Environmental Sustainability

We believe that doing the right thing for the environment drives our growth. We believe in human rights, sustainable business practices and responsible sourcing. We promote corporate sustainability not only within our own operations, but also with our partners and supply chain.

 

Veritas committed to supporting SDGs

To further our work towards promoting and implementing environmental sustainability initiatives within our operations and throughout our supply chain, we support the following Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):

 

Veritas Greenhouse Gas emissions inventory

In FY17, we conducted a global Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions inventory (including Scope 1, 2 and 3 business travel) to support internal decision-making on reduction goals and efficiency strategies. We finalised the inventory for FY18 realising an 8% decrease from FY17 emissions. We are currently expanding the FY18 inventory to include Scope 3 emissions from our supply chain.

 

 

Sustainability at Veritas Empowered

Our SAVE (Sustainability at Veritas Empowered) ERG is an employee-led sustainability programme that supports Veritas' commitment to the environment. Our SAVE Teams are located at various Veritas sites around the world and support local initiatives to increase environmental awareness and engagement among Veritas employees.

Supply chain sustainability

Veritas promotes responsible operation not only in our own operations but also throughout our supply chain. Veritas’ global supply chain, which includes activities related to the manufacturing and transportation of Veritas’ physical products, contains six Tier 1 suppliers. Our oversight includes the sourcing of raw materials as well as the selection and management of suppliers that assemble and ship our packaged products.

We are committed to manufacturing and fulfilling products that meet the demand of our customers and partners with a strong focus on quality, corporate social responsibility and operational efficiencies.

 

The Supply Chain Sustainability Programme is built on four key areas:

  • RBA code of conduct compliance: compliance with RBA code of conduct and membership requirements.  Learn more
  • Key issues in the electronics supply chain: most important issue areas in the technology industry.  Learn more
  • Creation of sustainable products: source, design and create products that are environmentally friendly.  Learn more
  • Suppliers' sustainability engagement: partner with suppliers to monitor and improve their social and environmental performance.  Learn more

 


Responsible Business Alliance (RBA)

 

In 2016 Veritas joined the RBA. Veritas has voluntarily adopted the Responsible Business Alliance (RBA) Code of Conduct and subsequently applied the code to our supply chain and some of our Tier 1 suppliers. In 2018, Veritas qualified as a Regular Member of the RBA.

The RBA Code of Conduct is a set of standards on social, environmental and ethical issues in the electronics industry supply chain. The standards set out in the Code of Conduct reference international norms and standards including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, ILO International Labour Standards, OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, ISO and SA standards, and many more.

The RBA code outlines Veritas' expectations regarding labour conditions and the protection of labour rights, prohibits child labour and forced or compulsory labour, and promotes environmental and ethical practices by our suppliers.



Key Issues in the Electronics Supply Chain

 

Greenhouse Gas Emissions

In FY17, we conducted a global Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions inventory (including Scope 1, 2 and 3 business travel) to support internal decision-making on reduction goals and efficiency strategies. We finalised the inventory for FY18 realising a 10% decrease from FY17 emissions. We are currently expanding the FY18 inventory to include Scope 3 emissions from our supply chain.

Forced Labour & Human Trafficking

At Veritas, we work to preserve and uphold human rights throughout our company and our supply chain. We have a zero-tolerance policy for forced labour, slavery, child labour and human trafficking, as outlined in our Human Rights Policy, the RBA Code of Conduct and the United Nations Global Compact.

On 26 March 2015, the Modern Slavery Act 2015 was passed into law in the United Kingdom. This law requires companies to publish a formal statement of how they are preventing human trafficking and slavery in their supply chains.

  • Veritas UK Modern Slavery Act Statement for fiscal year 2019 can be found here
  • Veritas U.K. Modern Slavery Act Statement for fiscal year 2018 can be found here
  • Veritas Amended UK Modern Slavery Act Statement for fiscal year 2017 can be found here
  • Veritas U.K. Modern Slavery Act Statement for fiscal year 2016 can be found here

Veritas also complies with the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010 which requires retail sellers and manufacturers with annual worldwide gross receipts over $100 million doing business in the state of California to publicly disclose their efforts to eradicate slavery and human trafficking from their direct supply chains. Veritas statement for the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act can be found here: Veritas Statement California Transparency Supply Chain Act.

Veritas has a zero-tolerance policy and expects all employees and contractors to be aware of the implications of violating any aspect of human-trafficking related activities. Employees and contractors can report potential violations of this policy to Veritas EthicsLine.

