Alphabet

Company Score

-0.48
Industry Software & Services
Country United States
Year Added 2018
Impact Ratings 1407
Impact Notes 28
SDG Covered 12 out of 17

Alphabet Inc. is better known as Google, Alphabet Inc. was created via a corporate restructuring of Google in 2015 making it the parent company of Google and its former subsidiaries. Its is an American multinational conglomerate headquartered in California and the worlds fifth-largest technology company by revenue, it is also one of the worlds most valuable companies.
Alphabet employs 103,549 people worldwide and 86% of its revenues came from Performance Advertising as reported in 2017 (through user clicks using Adsense and Google Ads) and Brand Advertising. Its total revenue in 2017 was reported as US$110,855 million and a net income of US$12,662 million.

Read about Alphabet and its impact below.

Impact notes

Affordable and Clean Energy

Of the total energy (12.74 Mn MWh) used by Alphabet in 2019, 85% originated from renewable sources

Profile Surbhi Kohli
Icon time Thu Jun 3rd, 2021 at 11:18am

In 2019 the global primary energy consumption was 173.34 Bn MWh, 84% of which originated from fossil fuels1. Renewables accounted for only 11.4% of the worldwide energy usage, and 4.3% of the energy came from nuclear sources in 20191. The U.S. consumed 26.29 Bn MWh of energy in 2019 while using only 16.74% of energy from renewable sources2. The country’s per capita energy usage in 2019 was 79.9 MWh2.

Good Health and Well-being

Extremist videos uploaded in 4 months reached 0.01% of the monthly users on Youtube

Profile Khadija Rahman
Icon time Thu Mar 25th, 2021 at 4:37pm

Using online platforms like YouTube has been a crucial part of terrorist groups like the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and Al-Qaeda to spread their propaganda and recruit people1. Between March and June 2018, ISIS members and supporters posted over 1,348 YouTube videos that garnered well over 163,391 views1. Uploading videos online has been a way to recruit and spread propaganda for extremist organizations1. A study stated that over 5,000 people from Europe alone left their homes to join the terrorists, most of them having been convinced through the internet5.

Decent work and Economic Growth

2 Mn American Businesses have gained $426 Bn of economic activity using Google’s products

Profile Tejaswi Chunduri
Icon time Wed Mar 24th, 2021 at 8:43am

According to the ILO, self-employment, micro and small enterprises play a major role in providing jobs; they account for 70% of the total employment1. In the United States of America (US), there are 30.7 Mn small businesses2. According to the Small Business Administration, small companies create 1.5 Mn jobs annually and account for 64% of new jobs created in the US2.

Good Health and Well-being

Alphabet owned YouTube lacks effective restrictions and negatively impacts kids' health

Profile chandana.prathipati85
Icon time Tue Mar 23rd, 2021 at 4:40pm

YouTube is the world's leading free online forum5 and is the 2nd most viewed website globally7. Nearly 1Bn hours of YouTube videos are watched by people every single day7. About 400 hrs of videos are uploaded to YouTube each minute3.  Kids aged below 8 are observed to be spending so much time on YouTube, surpassing the video watch time of other services like Netflix5.

Decent work and Economic Growth

Alphabet's Google's supply chain is linked to forced labor of Uyghurs in China

Profile chandana.prathipati85
Icon time Tue Mar 23rd, 2021 at 4:05pm

Estimates show that about a million members, including Uyghurs and Turkic minorities were lost in re-education camps in Xinjiang region, since 20171. Nearly 80,000 Uyghur laborers were sent to work in factories outside Xinjiang between 2017-20191. These workers lack freedom of movement, are prohibited from participating in religious ceremonies, and are under constant surveillance1. China's network of extralegal "re-education camps" are condemned worldwide1.