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Why this is important.

Workday is committed to caring for our people and the planet, and we focus on sustainability efforts that support our commitments to our stakeholders and align with our core values. Whether it is supporting our employee Green Teams implement a waste reduction campaign or investing in clean energy to support a low-carbon economy, operating in an environmentally responsible manner is part of who we are.

We understand that to enjoy a healthy economy that maximizes human potential, we need to sustain a healthy planet. As a leading provider of enterprise cloud applications, our approach to environmental stewardship focuses on the key areas that are most material to our business. These include our carbon footprint, investments in renewable energy, stakeholder collaboration, reducing and responsibly disposing of our e-waste, and engaging with our employees to maximize their collective impact on how we operate. We continue to look for and adopt new ways in which we can positively address sustainability challenges.

Our focus on sustainability supports Workday by:
  • Aligning with customer interests
  • Reducing our operating costs
  • Attracting and retaining talent that increasingly values environmental sustainability
  • Enhancing our brand and position in external ratings and rankings
  • Supporting our core values

Our priorities.

Our priorities surrounding our environmental performance relate directly to our operating model as a provider of cloud applications. We are not a manufacturer and our supply chain is relatively simple. Our business involves people, software, office facilities, and data centers. Because of this, our priorities reflect the material impacts of each of these aspects of our business. Please refer to our Materiality Analysis where we describe our process and rationale for identifying material aspects of sustainability at Workday.

Our focus is on reducing our carbon footprint and investing in renewable energy programs to address climate change. We also collaborate with industry leaders to show support for a low-carbon economy. In addition, we aim to responsibly dispose of 100 percent of our electronic waste across our operations. We also engage with our employees through our global Green Teams program. This effort helps to maximize employees’ collective impact on how we operate, and provides them with tools to lighten their environmental footprint outside the workplace.

Our Environmental Sustainability Policy outlines our high-level commitments, while those below provide our strategic sustainability goals and focus areas.

Our commitments:

  • Achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2021
  • Use 100 percent renewable electricity across our global operations, offsetting all nonrenewable energy usage in our offices and data centers
  • Responsibly dispose of our electronic waste
  • Establish Green Teams in our largest offices to provide a platform for engagement and empower employees to introduce meaningful sustainability practices at Workday
In FY17, 99.84% of our offices and data centers ran on renewable energy
100% EMEA
58.4% APJ

Actions and results.

Collaboration for a low-carbon economy.

In 2016, we announced our commitment to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2021 and to continue to power our global operations with 100 percent renewable electricity. While these commitments are important ways in which we can positively address the planet’s sustainability challenges, we recognize that industry collaboration is critical. To help magnify our impact, we engage in strategic collaborative efforts to promote renewable energy, data center sustainability, and support of a low-carbon economy. For example, in 2017 we signed the “Business Backs Low-Carbon USA” letter to demonstrate our support for a more sustainable, low-carbon future.

Accelerating renewable energy.

We recognize that the development of renewables has to be an important part of our sustainability strategy. That’s why in 2015 we signed on to the Corporate Renewable Energy Buyers’ Principles and became a member of the Business Renewables Center, both of which aim to address the challenges that companies face in meeting their renewable energy goals. In 2016, we became a member of Future of Internet Power, a collaborative initiative to enhance the ability to procure renewable energy to power data centers, and joined RE100, a group of influential global businesses committed to 100 percent renewable electricity.

Our energy consumption.

The primary form of energy that Workday purchases is electricity, which is consumed in our data centers and our offices worldwide. Below is a summary of our estimated indirect electricity consumption by primary source for our reporting period.

Note: Detailed emissions and energy data are provided here.


Methodology used to measure energy consumption.

Estimating data center and office energy consumption is complex, particularly because Workday doesn’t own or operate most of its offices or data center facilities. We estimated our total energy consumption using several methods.


Workday primarily leases, rather than owns, office facilities. This means we don’t have a complete picture of the electricity or fuel use for our space in every office.

