The practice also allows Dell to distribute jobs differently and allows workers more mobility and flexibility in their choices about where to live and how to work.
Recently, other companies, notably Yahoo and Best Buy, moved in the other direction, pulling back on such efforts and requiring workers to work in a company office.
In 2013, Dell set a goal to have 50 percent of its employees work from home by 2020.
This is markedly different than the approach taken by other leading companies in the technology sector.
The following originally appeared in the most recent issue of The Corporate Citizen, the Center’s magazine, and outlines Dell’s Legacy for Good Plan, a set of corporate citizenship goals for the year 2020.
Come to the Center’s 2015 International Corporate Citizenship Conference to learn more about this ambitious program from Dell, the event’s convening sponsor.“Remote working helps us to remember to stay focused on performance goals and to communicate much more in writing how we define excellent performance.We think this practice can make our employees more productive than they might be if they lost 10 hours a week or more to commuting.” Dell integrates sustainable and compostable ingredients with an innovative approach to packaging.Since then, the Dell team, led by Vice President of Corporate Responsibility Trisa Thompson, has been putting the plan into action.Stimulating environmental and social change is no easy task—it requires dedication, a sophisticated approach, and, above all, collaboration across industries and organizations.In addition, Dell aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from its own operations by 50 percent and reduce the energy intensity of its product portfolio by 80 percent by the year 2020.Dell plans to shrink its carbon footprint through such means as the Connected Workplace, a program that enhances the ability to work from home.Like Nike, Dell is seeking out environmentally friendly technology, processes, and materials, and sharing what it learns broadly across the industry.“We can all do better at minimizing waste, reducing toxics, and managing our use of natural resources,” notes Thompson.Taking a page from the playbook of all great innovators, Dell looked around to see what companies in other industries were doing to improve their environmental profiles.One inspiration was Nike and what it did with shoe design through its Better World campaign.