Sustainable development

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The need for sustainability and responsible practices regarding the environment is critical, especially in today's fast moving and increasingly unpredictable business environment.

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) can and should govern every aspect of business life. The principles of Corporate Social Responsibility, sustainability and citizenship are reflected throughout Business & Decision’s long-standing business practices. To achieve high levels of Corporate Social Responsibility within the organizations, individual and collective initiatives are supported across the world.

Charter

The internal charter of eco-responsibility defines the company's pledge to care for our planet. It was created and established from collective/individual contributions by the personnel, who used the tools made available to them. Suggestion box, team meetings, "green"-dedicated Intranet: some of the many means deployed with an eye to adopting more environmentally friendly practices.

Business & Decision’s internal sustainable development charter features four key points.

  • Resources: reducing consumption

Saving on resources by reducing energy and water consumption.

Specific Measures: Using light, equipped with energy-saving light bulbs, that go off automatically if no presence (movement) is detected.

  • Paper: paper consumption

Limiting paper consumption by printing only when it is absolutely necessary, dematerializing everything that can be, both internally (inter-services) and externally (documents exchange).

Specific Measures: Using a code to access printers, presetting them to draft mode and dual-side printing and providing rough paper trays for reuse.

Only buying FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified paper and installing trays to collect paper for recycling. Choosing companies in the sheltered employment sector—that create adapted jobs for disabled people— for recycling.

  • Transport: reducing pollution

Establishing travel policies to encourage employees to use public transport for professional visits as well as for commuting from home to work.

Specific Measures: Opting for train travel over flighting or driving. Equipping meeting rooms with videoconferencing technology to reduce the need to travel.

  • IT equipment: purchasing IT equipment


At equal performance, selecting the equipment that consumes the lowest amount of energy and that will be the most easily recycled, preferring laptops that are less cumbersome and easier to shut down.

Specific measures: Stretching equipments’ life span by constantly adapting them to business needs. Recycling equipment at the end of its lifecycle, through donations to a Disability Employment Center and to humanitarian associations.

 

Respecting the charter is also a matter of each and everyone adopting a responsible behavior

Over time, our actions become automatic and changes in our consumption and habits gradually settle in. Poster campaigns regularly remind everyone of the good practices to adopt.


Did you switch off your computer, the lights and all your electrical equipment before leaving?

Do you use air-conditioning and heating in moderation and avoid “overheating" or “overcooling” your office? Do you remember to close all windows when heating or air-conditioning is on?

Do you avoid printing your documents on paper unless you really need to? Do you group your printing and photocopying tasks in order to reduce equipment preheating?

Do you use public transport rather than your own transport? 

Do you prefer videoconferencing to on-site meetings in order to cut down on travelling?