Analytics guru SAS recognized as sustainability leader

SAS’ commitment to corporate responsibility noted by Business Roundtable Report and others

Being a good corporate citizen is not something SAS does for headlines. It’s how the analytics leader does business. The Business Roundtable took notice, naming SAS a leader for environmental stewardship and sustainable business practices in its annual Create, Grow, Sustain: Leading by Example sustainability report. Now in its eighth year, the program showcases companies that address environmental and energy challenges – while increasing economic growth and creating jobs.

“SAS is a prime example of a sustainable organization because the company understands the value of cooperation, recognition, fair rewards and meaningful goals,” said Miguel Reynolds Brandão, author of The Sustainable Organisation: A Paradigm for a Fairer Society. “CEO Jim Goodnight is recognized by the business world as someone who’s earned his success by putting people first. When people are treated well, they turn out exceptional work.”

SAS works closely with its employees, suppliers and customers to foster a sustainable workplace that has a positive impact on everyone’s futures.

“Our future depends on our actions today,” said SAS CEO Jim Goodnight.  “That’s why we’re supporting the communities where we work, doing our best to minimize our impact on the environment, and helping to educate the next generation of innovators.”

SAS’ top 2014 environmental achievements include:

  • Generated 3.8 million kWh of clean, renewably sourced energy from rooftop and ground-mounted solar systems.
  • Decreased energy consumption and related greenhouse gas emissions, despite adding office space.
  • Improved CDP score to 88 with a B performance rating.
  • Diverted 50 percent of operational waste and 88 percent of construction waste from landfills globally.
  • Decreased global water consumption by 1.9 percent, while increasing reclaimed water usage by 41 percent.
  • Achieved LEED® Gold certification for newest office building.
  • Installed 18 new charging stations for employees and dedicated premium parking spaces for electric vehicle plug-in stations globally.

Reflecting 2014 data, SAS’ latest corporate responsibility overview displays all content in PDF format for more efficient printing and sharing. Readers now have the option of downloading individual sections or a full report. This year’s report also integrates environmental performance measures through SAS® Visual Analytics reports to easily search content for sharing with clients and partners.

Other recent sustainability honors

Completed in October 2014, Building Q is now the company’s seventh LEED certified building, achieving a Gold certification. The 23rd building on SAS campus in Cary houses SAS Solutions OnDemand, supporting our customers’ growing demand for SAS Cloud Analytics solutions. Cloud implementations lower the cost of hardware and infrastructure for customers and lower resource usage by reducing the technology footprint.

SAS recently won the 2015 Corporate Challenge Teamwork Award at EarthShare North Carolina’s Corporate Earth Day Celebration. The team volunteered for an afternoon at the local nonprofit SEEDS organization in Durham, NC, and completed a perimeter fencing project. 

“We installed 37 feet of perimeter fencing, moved and mixed 2,580 pounds of concrete and installed five fence posts,” said Jerry Williams, SAS Environmental Program Manager. ”This was a great team-building exercise that was both fun and personally rewarding.”  

Learn what it takes to be a corporate sustainability leader. Visit the SAS Corporate Social Responsibility site and view the environmental performance reports to see SAS’ global environmental footprint.

About SAS

SAS is the leader in analytics. Through innovative analytics, business intelligence and data management software and services, SAS helps customers at more than 83,000 sites make better decisions faster. Since 1976, SAS has been giving customers around the world THE POWER TO KNOW®.

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SAS named a leader for environmental stewardship and sustainable business practices.

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