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SWIFT aims to operate responsibly and sustainably. Reducing our impact on the environment and increasing diversity and inclusion within our company are among our top CSR goals.  We extend these objectives to our suppliers and CSR partners by including our sustainability policy in all our contracts.

Environment

At SWIFT, we aim to carry out our daily operations while limiting our impact on the environment. This involves a concrete plan for reducing our carbon emissions and engaging our stakeholders in the process.

Since 2007, we have challenged ourselves to reduce our carbon footprint. We aim to become carbon neutral by 2020; and have already managed to reduce our emissions by 71%.

We continue to focus on these key objectives:

  • Reduce our energy consumption
  • Use green energy whenever possible
  • Compensate for the emissions we cannot avoid by buying green certificates

Greening SWIFT began by making our offices energy efficient. In addition, our work-from-home and flexible time policies enable staff to reduce their commuting impact. This way of working allows us to reduce office space, lowering energy output. We also use green electricity where available, and promote a paperless office. We carry out waste sorting and waste reduction campaigns, and promote environmentally friendly behaviour among staff and contractors. In addition, we preserve biodiversity at our headquarters through the installation of an insect hotel and three beehives and by planting an orchard and wildflower meadow. SWIFT regularly finances the planting of trees in developing countries.

The effort to make our data centres more energy efficient is ongoing. A flagship SWIFT operating centre in Switzerland is an example of what we hope to achieve more broadly in minimised carbon emissions.

SWIFT encourages cycling to work as well as the use of electric and hybrid cars amongst staff for an eco-friendly commute.

We reduce the impact of staff travel through carbon offsetting and at Sibos, our largest community event, we invite delegates to act accordingly. At Sibos, SWIFT also takes a number of ‘green’ measures in the areas of waste management, water consumption, biodiversity, recycling and use of public transport.

To extend our commitment to environmental sustainability to our community, we engage with suppliers and customers as well as our staff. Let’s work together toward a greener future.

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SWIFT Environmental Policy
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