Frameworks and Targets
Our long-term vision is to:
- Grow our business without growing our carbon footprint
- Power our operations with clean electricity
- Minimize solid waste to landfill from our production operations
- Engage audiences, customers, and partners on sustainability issues through programs and content of the highest caliber
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.
Strategic Sustainability Issues
Areas of Impact
Click each target below to see an update on how we’re doing.
Reduce greenhouse gas emissions intensity (per $ revenue) by 25%Incomplete
We continue to invest in renewable sources of energy, energy efficiency, and new technologies and processes to help move towards our goals of growing our business sustainability, and reducing the greenhouse gas emissions associated with our operations. To promote transparency and accountability, each year we publicly disclose our carbon footprint data and highlight carbon reduction efforts via CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project). 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. Our full report and latest greenhouse gas data can be found on CDP’s website.
Achieve zero waste to landfill at Fox Studios lot in Los AngelesIncomplete
We currently divert 84-86% of waste from landfill at our studio operations in Los Angeles and continue to look for ways to improve, with a focus on set construction materials from film and TV productions. Due to franchise agreement negotiations with the city of Los Angeles, new programs in coordination with our waste hauling vendor were postponed. Despite the delay, the studio was able to implement a composting program for food waste from its four restaurants, donates leftover food to local shelters, and banned plastic water bottles, saving over two million water bottles since the program’s launch.
Measure studio water footprint and develop management planIncomplete
We have completed an analysis of our water footprint at our studio operations in Los Angeles and Sydney and are using that data to inform a water management plan, taking into account local initiatives supported by city and regional governments. In recent years, our studio has:
- 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.
Continue to invest in renewable energy sources for electricity and fuels where feasibleIncomplete
We recently completed the expansion of a solar PV system powering our studio operations in LA. Today, our systems on the Fox Studios lot generate 1.4MW of renewable power. We continue to look for other opportunities to promote and expand the use of renewable and sustainable power, including piloting battery technology on TV and sports productions and using solar powered trailers on our film and TV sets
Reduce carbon emissions from Fox feature film productions by 15% per shoot dayIncomplete
All Fox feature films productions measure and report on the carbon footprint associated with physical production and follow guidance provided by the industry-developed Green Production Guide. We continue to look for ways to reduce the impacts of our production operations, including new ways to power equipment and source material sustainably.
Reduce carbon emissions from Fox scripted television productions by 10% per episodeIncomplete
All Fox produced scripted television productions measure and report on the carbon footprint associated with physical production and follow guidance provided by the industry-developed Green Production Guide. We continue to look for ways to reduce the impacts of our production operations, including new ways to power equipment and source material sustainably.
Develop a methodology for the measurement of carbon emissions from the full life-cycle of feature filmsComplete
Working with Master’s degree candidates from the University of California Santa Barbara Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, we developed and completed a life-cycle analysis of a feature film, from pre-production, through distribution in theaters and home release. The results of this study, as well as the life-cycle work we have completed on home entertainment media, are helping us prioritize areas for improving the environmental footprint of our content production and distribution.
Improve program awareness and participation levels among colleaguesComplete
Through our annual Earth Month campaign, week of service, and on-going volunteering and engagement opportunities, we continue to connect with our colleagues around sustainability and social impact. Our 2017 Earth Month campaign encouraged colleagues to share their photography and stories of how they are taking action against climate change and are working to protect our planet, with the winning employee heading to the Galapagos Islands this fall. Last year’s inaugural Impact Week, which involved activities like park clean-ups and a photography exploration workshop for students with National Geographic photographers, involved the participation of more than 1000 employees in Los Angeles and New York, and will expand nationally in 2017.
Track the use of plywood (quantity, type and origin) using a common industry-wide methodology on all Fox feature film and scripted television productionsComplete
Along with annual carbon accounting, all productions at Fox film and television studios are now required to track and report on the source of plywood (lauan) used for set construction.