When facilities and property managers itemize electricity costs and usage, we are able to quantify it in a straightforward manner. This is the case for our largest office footprint at our global headquarters in Pleasanton, California, where we span two corporate office campuses, and is also the case for our European headquarters in Dublin, Ireland. Both locations represent the largest and most material office-facility footprint for our company. In 2016, we also purchased two office buildings in Pleasanton that we are renovating and are able to measure energy usage directly from utility bills.

Where we aren’t able to quantify electricity use directly, we estimate a reasonable value per square footage based on accepted industry consumption standards. This aligns with the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Protocol’s “Generic building space data method.”

Data centers.

Our data centers are colocation facilities shared with other businesses. We don’t receive a detailed breakdown of electricity cost or use from our providers.

We have worked with our data center providers to use either a monthly power-usage report or a calculation based on the power drawn in our server racks at certain points in time, which is then extrapolated for a given month.

Lastly, we factor the energy mix of the regional grid of the electricity provider where the data center resides (the amount of renewables versus the amount and types of fossil fuels and resulting emissions factors). Workday also obtains the Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) for each data center to understand the total energy attributable to our use. We don’t have operational control for our data centers because they are colocation facilities, so factoring in the PUE is considered Scope 3 and the resulting electricity usage is not included in our indirect energy consumption for our Scope 2 emissions.

Investing in renewable electricity.

Our progress.

Our goal is to power our offices and data centers worldwide with 100 percent renewable electricity. In FY17, 99.84 percent of the electricity we used at our offices and data centers globally came from clean, renewable sources. Our offices in North America and EMEA, as well as all of our data centers, are at 100 percent renewable electricity. That helped lower our total market-based emissions due to electricity use globally to less than 0.2 percent of what the emissions would be without using renewables.

This means that all of the data centers that run our cloud applications—in both the U.S. and Europe—are using renewable electricity.

Our commitment to clean energy has been recognized by the EPA through its Green Power Partnership program. Workday has achieved 100 Percent Green Power Purchaser status for the U.S. market, which we have maintained every year since 2008. In addition, Workday has consistently been listed on the EPA’s Top 30 Tech & Telecom list, which recognizes the largest green power users in the U.S. among technology and telecommunications partners (see July 2015 and July 2016).

And even though we aren’t able to procure renewable energy for some of our smaller offices in APJ, we still support the development of renewable energy by procuring energy attribute certificates (EACs) in an amount equivalent to 100 percent of our total global energy consumption.

Credible claims and RE100.

When we began purchasing renewable electricity (RE) back in 2008, there wasn’t much guidance on how to buy RE and what claims an organization could make for RE usage. The RE market has developed considerably since then, along with how we account for electricity emissions. A significant driver was the 2015 release of updated GHG Protocol Scope 2 Guidance that included the new market-based method to account for RE purchases. In 2016, additional technical guidance was issued by RE100 for making “credible” RE usage claims, further outlining ownership requirements and how to align RE purchases with geographic markets where RE usage is claimed.

Workday still purchases an equivalent amount of renewable electricity to offset 100 percent of our global electricity footprint—our commitment to this has not changed. But in alignment with the latest industry standards, including guidance from RE100, we have evolved our RE procurement to align our purchases of environmental attribute certificates (EACs) with the markets where we use electricity.

Our renewable strategy.

Our first priority is always energy efficiency. We always aim to use as little energy as possible because the cleanest energy is the energy you never use.

On-site generation: Where feasible, we will prioritize on-site renewable energy generation, such as solar arrays at our offices.

Renewable energy and environmental attribute certificates: In locations where we can’t feasibly add on-site renewables, we purchase renewable energy from newer projects within the same market. Where feasible, we aim to purchase from projects located on the same grid as our facilities. We prioritize high-quality certifications of verified renewables such as Green-e RECs, EKOenergy GOs, and I-RECs. We also prioritize wind, solar, small-scale hydro, and geothermal over large-scale hydro and biomass.

Long-term investments: We are researching strategic renewable energy investments such as virtual power purchase agreements that add clean energy to regional grids where we have operations.

How to become a corporate advocate for renewables.

