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2020-02-01
Social Capital

Green comittee: A measured footprint

No free pass for agencies

At Republik, the Creation of Social Capital has always been about raising awareness and improving our impact on the planet. The fight against climate change is a major emergency, and every company – regardless of its size and field of activity – must implement measures to reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Although the operations of an agency like ours produce much less GHGs than those of many other companies, the fact remains that our digital activities, which have been growing since the adoption of telework, are a considerable source of emissions. Our approach aims to measure, minimize, offset, and ultimately eliminate our direct GHG emissions, i.e. those related to our operations (scope 1), our energy supply (scope 2), and possibly our indirect emissions, i.e. those related to our clients' operations. (scope 3).

“Our industry is fortunate, simply by the form of its services, to have a smaller environmental footprint. It would be easy to stop at that. Within the green committee, we rather see this as a wonderful opportunity to have great ambitions, and even to aim for carbon neutrality."

Julie, head of the Green committee

Walk the talk

The green committee first wanted to formulate Republik's green policy explicitly. It has five main sections:

  1. Waste management which includes recycling, compost, and returnable bottle collection

  2. Waste reduction which includes using reusable dishes, buying food in bulk, going paperless, and getting into the habit of emptying your email inbox

  3. Energy-efficient practices which include the habit of turning off lights, unplugging computer equipment, and using energy-efficient light bulbs

  4. Transportation which includes an amount of $300 per year offered to everyone at Republik to encourage active or public transportation, showers made available, and the commitment to always locate our offices near a metro

  5. Telecommuting which includes offering advice to the Republik team about recycling and composting at home, prioritizing eco-responsible and local work materials, and reusing electronic equipment

Our commitments in action

After adopting an eco-responsible policy which aims, among other things, to encourage ecological practices, both in the office and in teleworking, and which describes the treatment of electronic waste, of which we are often less aware, the team has also developed a responsible procurement policy that affects all products used at the agency, in addition to regularly sharing resources concerning the well-being of the planet with our colleagues.

The work continues

In 2022, the committee retained the services of an expert firm in GHG inventory to calculate Republik's carbon footprint – whose main sources are offices, transport and the sum of our digital activities – with the goal of achieving carbon neutrality. This is the agency's largest work site in terms of the environment, in addition to:

  • The return of compost and the collection of returnable bottles to the office, which were put on hold during the confinement periods
  • The return of the green committee in the process of integrating new people within the agency
  • The creation of a clear station for sorting waste
  • The optimization of the green policy to make it more digestible and dynamic
  • The holding of a lunch & learn to answer all questions from the Republik team on green policy and waste sorting
  • Creating informative content to help the team implement the committee's recommendations

Once our carbon footprint report has been completed, it will be published on this page.