CO2 neutrality only becomes a reality through a complex bundle of measures. Both company-wide and at local level, various actions are taking place that contribute to our sustainability account.
Some measures have been firmly anchored at adesso for a long time. These include:
Sustainability needs internal rules, processes and systems in order to be successfully implemented in the operative business. Therefore, adesso has established an environmental management system, certified according to the international standard ISO 14001. As our representative, Inessa Azizova is the expert for the system, the related processes and our annual targets. She advocates - in consultation with the management - for environmental aspects and ensures that adesso complies with binding obligations in this area.
This includes, among other things, the annual sustainability report. Inessa collects key figures, checks to what extent measures have been complied with and plans how adesso can make itself and its CO2 footprint more sustainable. We spoke to Inessa about her role:
Inessa Azizova: I started as a working student at adesso in the Information Security (ISM) department during my computer science studies at TU Dortmund University. There, the sustainability report came up in 2018 and I was supposed to help revise it and make it meaningful. Sure, I had signalled interest in the topic and in compiling the figures. My career aspirations to deal with standards and management systems also harmonised with this. It was an ideal fit that the position of Environmental Management Officer then had to be filled.
At first glance, my studies have only a limited connection with sustainability, but my computer science knowledge helps me a lot with a systematic approach and with our ISO certification. In addition, my tasks as an environmental management officer have to do with modelling methods, among other things - and that is one of my strengths.
Inessa: My awareness of the topic has increased again through the job. I pay much more attention to appropriate labels, recyclable and low-plastic packaging, sustainable delivery and regional products. I also use more apps on the topic than before. For example, the Planet Hero app, to good to go, Repacked or Dreckspetze, an app for reporting wild waste disposal in Dortmund.
Instead of flowers, I prefer to grow tomatoes and strawberries on my balcony, which makes me a bit less dependent on the supermarket and saves on packaging and transport. I grew up on a farm in Kazakhstan, where my family was able to grow its own food for the most part. In Dortmund, I've been trying to pick up where I left off a few years ago. And when I have my own garden someday, I definitely want to expand the cultivation.
Inessa: I find it shocking how many kilometres the adessi fly within a year - especially within Germany, because for these distances there are much lower CO2 mobility options without much time difference. Next to energy consumption, travel is the greatest burden we place on the environment. Reducing this is one of our primary sustainability goals.
On the other hand, I think it's great how many adessi are committed to the topic of sustainability and always start new campaigns. The Stuttgart office, for example, started the collection campaign "Mobile phones for the environment", which is now standard at many other locations. Or in Bonn, office materials such as adhesive tape etc. were replaced by a more environmentally friendly alternative, for example the Eco range from Tesa. My goal and wish is that such initiatives are controlled centrally in the future and thus directly transferred to the entire Group. Because together we can of course achieve much more.
Social sustainability issues are just as important at adesso as ecological and economic sustainability. Every year, adesso SE and other Group companies therefore donate to charitable projects at Christmas or on other special occasions. These often involve the social participation of socially disadvantaged children and young people. In 2021, adesso SE doubled the donation amount compared to the previous year. 100,000 euros were used for a wide range of topics from educational support, volunteer-supported projects of adessi, women's promotion/health, sustainability, diversity and continued initiatives such as help for child support networks and the victims of this year's flood disaster.
The following projects and organisations received financial support:
The adesso blog also reflects the importance of Green IT and sustainable software development. Here you will find a selection of blog posts on this topic.
Would you like to learn more about sustainability at adesso or do you have questions about specific aspects? Please contact us.