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We firmly believe in practicing what we preach. With sustainability being at the heart of our organisation, it is also at the heart of our ways of working. We want to make the biggest possible positive impact upon the environment whilst having the smallest possible footprint.
We've outlined some of the simple, and not so simple, measures we undertake to make this a reality.
But, we're also constantly on the look out for new ways to be more sustainable. We say that innovation is important for a more sustainable world, and so we look for ways to innovate and be more sustainable,
We have moved to a significantly smaller office, which is a part of a complex with a comprehensive sustainability and environment policy.
This new office also has greater public transport links, and charging ports for electric vehicles.
We have moved the majority of our publishing in-house, meaning we can ensure the environmental footprint of our publications. This includes printing with vegetable ink onto recycled paper and limiting print runs to just what is needed and not what the best deal is. Where printing has to be out-sourced, we ensure that our printers have a comprehensive environmental policy.
In-house printing also enables us to more accurately track our printer usage and identify areas which require a higher intensity of printing. We actively monitor our printer usage and look for ways to reduce this. We prefer email over post.
Publications are also being made increasingly more available online and we are promoting the downloading of these files as opposed to the taking of physical copies. We have trialled NFC transfers at a number of our events and want to utilise this technology more in the future.
As of 2017, we have stopped printing meeting papers. Documents for meetings are made digitally available and where possible presented during meetings; we encourage meeting participants to not print documents.
Where-ever possible, office waste is recycled.We separate our recyclables and dispose of them in accordance with the sustainability and environment policy of our facility.
Furniture is bought second hand where possible, with old furniture and equipment donated and passed on.
We always prefer to open the windows, leaving the air conditioning unused.
As part of our partnership with the Fit for the Future network, we will declare our energy usage where possible.
Alongside our better connected office, we also support alternative working arrangements that can reduce travel.
We promote the usage of public transport to get to work and meetings. Trains are always preferred to flying.
When booking hotels, we take into consideration the environmental policy of who we are staying with.
We have made a significant investment in teleconferencing facilities to help reduce transport required to physical meetings. This also includes the addition of Webinars to reduce the number of events with large footprints.