Walking along the edge of harbour on a very bright Sunday with our 2 children aged 8 and 10 we noticed one of the houses had very prominent solar panels. So the discussion got onto saving the planet, the recent Environmental Summits and how businesses consume natural resources; electricity, cars to get people to work and air travel.
Pretty deep stuff for a Sunday morning. And then the discussion got onto Nimbus. “So Daddy, if we are all meant to be saving the planet, what does your company do to help?” My initial reaction was “Not much…”
But, we now use web-ex far more and fly less than we ever did. I gladly gave back my BA Silver Card in exchange for a Blue card (Note to BA – couldn’t that be spun into a clever PR angle by renaming it a Green Card. They certainly could do with the positive spin). The knock on effect of reduced expenses is a welcome by-product, plus less wear and tear on our staff.
Our HQ is in a large stately home in the middle of 2,000 acres of woods. Last year they installed a huge wood chipping and burning facility to heat the buildings. And wood is not something they are short of.
Many of our staff work from home reducing the cars on the road and again making them more effective. My commute the office is over an hour, but that is because I choose to mountain bike through the hills to work – the long way – which includes a couple of climbs with stunning views over Chichester Harbour. The direct route takes just 15 mins. But when I get to work I need to fight for the showers as a large number of staff have taken advantage of the Government Ride2Work scheme.
We use Salesforce.com which is a Cloud-based app for all our sales, marketing, operations, HR, procurement, asset management and finance operations. That means we are not running on-premise software on servers in data centers in our offices around the world.
But a larger point is that Nimbus Control is being used by major corporations to help them reduce waste and improve their efficiencies. That probably has a greatest effect.
So, satisfied with that, the kids turned their thoughts to lunch at the sailing club, and whether ice cream was on offer. But this generation genuinely cares about the environment.