ESG Strategy

We are committed to advancing Sustainability, Equity and Trust by embedding ESG into everything we do–throughout our technology strategy, business model and culture.

As our technology services and solutions have grown, so too has our ability to drive ESG outcomes through decarbonization of our customers’ digital infrastructures, equity for our customers’ employees through distributed workforce technology, and enhanced security and privacy for our customers to build trust with their stakeholders.

At VMware, our vision is to build a sustainable, equitable and more secure foundation for digital innovation. To better realize this vision, we brought together business units from across the company to develop 30 cross-functional goals to meet by 2030, which we will measure and report on to share our progress. We call this our 2030 Agenda.

 

2030 Agenda 

VMware’s 2030 Agenda is a decade long ESG commitment and call to action to foster a more sustainable, equitable and secure world. We are building a future in which our technology will make a positive impact on all our stakeholders: employees, customers, suppliers, shareholders, communities and our planet. To ensure accountability, we are operationalizing ownership for our 2030 Agenda throughout VMware. Our 30 cross-functional goals by 2030 are owned by our business units, which have the expertise to enact real and lasting value.

We recognize that we cannot do this alone. VMware will collaborate with our entire stakeholder ecosystem, and together we will enable digital innovation that can change the world for the better.

Sustainability

Sustainable digital infrastructure, supporting the transition to net zero emissions and decarbonization for our customers, supply chain and operations.

Equity

Equitable, unbiased and inclusive access to opportunities for all by enabling people to work where and how they want to work.

Trust

Trust earned from our commitment to resilience, ethics, data privacy, security and transparency. 

ESG Highlights

CARBON EMISSIONS AVOIDED BY VMWARE SOLUTIONS

1.2B METRIC TONS

CERTIFIED CARBON NEUTRAL COMPANY SINCE

2018

POWER OF DIFFERENCE (POD) COMMUNITIES

24

LAUNCHED VMWARE

RESPONSIBLE SOURCING PROGRAM

Corporate Governance

The overarching approach to VMware governance is rooted in our EPIC2 values. With integrity at the heart of our values, we strive to be consistently bold yet humble, competitive yet fair, and decisive yet respectful. We build and protect trusted relationships with our customers, partners, shareholders and our people.
Our corporate governance practices provide a framework for operating VMware in our stakeholders' best interests and the requirements of law. We manage our affairs according to the highest principles of business ethics and good governance.

Materiality Assessment

A materiality assessment offers a holistic view of how issues, goals and outcomes can impact a business. By aligning all our priorities—both business and ESG—at VMware we made an important shift in how we plan and operate, which is driving meaningful change internally and externally. We performed our most recent materiality assessment in 2019 with a comprehensive review of our stakeholder ecosystem. We conducted a thorough analysis of industry trends and peer benchmarking, reviewed investor inquiries and customer insights, and received input from external IT sector experts and internal contributors. We prioritized topics based on their potential impact to our core business—whether financial, reputational or market-based—and how those topics impact our key stakeholders’ decision-making.  We also considered the potential outcomes we could accelerate with these material issues, which ultimately helped inform our ESG Strategy.

Data Privacy and Security

New and emerging privacy and security legislation place specific regulatory obligations on organizations, while cyberattacks are rapidly growing in sophistication and scope. At VMware we are passionate about privacy and data security and have developed comprehensive procedures and controls to help protect our customers and their infrastructures and our own.

Ethics

A culture of ethical conduct and compliance is key to maintaining a sustainable and responsible business. This culture is core to VMware’s commitment to integrity which underpins our Business Conduct Guidelines.  These guidelines specify standards of behavior that go beyond just complying with the law. They require all employees, directors and executive officers of VMware and its subsidiaries to uphold our shared corporate values: to build and protect trusted relationships with customers, partners, shareholders and the communities within which we operate.

Anti-Corruption

We all share a role in the global fight against bribery and corruption. To help protect against these threats, we’ve established an anti-corruption program that outlines policies, programs, training, and risk and control evaluation centered around embedding anti-bribery management into every facet of our business. We leverage risk assessments to drive process and control refinement, identify targeted training opportunities, and implement program enhancements, where necessary. In 2019 we launched a compliance campaign titled "We All Own It," focused on driving accountability for ethics and compliance issues at a personal level.

Public Policy

Our Government Relations and Policy team partners with governments and public officials to champion our technologies, products and services, customers, employees, and our global communities. We work with all levels of government on public policies relevant to our core business and core values, and we partner with trade associations and industry organizations that share our vision and policy objectives. 

