Through our collaboration with AfB, Europe’s largest non-profit IT company, our old and faulty laptops, smartphones and other devices are dismantled and recycled in accordance with the highest ecological and ethical standards. This creates new resources in Europe. The overhauled and reusable IT devices are sold by AfB with a warranty of up to three years. The refurbished IT hardware they offer in this way means access to laptops and mobile phones with all the benefits of a warranty, even for those who cannot afford to purchase new equipment. So disposing of our IT equipment in an environmentally friendly way has a positive impact more widely than just in ecological terms: It enables us to also make a contribution to society and at the same time secure jobs.
Three dimensions of sustainable development
To contribute toward a sustainable, climate-neutral, just and healthy society, Horváth engages in various projects in line with the United Nations’ sustainability goals and the Paris Agreement on climate and emissions.
Since 2021, we have joined the United Nations Global Compact, the world's largest corporate sustainability initiative. With our signature, we are committed to the ten principles in the areas of human rights, labor, the environment and the fight against corruption and thus set a further sign for our own sustainable management and action.
In 2022, we were awarded with the silver medal for our sustainability activities by the independent international rating agency EcoVadis. This places us among the top 25 percent of companies assessed by EcoVadis in general and among the top 14 percent within our industry.
Our understanding of sustainability also includes the implementation of further environmental, economic and social goals, which is why we are continuously expanding our commitment in these areas.
Sustainable environmental commitment: Horváth is climate-neutral
Horváth has been climate-neutral in accordance with the Greenhouse Gas Protocol standard since 2020. This takes into account all direct and indirect emissions that we generate as a result of our business activities. To ensure our climate-neutrality, we have set ourselves ambitious targets and implemented measures that span the areas of green mobility, green building and green consumption. With these principles guiding us, we want to continuously refine our activity and reduce our carbon emissions.
- Green mobility: In the area of mobility, we promote the use of low-emissions travel options, for example by extending the use of rail travel even further, offering work bicycles for commuting, and with our Green Car Policy which subsidizes the switch to electric and hybrid vehicles, as well as wallbox installation for at-home charging.
- Green building: Our offices are not only modern but also sustainably operated. We already use 100% green electricity in our offices in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
- Green consumption: Our actions follow the principle of “reduce, reuse and recycle”. One example of this is in our collaboration with the company AfB (Arbeit für Menschen mit Behinderung, a non-profit organization which specifically employs people with disabilities, as well as pursuing other socially positive objectives), which enables our old IT equipment to be recycled and reused. But we also pay attention to the little things in our offices, for example using water dispensers instead of drinks bottles, and offering an abundant selection of regional fruit.
Investment in certified carbon-offsetting projects
We have compiled our greenhouse gas balance sheet in accordance with the standards of the Greenhouse Gas Protocol and have been climate-neutral since 2020. For all emissions that we are unable to avoid generating, we balance our output with support for certified climate protection projects. In 2020, it was the “Clean Water in Cambodia” project. When selecting our carbon-offsetting projects, we take environmental and social aspects into account as well as the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Sustainable social commitment
Social justice is important to us. Horváth enacts its responsibility to society by means of financial support, as well as active participation in the form of pro bono projects through which we can achieve concrete improvement based on our core expertise. In doing this, we seek to sustainably improve our fellow human beings’ chances to have an independent future and self-determined life. In our social commitment we focus particularly on the areas of health, education and culture.
Sustainable economic success
As an employer, it is important for us to ensure our long-term economic viability so we can offer our employees secure jobs with which to sustain their families. The people who work at Horváth play a key role in shaping our corporate success. That is why we act to contribute to sustainable and responsible corporate management, as well as to meet growth and profitability targets.
Find out here how we can help our customers take a responsible and sustainable path into the future.