If your organization faces similar challenges to procuring renewable energy, consider the following ways to become a corporate advocate for clean energy:

If renewables aren’t your focus, but you would still like to make an impactful sustainability commitment, consider any of the options at We Mean Business.

Our carbon footprint.

Workday’s Energy & Carbon Goals.

Our carbon management strategy.

Our goal is to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by end of fiscal year 2021 across our offices, data centers, and business travel. We focus on these areas because they are our most significant sources of emissions, as well as the aspects of our business where we have the highest operational control and influence.

And we have already made significant progress.

As of the end of FY17, we have achieved net-zero carbon emissions across our offices and data centers through a combination of operational efficiency, procurement of renewable energy equal to 100 percent of our consumption, and investing in high-quality carbon offset projects.

FY17 net-zero emissions across Scope 1 (natural gas in offices), Scope 2 (electricity in offices and data centers), and Scope 3 (non-IT data center electricity). We aim to include business travel by 2021.

Our carbon management strategy focuses on the following:

  • Avoid carbon-intensive activities. We will seek opportunities to choose less-carbon-intensive options over ones that have a larger carbon footprint. For example, we can ask our Workmates to skip taking a flight to attend a brief meeting in person, and instead participate by video conference. We also consider the energy mix of a local grid and the resulting carbon emissions when we make selection decisions for new regional data centers.
  • Reduce through efficiency. We’ll focus on reducing the carbon intensity of our operations through high-impact efficiency measures in our office facilities and data centers. An example is our new Workday development center we are building at our headquarters in Pleasanton, which will be constructed to achieve LEED Platinum, the highest level of LEED certification. Another is our increased investments in virtualization and resource optimization technologies to drive higher utilization and power efficiency in our data centers.
  • Replace high-carbon energy sources with low-carbon sources. We will prioritize on-site renewable energy generation, such as solar where feasible, and purchase wind and solar power over electricity generated from fossil fuels for our global operations.
  • Offset emissions that can’t be eliminated. We will purchase high-quality carbon offsets for the emissions that we can’t reduce through the above steps.
reduction in carbon intensity per square foot of office space since FY15

As our business expands, with resulting increases in customers, applications, employees, and facilities, it is only logical to expect that our GHG emissions will also increase even with our efficient multi-tenant cloud architecture. To help us manage and minimize our overall emissions, we use intensity metrics that include total emissions per employee and emissions per thousand dollars of revenue.

When we set our goal of net-zero emissions by 2021, we recognized that we needed to establish specific intensity metrics to address our two most significant emissions sources: our offices and our data centers. To address these, we have established intensity metrics for both as follows:

  • Offices—total emissions (office Scope 1 and location-based Scope 2) per square foot of office space
  • Data centers—total emissions (data center Scope 2 location-based and Scope 3 non-IT electricity using PUE of each data center) per “Customers by SKU” (an internal metric measuring the total number of applications used by customers)

Improving how we measure our carbon footprint.

Since our 2010 baseline measurement, Workday has tracked our greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from direct energy consumption (Scope 1) and purchased electricity (Scope 2). We have also used Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) at each data center to calculate emissions from heating and cooling in proportion with our IT power consumption. Last reporting period we estimated our Scope 3 emissions from business travel for the first time, extrapolating our U.S. business travel (both air and rental car) to arrive at a reasonable estimate for our global operations. In FY17, we switched travel portal providers and saw an increase in global trips through that new portal, including an increase in long-haul air travel internationally as our employee count grew by over 25 percent from FY16. As such, we saw a significant increase in estimated business travel emissions, primarily due to a larger and more accurate data set.

Reducing the impact of our commute.

We continue to look for new ways to reduce carbon emissions from employee commute. In FY16, we calculated our employee commute emissions for the first time. One impactful decision was to maintain our Pleasanton headquarters campus adjacent to a major Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) station, enabling our employees to easily commute via BART trains and walk to our offices. In 2015, we partnered with Scoop, a carpool ride-share app, to offer our Bay Area employees a subsidy for carpooling. Workday has fostered 13,800 carpools, removing 20 cars from our parking lot per day on average, and prevented 55 mtCO2e through our partnership with Scoop. In 2016, we held our first Car-Free Week at Workday and more than 700 employees participated globally, avoiding 42 tons of CO2e. And to encourage electric vehicle use, we plan to offer our employees over 55 electric vehicle charging ports at no cost, as we build out the first Workday-owned buildings at our Pleasanton headquarters over the next few years.

