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Akamai's New ESG Office: A Catalyst for Environmental and Social Progress

Written by

Aaron Ahola

February 25, 2021

Aaron Ahola is Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary for Akamai. Mr. Ahola oversees all legal and regulatory matters for Akamai's operations worldwide. Mr. Ahola joined Akamai in 2000. His experience at Akamai has covered securities, mergers and acquisitions, global compliance, litigation management, patent and intellectual property, international regulations, commercial contracting, employment, and risk management.

We're proud of the progress Akamai has made in environmental, social, and governance (ESG) performance. From reducing our greenhouse gas emissions by 30% and powering our platform with 50% renewable energy, to the millions invested in STEM education grants for underserved students, giving back to our planet and communities is a big part of who we are and a key reason for our success as a business.

Now, we're taking an important step forward in that commitment with the launch of a new Akamai ESG Office led by Deputy General Counsel Nicole Fitzpatrick serving as our Chief ESG Officer. The new office will provide a cohesive approach to ESG across Akamai -- establishing a global ESG strategy that aligns with our business goals, integrating efforts across the enterprise, and measuring our performance. It will also play a crucial role in helping Akamai serve as a catalyst for positive, systemic change that supports our customers, investors, employees, and communities.

The Akamai ESG Office will bolster our existing efforts around Sustainability; Inclusion, Diversity, and Engagement; and the Akamai Foundation. It is recognition that ESG issues have touchpoints across the enterprise -- from supply chain and sales to communications and compensation. Providing assistance and guidance for these touchpoints is a key focus for Fitzpatrick and her team.

"By establishing cohesive strategies for measuring, evolving, and communicating our progress, our goal is to embed sustainable business practices throughout the entire company and cultivate the world's best culture," Fitzpatrick says of the new office. "By sharing our wins and lessons transparently and without reservation, we will inspire other companies to do the same."

The new Akamai ESG Office is evidence of our commitment to make the world a better place. As with all big goals, this must be a collaborative effort in partnership with you, our customers, investors, employees, partners, and communities.  



Written by

Aaron Ahola

February 25, 2021

Aaron Ahola is Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary for Akamai. Mr. Ahola oversees all legal and regulatory matters for Akamai's operations worldwide. Mr. Ahola joined Akamai in 2000. His experience at Akamai has covered securities, mergers and acquisitions, global compliance, litigation management, patent and intellectual property, international regulations, commercial contracting, employment, and risk management.