Nowadays, thanks to the new technologies and the rise of global interdependence, countries, cities and offices are no longer the standard.
It is possible to work remotely from any place in the world with a concrete benefit for the environment, by reducing the carbon footprint, in compliance with the best environmental efficiency standards.
Experts around the world have been warning about the effects of climate change for some time and, despite several restrictions imposed to be able to curb it, there is much left to be done to save our home. The care for the environment is a collective task and we call all contribute. One way of doing so is by managing and organizing our work.
The measuring of the carbon footprint is a corporate sustainability tool to identify the activities causing the greatest impacts on the environment, to adopt strategies of reduction and/or compensation of their emissions.
Reducing the carbon footprint brings multiple benefits not only for the planet but for the companies. One of them involves savings in costs through an efficient management of the resources and the implementation of good practices. The development and use of telework, the collaboration connections and tools for the exchange that represent an unprecedented opportunity to raise the efficiency of a company, productivity, and to improve the environment in the company, thus making employees happier.
ieb Translation Services is a responsible company, focused on sustainability; it has a single global interconnected team with the mission of working in different projects, with the support of the best technology available, which allows the production of specific works, with consistent quality and of large volume at an extraordinary pace, flexibility, approach and scale.
To take the opportunities offered by technology and web connectivity also improves the time management of the work. This allows the optimization of the productivity of the team, and to provide an environmental improvement. Transport (of the staff, materials and consumables), the generation of organic waste, the consumption of electric energy, water and paper are some of the many activities which generate greenhouse gas emissions (GGE) in companies and contribute to climate change.
Advantages of virtual work
One concrete measure to reduce such emissions is the application of telework. The advantages of virtual work are several. Among the main ones we can mention:
Reduction of the carbon footprint by avoiding the commute of employees to the company. The consumption of fuel is one of the main sources that generate GGE (greenhouse gas emissions).
It contributes to the improvement of mobility in cities and reduces the traffic associated to the working day. Teleworking becomes part of the answer to decongest the pollution of the environment, especially in big cities, thanks to the reduction of commuting performed daily by a person.
Social and occupational inclusion of the vulnerable population. Thanks to the use of the IT, Information technologies, people with disabilities, in situation of geographical isolation, bread-winners, among others, can be employed without leaving their places and homes.
Transformation of the organizational culture. Application of good labor practices that contribute to the improvement of the quality of life of the workers and their development, by integrating the latest advances in technology and new ways to work for the purpose of achieving a better balance between work and private life.