Being a responsible, sustainable business
Like many businesses, we face increasing scrutiny about the sustainability of our products but at hibu we remain committed to reducing our environmental impact, from sourcing paper for our directories from sustainably managed forests to the recycling of office waste.
All our directories are made with a very low weight paper and, where possible, they contain recycled fibre. The remaining virgin fibre used in the paper production process is derived from sustainably managed forests, so that when a tree is harvested, new trees are always replanted. You can find out more about recycling your old directory here.
Since April 2012 all Paginas Amarillas directories in Spain have been made with 100% recycled fibre.
As a signatory to the environmental guidelines produced by the Professional Publishers Association in the UK, the Local Search Association and Association of Directory Publishers in the US and as a member of the European Association Search and Database Publishing, hibu is committed to best practices relating to source reduction, manufacturing and recycling.
In the US we also lead the industry by actively promoting consumer choice and corporate responsibility through the Yellow Pages Opt-Out site, where consumers can choose the directories they want to receive. We work with local officials prior to delivery, participate in environmental conferences and work with municipalities to get our messaging on city, county and state websites.
In the last financial year we emitted 233,482 tonnes of CO2e, reducing our global CO2e emissions by more than 11% since in the last twelve months. In financial year 2012, we set ourselves a three year target to reduce our scope 1, scope 2 and business travel emissions by 15% by financial year 2015 (vs financial year 2012).
Our CO2e emissions for financial year 2012 have been verified by Verco, a sustainability and climate change consultancy.
The Carbon Disclosure Project FTSE 350 report was published in October 2012. hibu has increased both its Disclosure score and Performance score from last year. Our Disclosure score for financial year 2012 is 79% (up from 69% in financial year 2011) and our Performance score for financial year 2012 is band B (up from band C in financial year 2011).
CDP score companies with a band B as achieving between 60% and 84% in its carbon performance, suggesting that “Integration of climate change is recognized as a priority for strategy, although not all initiatives are fully established.”