At a recent team meeting, we were talking about the things we do for fun – a common theme was enjoying the wilder parts of our planet. Listening to the wolves in Algonquin Park, researching grizzly bears in the Rockies, dodging Polar Bears in the Arctic, boating with the Killer Whales in the Pacific, visiting a Sea Lion rookery in Scotland or a Penguin colony in Chile.
There were a few themes in this conversation: Conexiam’s team spend a lot of our free time in the wild; we have a healthy awareness of big animals with sharp teeth; we travel, and we think about our impact on the Earth.
As Consultants we can have a significant impact – high travel lifestyles inherently have higher carbon intensiveness and use a greater share of the earth’s resources: flights, hotel refreshes, and restaurants. We have been concerned about our impact on sustainability for some time.
Some things we can fix, some we work to mitigate.
We explicitly support our staff working in a way that minimizes their impact.
All Conexiam staff & contractors without required on-site client work have the option to work from home. Where that is not practical, we open offices within a human powered distance of home. We pay for all costs associated with human-powered commuting (bike lockers, showers, etc….). A green data center hosts www.conexiam.com in the Netherlands. Remote collaboration is a core competency to minimize the need to travel. Lastly, we offer to carbon-offset all work flights for Conexiam staff that make a personal commitment to reducing their footprint.
For our clients, we champion remote work, leverage specialist support resources, like formal modellers, and offer video-based TOGAF Certification training.
Good mitigation demonstrated flexibility, and commitment. Leadership from the top, engagement from everyone. Our plan has all the hallmarks of a good sustainability program. Also, we think we should know because we’re consultants providing advice to architect for sustainability, in fact, we are presenting on Enterprise Architecture & Sustainability at an industry conference in February.