When PayFit contacted Greenly, its objective was to easily carry out an initial GHG assessment. By doing this, they wanted to evaluate the share that digital technology could have in the carbon footprint, in order to commit themselves and their business to the climate. Today PayFit has earned its first badge towards its Net Zero trajectory!
PayFit is a scale up that is dedicated to revolutionizing and simplifying the process of payroll management for businesses. The objective is to have a solution that is fast, intuitive and automated, which allows employers to easily and independently manage payroll and human resources, saving precious time. Their platform also allows employees to access a dedicated online space.
"When it comes to the environment, it's not a question of choice or belief, it's the greatest challenge of our time. The first step is obviously to understand our own environmental impact, so that we can better assess and improve it."
At PayFit, social impact is at the heart of our vision. We do everything we can to have a positive impact on the world we live in, that's our ambition. And that's PayFit's mission: to make PayFiters proud of what we do for society, to preserve the environment, and also to promote diversity and inclusion. Regarding the environment, more specifically, we are all aware that it is not a question of choice or beliefs, but that it is really the biggest challenge of our time, and that obviously the first step is to understand our own environmental impact, to better assess and improve it.
When we decided to do our carbon assessment, we realized that there are two schools of thought today. On the one hand, there is the classic school of using a consultancy firm, and on the other hand, there is a start-up solution like Greenly. In this overview of these two solutions, we have realized that both have advantages and disadvantages. The advantage of consultancies is that they are focused on support, offering a very detailed analysis, but they are also more expensive and time consuming
. A start-up, however, will stand out for its speed. What interested us for this first assessment was to have a fairly quick overview of our impact, so that we could start acting quickly.
Our first assessment gave us a quick overview of our emissions, which allowed us to distinguish PayFit's main emission items. We realised the importance of Scope 3, although it is not currently mandatory to assess it. However, at PayFit, it is the most important emission item. Since we offer SaaS, we also noticed that the second most important emissions item was Digital. We were surprised by the low percentage of emissions that travel occupied, even if this result is linked to the context of the year 2020, which has strongly contributed to reducing the use of transport. We will therefore pay attention to this in the years to come. Finally, our third emissions item concerned fixed assets. We also think that there is an interesting potential for reduction that we will be able to take advantage of.
Defining the action plan is underway. To achieve our objective, we intend to involve managers for each major emission item. We are therefore going to work together with the departments concerned to define the possible and impactful reduction actions, while respecting the 2021 development and growth objectives that have been defined. I am quite convinced that it is not just me, as the CSR manager, who can implement reduction actions on my own. You have to involve all the stakeholders in the company. The objective is to reconcile the response to climate and environmental issues with the growth of our company. To do this, we must already have a better understanding of our uses, such as in terms of actions for the use of our servers and our online advertising, but also in terms of thinking about how to have a more responsible purchasing policy
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