Leaving the world a better place: our environmental policy
We do our part to be an ecologically conscious organization.
It is the policy of Inova Staffing, its divisions, and subsidiaries to conduct business in an environmentally responsible way and in a manner designed to protect the health and safety of our colleagues, customers, the public, and the environment.
To be a good corporate citizen, we must be conscious of the effects of our operations on the environment. Inova Staffing continually evaluates and assesses our operations and business processes to reduce any adverse environmental impacts.
National framework, local impact.
As a national company that operates in several states and services a variety of disparate markets, we recognize that it is neither reasonable nor practical to expect that every one of our operations will implement the same set of environmental management practices. However, we can achieve our greatest impact when all our local operations are aligned to the same goals.
This policy document is intended to provide a framework that defines our organization’s environmental priorities and allows each local office to make reasonable choices to operate within the spirit of that framework. As an office-based company providing services and solutions, our areas of greatest environmental impact and potential for improvement are:
- Energy used to power our offices and office equipment
- Business travel to sell and deliver our services
- Office waste, including paper and electronics
Our Environmental Credo.
We operate our facilities and business processes in a manner that is harmonious with the communities in which we are located.
We comply with the spirit and letter of applicable environmental regulations, including national and local laws relating to the protection of employees, the public, and the environment.
Each Inova Staffing operation takes responsibility for developing and maintaining local environmental management policies, practices, guidance, and training as appropriate to the local business environment.
We reduce energy consumption and resulting greenhouse gas emissions from our office activities, through cost-effective measures wherever possible.
We limit business travel whenever possible. When our business necessitates travel, we choose the most cost-effective and lowest impact transportation modes available. Whenever traveling via personal car or pickup service, every effort is made to ride-share in lieu of taking individual vehicles, thus reducing our carbon footprint.
We consume water responsibly and manage the waste generated from our office activities according to the principles of “Reduce / Reuse / Recycle.” Bottled water and other individual-sized containers should be avoided where possible.
We consider environmental factors when selecting new office spaces and furnishings.
We provide relevant training to employees, as appropriate to their roles and responsibilities.
We report and communicate on our environmental commitments and performance in a transparent manner.
We expect that each location will make use of this guidance to embed appropriate environmental management practices that are reasonable, practical, and cost-effective.
Local office best practices for a healthier environment
We encourage each of our offices to follow best practices to help reduce our carbon footprint as an organization. These guidelines are not exhaustive. There are always new opportunities to improve the environment – such as by having office plants to clean the air. Keep an eye out for these opportunities and speak to your supervisor or our president. The Earth is everyone’s home and we each have a responsibility to do our part to take care of it.
Temperature Control We program our thermostats to turn on shortly before the start of the working day and turn off shortly before the end of the day. In most of our offices, heat and AC is systematically switched off for the weekend. Through this and other minor adjustments, we have reduced our energy consumption by more than 30%.
Lighting On average, lighting accounts for 35-40% of an office building’s energy consumption. Significant energy consumption and cost savings can be achieved by using fluorescent or LED lights, which can be up to 10x more efficient. Wherever possible, we replace incandescent lighting with energy-efficient fluorescent or LED lighting. We also practice turning off lights and electronics at the end of the working day, and any time the office is not occupied.
Office Equipment As much as 25% of an office building’s energy consumption can be attributed to electronic office equipment. Energy-efficient equipment can provide as much as 70% savings. Inova Staffing regularly assesses the state of the office equipment and replaces end-of-life equipment with energy efficient replacements. We make every effort to donate old equipment, so it does not have a negative impact on the environment. When that is not possible, we contact local officials to determine the environmentally responsible method of disposal.
Travel We leverage technology such as teleconferencing and video conferencing whenever possible to reduce physical travel for business meetings and training. This practice reduces costs as well as the environmental impact. When practical, we use public transportation instead of individual vehicles. If individual vehicles are to be taken (whether a personal vehicle or ride-sharing service), we take as few vehicles as possible by sharing rides with our colleagues. If it is necessary to rent a vehicle, we request energy-efficient rental cars. For hotel stays, we participate in green initiatives, such as requesting that our linens not be picked up and washed daily.
Office Waste During the COVID-19 pandemic, Inova Staffing made the decision to go paperless. This has reduced our environmental waste while also limiting physical contact. When paper products are necessary, we choose paper and other office supplies that contain recycled content and are recyclable. We place marked recycling containers in convenient locations, so they are easy for our staff to locate. We buy in bulk—from coffee creamer to soap. When necessary, we use our bulk products to refill smaller containers.