The purest form of madness is to leave everything as it is
and at the same time hope that something will change.
Computers, servers, smartphones and other technical devices require a high level of electrical energy. QUANTUM provides experts who need this energy for their daily work. Our female employees also use electronic devices, they travel, they are active. Unfortunately, we also need much more energy than we can currently produce using renewable methods.
AVOID | REUSE | RECYCLE | RECOVERY |
What does QUANTUM do?
Our strategy is subordinated to certain principles and thus follows a universally valid hierarchy of four concepts:
We are fundamentally trying to reduce Co² emissions. One of our most effective measures here is the consistent “remote-first strategy” that we have pursued at QUANTUM since the beginning of our business activities.
A study by the Federal Statistical Office shows that this measure can have extreme effects. In Germany, for example, Co² emissions fell by 26 percent in the Corona year. In terms of transport, as much as 52 percent of greenhouse gases.
We associate the issue of reusability with a long service life for our electronic end devices. We bequeath used devices and buy re-furbished devices, as far as the performance of these devices is given.
Of course, we don’t use any paper materials in our remote organization: digital contracts, online storages, and marketing materials in video or PDF formats are the tools of choice. Unfortunately, some organizations still require a signature on an original document, so we still have a printer at headquarters.
Of course, we do not use any disposable materials or promotional gifts produced for one-time use. In addition, we try as much as possible to order regionally or have it delivered, and we select partners and suppliers who also build on these values.
For a long time we have also struggled for this statement, created proposals and discarded them again. Now we have linked this aspect directly to our work and that of our candidates and employees: For all projects that run longer than three months, we plant trees with our partner “Grow my Tree“. For example, we plant eleven trees for a three-month collaboration, 22 for six months, and 44 for a year for clients and freelancers/employees. The certificates go to our customers as well as internal and external employees after completion of the cooperation.
What does that mean in concrete terms?
In a one-year collaboration, 44 trees will be planted. These trees neutralize 968 kg of CO² per year. This corresponds to approx:
1x flight: Berlin – Barcelona (one way) or
Ten percent of an average annual CO2 emission
SUSTAINABILITY AND NEARSHORING
Avoid models in nearshoring
We are aware that physical distance and hectic, speed-driven everyday business life are difficult to reconcile with the issue of reducing greenhouse emissions. For example, who wants to drive for days in a car when the destination is only two hours away by plane?
Probably the balancing act of our time: We have to globalize, otherwise we would be left behind in Europe. Especially we as a “people business” notice this day by day. And the scarcity of resources is increasing sharply, at the same time the need in the market for good developers is growing.
We contribute a small part here and pretend:
– Train before flight.
– Car (full) in front of train.
– Wheel in front of car.
– Online before offline.
For business flights that cannot be avoided, we offset the CO² total again.
And if a car has to be used, then at least it should be electric. For example, our company cars include two fully electric passenger cars.