Doing the right thing
At QBS we put just as much attention to ‘doing the right thing’ as we do in ‘doing things right’.
Responsibility flows from our purpose through our vision statement, values and motto to the
countless actions that our co-workers take every day.
We support the majority of the UN SDGs and specifically 8 through our offsetting programme.
These are closely aligned to our purpose and represent an area where we can have authentic and meaningful impact, given the nature of our business and where we operate.
“Good governance connects our day to day business issues with our purpose.
As the Board implements this policy consistently, we will influence behaviour right through the group, and this in turn will become apparent to all of our stakeholders.”
QBS Technology Group
“Climate risk is more than a regulatory issue at QBS – it is recognised at board level and sustainability is hardwired into our business model and thus the strategy of the entire organisation.”
Therese Stevinson Group
Sustainability & Diversity Officer
QBS Technology Group
“In today’s corporate world, the ability to collaborate with people from diverse values and cultures is extremely important. Inclusion and community engagement is a vital part of our internal culture.”
Non Executive Director
QBS Technology Group
Everybody at QBS recognises the benefits of developing the business in an environmentally responsible and friendly manner. QBS is committed to the prevention of pollution and the protection of the environment and recognises that this is in the best interests of the organisation, its employees and stakeholders, and that it contributes to a better quality of life, now and for future generations.
QBS opposes waste of natural resources and makes every effort to conserve resources. It places high value on encouraging the industry to operate in an environmentally friendly manner.
OUR CARBON FOOTPRINT REPORT
“Good environmental stewardship is one of the key values of QBS. This year we have significantly improved the scope and granularity of our carbon footprint, aiming to include everything possible. We have also applied greater focus and attention to sustainability by providing training to all staff, and formalising my role as Sustainability & Diversity Officer as well as putting in place a significant number of additional processes and policies.” Therese Stevinson, Sustainability & Diversity Officer, QBS Technology Group
OUR JOURNEY TO NET CLIMATE POSITIVE
Climate Change needs no introduction. Government, businesses and society all need to act and future generations will ask what we did about it. This is why QBS is taking decisive action to be ahead of the curve and to see how we can be part of the solution, rather than the problem.
ISO14001 certified since 2019
Since then we have developed and articulated our unique set of environmental policies, and linked these to best practices in order to proactively monitor our adherence to policy. Finally our model is to demonstrate ongoing improvement of the standards.
Statutory reporting on GHG emissions
From FY22 we will publicly disclose our footprint and progress on our energy use and carbon emissions reduction in compliance with SECR in our annual accounts. Although we are far too small for TCFD – Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosure, we will aim to comply with the standard where applicable.
Pledge to Net Zero
Pledge to Net Zero was launched in late 2019 and is partnered with the UN’s official global-backed campaign, ‘Race to Zero’. It requires signatories to commit to deliver a greenhouse gas target in line with either a 1.5°C climate change scenario, or well below 2ºC.
CRN Sustainable Distributor of the Year
QBS has been recognised as a channel champion once again in the global fight against environmental destruction — taking the Sustainable Distributor of the Year / Service Provider of the Year titles at the CRN Tech Impact Awards.
Dave Stevinson, CEO of QBS Group, said: “This is a real recognition for the whole group and their tireless efforts to drive our carbon footprint lower by following our purpose of doing what’s right for our people, planet and prosperity.”
Empowering Tech to Go Green
We support the tech community in becoming carbon neutral through collaboration with the industry’s leading sustainability movement of IT and tech orientated companies and sharing practical know-how.
QBS proactively works with the membership helping them on their decarbonisation journey and encouraging them to be climate positive.
Supporting Terra Carta
QBS is pleased to support Terra Carta on their Sustainable Markets Initiative. The Terra Carta, led by HRH The Prince of Wales, provides a roadmap to 2030 for businesses to move towards an ambitious and sustainable future; one that will harness the power of Nature combined with the transformative power, innovation and resources of the private sector.
“QBS is pleased to support Terra Carta on their Sustainable Markets Initiative” Therese Stevinson, Group Sustainability & Diversity Officer.
Engaging with and investing in our local communities is critically important to QBS. The intended purpose of company donations is to achieve positive social, environmental and community impact, with a strategic bias towards the support of emerging sports and wellbeing.
The intended purpose of company donations is to achieve positive social, environmental and community impact, with a strategic bias towards the support of emerging sports and wellbeing.
Sponsoring Emerging Sports
QBS has proudly sponsored the 49th Manchester Gold Racquet tournament. We have a strong commitment to ESG, and supporting society (as one of our 5 stakeholders) is core to our purpose.
Our history in sponsorship goes back many years to the late eighties when we were starting out in the fledgling technology business and articulating the value of software, and has encompassed sports including football, basketball, tennis and cricket.
QBS believes in strong governance and this is set by the group board comprising of a balance of executive and non-executive directors.
The board of directors determines the processes for decision making, accountability, control and behaviour. A lot of time, effort and expense has been applied to ensure the governance in QBS is of a similar standard to a small/mid -cap listed company.
2021-2022 ESG KPIs
QBS uses KPIs that act as a compass to ensure moving in the right direction to meet our ESG promises.
- Hold net carbon neutral status with gold standard verification – Achieved 06/21
- Achieve B Corp certification with an exemplary score – Application submitted 12/21
- 100% of all staff to be formally trained on sustainability by a leading consultant
- 70% of NFR suppliers to be local businesses, within 50 miles of the office
- 100% of stationery supplies to be made from recycled materials or with low environmental impact
- 100% renewable energy to be used in all core offices, plus lobby landlords at others
- Cut our group carbon impact (inclusive of homeworking) by 10% in absolute terms.
- Continually Improve staff satisfaction and engagement
- 5% of CEOs time to support young entrepreneurs, industry sustainability and emerging sport