The GrECo Group has been fulfilling its corporate responsibility for many years. For decades the non-profit association GrECo Foundation supported socially disadvantaged or persons in need. Recently our activities in the corporate responsibility field have been expanded to environmental and HR topics.
The GrECo Foundation, founded in 2005, is a non-profit organisation within the GrECo Group. The non-profit association GrECo Foundation focuses on supporting socially disadvantaged persons, mainly children and young people. We contribute towards projects that facilitate access to education and help provide long-term and sustainable development with better perspectives for the future.
The non-profit association is active in all the 17 countries where the GrECo Group is represented with its subsidiaries. We work closely together with the local teams when selecting projects.
The non-profit purpose of the GrECo Foundation is:
2020 marked a year of change for all of us, especially for children and young people. No school, longer vacations – every child would have welcomed this situation before the pandemic. That is why the GrECo Foundation focused its activities on projects supporting the immediate needs of children and young people during the pandemic.
Read more about GrECo Foundation at: foundation.greco.services
In terms of environmentally sustainable computing, the GrECo Group has significantly reduced its carbon footprint during the last decade. Regarding IT hardware, for example, we have introduced a private cloud. This allowed us to get rid of 71% of our physical servers. In addition, we are constantly optimising the cooling of our server room as well as our IT environment (e.g. servers, client hardware, telephony solution) to further cut energy costs. For example, we saved almost 52% of energy by introducing the newest generation of telephones. Similarly, a lot of other IT equipment utilises a power save mode when not in use. Since 2014, the GrECo Centre in Vienna, including the IT Centre, has also been operating on a 100% renewable (CO2 neutral) energy supply.
GrECo endeavours to constantly increase the number of e-cars in our fleet. Currently around 13% of the fleet are e-cars, in addition there are more than 20 plug-in hybrid cars in use. This means that more than a third of our fleet are electrified vehicles. The group follows the environmental friendly policy of the Austrian government (e.g. tax exemption in kind for company cars without any CO2 emission – electric vehicles) and provides incentives for the usage of e-cars. The purchase prize maximum for an e-car is higher than for cars with fuel engine and a financial support for a wall box for charging the e-car at home is granted. In the second half of the year 2020, an additional incentive was created to bring the expansion of e-mobility a step forward. In the coming year GrECo aims to have a 50% quote of e-cars in their fleet. In Austria in particular, efforts have been taken to install internal charging infrastructure at all locations throughout the country. At the GrECo Centre in Vienna, the number of charging points has been increased from eleven to thirty.
To reduce paper waste several initiatives have already been started: our office printers are by default printing on both sides, many templates are available electronically and can be sent via email, the usage of electronical signatures has been introduced and in all offices the printers are also able to scan documents. To further increase the use of electronical archiving the digital file was declared the leading file for all GrECo markets. Since 2015, we have been using a professional digital printing machine, for the purpose on printing on demand. Thus, we avoid the disposal of outdated marketing material, as we are now producing smaller amounts of the mentioned documents.
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