Each year, I look forward to the day when Juniper Networks releases its annual Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) report. Most of my job involves getting into the weeds of how Juniper’s products are going to market and solving technical challenges for our global customers better than our competitors can. However, I also have the important task of ensuring Juniper operates as a good corporate citizen.
That means fulfilling responsibilities that are just as important, like ensuring we’re leaving the planet better than we found it; enhancing trust and governance within our own operations; building an organization our employees are proud to say they work for.
Our 2023 CSR report includes many highlights on how we’re doing just that. For example:
- We earned recognition from Ethisphere which named Juniper as one of its 2023 World’s Most Ethical Companies™. This is Juniper’s fifth such recognition by this esteemed global leader in the field.
- We set expectations with our global suppliers that we are targeting a 10% reduction in supply chain carbon footprint by 2025 and a 25% reduction by 2030 (from a 2021 baseline).
- We launched the Juniper® ACX7000 family of Cloud Metro routers that consume up to 77% lower power than our industry competitors’ products.
- For the first time, in this year’s report, we’re disclosing risks and opportunities in line with the Taskforce on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD).
- Our India Excellence Centre offices and labs just commissioned a solar power plant in the Chitradurga district of Karnataka, which is projected to save approximately 570,000 tons of CO2 emissions over the project’s lifetime.
- We rolled out a new platform called Juniper Career Connect that helps our employees connect with mentors, apply for internal openings, experiment with internal gig work and more. Within three months of its launch, JCC had attracted more than 4,000 users and 100+ mentors.
Examples like these throughout the report are what make me incredibly proud of and grateful for the Junivators around the world who work tirelessly to help Juniper show up differently every day and show up better.
But the report itself isn’t the end goal, and this isn’t a victory lap.
We’re proud of the progress we’re making on our CSR strategy, but we also know we have more work to do. As a company, we will continue working toward our mission to power connections and empower change while making important progress on our commitments.
We believe businesses that don’t take their CSR actions to heart are setting themselves up to fail. Operating in today’s world requires more than just shipping products and reporting results to Wall Street. Our CSR strategy is critical to how we operate as a company and how Juniper delivers on experience-first networks that transform how people connect, work and live. It also guides our approach to key decisions to position us for success. This includes adhering to our stated purpose and keeping to the values our employees, partners and customers see as our core mission. In our latest CSR report, we present how we have lived up to our values and fulfilled our mission during the reporting period.
I hope you’ll take time to read through the report and I’d love to hear from you on how you’re tackling these issues at your companies.