Conflict minerals

The US Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") adopted a rule under Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act that requires companies to disclose whether the products they manufacture or contract to manufacture contain conflict minerals that originated in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) or other Covered Countries. We support the aims and objectives of the US legislation on the supply of conflict minerals as stated in our Veritas Conflict Minerals Policy.

To underscore this commitment, we have also:

  • become members of Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI)
  • communicated our conflict minerals policy to our suppliers
  • required our suppliers to complete the CFSI’s Conflict Minerals Reporting Template (CMRT),
  • developed a comprehensive due diligence process that is in line with the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas.

For more information, please visit our Veritas Conflict Minerals Report.

Industry Engagement & Collaboration

  • RBA Regular Member                           
  • Participate in the RBA Environmental Sustainability Workgroup, RMI and RBA e-waste taskforce        
  • Energy Star US Partner since 2016 and Energy Star Canada since 2018             
  • Support the ten principles of the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC)
  • Maintain active membership in the UNGC Network USA    
  • Signed the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEP)


Creation of Sustainable Products

 

We continually seek new ways to minimise the environmental impact of our products and services during their entire life cycle, by considering factors such as energy consumption, materials use and end-of-life treatment.

Product compliance

We consider compliance with all applicable environmental laws and regulations to be the baseline for our performance and we continually look for innovative ways to eliminate the use of environmentally sensitive materials in our products.

All our manufacturing partners and hardware suppliers are both ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certified.

We comply with all applicable laws and regulations in the countries where we operate. Compliance areas include regulatory requirements, hazardous substances, WEEE, batteries, packaging, conflict minerals and logistics.

    

ENERGY STAR certified products



 

Our partnership

ENERGY STAR® is a voluntary energy efficiency programme launched by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and managed by the EPA and U.S. Department of Energy to help save money and protect the environment. Products that earn the ENERGY STAR® certification prevent greenhouse gas emissions by meeting strict energy efficiency guidelines. In 2016 Veritas partnered voluntarily with the EPA to design products that meet the high standards of its ENERGY STAR programme.

As an ENERGY STAR partner, one of Veritas' product energy efficiency goals is to qualify its new storage products to the ENERGY STAR program criteria. We have set up a process to ensure all new products scheduled to launch will meet Energy Star requirements.

 

Why does ENERGY STAR® certification matter?

ENERGY STAR®-qualified products and practices help save money and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by meeting strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the EPA and the US Department of Energy.

Up to 3% of all U.S. electricity powers data centres according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Some energy savings are realised with power-saving “stand-by” modes, efficient cooling systems and by using ENERGY STAR compliant equipment.

A direct way to save energy in a data centre is to reduce the hardware footprint. To get an idea of the possible energy savings, Veritas did a calculation on consolidating six NetBackup 5230 Appliances, each with 112 TB of storage on a single Flex appliance. Here is what our team discovered.

 

Veritas Energy Star certified products

For a list of Veritas' ENERGY STAR certified servers and storage products, please visit

 

e-Waste: Product Recycling Programs

By reusing and recycling electronic equipment, we extend its useful life and reduce the amount of waste we send to landfill.

Refurbishment and reuse are especially important for electronics and other e-waste because they often contain metals such as lead, mercury, cadmium, gold and silver, which have multiple significant environmental impacts – from their initial mining to potential environmental contamination if they are not recycled or disposed of properly.

Veritas prioritises opportunities to reuse spare parts and relocate old inventory to avoid the purchase of new equipment. Equipment that has reached the end of its useful life is sent to responsible vendors for proper recycling. These vendors offer services such as hardware retrieval, asset tag and identifier removal, sorting, and environmentally responsible data wiping, cleaning and destruction procedures. Veritas participates in a variety of take back for recycling programmes for our appliances which vary depending on local regulations.

For more information on collection and recycling in your area, visit the Veritas WEEE Compliance and Battery Recycling website.


Suppliers Sustainability Engagement

 

We focus our supply chain responsibility programme engagement on our Tier 1 suppliers or those with whom we have a direct contract in place to provide us with services or material inputs for our finished goods.

We require our suppliers to comply with the RBA Code of Conduct, Social and Environmental Responsibility requirements. We integrate the requirements into supplier contracts, by asking our suppliers to commit to complying with the expectations set out in Social and Environmental Responsibility and Conduct requirements.

These added requirements ask suppliers to confirm acknowledgement of the RBA Code of Conduct (including by implementing a compliance management system), to complete the RBA Self-Assessment Questionnaire (the results of which are reviewed by Veritas) and to participate in the RBA Validated Audit Process.

We check compliance by reviewing the results of each suppliers RBA Self-Assessment Questionnaire and through the RBA Validated Audit Process.