Environmental management system at Infosys headquarters, Bangalore

This article shows the dedication towards the environment shown by Infosys by implementing an Environmental Management System called the Ozone Initiative.
A lake in Bangalore city. Image used for representational purposes only. Image courtesy India Water Portal. A lake in Bangalore city. Image used for representational purposes only. Image courtesy India Water Portal.

“We want to give back this planet to our children in a condition better than the one in which we borrowed it from them.”
N.R. Narayana Murthy, Chairman of the Board and Chief Mentor, Infosys Limited

Infosys has shown its dedication towards the environment by implementing an Environmental Management System called the Ozone Initiative (which conforms to the EMS Standard ISO 14001:2004). The initiative is subject to third party surveillance audits. Under the initiative, the organization complies completely with all legal requirements and meets or exceeds these expectations. For example, internal environmental audits are being conducted throughout the year to ensure the targets are executed.

Infosys has an Environment, Health and Safety Policy which states the following:

“Infosys as a corporate citizen is committed to demonstrating a high standard of environmental protection, sharing of best practices and provision of a safe and healthy workplace. To achieve this, we shall work toward:

    • Conservation of resources
    • Prevention of pollution
    • Adherence to all applicable legislations
    • Prevention of accidents and occupational injuries at work

We shall work with various stakeholders toward continual improvement of our Environmental Management System.

We shall meet mandated safety requirements as a minimum and strive to go beyond regulatory limitations to become a leader in environment, health and safety management.”


Infosys campus

Infosys campus, Bangalore. Picture courtesy: Arjun Agrawal, IWP volunteer

Water Management at Infosys

An integrated water management system optimizes consumption and recycles water in state-of-the-art treatment plants. Reservoirs, wells and roof-top basins across our Indian DCs replenish ground water and harvest rain water.

  • Water is diligently used on all the campuses. Consumption of water on a per capita basis is low.
  • Waste water, resulting from usage within each of the campuses, is treated and recycled in its own sewage treatment plants.
  • All recycled water is used for landscape maintenance within the campus.
  • Effective use of recycled water has resulted in the company reducing the quantity of fresh water intake.
  • Treated and dried sludge from the sewage treatment plants is used as manure in gardens.
  • Harvest rainwater and consistently reduce the use of fresh water
  • Recharge ground water
  • Infosys has also introduced a green team on its campuses to reduce its energy and water footprint and achieve LEED platinum certification for new buildings.

This is a fine example of a corporate taking steps to conserve water and spread awareness among its employees on sustainable water management. One can only hope that this will pave the way for others to follow suit.

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