We're committed to understanding and managing the impacts and dependencies of our business on the environment.
Why is this important?
Our direct environmental impact is primarily a result of building occupancy, equipment use (in particular in our data centres) and travel. The key environmental impacts of these activities are resource use (paper), the generation of carbon emissions and waste.
We focus on understanding how we use resources so that we can minimise waste and reduce consumption and thus reduce our environmental impact. Where we can, we look for opportunities to re-use and recycle.
What do we do?
We’re actively working on reducing our resource use and waste
- Reduced our energy use: To reduce our greenhouse gas emissions, we are focused on reducing our energy usage and sourcing renewable energy. Energy usage decreased 32% in 2021.
- Reduced waste: Waste generation (combined waste to landfill and recycled materials) decreased by 40% (1,387 tonnes) across our global operations this year. 65% of waste generated was diverted from landfill.
- Paper and printing: We’ve reduced our office paper use across our global operations by 41% between 2020 and 2021.
- Recycled paper: In Australia, we use 100% recycled and Climate Active certified carbon neutral paper. This paper is also certified as having come from sustainably managed forests.
We’ve obtained sustainable building certifications
We’re continually making improvements to the way we operate our buildings and we select equipment to reduce the environmental impact of our business activities. We also work with our suppliers to help us reduce our environmental footprint further, while encouraging them to do the same. We are also focussed on ensuring that our buildings are designed, built and operated to best practice standards, and 83% of our key Australian office buildings are Green Star rated.