We understand that as a business our operations generate carbon emissions. Our Sustainability Policy ensures that we are doing everything we can to limit the negative effects of running a business. We have identified five areas of focus:
Supporting the local economy and product travel miles is really important to us so we encourage all team members to choose local, seasonal, independent and ethical suppliers where possible.
When catering or eating out for business, we select caterers showcasing amazing vegetarian food who source their produce locally and ethically.
We consider the Waste Hierarchy Principles when purchasing goods. This means opting for second-hand or hired products over new ones. If we have to buy new, we look for the best credentials to reduce environmental and social impact by choosing products that have independently recognised certifications.
We commit to only working with suppliers who have declared a climate emergency and made public net zero carbon commitments by no later than 2040. We will audit all existing suppliers with a sustainable procurement questionnaire by the end of 2022. All creative and advertising agencies we work with must sign the Creative Climate Disclosure and support the recommendations laid out by the Ad Net Zero initiative.
We are committed to limiting business travel to essential purposes only.
Our default for meetings is online, followed by central city locations to enable team members to travel by public transport.
When our team members need to commute or go to meetings, we encourage cycling, public transport and car-sharing above all other transport modes.
We support Flight Free UK; a campaign encouraging people to pledge not to fly for a year as a way of creating long-term behaviour change around flying. To support this, we incentivise our team to reduce their air travel by being a member of Climate Perks.
As a tech company managing big data sources, Spherics acknowledges the need to account for our online carbon footprint and the negative impacts of third-party service providers. We aim to choose technology that aligns with our climate ambitions, though, as a start-up we are reliant on the use of certain software, which limits our freedom in this respect.
Our website, and platform are hosted on Amazon Web Services (AWS). AWS has committed to power all operations with 100% renewable energy by 2025. From our internal review, AWS currently offers the best balance between web reliability and sustainability when compared to other market alternatives, and we commit to reviewing this annually.
We commit to publicly acknowledging and accounting for all the carbon impacts of the platforms that we use. To minimise this impact as far as possible, we review our data systems continuously in terms of efficiency and good data hygiene practices to ensure wasted bytes are chased down and eradicated.
We commit to ensuring our hosting is powered by renewable energy sources by 2025.
As a small team predominantly working from home, we understand that we have a greater reliance on web-based software. We, therefore, commit to incentivising all team members to switch to renewable energy tariffs by rewarding them once a successful switch has taken place.
For our head office, we commit to only operating from a carbon neutral space. This space must be using renewable energy and auditing its environmental impact annually. We commit to printing only as required, and always on FSC or recycled paper, double-sided where possible.
We commit to completing quarterly surveys to measure the team's carbon impact. We will host quarterly sustainability sessions with the team to increase their climate literacy and inform them of positive actions they can take to reduce their personal carbon footprint. Topics will include waste reduction, energy efficiency, ethical financing and fast fashion.
We also commit to talking about the climate emergency at all events we’re asked to speak at. Through this and our own communications, we will encourage all of our users to declare a climate emergency by 2025.
We see offsetting as a last resort in environmental impact management and promise to only offset our own emissions when we are unable to reduce them further. Our ambitious target is to be offsetting no more than 20% of our total emissions across scope 1, 2 & 3 by 2025.
When it comes to our customers we commit to encouraging emissions reductions first and foremost, with our offsetting options only becoming available only when they’ve set reduction targets and are on the way to achieving them.
Our mission is to support small and medium-sized businesses. At times, this may mean working with large businesses on improving the carbon footprint of their supply chains. Large businesses need to agree to the following commitments before we will engage with them:
We commit to engaging our large business partners on issues of environmental sustainability and supporting their own journey to net zero. For any large businesses aiming for net zero 2050, we will actively lobby them towards more ambitious targets.
We are committed to continual improvement through regular assessment and review of our business processes. Furthermore, we are committed to adhering to legal and other appropriate requirements that are applicable to our operations.
We are supporters and where required signatories, to the following initiatives:
Policy agreed: 31 January 2022
Next review date: 31 March 2022