Environmental Sustainability Policy

Environmental Sustainability Statement

CareerWorx is a career development consultancy providing a range of career coaching and outplacement services to individuals, groups and organisations across the UK and around the world. We recognise that humankind is facing unprecedented challenges in respect to the current climate and biodiversity crisis.

We are committed to delivering our services with the environment and sustainability in mind by taking actions that conserve resources, prevent pollution, and comply with relevant legislation as well as continually leading by example in adopting the best environmental practices.

Our commitment to environmental sustainability is demonstrated by:

  • Proactively reducing the environmental impact of activities conducted by CareerWorx, with an emphasis on the reduction of water use, carbon-based energy, and waste
  • Assessing the effectiveness of our environmental performance through periodic auditing of our system and objectives to continually improve
  • Communicating openly our policy and objectives to our employees, contractors, clients, suppliers and the public to enhance their awareness of our ongoing commitment to responsible environmental management
  • Providing appropriate guidance, training and resources to our employees and contracted staff to fulfil our environmental objectives and obligations

Environmental Sustainability Strategy

At CareerWorx we are committed to growing a more sustainable, socially responsible business. Our environmental sustainability strategy aims to protect natural resources, achieve sustainable consumption, tackle climate change, reduce energy use and build sustainable communities.

PRINTING AND PAPER

FSC Accredited Office Paper
We only purchase Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) accredited paper products that have been certified against FSC Principles and Criteria which describe how the forests have to be managed to meet the social, economic, ecological, cultural and spiritual needs of present and future generations. These principles and criteria include:

  • Legality verification – follow all applicable laws
  • Demonstrated long-term land tenure and use rights
  • Respect rights of workers, indigenous peoples’
  • Equitable use and sharing of benefits
  • Reduction of environmental impact of logging activities
  • Identification and appropriate management of areas that need special protection (e.g. cultural or sacred sites, habitat of endangered animals or plants)

Reducing our environmental impact by preserving resources and recycling is a key element of our environmental sustainability policy. Some of the strategies we currently use are:

  • Using recycled paper wherever possible
  • Not printing emails, reports, forms and other documents unless absolutely necessary
  • Printing on both sides of paper
  • Re-using scrap paper for note taking
  • Security shredding used paper for recycling
  • Providing client resources electronically
  • Not handing out copies of presentations
  • Recycling printer cartridges
  • Turning equipment off when not in use

TRANSPORT AND TRAVEL

Transport and travel contribute to air pollution, climate change, traffic congestion and an overuse of precious resources. Our strategies to combat address these issues are:

  • Encouraging a walking and cycling culture
  • Using public transport for travel and only using private vehicles when absolutely necessary
  • Opting in to carbon offsetting when air travel is required
  • Utilising online communication tools as an alternative to meeting face-to-face to reduce travel
  • Remote working as much as possible to reduce the environmental impact of travel

SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES

We aim to involve the community in career development awareness activities though proactive involvement in relevant community events. This includes:

  • Active participation in local and global networks particularly those that support sustainability principles such as the Climate Coaching Alliance as well as other professional associations such as the ICF, EMCC and AC who are joint signatories to the Statement on Climate Change
  • Providing pro-bono career coaching to a number of disadvantaged clients each year
  • Making career information and resources resources freely available via the CareerWorx website’s Blog and Career Central pages. 
  • Donating a percentage of profits to local and global community development and environmental charities each year.

CLIENT CONTACT

CareerWorx is committed to reducing the environmental impact of its activities by using the following client contact strategies:

  • Working remotely from home where possible
  • Using shared office space when it is not possible to work from home
  • Utilising web-based technologies to communicate with clients when appropriate
  • Combining client appointments on set days to maximise office use at each location

EQUIPMENT

  • Selecting equipment such as computers, printers etc. with high energy efficiency ratings, made as locally as possible
  • Using power saving mode on all equipment and switch off when not in use

WASTE AND RECYCLING

  • Ensuring all waste is recycled where appropriate including green waste through the use of specially marked bins to encourage correct sorting
  • Disposing of electrical equipment and batteries responsibly through an accredited WEEE service

STAFF CONSUMABLES

  • Providing quality, fair-trade and organic tea and coffee to discourage staff from purchasing take-aways
  • Providing plant-based milk in place of dairy which has a high environmental impact
  • Providing filtered water to discourage staff from purchasing bottled water
  • Using recycled or FSC Accredited toilet paper in bathroom

CLEANING

  • Use eco-friendly cleaning supplies
  • Use reusable cleaning cloths
  • Use 100% biodegradable and compostable rubbish bags

Last updated 26 June 2020

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