From the very beginning, almost 30 years ago, Citrix has created technology that allows you to get work done from anywhere on any device – while reducing energy consumption. Citrix virtualization and networking products help alleviate the energy impact of equipment needed to serve the datacenter and the desktop, while file sharing and electronic signature products help reduce the use of paper and mail. As our products help people and businesses be more sustainable, we also set up our offices and facilities to reduce energy and waste, and our employees globally work to minimize their ecological footprint.
Citrix technology helps customers achieve their sustainability goals by helping them:
Minimize the number of physical servers, drastically reducing energy consumption.
Broaden device options to include low power alternatives, such as thin clients and tablets.
Safely and securely store unlimited files in the cloud, reducing paper, printing, and postage needs.
Provide remote access to applications, programs, data, and collaboration tools.
We strive to develop our own products in an environmentally friendly way. Citrix outsources product manufacturing and recycling to suppliers and vendors that follow the highest environmental standards in the industry, such as ISO 14001. Suppliers must:
Adopt a policy of responsible sourcing, passing this requirement through their supply chain.
Provide Due Diligence
Implement due diligence processes to support responsible sourcing policies.
Source minerals from socially responsible suppliers.
Provide Citrix with information about mineral sourcing for products supplied to us.
Citrix creates modern workplaces that are collaborative, engaging, and economical, while being environmentally sustainable. Investments in sustainable design features and green operations go into the development and expansion of all of our offices. We are firm believers in the triple bottom line – measuring our social, environmental, and financial success.
The real estate team identifies and addresses opportunities to reduce our carbon footprint, use alternative energy, and source green furniture, fixtures, and equipment. When we build or renovate offices, we follow LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) principles. As an example, our Raleigh, North Carolina office – an adaptive use of an abandoned warehouse – achieved LEED Gold designation.
Global renovations include sustainable design elements such as maximizing natural light, adding motion sensors, installing light dimmers and timers, converting to LED fixtures, leveraging solar panels, automating controls to reduce consumption and waste, and optimizing HVAC and lab equipment for minimal power draw. Larger offices include photovoltaic electricity and water heaters that run on thermal solar. Our Bangalore office received a prestigious national award in energy management and conservation for our implementation of sustainability programs and 85% use of renewable energy.
Citrix has several programs designed to reduce our carbon footprint. Almost all of our Citrix offices have simple and easy recycling options. We reuse, recycle, and/or divert landfill items like plastic bags, packing foam, cardboard, wood, metal, electronic waste, fluorescent bulbs, and batteries, and have nearly eliminated bottled water from our offices. In 2017, our four largest global sites diverted nearly half of their waste.
Whenever possible, our corporate cafés source food locally and work with local companies for services and amenities. Our cafés use biodegradable, recyclable, and/or reusable dishes. Compost soil is used to fertilize café food, landscaping, and community projects.
Electric vehicle (EV) charging programs started in California, where about 20% of our Silicon Valley office population plugs in their car at work. Our other large offices also offer electric vehicle charging stations, and usage is growing every year. Annually, we avoid more than 40 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions and have more EV chargers in the works. Globally, we work to reduce driving time for company provided transportation and include electric cars in the transport mix.
Ultimately, our sustainability programs are only as good as the commitment we get from employees. In addition to day-to-day recycling, providing and consuming sustainable meals, and drinking from reusable water bottles, our employees’ commitment extends beyond the office to our volunteering and donation program, which supports environmental nonprofits and initiatives.
Employees band together to clean up the beach, beautify local parks, and repurpose used bikes and computers. Citrix supports these and other programs by giving employees 16 hours of paid volunteer time each year and by matching employee donations up to $1,000.
We also have Earth Day celebrations, Green Teams, and Sustainability Employee Resource Groups, which give employees that are passionate about sustainability a place to focus on improving environmental practices in our offices and in their local communities. These include initiatives such as: using hand dryers instead of paper towels, reducing the use of paper cups, training employees what to recycle and compost, and identifying unique ways to achieve zero waste.