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We take it for granted that a company working on sustainability must first have its own house in order and must behave reducing as much as possible any impact on the environment.
For this reason aiforia is committed to follow these simple rules in everyday life:
Our office equipment and furniture meet strict ecological criteria throughout their whole product life cycle: from raw materials and production process, packaging and application to recycling or disposal. They are certified FSC, Blue Angel, Fairtrade, etc... For example our chairs are 95% recyclable after their life-end and desks, cabinet are older than 120 years.
Resources and consumables
We reduce waste as much as possible and separate all different elements for recycling. We print only when necessary, two-sides on ecologically certified paper. We try to be CO2-neutral both for the hosting of our website and for internet researches, thus have chosen providers which compensate the energy used by emission trading certificates (Domain Factory declaration). For our internet research we use Znout instead of Google, which compensates the energy needed for each query (equal to one hour of an 11-watt light bulb). aiforia is sharing office space with other companies, thereby maximising ressource efficiency for kitchen, bathroom, meeting space. For aspects such as energy, heating, lighting, cleaning products, which we cannot manage solely, we are trying to convince our partners to adopt more ecologically friendly solutions. In our business meetings, we prefer food and beverages that are vegetarian, organic, fair-trade, seasonal and produced regionally.
We travel to our office only by foot, bike or with public transport. For our business trips, we use the train for distances up to 1,000 Km (to reach cities like Rome, Hamburg, Amsterdam, Vienna, Berlin); for longer distances, we compensate the amount of CO2 emitted by flying through donations to climate protection projects.
The aiforia bank account is kept at a bank for social and ecological investments, where deposits are used for credits to companies or projects on organic agriculture. We use open-source software to support the variety in software developers.
Every six months we evaluate our environmental performance, according to several indicators (CO2 emitted for travelling, paper and ink consumed...) and establish new targets, for continuous improvement.