Deciem introduces renewable energy initiative for employees

By Julia Wray | Published: 14-Jul-2022

ELC-owned Deciem is one of the first companies to introduce a credit system in response to an increasingly hybrid workforce

Deciem is introducing a renewable energy initiative for its employees.

The Estée Lauder Companies-owned brand owner said it recognised that a majority of its workforce had been working from home – where renewable energy sources aren’t the primary source – since the beginning of the pandemic.

To offset its employees’ carbon emissions, Deciem, whose portfolio includes The Ordinary and Niod, purchased Renewable Energy Certificates to inject the grid with the equivalent amount of renewable power used since it closed its offices in March 2020.

“Deciem’s operations are already covered by renewable energy, RECs, and carbon offsets to ensure we’re carbon neutral across scopes 1 and 2,” said Jacquelyn Kankam, Senior Director of Sustainability & Social Impact at Deciem.

“With this project, we’re recognising that the global Covid-19 pandemic shifted the way our employees worked and continue to work – from home offices – and so we expanded our use of RECs to also cover our employees’ home office electricity consumption, all over the world, going back to March 2020.”

She adds: “We’ve already invested more than CAD$150,000 to make sure Deciem’s global home offices’ electricity consumption is covered by renewable energy, but it doesn’t end there.

“The pandemic has forever changed the way we work; we’re in a hybrid model where people work from home and the office. On average, 25% of our Deciem family works from home, and we’ve continued to buy RECs to cover work-from-home electricity consumption to ensure our operations, beyond scopes 1 and 2, are carbon neutral and greening the grid.”

Deciem said it is one of the first companies to introduce such a credit system.

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