LYON, France; and MIDDLETON, Wis .– (BUSINESS WIRE) – Esker, a global cloud platform and a leader in AI-driven process automation solutions for finance and customer service functions, today announced that its headquarters in Lyon, France have received ISO 14001: 2015 (ISO 14001) certification for its effective The environmental impact management system has received from Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance (LRQA), a major provider of independent assessment services. Esker also received an EcoVadis Gold Medal for performance in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). This makes the company one of the top 4% of companies rated by EcoVadis. This recognition is part of Esker’s continuous environmental and CSR improvement process.
Committed to ecological sustainability
The international ISO 14001 standard demonstrates Esker’s long-term commitment to environmental protection by establishing the principles of an effective management system that follows good environmental practices. The principle of continuous improvement is inherent in this standard and reflects the agile methodology used by Esker in 2011.
Above all, Esker’s environmental approach, initiated by management and actively supported by employees, offers the opportunity to propose a more ethical way of working, which is increasingly demanded by customers, employees, partners and investors.
Reduction of the ecological footprint
By automating business and document processes, Esker helps companies significantly reduce their paper, water and energy consumption. Esker has also taken a number of measures within the company to limit its environmental impact, including:
Selection of data center providers who are committed to sustainable development (e.g. SynAAps, Microsoft Azure)
Reducing energy consumption, including using less energy-intensive IT equipment, general LED lighting and presence detectors, and data migration from multiple servers to a shared SaaS platform
Extending the lifespan of IT equipment with the option for employees to buy back company IT equipment for a charitable donation
Favoring environmentally friendly means of transport, with trains being preferred to air travel for business trips; Additional measures include: secure bicycle parking for electric bikes, fleet of automobiles with hybrid and electric cars, storage of office scooters, showers and changing rooms for those who cycle to work, etc.
Raising awareness of recycling among employees and implementing measures to facilitate recycling, including selective sorting bins, recycling best practice workshops, and zero waste approach; Conferences on software eco-design, regular deletions of email inboxes, software development with a strong focus on solution efficiency and low energy consumption
“The ISO 14001 certification confirms Esker’s active commitment to the environment. The audit revealed many strengths within the organization, including the ability to mobilize its people as well as its long-term commitment to the environment. “Excerpt from the closing meeting of Catherine Farcot, Audit Manager at LRQA France.
“We are very proud and encouraged that our efforts have been rewarded with ISO 14001 certification and the EcoVadis gold medal,” said Jean-Michel Bérard, CEO of Esker. “We firmly believe in positive economic growth that is part of a long-term ethical perspective and takes ecological and social constraints into account.”
Esker will undergo an annual control audit to verify long-term compliance with ISO 14001 and is considering certifying other subsidiaries. The company is also reviewed annually by EcoVadis for its CSR performance and is aiming for the platinum medal in 2021.
Please visit Esker’s CSR website for more information.
Esker is a global cloud platform designed to unleash strategic value for finance and customer service reps and empower business collaboration by automating the cash conversion cycle. Esker’s solutions incorporate technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) to increase productivity, improve visibility, reduce the risk of fraud, and improve collaboration with customers, suppliers and internally. Esker operates in North America, Latin America, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region and is headquartered in Lyon, France, and US headquarters in Madison, Wisconsin. For more information about Esker and its solutions, please visit www.esker.com. Follow Esker on Twitter @EskerInc and join the conversation on the Esker blog at blog.esker.com.