Many companies and organization all around the world have adopted the idea that, as global citizens, they have a responsibility to reduce their carbon footprint and improve their environmental performance. Such an acknowledgement has led to the implementation of top-down internal policies which put word to actions as well as encouraging internal grassroots movements. The United Nations (UN) along with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) can both be considered active protagonists of this corporate trend. Even though there have already been many substantial accomplishments over the past several years in the Organization, there are still opportunities for improvement. Every one of us has an important part to play in this path towards environmental responsibility.
FAO’s Work on Corporate Environmental Responsibility
FAO is committed to reducing emissions, increasing efficiency, and integrating sustainability into its daily operations in the areas of facilities management, travel and procurement. These efforts are in coordination with the other UN agencies following the directives from the UN Secretary General, the Chief Executives Board (CEB) and the United Nations movement towards Climate Neutrality. Having already implemented many initiatives such as recycling programmes and energy-saving projects globally, we strive to continue improving throughout the Organization.
Areas of Focus
- Energy Efficiency and Savings
- Waste Management
- Travel and Transportation
- Sustainable Procurement
- Sustainable Events
When you think about these categories, they are all related to resource management. Energy is a resource we use to carry out our work. Waste is a by-product of resources that have not been used efficiently or are no longer needed. Travel requires energy and materials for vehicles. All of these resources have an environmental footprint. The Organization must pay for these resources as well. By using them in the most effective and efficient manner, each one of us can help reduce environmental impacts and financial costs.