Environment

Approach to environment

Datatec is currently in the process of developing and submitting its third Carbon Disclosure Project ("CDP") climate response. The CDP is an internationally acclaimed initiative that is driven by 827 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 2018 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. This year will include its European operations and aims to expand the reporting across the entire Group over the next few years.

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.

Logicalis

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 environment, greater productivity and improved business continuity.

Logicalis promotes remote working and video conferencing across regional and home 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' local operations support 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.

As an early adopter of green IT ideas and activities, Logicalis welcomed the introduction of the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme ("ESOS") 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 UK promotes recycling internally and has recycling bins in all its offices across the UK. Logicalis also promotes "cycle to work" schemes as part of its flexible benefits programme.

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 in Asia-Pacific has replaced inefficient, high-energy lightbulbs with lower wattage, energy-saving lights (compact fluorescent and LEDs). 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. 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.

In Singapore, Logicalis has launched the new e-claims portal where employees can now submit claims electronically in a more efficient and simplified manner, while further reducing paper wastage. Employees are encouraged to take public transport or carpool when attending meetings and corporate recreational events to minimise carbon footprint.

Thomas Duryea Logicalis Australia responsibly disposed of old and unused technology by partnering with PonyUp, an organisation who turns unwanted, second-hand technology into charitable currency, reducing the level of ewaste into landfill.

Logicalis Ireland promotes recycling internally with clearly marked recycling bins located in a number of key areas in the building, such as the canteen and printer area. The print management strategy has focused on reducing the number of printing devices, eliminating unnecessary printing and purchasing recycled paper. 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.

Logicalis in 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. The business has obtained the 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.

Westcon International

Westcon International is driven by a commitment to act responsibly and minimise the impact of commercial activities on the environment. For this reason, Westcon International encourages every operation across the globe to pursue initiatives with the stated goal of improving quality of life in local communities.

Westcon International's management believes that responsible business practices significantly benefit the environment, accelerate new business, drive cost-effectiveness and enhance loyalty. The company understands its role as a responsible global corporate citizen and regularly works alongside employees, suppliers, customers and environmental agencies to incorporate these efforts into its overall business strategy. In 2017, Westcon International implemented the environment management system, a tried-and-tested process designed to ensure the company's system is sustainable and continues to make a positive contribution to the environment.

Westcon International aims to comply with environmental legislation across every region. It works to foster an environmentally conscious culture, providing employees with appropriate information and support that ensures work is done with consideration to the environment. Wherever possible, Westcon International seeks to recycle materials and effectively maintain its plants and machinery to decrease environmental risk. Its teams focus on implementing processes that assess and improve good environmental practices while encouraging strong internal and external communications related to performance of these practices.

Examples of how Westcon International promotes environmental awareness and sustainability include:

  • Power-saving light switches, ensuring lights are turned off when offices are not in use;
  • Recycling programmes encouraging paperless operations; asking employees to print documents only when necessary;
  • Electronic signature policies, reducing the volume of documents printed and sent around the world; and
  • The online global business compliance information centre and corresponding environmental centre, which contains an environmental policy and implementation manual, vendor site links and waste electrical and electronic equipment ("WEEE") and packaging declarations to the requirements of each European country.

As part of Westcon International's Global Business Compliance Council initiatives, the online global business compliance information centre is available to address legislation and best practices in health and safety, environment, business continuity, quality and security standards. Westcon International has also developed and tested emergency plans as part of its overall business continuity strategy.