Climate action: our role as a responsible firm
As an active investor, we believe we have an important role to play in engaging companies to encourage responsible business practices. As a result, we frequently engage companies on the transition to a net-zero-carbon economy and other climate-related issues. It follows then that we are keenly aware of the need to act as a responsible firm ourselves – and take the necessary climate action.
In 2010, we achieved the ISO 14001 in recognition of our efforts to manage our own operations as environmentally efficiently as we can. We maintained this standard when we moved offices in 2018. We also measure and offset our own operational carbon emissions by working with Trees for Cities – a UK charity working at national and international scale to improve lives by planting trees in cities. For every tonne of greenhouse gas emissions that we generated from our day-to-day operations and our business travel during 2018, verified carbon offsets of 824 tonnes of CO2 have been generated in 2019 by planting 2,200 trees.
In addition, we cut our annual energy consumption from 584,491 kilowatt hours (kWh) in 2018 to 452,443 kWh in 2019 and reduced our paper usage from nine tonnes to eight tonnes over the same period. We also decreased our waste from 297,048 tonnes in 2018 to 146,166 tonnes in 2019.
To find out more about our responsible business practices, read our 2020 Responsibility Report.