We're committed to minimising our impact on the environment.
Part of powering people and organisations to fulfil their unique potential is ensuring that they have a planet on which to do it. That's why we're proud of our long-running track record of environmental stewardship, having achieved fully carbon-balanced status for our worldwide business operations since 2015. Read more below to discover how we're helping to protect our planet.
Robert Walters Group operations have been fully carbon balanced worldwide since 2015. As part of our ongoing commitment to sustainable business practices and the organisation’s wider CSR Policy, we offset our carbon emissions through the World Land Trust’s Carbon Balanced programme and the UK’s Woodland Trust.
The World Land Trust has used the funds contributed by Robert Walters to protect and restore threatened forest in key areas of conservation importance, preventing CO2 emissions and enhancing the carbon they store. A key project that Robert Walters contributes to is the Forest Protection Project at Khe Nuoc Trong in Vietnam, one of the best remaining examples of Annamite Lowland Forest in the world. Through its partnership with the World Land Trust, Robert Walters offsets 2,233 tonnes of the business’ CO2 emissions, associated with its worldwide operations.
A remaining 2,000 tonnes of CO2 for 2017 was offset through the UK’s Woodland Trust, where contributions have gone towards providing reforestation of 13 acres of new native mixed deciduous trees, on land near St Albans.
In 2017, our London business achieved a 31% decrease in carbon usage through reduced electric and heat consumption. Globally, the Robert Walters Group reduced emissions per head by 27% in 2017, six years ahead of target. The Group continues to seek ways to further reduce its carbon footprint through consulting with the Carbon Trust.
Our London, Amsterdam, Paris and Dublin businesses have successfully achieved ISO14001 accreditation, the International Standard for Environmental Management. Since 2013 over 24% of the Group’s employees worldwide have been operating in locations which are covered by the ISO14001 certification. Our best practice environmental management policy is in the process of being rolled out across the rest of the Group on an ongoing basis. The Standard provides a framework for achieving the balance between maintaining profitability while setting targets for improving the organisation’s environmental performance.
Other environmental initiatives
Each office ensures that confidential waste is shredded on-site or collected by an accredited confidential shredding service where a destruction certificate is provided and the shredding used for recycling.
Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment (WEEE)
The UK has established a relationship with RDC Ltd to ensure that every part of WEEE is recycled with an auditable trail of destruction. All our offices world-wide replicate this activity to the greatest practical extent. RDC is a preferred supplier and is certified to ISO14001 and ISO27001 for information security.
Across the business, our offices follow corporate best practice and segregate waste to the maximum practical extent, as supported by local authority waste management facilities. The majority of our core consumable resources are sourced from recyclable or managed resources. We also use vegetable-based dies for printing and where possible, digitally print collateral to reduce our carbon footprint.
We evaluate the environmental credentials of each supplier we use to ensure they are compliant with local laws and, where appropriate, take account of sustainable development in the design, production, use and end-of-life disposal of their product or service. Specifically, they should use the optimum amount of raw materials, safeguard biodiversity and use energy efficiently.
In each of our offices we have installed low-energy lighting systems and office equipment, ensuring all PCs automatically shut down at 11pm each night. We’ve also implemented printers that automatically delete unprinted documents after four hours and are defaulted to double sided printing - typically resulting in a 19% drop in paper usage in offices where they’ve been installed. In many offices, we also have login systems for printer and copier usage to give personal responsibility to our people for their energy consumption.
At the end of 2015, the Group prepared a Display Energy Certificate in line with the requirements of the ESOS Regulations. As a result of the energy audit and a review of the building management system, our London head office reduced its gas usage by 85% in 2017.