Overview

IT & Software
Company-Wide Program
2012 – Present

Green Standards and Adobe have worked together since 2012 to decommission furniture and equipment from Adobe’s office spaces across the US and Canada. The main objective of the partnership is to achieve the greatest possible community impact through coordinated in-kind donation.

426
TONS DIVERTED FROM LANDFILL
336760
DOLLARS OF IN-KIND DONATION
1034
TONNES OF GHG OFFSET

The Objective

While planning its headquarters renovation in 2012, Adobe’s corporate real estate team recognized that liquidating multiple floors of used office furniture would result in an unknown amount of furniture waste. The potential for so much waste and the lack of transparency typical of liquidation services urged them to consider a better approach.

Adobe’s corporate real estate team decided that the company’s excess furniture and equipment provided a unique opportunity to further its industry-leading corporate responsibility goals, as well as to engage and assist non-profit organizations serving in its communities.

The Challenge

In the midst of a major capital real-estate project, Adobe lacked the internal resources, specialized knowledge, networks and processes to facilitate the donation of tens of thousands of items while maintaining reasonable timelines and budgets. They also lacked a contingency plan for items that were no longer functional or for those that local organizations didn’t want – if they failed to meet their donation targets, usable items would still make it to the landfill as waste.

In addition, it became apparent that coordinating a large-scale donation initiative could come with sizable vendor and storage costs, unique project risks, and potential legal liability.

Local Donation

Turnkey Service

Landfill Diversion

Reporting

Each year, Adobe tops our list of clients that prioritize giving back above all else. The results have been amazing for the communities in which they operate.”

Richard Beaumont
Vice President, Strategic Accounts
Green Standards

The Solution

In 2012, Green Standards provided Adobe with a streamlined approach to donating its excess office assets to community organizations local to its headquarters.

Green Standards took responsibility for the entire process; from onboarding and managing commercial movers, to engaging eligible local non-profits, coordinating and documenting asset delivery, and providing environmental and community impact reporting.

To bolster Adobe’s existing community investment initiatives, Green Standards connected with Adobe’s Global Giving Team to target specific community partners for donation.

Project Sites

  • Vancouver
  • San Francisco
  • San Jose
  • Los Angeles
  • Richardson
  • Chicago
  • New York
  • Ottawa

The Results

Since 2012, Adobe has deployed Green Standards’ services in locations across North America, including 17 office projects in California, Texas, Illinois, British Columbia and Ontario. Overall, these projects have achieved a landfill diversion rate of 97 per cent. Of the 426 tons of office equipment diverted from landfill, about 54 per cent was recycled, and 43 per cent was donated to more than 60 non-profit organizations.

Green Standards provides a turnkey approach to our needs. We are able to use them to review our inventories, bid out the removal and reach out to the local charities who will receive the items. We also get a report that gives us clear information on the value of the donations and non-profits that received the equipment and furnishings.

Justina Hyland
Senior Manager of Headquarters Site Operations
Adobe

Asset Distribution (by weight)

  • Resale
  • Donation
  • Recycling
  • Landfill

The in-kind donations, valued at $336,760 to date, have benefited numerous organizations including Youth Speaks, Habitat For Humanity and Educare of California at Silicon Valley.

“This donation makes a huge difference,” said Lisa Kaufman, Executive Director at Educare of California at Silicon Valley. “It’s all about the kids, and this is going to help us better support our kids, and those outside in the local community. We’re just so delighted to have this service and we really appreciate knowing it’s out there.”

Educare Silicon Valley staff receiving 150 items from Adobe and Green Standards.

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