Environmental citizenship

Corporate environmental policies and compliance


Initiatives For CO2 Emissions Reduction

Established in 2010, Aruba has a corporate goal of reducing CO2 emissions by 20% through a combination of managing facility utilities, alternatives to business travel, and telecommuting. To accomplish this goal Aruba has assessed and reduced the environmental footprint of our facilities and IT infrastructure. Our innovative network rightsizing and telecommuting initiative has had a profound impact in our CO2 emissions.


  • HVACR Footprint

    The heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HVACR) system in our administration building is run only from 6AM to 8PM, Monday through Friday, with a 2 hour override for weekend and after-hours use. Our engineering building has 24 x 7 cooling requirements, and we use an energy-efficient chiller for cooling, with a 2 hour override for weekend and after-hours use. All temperature-sensitive electronics equipment is being consolidated into a limited number of environmentally controlled labs to reduce the overall HVACR loading. Energy-saving environmental systems are used in all.
    Renewable Energy Sources: Aruba’s energy supplier derives more than half of the electricity it delivers from sources that emit no CO2, and an increasing amount comes from renewable sources of electricity. The power mix provided in 2007 consisted of non-emitting nuclear generation (23 percent), large hydroelectric facilities (13 percent) and renewable resources (12 percent) such as wind, geothermal, biomass and small hydro. The remaining portion came from natural gas (47 percent), coal (4 percent), and other fossil-based resources (1 percent).

  • Lighting

    T8 fluorescent bulbs are used throughout our facilities, and the company’s guard service turns off lights in areas that are not in use during evening walk-throughs.

  • Solar Reflection

    Our buildings feature white or light gray roofs to maximize sunlight reflection, lowering the HVACR cooling loading.

  • Computer Displays

    Aruba has completed an initiative to remove and recycle CRTs in favor of low-power LCD monitors.

  • Disposable Products

    Aruba has eliminated plastic drinking water bottles in favor of filtered water dispensers; uses recycled paper plates, boxes, and napkins; uses starch-based drinking glasses and utensils in its cafeteria; employs eco-friendly cleaning supplies; separates cardboard, glass, and aluminum waste for recycling; and recycles waste electronics.

  • Water Consumption

    Automatic faucets and toilets are employed to reduce water consumption.

IT Infrastructure & Telecommuting

Aruba has deployed high-speed 802.11n and 802.11ac WLANs for >90% of our 1500+ employees. A single WLAN is configured for data and voice applications for use by all Aruba employees located at our corporate headquarters, remote, branch offices, and home offices. We average roughly 15 users per wireless access point. We also provide this solution to the road warriors in our sales force, all of whom connect to the network while traveling.

Field personnel and traveling employees are provided with Aruba’s Remote Access Point (RAP) technology. RAP is a low-cost solution that combines a wireless access point with VPN security and policy enforcement firewall. RAP does not require any software to be installed on the laptop, PDA, smart phone or other devices with which it is used. RAP is also plug-and play: following initial provisioning by the IT department, no further management or configuration of the RAP is needed. Instead, the employee simply plugs the RAP into a local network (or plugs in a 3G cellular modem) and RAP automatically establishes a secure tunnel with our primary or back-up data center, establishes the corporate SSID, and initiates a secure session for both data and voice (including corporate phone extension calling).

These steps enable Aruba to maintain a very thin wired infrastructure with relatively few data switches. This design reduces data room power consumption, increases operating time from our back-up battery uninterruptible power supply (UPS), and reduces cooling loading on our HVACR system. We are also able to minimize wasted cabling associated with office adds, moves, and changes, e.g., in a recent network change to accommodate new employees we required 10km less Category 6 copper cable than would otherwise have been needed.

From a sustainability perspective, our wireless deployment allows us to minimize the use of PVC, polyethylene, polypropylene, synthetic rubber, MIC, nylon, and phenol formaldehyde cable insulation, cable management/trunking systems, and wiring device accessories.

Overall since 2010, Aruba has reduced the number of closet switches and lowered power and cooling requirements up to 20%. Mobile employees can now connect their laptops to the corporate LAN without local IT assistance, regardless of the county in which they’re operating. This eliminates the need for local IT network administrators to travel to branch offices, thereby further reducing our carbon footprint.

While Aruba continues to implement its “rightsizing the network strategies” utilizing our WLAN technology, we have achieved the following savings:

  • Number of switch ports decommissioned after Rightsizing: 675
  • Number of switches decommissioned after Rightsizing: 14
  • Estimated annual energy reduction from rightsizing: 139,000 kWh
  • Estimated annual telecommuter work-at-home days: 50,000
  • Estimated telecommuter CO2 emissions savings: 275,000 metric tons

Green Initiatives In Product Design and Maintenance

Aruba’s hardware products do not employ disposable parts subject to wear.

Software maintenance is accomplished via updates that are centrally managed from an Aruba controller and distributed to access points and controllers over the network. This design minimizes the need for dispatching service technicians, saving considerable time and lowering petrol/diesel consumption.

The upgradable design enables customers to continue using all or part of an Aruba network for a longer period than competing designs that are not upgradable.

