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Vertiv releases updates on ESG initiatives, sets sights on future

By Catherine Knowles
Thu 30 Jun 2022

Vertiv has released its inaugural environmental, social and governance (ESG) report, the company’s first public report of its ESG activities.

The report outlines Vertiv’s approach to energy and water efficiency; diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I); employee health and safety; and other ESG-related topics.

The content covered in the report serves as a baseline upon which the organisation will build future efforts, the company states.

Vertiv CEO Rob Johnson says, “We all know how critical connectivity is to our daily lives and the global economy. The world’s appetite for data continues to rise, and our solutions keep data systems on and connected. At the same time, we recognise the current and potential impacts of climate change.

“We are seeking to meet the growing demand for critical digital infrastructure, and simultaneously mitigate environmental impacts from our operations and products. As a result, we’re innovating to come up with more efficient and effective ways to support critical digital infrastructure.”

Vertiv’s ESG Executive Steering Committee, made up of senior leaders from across the organisation, is driving a company-wide evaluation of ESG performance. Some of the activities and results highlighted in the report include:

  • The introduction of new and upgraded products with high energy and water efficiency attributes, with others planned for release in the coming months and years.
  • Participation in several industry partnerships aimed at addressing data center efficiency and emissions, including the EcoEdge PrimePower Project (E2P2), the Sustainable Digital Infrastructure Alliance (SDIA), the European Data Centre Association (EUDCA), and the RISE Partnership Program.
  • An internal review of Vertiv’s Scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Development of performance and improvement benchmarks to help the organisation reduce operational greenhouse gas emissions.
  • A 12% year-over-year reduction in recordable injuries based on the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s total reportable injury rate (TRIR).
  • The introduction of training opportunities to support the organisation’s global focus on diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • The appointment of multiple women to executive positions within the company within the last two years, including Sheryl Haislet, chief information officer, and Stephanie Gill, chief legal counsel.

Anand Sanghi, president, ASI (Australia and New Zealand, Southeast Asia, Japan, South Korea and India) at Vertiv, says, “In our communications with our customers and partners across the region, we’ve found that sustainability and energy efficiency are top of mind when it comes to deploying technologies, services and overall mapping out their organisational goals.

"The release of this report from Vertiv comes at an opportune time wherein we say to our customers, ‘We heard you,’ as it outlines our commitment in providing energy-efficient solutions and technologies, including those that can leverage renewable energy sources."

Vertiv managing director for Australia and New Zealand, Robert Linsdell says, “On the ground in A/NZ, we’re making important inroads to charge ahead and fill the data centre greenspace with reliable, efficient energy, while improving representation at the leadership level - such as with the recent senior appointment of LuLu Shiraz to sales director."

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