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SThree recognised for carbon reduction efforts

SThree plc has been recognised for its work to reduce carbon emissions across the world, throughout 2018.


The STEM recruitment company was awarded a B rating for the third year running, as part of the CDP’s – formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project - climate change disclosure programme.


CDP ranked companies from A to D based on their energy consumption, recycling rates, and use of renewable energy. This year SThree’s score put it amongst the best performing businesses in the recruitment sector worldwide.


The company has now set a goal to achieve a further 10% reduction in carbon emissions by 2025 while continuing to grow as a business globally.


By purchasing renewable electricity, SThree will make an estimated annual CO2 emissions saving of 742 metric tonnes – the equivalent to over 360 tonnes of coal.


The business has already achieved a 31% reduction in energy use, after switching to a cloud-based customer relationship management (CRM) platform. That move will allow SThree to save around 102 metric tonnes of CO2 emissions every year.


The company has also reduced the number of printers it uses from 167 to 68 and has implemented a secure print scheme to prevent unnecessary printing. This work will mean that each year around 22.26 metric tonnes of CO2 emissions will be saved by the company. 


As SThree looks towards achieving its 2025 target, the company will now focus on reducing the number of flights and journeys its people make in company cars while increasing its use of renewable energy and improving recycling rates.


This B rating comes after SThree achieved climate neutral business status, having invested in the Panama Wind Project in India and a biolite stove initiative in Uganda.


The project provides essential support to India’s emerging renewable energy sector and brings health and infrastructure benefits to rural communities.


Climate awareness has been part of SThree’s CSR strategy since 2010 and since then the company has supported projects around the world to cut carbon and deliver change in line with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.


Justin Hughes, chief operating officer at SThree, said, “I’m delighted that we have been able to maintain our B score after some fantastic work over the last year to reduce our carbon footprint.


“Our latest CDP score gives us a platform on which to build the future in a more sustainable and environmentally-friendly way. It also gives our clients, investors and staff confidence that SThree is committed to reducing emissions.”


Gemma Branney, head of corporate social responsibility at SThree, added, “Having a B score is something SThree and our staff should be very proud of.


“Having the target of a 10% reduction in carbon emissions by 2025 allows us to focus on where we want to be as a business. We can all come together and achieve that ambitious target by buying into our shared strategy as One Team and One Company.”


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