Demonstrates good corporate governance in regards to climate change
Dimension Data, the $4 billion global IT services and solutions provider, has been commended by the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), which represents 534 institutional investors with US$64 trillion in assets under management, for its approach to climate change disclosure.
For the third consecutive year, Dimension Data is featured in CDP’s “Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index”. This index, a key component of CDP’s annual FTSE 350 Report, highlights the constituent companies within the FTSE 350 Index which have displayed the most professional approach to corporate governance in respect of climate change disclosure practices. Companies are scored on their climate change disclosure and high scores indicate good internal data management and understanding of climate change-related issues affecting the company.
The index, compiled by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) on behalf of CDP, provides an evaluation tool for institutional investors. In 2010, it comprises 38 constituents of the FTSE 350 Index based on analysis of the responses to CDP’s 2010 questionnaire which focused on greenhouse gas emissions, emissions reduction targets and risks and opportunities associated with climate change.
Merle Singer, Dimension Data’s Group Head Sustainability said: “Dimension Data is incredibly proud to be listed on the Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index for the third consecutive year. This achievement, along with our global deployment of environmental management systems, demonstrates our commitment to good corporate governance in regards to our response to climate change.”
The Dimension Data Group continues to focus on achieving ISO14001 certification for environmental management systems, with its operations in Sydney, Australia, obtaining certification in September this year. The United Kingdom operations, as well as Dimension Data’s head office in Johannesburg, are also currently undergoing external audits for ISO14001 certification.
“Deploying environmental management systems helps us better understand the full scope of our environmental impact,” explains Singer. “This allows us to develop reduction plans, and the Carbon Disclosure Project provides an avenue for us to communicate our plans to key stakeholders.”
Paul Dickinson, Executive Chairman of the Carbon Disclosure Project, commented:
“The Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index recognises companies that demonstrate good internal data management practices for understanding greenhouse gas emissions, including energy use. Companies that make this index have also demonstrated clear consideration of how climate change is and will impact their business. As companies’ understanding of climate change issues grows, they are better placed to take positive action to manage and mitigate its risks.”
The FTSE 350 Report, including names of companies featured in the Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index, can be found at www.cdproject.net.
About Dimension Data
Dimension Data plc (LSE:DDT), a specialist IT services and solution provider, helps clients plan, build, support and manage their IT infrastructures. Dimension Data applies its expertise in networking, converged communications, security, data centre solutions, Microsoft and contact centre technologies, and its unique skills in consulting, integration and managed services to create customised client solutions.