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Contemporary society has brought prosperity visible at almost every step. Today, we have the privilege of driving electric cars, completing tasks with one click, and robots perform certain tasks just like humans. And that’s not the end, technique and technology are advancing at a high speed and it’s just a question of what the future will bring us. And while we ruthlessly consume natural resources, we are left with mountains of paper, plastic, organic and hazardous waste.

Fortunately, self-aware individuals and responsible companies are trying to contribute by personal example to the change in the way we deal with the resources we have at our disposal, because it is becoming clear that changes are necessary. The first steps are always the hardest, so many environmental pioneers, despite their great desire for change, are in doubt when it comes to choosing the most effective engagement in environmental protection. We must admit that it is easier for large organizations to take the best course towards environmental goals. Companies and banks, which have a large number of employees, with clear rules and standardization, as well as support tools, more easily achieve the set goals in the field of environmental protection and sustainable development while fulfilling all energy efficiency measures.

ProCredit Bank is a pioneer in the implementation of the EMS system (Environmental Management System) in our country. It implies a system of strategies created for the management and continuous improvement of the impact of the bank and its related parties on the environment. For more than ten years, ProCredit Bank has been applying this set of carefully created steps to monitor and maintain environmental protection. ProCredit banka is the first bank in Serbia to have the ISO 14001:2015 Certificate, which confirms that the bank implements and maintains an Environmental Management System and meets all the requirements of the ISO 14001 Standard.

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This practically means that as part of the internal management of environmental protection, the Bank monitors the consumption of electricity and heat, water, fuel, paper use, waste generation and its treatment, and carbon dioxide emissions. Thanks to these records, the carbon footprint left by the Bank is precisely known. However, that is not all. The stored data also invites and obliges to find new ways to reduce consumption and make additional savings. Many years of experience and improvement in the implementation of the EMS system, as well as the achieved results, show great progress.

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No paper and plastic waste

By digitalizing operations, ProCredit Bank reduced its carbon footprint by introducing centralization of employees and electronic channels for payment, account opening and many other services. Another big step forward was made in 2018 when the Bank made a decision to eliminate the use of single-use plastic in business premises. The kitchens in their premises are equipped with all the necessary reusable dishes for employees (plates, cutlery, glasses, mugs), while the plastic cups near the water dispensers in the branches have been replaced with biodegradable ones.

All banks within the ProCredit Group adopted the Internal document “Guide for reduced use of plastic in offices”. It lists plastic items that are most often used at work and offers significantly more sustainable alternatives instead. When procuring office supplies and every other purchase, care is taken from who they are ordered from, and then about the material from which these items are made. Wherever there is room for the introduction of a sustainable solution, the Bank will choose an environmentally conscious supplier, even though the order may not represent the most optimal solution in terms of price.

ProCredit Bank manages electronic and hazardous waste in accordance with the Law on Waste Management. Several times a year, waste is taken for recycling, and they have a clearly defined waste management plan.

Prepared by: Milica Radičević

The text was published in the Magazine of the Energy Portal WASTE MANAGEMENT.

Source: Energetski Portal by energetskiportal.rs.

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