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Sustainability

Sustainability in the cloud.

At Workday, we measure our success not only in financial terms, but also by how we operate in the community and environment. We are committed to reducing—and where possible, eliminating—any negative environmental impact while benefiting the communities we live and work in.

Our sustainability efforts focus on the environmental, social, and economic issues that help create and sustain long-term success at Workday. These include energy efficiency, customer satisfaction, company culture, community outreach, and governance and ethics.

We welcome your feedback on our progress and how we can improve.

Suggested Resources

Workday 2015 Global Impact Report

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Workday 2012 Sustainability Report

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Workday 2010 Sustainability Report

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Net-zero carbon emissions by 2021.

Workday is committed to achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2021. Our carbon management strategy is to avoid carbon intensive activities where possible, focus on reducing the carbon intensity of our operations through efficiency measures, replace high-carbon energy sources with low-carbon energy sources, and offset the remaining emissions. Workday believes in transparently reporting our efforts to stakeholders. We have published our carbon footprint dating back to our 2010 baseline in our Global Impact Report and will continue to do so as we track our progress towards our 2021 goal.

The cloud is green.

Workday's multi-tenant cloud architecture helps customers reduce business costs and carbon footprints by centralizing server processing, optimizing energy usage, and eliminating redundant equipment. Workday's data centers are optimized for processing, energy, and cooling efficiency.

No landfill policy.

Workday ensures that all electronics are securely disposed of. We maximize reuse of equipment when possible and dispose all remaining items responsibly by adhering to the strict e-Stewards standard.

100 percent renewable energy.

Workday supports the development of clean energy projects by committing to use 100 percent renewable electricity in our office buildings and data centers. To achieve this, Workday purchased 46,840 MWh in renewable energy certificates (RECs) in FY16. The annual impact of these purchases equates to:

  • The removal of 5,004 passenger vehicles from the road for a year
  • Planting 609,538 tree seedlings and growing them for ten years
  • Preserving 183 acres from being deforested for a year

Workday also offsets 100 percent of our emissions from using natural gas in our office buildings. To achieve this, Workday purchased and retired 1,400 MT in Verified Emissions Reductions (VERs) in FY16.

Workday's commitment to clean energy has been recognized by the EPA in the Green Power Partnership program with a "100% Green Power Purchaser" status. We have joined RE100, a group of influential global business committed to 100 percent renewable electricity. Workday is also a signatory of the Corporate Renewable Energy Buyers' Principles and a member of the Business Renewables Center, both of which aim to help companies meet their renewable energy goals and accelerate corporate renewable energy procurement.