Note: Detailed emissions and energy data are provided here.

For each emissions source, Workday uses the methodologies described by the Greenhouse Gas Protocol to perform our inventory.

Our carbon offset program.

To maximize the environmental and social impact of our carbon offset investments, we look for projects that meet the following criteria:

  • Additionality: Emission reductions beyond business as usual
  • Leakage prevention: Prevent shifting of emissions to other locations
  • Permanence: Permanent and long-lasting, not temporary reductions
  • Verifiability: Rigorous independent third-party verification
  • Social impact: Sustainable development including local workforce development, and health and well-being benefits for the local community

Each project must be independently verified by an objective third party—someone other than the project developer and Workday—to ensure adherence to internationally recognized standards to quantify, monitor, and report on emission reductions. We work with carbon project specialists who have deep expertise in carbon finance projects and perform due diligence on each project.

We choose projects that not only have environmental benefits, but also social impacts. For example, we support the Kulera Landscape REDD+ and cookstoves carbon project in Malawi that not only protects the forest from deforestation, but also improves human health and well-being by distributing cookstoves that reduce indoor air pollution from burning fuelwood. The project also focuses on educating the local community and training farmers on nursery management and natural woodland regeneration to improve their natural resource management and livelihoods.

2017 Area for Improvement

Although we have made significant progress toward our net-zero carbon emissions goal and have already achieved net-zero emissions across our offices and data centers, we still have work to do to achieve the same with our business travel—emissions from air travel and rental cars—and fully operate as a net-zero carbon emissions organization by 2021. Over the next few years, we aim to outline a strategy to reduce our business travel emissions and identify the best method to fund the necessary carbon offsets to achieve our goal inclusive of global business travel.

Amazon Web Services.

Workday uses Amazon Web Services (AWS) computing services primarily to run internal development and test systems. While this usage is material to our Scope 3 footprint, we have not yet included estimated emissions from our AWS usage. AWS has provided us with an initial estimate of our carbon footprint and we are continuing to work together on this data.

In FY16 and FY17, our AWS usage was almost entirely in the US West (Oregon) region, which Amazon has described as “carbon-neutral” since 2011. In FY17, 89 percent of our compute usage by hours of AWS was in carbon-neutral regions (84 percent in the US West [Oregon] region and 5 percent in the European Union [Ireland] region). During the same timeframe in FY16, 59 percent of our storage usage by hours was in carbon-neutral regions (54 percent in the US West [Oregon] region and 5 percent in the European Union [Ireland] region).

In 2016, we announced our intention to make our service offerings available through AWS beginning with the Canada region in 2017. AWS announced that “data centers in Canada will draw from a regional electricity grid that is 99 percent powered by hydropower.”

Workday is encouraged by AWS’s commitment to achieve 100 percent renewable energy usage for its global infrastructure footprint: AWS announced that by the end of 2016, it had exceeded 40 percent, and set a new goal to achieve 50 percent by the end of 2017. AWS also participates in multiple initiatives to support the development of renewable energy, including the Business Renewables Center (BRC) and the Corporate Renewable Energy Buyers’ Principles. Because we also participate in these initiatives, Workday has the opportunity to collaborate on additional levels with AWS beyond its computing services.

The cloud is the greener choice.

Numerous studies have shown that cloud computing is more energy and carbon efficient than traditional on-premise computing, including a 2013 Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory report that indicated that moving all office workers in the United States to the cloud could reduce the energy used by information technology by up to 87 percent.

One of the main drivers in energy reduction is economies of scale—running one large cloud versus several less-efficient data centers. Cloud technology leverages virtualization—packing many virtual machines onto fewer physical machines, with the ability to run the same applications or workloads using far less power. Workloads or applications in the cloud can also have compute-based elasticity, growing and shrinking according to demand. This reduces energy consumption because machines are only powered up when needed.

One Workday customer, Aviva, shared its experience with CDP to further quantify the positive impacts of moving to the cloud while decommissioning its own servers and data centers. The company found that by moving to cloud-computing solutions, it realized lower energy costs for shared computing, while simultaneously reducing its own carbon emissions

Internal use of IT systems is often a large portion of the total carbon-emissions footprint of many companies. Moving to cloud applications such as Workday can save money and reduce carbon emissions. This creates value beyond the environmental impacts, benefitting corporate stakeholders and the bottom line.

Modern, efficient architecture.

The highly efficient multi-tenant cloud architecture in Workday helps customers reduce business costs and carbon footprints at the same time. The Workday architecture helps reduce overall power consumption, as we implement elastic computing where the use of resources varies depending on workload. This is a core aspect of current cloud-computing architectures. Instead of running many servers all the time to handle peak loads, which consumes energy even while idle, resources can be dynamically provisioned and shut down after use. Workday implements these concepts for services such as payroll processing in our compute grid, elastic integration processing, and other load-based scenarios.

We also optimize our resources by investing in virtualization technologies, where hardware resources can be shared by multiple services as if they were different physical servers. This approach is more resource- and energy-efficient. Workday uses virtualization across our technology platform wherever it does not negatively affect system performance, security, or stability.

Low- and zero-carbon electricity.

In two recent studies completed by NRDC and Koomey et al., after IT device efficiency—namely virtualization and related multi-tenant architecture attributes that increase overall server utilization—the second-largest contributor to a cloud’s efficiency is related to the carbon emissions factor of the electricity powering the servers. However, the research uncovered that not all clouds are created equal: two identically sized and designed data centers using power from high-carbon sources such as coal, or from lower-carbon sources such as renewable energy, will have very different carbon footprints (varying by a factor of nearly 4 depending on the region in the United States where they are located). Further, when a cloud service provider procures renewable energy to power its data centers as Workday does, the carbon savings increase dramatically to nearly a 48x improvement over a comparable on-premise facility that has servers running only a single application, effectively reducing the carbon emissions to zero.

Workday data centers use 100% renewable electricity

Engaging with our data center colos.

Although Workday does not own our data centers (using colocation providers instead), we evaluate Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE), as well as energy mix of the local grid in our data center selection criteria. The sustainability manager at Workday works closely with our infrastructure team to ensure that we consider energy efficiency and carbon emissions during our data center selection process.

In 2016, Workday expanded its efforts to engage with its colocation providers to gather energy procurement data, which included the method of procurement, certificate tracking for renewables, utility-specific GHG emissions factors, and a documented cancellation/retirement date of the contractual instruments of its electricity purchases. Engagement with our colo providers is enabling Workday to identify high-quality renewable energy purchases that meet Scope 2 quality criteria, as well as encourage our colo providers to directly procure credible renewable energy. Workday was also one of the founding signatories to The Corporate Colocation and Cloud Buyers’ Principles. Announced in 2016, these principles outline six criteria that companies using colo services would like to see their providers meet, such as providing data on customer energy consumption, disclosing facility energy sources, and supporting renewable energy advocacy efforts.

Responsibly disposing of e-waste.

As a technology company offering cloud applications to our customers, the most prominent and material waste stream for Workday is electronic equipment. Our two primary streams include:

  • Servers, network equipment, and other infrastructure used in our data centers to provide applications to our customers
  • Computers and peripherals provided to our employees to conduct their daily work

Our goal is simple: Workday aims to responsibly dispose of 100 percent of our IT equipment. To do this, we implemented an Electronics Disposition Policy that covers all retired, excess, and obsolete electronics generated by our global operations. The policy applies to both our data centers that provide our cloud applications and our internal IT operations. Workday also provides e-waste bins throughout our Pleasanton headquarters campus as well as our largest field offices that employees can use to responsibly dispose of unwanted electronic equipment such as cables, keyboards, and other peripherals.

