Adjust's 2018 retreat, and our environmental responsibility
Adjust’s annual company retreat is a staple of our culture.
Since our founding, Adjusters have taken week-long trips to destinations as far as Mexico, Thailand, and the Dominican Republic. For all of us, it’s a welcome break from the January weather of Berlin, and a frankly amazing way to spend time with colleagues without being in the office.
In 2018, we went a different direction from previous years, flying south from Berlin to Mauritius in what’s been our best trip yet. While there, we used the time to catch up with colleagues from all corners of the globe, set strategies, and reconnect. Between company updates, team workshops and one-on-ones, there was a lot to talk about, and Adjusters used the time well (between sessions of lying in the sun, of course).
While there, we were issued a challenge: get into teams and produce a video to showcase what each group thinks Adjust really represents. From all our work, you can watch a highlight reel below:
Adjust in Mauritius 2018
And since we have your attention, we also want to talk a little about a cause that’s championed by one of our own. Helena Bolton-Jones, one of Adjust’s Business Analysts, kicked off an initiative that led to a €15,000 donation to myclimate, an organization dedicated to safeguarding our environment.
It’s no real surprise that flying nearly 200 people from six major offices including San Francisco, Tokyo and Beijing to Mauritius would generate a lot of carbon. But it was Helena who helped us to see how much.
For climate change to be halted, every single person in the world would have to produce, at a maximum, 2 tons of CO2 in a year.
Our flights ranged in distance from 19,300km to 36,500km, emitting in total 30 tons of CO2. Per employee, this figure jumps as you combine the distance of each person, to a combined distance traveled of 3,541,900km. This created 686 tonnes of carbon combined - or, in other words, 4.5 tonnes of carbon dioxide per person - double of what the average citizen should produce in a year.
Clearly, we had some work to do in order to offset the pollution we’d generated. Helena set the groundwork by contacting myclimate, discovering more about the work they committed to in Mauritius, and, eventually, settled on a donation to help their cause.
We spoke with myclimate to find out a little more about the work they do in the region, and to find out what kind of work they can accomplish with Adjust’s donation.
**“**myclimate is a partner for effective climate protection – both locally and globally. The Non-Profit Organization wants to shape the future together with its partners through consultation, education and climate protection projects. myclimate pursues this as a science-based and business-orientated non-profit organization.”
“With projects of the highest quality, myclimate promotes quantifiable climate protection and long-lasting development worldwide. Through these projects, emissions are reduced by replacing fossil fuel sources with renewable energies and by implementing energy-efficient technologies.”
“Since establishing the organization myclimate’s climate protection projects have created thousands of jobs, protected biodiversity and improved the general living conditions of more than 4 million people.”
“In order to reduce CO2 and counter the rapid deforestation in Madagascar, myclimate supports the manufacture and distribution of efficient cookers and climate-friendly solar cookers. The sensibilization of pupils about environmental protection and climate-friendly cooking as well as the reforestation of two seedlings per cook stove sold are part of this project.”
“The climate-friendly cookers save up to 50% of charcoal or firewood consumption resulting in valuable monetary savings for the household’s budget or time savings and less frequent gathering of firewood. Especially women and children benefit from the zero-emission solar cookers or cleaner combustion of efficient cookers due to less exposure to smoke during cooking. The dissemination of efficient and solar cookstoves is an effective means to combat the quickly advancing deforestation in Madagascar and to reduce CO2 emissions from the use of non-renewable biomass. Additionally, the project finances two trees for reforestation each time a stove gets sold.”
In future, we’ll be focusing more on company-wide effect on climate, as we’re acutely aware of our own impact on the environment. This is just one step in the right direction - there are many more initiatives to come.