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Insights – Excellence

Environmental performance

An environmental policy was adopted by the Board of Directors on September 6, 2004 (published on

Mitigating greenhouse gas emissions

As the global leader in HR services, we are conscious about the environment and of the difference we can make by acting responsibly. Therefore, in 2010, we started to collect the following environmental activity data for 10 of Adecco’s major markets [3] including Global HQ to measure our carbon footprint:

1. Electrical energy consumption
2. Mobility: company car mileages and air miles flown
3. Office supply: paper and toner consumption
4. Office equipment: computers bought and replaced

In order to assess this data in a consistent and structured manner, we are using the ‘myclimate’ platform to collect and evaluate our carbon footprint. The ‘myclimate’ emission calculator helps us to assess our emissions at any point in time, covering close to 80% of our operations in terms of revenue and it enables participant countries and the Global HQ to:

1. Identify their Carbon Footprint
2. Use the data for any stakeholder inquiry
3. Start reducing our CO2 emission through targeted projects
4. Communicate about it accordingly to all stakeholders involved.

Saving and recycling paper

The global introduction of electronic time capture (ETC) allows us to track, approve and control the actual working hours of our 700,000 associates electronically. Examples of the most commonly used ETC solutions are: Internet Time Capture, Swipe Cards and Electronic File Transfers. Given the fact that we employ on average 700,000 associates per day, this has a positive impact on the environment. Since the global launch of ETC at the beginning of 2006, electronic time capture has risen continuously. Although we do not track the amount of paper saved on group level, it is obvious that ETC saves millions of printed time sheets and envelopes per year.

Efforts to reduce the office carbon footprint and increase recycling have become standard practices in most of our countries. The concept has been embraced by employees in our branches which has substantially increased our recycling efforts for waste and paper.

Country highlights at a glance

  • Since 2006, Adecco and Adia in France recycled paper for publications such as staff magazines and commercial leaflets. Furthermore, in May 2007, the Purchasing Department introduced unbleached recycled paper, asking employees to reserve this recycled paper for internal use and, when requested, for external use.
  • For several years now, Adecco Japan has been using soy ink for all printed publications. In 2006, a comprehensive paper recycling system was introduced. Since then magazines and brochures have been printed on recycled paper.
  • 95% of the paper used by the Adecco Group UK headquarter for printers and copiers is from recycled sources. The goal is to achieve the same percentage or better in the UK branch network.
  • In 2010, Adecco Belgium reviewed its car policy. Categories have been adapted and car models have been renewed leading to a lower CO2 emission. Total gain has not been measured yet, but CO2 emission reduction is to be considered as a permanent ongoing effort. The follow-up in 2011 is our eco-driving training for employees, reducing fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. Furthermore, since June 2011, electric power consumption is ‘greened’ by purchasing ‘Guarantees of Origin’ (GoO). These GoO’s are the only proof that power was generated in a renewable way, i.e. from different sources such as wind, hydro or biomass.
  • In September 2010, Adecco Netherlands entered into a new contract that will ensure environmental friendly cars will be used throughout the whole fleet by mid 2011. Additionally, Adecco Netherlands will be the first service provider in the Netherlands certified for the “CSR Performance Ladder” Additionally, since 2009, the headquarters of Adecco Netherlands has had an ‘A’ rating for energy consumption.
  • Adecco Norway sponsers sports equipment for their employees in order to encourage them to leave the car at home and ride a bicycle to work.
  • Since 2008, Adecco Japan has promoted employees to wear comfortable business clothing according to the season. This avoids over-dependence on room cooling or heating. The temperature of air conditioners can be set to a minimum of 28°C in summer and to a maximum of 20°C during the cool and cold season. Adecco Japan also uses commercial vehicles with low-fuel consumption for client visits.
  • In Adecco Australia, the head office is one of Melbourne’s first environmentally sensitive commercial buildings and contains recycled content in its steel and concrete construction. It leads by example with a ‘High Green Star’ Rating under the GBCA Scheme and the Australian Building Greenhouse Rating Scheme.

Sweden and Norway – our first subsidiaries with an ISO 14001:2004 certification

Adecco Sweden obtained ISO 14001:2004 certification for its Adecco HR (administrative personnel) division in May 2007. Adecco Norway has held its ISO 14001:2004 certification since October 2008. Adecco UK has launched a project to gain accreditation to ISO 14001 for its environmental management system (EMS).

Work opportunities related to green energy

The green energy sector is growing fast and is generating huge investments all over the world, but particularly in Germany, China and the United States as well as Spain and Japan. DIS AG in Germany, for example, provides trained technicians for offshore windmills in partnership with its customers. Adecco Norway trained construction workers about new insulation regulations and Adia in France recruited 100 workers for photovoltaic panel installation in Portugal.


[3]France, USA,, UK, Germany, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Netherlands, Norway.