STOA’s commitment to sustainable development is also reflected in concrete actions carried out at the corporate level.
Committed action to promote social integration
We pay very close attention to the impact of all our activities. In particular, whenever possible, we select social integration companies as suppliers. For our weekly working lunches, for example, we have chosen to work consistently with the solidarity caterer Un Monde Gourmand to support people returning to work after long periods of unemployment.
We are also committed to environmental responsibility and have set up a selective sorting system enabling our employees to dispose of plastic waste, cardboard, ink cartridges and coffee grounds separately. This system has allowed us to sort 483 kilograms of waste to date. We have also decided to replace single-use plastic cups with reusable cups.
We offset our CO2 emissions by supporting the “Clean Water Ethiopia” project
We offset the CO2 emissions of our air travel by financing carbon compensation projects. All carbon credits obtained are Gold Standard certified.
In 2019, in partnership with the French company EcoAct, we supported a project to restore sanitation systems in Ethiopia to offset the CO2 emissions generated in 2018 and 2019.
The project consists of repairing derelict boreholes to provide clean water to communities. It also aims to establish financing mechanisms to ensure their long-term maintenance. As a result, families no longer need to boil water, saving firewood, avoiding carbon emissions and reducing indoor smoke pollution.
The project is managed by Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) committees led by women. They oversee access to boreholes and provide work for local women.
This project has numerous positive impacts:
- 24 million litres of drinking water produced each year thanks to the project;
- 30,000 tons of unburned wood each year;
- $2 saved per week by households (out of an average household income of $12.5);
- 8,500 project beneficiaries, including 5,500 children and 1,500 women;
- 2 hours per day saved by the beneficiaries (previously spent collecting wood), allowing children to attend school and women to develop income-generating activities;
- creation of 3 permanent jobs for the monitoring of the project and 4 temporary jobs for the maintenance of the wells;
- capacity building through the creation of management committees and training of community leaders.
*Source: ECO ACT, impact data not audited by STOA