Micro Focus INSPIRE

Environment and Sustainability

Our commitment is to reduce our environmental impact.

  • Our commitment to reducing our environmental impact

    Our commitment to reducing our environmental impact

    As well as helping our customers address their carbon footprint and adopt carbon friendly IT strategies such as enabling greater efficiency and longer life from their existing technology, Micro Focus is committed to improving its own carbon footprint.

    Collectively our leadership team and employees are working to reduce our total energy consumption and waste materials. Micro Focus’ energy conservation is focused on energy efficiencies to drive down total energy consumption. The importance of reducing energy consumption levels is underlined within the Group by sharing data and engaging employees on how to reduce our consumption within the boundaries of our operational control.

    Environment

Energy reduction targets

Following our Energy Saving Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) Phase 2 audit in the UK and latest CDP (Carbon Disclosure Project) report, Micro Focus has implemented targets and recommendations to reduce energy consumption and increase the use of renewable energy. These have played a part in shaping the Procurement Policy for all our energy contract renewals at our sites around the world.

In 2020, Micro Focus achieved its internal target of a 2% reduction in emissions and is working towards a 2% - 5% reduction target by the end of 2021, compared to its baseline data from 2018. Alongside this, we are exploring a Science Based Target objective to further support our efforts to reduce our carbon footprint.

Renewable energy

Micro Focus continues to renew energy contracts with suppliers who provide higher ratios of renewable or cleaner energy, which is directly in line with our energy sourcing policy. Over the last couple of years, we have increased the percentage of energy used that comes from renewable sources. Today, 40% of our energy comes from renewable sources globally and our ambition is to reach 50% by the end of 2021.

For more information please visit the Corporate Social Responsibility section of our Annual Report and Accounts 2019.

The score recognises high performance in our emissions reduction initiatives and our governance around how Micro Focus manages its environmental impacts:

  • Key emissions reduction initiatives include increasing our supply of renewable energy – currently 40% of our energy comes from renewable sources globally and we continue to renew energy contracts with suppliers who provide higher ratios of renewable or cleaner energy. We continue to improve our office environments by selecting locations with top LEED ratings – and are further transitioning to energy efficient LED lighting within our buildings, both interior and exterior.
  • Micro Focus’ framework for environmental governance is embedded in our corporate social responsibility (CSR) program, Micro Focus INSPIRE, and is actively supported by the CSR Executive Committee who engage regularly with the Board and Chief Executive Officer.

Priority actions since our previous CDP report include setting corporate targets and introducing a process to evaluable climate-related risk. These targeted initiatives include:

  • Increasing our supply of renewable energy –  Today, 40% of our energy comes from renewable sources globally and we continue to renew energy contracts with suppliers who provide higher ratios of renewable or cleaner energy.
  • Increased analysis of our energy consumption – The delivery of a complex data center consolidation project has significantly reduced our environmental impact through lower energy consumption and a sustainable approach to disposing end-of-life electronic equipment.
  • Increased awareness for energy conservation – Engaging employees on how to reduce our environmental impact within the boundaries of our operational control is a key focus. Micro Focus recently introduced a new PLANET, an employee resource group, to give our people the opportunity to share best practice, influence policy and play an important part in the stewardship of our environmental work.
  • PLANET employee resource group: Engaging our people to make a difference

    PLANET employee resource group: Engaging our people to make a difference

    At Micro Focus, our global employee community is one of our greatest resources. We have several company-wide and local community Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) that come together to reinforce our commitment to inclusion and diversity, live our culture and values and positively impact employee engagement and business outcomes.

    PLANET

Micro Focus recently introduced a new ERG called PLANET, giving our people the opportunity to share best practice, influence policy and play an important part in the stewardship of our environmental work. The network brings together our people who are passionate about protecting the planet – so that together we can reduce our carbon footprint and make small changes that have big impacts. Through education and training, PLANET helps increase employee awareness and engagement across the globe to lessen our environmental impact, both in our personal lives and at work.

The Micro Focus PLANET ERG is led by Neil Franklin, Head of Facility Operations, Global Real Estate, Micro Focus, and supported by executive sponsor, Sarah Atkinson, Director of Corporate Social Responsibility at Micro Focus.

  • Micro Focus complies with all local environment legislation and has introduced several new programs such as improving office environments by selecting locations with top LEED ratings - silver, gold and platinum, through to upgrading to state of the art communication tools to minimize travel.

    Micro Focus complies with environmental regulations
  • Business Continuity Management

    Business Continuity Management

    Micro Focus is committed to the safety of our employees and the continuity of services in the event of unplanned disruption. Micro Focus has complete confidence in its ability to respond to, and recover from, a disruptive incident in order to:

    • ensure the safety of our employees;
    • minimise the impact of disruption to customer service;
    • protect our key assets;
    • protect our reputation and our brand image; and
    • protect the interests of our shareholders and stakeholders.
    Business Continuity Management

Attaining a high standard of Business Continuity throughout any unplanned disruption is an integral part of Micro Focus’ business performance, maintaining our core functions until normal operating conditions resume.

Micro Focus has deployed a robust Business Continuity Plan (BCP) for its over 100 offices in more than 40 countries 125 offices in 40 countries, including our Global Headquarters located in Newbury, UK:

  • Our BCP was created in association with a major specialist organisation in the field.
  • Our BCP policy outlines clear responsibilities, strategy, procedures, targets and objectives, as well as necessary training across the organisation.
  • The overall plan is implemented  through a cycle of testing, evaluation and continuous improvement.
  • Operational processes and systems are continually monitored, validated and tested as part of our internal audit process.

Integral systems and exercise tests are also monitored and verified by our external auditors.

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