We care about our world and our climate, and we want to do our best to leave the planet in better shape than we inherited it. So, we are committing to reducing our environmental footprints as much as possible.
We are in the process of becoming ISO14001 certified and we plan to reach this goal in the early months of 2022. In a nutshell, ISO14001 is a tool for environmental management and it has opened our eyes to some helpful self-inquiry.
Here is a rundown of the changes we have implemented to make Workz a more sustainable business.
We want to help clients and sustainable projects especially
As a strategic change agency, we are fortunate to help our clients implement new strategies, and increasingly we see that they have a focus on environmental and sustainability matters. We can make an impact by helping organisations far bigger than us transition to more sustainable ways of thinking within their projects.
It is our ambition to increase the number of projects of this kind, and we offer a 20% discount to all NGO-based sustainable projects as defined by UN STGs.
We want to create a sustainable baseline
There are many aspects to sizing up on the road to becoming CO2 neutral. In a Workz context, we get most bang for the buck by setting ambitious standards for our purchasing and operations as a way of creating a sustainable baseline.
Print is by far our biggest operational expense, and thus a big part of our CO2 footprint. In this area, we hold the reins tight and help our suppliers do the same.
All printing for projects in Denmark will be CO2 compensated, and our suppliers follow the environmental requirements from ISO14001, ‘Svanemærket’ and ‘FSC’ certifications. We only work through vendors who live up to these requirements. We are also able to offer our clients a cradle-to-cradle printing option, at KLS Pure Print, when time and budget allow. The materials we produce will be marked with instructions on how to properly recycle them.
We want to compensate for airmiles and then some
As our international business has grown, so has our need to venture outside Denmark. However, when it makes sense, we conduct meetings online. When a project requires that we show up at our clients', our first choice is always to travel by train or car – even if it means extra travel time and perhaps an extra night or two out of town.
Within in the Copenhagen Area, we use the taxi-company Viggo, powered by electric cars. When it comes to flights and hotels, we C02 compensate either via Goodwings or via airlines that have C02 compensation included in the ticket price.
It is our ambition to buy compensation for all the CO2 we produce directly as part of our operations, and when doing so, we chose vendors who invest the money in projects that support making space for nature and rewilding, preferably locally.
We want to be fully transparent
We believe it is important to be fully transparent in our communication about results whether positive or negative. And for that reason, we will communicate this policy on the website and internally with colleagues. Results are included in the annual report and shared with the board, colleagues and followers on social media.
We think about consumption at the office
In 2018 we switched to an all-vegetarian lunch menu. Other than a few instances of fish, eggs and dairy, we have eliminated all animal protein in our servings. We invite all our colleagues to take home left-over food to minimize food waste.
We buy our coffee from Ønsk, a Danish Coffee company who purchase all their coffee directly from small farms in Nicaragua to ensure fair pay.
We would love to hear from you
The policies and initiatives described here are evolving all the time. We are constantly looking for changes both big and small to help make our operations more sustainable.
Did we get a little too technical, or nor technical enough? Please reach out to our Sustainability Lead, Marie Marvel Olofsen, if you have any questions regarding our sustainability policy or ideas you would like to share.