2019 Global Impact Report
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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 with 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.

Sustainability at Workday

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Priorities and Commitments

As a provider of cloud applications, our priorities surrounding our environmental performance work in tandem with our operating model. Our supply chain is fairly simple—and our priorities reflect the material impacts of each of these aspects of the business. Our business consists of people, software, office facilities, and data centers. Refer to our materiality analysis, where we describe our process and rationale for identifying material aspects of sustainability at Workday.

Our main focus areas are reducing our carbon footprint and investing in renewable energy programs to address climate change. We also collaborate with industry leaders to support the transition to a low-carbon economy. In addition, we aim to responsibly dispose of 100 percent of our electronic waste across our operations. We engage our employees at the local-office level through our global Green Teams program, and also provide them with tools to lighten their environmental footprint outside the workplace.

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

Our Commitments
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carbon emissions
by 2021
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renewable electricity

across our global operations,
including all of our offices and data centers
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Responsibly dispose of
our electronic waste
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Establish Green Teams

in our largest offices to provide a platform for
engagement and empower employees to introduce
meaningful sustainability practices at Workday
UNSDG Goal 6: Clean Water and Sanitation UNSDG Goal 7: Affordable Clean Energy UNSDG Goal 13: Climate Action UNSDG Goal 15: Life on Land
Advocating for a Low-Carbon Economy

While our sustainability commitments are important ways in which we can positively address the planet’s sustainability challenges, we recognize that collaboration is critical in tackling a challenge as significant as climate change. We magnify our impact by engaging in strategic collaborative efforts with a focus on promoting renewable energy, data center sustainability, and a decarbonized economy.

That’s why Workday participates in collaborative groups including We Are Still In, RE100, the Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance, Future of Internet Power, Business Council on Climate Change, and the Step Up Declaration.

In 2017, we signed the “Business Backs Low-Carbon USA” letter to demonstrate our support for a more sustainable, low-carbon future. In 2018, we signed a letter of support for California senate bill 100 to accelerate California’s renewable energy plans with a goal of 100 percent carbon-free electricity by 2045.

We were also an early signatory to the Corporate Renewable Energy Buyers’ Principles and a founding signatory of The Corporate Colocation and Cloud Buyers’ Principles.

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