Sustainability report 2011
Since our establishment in 1999 we have prided ourselves on ‘walking the talk’ in the conduct of our business. We contribute to sustainability directly through our consultancy and research work. In this process we consume resources, create waste, emit CO2 and other greenhouse gases, have a social responsibility and generate an economic impact. Through the years we have built on our original environmental policy and have formalised our in-house sustainability monitoring. We recognise the importance of monitoring our impacts and communicating the progress we make and the barriers we encounter to our clients, partners and stakeholders.
This Achievement Report sets out our performance against indicators from the three pillars of sustainability (environmental, economic and social) for the last year as well as our improvement objectives for the upcoming year. It measures our accomplishments and impacts on sustainability issues for a 12 month period from January 2011 to December 2011. Our monitoring and reporting methodology is in line with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) guidelines.
Although 2011 was a difficult year financially, we have met our environmental and social objectives and have continued to make improvements to our measuring and monitoring systems.
We believe that our key achievements in 2011 were:
- Decreasing our GHG emissions related to transport, gas and electricity;
- Reducing our volume of food waste and increase the recycled content of our stationery purchases;
- Encouraging employees to broaden their networks by maintaining a high-level of membership among various organisations; and
- Developing a mentoring system aimed to ensure pastoral care of our employees as well as to support their professional development.
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