Sustainability Report 2019

At Facebook, we believe sustainability is about more than operating responsibly. It’s an opportunity to support the communities we’re a part of and make a bigger impact on the world.

We believe that climate change is an urgent issue facing the world today and we are committed to doing our part to address this challenge. That is why we’re working to minimize the impact of our energy, emissions and water usage, protect workers and the environment in our supply chain, and partner with others to develop and share solutions for a more sustainable world.

Letter from Rachel Peterson, Vice President of Infrastructure

"Now more than ever, businesses need to think not only about managing their operational impact but about working with others to leverage their technical strengths to address sustainability challenges."

At Facebook, sustainability means more than operating responsibly and minimizing our environmental impact – it means having a positive effect on communities around the world and within our supply chain. In the last decade, climate change has become one of the most urgent global challenges. We are committed to help tackle this challenge – not only by minimizing our environmental impact – but by connecting people around this topic and building solutions.

This inaugural “Sustainability Report” provides a closer look into our sustainability progress in 2019, as well as our broader commitment to address climate change. We’ve come a long way since we announced our first sustainability commitment to support our operations with 100 percent renewable energy in 2011 and supporting the Paris Climate Agreement in 2017 by joining the We Are Still In Coalition.

In 2019, we made significant progress toward our 2020 climate and renewable energy goals, reaching 59 percent reduction in our operational greenhouse gas emissions over 2017 levels and achieving 86 percent renewable energy. We have also accelerated our support in local communities, including investing in water projects that will restore 206,000 cubic meters of water per year in our data center communities and financing projects that strengthened the renewable energy market.

We are also excited about the positive impact that collaborations and partnerships have in addressing this global challenge. In 2019, we collaborated with academic and nonprofit partners to develop the Climate Conversation Map. This innovative new tool will allow partners to better understand how climate discussions are unfolding around the world on the Facebook app, providing insights to help inform and spur further climate action. We’re excited to see how new solutions like this can positively impact communities around the world.

All that said, we know there is more work to be done. Now more than ever, businesses need to think not only about managing their operational impact but about working with others to leverage their technical strengths to address sustainability challenges. For us, this means driving down our emissions, supporting the renewable energy transition, deepening supplier partnerships to advance positive impact and leveraging our platforms and technology to scale innovations that drive climate action.

— Rachel Peterson

2019 HIGHLIGHTS

Circular graphic representation of reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from 2017 through 2019 and ultimate goal for 2020

Climate


59% reduction in operational GHG emissions

In 2019, we achieved a 59 percent reduction in operational GHG emissions, compared to 2017 levels.


Bar chart graphic representation of renewable energy use from 2011 through 2019 in reference to goal

Renewable Energy


86%renewable energy supporting our operations

In 2019, we achieved 86 percent renewable energy for our operations and now have over 1.3 gigawatts of wind and solar projects online.


an icon of a drop of water

Water Stewardship


206,000 cubic meters of water per year contracted

In 2019, we contracted four new water restoration projects that will restore 206,000 cubic meters of water per year in our data center communities.


Preview image of the world map as used in the climate conversation map tool

Innovation

Climate Conversation Map

We launched the Climate Conversation Map to provide partners with information to advance climate action, helping them understand how engagement around climate-related news conversations ebbs and flows throughout the world and over time.

Facebook Both at World Water Week with presentation and crowd listening

Collaboration

World Water Week

We were proud to be a World Water Week community partner for the first time and trained more than 500 water stewardship practitioners on ways to optimize Facebook’s capabilities to advance their water efforts.

Responsible supply chain
We issued our annual Anti-Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement, which outlines our commitment, policies and practices to prevent and address slavery and human trafficking issues in our business operations and supply chain.
Sustainable data centers
Four of our data center buildings in the U.S. officially earned LEED Gold certification. Our second building in Luleå, Sweden is our first to achieve LEED Platinum, the highest rating possible.
sustainable workplaces
We created a new sustainable design program for new offices, leading to three LEED certifications. We also partnered with our employees to host 40 events across 25 global offices in celebration of Earth Week.

Featured Disclosures & Verifications

2019 Sustainability Data Disclosures

We’ve shared our environmental footprint since 2011.

2019 Sustainability Data Verification

Our data is third-party verified.

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