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Environmental Sustainability

At Fidelity, we believe we have a responsibility to future generations. For us, that has always meant being a good neighbor and steward of the environment, and showing continuous improvement in everything we do.

As part of our corporate Environmental Sustainability program, we’ve set aggressive goals to reach by 2017, including:

  • Achieving a 56% eDelivery paper suppression rate to save more than 800 million sheets of paper per year
  • Adopting certified* paper for 80% of our paper needs to save more than 15,000 trees per year
  • Reducing our data centers footprint by 30%, thereby saving enough energy to power more than 2,000 homes each year
  • Expanding Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) certification to 80% of our North American corporate real estate portfolio to total more than 6 million square feet of green office space

Going forward, we will continue to evolve our efforts as we learn about new ways to minimize consumption and manage resources.

Measurable results

  • 400 million envelopes or 200,000 trees saved since 2012
  • 10% reduction in carbon footprint from eDelivery alone
  • 92% of Fidelity customer communications enabled for eDelivery

By providing customers with the ability to easily receive their statements and other Fidelity communications electronically, our eDelivery program has achieved a 50% paper suppression rate over the past two years, saving more than 400 million envelopes, or an estimated 200,000 trees. Since 2007, the program has reduced the firm's overall carbon footprint by more than 10%.

To date, 92% of Fidelity's customer communications have been enabled for eDelivery, including:

  • Account statements
  • Year-end investment reports
  • Letters
  • Third-party shareholder documents
  • Tax forms
  • Proxy letters

Our eDelivery adoption rates far exceed that of our competitors. For example, eDelivery adoption for account statements averages 17% across the financial services industry, while Fidelity's adoption rate is more than double this industry average.

An easy signup process lets customers choose which documents they want delivered electronically and offers one-click enrollment from an email prompt. If you’re a Fidelity customer, sign up for eDelivery now.

As part of our efforts to be a responsible corporate citizen, Fidelity has long sought to reduce its energy use and associated carbon emissions.

  • The firm promotes energy conservation and innovative heating, cooling, and lighting technologies in its buildings and data centers. Since 2007, these initiatives have reduced greenhouse gases to an extent equivalent to planting thousands of acres of forest. The environmental benefit of these initiatives is equivalent to the carbon sequestered by 40,000 acres of U.S. forest each year.
  • We have reduced power consumption in our data centers by 20% since 2007, with a goal of reducing it by 30% by 2017—saving enough energy to power more than 2,000 homes each year.
  • Fidelity provides its employees with mass transit benefits, promotes low emissions and electric vehicles, and supports the use of collaboration technologies in an effort to reduce the need for business-related travel.
  • Fidelity quantifies the greenhouse gas emissions associated with its internal operations to better understand potential reduction areas. Since 2007, we have reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 22% through our sustainability efforts.

Fidelity values resource-efficient workplaces and actively seeks independent validation of its efforts by the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) certification program. LEED standards encompass many environmental measures, including preserving open spaces and natural landscape; using eco-friendly building materials, furniture, and finishes; and ensuring high indoor air quality for workplace environments.

  • Over 5 million square feet of Fidelity office buildings—more than 60% of our corporate real estate—are LEED-certified.
  • We are committed to incorporating sustainable operations practices, such as energy efficiency, recycling, and green cleaning in existing buildings.

In 2013, Fidelity became one of the first financial services companies to receive global ISO 14001 certification, providing independent, third-party validation of the overall effectiveness of our environmental management systems.

ISO 14001 certification is an internationally recognized benchmark set by the International Organization for Standardization for creating and maintaining an effective environmental management system and continually improving environmental performance. For more on ISO 14001, visit www.iso.org.

The scope of this comprehensive certification is for the design, operation, and maintenance of resource-efficient workplaces and business processes at Fidelity. We received high marks for our well-defined policy, goals, and metrics, as well as our demonstrated commitment by top-level management. Some examples of business processes evaluated include:

  • Energy efficiency in buildings
  • Data center efficiency
  • Collaboration technologies
  • Greenhouse gas quantification
  • Green building certification
  • Materials and technology recycling
  • eDelivery of financial communications
  • Paper recycling in print operations
  • Reuse of furniture
  • Water-saving devices
  • Supply chain engagement
  • Regulatory compliance

Our Company

Personal Investing

We provide financial planning and retirement options such as IRAs, annuities, and managed accounts; brokerage and cash management products; college savings accounts; and other financial services for millions of individual investors.

Workplace Investing

We work with employers to build benefit programs for their employees, and provide recordkeeping, investments, and servicing in defined contribution, defined benefit, health & welfare, and stock plan services.

Fidelity Institutional

We bring sophisticated technology and highly personalized service together to offer clearing, custody, investment products, brokerage, and trading services to a wide range of financial firms.

Fidelity Institutional Asset Management

Fidelity Institutional Asset Management is a distribution organization dedicated to the institutional marketplace. It serves consultants and institutional investors, such as defined benefit and defined contribution plans, endowments, and financial advisors.

Fidelity Charitable

Fidelity Charitable is an independent public charity that allows donors to establish a dedicated donor-advised fund to support their favorite charities in the short term and create a systematic plan for longer term philanthropic goals.

Fidelity Labs

Fidelity Labs explores emerging technology and harnesses innovation to benefit Fidelity's businesses and customers.

Careers at Fidelity

Fidelity Careers Sales, relationship management, product, marketing, technology, operations, and corporate functions

Asset Management Careers Investment management and support

* Certified under the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), Sustainable Forest Initiative (SFI) or having recycled content.

Environmental Policy

Fidelity Investments focuses its environmental sustainability efforts on the concrete steps it can take to minimize the impact that its operations may have on the environment. The firm's environmental priorities include energy efficiency in its office buildings and data centers, quantification of its greenhouse gas emissions and goals for emissions reductions, LEED certification of its buildings, reduction of paper use through eDelivery of customer communications, comprehensive recycling programs, and a coordinated approach to managing its supply chain.

This policy applies to all Fidelity Investments financial services business units and corporate functions. The environmental sustainability initiative is overseen by a Sustainability Steering Committee made of up executives from across the firm as well as a Sustainability Officer. The Committee and Officer are responsible for the firm's policy, internal and external communications, coordination of the firm's practices, and overall strategic planning for the program.