Implement a sustainable lumber use policy for all Fox feature film and scripted television productionComplete
All Fox film and television studios have implemented a sustainable lumber policy that requires the use of sustainably sourced lauan or wood alternatives whenever possible. We continue to work with industry peers and our suppliers to increase the availability of sustainable alternatives in the locales where we shoot. In 2014, FOX’s 24: Live Another Day became the first TV production ever to use 100% FSC certified luaun for set construction.
Establish common industry-wide methodology and tools to measure and report on carbon emissions and other environmental indicators for film and television productionComplete
Working together with other Hollywood studios through the Producers Guild, we have helped establish an industry-standard methodology and carbon calculator tool for measuring the impacts of film and TV production. These resources have been made freely available for any studio or production to use at www.greenproductionguide.com.
Measure carbon, water, and waste footprint for major sports production categoriesComplete
Working with third-party sustainability consultants, FOX Sports has completed assessments of the environmental impacts of sports broadcasts for MLB, NFL, NBA, NASCAR, and golf events, including Super Bowl LI and the USGA US Open. We are using this data to prioritize areas for reducing impacts and to engage vendors like caterers and fuel suppliers on sustainable alternatives.
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.
Expand Home Entertainment physical media LCA to global supply chain and continue to engage suppliers on sustainability improvementsComplete
For the past decade, our home entertainment division has completed biennial analyses of the carbon footprint associated with the production and distribution of our physical media. Working with suppliers, we redesigned DVD and Blu-ray cases resulting in a 23% reduction in raw material consumption and a 24% drop in manufacturing emissions. This new “eco-case” design has been now been adopted by much of the industry. We have since expanded our analysis to look at the impacts of production and distribution of physical media internationally and this year will complete analysis of the carbon footprint of digital media distribution.
Engage digital media supply chain partners on sustainability improvementsComplete
Fox Home Entertainment has led the industry in identifying and reducing the environmental impacts from the production and distribution of physical media, creating a newly designed “eco-case” design for DVD and Blu-ray discs that have now become and industry standard. As media consumption habits shift, we have been working our vendors and partners, as well as other companies involved in the digital media supply chain, to a) analyze the carbon footprint associated with the digital distribution of our content to consumers, and b) identify areas where Fox can play a role in driving improvements.
Engage 50 strategic suppliers/commercial partners to reduce environmentalComplete
Our vendors, suppliers and other partners are important collaborators as we work towards reducing our environmental impacts, growing sustainability and inspiring others to take action. Although we have hit our initial target of engagement, we are continuing to work with new partners regularly to help us continue to move forward in achieving our environmental goals.
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.
GHG Emissions by Source
- Purchased Energy: 61%
- Refrigerant: < 1%
- Onsite Fuel: 3%
- Transport Fuel: 19%
- Business Air Travel: 16%
GHG Emissions by Geography
- United States: 78%
- India: 6%
- Other: 6%
- Canada: 3%
- Australia: 2%
- UK: 2%
- Turkey: 2%
- Mexico: 1%
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:
- All fuels used directly by our companies (Scope 1 emissions)
- All electricity used in our facilities (Scope 2 emissions)
- The impacts of business air travel (optional Scope 3 emissions)
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.
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.
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:
- HR & Internal Communications: Developing online resources with tips on saving energy, launching ride shares and other incentive programs, and organizing colleague volunteering outings and other special events
- Procurement: Broadening relationships with advertisers, suppliers and distributors through a shared commitment to environmental sustainability
- Facilities & Engineering: Implementing energy-efficiency and renewable energy opportunities to power our operations and productions, and pursuing LEED certification for new buildings at sites across the globe
- Information Technology: Reducing the energy consumption of computers through improved technology and behavior, and ensuring understanding the environmental impacts of our industry’s shift to digital distribution.
- Creative Development & Marketing: Exploring new and effective ways to educate our audiences about energy savings, climate change and environmental stewardship
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.
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.
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.
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.