Hands on action!
What we do ongoing
As we advise clients to reduce their carbon footprint in a 3-step process, we apply the same steps to Pangolin Associates. We are committed to the following.
- Measuring our carbon footprint annually
- Implementing eco friendly processes and policies to reduce our impact on the environment
- Offsetting greenhouse gases (GHG) we cannot reduce or prevent
Here are some of our sustainability initiatives:
Annual carbon assessment
At Pangolin Associates we measure our carbon footprint annually. It is critical for all businesses to understand the size of their carbon footprint, as well as how to reduce it. See an extract from one of our own reports (PDF, 2 Mb).
Eco friendly workplace
- We actively discourage paper consumption. We use online systems and deliver documents and reports in PDF format.
- We use iPads for one on one presentations instead of paper based reports, or more energy intensive laptops. For larger presentations we request no printing of notes, rather emailed upon request.
- When we must print, we use duplex printers using paper with a high recycled content. We also recycle all toner cartridges and wasted paper.
- We request clients and suppliers to scan and email communications in preference to faxing or posting. We receive faxes electronically.
- All office equipment is turned off when not in use.
- We encourage work from home to reduce our transport footprint and resources used. Most of our team has already invested in solar power at home, as well as energy efficient appliances and lighting.
- We have installed 120 solar photovoltaic (PV) panels at our Adelaide location, along with energy efficient lighting, and energy monitoring of the HVAC system.
- Our Sydney office has LED lighting with motion sensors.
- We are a participating member of CitySwitch Green Office, a program designed to lower energy consumption in commercial buildings.
- Waste is kept to a minimum. We select products and materials that can be recycled.
- We go out of our way to recycle materials that cannot go into the recycle bin, such as toner cartridges and batteries.
- We also select products based on social benefits, such as Fairtrade coffee.
Suppliers and supply chain policy
- At Pangolin we select our suppliers based on environmental and ethical credentials, not just price and service. Prospective suppliers must complete a questionnaire regarding sustainability measures taken to date and planned for future. Contact us for a copy of the questionnaire.
- As much as possible we select BCorp suppliers for their overall ethical and environmentally sound business practices. We select Australian Ethical Super as the default fund for our staff. Like Pangolin, Australian Ethical is a founding BCorp member in Australia (see more on BCorp below).
Transport and travel
- For local journeys we encourage our staff to use public transport or cycle as much as possible.
- We also encourage staff to select from a range of fuel efficient vehicles, which they have done.
- We actively discourage business flights and use teleconferencing for meetings. If we need to travel by air, we offset each flight with certified carbon credits.
- Where flights are undertaken, we choose economy travel for its smaller impact on the environment.
Offsetting with carbon credits
- Pangolin’s business carbon footprint is offset annually with certified carbon credits.
- Additionally, our four directors fully offset their per capita emissions of 28 tonnes each financial year. They also offset personal air travel.
See FY 2010/11, 2011/12 and 2012/13
See FY 2013/14 and 2014/15
- Business carbon footprint APX Registry: 2013/14, 2014/15
- Per capita carbon credits on the APX Registry.
B Corp certification is a rigorous assessment of social and environmental practices. This is a global, voluntary initiative promoting higher standards of accountability and transparency.
Our team assists other businesses succeed with BCorp’s environmental component. We help applicants with initial certification, and existing members achieve a higher score on reassessments.
- Find out more: B Corp FAQs (PDF, 158 KB)
- Read about Pangolin on B Corp
- Read more about the B Corp Best for the Environment list
- See Certified B Corps versus Benefit Corporations
We support a few organisations we think are doing important work for our Planet:
- Trees For Life is a not for profit organisation focused on reforestation for carbon sequestration and habitat. View our contribution: 2011-2013, (PDF, 139 KB).
- Cancer Council NSW
- Médicins Sans Frontièrs (Doctors Without Borders) is an independent medical humanitarian action organisation.
- Trees Please! is a South Australian organisation protecting and reclaiming native bushland.
- Save Pangolins works to save pangolins from unsustainable trade and other threats. We chose this animal because it is threatened, and it is our namesake. Download their latest newsletter: Saving Vietnam’s Wildlife (PDF, 684 KB).
- Our Backyard SA is an initiative of the Conservation Council of South Australia.
- Books for Kenya is a not for profit organisation focused on supporting a number of orphans and assisting education of school children in rural Kenya.