Planet

Climate change is the defining challenge of our time, and it threatens the future of our planet. We know the effects of climate change are set to rise, and at Tenth Revolution Group, we understand the need—and urgency—to take meaningful action now.

We each have a role to play and can all be environmental stewards in protecting our planet for future generations. And as a business, we are committed to continuously identifying ways to reduce our environmental footprint. Given the nature of our business as a Talent as a Service (TaaS) provider, our impact is smaller than that of other industries, such as manufacturing or retail, but that does not detract from our commitment. We believe it’s crucial that every organization embeds environmental, social and governance (ESG) standards into all facets of their operations. We know that we cannot reach net zero in isolation. As a company that finds, trains, and deploys tech talent all over the world, we understand the power of collaborative partnerships and what they can achieve every day. Therefore, we must work with our employees, customers, candidates, partners, and suppliers to help us prepare for the inevitable and necessary transition to a low-carbon economy.

Our Sustainability Matters program

In 2021, we formalized our Sustainability Program and developed a sustainability strategy outlining our approach, commitments, and long-term goals.

Embedding ESG throughout our business and aligning these efforts with our company values and external frameworks, such as the UN Global Compact and SBTi (Science Based Targets initiative), formed part of our strategic objectives.

As a responsible business, we have pledged to address our climate-related impact, and this is set out in our Environmental Policy, which profiles our approach to strengthening our environmental practices, reducing our carbon footprint, and lessening our impact on the natural world.

To expand our expectations across Tenth Revolution Group’s global supply chain, we have also published a Sustainable Procurement Policy and Supplier Code of Conduct. These frameworks embed a responsible approach to our procurement practices, ensuring products, goods, and services are sourced in a socially, economically, and environmentally sustainable way.

Elle Parker

Global Sustainability Strategy Lead

Our Carbon Reduction Strategy

In 2023, we conducted our first comprehensive greenhouse gas (GHG) assessment with the help of our carbon accounting partners, Greenly, and established FY22 as our baseline year. This is now our 'yardstick' for tracking our progress yearly.

We conducted a thorough Scope 3 screening and determined that the following categories are the most relevant to our business:

Purchased goods and services
(Category 1)

Employee commuting and homeworking
(Category 6)

Business travel
(Category 7)

This was a crucial starting point and learning opportunity for our business, helping us to identify our emission hotspots and where we needed to improve our data capture. Throughout the rest of 2023, we focused on improving our data capture frameworks, building relationships with landlords across our global network of offices, and achieving greater clarity and visibility on the data we collate. Collectively, this informed our Carbon Reduction Strategy. In June 2023, we committed to setting science-based targets with the SBTi and have been working with Greenly—our carbon accounting partner—on our carbon reduction plan. We will submit our targets to the SBTi in 2024, and once validated, we will publish these on our website and share our progress annually in this report.

Measuring our carbon footprint

In 2023, we made steady progress by reducing our overall emissions by 4% from our FY22 baseline figure. This was a positive step forward, but it fell short of our ambition to more sufficiently reduce our emissions in line with the 1.5-degrees Celsius warming scenario set out in the 2021 Climate Panel Report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Our reduction efforts can be attributed to our employees taking fewer flights, as we continue to minimize travel and associated GHG emissions. To achieve this, we are prioritizing lower carbon alternative methods of travel, with video and virtual meetings now part of our daily working practice.

However, we saw an increase in our Scope 1 and 2 emissions, predominantly driven by increased energy use in our offices. It should be noted that our figures were also impacted by the shift from estimated values to calculated data. We had anticipated this slight increase while embedding our carbon reduction strategy and rolling out actions to improve energy efficiencies across our business operations.

Looking ahead, we aim to increase the proportion of energy generated from renewable sources across all our offices. Encouragingly, we will start to see the effects of decarbonizing our offices in the next few years and will also explore other opportunities to accelerate this process. As a result, we remain confident that we will reach our 2030 goals, as summarized earlier in this report.

Actions we have taken to reduce our CHG emissions:

Transitioned our fleet of company cars from petrol and diesel to hybrid and electric—our UK and Dutch fleets are now 100% electric vehicles
Rationalized our office spaces across our global portfolio
Reviewed the renewable energy mix of our buildings
Prioritized low-carbon transport methods
Promoted video and virtual meetings with customers and candidates as part of our working practice

Methodology and approach

Our GHG emissions, methodology, and calculations align with the GHG Protocol (a global standardized framework for greenhouse gas reporting) and have been calculated using Greenly’s carbon accounting platform.

