The following originally appeared in the most recent issue of The Corporate Citizen, the Center’s magazine, and outlines Dell’s Legacy for Good Plan, a set of corporate citizenship goals for the year 2020. Come to the Center’s 2015 International Corporate Citizenship Conference to learn more about this ambitious program from Dell, the event’s convening sponsor.
In May 2014, Secretary of State John Kerry addressed Boston College’s graduating class and urged them to meet the threat of climate change head-on. His challenge to the next generation of leaders echoed his recent call to action to diplomats across the world, urging them to elevate the environment in everything they do and work together to adopt a new, ambitious environmental agreement by 2020. Specifically, he underscored the need to adopt energy solutions while also pushing for sustainable development on several environmental and social fronts, including the economic empowerment of women. In his statements, Kerry remained adamant that achieving success in this effort requires leadership, innovation, and collaboration across multiple sectors, involving partnership between the public and private sectors.
It is a tall order for companies. It can be challenging for them to develop strategies that maximize both business and social value, and to make long-term commitments in a short-term world. Yet experience shows it can be done. One company taking on the challenge is Dell, a leader among the increasing number of technology companies that believe their sector can help inspire environmental change with efficient product and service solutions.
In 2013, Dell released its “Legacy of Good Plan,” a set of goals for the year 2020. The plan outlines Dell’s strategy for bringing sustainability and business objectives together to benefit customers and leave a legacy of social and environmental good. Since then, the Dell team, led by Vice President of Corporate Responsibility Trisa Thompson, has been putting the plan into action.
Stimulating environmental and social change is no easy task—it requires dedication, a sophisticated approach, and, above all, collaboration across industries and organizations.