We are keenly aware of what our impact, both positive and negative, can be on the environment. While investment managers generally have a smaller carbon footprint than other businesses, we commit ourselves to reducing the effect we have on climate change and the global environment.
Part of our commitment includes evaluating ways to minimize our carbon footprint and reduce waste that might end up in landfills. We consciously occupy “green” buildings that are environmentally responsible and resource efficient.1
We take additional steps to reduce our impact on the environment. We do not issue mobile phones, and the computers we provide are typically location-agnostic. Most employees receive one device that they can use anywhere. This reduces redundancy as well as resource consumption and minimizes the amount of electronic equipment that may end up in landfills. It also enhances productivity. This was particularly true in 2020 as we seamlessly shifted much of our organization to a work-from-home environment.
We have also long encouraged employees to use public transportation and offer Flexible Spending Accounts to defray the costs of commuting. While our employees' use of public transportation may have decreased during the COVID-19 pandemic, this benefit has remained available to them.