National Instruments works to create shared value for the company’s key stakeholders and society through its corporate responsibility efforts. NI believes that the company can make the biggest impact by leveraging its engineering expertise to address critical social issues and equipping engineers with tools that accelerate innovation and discovery.
Corporate responsibility is integrated throughout the business at NI—from grassroots, employee-led efforts to cross-organizational, multifaceted programs that span several countries. In many cases, the company’s corporate responsibility goals support its top-level business and operational goals, and in every case, its corporate responsibility efforts support the company mission and long-term success. Through corporate responsibility, NI focuses on the issues that impact the company and society the most—meeting the world’s most critical engineering challenges, preparing the next generation of engineers, and improving human life and the health of the planet.
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The 2012 corporate responsibility report describes NI corporate responsibility performance in fiscal year 2012, which ended December 31, 2012. NI used the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Sustainability Reporting Guidelines (G3) to prepare this report, and an index to the disclosures and indicators is available here.
Previous corporate responsibility reports (PDF) are available for download:
Corporate responsibility is part of the company’s 100-year plan. To drive performance in these areas, NI relies on its board of directors, a steering team, a cross-functional committee, and NI employees.
A cross-functional committee oversees corporate responsibility activities and measures performance throughout the company. In addition, employees play an integral role in achieving corporate responsibility goals that range from developing innovative products to identifying opportunities to reduce energy use at company facilities. Cross-functional employee teams, such as the NI Green Team, are crucial for driving success on various aspects of corporate responsibility.
NI executive leadership reviews corporate responsibility performance and goals throughout the year. The Audit Committee of the NI Board of Directors oversees the company’s performance in accounting and financial reporting as well as the company’s compliance with the NI Code of Ethics and financial, environmental, and equal employment opportunity regulations.