April 2013 marked an epic moment in our history and one of the many steps towards sustainability when the very first filing cabinet was emptied, and every client file with a last name starting with the letter A became a digitalised file.
This was the start of a rather daunting task towards sustainability which took over a year to implement and involved scanning every last piece of paper from every file in our building! With over 30 filing cabinets and hundreds of shelves – this added up to an estimated 1 million sheets of paper.
Before we made this significant decision we carried out a great deal of research corporate sustainability practices and thought that you might find some of the information we found rather interesting;
- Paper generally makes up to 70% of office waste with on average 10,000 A4 sheets used for every worker each year.
- Paper recycling rates vary substantially from country to country, e.g. Switzerland 85%, USA 51%, New Zealand 73% and Australia at 8%.
- Every tonne of paper recycled saves almost 13 trees, 4,100 kilowatts of electricity and more than 30,000 litres of water.
- Our planet is still losing at least 16.2 million hectares (40 million acres) of forests through logging and land clearing.
- Speed, space-saving, efficiency, cost and even improved disaster recovery are all solid benefits that can be gained from document management systems.
So what does this approach around sustainability mean for our clients?
Our statements, invoices, reports and newsletters were already being emailed to clients. However, more information is now directly available to you via our online portals and the speed at which we can deliver document copies or carry out research has improved immensely.
Ultimately our efforts as a company towards sustainability have saved time, money, energy, space, and of course, the environment and we think all those are worthy reasons, don’t you?