We’re ‘do what we say, and we’ll do what we say too’ kinds of people. We’re not just building a fancy website, we’re also trying to make the world a better place - and as business people shouting about the benefits of ESG, we’ve got a special responsibility to be transparent and ambitious about how we’re doing it.
The bigger we get, the more important that becomes. We promise to keep giving you a close look at how we’re getting on, down to the smallest detail (including what we had for breakfast, if you really want to know).
To put it bluntly, not enough women are CEOs, and not enough women are funded in the investment space. In fact, women typically get less than 1% of overall funding. Our female founder’s helping to move the dial by championing female leaders in the sector, and making the case for others to do the same - especially the people making the big decisions.
We’re committed to being a responsible, thoughtful employer that champions a fair and inclusive culture with flexible working, and development opportunities for our people. We put inclusion and diversity at the heart of everything we do.
To be truly inclusive and diverse we need our stakeholders to be doing things the same way, and we’ll support them with that however we can. We select our partners with all this in mind too.
We want all our policies to put our people first, accomodate different needs and reflect our values. We also know the world of business (and the world in general) is changing and evolving all the time, and we’ll work hard to regularly check they stay relevant, and are the best they can be.
Things are changing and growing in our field all the time (including us), and we’re keeping a close eye on emerging international standards like TCFD reporting (Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures), the ISRS (International Sustainability Reporting Standards) and CSRD (Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive) so we can make sure we’re filled in on up-to-date guidance.
We’re joining the international SME ‘Race to Zero’ (https://smeclimatehub.org/sme-climate-commitment/). Here’s a formal statement to show we mean it:
Recognising that climate change poses a threat to the economy, nature and society at large, our company commits to take action immediately in order to:
· Halve our greenhouse gas emissions before 2030
· Achieve net zero emissions before 2050
· Disclose our progress on a yearly basis
In doing so, we are proud to be recognised by the United Nations Race to Zero campaign, and join governments, businesses, cities, regions, and universities around the world that share the same mission.
We’ll also be looking into annual disclosure to help us manage environmental impact.
There’s a team of top notch talent behind Tesel, and we’re excited to keep bringing more people on board as we grow. We’re keen to create plenty of opportunities for budding talent to use their skills and knowledge as a force for good, and join our mission to change the way business is done.
Our environmental footprint is quite small for now, but inevitably it’ll get bigger as we grow. To keep that growth to a minimum, we’re making careful choices when it comes to our offices, the IT we use and flexible working.
For example, we’ve switched to DigitalOcean which runs on 100% renewable energy, making this website an extra good place to be.
Here are a few small changes we’re making at Tesel to help us be more sustainable. Go on, give them a try.
We’re keeping our showers to five minutes or less to lower the energy they use and carbon they release. Fortunately that’s still long enough to get through a whole song.
We wouldn’t recommend London to Brighton on a daily basis, but we’re walking or cycling to work if our commute allows. Getting some exercise in while saving the planet is multitasking at its finest.
Instead of boiling a full kettle every time, we’re only using the water we need. It’s estimated if every adult in the UK did the same we’d save around 300,000 tonnes of CO2e per year, the equivalent of 150,000 return flights from Paris to New York.