Approach to environment
Datatec is currently in the process of developing and submitting its fourth Carbon Disclosure Project ("CDP") climate response. The CDP is an internationally acclaimed initiative that is driven by over 800 institutional investors representing in excess of US$100 trillion in assets with the objective of gaining greater visibility into how companies are managing the risk and opportunities in response to climate change.
The world is driving ahead into the low carbon transition and shareholders are increasingly demanding such visibility. In an effort to provide more transparency to shareholders, Datatec has once again teamed with GCX Africa to develop, collate and submit the 2019 CDP report.
The first CDP submission reported on Datatec's South African operations, being the head office and Westcon Southern Africa's local operations. During the second submission, Datatec expanded to include Datatec's UK operations. Last year Datatec included its European operations and this year's report covers the same jurisdictions as last year.
The CDP report will provide Datatec with an opportunity to identify specific risks, opportunities and mitigation options that could have a material impact on Datatec's business operations over the medium to long term. The Company will engage with external professionals to mitigate and adapt to the risks identified and to take advantage of available opportunities in order to unlock maximum strategic business value from the initiative.
Commitment to greener practices
As a responsible international provider of IT solutions, Logicalis seeks to measure and minimise the way in which its commercial activities may impact the environment. Logicalis is also committed to providing practical advice and support to its customers and vendor partners to help them along the path to ever cleaner and greener IT solutions.
Logicalis recognises that a responsible attitude to green IT can lead to significant reductions in energy consumption and carbon emissions. As well as reducing greenhouse gases and operational costs, the technologies it promotes, such as remote working and video and teleconferencing, enables flexible working environments, greater productivity and improved business continuity.
Logicalis supports initiatives for reducing power and water usage and monitoring waste reduction in its offices. These range from paper and plastic recycling to water filtration and office lighting efficiency systems.
Logicalis US seeks to conduct its operations in compliance with applicable laws, regulations, and standards concerning environmental protection. It continually improves environmental management policies, programmes and performance based on regulatory developments, technical developments and community expectations.
Logicalis Brazil ensures that all its offices comply with the local environmental laws. Prior to initiating projects, Logicalis conducts several preventive actions like risk anticipation and control actions planning, expressed in occupational safety, health and environmental programmes.
Logicalis Brazil has obtained ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 certifications, showing that the organisation is committed to the prevention of environmental impacts and continuous improvement, as part of the normal business management cycle.
Logicalis UK has obtained a recertification of ISO 14001, the Environmental Management System that sets out best practice for environmental issues and helps to outline local legislation for compliance, as well as monitoring all the energy consumption of the UK data centres.
Reducing its carbon footprint
Logicalis promotes remote working and video conferencing across its offices to minimise car or air transportation and reduce its carbon footprint. This is also supported through Logicalis' schemes to encourage employees to use public transport.
Logicalis Ireland promotes the use of public transport and cycling to work. Logicalis Ireland also promotes the government tax saver initiative through which employees can receive commuter tickets tax-free as part of their employment package.
Employees in Asia-Pacific are encouraged to take public transport or carpool when attending meetings and corporate recreational events to minimise carbon footprint.
As an early adopter of green IT ideas and activities, Logicalis welcomed the introduction of the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme in the UK. The purpose of the scheme is to require qualifying organisations to measure total energy consumption, identify areas of significant energy consumption and identify cost-effective energy-efficiency opportunities. The assessment noted Logicalis' commitment to sustainability through the provision of a number of policies and initiatives, namely an energy management policy, a transport policy and a sustainable policy. Logicalis' data centres are designed to best practice standards to measure power usage effectiveness and save energy.
Logicalis has moved to completely renewable energy from its energy suppliers and has replaced lighting with low wattage, energy saving lighting solutions.
Logicalis in Asia-Pacific has replaced inefficient, high-energy lightbulbs with lower wattage, energy-saving lights (compact fluorescent and LEDs). Across offices in the region, Logicalis works to ensure that office cooling systems are set up at an optimal temperature and switched off after work hours and over weekends.
Logicalis Ireland promotes recycling internally with bins located in a number of key areas. The print management strategy has focused on reducing the number of printing devices, eliminating unnecessary printing and purchasing recycled paper.
In Asia-Pacific, recycled paper and green office stationery are purchased for staff usage, with the latter making up part of Logicalis' inventory on corporate premiums, which are given out during client events.
TDL Australia continues to partner with PonyUp, an organisation which turns unwanted, second hand technology into charitable currency which, in turn, reduces the level of waste into landfill.
In Singapore, Logicalis has launched a new e-claims portal where employees can now submit claims electronically in a more efficient and simplified manner, while further reducing paper wastage.
Logicalis Hong Kong will be using a cloud platform service in Q1 FY20 to submit e-leave applications to avoid wasting paper. The cloud platform service also allows Logicalis Hong Kong to save all personnel filing along with employees' certificates, which enables easy reference for the management team.
A review of energy usage is being undertaken which will contribute to Westcon International's future energy management strategy. This includes identifying most effective equipment, such as LED lighting replacement, and more efficient air-conditioning units. Promotion of energy usage culture includes light and equipment management, supplier reviews and green energy supply.
Recycling within offices and warehouses is a priority, with enhanced recycling provisions being made available. Examples include:
- UK: trial of recycling boxes for employee and company batteries. Collection and disposal of lithium batteries used in certain products
- Spain: office recycling containers for recycling of batteries found in toys, remote controls, mobile phones, alarm clocks, etc
- South Africa: working with a third-party provider Hlangane Recycling to record the amount and types of waste currently recycled
Following business and legislation changes, vendors are being targeted to provide more product data that further assists in meeting Westcon's environmental waste obligations.
- Integrated Report 2019