Citadel Green Promise

Our Principles

The community and environment in which Citadel operates, and the customers we do business with, are increasingly affected by sustainability issues. We take great pride in our commitment to reducing our carbon footprint, and have adopted the following principles and practices in an effort to do so:

We are committed to creating a sustainable company for the long term and embedding sustainability factors into the core operations of Citadel's business:

For Our Customers: We commit to reducing Citadel’s environmental impact in the way we conduct business. We will offer each of our clients an option to receive all data in an electronic format in order to reduce paper consumption. We also commit to providing our services in a manner that will most significantly reduce our impact on the environment. We will maintain total transparency on our sustainability challenges and opportunities, and will articulate and share our experiences so that our clients may carry these ideas to their firm.

For Our Employees: We will integrate sustainability practices into all aspects of our company. We will encourage employees to prioritize sustainability in their workplace practices and lifestyle choices. We will seek ways to recognize employees for achievements relating to sustainability.

For Our Suppliers: We will ask our suppliers to conduct a business relationship with Citadel under sound sustainability practices, and will give favor to those suppliers that are able to offer this option.

For Our Communities: We support and encourage collaboration and partnership on sustainability initiatives in the communities where we do business.

Our Practices 

We are committed to integrate and continuously improve sustainability practices within our workplace and business operation. As a service company, our carbon footprint is mostly caused by the energy consumption within our office, in the operation of our business in the field. We are committed to reducing our environmental impact by adopting the following practices:

Office Facilities:

  • Provide technology options for alternate work arrangements, such as telecommuting. 
  • Consider proximity to mass transit in order to minimize the commuting of employees whenever new offices are selected. 
  • Strive to achieve LEED Silver or equivalent rating in all office facilities. 
  • Install energy saving devices such as; lighting auto shut-off switches and motion detectors, standard incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent lamps (CFL's) wherever possible, AC/Heating control devices to control settings throughout the day, Energy Star compliant printer/fax/copy machines and computers.
  • Use light wall colors to reflect daylight throughout the offices to reduce use of artificial light. 
  • Turn off all feasible electronics at the end of the day and during non-use times. 
  • Purchase and utilize recycled and "green" products, office supplies, and office furniture. 
  • Purchase and encourage the use of, alternative fuel vehicles and high gas mileage vehicles.
  • Reduce and/or eliminate those uses of products that there are no green alternatives for.
  • Install water purifying systems to kitchenette faucets to eliminate bottled water.  

Workplace Practices: 

  • When necessary to print documents, print on both sides of the paper and/or print two pages per side.
  • Ensure all employees take account of sustainability issues in their workplace and activities through training and communication.
  • Provide a continually maintained interactive intranet site as a vehicle for company sustainability information, news and collaboration for sharing best practices.
  • Provide recycling stations in each office for both paper and aluminum, and mandate recycling of outdated or unused office and field equipment.
  • Transition communications and business forms to electronic and paperless processes when able, and provide web-based tools to reduce paper waste.
  • Encourage employees to reuse containers and packaging, such as reusable coffee mugs and utensils, whenever possible.
  • Motivating employees to live healthier lifestyles through education and providing healthy snack food options. 

Operation in the Field: 

  • Strive to reduce travel by scheduling jobs in order to conserve travel time and fuel.
  • Provide in some cases, and encourage employees to purchase, fuel efficient and alternative fuel vehicles.
  • Utilize products and equipment purchased from companies who manufacture a sustainable product, or have sustainability policies in place.
  • Avoid physically traveling to meetings where alternatives are available and practical. Focus on using teleconferencing or video conferencing, and efficient timing of meetings to avoid multiple trips while not sacrificing the benefits of regular contact with customers and partners.
  • Use rental cars that are more environmentally friendly.
  • Choose hotels and event facilities that emphasize sustainable practices such as recycling programs and water conservation.
  • For battery operated equipment, utilize rechargeable batteries.

Procurement: 

  • Prioritize vendors that support our financial and sustainability goals.
  • Ensure that our suppliers receive our Sustainability Policy as an exhibit to new or renewal contracts.
  • Require vendors to provide disposal/reclamation services to help ensure hazardous materials are disposed of responsibly.