Edinburgh, United Kingdom, December 2, 2019 - CGI has today launched its new UK-wide initiative, entitled No Planet B, by planting 5,500 trees in the Scottish Borders – one for every CGI worker in the UK.
CGI‘s Urban Farm Lab in Oslo, Norway, explores how technology can improve green initiatives in urban areas.

We are all responsible to act on global climate change. At CGI, we understand that business growth must not come at the expense of the environment or society at large. One of our key priorities is:

To demonstrate our commitment to environmental and economical sustainability through operating practices, community service activities, and projects delivered in collaboration with our clients.

Our commitment to environmentally friendly business operations is reflected in the following objectives:

  • CGI complies with all applicable government regulations and always goes a step further where possible;

  • CGI has a special waste management policy to promote waste reduction and recycling, and makes environmentally conscious purchasing decisions;

  • CGI endeavors to prevent and reduce pollution as much as possible, including by reducing the number of journeys by encouraging teleworking and greener alternatives to commuting;

  • CGI promotes the development and use of sustainable facilities, in which we continuously strive for greener buildings and workplaces;

  • CGI researches and applies new solutions for our data centers, under the supervision of the CGI Energy Board, to improve efficiency and reduce energy consumption.

 


 

26%
CO2 reduction from 2014 to 2019
ISO 14001
in nine countries
 
Ecovadis
CGI awarded “Gold” by EcoVadis

 

Environmental management system

Environmental management system

CGI has many environmental management systems (EMS).

  • Finland, France, Portugal, Spain, Netherlands, Sweden, UK Czech Republic and Slovakia: ISO 14001 certified environmental management system are externally verified by independent third party assurance provider Intertek Certification Limited

  • Germany: ISO 50001:2011 certified energy management system for all operations

  • Netherlands: Operations have achieved the highest level (level 5) of the CO2 Performance Ladder, which encourage companies to act in a CO2-conscious way, including energy saving, efficient use of materials and use of sustainable energy

 

Data centers

Data centers

As a managed IT services provider, infrastructure services and data centers are core to our operations. As we grow, we continue to measure and improve energy efficiency and reduce our carbon emissions by combining energy-focused methods, processes and solutions to promote power and cooling efficiency.

  • All data centers in Sweden are powered by 100 percent hydroelectric energy and energy efficiency is constantly improved. A recent example is the installation of LED lighting, which saves 9,500 kWh per month and reduces the use of mercury.

  • In Canada and UK, the use of free air cooling technology allows our data centers to use the outside air in the winter months to provide cooling instead of power generated air conditioning units which has significantly reduced our carbon emissions. Through our network of infrastructure services centers, we have the ability to use the processing power of our data centers located in the province of Quebec, Canada, which take advantage of the abundance of low-cost renewable hydro-electricity available in this large energy producing province.

Waste Management

Waste Management

CGI’s operations result in waste types and volumes that are typical for a services company. Our most significant waste is e-waste, including IT hardware and communication devices. When CGI decommissions various types of electronics, such as mobile phones and IT hardware (laptops, servers, printers, etc.), we generate e-waste. CGI contracts with certified e-waste suppliers or IT suppliers certified in e-waste management to handle e-waste in an efficient and environmentally friendly manner.

Our offices also generate office waste, although not a significant amount in relation to the environmental aspect of our business. We have policies and procedures in place to ensure we handle waste in a responsible way to reduce the amount of waste produced.

  • 96% of reporting CGI sites set double-side printing as a default.

  • 55% of our procured paper originates from FSC- and SFI-certified vendors or is recycled paper

  • We use electronic paystubs, digital member files and electronic procurement to reduce paper.

  • Reports on the volumes and weight of our e-waste are collected from our operations globally covering 48% of our members

 

Business Travels

Business Travels

CGI locates our offices close to public transportation where it is possible to encourage the use of these more environmentally friendly modes of transportation. CGI works on the impact of business travel by increasing the use of digital communications tools when possible despite the geographic spread of our clients and by encouraging environmentally friendly fuels and means of travel.

  • In France, the company finances its employees 100% of the cost of public transport.

  • In Sweden, CGI offers a free service of carpooling named Space Time where they can among other things, coordinate co-operation with their CGI colleagues.

  • In UK, employees are planning to be incentivized to cycle by a purchase scheme and all new offices are mandated to have well connected public transportation systems.

  • In UK, CGI helps employees to reduce their footprint by leasing an ultra-low emission vehicle or by offering vouchers to finance electric bikes for members.

As a signatory to the United Nations Global Compact, CGI is committed to help achieve the 17 sustainable development goals or ‘global goals’ defined by the United Nations General Assembly. We seek to contribute more specifically to the achievement of the following SDG’s:

Industry, innovation and infrastructure

Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

Sustainable cities and communities

Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

Responsible consumption and production

Promote resource and energy efficiency, sustainable infrastructure, and provide access to basic services, green and decent jobs

Climate action

Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

Partnership for the goals

Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development