We have partnered with a global electronics-disposition partner that meets our requirements for operating under ISO 14001 certification, as well as the strong e-Stewards certification (or a comparable local standard). Data security is always paramount—all drives are wiped and destroyed while certificates of destruction are retained.

The business case for responsibly disposing of electronic waste is clear: Workday netted almost $573,000 in FY17 alone. By responsibly recycling and selling equipment for reuse, we are reducing our environmental impact while recovering value from obsolete IT equipment.

It’s a win-win for Workday and the environment, preventing hazardous waste from entering the waste stream via landfill or export. When e-waste is exported to developing countries, it is often incinerated under unsafe conditions to extract precious metals for recycling.

Did you know?
  • Recycling 1 million laptops saves the energy equivalent to the electricity used by 3,657 U.S. homes in a year.
  • 1 ton of circuit boards can contain 40 to 800 times the amount of gold and 30 to 40 times the amount of copper mined from 1 ton of ore in the United States.

For more facts and information on electronics waste in the U.S., refer to the EPA’s Basic Information about Electronics Stewardship.

Engaging our employees.

Our Green Team program is a global network of teams across 19 of our largest offices. We support these teams through a formal Green Team Local Leader program, where passionate volunteer champions lead their local Green Teams, inspiring employees to get involved and help implement meaningful environmental solutions across Workday operations.

of Workmates say sustainability is very important to them or that they support it

Each quarter, our Green Team Local Leaders lead campaigns at their offices based on themes provided from our Sustainability team. For example, Q1 is an outdoor volunteer event centered around Earth Day, while the focus of Q3 is on alternative-commuting for Car-Free Week at Workday.

Green Teams focus on implementing company-wide sustainability initiatives locally. They also have the latitude to work on the programs that are most material to their local offices. Green Teams take on issues like energy conservation, increased recycling and composting, and volunteer initiatives with local environmentally focused nonprofits in their communities.

of our largest offices globally have Green Team Local Leaders

Our Workmates care deeply about the environment. We offer various programs to support their passion to make a positive impact in their communities. Over the past two years, our employees helped add 1.8 MW of new solar capacity in California by participating in the Bay Area SunShares employee group solar purchase program. The program also helped add over 40 zero-emissions vehicles to the road since 2016.

Between our free e-waste collection bins to our rechargeable battery program, from subsidized carpooling via Scoop to our solar discount programs, we are always looking for ways to support our employees in their efforts to build and support a culture of sustainability at Workday.

“One of our Workmates in Atlanta told us that he couldn’t make the round-trip [in his electric car] from his house to the office while having his car heater on in cold weather because the distance was too far. We were able to work with our landlord in Atlanta to get this employee and others a space to plug in.”
Kathleen Rardon
Director of Workplace Operations


Home green home.

The new Workday development center (Dev Center) in Pleasanton will be built green from the bottom up. Our first new-construction office building, the Dev Center is scheduled to open in 2019 and will be constructed to achieve LEED Platinum, the highest level of LEED certification. On-site solar will provide up to one-third of the building’s daily electricity needs, while an innovative battery storage system will reduce demand during peak times when carbon-intensive peaker plants are often used to balance the local grid.

Almost all of the plants used throughout the landscaping will be drought-tolerant to minimize freshwater use. Our Dev Center project team is also partnering with owners of our adjacent campus to implement an innovative landscape that will save over 7 million gallons of water annually over the existing 30-year-old landscaping.

Commuting to our new Dev Center will be greener, too. The building is adjacent to a local BART station, enabling employees to easily take the train to work. We are also adding 50 electric-vehicle charging stations that will be free for employees and visitors to use.

Car-Free Week at Workday.

In 2016, we held our first Car-Free Week at Workday, where we encouraged all of our employees to ditch the car keys and use alternative transportation instead of single-occupancy vehicle trips. Over 700 employees participated globally (more than 10 percent of our workforce!) and collectively logged 3,278 car-free trips representing over 118,000 miles. Thanks to this single campaign, around 42.6 tons of CO2e were avoided in only one week (assuming that any car-free employees would have taken the car to work that week).

