NVIDIA’s 11th annual corporate social responsibility report comes as the world confronts COVID-19 and the fight for racial equality has been reignited.
The company states that they have been inspired by the millions of frontline workers risking their lives to protect the billions sheltering at home to slow the spread of the disease. Ongoing protests in the U.S. are also underscoring racial inequities.
We know it’s not enough to be a well-intended, inclusive employer and provide equal opportunities for all. We’re creating opportunities for real change and reform. This past year, we prioritized the recruitment of women, Black/African Americans and other underrepresented minorities, reaching 19,000 candidates.
The company also sets out to make their annual developers conference, GTC, more inclusive. They have increased the number of women attending by 60 percent from the previous year while also increasing the number of attendees from Black and Hispanic/Latino communities. Nvidia are building relationships that will allow them to increase the number of Black NVIDIANs and GPU developers, but awknowledge they still have a lot more work to do.
In the midst of all that’s going on in the world, Nvidia’s 16,000-plus employees are hard at work from home, performing groundbreaking research and developing revolutionary technologies and products. That work includes tackling COVID-19, unlocking new medical treatments to fight cancer and disease, reducing traffic congestion and fatalities, and saving crops, oceans and endangered species.
In response to the pandemic, NVIDIA joined the COVID-19 High Performance Computing Consortium to help researchers better understand the virus, its treatments and potential cures. Te company provided over 300 coronavirus researchers a free 90-day license to NVIDIA Parabricks so they can use GPUs to accelerate genomic analysis of the virus by 50x. They also issued a global call to action for PC gamers to contribute their idle GPU and CPU processing power to “fold” against the coronavirus.
Equally inspiring: despite being physically distant as a result of office closures, NVIDIANs around the world came together to help those affected by the pandemic, donating more than $10.6 million to nonprofits in 34 countries to support COVID-19 response efforts.
Nvidia’s corporate social responsibility report highlights their efforts over the last year to improve their social and environmental performance and measure their progress. This includes:
- Fostering inclusion
- Minimizing human rights risk in their supply chain
- Designing energy-efficient products
- Reducing our greenhouse gas emissions
- Setting a goal to get 65 percent of electricity from renewable sources by fiscal 2025
- Giving back to communities through local volunteer and fundraising activities
Their efforts in many of these areas were rewarded with widespread recognition:
- Featured for the fourth year in a row on Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work (No. 27), was No. 6 on its Best Workplace in Technology list
- Placed No. 5 on Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies in AI list
- Ranked No. 1 in Agility, Innovation and Performance by MIT Management
- Included on both Glassdoor’s Culture 500 and Employee’s Choice: Best Places to Work lists
- Ranked No. 1 for Worker Treatment and No. 2 overall on the JUST100
- Scored 100 percent for the fifth year in a row on Human Rights Watch’s Corporate Equality Index
- Featured for sixth consecutive year on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index
- Retained positions on the FTSE4Good index, Bloomberg Gender Equality Index, 100 Best Corporate Citizens, and Barron’s Top 100 Most Sustainable Companies lists