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Our approach

Corporate responsibility is central to our business

Autodesk is committed to advancing sustainable business practices within our company. Our efforts extend across our value chain, from suppliers and business partners, to our own operations and the customers who use our products. To demonstrate progress and inspire widespread adoption of best practices, we measure and publicly report our performance annually.

Carbon footprint
Autodesk implements best practices to measure and reduce our carbon footprint, focusing on the areas of greatest impact.

Over the past 5 years, we have dramatically improved our management systems and become more carbon-efficient. Autodesk increased revenue 4% in fiscal year 2013 compared with fiscal year 2012, while reducing absolute greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 8%. Our footprint is 34% smaller in absolute terms than the base year, fiscal year 2009. We also strive to use water, materials, and other resources effectively, in our own facilities and across our value chain.

Learn about our groundbreaking corporate finance approach to climate-stabilizing targets (C-FACT), a business-friendly, science-driven method for setting GHG emissions reduction targets.

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In fiscal year 2013, Autodesk achieved a 34% reduction in absolute emissions compared with fiscal year 2009.


Public policy
At Autodesk, we participate in the public policy debate to advance innovation, sustainability, and economic growth.

During fiscal year 2013, we engaged with government officials, nonprofit organizations, think tanks, and other entities to advance sustainability principles. We’re especially interested and involved in building and infrastructure development and policies that help reduce energy consumption and GHG emissions. Autodesk does not have a political action committee and, thus, does not contribute to U.S. federal elections.


Ethics and compliance
We strive to maintain an environment that demonstrates strong business ethics, and our Code of Business Conduct (CoBC) conveys our values and expectations. All Autodesk employees worldwide are required to complete CoBC training annually.

We promote and protect human rights wherever we do business, and we expect our suppliers and other business partners to comply with all applicable laws and regulations. In 2013, we published our Human Rights Policy, which describes our commitments in this area, as well as how we promote human rights among employees, suppliers, business partners, and customers. Autodesk and its subsidiaries worldwide respect the rights of our customers, partners, and employees and our obligations with regard to privacy and personal information.

Autodesk demonstrates integrity and respect in all of our interactions.


Employees
We strive to engage, develop, reward, and inspire our approximately 7,100 employees worldwide.

Working together, they are helping to accelerate the design-led revolution. They fuel our sustainable business efforts and create products and solutions that people around the world use to address epic challenges and propel positive change. Our employees come from a wide range of personal and professional backgrounds. We work to provide a diverse, inclusive, and safe workplace, and offer opportunities for ongoing growth.

Our employees represent a variety of backgrounds and contribute different perspectives.


Suppliers and business partners
We use our purchasing power and influence to promote sustainable business practices across our value chain.

In early 2013, we established a Partner Code of Conduct, which outlines the standards and practices we expect our resellers and distributors to follow while conducting business with or on behalf of Autodesk. Our green procurement guidelines outline environmental considerations that can factor into the company’s selection of vendors and products. They also guide decisions related to travel and meeting services, events, and some marketing-related purchases, such as collateral development and printing. To decrease the materials use and GHG emissions associated with product shipping, we continue to expand our electronic software download capabilities.

Our green procurement guidelines outline environmental considerations when choosing vendors.


More information

Sustainability Progress Report FY2013
We strive to improve our environmental and social performance.

Environmental policy
We continually improve the environmental performance of our operations.

Human rights policy
We respect and promote human rights across our business.