It’s a small but impactful way to build a culture of low-carbon transportation and we plan on continuing this campaign along with our year-round efforts to reduce the carbon footprint of our employee commutes.

Carbon offset projects supporting workforce development.

Kulera Landscape REDD+ and Cookstoves in Malawi.

Through the combination of forest protection and the distribution of clean cookstoves, this project is using carbon finance to deliver significant emission reductions, protect an important area of biodiversity value, and address the health risks of indoor air pollution. The project is targeting the conservation of approximately 170,000 hectares of forest and working with local households to reduce fuelwood use, develop sustainable livelihoods, increase community resilience to climate change, and promote biodiversity.

The project’s primary implementing partner was Total LandCare (TLC), whose mission is to improve the livelihoods of smallholder farmers in the region with a focus on community-based approaches to increase agricultural production, food security, and incomes within a context that ensures sound management of their natural resources.

The project is working with the local community to increase the value and quality of the farm products they produce, since historically crops grown in the area have been low-value. Honey, coffee, macadamia, and livestock production are being developed to transform livelihoods away from subsistence farming while reducing hunting pressure and encroachment on protected areas.

By increasing the communities’ knowledge in business, marketing, agriculture, and forest management, the goal of the project is to work with them to improve their natural resource management and livelihoods.

More than 40,000 households have received training in natural management practices, and over 10,000 farmers received training in nursery management and natural woodland regeneration. In addition to these community impacts, the project created jobs for 50 Protected Area officials, who were recruited and trained in corporate governance, team building, fund-raising, project write-ups, resource assessments, natural resource rights, and conflict resolution.

Elizabeth Masache: “Before the project started, I would travel roughly eight hours each day to collect firewood from one of the surrounding national parks. With a sustainable firewood source nearby and the introduction of fuel-efficient cookstoves, the national parks are being protected and I can spend more time with my family and participate in other activities,” says Elizabeth. The community has recently established a number of beehives in the village forest as a local enterprise, producing and selling honey. All of these activities have been made easier for Elizabeth with her new bicycle, which makes her much more mobile.

Water Filtration and Efficient Cookstoves in Guatemala.

Waterborne disease has been identified as a national priority in Guatemala given the high incidence of diarrheal disease and chronic malnutrition. This project, which is the first Gold Standard water treatment or cookstove project in the country, distributes water filters and stoves that enable access to clean water and improve cooking conditions by increasing fuel efficiency and reducing harmful indoor air pollution. Compared to traditional cooking methods, the stove design reduces the fuel requirement, which also alleviates the pressure on national forests.

Jobs are created by the project developers for manufacturing stoves and water filters, installing them, training households on their use, and maintaining the project’s presence through social workers in the local communities. The material sourcing, manufacturing, distribution, and maintenance all comes from organizations within Guatemala. The project estimates having 800 staff members employed throughout the supply chain in both temporary and permanent roles and hopes to grow that number with the expansion of the project, both in Guatemala and internationally.

Pedro Tupac has worked at the factory making water filters for seven years. He works in the production and drying area of the factory and values his work because of the importance of the filters in saving lives.

Rechargeable battery program.

Like many companies, our employees use a lot of wireless computing equipment and peripherals that require batteries. From headsets to keyboards to mice, this means a lot of batteries are used every day across our offices. But the more common single-use “disposable” batteries are made of toxic materials that can’t be sent to landfills and require special recycling. So Workday decided to do something about it.

In 2016, we implemented a rechargeable battery program across our largest offices. We provide smart battery chargers and batteries at each office supply area along with a bucket to properly recycle disposable single-use batteries. We use Energizer EcoAdvanced rechargeable batteries made from 4 percent recycled battery content—yes, batteries made from batteries!

According to one study, rechargeable batteries consume up to 23 times fewer nonrenewable natural resources and have up to 28 times less impact on climate change than disposable batteries. And because rechargeables can be used hundreds or even thousands of times, they help save money over conventional batteries.