ATLANTA—Acuity Brands, Inc., a market-leading industrial technology company, announced it has published its third annual EarthLIGHT Report, highlighting its Fiscal Year 2021 accomplishments and ongoing progress on its initiatives. EarthLIGHT—a central tenet of Acuity’s strategy—reflects its comprehensive approach to manage, organize and report Environmental, Social, and Governance (“ESG”) topics. Through EarthLIGHT, Acuity improves its performance, increases transparency, and better highlights results on its numerous ESG priorities.
“We are committed to lessening our carbon footprint and helping our customers do the same,” said Neil M. Ashe, Chairman, President and CEO of Acuity Brands. “We are reducing waste, lowering costs, minimizing carbon impacts, optimizing energy usage, and helping our customers reduce their energy use and carbon emissions to achieve their own goals and priorities.”
The 2021 EarthLIGHT report includes Acuity’s progress:
- Reducing its Carbon Footprint: Acuity achieved carbon neutrality in its operations and targeted a goal of helping its customers avoid 100 million metric tons of carbon emissions by replacing older technologies with LED luminaires, lighting controls, and building management systems. As part of these efforts, Acuity is offsetting emissions by investing in forestry and landfill gas-to-energy projects that reduce atmospheric carbon. The company also released a 2020 EarthLIGHT Handprint report entitled Lighting the Way Toward Net-Zero, detailing its methodology.
- Launching Acuity Anywhere: Acuity Anywhere, a hybrid work model, allows associates to contribute and achieve results whether they work on-site or remotely. This model helps Acuity attract and retain the best talent, reach its EarthLIGHT goals, and build on its foundation of productivity, collaboration, and innovation.
- Enhancing Governance: Acuity enhanced several governance practices to further emphasize long-term value creation. The company created Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and ESG Councils, both including senior leadership, to ensure company-wide alignment and impact. Acuity continued its Board refreshment to ensure a variety of perspectives and a mix of experience and tenure. The company also made changes to compensation programs based on stakeholder input. The EarthLIGHT report also includes information on Acuity’s enhanced data privacy and information security practices.
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