As a company, ZEDRA is committed to recognising and limiting the effect our company has on the environment as we undertake our business operations.
Our values around our responsibility in this respect are based on our understanding that as we work, we use the world’s finite resources. Therefore, we hold ourselves accountable to ensure we partake in appropriate working practises which mitigate our impact on the environment.
We have deliberately decided not to specify in detail our global commitments for two reasons:
- Firstly, because while ZEDRA has global policies and procedures, it is inevitable that each office will have individual guidelines for some day to day operations. By not setting out global policies in a top-down manner, ZEDRA instead actively encourages each office to be responsible for implementing the practices which are best suited to minimalise their local impact on the environment. This, in turn leaves room for better results than a ‘one size fits all’ approach. Managing Directors are required to regularly inform the Executive Committee of ideas and policies implemented at local level, in order that ZEDRA remains accountable as a firm for our environmental impact and momentum is continually maintained.
- Secondly, we see that technology is changing at a pace like never before and in the same vain, ZEDRA is continually implementing new systems, software, tools and hardware. We firmly believe that our responses and actions to protect the environment should evolve at the same pace that our use of technology does. By not specifically laying out all our initiatives, we remain open to continual assessment of our technology practices and responsive to improving our practices immediately when we advance our internal technology, rather than specifying an individual approach becomes redundant quickly. Our Group Head of Operations and Group Head of IT meet frequently to discuss any relevant changes that can be made to mitigate ZEDRA’s impact on the environment and they are required to report these to the Executive Committee regularly.
While not laying out all initiatives, ZEDRA requires that at minimum, our staff try to implement the following practices (in cases where they are not already the norm):
- Recycling (plastic, non-confidential papers, glass, etc.) is be implemented in all offices wherever possible.
- Disposable plastic drinks containers and other paraphernalia for staff (coffee cups, stirrers, straws and cutlery) are actively discouraged in all ZEDRA offices.
- ZEDRA recognises the enormous impact water bottles have on the environment (even when they are recycled). While ZEDRA maintains that all staff should have access to free drinking water, it is our preference that all offices install water filters which are connected to a mains water supply, where possible. Re-usable bottles will be supplied for staff.
- We require that our staff print documents in a responsible and thoughtful manner and only when necessary. We encourage staff to print double sided copies, multiple pages on one sheet and so on, whenever possible. We encourage that all non-confidential paperwork is recycled. ZEDRA is committing to implement improved systems over time with the aim of eventually creating a paperless working environment.
- Each office undertakes to use electricity responsibly by turning electrical equipment off when not in use, using heating and air conditioning in an appropriate way and so on.
ZEDRA and social responsibility
We also look to make the world a better place by helping others – especially those who may be less fortunate than ourselves. Therefore, we undertake different social initiatives than benefit the communities in which we work.
Given the global nature of ZEDRA’s operations, we understand that the initiatives which are most relevant in Asia, will not be so prevalent to our offices in the Channel Islands, for example. It is again for this reason, that ZEDRA has handed responsibility to each office to undertake the initiatives which best serve their community.
While each office can pick and choose their charitable partners and the associations with which they work, ZEDRA does however, maintain the following guidelines:
- Charities or associations which are served they must be inclusive to all, irrespective of religion, nationality, gender, sexuality and so on.
While ZEDRA understands that charity is often associated with donations or appropriate financial support, we also actively encourage staff to give their time, or lend their considerable expertise and skills to associations which may benefit.