Making Corporate Social Responsibility A Priority

By Chris Powell

This summer, Commvault published its inaugural Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) report. While many companies have done this before, it is a significant milestone for us. We’ve been doing the right things for a long time, yet strangely for a company that helps others manage their data, we never brought it all together.

By formally outlining our commitment to managing the social, environmental and economic effects of our business, we are putting our stake in the ground to help us set, and over time, surpass our goals for a socially responsible future. It is our responsibility to our employees, customers, investors and communities.

The report highlights many powerful examples of how Commvault is tackling corporate social responsibility across our company, people and the planet. We encourage you to read all about it. However, the area that resonates most with me is environment (which is no surprise to anyone who has read my previous blogs about plastics and Antarctica).

Commvault considers the natural environment as a key stakeholder of our business – and it requires bold action on our part to protect, conserve and decarbonize the environment. In October 2019, Commvault joined the United Nations Business Avengers – a coalition of 17 global companies working to deliver on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) agreed to by every UN nation by 2030. Since then, we have increased our waste management efforts. Here are a few examples of what we are doing:

  • We provide a more sustainable approach for our customers to intelligently manage data on-premises and in the cloud;
  • We donate IT equipment to schools and non-profit organizations. When that isn’t possible, we responsibly recycle the equipment;
  • We leverage a virtual platform to reduce paper waste and printing;
  • We use free cooling in our data centers and are replacing fluorescent lighting with LED;
  • We host environmentally friendly events that replace plastic water bottles with water dispensers; use recycled materials for signage; and donate materials such as plants and carpeting to local schools and organizations;
  • And we encouraged remote and virtual work and reduced travel well before today’s social distancing.

I’m excited to see the proactive stance Commvault is making in terms of corporate social responsibility. It’s the smart thing to do for our customers, partners, employees and business – and it’s the right thing to do for our global society.

As Commvault CEO Sanjay Mirchandani shared in the report’s introduction, “True leaders never rest – they strive to do more, be better and promote a legacy of impact.”

Here’s to Commvault’s legacy as a leader.

Chris Powell is Commvault’s Chief Marketing Officer.