 

VMware also works with United By Interest (UBI), the first bipartisan, majority-minority owned government relations team in Washington, D.C. UBI helps enhance VMware’s outreach to key members the Congressional Black Caucus and Congressional Hispanic Caucus on issues around social and racial justice.  

Sustainability

Sustainability is core to our values and future success. We have a legacy of enabling positive environmental impact through our technology solutions and we continue to enable decarbonization of digital infrastructure across our customer ecosystem, value chain and our own operations. VMware has been a certified CarbonNeutral® Company since 2018; our operations have been powered 100% by renewable energy since 2019.Through our collective efforts to drive toward net zero emissions in our operations and sustainability in our product solutions, VMware will inspire the next generation of sustainable digital infrastructure. ​

Workload Carbon Efficiency

Accelerate productivity and carbon efficiency of customers’ digital operations. 

 

  • IDC White Paper - Enabling More Agile & Sustainable Business through Carbon-Efficient Digital Transformations.

Zero Carbon Clouds

Catalyze the transition to zero carbon clouds. 

 

Business Resilience

Ensure resilience from our physical infrastructure to our distributed workforce. 

 

  • Disaster Recovery Solutions - Protect any workload, balancing the speed and cost of recovery with the criticality of your data, with comprehensive disaster recovery solutions from VMware.
  • Build a Future Ready Organization - Empower your employees to work securely from anywhere. Adapt to changing business conditions. And build greater resilience into your organization.

Distributed Energy

Accelerate the adoption of distributed energy for our distributed workplace. 

 

Net Zero Emissions

Achieve net zero carbon emissions for our operations and supply chain. 

 

E-Waste Responsibility

Drive e-waste responsibility throughout our operations.

Carbon Transparency

Enable transparency to the carbon reduction impact of VMware solutions.

Impact Investments

Invest in innovations at the intersection of social, environmental and financial impact.

Water Resilience

Support water resilience among our global communities.

Sustainable Cloud Advocacy

Support public policy that drives secure, resilient and sustainable multi-cloud infrastructure. 

Sustainability Highlights

CARBON EMISSIONS AVOIDED BY VMWARE SOLUTIONS

1.2B METRIC TONS

TOTAL RENEWABLE ENERGY PURCHASED IN FY21

158,097 MWh

RENEWABLE ENERGY GLOBALLY

100%

LEED CERTIFICATIONS

19

Equity

VMware firmly believes that technology plays a critical role in building a digital future that is equitable, accessible and inclusive. From our diversity, equity and inclusion efforts to our digital workspace technology, we are redefining the workplace of the future. VMware is empowering employees in distributed workforces with equal opportunity, inclusive leadership and increased flexibility—within VMware and beyond. Through partnerships with academic institutions and nonprofit partners, VMware also aims to close the digital skills gap in marginalized communities and make digital transformation more accessible for all. 

Anywhere Workspace

Enable our customers’ distributed workforces to be productive and engaged wherever they are working. 

 

 

Diversity and Inclusion

Drive equity through doubling down on diverse hiring and inclusive leadership. 

 

  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion - We believe that technology plays a critical role in building a digital future that is accessible, unbiased and inclusive for all.

Culture of Service

Foster a culture of service among our global communities. 

 

  • VMware Foundation – Our Foundation exists to amplify our people’s personal passions for the individual causes they care about.

Digital Skills

Advance technical and digital skills acquisition around the world.

 

  • VMinclusion Taara – Our unique program designed to support women in returning to work by offering free technical education.
  • IT Academy - Working closely with the community, IT Academy provides educational resources to help students gain the digital skills necessary to make digital transformation accessible for all.

Nonprofit Digital Transformation

Accelerate nonprofits’ digital journeys.

 

 

Supplier Diversity

Increase commitment to diverse-owned and underrepresented suppliers. 

 

  • Responsible Sourcing - We’re committed to supporting our suppliers along their ESG journeys and working toward shared goals.

Equitable Pay

Advance equitable pay for all VMware People. 

Technology Accessibility

Ensure the technology we develop is accessible for all.

 

Distributed Workforce

Build a diverse, innovative workforce by meeting talent where they are and how they want to work.

 

Employee Wellbeing

Engage and empower our people through a culture of health and wellness that is accessible, inclusive and innovative.

