SHI has billed its commitment to the Science Based Targets (SBTi) initiative as an “important step forward” in its ESG strategy.
The US-based giant, which has 6,000 staff and annual revenues of $14bn, will now work within SBTi’s framework to build out a plan to deliver a net zero plan.
The announcement comes on the heels of peer WWT’s move to sign the SBTi commitment to set near-term and long-term net zero targets last year.
UK counterparts Computacenter and Softcat are among the other solution providers to have already hitched their wagons to the SBTi, which is a collaboration between global bodies such as the UN and the CDP. It is focused on accelerating companies across the world to halve emissions before 2030 and achieve net-zero emissions before 2050.
SHI billed the move as the latest milestone in its ESG strategy, which already includes efforts such as “extensive” solar energy production, facilities modifications and large-scale recycling programmes.
“Making a commitment to SBTi that will lead to an approved plan to deliver carbon reduction goals is now a key pillar of our already well-established ESG strategy,” said SHI CFO James Prior.
“Internally, we have had a strong focus on our responsibilities to the environment and our communities, but with customers, partners and staff now more interested than ever in SHI’s stance on ESG, we see this as an important step forward in reporting transparently on our actions and results.”