Corporate Social Responsibility – Empowering Sound Business Strategies From Within

first_imgInnovative, sustainable packaging – We are the first technology company to create packaging from fast-growing biodegradable materials such as bamboo and mushrooms. Currently, 94 percent of packaging materials (by weight) are made from sustainable sources, helping us toward achieving our goal of delivering waste-free packaging by 2020.Reinventing ocean-bound plastics – Our drive to keep plastics in the value chain and out of the ocean benefits everyone. Plastics collected from beaches, waterways and other coastal areas are being incorporated into a new packaging system for our XPS 13 2-in-1 and XPS 15 2-in-1 laptops. This initial pilot project will start by keeping 16,000 pounds of plastics out of the ocean, and in support of UN SDG Goal 14, we are committed to increase annual usage 10x by 2025.Recycling precious metals – A ton of motherboards contains up to 800 times more gold than a ton of ore from the earth. With this in mind, Dell’s Circular Gold initiative has teamed with activist Nikki Reed to increase awareness of the need to recycle technology by upcycling our reusable gold into a jewelry line. We are also piloting the use of recycled gold in motherboards for select Dell laptops, continuing our leadership in supporting a closed loop supply chain and circular economy.Reshaping delivery processes – Flexible shipping strategies can have a dramatic effect on a company’s carbon footprint. When transporting products to 180 countries at a rate of one system per second, we partner with SmartWay, who provides us access to thousands of product carriers committed to collecting and sharing data with the goal of transporting goods efficiently and responsibly.Promoting better work environments – We work diligently with our suppliers to ensure that high working standards and labor practices are implemented within the supply chain. Our policies and standards are aligned with the Electronic Industry Code of Conduct (EICC), of which Dell is a founding member. This allows us to work together with industry partners to drive systematic change in our supply chain.As a concept, CSR marks the spot where positive global initiatives, changing customer priorities and a company’s bottom line intersect. Properly nourished, it has the ability to positively impact all three. Incorporating a solid CSR plan into long-range strategies makes good common sense as well as sound business sense. More and more, we recognize that customers are putting their trust in forward thinking companies whose innovative outlook strives to create a more sustainable future. Part Two – From the Company’s Perspective – Innovation Leads to OptimizationAs discussed in Part One, a well-constructed CSR plan has the potential both to benefit global sustainability and enhance customer trust. While amplifying customer loyalty is certainly at the heart of any company’s game plan, the influence of a sound CSR strategy goes beyond increasing the bond between customer and company.The push to create and maintain a business model with social purpose often leads to increased efficiency and the development of new ways of working, with the positive effects felt both globally in terms of the environment and impact on the community, and internally, in the form of increased ROI and optimized performance on a company-wide scale. To those corporations who have already implemented long-range sustainability strategies, it has become increasingly clear that working in conjunction with Mother Nature is not only easier, more ethical and more sustainable than fighting her – it can also be more profitable.Take Dell EMC, for example. Our own CSR vision began at the very top. When Michael Dell started this business in 1984, he wanted to enable human potential through technology, and our corporate responsibility efforts are an extension of this mission he set out to accomplish 30 years ago. This has led to the creation of our Dell 2020 Legacy of Good Plan, a set of ambitious goals related to the environment, our people, and the communities where we live and work.We have found that championing CSR has been the catalyst for the development and adoption of new techniques for doing business, which have helped to reduce our corporate environmental footprint and cut down on waste throughout every step of the value chain. Here are the results of a few of our efforts:last_img read more

