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Environmental Management

Environmental Commitment

Protection of the environment is important to Vector and is integral to our company-wide guidelines. We assess our environmental impact and reduce it by established environmental management processes based on ISO 14001. Vector environmental guidelines serve as the foundation for these processes:

  • Vector protects natural resources and does not harm the environment.
  • Vector complies with legal requirements related to environmental protection.
  • Vector has implemented for environmental management guidelines that govern all of its activities and goals that contribute towards environmental protection. This assures that environmental impacts by Vector are continually reduced or avoided.

These guidelines give direction to management and employees, so that their behavior in their work environment is environmentally friendly and reduces the environmental footprint of Vector business activities.

The Vector environmental guidelines are communicated to all persons who work at Vector or on behalf of Vector.

Examples of environmental actions Vector has taken in Germany:

Photovoltaic System
A photovoltaic system on the company’s building supplies green electricity.
Geothermal Energy
Cooling and heating of several company buildings is handled entirely by geothermal energy.
CO2 Neutral Travel
Since 01-01-2013, Vector has been offsetting the CO2 emissions of business flights it takes via www.atmosfair.de. Since 04-01-2013, Vector travels entirely green in its railroad travel (green electricity).

Certificate for compensated greenhouse gases in 2016
Small Packaging
All new hardware packaging is as small as possible, and manuals are no longer supplied in printed form with products, rather they are available online at our website. This saves around 10 metric tons of material.
Environmentally Friendly Print Products
All marketing materials such as catalogs, brochures, press books, posters, etc. are printed at printers that are FSC and PEFC certified.
Use of Sustainably Grown, Fair-Trade Coffee
Vector sets on sustainability - even in small areas. That’s why Vector offers its employees fair trade coffee. The coffee roasting company “Hochland Kaffee” is a traditional family company from Stuttgart, which has doing fair trade for more 40 years. “Hochland Kaffee” buys directly from selected coffee farms in the highlands of Costa Rica and pays fairly and well above the normal minimum market price.
Reduced Energy Use
  • Servers are becoming increasingly virtual meaning that fewer devices will be consuming electricity.
  • Server rooms will be efficiently cooled by means of a corresponding arrangement.
  • When obtaining new devices, Vector seeks to buy those that are as energy efficient as possible.
  • Vector also monitors energy efficiency during the design and manufacture of hardware products.
Reducing Printouts and Optical Storage
  • Internal administrative procedures will increasingly be done electronically to avoid paper print outs.
  • Customer software and handbooks will be increasingly made available via download in order to protect the environment.
Reducing CO2 Emissions from Company Vehicles
The CO2 emissions of the company fleet are continually being lowered by preferentially buying new, CO2 friendly vehicles to replace older ones.

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