It’s Easy Being Green at Adobe

Posted by Jace Johnson, Vice President of Government Affairs and Public Policy

Sustainability has been part of Adobe’s culture since its beginning. The invention of the PDF not only made signing and sharing documents easier, it also dramatically reduced unnecessary waste. Since then, Adobe has promoted a culture of sustainability among its employees, customers, and communities that we operate in, and the company’s newly released Corporate Responsibility reporthighlights just a few ways that Adobe is making a significant impact on the world around us.

We are
a leader in developing software and digital delivery tools that reduce our impact on natural resources. 97 percent of Adobe’s software is distributed electronically, greatly reducing the need for paper and plastic packaging as well as unnecessary truck deliveries. In fact, the 6.2 million Adobe Creative Cloud subscriptions reduced the product’s carbon footprint by at least 90 percent.

Adobe sustainability efforts extend beyond our products and into the company’s workplace as well. More than 73 percent of Adobe’s employees work in LEED workplaces, and our employees achieved a 92 percent waste diversion rate by implementing recycling programs, greatly reducing our impact on the world’s oceans and landfills.

Adobe’s products also help customers make environmentally smart decisions. The 38 million Adobe Sign transactions made in 2015 saved 14 million pounds of wood and 43 million gallons of water from being used. In addition, Adobe products greatly reduced the need for business travel. 5.4 billion hours of Adobe Connect meetings reduced carbon dioxide emissions by 5.4 million tons due to avoided air travel.

These achievements move us one step closer to accomplishing the benchmarks we outlined last December when we joined the RE100 and announced our commitment to The White House’s American Business Act on Climate Pledge. Adobe is proud to be a part of these efforts and leading the way to a more sustainable future.