Ardian is committed to cutting the carbon footprint of its own operations and to be a leader in climate action for the financial services sector and beyond.
In 2016, we carried out our first carbon footprint assessment on scopes 1, 2 and 3 of the Greenhouse Gas Protocol to track our impact and develop strategies to mitigate our carbon emissions.
Almost all our carbon footprint (96%) comes from our travel and purchases. As a result, we launched a working group on carbon neutrality to establish a strategy to cut our emissions based on a twin-track approach: cutting carbon intensity and offsetting unavoidable emissions.
We have signed up to a 100% renewable energy contract for our Paris HQ and introduced a number of ‘green challenges’ to raise awareness of sustainability issues, and engage our different teams to behave more sustainably in areas such as the use of water, plastic and transportation.
We have held workshops on sustainable food and zero waste, to give employees real options for permanently changing their behavior to more responsible habits.
New initiatives include:
Our most recent environmental audit of direct and indirect emissions found that we had reduced the carbon intensity per employee of our Paris office by 28% over three years. Employees have launched initiatives to reduce emissions through our Green Challenge, which incentivizes teams to cut their use of single-use plastic cups.
"As an investor with sustainability at the heart of our operations, it is crucial we engage our employees in efforts to act on climate change and cut our emissions, in order to lead by example. We need to change as a company. It’s what our employees want, and it’s what the talented people we are aiming to attract want as well. There is great enthusiasm and momentum at all levels to act, from the Executive Committee to our newest employees."