Learn about how we are growing our business on an environmentally sustainable basis.
More than 80 percent of our environmental footprint consists of carbon emissions generated from air travel and electricity, and we are committed to addressing both of these as we work to improve our environmental performance.
We met our fiscal 2012 target of reducing our per employee carbon emissions approximately 30 percent from our fiscal 2007 baseline, achieving a more than 33 percent reduction. Our efforts to encourage the adoption of virtual-collaboration technologies continue to help us manage air travel, even as we have expanded into growth markets and increased our fiscal year-end headcount by 87,000 employees, or approximately 50 percent, since 2007. We remain focused on improving our performance and have set a new target: by the end of fiscal 2015, we plan to reduce our per employee carbon emissions 35 percent against our fiscal 2007 baseline.
We are using technology to work smarter. We have increased our use of Telepresence next-generation video conferencing technology, with more than 40 facilities in the United States, the technology helps colleagues and clients stay connected.
We proactively manage energy use throughout our locations. Since fiscal 2009, our energy efficiency programs have helped us save approximately 250,000 Megawatt hours of electricity, which also avoided nearly 160,000 tons of carbon.
Across our company, we are committed to ensuring the proper disposal of electronic waste (e-waste) by diligently managing our equipment through its life cycle using a global tracking application and by partnering with responsible disposal vendors. In fiscal 2012, we tracked the disposal of more than 58,000 laptop and desktop computers comprising more than 273 metric tons of equipment, an increase of approximately 100 metric tons over fiscal 2011, which reflects accelerated hardware refresh programs. Approximately 99 percent of these were disposed of in a method avoiding landfill, primarily through management by responsible disposal vendors.