About Workday

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 whenever possible, eliminating – any negative environmental impact while benefiting the communities in which we live and work.

Our sustainability efforts focus on the environmental, social, and economic issues that help create and sustain long-term success for all. To enjoy a healthy economy that fosters human potential, we need to sustain a healthy planet as a foundation for our economy. 

Our approach to environmental stewardship focuses on the impacts that are most material to our business as a cloud software company. These include our carbon footprint, investments in renewable energy, reducing and responsibly disposing of our e-waste, and engaging with our employees to maximise their collective impact on how we operate.

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

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 centralising server processing, optimising energy usage, and eliminating redundant equipment. Workday’s data centres are optimised for processing, energy, and cooling efficiency.

No landfill policy

Workday ensures the secure disposal of all electronics. We maximise the reuse of equipment when possible and dispose of all remaining items responsibly by adhering to the strict e-Stewards standard.

100 per cent renewable energy

Workday supports the development of clean energy projects by committing to use 100 per cent renewable electricity in our office buildings and data centres. 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 10 years.
  • Preserving 183 acres from being deforested for a year.

Workday also offsets 100 per cent 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 recognised by the EPA in the Green Power Partnership programme with a 100% Green Power Purchaser status. We have joined RE100, a group of influential global businesses committed to 100 per cent 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.