our EPICculture to make sure our progress is meaningful and transparent.  

Baking ESG outcomes directly into our operations, products and solutions is The Next Normal. We’re doing this because we see ESG as a value driver. The Next Normal reflects both our responsibility and opportunity to support customers and partners in achieving their own ESG goals through VMware technology solutions. It’s the kind of big picture perspective that every company, in every industry, should be thinking about right now. 

ESG Timeline for VMware
Our Track Record of ESG Innovation

Our 2021 ESG Report highlights our ESG performance over the past fiscal year and showcases our 2030 Agenda—our decade-long ESG commitment to foster a more sustainable, equitable and secure world. We believe transparency is crucial to keeping ourselves accountable, which is why we routinely share our progress. VMware has a long history of leveraging data to improve our decision making and capacity for innovation and has shared our ESG performance annually since VMware’s inaugural report in 2015 (formerly known as the Global Impact Report).  

While we are less than a year into our 2030 Agenda, we’re starting to see results, and some highlights over the past fiscal year include: 

  • Reducing our greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 19%.  
  • Maintaining our commitment to 100% renewable energy.  
  • Supporting 14,122 nonprofits globally.  
  • Engaging 26,251 employees in charitable activities. 
  • Establishing a new governance structure at VMware for effective oversight and increased accountability of ESG.  
  • Launching the VMware Responsible Sourcing Program for our suppliers, recognizing that our global purchasing power is significant. 
Infographic of 2021 ESG Report Highlights
VMware's 2021 ESG Highlights

VMware has embraced both an “outside-in” and “inside-out” approach to driving ESG that not only addresses our internal operations and supply chain, but also focuses on our ability to support customers in achieving their own ESG goals through VMware technology solutions. As our technology solutions have grown, so too has our ability to drive ESG outcomes through decarbonization of digital infrastructures, equity through distributed workforce technology, and enhanced security and privacy to build trust with our customers and their stakeholders.  

This year’s report showcases inspiring customer stories such as Fujitsu, Moderna, WVV and Zoom, who have used our digital foundation and digital workspace solutions to help empower their distributed workforces while prioritizing employees’ health and safety as part of The Next Normal in 2021.  

Enabling our customers and partners is a cornerstone of how we amplify our impact and demonstrate transparent progress towards our 2030 goals. We also align our performance data to leading ESG frameworks, including the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), Sustainable Accounting Standards Board (SASB), Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), and the Principles of the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC). We have also mapped the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs) to our 2030 outcomes of sustainability, equity and trustSomething I am especially proud of that is new this year is incorporating accessibility considerations into the visual design of the report to ensure that all stakeholders can read it. 

2030 Agenda - Outcomes

Our leadership in ESG has been acknowledged over the last year through awards and recognition from leading organizations, including: 

  • Earning placement on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI).  
  • Being named to CDP’s Climate A List.  
  • Receiving a “AA” ESG ranking from MSCI.  
  • Being listed on Forbes’ Just 100 Companies Leading the New Era of Responsible Capitalism.  
  • Being recognized on Newsweek’s list of America’s Most Responsible Companies. 
  • Earning a 100% score on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index. 
  • Placing No. 11 on Forbes’ Best Employers for Diversity.   

While we have made lots of progress, we know we have a long way to go to 2030 and we won’t get there alone. The path forward requires rethinking the way things were in the past and that means co-innovating with our stakeholders—employees, customers, communities, shareholders and partners—because together, we will redefine the future and advance sustainability, equity and trust for all. 

Read our 2021 ESG Report and learn more about Environmental, Social and Governance at VMware