Our Commitments

Thankyou Payroll is certified by Ekos; experts in carbon calculating and offsetting. We track all of our business-related emissions and they crunch the numbers so we know how much to offset. In 2023 we offset 120% of our emissions through the Rameka Forest Carbon Project in New Zealand and the Drawa Rainforest Conservation Project in Fiji.

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Our goals

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Keep our Scope 1 emissions at zero and Scope 2 emissions as close to zero as possible – offsetting our remaining emissions. See our 2022/2023 Emissions Report for more information on what these Scopes are and our current emissions.

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To focus on waste reduction, energy efficiency, and travel optimisation – our biggest sources of Scope 3 carbon emissions.

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To continue to grow our network of sustainable suppliers and partners.

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To become a leader in sustainable business, inspiring better practices amongst other kiwi business owners along the way.

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To encourage our staff to act sustainably both in the office and at home.

Our actions

Low-carbon commuting

We strongly encourage our team to use public transport, electric vehicles, bike, or walk to work. In the 2021/22 financial year, this accounted for 20% of our staff’s commute to work. In the coming months, we will also be offering our staff interest free e-bike loans to further incentivise eco-friendly travel.

Flexible working

Since the pandemic, working from home has become a new normal for many businesses. We support our team to find a balance that works for them. With our staff working from home 50% of the time, we’ve seen a substantial reduction in our carbon emissions.

Internal education

We regularly engage our team with what we are doing to work towards a more sustainable future. This gives our staff the opportunity to share their knowledge to craft solutions.  It also helps educate and mentor our team on the steps they can take to reduce their carbon footprint.

Recycling & waste management

We encourage our team to establish good recycling habits and embed this with an in-house waste audit to keep track of what we throw out. We also have a take home compost roster in our Dunedin office – which will be introduced in our Wellington office shortly.

Sustainable partners & suppliers

We carefully handpick the companies we work with based on their commitment to a sustainable future.

Here’s a list of some of the awesome companies we work with.

  • Meridian generates power from 100% renewable sources
  • The Print Room – our go-to supplier for sustainable printing.
  • Cargills Enterprises – an e-waste disposal facility unlocking the potential of people with disabilities, empowering them to live purposeful lives through gainful employment.
  • Peoples Coffee – A certified B Corp providing us with delicious coffee, delivered by e-bike.
  • Stand Desk – supply us with top of the range desks and donate 1% of their revenue to environmental causes every year.

Our risks

As a signatory to the NZ Climate Leaders Coalition, we are committed to assessing and disclosing climate change risks to our everyday operations. This holds us accountable for implementing actions to reduce these risks.

Extreme weather events

Increasing frequency of extreme weather events will disrupt our clients’ operations, and therefore payroll processing. This may lead to long-term business closures. Infrastructure we are reliant on, like internet fibre and data centres, could be physically disrupted too.

In the short term, we will be moving from a physical data centre located near sea level, to a cloud based (AWS) system.

Sea level rise

Rising sea levels will impact key infrastructure like roads and ports, for our major cities and communities at/near sea level. This will cause loss of access for both our clients and business, impacting our ability to get to work at our offices. Supply chains will also be heavily impacted which will have financial implications due to increased cost of products we are reliant on e.g. laptops.

We have a flexible working from home policy which can be used as a mitigation tool when office access is impacted.

Health risk

There is a risk to the mental health/hauora of employees who have trauma from repeated weather events and sea level rise.

We have recently implemented a Hauora leave policy that has 20 days of leave available to staff as well as other discretionary leave available for traumatic events.

Financial risk

Thankyou Payroll manages funds on behalf of our clients, which could be impacted by instability of the financial system due to extreme weather events and ongoing, gradual climate changes. There is a risk that our customer base diminishes as clients can no longer operate due to the flow on effects of this.

Reputational risk

There is a reputational risk if we do nothing or less than what is expected of us as a social enterprise that includes looking after people and the environment as part of our core business ethos/strategy.

We made a commitment to be carbon positive several years ago and have our carbon emissions measured, audited and certified by Ekos. Additionally we are signatories of the CLC and we monitor and review our emissions monthly via Carbontrail and use this information to inform sustainability and procurement practice and policies.

 

Thankyou Payroll emissions report

(2022/2023 financial year)

Scope 1

Direct emissions from sources owned or controlled by the organisation (ie, within the organisational boundary). For example, emissions from vehicles owned or controlled by the business, onsite landfills, wastewater treatment, agriculture, and fuel combustion from factories.

0 tCO2e

Scope 2

Indirect emissions from the generation of purchased energy (in the form of electricity, heat or steam) that the organisation uses.

0.98 (1) tCO2e

Scope 3

Other indirect emissions occurring because of the activities of the organisation but generated from sources it does not own or control (eg, air travel, non-company vehicles, waste, freight, staff commutes etc).

29.4 tCO2e

Total Emissions

The combined total of Thankyou Payroll’s Scope 1, 2, and 3 emissions.

30.4 tCO2e

Carbon Offsets

The reduction in emissions made by Thankyou Payroll to compensate for our own emissions. We offset 120% of our emissions, making us a carbon-positive organisation.

37 tCO2e

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