Effective October 1, 2012, QUALCOMM Incorporated completed a corporate reorganization in which the assets of certain of its businesses and groups, as well as the stock of certain of its direct and indirect subsidiaries, were contributed to Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. (QTI), a wholly-owned subsidiary of QUALCOMM Incorporated. Learn more about these changes

Facilities and Operations

Increasing sustainability from the inside out

As a Company focused on employee health, environmental stewardship and cost-efficiency, we want our facilities to be as sustainable as possible. So as we design, build and operate our facilities, environmental performance is top of mind.

Expanding our commitment to building green

U.S. Green Building Council

As we expand our operations around the world, we continue to implement the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) methodology. We choose green building materials wherever possible—including low-VOC paint and recycled products, which are further recyclable, such as ceiling tiles, vinyl composition floor tile, systems furniture, carpet, fabrics and more. By sourcing, designing and building with sustainable products, we minimize waste and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In all, we have earned LEED certification for five of our buildings.

In 2012, we achieved LEED Silver—Commercial Interiors Certified status for our 9,300-square-foot expansion space in Shenzhen, China. This is our second building in China to earn this distinction. Our first was the Qualcomm Kerry Centre in Beijing.

We also achieved LEED Gold Certification for construction of our new 1.3 million-square-foot facility in Longtan, Taiwan. Our other LEED Gold facilities are our 127,000-square-foot office tower in Bangalore, India (which was upgraded from LEED Silver status), and our 1 million-square-foot campus in San Diego, California, which was certified LEED Gold in 2008.

Our facilities and biodiversity

Five of our San Diego office sites are adjacent to Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve, protected home to more than 500 plant species, 175 types of birds and a variety of reptiles, amphibians and mammals. We work closely with the City of San Diego and San Diego County to ensure that we have minimal impact on this important sanctuary.

More Efficient Distribution in Singapore

Improved packaging and material handling at our Singapore distribution center continued to reduce waste and carbon emissions. Reuse of pallets and boxes, recycling of corrugated cardboard and replacement of disposable palettes and cartons with steel cages and trolleys are just some of the ways we’re cutting waste.

Since our Singapore distribution center introduced slimmer shipping boxes for our integrated circuit (IC) products in 2008, we’ve saved thousands of metric tons of cardboard. We also expect to reuse more than 30,000 cartons per year, further reducing our consumption.

1,200 metric tons of cardboard saved at our Singapore distribution center in 2012

Cutting waste from IT operations

As an engineering company, we depend on a robust information technology (IT) infrastructure. We take steps to minimize energy consumption and waste in our IT system, keeping both costs and environmental considerations in mind. Our Green IT Committee meets regularly to look for opportunities to cut waste, such as using their procurement teams to leverage consolidated purchasing to reduce the number of shipments we receive, saving transportation fuel and encouraging vendors to minimize packing materials.

The following are some of our new and continuing measures:

Server virtualization

Enables a single computer to do the work of multiple machines, saving energy and carbon emissions. We increased our virtual servers by 30 percent in 2012.

Increased teleconferencing

Teleconferencing reduces our carbon footprint by reducing travel for our employees. We increased our number of teleconference systems to 24 in 2012, with more systems scheduled for implementation in 2013.

Wireless backhaul

We use wireless backhaul wherever feasible. Wireless backhaul—the use of wireless solutions to connect with wired networks—saves wasteful trenching of city streets for network cable installation.

Powering down printers

All of our printers automatically power down after hours and print double-sided by default. We’re replacing older printers with more energy-efficient models and buying toner that yields higher page volume.

Monitor upgrades

We now purchase LED-backlit displays instead of CCFL displays, thereby reducing power usage and increasing lifespan. Additionally, these types of panels no longer include any mercury content.

Modular data centers

As our Company grows, so does our demand for computing power and IT services. Modular data centers allow us to efficiently meet those demands by increasing capacity while significantly lowering energy consumption and associated costs.

ISO-certified Building services team

We strive to keep our buildings exceptionally clean and to minimize the use of chemicals as we do so. In 2012, our San Diego Building Services Team earned ISO 9001:2008 certification from the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). In awarding the certification, the third-party auditor called our team a “benchmark of excellence.”

In buildings at our Company headquarters, our janitorial team employs QualClean, a program that reduces chemical use, water consumption and waste while helping to ensure consistency in cleaning and a healthier workplace for our employees.

The program delivers cost efficiencies as well. Among our “green” cleaning practices:

  • A system for reducing potential for cross contamination that exceeds requirements for Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) compliance.
  • Two Green Seal Certified chemicals of three daily-use cleaning products.
  • Use of three of four neutral pH (@ +-7) carpet-cleaning chemicals listed by OSHA as having zero toxic hazard, zero flammable hazard, zero reactive hazard and zero corrosive hazard.
  • Limited use of hydrochloric, sulfamic and oxalic acids.
  • Use of an ergonomic, four-level filter vacuum system proven to reduce dust particles to virtually no detectable emission.
  • Use of flat microfiber mops and two-sided buckets that reduce water usage for cleaning by 75 percent.
  • A just-in-time inventory system for cleaning products that reduces the amount of product disposed.
  • Use of chemical cleaning concentrates that has reduced waste sent to landfills by 97 percent.
All six cafés at our corporate headquarters are Green Restaurant Association Certified Green RestaurantsTM.