Digital technology is an incredible driver of innovation and progress. But it’s also responsible for 4% of global greenhouse gas emissions—and for the depletion of natural resources (10.2% of water consumption and 6.2% of primary energy consumption in France; source: Green IT). At Hardis Group, we’re working to align the digital and environmental transitions in more ways than one. First, we’re taking action internally to limit our own impact (based on our carbon footprint calculation and in line with the Paris Agreement goals). And second, as a technology company, we’ve developed a comprehensive digital responsibility service to help our customers—whatever stage they’re at in their journey—transition to more sustainable information systems.
The benefits of greater digital responsibility
- Stay compliant with the law by keeping informed and analyzing the impact of upcoming regulatory changes (such as recent French laws on reducing the environmental impact of digital technology, and on website accessibility).
- Consolidate your reputation and brand image by meeting the social and environmental expectations of your customers and the wider market.
- Grow your employer brand by boosting employee engagement and raising awareness of social and environmental priorities among your people.
- Offer an inclusive user experience through better-designed and more efficient services that deliver a seamless, accessible experience for all.
- Reduce your operating costs through more frugal services with lower infrastructure and energy needs, leading to greater sustainability over time.
Our digital responsibility service
- Digital responsibility roadmap: identify your priorities and areas for action, and work with our people to chart the way forward.
- Awareness-raising: understand what digital responsibility is about, and explore how eco-design and accessibility principles apply to digital services.
- Skills development: gain the knowledge and expertise you need to roll out an eco-design and digital accessibility strategy across your digital projects.
- Assessment and audit: measure the social and environmental footprint of your information system, applications, website and other digital assets, identify areas for action, and apply an improvement strategy to your products.
- Roll-out: optimize your existing applications, and roll out new, eco-designed and accessible solutions that comply with relevant eco-design and accessibility frameworks.
Working collaboratively, guided by frameworks
Fully commanding the three components of digital responsibility—helping businesses transition to responsible digital practices, rolling out eco-design principles, and making accessibility the norm—implies working collaboratively and sharing best practices.
We’ve opted to base our approach on well-established frameworks:
- The French Digital Services Eco-design Framework (RGESN)
- The French Web Accessibility Framework (RGAA)
Plus best-practice frameworks developed and shared by communities and think tanks: the Institute of Digital Responsibility (INR), Green IT, and Climate Fresk
A phased approach inspired by our own initiatives
In recent years, we’ve introduced a series of CSR initiatives to keep pace with new social and societal expectations, both internally for our employees, and externally for our customers and partners.