The FIGO Secretariat goes GREEN
Ethos: ‘Contributing to women’s health by reducing our carbon footprint’
In line with FIGO’s vision for women to achieve the highest possible standards of physical, mental, reproductive and sexual health and wellbeing throughout their lives, FIGO, together with other leading reproductive health societies, recognises the adverse effects climate change, pollution, environmental toxins and chemicals can have on women’s reproductive health and newborn children, including preterm delivery, maternal nutrition, morbidity and mortality. (Int J Gynecol Obstet 2015;131(3):219–225).
In an effort to reduce its environmental impact, the FIGO Secretariat in London has decided to pursue the Green accreditation level from Investors in the Environment (IIE), a nationwide environmental initiative designed to help organisations save the environment and reduce costs by maximising their energy efficiency and reducing their environmental impact.
As part of this process, FIGO’s newly founded Sustainability and Environmental team (left) will ensure that the Secretariat continues to purchase responsibly, minimise waste and promote environmental awareness. In order to receive accreditation, the team will concentrate on the following areas:
(Quotations from Lilli Trautvetter, the communications liaison)
Recycling and waste
‘Recycling is already a firm part of the everyday running and we are actively reducing and reusing materials, ensuring as little as possible goes to landfill. We are also purchasing recycled-content products from reliable and reputable sources.’
‘We are committed to minimising our paper consumption by at least 2 per cent compared to last year. Although this will not eliminate the use of paper, all staff have been encouraged to use it wisely in order to reduce unnecessary waste.’
Energy and water
‘We proactively monitor our energy and water consumption in London and are committed to using these resources in an economical fashion. Colleagues have pledged to contribute by switching off equipment and being efficient in their water usage.’
Local and international transport
‘Being based in the heart of London, staff travel to and from work by public transport, walking or cycling. Due to FIGO’s global structure, international business travel cannot always be avoided. However, wherever possible, we use video conferencing and, when necessary, we promote the use of our revised travel policy, encouraging use of low-emission cars, car sharing and opting for rail travel over plane travel.’
With each member of staff committed to working in an environmentally-conscious manner and actively participating in a recognised accreditation scheme, the Secretariat is excited to be making a meaningful contribution to the improvement of women’s and newborns' health.