Colt Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) believes investing in the future is what matters. Delivering business results in a responsible way to our customers, whilst sustainably applying our technology and expertise is key.
With charity partners in every Colt country we encourage our colleagues to volunteer and support local initiatives taking responsibility for the impact our business has on wider society.
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, both internally and externally.
Our CSR activity is based on 4 key pillars: Colleagues; Customers, Community and Charity.
With a group of CSR champions in every country where we operate, schemes and initiatives run throughout the year. These champions work tirelessly to innovate, inspire and engage their colleagues to live the Colt values through CSR.
Our Code of Conduct ensures our behaviour, attitude and responsibilities comply with all of the International Labour Organisation’s Fundamental Principles. This code of conduct is agreed to by 100% of our global workforce. We are proud to support diversity and equal opportunities in all of our regions, avoiding 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.
Understanding how important CSR is to our customers, we too are also compliant to supplier surveys sharing and demonstrating our commitment to the environment, our global workforce and our own supply chain practices.
We understand the role we play not only in our local community but also the global industry of technology.
We have worked hard to ensure our sustainable activities help to make Colt an energy efficient company. As an active member of the EU Code of Conduct aligned with our data centre services line of business we also contribute annually to the CDP (formerly Carbon Disclosure Project). These memberships are enhanced with continuous improvement by our operations team for efficiency and effectiveness.
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 PUE 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).
We are making excellent progress with our environmental and sustainability priorities. CSR experts EcoVadis awarded us “Gold” score card 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.
These policies, signed by our CEO, Carl Grivner, apply to all employees, contractors, premises and activities under the control of COLT, including staff and visitors traveling off and between Colt locations inside the European Union, Switzerland and India on business or on behalf of Colt.
With every Colt employee entitled to two paid volunteering days outside of their annual leave we encourage all our employees to get involved with local charities.
Providing a focus point for our activities, every city where we operate has a dedicated charity or community partner, with a common cause to enhancing the lives of young people through education. In 2017 we raised nearly €200,000 alone during our annual charity bike ride event.
We remain committed to charity and volunteering. Our goal is to have a measurable, positive impact on the lives of disadvantaged young people in the cities where we operate.
Stephanie Joly, CSR Country Lead
“CSR gives me the opportunity to work with my colleagues outside of my job role, to deliver opportunity to the most vulnerable in our local community”