A new design solution for all of Adobe’s office relocations

INDUSTRY
IT & Software

COMPANY SIZE
30,000

HEADQUARTERS
San Jose, California

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

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LANDFILL DIVERSION RATE (1,167 TONS)

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IN-KIND DONATIONS

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Green Standards provides free furniture donations to registered non-profits

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Green Standards donates office chairs to non-profits and charitable organizations

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Challenge

While planning its headquarters renovation in 2011, Adobe’s corporate real estate team recognized that liquidating multiple floors of used office furniture would result in an unknown amount of furniture waste. Adobe understood that coordinating a large-scale donation initiative on their own could come with sizable vendor and storage costs, unique project risks, and potential legal liability. 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.

“Green Standards provides a turnkey approach and we use them to review our inventories and bid out the removal. 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

Solution

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

Green Standards takes 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 connects with Adobe’s Global Giving Team to target specific community partners for donation.

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

Result

Adobe has deployed Green Standards’ services in locations across North America, including more than 25 office projects in 12 states. With notable projects in California, Texas, Illinois, New York, and Virginia, the partnership extends to Canada and Mexico where multiple projects were completed in British Columbia, Ontario and Mexico City.

Overall, these projects have achieved a landfill diversion rate of 99.5 per cent. Of the 1,167 tons of office equipment diverted from landfill, about 50 per cent was recycled, and 35 per cent was donated to more than 125 non-profit organizations.

Asset Distribution

Resale

Donation

Recycling

Relocation

Landfill

Beneficiary Spotlights

Educare Silicon Valley

“This donation makes a huge difference. It’s all about the kids, and this is going to help us better support our kids, and those outside in the local community.”

Lisa Kaufman, Executive Director at Educare of California

“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

Lawrence Woodmere Academy

“Library spaces should no longer be silent venues, but dynamic centers of idea generation based on information and knowledge acquisition for the purpose of engaging and exchanging creative and innovative ideas. We are grateful for Green Standards and our own crew of dedicated workers who made this transformation happen.”

Brian O’Connell, Headmaster at Lawrence Woodmere Academy

In the media

How Adobe solved its old furniture problem might work for your company, too ↗

How Adobe solved its old furniture problem might work for your company, too ↗

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