Innovating, then sharing

At Facebook, sharing and collaborating are in our DNA. We know that we, as a company — and humanity as a whole — can achieve much more in partnership than going it alone.

So when we engineered the most efficient data center on Earth, we wanted to share the designs with the world. We launched the Open Compute Project (OCP), with the aim of creating an open-source movement within the hardware and data center industry that would bring about the same kind of rapid innovation the world has seen in open source software. Today hundreds of companies from Goldman Sachs to Apple to Microsoft are part of the OCP community, which collaboratively strives to make infrastructure technology more efficient and scalable. The progress we’ve made together and the impact Open Compute has had could never have come from just one company.

Today hundreds of companies from Goldman Sachs to Apple to Microsoft are part of the OCP community, which collaboratively strives to make infrastructure technology more efficient and scalable.

The same philosophy drove Facebook to get involved in the Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance. The Alliance — led by World Resources Institute, World Wildlife Fund, Rocky Mountain Institute and Business for Social Responsibility—supports three key initiatives: the Corporate Renewable Energy Buyers’ Principles, The Business Renewables Center and the Future of Internet Power. Each initiative works to green the grid by increasing corporate demand for clean and renewable energy, and making it easier for any company to buy it. With our goal of powering our own operations with 100% CaRE, we are also proud to be part of RE100— a collaborative, global initiative of influential businesses committed to 100% renewable electricity, working to massively increase demand for – and delivery of – renewable energy.

innovate-imageWe also host Sustainability@Scale, another collaborative initiative. Started in 2014, the event brings together hundreds of sustainability experts and professionals from a diverse set of industries to share what they’ve learned in their sustainability pursuits. People make connections, form partnerships and learn from each other.