As part of our commitment to the environment, Jabil is focused on promoting sustainable innovation, both in our service offerings and our internal operations. Toward this end, we have set aggressive, but achievable, environmental corporate goals.
Every Jabil site completes an annual environmental performance review and considers opportunities for conservation, setting goals that align with regional and global objectives established by the Jabil leadership team. In addition, Jabil’s Environmental Management System tracks energy, emissions, waste and water data on an ongoing basis.
Our approach to environmental management is largely informed by standards set by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). In Fiscal 2017, Jabil began transitioning from ISO 14001:2004 to the new ISO 14001:2015 Environmental Management System standard. A majority of Jabil’s core sites (or those with more than 60 employees engaged in manufacturing services) have now been awarded certification to the new global ISO 14001 standard a full year ahead of schedule.
Consumers are increasingly demanding more environmentally conscious choices and, in turn, Jabil’s customers want the products we manufacture to be more sustainable. In response, we are continually exploring new solutions in sustainable innovation throughout the entire product lifecycle.
The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development call for countries to improve the lives of people everywhere by mobilizing efforts to address the most critical issues in the world, including poverty, inequality and climate change. As a global company, Jabil supports the SDGs and recognizes that this agenda cannot be the responsibility of governments alone.
In Fiscal 2017, Jabil began working to understand how we can use the SDG framework to apply our innovation capabilities to support sustainable development, thereby multiplying our positive impacts globally. We also began examining which of our current programs, initiatives and core capabilities support specific SDGs, such as the examples below. Looking ahead, we will work to further align our corporate efforts on the SDGs that are most relevant to Jabil’s core business and potential areas of positive global impact.