We are committed to continuous improvement in our own operations to ensure we’re reducing our environmental footprint.
We work to reduce our own environmental footprint because it’s part of our DNA as a brand. In working on our own in-house programs, we gain valuable insight on what our clients are going through in implementing their own sustainability programs. You can learn more about Fairware’s Environmental Policy here.
Fairware is a long-time participant in Climate Smart, a program focused on helping small and medium sized enterprises measure and reduce their carbon emissions. Following the Greenhouse Gas Protocol, Fairware has undertaken inventories of our scope 1, 2 and 3 greenhouse gas emissions since 2011.
Through the inventory process, we found our biggest impact is in scope 3 emissions.
We’ve reduced our impact in the office through a variety of initiatives. We purchase 100% Green Energy from Bullfrog Power. We did a full lighting retrofit to reduce our energy use. Most of our staff bike, bus or walk to work and we provide indoor bike parking and a shower. We have a robust recycling and composting program, an End of Life Policy and Environmental Policy.
Approximately 81% of our emissions come from shipping our orders to clients, followed by our own air travel for business trips (10%). Most of our shipments are either transport truck or air, the latter being particularly consequential.
Our 2018 goal is to better track ground versus air shipments, to reduce the frequency of air shipments and to investigate a program to offset air shipping. We plan to create educational content for clients on the impact of rush shipping, and the importance of planning ahead to reduce the need for overnight or rush shipping.