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Green and lean: How a remote-first workplace supports the environment

To get to his office, Chris Pierce used to have to sit in traffic for an hour or two, each way, five days per week. The Global Director of Product Marketing at Alludo says, “I can’t imagine that what commute cost the environment, let alone my wallet. No more.

Chris is one of the many people benefiting from Alludo’s permanent shift to a remote-first workplace. While other large companies have slid backward from a remote workplace into working back in the office, Alludo is holding firm—and being vocal about the many, many upsides.

Alludo gives employees the choice to work from one of our offices—because we’re all about doing what works best for you—but 95% of our employees have chosen to work remotely. This has made a huge impact on our ability to recruit, hire, and retain amazing people from all over the globe—people who otherwise would have been too far away from one of our offices to work for us.

The relatively low level of people in our offices mean that we can be very lean with our energy output at those offices. If we were accommodating our entire workforce in-office, we’d be expending exponential amounts of greenhouse gas emissions via the energy it would take to light, heat, cool, and manage waste from these spaces.

When we do consider a meeting or event, we first evaluate whether it can be held virtually. We only travel when it’s truly warranted, and in those cases, we encourage employees to utilize public transit.

And, as Chris’s experience emphasizes, we’ve removed hundreds of cars from the roads every single weekday. “Instead of once per week, I maybe have to fill my gas tank once per month now,” says PR manager Ashley Ruess.

Our remote-first workplace policy saves our employees money and dramatically reduces our collective carbon footprint. Meanwhile, we’re giving people something back, too: time. No commute means more time with family, more time to pursue hobbies, and more time to spend in the natural environment that we’re working so hard to preserve.

According to research, “If everybody able to work from home worldwide did so for one day a week, then global emissions could fall by 24 million metric tonnes of CO2 a year.” We’re multiplying that times five days per week.

“I’m proud to work for a company that cares about both its employees and the environment,” said Iryna Wigley, VP of Global HR. “It’s a big deal to be able to eliminate commutes and unnecessary travel.”

With a major brand relaunch and employee campaign taking place in the middle of this permanent shift to a remote-first workplace, we’ve proven that we can stay connected without the carbon footprint. We’re now empowering other companies to embrace the same freedom and flexibility at work that we enjoy at Alludo, offering tools that allow employees to be engaged and productive in remote work environments. We’re honored to be part of the solution, amplifying the impact of our own choices to help companies around the world lower their environmental impact.

Learn more about our comprehensive ESG goals and aspirations.

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