We All Must Take Action:
We only have one planet that we can collectively call home. Yet IPCC Report after IPCC Report warns us that this planet, our home, is under grave threat of environmental breakdown unless we take serious, urgent, action to avoid it. In this context, each company and government have a responsibility to act rapidly to address the environmental crisis and reduce their carbon footprints.
We are determined to reduce our negative impact on the environment and have committed to integrating environmental performance into company decision making. This year, we have partnered with Climate Partner to radically reduce our environmental impact. Our partnership is ongoing and, in its infancy,but weare excited and determined to see how much positive environmental change we can affect!
What Have We Done So Far?
Famously, we value what we measure and thus the first step on our environmental journey has been to measure our carbon footprint. This process has highlighted to us exactly where our emissions come from and allowed us to develop a comprehensive plan to reduce them. Also from measuring, came an opportunity to accurately offset our carbon emissions. Although this is not a long-term solution for sustainability, we have funded projects that sequester carbon dioxide from the atmosphere in thePhilippines as well as the global plastic bank project. Through this we have offset over 50,000kg of CO2, the equivalent of:
More information about the offsetting projects we are funding can be found here.
Our first carbon footprint report explained to us that the electricity that powers our servers accounted for 54% of our total emissions. Immediately, this demonstrated the importance of having a proper carbon accounting system in place as switching to a 100% renewable energy provider is an extremely simple way to cut down one’s carbon footprint. We have now done this, meaning the servers that power our technology run on 100% renewables!
A full copy of our carbon footprint report can be found here.
Sustainability is an ongoing process that must always be actively pursued. We know that the actions we have taken so far signal the beginning of a journey and not the end. However, through a process of reflection and action we believe we can do our bit to reduce our impact on the environment. Each financial year we will produce a new carbon footprint report, with each being more comprehensive than the last. So, as we integrate sustainability into our decision making we can feel proud that we’re working hard to make ourselves more sustainable, and hopefully the sector slightly more sustainable as well.
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Jordan recently joined Givergy after studying Politics with International Relations at the University of York. He has over two years experience within the charity sector working as a face-to-face fundraiser and as a constituency campaigner. After experiencing the sector from within and knowing first-hand the impact digital solutions can make to fundraising strategies, Jordan is now dedicated to innovating the way charities fundraise to ensure they maximise returns from every fundraising campaign.
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