Dell Program Yields More Recycling, Less Packaging Material

Dell Inc. said that it is nearly halfway to its goal to eliminate 20 million lbs. of packaging materials by 2012, to be replaced by bamboo, a renewable material that customers can conveniently and responsibly dispose.

According to the company's annual Corporate Responsibility Report, which it has produced every year since 1998, save 1999 and 2001, its efforts in the areas of social responsibility, philanthropy and the environment have increased based on 77 measurable indicators.

For example, the company said that it contributed 1.4 percent of pre-tax profit to corporate giving and the Dell Foundation, exceeding its 1 percent commitment level.

Dell also said that since 2006 it has collected 484 million lbs. of computing equipment, under its free, responsible recycling program.

The computer maker also said that it has reduced by 10 percent the indirect emissions associated with its energy use.

In 2010, the company spent more than $1 billion with minority- and women-owned suppliers, earning it a place in the Billion Dollar Roundtable.

In addition, Dell said that its giving programs had an impact on more than 1 million children last year, including those participating in its YouthConnect education program that partners non-governmental and non-profit organization to help kids learn about technology. 

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