As another year ends, it’s time to reflect on what was achieved in 2019.
There are many things that come to mind, such as the launch of new innovations, a growing community of customers, and new exciting opportunities to make organizations safer and more productive.
We also reflect on what we did to help make a difference for the planet. At Enablon, we don’t believe in only talking about sustainability. We also believe in taking action.
On behalf of the entire sustainability team at Enablon, we would like to highlight some of the activities we organized in 2019.
There were many initiatives, and in this post we highlight five that stand out. These actions aimed to raise awareness around sustainability, share best practices, and make a difference in local communities.
1) World Cleanup Day
World Cleanup Day is one of the largest civic movements, uniting 180 countries for a cleaner planet. On September 21, 2019, more than 20 million people across the world came together to clean up trash and mismanaged waste from beaches, rivers, forests and streets.
Dozens of Enablonians volunteered from many cities, including Paris, Chicago, Montreal and Singapore, to show their commitment to a cleaner planet. In total, they collected more than 30 kilograms of trash. We’re very proud of all our volunteers!
2) Planting Trees
With the help of our partners the Office National des Forêts (ONF) in France and American Forests in the U.S., we plant trees to compensate for carbon emissions produced by flight travels of Enablonians, and flight travels of attendees to our SPF events.
In 2019, we contributed to plant thousands of trees through ONF and American Forests. In addition, Enablonians participated in tree-planting activities in schools and communities in the Paris and Chicago areas.
3) Bicycling for Bees
In 2018, a group of Enablonians cycled 330 kilometers from London to Paris to raise funds for Bees Abroad. The non-profit organization provides education and technical advice in beekeeping and suitable business skills to beekeepers and families in developing countries.
In 2019, we did something different. At each of our SPF conferences throughout the year (Melbourne, Houston, Chicago, Paris) Enablonians embarked on a bicycling tour to raise awareness to the plight of the bees, and raise fund for Bees Abroad. We were even joined for the first time by a client. Our cyclists covered a total of over 500 kilometers, and raised more than 4 000 Euros for Bees Abroad!
4) The Climate Collage
The Climate Collage (« La Fresque du Climat ») is an insightful exercise about climate change, based on collective intelligence and creativity. Participants build a collage to raise awareness around climate change by establishing cause/consequence links between key climate-related stakes.
They choose a title, add colorful images, and draw and write messages on cards. Participants briefly present their collage, which can then be used as a poster. At the end, a discussion about climate change and its impacts takes place.
Some Enablonians have even been trained to conduct Climate Collage workshops and have led the activity in schools in the Paris area.
5) Zero Waste Weeks
Throughout the year, we organize “Zero Waste Weeks” in our offices to raise awareness on the need to limit waste in our everyday activities. The best waste is the one that doesn’t exist!
A different theme is covered during each Zero Waste Week, such as packaging, sustainable food and cosmetics, recycling, etc. We aim to educate Enablonians about the 5 Rs of Zero Waste (Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rot) and share best practices that help to reduce the amount of waste that we generate.
In addition to the five highlighted in this post, we also want to mention some other noteworthy initiatives that were part of our 2019 sustainability journey:
- Donation drives for communities in need. Collected items include clothes, toys, and others.
- DIY workshops for cosmetics and hygiene and cleaning products made with zero waste and zero plastic.
- Green Is Green. A program run by Wolters Kluwer to improve sustainability at WK offices. The Enablon Paris and Chicago offices were part of the pilot program.
- A Green IT program to reduce GHG emissions and energy consumption of IT equipment through better practices and eco-friendly options, and raise awareness to the environmental impacts of IT equipment.
In conclusion, strong participation in our sustainability activities was made possible because of the great passion of Enablonians in making the world a better place. We’re very grateful to everyone, and for the full backing and support of our management team.
Happy Holidays! See you next year for more sustainability activities!
Enablon Sustainability Champions: Fatiha Achour, Hugues Antoine, Clément Auffray, Soufia Bellamkirab, Katie Brda, Elvira Celano, Kaylee Costello, Aurélie Da Silva, Renee Elms, Guillaume Escourbiac, Brian Fitzpatrick, Daphné Goudet, Milène Ilic, Heather Ingraham, Catherine Kamboj, Thibaut Kienlen, Céline Lemelle, Esther Minguez-Collado, Sunil Narayanan, Gabriel Nguyen, Shweta Pathak, Aditi Parthasarathy, Laura Plessy, Océane Rabillon, Wilson Rivera, Cindy Roublicq, Francesca Roussel, and Rob Sall.