Our employee-led Environmental Advisory Group focuses on identifying, measuring and reducing the major environmental impacts resulting from our business activities, internally and in the wider community. These major impacts consist of: travel, energy usage, waste, water usage and raw materials.
Columbia Threadneedle recognises the importance of environmental stewardship and maintains an Environmental Management System (EMS) to ensure measurable and auditable data is accurately maintained for all of our major environmental impacts. Our EMS is subject to an external audit every three years, with annual interim visits. The ongoing commitment of our Environmental Advisory Group has resulted in Columbia Threadneedle achieving continuous ISO14001:2004 accreditation since 2007. In addition to ISO14001, our carbon footprint is assessed annually by the Carbon Trust. We have satisfied the criteria by reducing absolute carbon emissions year-on-year, and have been awarded Carbon Trust Standard certification for our achievements. In 2015/16 our overall carbon emissions reduced by over 10% compared with 2014/15 (Source: Carbon Trust Independent Assessment)
Source: Carbon Trust (note that 2015-2016 is based on our new offices in Cannon Place)
In April 2015, Columbia Threadneedle Investments moved to new offices in Cannon Place, Cannon Street, London. Cannon Place was identified as a location which would not only suit our client and business needs, but offered a modern energy-efficient building with a high BREEAM rating (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method), that would help improve our environmental impacts.
Looking ahead, the Environmental Advisory Group has already made significant progress towards the requirements of the new ISO14001:2015 standard, in readiness for its implementation in September 2018.
Figure 2. Demonstrated reduced energy consumption and carbon emissions in our new location (Source: Carbon Trust 2015-2016 report). St Mary Axe = previous EMEA headquarters