We believe in delivering business results in a responsible way. We also believe in applying our technology and expertise in a way that benefits social and environmental issues. Continuously improving the energy efficiency of our data centres is one way in which we deliver on our commitment to being a responsible and sustainable company. Encouraging our colleagues to volunteer and support local communities means we take responsibility for the impact our business has on the wider community.
Our approach to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) involves sharing ideas with colleagues and customers which result in activities that have a positive impact beyond our daily business activities.
Our CSR activity is focussed on 4 key areas: People; Customers and suppliers; Environment and Community.
Our people aim to create a great working environment at Colt. We believe that a diverse, motivated and values-driven workforce achieves more for themselves, those around them, and the business as a whole.
Our Code of Conduct ensures our conduct and responsibilities comply with all of the International Labour Organisation’s Fundamental Principles. Completion is mandatory for all employees. We also support diversity; our equal opportunities policy, applicable in all of our regions, avoids unlawful discrimination in all aspects of the employment relationship.
As part of Colt’s global presence we are able to enjoy a diverse workforce represented by 70 different nationalities. Colt’s multicultural environment enables us to effectively work within the numerous communities in which we are based.
We help our customers and suppliers reduce their impact on the environment by creating more environmentally friendly, energy efficient technology service alternatives.
Colt’s Network, Voice and Data Centre services support lower emissions for our customers.
We are well positioned to support our customers’ own sustainability agenda, providing them with services based on our energy efficient infrastructures that can help them reduce their overall emissions.
Our Procurement and Supply department has surveyed the CSR activity of our top strategic suppliers. Our assessment included a number of ethical and environmental control measures, improving our existing knowledge of our strategic suppliers’ CSR programmes and our capability to prevent CSR-related risks in our supply chain.
We worked hard to ensure our activities are sustainable and help to make Colt an energy efficient company. Our environmental management system is now integrated with our safety management system to provide further efficiency improvements.
To manage our environmental impact, we continued with our energy efficiency programme which now shows a reduction of 17,000 tonnes of CO2 equivalent, as well as €4.6m in power costs per annum1 for the period 2010–2014. This was driven by a 2010–2014 PUE2 reduction of 19% across 72 major sites, including both data centres and our telecommunications nodes, with total estimated savings of 49.8 GWh power consumption (2014: 2.4GW).
Gold rating from Ecovadis
We are making excellent progress with our environmental and sustainability priorities. CSR experts EcoVadis awarded us “Gold” Scorecard status after evaluating our overall CSR programme.
In particular, EcoVadis was impressed with Colt’s successful energy efficiency programme, which has delivered over 17,000 tonnes of CO2 savings over the past four years, supporting our commitment to continuously mitigate our environmental impact.
We encourage all our employees to get involved with local charities, supporting our common cause of enhancing the lives of disadvantaged children and young people, in the cities where we operate. Every Colt employee has two days a year to volunteer, either with our local charity partner, or for an organisation of their choice. In 2014, Colt employees registered over 8,200 volunteering hours, up 99% on 2013. This resulted in a significant increase in the money we raised for charitable causes.
We remain committed to charity and volunteering. Our goal is to have a measurable, positive impact on the lives of disadvantaged children in the cities where we operate.