Responsibly Managing Our Waste and Supply Chain
We continue our commitments to responsible waste management and sustainable procurement throughout our operations, from the construction and occupancy of our spaces to the technology we deploy within them.
The firm has been a lead member of CDP’s supply chain program since 2011, which has enabled us to assess the environmental responsibility of our top suppliers in order to better understand the sustainability of our supply chain. In 2013 we nearly doubled the number of vendors across Services and Technology that were surveyed by CDP on our behalf from 56 to 90 and what we learn throughout the annual reporting process continues to inform how we onboard and actively manage our significant global vendors.
Where feasible, our global operational efforts to responsibly manage waste and enhance our sustainable procurement include, but are not limited to:
- Technology: Reusable bulk server packaging; e-waste recycling or re-purposing by ISO 14001-Certified Vendors; deploying remote access soft-tokens
- Food: Sustainable purchasing and operations; recycling; composting
- Paper and Print: Sustainable purchasing, recycling, print reduction (includes default duplex and secure printing, printer consolidation and transitioning to electronic statements)
- Furniture/Technology/Office Supplies: Sustainable purchasing; reuse protocols
- Travel: Use of eco-friendly cars and ferries; enhanced access to video conferencing in lieu of travel
- Events: Use of water systems to reduce single water bottle usage, promoting use of electronic collateral materials, name tag recycling
Here are a few specific regional examples of recent efforts:
- Our cafés in both New York and New Jersey hold 3-star certification from the Green Restaurant Association for environmentally responsible performance across seven categories. Nearly all of our used cooking oil from the cafés is converted to biodiesel fuel that is used by delivery vehicles in the tri-state area.
- We changed to one vendor to manage all of our waste removal for New York and New Jersey (wet trash, recycling, composting, etc.); the vendor diverts 100 percent of our waste collected from landfill.
- In 2013, nearly 30 percent of the all car rides in the New York tri-state area were in hybrid, eco-friendly vehicles. Further, we introduced two public ferries, now servicing the route between our New York and New Jersey offices, which have the following environmental features: engineering designed to reduce engine sound, a 50 percent reduction in fuel consumption, reduced carbon emissions, the use of eco-friendly textiles and a unique seating arrangement to foster passenger collaboration/interaction.
Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA)
- All businesses in London (with the exception of two trading floors) and our Paris office had all desk bins removed and transitioned to centralized recycling, which typically doubles our recycling volumes and cuts disposal costs in half. Non-recycled waste, where possible, is sent to waste-to-energy facilities.
- When moving our Paris and London offices we gifted nearly 190 metric tonnes of furniture, appliances and kitchen goods to various local charities.
- Quarterly “Operation Clean Up” activities are held across our Asia Pacific region to encourage waste cleanup and a healthy work environment through archiving, returning and recycling. In 2013, 29 metric tons of waste paper was collected for recycling during the quarterly effort.