Reduction of climate change impact
Carbon Audit methods allows the measurement of greenhouse gases (GHG) generated by an organisation in the course of its activity and therefore, help to establish action plans aimed at reducing or offsetting these emissions.
Carbon Audit and offsetting programmes
Mazars has set up a programme for measuring and then reducing its own GHG emissions generated by its annual international Partners Conference. The Carbon Audit of the Conference is carried out every year.
- Thus, in December 2009, the annual Conference, which took place in London, gave rise to an offsetting of CO2 emissions through the implementation of a preservation project of the equatorial forest in Indonesia in partnership with the NGO Conservation International .
- In December 2010, the annual Conference, which took place in Prague, gave rise to an offsetting of CO2 emissions through the implementation of a reforestation project in partnership with ‘Million Tree Project’ in Inner Mongolia.
- Each time, a detailed plan allowing the reduction of GHG emissions was also put in place and shared with various stakeholders (external suppliers, internal teams involved…)
The annual international Partners Conference’s carbon footprint was reduced by 7% between 2009 and 2010
Concrete action plans, country by country
Many Mazars countries have decided to get involved in reducing impact of climate change by following or even anticipating the Group’s recommendation to set up programmes for reducing their carbon footprint.
Here are a few examples:
- In France and China , Carbon Audits of Mazars offices are carried out regularly. It is then followed by action plans aimed at reducing the GHG emissions. Resulting in, in particular, the implementation of concrete actions such as reducing the number of print-outs, rationalising the purchase of consumables (paper, cups, etc.), the use of “green” suppliers for transportation and sending mail, increasing the use of visio conferences and webinars as opposed to travels, etc.
- In Czech Republic , a number of innovative steps have been implemented as well. For example, recycling plastics and ink cartridges as well as reverting to local suppliers of water and tea for staff.
- The Netherlands , a country of the Group which is highly involved in the field of social responsibility, have carried out a complete analysis on environmental aspects including an ambitious improvement plan in terms of carbon footprint (recycling, using vehicles with low GHG emissions, etc.).
- In the United States , a Green Team has been created in 2008. Its objective is to foster an overall culture of environmental awareness within WeiserMazars through training and social activities. In order to reduce the firm’s overall impact on the environment, the Green Team introduced several initiatives including reducing print-outs, a formal recycling programme, participating in green events within local communities, providing regular environmental tips to the staff, earth day celebrations, etc.
- In Romania , a Green Charter has been implemented by Mazars (it includes recycling plastic, paper, ink cartridges, paper printing policy, etc.) and a 'Tuesday on two wheels' programme has been introduced (staff travel to the office on bicycles).
- Mazars in Poland implemented in 2008 an environmental programme enabling the collection of 371 kilograms of electronic waste in 2 years (batteries, wires, mobile phones) and was handed over to a certified recycling company. The collected funds were donated to the "Akogo?" Foundation whose aim is to create the first model clinic in Poland attached to the Pediatric Rehabilitation Clinic and the Neurological Clinic at the Central Hospital for Children where most severe cases are treated.