Aruba’s AirWave Wireless Management Suite manages products from multiple different wireless vendors, allowing a heterogeneous network to be formed from products that would otherwise have to be discarded.

Company Environmental Management System

Aruba outsources product manufacturing to several manufacturing partners. Each partner’s manufacturing facility is certified to ISO 14001. Aruba works with our partners to:

  • Adopt a progressive environmental position to maximize global compliance with existing environmental regulations and policies on both products and processes;
  • Ensure that we can appropriately support our partners and customers in their desire to do the same;
  • Realize whatever opportunities these actions may add to our competitive competencies portfolio; and
  • Execute these in a manner that is both cost-effective and environmentally conscious.

Aruba does not set environmental performance targets and objectives against which performance is audited. Our partners’ compliance is monitored and audited in compliance with their ISO 14001 certification.

Aruba actively works to decrease the quantity and minimize the environmental impact of its packaging. Our company uses eco-friendly packaging or has a collection and recovery system for our packaging. We employ recycled/recyclable cardboard in product packaging, we use print-on-demand for marketing collateral to eliminate unnecessary waste, and we print our annual report on recycled paper.

Aruba reduces transportation/delivery packaging by consolidating materials into fewer but larger shipment whenever possible. We encourage our customers to recycle used packaging, and we will take back used packaging on request by our customers.

Our products are designed for ease of recycling by allowing them to be disassembled externally. Wherever possible products are designed with only one type of polymer or recyclable plastic blend, and molded/glued-in metal is avoided.

Compliance With Global Environmental Laws and Regulations

Aruba Networks is committed to compliance with all applicable environmental laws and regulations in our global markets.

To ensure our compliance, a company-wide team monitors the development and implementation of environmental laws and regulations which affect our business. As part of this effort, Aruba has developed specific plans and taken steps to meet the requirements of the following implemented environmental laws and regulations:

  • EU Directive 2002/95/EC of January 27, 2003 on the Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment (RoHS)
  • EU Directive 2002/96/EC of January 27, 2003 on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE)
  • Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the “Dodd-Frank Act”) regarding Conflict Free Minerals

Compliance With EU Directive 2002/95/EC (RoHS)

The European Union Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment (RoHS) Directive took effect on July 1, 2006. The RoHS Directive prohibits the sale into the EU of electronic equipment containing lead, cadmium, mercury, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyls (PBBs) and polybrominated diphenylethers (PBDEs). Manufacturers are responsible for eliminating these substances from their products.

Aruba products comply with the RoHS Directive and we continue to work closely with our suppliers to ensure they understand and comply with the RoHS requirements.

The RoHS Directive allowed a lead-in-solder exemption for network system products to extend the time necessary for the network system industry to validate the reliability of lead-free solder. Aruba initially relied on the lead-in-solder exemption for our products. However, at this time more than 80% of our current products have transitioned to lead-free solder as we are confident this technology will ensure the product reliability and quality our customers demand.

On request, Aruba can provide a Declaration of Conformity with the RoHS Directive in the form of a compliance document.

Compliance With to EU Directive 2002/96/EC (WEEE)

Aruba is currently in compliance with the EU Directive on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment, Directive 2002/96/EC (WEEE).

Under the EU WEEE Directive, which took effect on August 13, 2005, manufacturers of covered electronic equipment who sell directly to EU customers (whether they be businesses or private consumers) are required to take back such products at the end of their useful life. The WEEE Directive also specifies guidelines for labeling and recycling of products.

To comply with the WEEE Directive, Aruba has worked with its EU resellers to implement the required collection, treatment, recovery and disposal processes for all covered Aruba products they sell into the 25 EU Member states.

Compliance With The Dodd-Frank Act – Section 1502

Aruba Networks is committed to conducting business ethically and responsibly, and to providing our customers with ethically sourced products. Under the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) rules issued in August 2012, public companies like Aruba are required to file disclosures on their products that contain specific minerals that originated from the Democratic Republic of the Congo and surrounding countries. The SEC rules are intended to address human rights violations related to mining operations in these areas. Many of these “conflict minerals” are used in electronics components and equipment.

Aruba does not knowingly source components containing conflict minerals from suppliers that directly or indirectly obtain “conflict minerals” from the DRC or surrounding countries. If we determine that a supplier may be violating this policy, we require them to engage in measurable risk mitigation efforts that are consistent with the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) guidance. Aruba has adopted the Electronics Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC) standard conflict minerals reporting format, and we require our manufacturing partners to use the same format when reporting their supply chain status to us.

We will continue to examine whether any conflict minerals have entered our supply chain and plan to continue implementing ethical sourcing activities. Aruba’s goal is to avoid the use of conflict minerals in all of the products we sell.

Questions regarding Aruba Networks’ Conflict Minerals Policy can be addressed to environment@arubanetworks.com.

For further information regarding conflict minerals, please refer to the EICC website.

Additional Environmental Policy Considerations

Aruba closely follows the development and implementation of additional environmental laws and regulations in all of our markets. We are currently in compliance with China RoHS regulations and are closely watching developing standards in Japan and the United States. As stated above, Aruba is committed to compliance with all environmental laws and regulations applicable to our business.

Questions regarding Aruba Networks’ Environmental Compliance can be addressed to environment@arubanetworks.com.