Addressing climate change head-on by going carbon negative.

We have always been committed to creating meaningful change in our community and beyond. One of the greatest challenges we all face today is climate change, and it is clear that meaningful change has to happen now to make an impact on the future of our planet.

At the beginning of 2021, John Chuang, our CEO, made the bold commitment for our company to become carbon-negative by the end of the year — one of the first in our industry. After that goal is reached, we will work to erase Aquent’s entire global carbon footprint of 35 years. This lofty goal requires firm, definitive changes to how we work as an organisation, today and in the future.

Where we are today.

Since we do not manufacture any goods, our carbon footprint is largely driven by office utilities, employee commuting, business travel, and technology systems.

Taking these factors into account and using the EPA guidelines for calculating carbon generation, we have calculated our company’s global carbon footprint (including internal staff and talent) for 2019, 2020, and 2021 (projected):

2019
Benchmark

 

We generated almost 9,000 tons of carbon. A substantial portion of this number is due to our staff and talent commuting to offices.
2020
88% Carbon Reduction

Since 2019

A pivotal year, with COVID forcing us to move all our staff and talent to work remotely, we generated just over 1,100 tons of carbon.
2021
96% Carbon Reduction

Since 2019

We estimate our carbon footprint this year will be approximately 360 tons as we let go many physical offices and became a virtual-first workplace in many locations around the world.

COVID created many changes. In this case, they were positive changes. Moving our staff and talent to work remotely, we saw the impact that can have on our carbon footprint as well as our clients'. This sparked the drive to make even more lasting changes to how we work.

Real change starts with real action.

Just talking the talk has never been our thing. In order to reach our goal to become carbon-negative by the end of 2021 and begin erasing our 35-year carbon footprint, we have taken decisive actions and started key projects to make that happen:

Solar Panel Arrays built by Aquent

Building solar arrays

While we considered buying carbon credits, we decided that creating a renewable energy source was more in line with our values. At the start of 2021, we began working with several partners to build two solar arrays in Indiana and Ohio. These arrays will offset two times the amount of CO2 that our staff and talent generate annually worldwide.

Data Storage powered by hydro electic power

Moving data storage

Our proprietary recruiting software has been hosted at a data center in Virginia, a state on the higher end of carbon generated per kilowatt-hour. We are migrating to a facility in Oregon which is powered by renewable hydroelectric energy. This move will save approximately two tons of carbon emissions annually.

Aquent staff using more efficient equipment

More efficient equipment

From July 2021, we started providing our staff around the world with more efficient Apple M1 computers, which draw significantly fewer kilowatts per hour.