Our business falls within the services sector, and as such we do not produce anything physical. Therefore, we do not produce what most of us associate with polluting business activities like factory waste, discharges and emissions. Instead, our largest polluting activities are twofold: the buying of single-use plastics like take away coffees and teas and water bottles, and travelling, which can change daily due to the nature of our work as consultants and trainers based in but not limited to London. However, even though these may be less visible polluting business activities, they are harmful and thus we decided to focus on these two activities to start making positive impacts rather than negative.
First of all, we provide our employees with a reusable mug and bottle. This aids to tackle one of the more pressing current issues, namely single use plastics like water bottles ending up in our soils, rivers and oceans and inevitably our water and food. We sent out a survey to our employees to understand the amount of plastic we would save using a reusable water bottle. We concluded that by using reusable bottles we save at least 70000 grams of plastic per year, and that is excluding the plastics we can save by replacing hot drink take away cups. Besides, we will save a lot of money too. An estimation of these costs is not easy, but it will approximately be £700 pounds per year*.
Secondly, we are in the process of starting to measure our daily commutes precisely to convert the commutes into their CO2 equivalent. We are committed to invest this equivalent back into nature to become as close as CO2 neutral as we can.
Moreover, by measuring our type of travel and miles we can start visualising this in Tableau. We hope to find insights on:
We hope that these insights can actually help us make changes to our travel where possible and thereby reducing our negative impact.
*Measured in 2018 based on 5 employees.
We encourage our employees to apply our data capabilities to support initiatives that we believe in. One example is Drinkable Rivers, an amazing project that stimulates citizens to take care of their river through citizen science and responsibility.
In the long term we aim to set up partnerships and employ our core competency, data analysis and visualisation, in these partnerships.
We are also considering how we can further support sustainability in our work and through clients and are developing ideas for that.
There may never be a static ultimate goal when it comes to our sustainability vision, and so our aims will change over time as we progress to making more positive impacts. We will try to measure and track our progress towards goals we have set out and share some that in our upcoming blog series.
It would be great to hear your thoughts and experiences so do get in touch!