NI has launched Engineering Hope, its 2030 Corporate Impact Strategy, outlining the company’s vision and aspirational goals for making a measurable, positive impact on society and the environment by 2030.
The long-term plan to advance diversity, equity and sustainability further NI’s promise to Engineer Ambitiously, connecting people, ideas and technology to take on the world’s greatest challenges.
“The world is facing pressing challenges, from climate change to inequality. Engineering will play a pivotal role in confronting these issues, which is why we must collectively lead the change we hope to see in society,” said NI President and CEO Eric Starkloff. “We are focusing our efforts in areas like sustainability, diversity and equity – areas in which we can drive important, meaningful impact at NI, in the engineering field and society at large.”
“This strategy builds upon NI’s culture of caring and a long legacy of corporate citizenship,” said NI Head of Corporate Impact Tabitha Upshaw. “At the same time, it goes beyond philanthropy to integrate corporate impact into almost every aspect of our business especially the way we empower our customers, educators and innovators to use NI products for good.”
The strategy reflects a year long process to assess NI’s environmental impact and the priorities of employees, customers and other stakeholders.
Building a thriving and equitable society: By 2030, NI’s goal is for 16% of its suppliers to be small or diverse businesses. This is part of NI’s commitment to increasing equity and well-being among its employees and in the communities where they live and work.
Engineering a healthy planet: By 2030, NI’s goal is to achieve Zero Waste at NI-owned buildings and reduce waste at leased facilities worldwide.
The company will also work to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, conserve resources and design all new buildings to LEED and WELL standards.
NI will also pursue circular design improvements to its products and packaging and donate or discount NI products to organizations developing green technologies.
To further progress toward these goals, NI has issued a 2+1 Giving Pledge: By 2030, the company will increase giving from 1% to 2% of annual, pre-tax profits in the form of monetary and product donations. And NI employees will have the opportunity to spend 1% of their work hours volunteering in their communities.