Lenovo’s Environmental Management System (EMS) reflects the multinational technology company’s commitment to design and manufacture environmentally conscious products in facilities that minimize the environmental impact on their surroundings and to continually improve its performance in this area. As part of this EMS, Lenovo sought to develop water risk maps for the company’s global sites, and to use those maps to understand and identify water opportunities and risks worldwide.
Lenovo Environmental Project Manager and Staff Engineer Sona Stenclova, a 2010 Nicholas Master of Environmental Management graduate, asked a team of Nicholas master’s students in the Sustainable Business Strategy course to create these maps using World Resource Institute’s AqueductTM and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development’s Global Water Tool©. The students also developed strategic recommendations for Lenovo to capitalize on this data. Stenclova and her colleagues are using this information to evaluate Lenovo’s water management approach and strategy to ensure water-related impacts are appropriately addressed through both business and environmental management.
“The water topic is gaining more visibility with our senior management, so this project definitely helped us have in-depth understanding the situation and provide suggestions on how to strengthen our water strategy.”
Environmental Program Manager, Lenovo