Definitions of scope 1, 2, and 3 emissions

Our partnership with Greenly

As a business, we have been internally reporting on our Scope 1 and 2 emissions since 2019. However, we also recognized the need to address and report on our Scope 3 emissions, which form a substantial part of our overall carbon footprint.

Moreover, 70% of our employees who took part in our engagement survey in September 2023 told us that it is important to them that we are a socially and environmentally sustainable business; therefore, enhancing and expanding our reporting was a necessary course of action.

To help us gain a holistic understanding of our emissions, we partnered with Greenly, an accounting carbon specialist that utilizes an intuitive platform for smart data collection and analysis. As an innovator in the green technology space, Greenly has a strong affinity for our industry, and we knew it would provide the best solution for us at this early stage of our sustainability journey.

In April 2023, we completed our first carbon footprint assessment across Tenth Revolution Group, incorporating our Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions. This assessment highlighted our emission hotspots and pointed to areas that warranted further exploration, which we are now mitigating.

It is essential that we take a proactive approach to understanding and tackling our emissions, and this voluntary reporting via Greenly is a crucial step for us, ensuring we are also aligned with emerging environmental standards.

Our FY23 emissions

As summarized earlier, we saw an increase in our Scope 1 and 2 emissions in 2023, driven by increased energy usage across our offices worldwide. By contrast, our Scope 3 emissions decreased, resulting in an overall reduction of our carbon emissions by 4% year-on-year. Our FY23 carbon emissions are shown below, with a more detailed breakdown available in our latest Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting (SECR) report on page xx.

6.9k tCO2e

Total emissions of Tenth Revolution Group
By scope (% tCO2e)

3.1%
8.0%
88.9%

Our environmental impact is calculated on a location basis, and our emissions totaled 6,876tCO2e, with an average impact of 3.7tCO2e per FTE.

6.9k tCO2e is equivalent to

*Sources: Labos1Point5, ExioBase, French National Forests Office

Spotlight on: Digital Revolution Awards

Founded in 2020, our Digital Revolution Awards celebrate excellence in the cloud and recognize the achievements of organizations and individuals across the global ecosystem.

In 2023, we hosted ceremonies for the UK, DACH region and North America, culminating in a global ceremony that toasted the best of the best.

However, the event was so much more than just a series of awards. Profits went to two charitable causes, Climb Hire in the US and St. Martin’s School in Kenya, helping us to support the next generation of tech talent.

Aligning with our company’s sustainability goals, we also introduced a new Outstanding Contribution to the Earth category which spotlighted technological innovation in this space. Carbon Clean and Circulor were joint winners in the UK, with Oceanworks winning the award in the US, and Climeworks scooping the accolade in both the DACH and global ceremonies.

We also committed to planting a tree for every nomination we received that year. This resulted in 689 trees being planted in forests in Mozambique and Indonesia through Tree-Nation, a platform reforesting the world and fighting climate change.

Case study: Litter picking in Newcastle

As part of our wider sustainability strategy, we recognize the importance of supporting local communities and empowering our employees to participate in grassroots activities to help us all transition to greener, lower-carbon living.

Through our TRG Cares program, every employee at Tenth Revolution Group can use one paid day off a year to volunteer with a local cause, and encouragingly, many have chosen to dedicate their time to supporting environmental projects, such as composting and beach cleaning.

In 2023, employees from our Newcastle office took part in the Great British Spring Clean, a campaign coordinated locally by NE1 Business Improvement District, an organization that aims to make Newcastle a greater place for all.

About the Great British Spring Clean

This two-week initiative, led by NE1 in partnership with Keep Britain Tidy, was an opportunity for Newcastle’s business community to come together and help clean up the city center.

Five employees from Tenth Revolution Group got involved. They used their volunteer day to assist with litter picking and hedge trimming along Newcastle’s iconic Quayside, located on the banks of the River Tyne.

Outcomes from the litter pick

Our employees collected cans, bottles, food packaging and even socks, with rubbish hidden ‘off the beaten track’ behind bushes and trees. Despite ample waste bins nearby, they filled a staggering 27 bags in just one hour.

It was also a chance for our volunteers to connect and network with professionals from other local businesses and join forces with NE1’s street team to make a noticeable impact in helping Newcastle look its best.

Next steps

We have committed to the following actions, aligned to our sustainability strategy:

Submit our emission reduction targets to SBTi for validation

Improve the data we capture via our employee commute survey

Continue to work closely with our landlords worldwide to enhance data collection and visibility. and improve energy efficiencies in our offices

Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) audits of our London and Newcastle offices

Increase supplier engagement in line with our Sustainable Procurement Statement and Supplier Code of Conduct

Launch our external-facing People & Planet website

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