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Respecting the Environment

Innovation That Drives Environmental Responsibility is Core to our Strategy

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We demonstrate our commitment to environmentally responsible behavior by reducing the footprint of our products, adhering to compliance and regulations worldwide, and adopting responsible approaches to our daily business operations.    

Product Environmental Impacts


  

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Fortinet is focused on reducing the environmental footprint of our customers by innovating highly efficient, integrated appliances and cloud-based security solutions.

Product Design & Life Cycle Management

When it comes to our products, environmental sustainability is a top priority at the design stage and throughout the entire product lifecycle. This includes product energy use and efficiency, the safety of material inputs required for proper product operations (e.g., chemicals, water), ease of reuse and recycling, and proper disposal at the end of life.

Our products comply with globally recognized product environmental compliance directives and regulations, including RoHS, REACH, Packaging Directive, and the US SEC Conflict Minerals Rule. We are also working with our Contract Manufacturers to eliminate PVC from Product Packaging.

Regarding compliance with the WEEE directive, Fortinet requires its distributors and resellers worldwide to perform an environmentally friendly, WEEE-compliant collection of discarded products at no charge to the user.

Energy Management

Years of dedicated innovation and the development of the industry's only security-focused processors have allowed Fortinet to integrate multiple security and networking functions into a single, energy-efficient platform. This has resulted in appliances that use less power, space, and cooling. In addition, Fortinet's family of proprietary secure processor units (SPUs) are built for power and efficiency. 

As a result, Fortinet produces the most energy-efficient appliances in the industry, helping our customers and partners reduce their environmental footprint. These advanced security solutions consume as much as 3X fewer resources than traditional appliances, helping lower the ecological impact of data centers, which consume around 2% of all energy worldwide.

Environmental Management


  

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From an operations standpoint, we are committed to driving an environmentally low impact business, including energy, air pollution, waste, and water, across our globally distributed offices, facilities, and data centers. This includes monitoring and managing our impact on the climate from owned operations and supply chains related to greenhouse gas emissions, energy efficiency, and renewable energy procurement; the ability to recover from and manage risks, such as the impact of more extreme weather events and natural disasters; and transition risks, such as the increasing cost of energy and customer expectations related to energy and emissions.

Fortinet works with supply chain and logistics service providers committed to ensuring the application and enforcement of environmental policies aimed at reducing air emissions and pollutions by promoting the use of clean fuels, transportation network optimization, and investing in fuel-saving technologies. We adhere to environmental standards, including waste generation and disposal, chemicals, air emissions, water use and effluents, energy management, land use, and biodiversity issues. We require the same commitment from our suppliers.

Fortinet has local RMA depots in over 20 countries and central regional depots in North America, Europe, and Asia. These help us reduce transportation-related emissions by minimizing shipping distances and consolidating shipments, collecting defective products at centralized locations, performing local repairs, and recycling defective units in compliance with local regulations.

Our current corporate headquarters in Sunnyvale, California, harnesses natural energy with large solar panels installed in the parking lot to reduce energy usage, uses drought-resistant landscaping, a silica rooftop to minimize heat, LED bulbs, and auto power-down after-hours. Fortinet's recent headquarters expansion is a state-of-the-art 172,000-square-foot building on track to obtain LEED Gold certification. This all electric, Net-Zero facility also has implemented multiple energy efficiency measures including solar panels and radiant cooling, which uses 30% less energy than a standard building and conserves 76,800 gallons of water annually. All sites in North America run on 100% purchased renewable energy from local utilities.

Fortinet also incentivizes employees at its headquarters to reduce their environmental footprint by providing onsite solar-powered EV Charging Stations, preferred parking spaces for sustainable energy vehicles, mobile fueling for all employees, and installed bike racks.

Office recycling programs—such as E-Waste, Paper & Cardboard, a Food Scrap Program, and a battery recycling collection program—are also in place at company locations.