Let’s get together: Intel’s 2030 commitments include ‘shared’ climate and social goals
'Tis the season for new corporate social and climate commitments, especially at the start of this decade of action and despite the COVID-19 pandemic, which requires short-term prioritization from responsible companies around the world.
So Intel’s declaration of its latest goals, which include a new 100 percent commitment to clean power and a "net positive" water ambition, isn’t all that unusual. But one component is highly unique: the company’s decision to include three "global challenges" — ones that require collaboration with "industries, governments and communities" to pull off.
Simply stated, they are:
-Revolutionize health and safety with technology
-Make technology fully inclusive and expand digital readiness
-Achieve carbon-neutral computing to address climate change
In the press release touting the new initiative, Intel CEO Bob Swan noted: "The world is facing challenges that we understand better each day as we collect and analyze more data, but they go unchecked without a collective response — from climate change to deep digital divides around the world to the current pandemic that has fundamentally changed all our lives. We can solve them, but only by working together."
If you glance at the challenges above, you’d be right in thinking they’re awfully broad. But Intel has laid out some very specific milestones under each of them (more on those in moment), and those aspirations are timebound.
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