Apart from our emissions, our business activities only have little impact on the environment. We mainly use water in toilets and washrooms and in the canteens.
In addition to waste paper, the main source of waste is equivalent to household refuse. In order to reduce our paper con-sumption, we are increasing awareness among our employees of the need to work in a resource-saving way, e.g. when printing documents. Helaba has almost completely switched to using environmentally-friendly paper for its internal and ex-ternal correspondence, which is certified by recognised sustainability labels. At the moment, we are conducting an evaluation of our paper consumption across the entire Group and examining the possibility of switching to certified recycled paper for all internal correspondence.
Since Helaba is a credit institution, its IT infrastructure is a vitally important component of its activities. For this reason, we are paying closer attention to sustainability criteria when selecting IT suppliers. In the scope of a sustainable supplier management system, we have developed a code of conduct for suppliers, which includes mandatory requirements such as adherence to environmental standards, safety and ethical values. We give priority to working with suppliers who have an environmental management system in line with accepted industry standards and who make use of renewable energy throughout their entire value-added processes.
The SparkassenEinkaufsGesellschaft (SEG), the central procurement organisation of German Sparkassen, applies a similar code of conduct. We purchase our consumables and stationery from SEG. These suppliers already conform to the relevant minimum standards.