Every corner of our business rises to the challenge of creating a sustainable world. When Trane Technologies introduced new ESG goals, the Information Technology (IT) Department began exploring ways to contribute to the targets, support the company’s direction, and engage IT employees in sustainable practices.
To stay current and secure, our IT team refreshes the company’s hardware and infrastructure on a regular schedule. We partner with an outside firm that either recycles or refurbishes our used hardware depending on the type of equipment. Through our partner’s recycling and refurbishment program, we diverted over 120,000 lbs. of steel, wire, aluminum, circuit boards, batteries, and plastic from landfills last year.
We believe access to technology greatly enhances student learning. Since 2019, our employees have played a key role in supporting our partner Project Scientist and other non-profits in their communities. In 2020, we partnered with Eliminate the Digital Divide (E2D) to provide laptops to Charlotte, North Carolina, families that did not own the technology necessary for remote learning. In 2021, we expanded our donation program by providing laptops to underserved schools and charities globally. To date, we have donated over 1,700 laptops (and counting!).
Our IT Department leverages workforce development programs as one way to build a holistic, sustainable IT organization. Trane Technologies’ college interns may enter the ADP program upon graduation. Our ADP participants can rotate through multiple IT disciplines – including cybersecurity, infrastructure, applications, and business partnering – where they gain valuable work experience on critical projects. ADP participants work in different business units throughout our organization, rotating into new roles to gain experience across our company.
In 2021, we hosted our annual IT conference virtually and invited all our global IT associates to attend. We dedicated one of the three days to sustainability and asked our employees to share personal tips and practices. Ideas ranged from picking up trash at the beach to power conservation, plastic reduction, recycling, gardening tips, and composting strategies to reduce food waste. We used the conference to connect our employees' actions with their business unit's sustainability targets and Trane Technologies' 2030 Sustainability Commitments.
In 2021, volunteers from all regions and various IT functions formed the IT Sustainability Team. This team creates awareness, promotes sustainable best practices, and drives IT-focused projects that helps in achieving our 2030 commitments. For example, it supports our Opportunity for All pillar by leading educational technology initiatives in underserved communities worldwide. It also supports educational technology initiatives in underserved communities worldwide. Beginning in 2022, the IT Sustainability team will also kick off a campaign to crowd-source sustainability projects from IT department employees. The function will sponsor and participate in these projects together and support additional initiatives aligned with Trane Technologies' 2030 Sustainability Commitments.
Cybersecurity is an ongoing focus for Trane Technologies. We continually improve our cybersecurity processes by monitoring threats and taking preventive actions to keep our business and our customers safe. Our measures and controls protect intellectual property, ensure continual operations at our manufacturing sites, and safeguard customer data.
Additionally, we engage third parties to test and manage our systems. Third parties help Trane Technologies assess cybersecurity maturity and improve performance in an ever-evolving landscape of threats. In 2019, we worked with a third party to conduct a risk assessment based on the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Cybersecurity Framework. Based on the results of the assessment, we took a series of actions to improve our cybersecurity maturity score, including:
We require all salaried workers to complete annual cybersecurity training, which highlights specific threats and scenarios. Our cybersecurity strategy is directed by the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) and is overseen by the Board of Directors’ Audit Committee. Senior management briefs the Board’s Audit Committee regularly. A team of cybersecurity incident responders, led by Trane Technologies’ CISO, monitors company operations in real-time. We publish information on cybersecurity risks and management in our Annual Report.