Synopsys is committed to operating its business in a way that supports an environmentally sustainable future. This is part of our ongoing commitment to our employees, customers, partners, shareholders, and the communities in which we live and work.
We view compliance with applicable environmental laws and regulations as a minimum standard of performance for our global operations. Beyond this, we commit to ongoing improvement, setting performance improvement goals, and implementing best practices in support of global sustainability objectives.
Through their daily actions, our employees around the world can significantly influence our environmental performance. We commit to engaging our employees in environmental sustainability initiatives; to raising awareness of how they can support our goals while limiting their individual impacts; and to harnessing their energy and ideas.
Energy and Greenhouse Gas Emissions
In 2019, we offset our emissions in line with industry standards and became a CarbonNeutral® company. As a technology company, our data centers and offices are a significant contributor to our carbon footprint, along with business and commute travel by our employees. We quantify the greenhouse gas emissions resulting from these activities and we commit to implementing measures to directly reduce our energy use and emissions.
We are implementing applicable waste reduction strategies in our offices and data centers around the world. We deploy reuse, recycle and compost programs for office and catering waste as feasible, and have a robust program to repurpose and recycle electronic waste. We continually seek opportunities to engage our employees in our efforts to divert an increasing percentage of our waste from landfills or incineration.
We use water primarily for sanitation, landscaping, catering and in building cooling systems. We pursue water conservation measures, with emphasis in prioritizing initiatives for locations in water stressed regions.
We commit to integrating high standards of environmental performance to the design and operation of our buildings. We actively seek LEED certifications for our office buildings, implementing green building principles to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve resource efficiency, and provide a healthy and productive working environment for our employees.
Purchase of equipment and systems for new projects are evaluated based on their energy and efficiency measures. In our larger sites, we utilize a Building Management System that monitors building operations, including HVAC and lighting, to ensure optimal operating and energy efficiency.
For our employees wellbeing, we continue to explore best practices in healthy building standards and integrate those into our building design. This includes optimizing indoor air quality, maximizing access to daylight, and promoting overall healthy habits by providing access to healthy foods and fitness programs.
Through our procurement decisions, we mitigate environmental impacts arising both in our operations and in our supply chain. We consider the environmental performance of key goods and services as part of our purchasing process.
Employee Travel and Commute
We provide transportation options to employees including ride sharing, preferred parking for carpool, and electric car charging stations.
Collaboration tools enable employees to conduct meetings and projects virtually, reducing the need for car or air travel.