At the IAS Secretariat
The environmentally responsible practices currently taking place at the IAS Secretariat include:
- IAS staff use only glasses or mugs for beverages in order to discontinue the use of paper or plastic cups. In order to avoid plastic stirrers which are used only once, we use teaspoons (or stirrers made of recycled wood).
- All batteries at the IAS are rechargeable and old batteries are always disposed of in a responsible manner.
- A recycling station for PET plastic, glass, aluminium, cardboard & paper, Nespresso pods and other waste is used in the IAS kitchen.
- The IAS orders “green” stationary when choosing stationary from our supplier Lyreco – a local supplier. The IAS office chooses sustainable material (not plastic) and reusable items which can be refilled.
- The IAS exclusively uses recycled paper for printing in the office. Scrap and used paper in the IAS office is placed in paper recycling boxes, found in every office. IAS staff has succeeded in reducing paper usage by printing documents double-sided, which has been made the default setting on all IAS printers.
- The official reports printed by external companies are FSC certified.
- Economic, florescent strip lighting is used throughout our offices and every other strip is left empty in order to reduce electricity consumption. Staff members are encouraged to turn off the lights when not in their office.
- Efforts are also being made with regards to office heating and cooling, the reuse of computer hardware components and the reduction of plane travel (by means of teleconferencing), all in the interest of reducing the IAS office’s “carbon footprint”.
The socially responsible (SR) practices currently taking place at the IAS Secretariat include:
- Socially responsible team building events which include an activity on the education of staff on CSR or an actual CSR activity.
- The IAS is committed to the personal and professional development of its staff. In order for this to be achieved to its full potential, Brown Bag Lunches and teambuilding sessions are organized, monthly and twice a year respectively. Popular yoga sessions are organized as part of a well being programme.
- The IAS is also committed to creativity and innovation which is encouraged in the office. Respect for the rights of employees is crucial, as is the upholding of the IAS Values (as set forth in the IAS Value Statement). Great effort is also made to address perceptions of imbalances (gender, racial) among staff and encourage diversity.
- The IAS adheres to the Greater Involvement of People Living with HIV/AIDS (GIPA) Principle, a principle declared at the Paris Declaration in 1994 which affirms that people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) should be fully involved and integrated in the development of policies related to and programs providing HIV research, care, prevention, and treatment.