This week, Business Roundtable, an association of chief executive officers of top U.S. companies, published its 2014 report on how 150 of the U.S.’s top companies are demonstrating success in their sustainability efforts. The report includes a letter from Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, who outlines how Microsoft is meeting its commitment to become carbon neutral and using technology to discover new ways to better understand our planet.
Business Roundtable represents companies that comprise more than $7.3 trillion in annual revenue and combined represent nearly one-third of the total value of the U.S. stock market. Entitled “Create, Grow, Sustain: Celebrating Success,” the key theme of this year’s annual report is that companies have contributed to the extraordinary sustainability success of the U.S. economy in recent years.
Satya’s letter looks at how Microsoft is continuing its commitment to environmental sustainability. From our internal carbon fee to our 20-year agreement to buy wind energy in Texas to researching innovative new data center designs, Satya writes that “Our approach helps us prioritize the purchase of renewable energy and drives our investment in alternative energy creation technologies.”
IT also has a very important role to play in impacting the world around us. Microsoft Research is using the power of big data to understand complex environmental challenges, and Microsoft’s CityNext initiative helps cities use technology-based improvements to more efficiently deliver services.
You can read Satya’s letter along with letters from the many other business leaders here to discover the efforts their companies are taking to build a better, more sustainable world.