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It Takes Two to Tanzu

first_imgJanuary is the month for a fresh start. Especially after this past year, many of us resolved to reduce stress and simplify. If you’re like me and the millions of others who hope to make our lives easier in 2021, there is good news from Dell EMC PowerEdge and VMware. vSphere with Tanzu Basic is available through Dell Technologies, so you can easily and quickly get started with Kubernetes on PowerEdge servers. So, while VMware Tanzu may not be able to shovel your driveway, help your son with his virtual book report or tackle that pile of your laundry in your dining room, it CAN simplify your container management. And that’s a huge win right there.Whether you’re brand new to containers or are looking for a way to simplify and secure the process, PowerEdge and VMware can help you quickly and more easily get started with Kubernetes and position you to future-proof your infrastructure.Kubernetes = the Future of Modern ApplicationsModern applications are increasingly built using containers. However, as these applications grow to span multiple containers, operating them gets more and more complex. This is where Kubernetes comes in. Kubernetes helps by managing clusters of virtual machines, grouping containers into pods, and scheduling containers to run based on available resources. It brings operations and software development together, simplifying the entire process.Although containers have been around longer, Kubernetes is only about five years old (still a wee preschooler in tech years). But during that time the growth has been exponential — and there are no signs of slowing down. Consider:Gartner predicts that by 2025 more than 85% of global organizations will be running containerized applications in production – a significant increase from fewer than 35% in 2019.¹and…By the same year more than 80% of independent software vendors (ISVs) will offer their application software in container format (up from less than 10% today).²Additionally, according to the VMware State of Kubernetes 2020 Report, Kubernetes use grew to 48% in 2020, up from 27% in 2018. Interestingly, the same report (which surveyed 247 individuals actively using Kubernetes) found that 60% of the time Kubernetes was deployed on-premises. Which means that organizations are taking advantage of existing infrastructure and established virtual environments to get started with Kubernetes.For organizations still considering getting on the Kubernetes train, 2021 is the year many will jump on board.Running Kubernetes Doesn’t Have to Be ComplexIf you’re reading this, there’s a good chance your organization is already using, or at least considering using, containers — and you realize the need to support them. Wouldn’t it be great to embrace the newest technology and still manage the containerized applications using your existing tools? Fortunately, VMware Tanzu Basic enables you to do this securely, so you can quickly get started with Kubernetes.VMware Tanzu Basic simplifies Kubernetes operation on-premises, uniting VMs and containers to offer a single application platform. It gives you everything you need to run Kubernetes using what you already know and love: vSphere.vSphere 7 embeds Kubernetes in the vSphere control plane, which benefits both operators AND developers. Operators gain access to Kubernetes capabilities through a familiar set of tools and scripts, while developers can access cloud resources using Kubernetes APIs.There’s no need to reinvent the wheel when you can use tools you’re already familiar with.  Not only is this approach less daunting for anyone on the fence about using Kubernetes, but it’s more efficient and makes it easier to quickly get started. Which is important, considering enterprises are predicted to build over 500 million logical apps using cloud native tools and methods over the next five years (equal to the total number of apps built over the last 40 years!).³PowerEdge & VMware PartnershipTo maximize performance, it’s no secret that great software runs best on great hardware. Together, PowerEdge and VMware combine best‑in‑class hardware and software to help you expand your modernization efforts. For over 20 years, we’ve worked closely to integrate our technology, solutions and support. With a focus on performance, scalability and security we work together to bring the best solutions to our joint customers.Dell was one of the first to implement vSphere Lifecycle Manager (vLCM) when it was released as part of vSphere 7, bringing together firmware and software updates for simplified lifecycle management. When used with the OpenManage Integration for VMware vCenter (OMIVV) plug-in, you can simplify management in a familiar environment. Together, OMIVV and vLCM help organizations complete hypervisor and firmware updates in under 4 minutes (versus 3.5 hours manually) for an 8‑node PowerEdge cluster.4Additionally, we have the support you need. Dell has over 1,800 VMware-certified Dell Support professionals ready to help, so most hardware and software issues are resolved with a single phone call.Dell offers Tanzu Basic OEM both as a standalone license as well as bundled together with vSphere 7 Enterprise Plus. To learn more about the benefits of running  Tanzu on Dell EMC PowerEdge Servers, view this PowerEdge and vSphere with Tanzu infographic or visit our solutions page.¹ Source: Gartner (July 2020): CTO’s Guide to Containers and Kubernetes: 10 Frequently Asked Questions² Source: Gartner (July 2020): CTO’s Guide to Containers and Kubernetes: 10 Frequently Asked Questions³ Source: IDC FutureScape: Worldwide IT Industry 2020 Predictions, Doc # US45599219, Oct 20204 Source: Principled Technologies report commissioned by Dell EMC, “New VMware vSphere 7.0 features reduced the time and complexity of routine update and hardware compliance tasks,” August 2020.last_img read more

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EU pressures AstraZeneca to deliver vaccines as promised

first_imgBRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union has lashed out Monday at pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca, accusing the pharmaceutical company of failing to guarantee coronavirus vaccines without valid explanation and threatened to impose tight controls within days on COVID-19 vaccines exports made in the bloc. Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides said the EU  “will take any action required to protect its citizens and its rights,”  Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides said. The EU, which has 450 million citizens and the economic and political clout of the world’s biggest trading bloc, is lagging badly behind countries like Israel and Britain in rolling out coronavirus vaccine shots for its health care workers and most vulnerable people.last_img

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Canadian judge denies bail for fashion mogul Peter Nygard

first_imgWINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — A judge has denied bail to Canadian fashion mogul Peter Nygard. Nygard was arrested in December on U.S. charges alleging he sexually abused women and girls after luring them with promises of opportunities in fashion and modeling over the last 25 years. Justice Shawn Greenberg says she has concerns about a history of Nygard not showing up to court and using employees to tamper with evidence. He was arrested in December in Winnipeg under the Extradition Act and faces nine counts in the Southern District of New York.last_img

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