Texas is no stranger to technology. Before Silicon Valley, the semiconductor was invented in 1958 at Texas Instruments, and Austin is home to Dell Technologies one of the largest computer companies in the world. Texas ranks #2 in the nation for in the nation for a number of tech jobs, with many tech firms providing conservation minded solutions for their employees and customers. From recycling old computers to promoting conservation practices such as carpooling, the technology sector is using innovation to reduce their environmental impact.
Cirrus Logic, a major player in the semiconductor industry, is driving down vehicle emissions with proactive commuting solutions for its employees. The Austin-based company operates a free-of-charge network of private shuttle services at its major locations in Austin and Edinburgh, Scotland, and also fully reimburses employees that take local trains and buses. By encouraging alternative commuting options that get people out of their cars, Cirrus Logic is directly impacting carbon emission levels.
Cirrus Logic also provides employees with bike lockers and safety equipment, and has installed electric vehicle charging stations for those with green sets of wheels. These efforts have paid off: on any typical workday in Austin, around twenty percent of Cirrus Logic employees commute through some form of alternative transportation, reducing carbon output as well as traffic congestion—a big plus in the rapidly growing city.
In 2018, Cirrus Logic formed a formal Corporate Social Responsibility Team, combining representatives from a wide variety of corporate functions together to focus on ensuring that the company has cohesive programs for conservation, sustainability, and best-business practices throughout its day-to-day operations, with the overarching principle to always operate with the highest levels of integrity and ethical standards.
“Innovation is key. Organizations that value innovation at all levels—from products to services to corporate culture—will provide the solutions to help combat our greatest global challenges,” says Jo-Dee Benson, Vice President and Chief Culture Officer. “Innovative programs to develop the modern workforce drive our employee programs that foster conservation, from recycling to pollution reduction to community involvement initiatives helping to strengthen urban communities.”