Corporate Sustainability

Sustainability

Ten years ago today, our company made a bold commitment to minimize our environmental impacts, grow sustainably, and inspire others to take action, with the launch of the Global Energy Initiative.

Thanks to the dedication, creativity and passion of colleagues from around the world, we have delivered on that commitment, and improved our business and our communities in the process. Our efforts have reduced our operating costs by hundreds of millions of dollars, built important relationships with partners and audiences, earned recognition for our leadership, and established best practices for the entire entertainment industry.

Over the past decade, we have invested in renewable energy and energy efficiency, including the recently completed expansion of solar power systems at our studio lot in LA, and built new offices on three continents—in Mumbai, Los Angeles, and Rio de Janeiro—that have achieved LEED certification, recognizing their green design. In 2010, 21CF became the first global media company to reach a carbon neutral target; since then we’ve developed new targets to drive continued improvement and have made significant progress toward those goals.


We have helped lead our industry in environmentally responsible film and television production, most recently with efforts on FX’s Legion, FOX’s The X-Files, and Super Bowl LI, and set new environmental standards for the way we create and deliver our content. On screen, compelling storytelling continues to be our most powerful tool in engaging audiences on environmental issues, with programming such as Avatar, The Simpsons, and Before the Flood entertaining our global viewers while encouraging them to think critically about their own impacts on their communities and the world.

Our expanded partnership with National Geographic also speaks to this commitment, with captivating stories that take us to the far reaches of our planet and inspire us to better protect it. National Geographic’s cutting-edge research and exploration help find solutions to our world’s most pressing challenges and give our readers and viewers a front-row seat to the action.

As we mark this milestone and enter the second decade of our sustainability efforts, which continue as part of 21CF Social Impact, we thank our colleagues from every part of the organization who have helped bring us this far.


21st Century Fox Businesses Score High on CDP Ranking

For the 2012 fiscal year, 21st Century Fox businesses, formerly part of News Corporation, have been commended by CDP--an independent not-for-profit organization--for the transparency and thoroughness of their corporate sustainability program. The company ranks in the top 8% of all companies in the S&P 500 and among the top 10% of all companies in the Global 500, placing it on the "Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index." The former News Corp. is the highest ranking media company in both groups, and this is the fifth consecutive year that the company has placed on the CDLI.

CDP is a voluntary reporting system that assesses the greenhouse gas emissions management and public disclosure activities of companies around the world. Participating companies complete an annual questionnaire that addresses total energy use and carbon emissions across their operations, as well as strategy and governance in assessing and managing risks and opportunities from climate change. 68% of S&P 500 companies and 81% of Global 500 companies participated this year.

The Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index (CDLI) scores companies' performances on a scale of 0 to 100, based on the level of disclosure of carbon emissions measurement techniques and subsequent public disclosure. The Carbon Performance Band grades companies' overall response to climate change. Companies are classified in Bands A through D, with "A" being the best overall grade and "D" being the worst. For 2013, the former News Corporation received a score of 97 on the CDLI and a Carbon Performance Band grade of A-.

Paul Simpson, CEO of CDP, comments: "US Companies that score highly enough to be included in the Climate Disclosure Leadership Index are responding to the call for greater corporate climate accountability. They have demonstrated leading practice on the measurement of greenhouse gas emissions and energy use, and transparency of their climate change strategy."

The company has disclosed its emissions and carbon reduction strategy with CDP since the launch of the Global Energy Initiative in 2007. The complete S&P 500 and Global 500 reports can be found at CDProject.net.


James Murdoch joined Prime Minister David Cameron and a delegation of UK and India business leaders in Delhi, India, to discuss low carbon growth and charter to boost green jobs and economy. The meeting was a precursor to the the UK-India Business Leaders Climate Group, "a coalition of influential business leaders who believe that moving to a low carbon economy is essential for sustainable long term growth and combating climate change.The Group has mapped the practical ways that India and the UK can work together to boost productivity, jobs and innovation while cutting carbon emissions." Mr. Murdoch remarked, "This kind of a partership is really something that can foster more rapid innovation, [with] enterprise taking the lead, and trade taking the lead, in addressing some of these issues." The Group has published a report designed to improve collaboration that builds on the relative strengths of the UK and Indian business communities and puts business at the heart of a prosperous climate-friendly economy.

UKIBLCG Video from UK-India Business Leaders on Vimeo.