This section provides a summary of the results for the 2012 National Instruments corporate responsibility commitments. To learn more about the company’s performance and commitments, visit the sections linked from this summary. A letter from the company’s CEO, Dr. James Truchard, also summarizes the company’s efforts in 2012.
To locate a specific Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) indicator in this report, refer to the GRI Index.
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|Area||2012 Commitment||2012 Performance||Status|
|Product Life Cycle||Identify potential hazards for manufacturing tasks, assess the risks of those hazards, and develop hazard controls based on the level of risk.||After a reassessment of critical needs, NI reallocated the resources scheduled to work on this effort to projects related to opening the new facility in Penang, Malaysia, instead, which delayed this effort.|
|Develop corporate responsibility metrics for suppliers to start tracking in 2013.||NI developed a metric to evaluate suppliers’ performance in the area of corporate responsibility. In 2013, NI will use this metric to evaluate the corporate responsibility performance of suppliers through supplier scorecards and quarterly business reviews.|
|Reduce polyurethane foam used in packaging by 15% per unit.||The amount of polyurethane foam used in packaging per unit did not decrease in 2013. One major factor was an increase in sales of one product line that requires the use of polyurethane foam in packaging.|
|Conserving Resources||Implement employee computer power management program at NI Costa Rica branch.||NI implemented this program on employee computers at the NI Costa Rica branch.|
|Install new energy-efficient HVAC systems at headquarters with an estimated electricity savings of 920,000 kWh per year.||NI installed a new energy-efficient HVAC chiller and chilled water pumps as well as a new system to minimize the unnecessary cooling of outside makeup air.|
|Use LEED criteria to investigate effective energy- and water-saving strategies during construction of the new NI facility in Penang, Malaysia.||NI used LEED criteria during the construction of the Penang facility. In 2013, NI will seek LEED certification for the facility.|
|Employees Driving Change||Redirect electronic waste from headquarters to Goodwill recycling program so materials can be reused when possible.||NI selected a new vendor to recycle electronic waste who will refurbish materials for reuse where possible.|