Our Commitment To Working Sustainably

We have become a signatory to the SDG Publishers Compact

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The SDG Publishers Compact is a United Nations initiative that was launched in 2020 in collaboration with theInternational Publishers Association. It aims to accelerate progress toward achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.

Having signed the Compact, we are now using the SDG framework to develop a range of sustainable working practices.

In August 2021, we were delighted to receive an EcoVadis Gold Medal sustainability rating following an assessment of our policies, practices and measures on the environment, labour and human rights, and ethics. We're passionate about continuing this work and want to keep pushing to achieve a more sustainable working environment. 

Of course, there is more to do! Please check back for updates.

 

Our core activities are now carbon neutral: 

  • Energy: our electricity comes from renewable sources1 
  • Travel: essential business travel is offset using the cotap.org scheme2 

Additionally, we are encouraging staff to lower their commute-related carbon emissions by offering: 

  • Flexible & hybrid working policies  
  • A Cycle-to-Work scheme available on request 
  • Access to electric vehicle charging stations onsite

12 responible consumption and productionCommitment to sustainable practices has become a key criterium when evaluating suppliers:

  • Our pension scheme is now managed by a supplier which invests in ESG (Environmental, Social, Governance) impact funds by default.
  • Our information services are now exclusively online and our IT cloud-based. So, we are following AWS and Microsoft’s commitments and progress toward net zero.

We have implemented a zero-waste policy:

  • We have comprehensive recycling and Terracycle schemes in place. We currently recycle 75% of our waste.
  • We use the PaperLess finance document management system.

We are passionate about creating a working environment that promotes staff health and wellbeing:

IFIS is an educational charity committed to supporting the needs of all researchers and students around the world: 

  • Free access to FSTA: our database is available through the Research4Life8 programme and our staff volunteer to support the organisation’s activities:  
  • Access to training materials: we provide free access to our webinars and guides to all researchers and students. 
  • Sustainability collection: a database of sustainability-related research has been developed (more details link)