Our Impact Toward a More Sustainable and Just World in 2016

Engaging in a meaningful way with the communities where we live and work has been at the core of Adobe’s culture since its founding in 1982. Thirty five years later, we remain committed to increasing our investments in social impact and sustainability initiatives as the company grows.

Today, we published our 2016 Sustainability and Social Impact Report that details our progress and performance in sustainability, governance, employee acquisition and development, and community investment. Here are a some highlights I’d like to share:


In 2016, Adobe was named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) World for the first time – the gold standard of corporate responsibility reporting for the investor community. We are one of only six technology companies on DJSI World and are committed to preserving our leadership through the transparency of reporting on – and driving innovation of – our Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) policies and programs. The recognition continues this month with Adobe placing in the top 20 on CR Magazine’s 100 Best Corporate Citizens List, moving up to #18 from #27 in 2016.

In our quest to operate our business and deliver our products with 100% renewable energy by 2035, Adobe’s energy efficiency projects reduced its CO2 emissions by the equivalent of 371 metric tons, which is comparable to using more than 41,000 gallons of gasoline or burning 395,000 pounds of coal (source: EPA greenhouse gas equivalencies calculator).

Sustainability is naturally a part of Adobe’s culture, and we invest in providing healthy and productive work environments for our employees. Seventy eight percent Adobe workspaces are LEED certified, up 3% – even with an increase of 14% in our workforce.

Our responsibility doesn’t end with our business operations and employees; we also help our customers be more sustainable through the use of our products. For example, in 2016 alone, more than 46 million electronic documents transacted with Adobe Sign conserved more than 17 million pounds of wood, 53 million gallons of water, 4.5 million pounds of waste.


The innovation continues at Adobe with the filing of 373 patents in 2016 – more than one per day, and up 24 from 2015. And although not a shift, it’s notable that no financial contributions were made to political parties, politicians or Political Action Committees, during a tumultuous campaign year in the US.

Employees and Community

We also invested $37.9M – cash and in-kind – around the world, up 8 percent from 2015. I’d like to highlight just a few of our programs, and the creative approaches taken to make a direct impact.

Energized by the successes in 2016, I’m excited about what’s in store for 2017. Now, more than ever, it’s critical for the private sector to invest even more in sustainability and social impact initiatives. We must maintain or even increase our commitments to protect natural resources, work together to keep our societies moving forward, and foster a more diverse and inclusive workforce.

See the highlights from our 2016 Sustainability and Social Impact report in our Spark page .