In our first sustainability report, we discuss the topics that are important in our effort to build a successful company while positively impacting the environment, including those we have identified as material issues. We share our approach to broader environmental performance, data privacy and protection practices, community outreach, company culture, customer satisfaction, and governance and ethics.
As we aim to affect real change on the challenges facing our customers, company, and communities, we welcome your feedback on our progress and the challenges we still face.
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Workday believes that success is not only measured in financial terms, but also in how we operate in the context of our community and environment. Companies, just as individuals, need to assume responsibility for their actions as part of a global eco-system. Workday is committed to reduce or eliminate negative impact on our immediate and global environment.
The SaaS business model provides Workday with a unique opportunity to positively impact the global carbon balance. Owners of On-Premise software are typically not strongly focused on reducing electricity usage and operate redundant and often outdated hardware in server rooms that are not optimized for energy-consumption. SaaS can make this old server infrastructure obsolete and centralize the processing into Workday’s efficient and modern data centers. This helps customers to achieve their own carbon-neutrality goals more quickly. Also, Workday’s multi-tenancy architecture allows us to provide Workday Business Services to our customers with a minimal number of servers as opposed to each customer having to operate a single install on sub-optimal hardware. Finally, modern data centers are pooling large quantities of processing power and can be dramatically optimized for energy- and cooling-efficiency. SaaS is inherently green and helps to achieve goals for a greener future.
Workday supports the development of renewable energy projects and has offset 100% of the electricity use in our office buildings and data centers. To achieve this, we have partnered with Renewable Choice to purchase over 14 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of renewable energy credits (RECs) annually.
Wind farms or other clean energy projects, can sell RECs to help finance their projects. This can provide the additional money needed to make a wind energy plant cost-competitive with a coal-fired plant. In this way, more clean energy is produced and added to the energy mix. More than 70 percent of U.S. electricity comes from burning fossil fuels like coal and natural gas, which emit the harmful greenhouse gases that contribute to air pollution and climate change. Wind power-generated electricity is renewable, sustainable, and does not produce air pollution or contribute to climate change. Read more about how RECs work.
Many companies cannot directly source their electricity from clean sources, but through RECs the same positive global end result can be achieved. The process for RECs is defined by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the validity of RECs is monitored by a variety of institutions such as Green-e and others.
Workday's purchase of renewable energy credits has an annual impact that is similar to:
Workday's commitment to clean energy has been recognized by the EPA in the Green Power Partnership program and we have achieved “100% Green Power Purchaser” status.
Workday is pursuing energy efficient strategies in all aspects of the operations. This ranges from telecommuting to video conferencing to efficient hardware for our employees and in our hosting operations.
Workday is a member of the Climate Savers initiative. As part of this, we are committed to purchasing energy-efficient hardware (ENERGY STAR 5.0 specification) as well as using efficient power-management settings on all laptops and servers.
Workday strives to reduce office waste such as paper and print products wherever possible. A strict "question every print-out" policy and double-sided, draft printer settings help in this goal. Used printer paper can serve a scrap paper. For all remaining paper waste Workday provides recycling opportunities.
Furthermore, all glass and plastic bottles as well as aluminum cans from our vending machines are collected and properly recycled in all offices. Also, special waste such as old batteries, printer cartridges or cell phones are frequently collected and recycled.
Workday is a leading provider of enterprise cloud applications for human resources and finance. Founded in 2005 by PeopleSoft veterans Dave Duffield and Aneel Bhusri, Workday delivers human capital management, financial management, and analytics applications designed for the world’s largest organizations. Hundreds of companies, ranging from medium-sized businesses to Fortune 50 enterprises, have selected Workday.
Workday Financial Management is a comprehensive, unified accounting and finance application, built on a global core to help you manage your financial processes around the world easily and efficiently. With unique capabilities including business-event driven reporting and analytics, robust security, and a fully auditable business process framework, Workday can provide your organization with unprecedented controls and insight into the performance of your business.
Workday Human Capital Management is a modern, intuitive and unified human resources and talent management application built on a global core and designed to adapt with businesses as their needs and requirements evolve.
Delivered in the cloud, Workday payroll solutions offer your organization choice, flexibility and control to efficiently and accurately pay your entire workforce, no matter where they may be located.
Workday leads enterprise application innovation with its new, consumer-friendly time and attendance application, Workday Time Tracking. With Workday Time Tracking, organizations will now be able to reduce labor costs, minimize compliance risks, and increase worker productivity. .
Workday Expenses is unified with Workday’s market-leading HR and Financial Management applications, creating the optimal expense solution for today’s people-driven enterprise.