On the Energy criteria Wipro shows leadership in reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and increasing its use of renewable energy. Wipro is the top scorer for committing to reduce its absolute GHG emissions by 44% by 2015 from a base year of 2008, highest among top Indian and international companies. Wipro provides a detailed action plan to meet its annual reduction targets, including energy efficiency measures and investment in renewable energy through direct generation and purchase. The company sets a goal of achieving 85% of its emissions reduction through renewable energy. Wipro also makes significant efforts in advocating for clean energy and solar policy, and to promote the role of Information and Communication Technology in climate change mitigation through policy documents it has submitted to the Indian government.
On Products criteria, Wipro receives maximum points for placing energy efficient products in the market. All of Wipro’s new products currently meet latest Energy Star compliance, while 52% of their products exceed ES 5.0 standards. Wipro also does reasonably well at phasing out hazardous chemicals from its products, stating that 80% of its products are free of polyvinyl chloride plastic (PVC) and brominated frame retardants (BFRs), though it has missed its goal of being 100% PVC/BFR-free by 2012. Wipro needs to provide updated information on its use of post-consumer recycled plastics and list which products use them. It also needs to provide detailed information about its product life cycle, where it currently scores a zero.
On the Sustainable Operations criteria, Wipro continues to receive the maximum score for its effective take-back policy and performance on the collection and recycling of post-consumer e-waste. It provides convenient take-back service to its customers through 17 direct and 300 authorised collection centres, the highest in India by any PC manufacturer. The company also performs reasonably well on its chemical management policy and precautionary principle. Wipro scores additional points for establishing conflict minerals policy and practices. However, the company has not established and implemented a paper procurement policy that avoids sourcing from suppliers involved in deforestation and illegal logging.
Wipro’s performance in detail: Download the company’s Scorecard here