21st Century Fox is committed to minimizing our environmental impacts, growing sustainably, and inspiring others to take action.
Since 2006, we have carefully measured and managed our impacts through our company-wide sustainability program. We continue to drive industry-leading sustainability practices in film and television production. And we raise awareness and inspire sustainable thinking in audiences through pioneering content like Before the Flood, Years of Living Dangerously, Cosmos, National Geographic and Epic.
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Framework and Targets
To help 21st Century Fox achieve its long-term vision, we are focusing our sustainability efforts on the following environmental issues: carbon, waste, water, and clean energy. expand
We will work to address our impacts through several key areas of our business, including audiences, distribution, colleagues, facilities, productions, and supply chain. Click each target below to see an update on how we're doing.
- Replaced more than 13,000 square feet of lawn with artificial turf, eliminating the need for regular irrigation of these areas and saving more than one million gallons of water per year.
- Installed a new computerized irrigation system that allocates water based on the amount of recent rainfall, the type of plant, and how long each plant has been in place; in process of installing flow meters for the irrigation system to more precisely track its water use. These investments save an estimated 1.5 million gallons of water each year.
For Super Bowl LI in Houston, FOX Sports diverted more than 2,800 pounds of waste from the landfill at the end of the event by recycling or donating materials to local charities. This included 1,200 square feet of flooring, more than 160 pounds of copper wire and nearly 10 miles of Cat5 cable. In addition, by prioritizing grid power, replacing backup generators with UPS technology and using biodiesel fuel for remaining generators, FOX Sports saved nearly 24,000 gallons of diesel fuel. In total, the energy and material recovery efforts led to reducing 121 metric tons of CO2e.
All targets against a 2013 baseline.
The careful tracking of our businesses’ energy consumptions forms the basis of our sustainability efforts. Since fiscal year 2006, we have measured the carbon footprint of our global operations, providing insight into the carbon reduction and energy efficiency opportunities at each division. expand
To determine the company’s global carbon footprint, we work with sustainability experts at Deloitte to collect energy usage data from each of our businesses and then calculate our total annual greenhouse gas emissions.
In fiscal 2016, 21st Century Fox generated a carbon footprint of 211,733 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalents. These numbers will be included in our Annual Report and updated on this website each year.
 Carbon footprint does not include reductions due to purchases of energy generated from clean power sources.
We follow the Greenhouse Gas Protocol established by the World Resources Institute and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, the standard manual for measuring corporate greenhouse gas emissions. Using the ”control method”, we include 100% of the emissions associated with businesses we directly control. Our carbon footprint includes:
Whenever necessary, we will re-baseline our previous year’s footprint to account for business dynamics such as acquisitions or divestitures, as well as improvements in data quality or availability. In rare cases where data are not available directly from our business units, Deloitte estimates emissions based on available data such as square footage of the location. These estimates account for only a small percentage of our total reported emissions.
We recognize that our businesses have other indirect impacts that also create greenhouse gas emissions. For example, emissions are created in the manufacture and transport of products that our businesses purchase. While these emissions are not part of our corporate footprint, we are committed to working with our suppliers and businesses to address these impacts.
To confirm that our carbon accounting is accurate and consistent with our documented methodology, each year we work with an independent third-party (Cventure LLC) qualified to verify carbon footprint analyses. Cventure audits the methodology, data collection process, and accuracy of the data used to calculate the carbon footprint of 21st Century Fox businesses, and conducts interviews and site visits to directly verify data. Cventure’s statement on the verification of 21st Century Fox’s fiscal 2016 carbon footprint analysis can be viewed here.
Each year we publicly disclose our carbon footprint data and highlight carbon reduction efforts via CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project), the largest clearinghouse for carbon data from thousands of leading companies around the world, backed by 827 institutional investors representing over $100 trillion of assets under management. In 2016, CDP awarded 21st Century Fox the grade of A-, commending the company for the quality of its disclosure and its commitment to strategy, governance, stakeholder communications and emissions reduction performance. Please visit the CDP website for more information. collapse
Our commitment to growing our business sustainably affects every part of our company, and our drive to lead environmental innovation in the media space requires action from every department. expand
We recognize that our impact extends beyond the bounds of our own operations, but our core responsibilities – and key opportunities – lie within our own walls.
Reducing our energy use and resource consumption takes the participation and dedication of nearly every department at every business. From human resources to engineering, marketing to procurement, here’s how everyone is getting involved:
Working with Partners
Collaboration is crucial to the ways we develop our strategic priorities. Not only do we draw on the expertise of our partners to enhance our sustainability efforts, but we also share the lessons we learn with our peers in the media sector and beyond. expand
From day one, we have consulted extensively with outside experts, nonprofit organizations and other businesses that have shown leadership in addressing their impacts on climate change. We are members of The Climate Group and the Corporate Eco Forum, and we have partnered extensively with the Environmental Defense Fund, all of which connect us with leaders in the NGO and scientific communities, as well as the business world.
By collaborating with our partners to find more efficient ways of doing business, we can both reduce our emissions and create economic value. In the case of our DVD supply chain, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment continues to lead the industry in innovative partnerships. For several years, TCFHE has worked with its suppliers and the world's biggest retailer, Walmart, to track and reduce the amount of energy used in the production, manufacture, and distribution of DVDs. Changes in packaging and manufacturing equipment resulted in an 11% reduction in the DVD footprint, including a 23% reduction in raw material consumption and a 24% drop in manufacturing emissions. As a result of TCFHE's pioneering partnership with Walmart, most of the DVD industry has adopted the "eco-case" as a consistent standard.
Our work with partners extends to government agencies, as well. In 2010, we began a multi-year with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Commercial Buildings Partnership to address environmental impacts on the Fox Studios production lot in Los Angeles. Top scientists and engineers from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) provided detailed energy tracking of the stages on the lot and proposed an innovative set of sustainability measures to increase their efficiency, including upgrades to LED lighting and major retrofits to the cooling systems. The three-year project, which included a multi-million dollar investment from Fox, has yielded energy savings of more than 2.6 million kilowatt hours per year, cost savings of approximately $1,000 per day, and CO2 emissions reductions of 1,081 tonnes per year. collapse
Our media properties reach more than 1.8 billion subscribers across 50 local languages every day, meaning we have the tools at our disposal to effect positive change on a large scale. Through storytelling that both informs and inspires, our programming empowers these global audiences to take action and become environmental stewards in their own lives and communities. expand
We also recognize that our businesses represent a wide variety of voices, cultures, lifestyles, and perspectives; we do not speak with one monolithic voice about sustainability but rather approach each audience with a unique and appropriate message.
And we continue to find new opportunities to use these platforms to address sustainability. In fall 2016, National Geographic launched its first ever Earth Week, dedicating its primetime television slate to programming related to climate change, including the documentary series Years of Living Dangerously and Leonardo DiCaprio’s film Before the Flood. The film broke viewership records, reaching more than 60 million people globally, and the educational resources we developed continue to educate students everywhere. We expanded our partnership with National Geographic in 2015, allowing us to directly contribute to its ongoing research to better understand and protect the planet, and share that information with viewers worldwide. 27% of all proceeds from National Geographic Partners go toward the National Geographic Society’s grantmaking efforts.
"More than ever before, swift and dramatic change is being driven by powerful narratives that crisscross the world at the speed of a click or swipe... Those who wish to create a better world will have to make storytelling the center of their efforts."