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Environmental impact

At Embark we recognise the importance of reducing our 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 and work with them to develop methodologies that reduce consumption and environmental impact as an ongoing part of our relationship.

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; in order to reduce our electricity consumption, a decision that was also 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.

A sustainable future through tech

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 actively encouraged and promoted throughout our 8 office locations in the UK, along with a drive to reduce the number of consumables being used. 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
  • We continue to fit energy efficient lighting as part of our on-going building refurbishment programme
  • Communal recycling stations replace individual desk bins

We actively look to reduce our impact on the environment through 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 reduced the need for employees to travel to the office on a daily basis. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic we see further opportunities for us to reduce our impact on the environment by introducing greater flexibility and collaboration to employees working environment.

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.