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Reducing environmental impact
Environmental responsibility is an integral part of REED's focus.
We are proud to be a member of HRH Prince of Wales' May Day network of companies, a collaboration of over 1,600 UK businesses who have pledged to take action on climate change. We are also part of the London Development Agency's Green 500 - this focuses on working with 500 of the biggest organisations in London, who have the greatest potential to reduce carbon in the capital.
In 2005, we became the UK's first major recruitment company to go CarbonNeutral™. As a group, we calculated our Carbon Footprint and offset this through a variety of projects. This is something that we have continued to do on an annual basis, through investment in a wide portfolio of initiatives and schemes including forestry projects throughout the UK, a methane capture project in Germany and hydro power projects in India.
Offsetting is an interim answer to an immediate problem and our clear focus, and long-term goal, is on waste reduction and environmental efficiency. We have successfully completed a number of projects. We replaced all bottled water coolers with plumbed coolers. This reduced the environmental impact of our water solutions by 83%. We have robust co-mingled recycling at all REED offices - our target is to recycle 85% of all our office waste. We also reset all shut-down and sleep functions on our printers, saving over 24 tonnes of carbon every year. We launched a new range of Green Learning courses to help individuals and organisations develop greener working practices. We were the first company to offer this type of course and the feedback has been very positive.
We believe that a responsible environmental behaviour is not just a 'business add-on' - it is the only economic and socially sustainable answer to the threat of global warming and is at the very heart of becoming a truly sustainable world class business.