Ribbon’s Commitment to Global Good: Environmental, Social and Governance Sustainability Excellence (Part 2)
Author’s note: In Part 1 of this article, I highlighted Ribbon’s commitment to improving our impact on the environment and how we are abiding by global standards to ensure that our program is in complete compliance as it relates to our Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) performance. Part 2 will include key highlights from our most recent Sustainability Report and explore our sustainability strategy. I will also discuss the specific areas around sustainability that we are focused on and some of the key targets that we have set to achieve our goals.
Ribbon’s 2021 Sustainability Report
Ribbon is engaged in several activities as part of our ESG performance program. They are all detailed in our Sustainability Report.
A few of the highlights from the report that I am particularly proud of include:
- Ribbon’s support of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals as a blueprint for global prosperity and recognition that our solutions can be instrumental in helping drive progress to achieve these goals. As a global company, we embrace our responsibility to conduct business in a way that upholds our values, ethical principles and standards, serving people and the environment in positive ways, throughout our entire value chain.
- Meeting all regulatory requirements for our products and their component parts and holding several internationally recognized certifications for our global offerings, including Quality Management System (QMS), Environmental Management System (EMS), Laboratory Testing Competency, Information Security Management System (ISMS), Business Continuity Management System (BCMS), Safety Management System, Social Responsibility and TL 9000 Quality Management System standard designed by the QuEST Forum.
- In addition to optimizing power utilization at our own sites, we have improved power and space efficiency of servers housed at our customers’ premises. We have reduced the overall power consumption of our servers through higher-efficiency processors and other components that require fewer power nodes without reducing performance. The introduction of our next-generation processor has reduced requirements from 26 in 2011 to just 4 in 2019. Our customers can now accommodate greater traffic and more software applications to support the services they provide with substantially lower power consumption.
Again, these are just a few of the many examples that are included in the report.
Ribbon’s Sustainability Strategy
And we’re not done! Following a detailed stakeholder mapping, engagement process and a materiality assessment, we have refreshed our list of sustainability material topics and developed a sustainability strategy built upon four pillars:
- Business Integrity
- Secure and Inclusive Technology
- Low Carbon Economy
- Future-Fit Workforce
To support the effective delivery of our sustainability strategy, we have set three initial targets that we are striving to meet by 2030. Our “3 by 30” are to:
- Reduce direct carbon emissions by 30% by 2030
- Increase women in management to 30% of all management roles by 2025
- Achieve 30% of our Tier 1 suppliers audited with zero major non-conformances against Ribbon’s Supplier Audit Protocol
For more details, I encourage you to read our latest Sustainability Report. I look forward to sharing more about our sustainability goals, “ACTIONS” and outcomes in future posts as we join with thousands of other organizations to contribute to a cleaner, safer, more equitable and sustainable planet and society.