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Corporate Social Responsibility and the Environment
Transputec is already rolling out a greener initiative to ensure sustainability and adherence to our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) goals. We have implemented improvements throughout the business, and we are working towards a green standard with a set of achievable initiatives and tasks.
We’ve implemented our CSR goals at every level of our business activities through projects such as relocating our Data Centre facilities to Iceland, which has had a measurable effect with a saving of 30% on our energy consumption, as well as internal product and supplier adjustments to ensure on-going development and improvements with reduced carbon emissions.
We continuously update and maintain our CSR goals and improvements on our internal management system which provides our customers, partners and employees with an accessible platform for monitoring the demonstration of our CSR initiatives and successes.
What we are doing to make the difference
Our employees are actively involved in implementing our CSR goals and initiatives. Our people have made some significant impacts and actions to make the difference, such as Tony in the warehouse who has made conscious decisions to reduce lighting in areas not used, to make better use of the heating systems, and to make more effective re-use of packaging materials. He also suggested newer suppliers for purchase of more environmentally friendly packaging materials. We’re proud to have people like Tony in the forefront of our sustainable movement for achievable CSR goals.
Here are some more ways in which we are already achieving our CSR goals:
- Our tech teams have reduced the number of servers deployed from 120 to 30 by making use of virtualisation. This helps to make a significant reduction in our energy consumption.
- We’ve asked all of our employees to unplug their chargers when not in use. Every desk has power supplies to charge mobile phones, PDAs, digital cameras, cordless tools and other personal gadgets. Keeping chargers and power supplies unplugged helps to reduce energy consumption.
- All of our computers currently have the ‘sleep mode’ or ‘hibernate mode’ enabled to ensure that energy consumption is significantly lowered when devices have been left unattended for extended periods of time during the day. We also have a rollout plan to replace most of the PCs within our offices with thin client devices to reduce energy consumption and lessen our impact on the environment.
- We’ve optimised our temperature control system so that we don’t overuse the AC and heating systems. Every little bit goes a long way to help creating a sustainable model that has less impact on the surrounding environment.
- We’ve replaced inefficient appliances with the latest energy-saving devices that last longer and provide more energy-efficient systems and applications within our offices.
- We’ve tasked our office area managers with light-saving duties which include switching off lights in areas that don’t require constant lighting and switching off lighting systems at the end of the working day.
We promote recycling and waste minimisation as far as possible, and we have already seen success in the following areas:
- Promote economy in the use of paper. We are already 95% electronic in our invoicing systems which massively reduces our consumption.
- We encourage the use of recycled materials in our offices, and we purchase those that are suitable for recycling as well to ensure a sustainable life-cycle for consumables.
- We favour suppliers with sound environmental principles and positive recycling and waste management practices.
- We minimise waste by encouraging the exchange and reuse of equipment and materials amongst departments.
- We have developed a waste management strategy which accommodates recycling procedures and initiatives for our employees, partners and clients.
- We continue to develop and improve the range and scope of recycling schemes we offer to our customers and partners, thereby ensuring the sustainability and longevity of our CRS initiatives.
- To reduce Electricity costs – we have already seen some improvements year on year, and we are expecting 2012 to be at least 8% more efficient than 2011.
- Monitor our energy usage and apply techniques to help achieve cost savings.
- To move our high density datacentre to our ICELANDIC DC. We have already seen 30% savings in our energy consumption and costs by implementing the first phase of this move.
- Upgrade of the A/C and heating systems, investing to save. Part replacement has already occurred with new investment scheduled for late 2012.
- Explore use of Solar Panels and other sustainable energy production models to reduce the use of A/C and heating.
- Replacement of our fleet of cars with more efficient vehicles utilising Hybrid technologies which have less impact on the environment.
- Encourage working from home to save on energy use as well as reduce travel emissions and fuel consumption. We have already seen 5 employees working from home for half of their week, providing a measurable saving and impact.
- Recycling of Paper and the on-going commitment to our recycling goals.
- Achieve 100 % Electronic invoicing. We are already operational at 95% electronic invoicing which has made a significant impact on our consumption and waste levels.