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Environmental impact

Embark has several initiatives underway to reduce its environmental impact regarding energy and waste reduction; including the encouragement of ongoing recycling, travel reduction and the use of raw material from sustainable or renewable sources. We actively work with our supply chain to look at the traceability of the materials we use and review COSHH information to ensure that products deployed meet environmental requirements.

Our approaches seek to align to ISO14001 standards and actively work with supply partners who have attained this standard.

Cloud computing

We have chosen to transfer our large number of servers to Microsoft Azure; significantly reducing our electricity consumption and carbon footprint.

A sustainable future through tech

Our decision has been driven by the fact that Microsoft’s cloud data centres (via a service called ‘Azure’) will be powered by 100% renewable energy sources by 2025.

The Microsoft Sustainability Calculator provides new insight into carbon emissions data associated with Azure services.

By using tools such as Sustainability Calculators, we are able to report on and drive sustainability by showing the carbon impact of each Azure enrolment, as well as see estimated carbon savings from running those workloads versus on-premises data centres.

Consumption, waste and travel

Recycling is encouraged throughout our 8 office locations in the UK, along with the number of consumables being used dramatically reduced. These include:

  • Defunct IT equipment either being donated to local communities or recycled/disposed of properly
  • Hand dryers installed to replace paper towel dispensers
  • All single use plastics replaced with reusable materials such as stainless-steel cutlery and recyclable cups/china cups
  • Communal recycling stations replace individual desk bins

We actively look to reduce our office footprint by increasing the use of ‘hot-desks’ and agile working across key locations. In 2020, our full roll-out of Microsoft Teams Live, video conferencing software and upgrades of digital hardware has reduced the need for staff to travel to the office on a daily basis.

Financial fraud and scams

We always ensure our customers can easily access guides to avoiding pensions scams and frauds, all available on the client websites.

The Covid-19 pandemic has unfortunately highlighted that fraudsters have stepped up their efforts to scam people out of money. At Embark, we take this very seriously and have prepared some information to help protect the public. Please visit our Covid-19 page.