Since our inception in 2009, Q5 have been committed to ensuring that our business can also deliver wider social, economic and environmental benefits. Given the wide range of areas we could potentially focus on, we frame our ESG actions using the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs). As a globally recognised and well understood framework, this helps us target those areas where we at Q5 can truly make progress against achieving a better and more sustainable future for all. We have a range of activities, both core to our business and through our charitable initiatives that are targeted at making progress against the SDGs.
A number of goals are central to how we operate as a business:
At Q5 we understand the scale and speed with which we as individuals, businesses and countries need to change and reduce our impact on the planet. We believe that this is also an opportunity to lead better and healthier lives. We firmly believe we each have a responsibility to reduce our impact and make change, whatever the size, shape or type of organisation. As such we have committed to becoming a net zero company by the end of this financial year. We will do this by making better decisions to reduce our emissions and secondly by sequestering the rest. We are spending this financial year understanding our sources of emissions, identifying ways to reduce them and engaging internally on how we want to offset the rest. From 2022 onwards, we will have net zero GHG emissions across all our offices.
We are passionate about improving our processes to increase diversity and creating an environment of inclusion. We believe in a ‘whole system’ approach to creating an inclusive and diverse organisation. This means looking at levers of change and effectiveness in our organisation through a D&I lens – exploring and addressing where there are biases, barriers and enablers. In order to ensure that we ‘walk the talk’ we ran a D&I survey internally, which led to the creation of our D&I framework to clarify what D&I means in our organisation and drive action.
At Q5 we are committed to far more than just our mandatory legal obligations for the health, safety and wellbeing of our employees. We want to infuse wellbeing into the actual DNA of our organisation and have pledged to ensure that we are: