New report highlights Intel’s positive impact on Arizona

A new report from Intel Corporation outlines the company’s progress towards achieving its corporate responsibility goals and highlights its community impact in Arizona.

In May 2020, Intel laid out its unified “One Intel” corporate responsibility framework, or 2030 RISE Goals, to create a more responsible, inclusive, and sustainable world, enabled by technology and employee expertise. The new 2023 report tracks the company’s impact on Arizona communities and other companywide achievements in pursuing these goals.

“Intel’s long history of investment in Arizona has supported an ecosystem of innovation driving our state forward,” said Liz Shipley, public affairs director at Intel. “In Arizona, Intel will continue to push the needle on environmental and social issues for ourselves, driven by our 2030 companywide goals.”

Intel, which is the largest technology manufacturer in Arizona, has taken a multifaceted approach to its community impact through local purchasing, charitable donations, volunteerism, investments in equity, water restoration, and more.

Sustainability has been at the forefront of Intel’s RISE strategy in Arizona. In 2022, Intel restored more than 100% of Arizona’s freshwater use to local communities through water project investments.

In a recent interview on 12 News, Arizona Chamber of Commerce & Industry CEO Danny Seiden highlighted Intel’s water-positive practices.

“Intel puts more water back into the system than they take out,” he said. “They are excellent community partners. They are excellent on this topic.”

Another focus point in Intel’s 2023 RISE report is the advancement of responsible business practices and growing Arizona’s economy. In 2022, Intel continued progress on its $20 billion investment to manufacture two new fabrication plants, or fabs, at the company’s Ocotillo campus. 

Intel also invested $2.5 billion in Arizona based organizations and spent $223 million with diverse-certified Arizona businesses in 2022. Intel’s commitment to promoting diverse talent in the technical workforce is also reflected in its Quick Start program to inspire a new pipeline of workers in semiconductor manufacturing.

Intel has also supported community needs through the Intel Foundation, donating $7.1 million in total charitable donations and supporting more than 1,000 teachers, schools, and non-profit causes in 2022. Intel employees have also volunteered more than 70,000 hours in the community.

The report added that Intel, which began operations in Arizona in 1979 and employs more than 12,000 workers in the state, remains focused on enabling an inclusive community of innovators through new technologies to support Arizona’s future economic development.

“Continuing to position Intel as an industry leader in diversity, equity and inclusion through responsible partnerships and business practices is at the cornerstone of our work in Arizona,” Shipley said.

Craig Ruiz

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