 

Equity Highlights

HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGN EQUALITY SCORE

100%

EMPLOYEES ENGAGED IN CHARITABLE ACTIVITIES (FY21)

26,251

VMWARE MATCHING GIFTS (FY21)

$11.5M

# OF GLOBAL NONPROFITS SUPPORTED (FY21)

14,122

Trust

At VMware, we envision a future where customers are confident their data is secure and being used responsibly,employees can be sure their companies are transparent and ethical, and all stakeholders are effectively safeguarded from cyberattacks threatening our digital world. By viewing innovation through a lens of digital ethics and stewardship, and by focusing on security, privacy-by-design and transparency, VMware establishes and maintains trust among our people, customers, partners, shareholders and communities. 

Security

Enable a cyber resilient world through VMware solutions. 

 

Privacy by Design

Embed privacy by design across our products, services and operations. 

 

VMware on VMware

Leverage VMware software in our internal infrastructure with a focus on trust, security, experience and sustainability. 

Workforce Development

Enable our people to advance from every chair.

 

  • Career Development - We offer diverse learning platforms and experiences designed to amplify careers.

Fair and Ethical Practices

Advance fair and ethical business practices.

 

Social Impact Advocacy

Support public policy that drives social and environmental impact in IT.

Digital Ethics

Advance our approach to digital ethics and stewardship.

Integrated Reporting

Transition to integrated reporting, meeting or exceeding ESG disclosure standards.

 

Transparency

Embed governance and accountability for the benefit of all stakeholders. 

 

Sustainable Finance

Integrate sustainable metrics into our financial decision-making process.

Trust Highlights

LAUNCHED THE VMWARE

RESPONSIBLE SOURCING PROGRAM

ESTABLISHED THE VMWARE

ESG LEADERSHIP COUNCIL

DEVELOPED MEASURABLE

EXECUTIVE ESG MILESTONES

INCLUDED ESG UPDATES FOR

INTEGRATED FINANCIAL REPORTING

Reports & Data

ESG Reports

We believe that transparency is crucial to achieving our ambitious 2030 Agenda and keeping ourselves accountable, which is why we routinely share our progress across our 2030 goals.

We also regularly respond to investor requests for information and industry leading ESG assessments. These include the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) to measure our environmental sustainability performance, EcoVadis to evaluate our sustainable procurement practices, and S&P Global’s Corporate Sustainability Assessment (CSA) to measure our overall ESG performance and evaluate inclusion in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI).

ESG Data

VMware has a long history of leveraging data to improve our decision making and capacity for innovation. We have transparently shared our ESG performance since VMware’s inaugural ESG Report in 2015. 

We measure our impact in line with leading ESG frameworks including the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), Sustainable Accounting Standards Board (SASB), Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), Principles of the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), and United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs). 

Partnerships

VMware collaborates and co-innovates with our expansive ecosystem of customers and partners. Together, we enable digital innovation that can change the world.

Accounting for Sustainability (A4S)

Serving as an active member, inspiring action by finance leaders to drive a fundamental shift towards resilient business models and a sustainable economy.

Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance (REBA)

Supporting through active board membership and proud signatory of the Energy Buyer Federal Clean Energy Policy statement. 

RE100

Early signatory to global collaborative representing businesses committed to using 100% renewable electricity in partnership with the Climate Group and CDP.

World Economic Forum (WEF)

Serving as an active member with WEF, a non-partisan, nonprofit organization that engages prominent, political, business and other leaders.

US National Science Foundation (NSF)

NSF and VMware support multiple projects with a goal of fostering transformative research that changes how we work tomorrow.

Next G Alliance

Serving as a founding member, a bold new initiative to advance North American mobile technology leadership over the next decade.

Stanford University

An endowment to the Stanford Women’s Leadership Innovation Lab, VMware is investing in women’s leadership for generations to come. 

The Valuable 500

Serving as a member to unlock the business, social and economic value of more than 1 billion people with disabilities around the world.

Awards & Recognition

VMware is proud to be recognized for our ESG performance by our peers and partners across industries.

Dow Jones Sustainability Index

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CDP’s Climate A List

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AA MSCI ESG Rating

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Silver EcoVadis Rating

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Forbes’ Just 100 Companies

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America's Most Responsible Companies

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Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index

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Forbes’ Best Employers for Diversity

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2021 ESG Report

At VMware, we are committed to advancing SustainabilityEquity and Trust.