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Our sustainability journey

Solving challenges is what we do at Datacom. We’re approaching our sustainability journey the same way: working collaboratively with customers and partners and pushing ourselves to think in new ways.

Care for the land, care for the people, go forward

Our vision is to make a difference in people’s lives and to enable our customers to thrive and shape their own futures. We understand that a commitment to sustainability is a critical foundation in achieving these outcomes and ensuring we are making a positive contribution to the communities and countries where we live and work.

Datacom has made a commitment to be
net carbon zero by the end of 2030.

What steps is Datacom taking to become a more sustainable business?

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    Carbon audit
    We have completed an audit with independent carbon certification company Toitū to establish an emissions benchmark, using FY20 as the last full year of 'normal' business operations prior to Covid.
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    Carbon reduced certification
    We have achieved Toitū carbonreduce certification which recognises the progress we have made in putting in place strategies to measure, manage and reduce our carbon footprint.
  • Office icon
    Offices
    With a team of 7000 people and 26 office locations, over the past decade we have invested in new offices and refurbishments for greater energy efficiency and a reduced property footprint.
  • People icon
    Our people
    We are focused on supporting the physical and emotional wellbeing of our workforce and providing an environment where our people can bring their whole self to work and achieve their career aspiration.
  • Data centre icon
    Data centres
    We are improving our data centre energy intensity - we are powering our data centres with 100% renewable energy. Our team is always looking for opportunities to improve the efficiency of our services.
  • Freight icon
    Freight
    We are reducing freight emissions from our PSG business, underpinned by investigation of supply chain logistics (upstream and downstream) and process to capture appropriate data from our suppliers.
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    Waste
    A process to capture appropriate data from our waste management contractors is currently being implemented.
  • Airplane icon
    Air travel
    We are minimising group travel with an updated travel policy including a 40% reduction in air travel, and implementing a process to capture appropriate flight and travel data from our travel agent.
  • Car icon
    Shift from taxis to rideshare
    We are reducing all travel and centralising the use of rideshare business in place of taxis to enable a single repository for this transport data.

How is Datacom supporting the sustainability journey of its customers?

Sealord

This modelling could be a game-changer for Sealord and for the economic and environmental sustainability of New Zealand’s fishing industry.

“When we are trying to catch fish, if we can avoid steaming off in an unproductive direction, we can reduce diesel consumption,” says Matthew Dodd, General Manager of Information Technology at Sealord.

“Another big part of the sustainability picture is minimising bycatch of non-quota fish species. We want to use the data to make better decisions about where we fish to reduce our chances of bycatch and focus our efforts on high quota species.”

Using these advanced analytics could inform more efficient harvesting strategies, help optimise route planning for trawlers to minimise damage to the seabed and reduce fuel consumption, as well as overall operating costs.

Man in high-vis vest standing in front of a Sealord ship

Cawthron Institute

The Azure based platform is allowing researchers at Cawthron Institute to gather, access, and analyse data with unprecedented ease as they nurture Aotearoa’s aquaculture industry.

Cawthron’s research and development supports the success of the local ocean economy, optimising performance and quality of key aquaculture species through sustainable practice.

With the new platform, scientists have a direct feed from sensors and other producers of data to update their research in real time, received by the Azure IoT Hub and fed straight into Azure Data Lake, from where it can be configured into any format required.

“It’s really allowed us to lift our game,” says senior researcher Nick King, who affirms that the project is helping to realise Cawthron’s purpose and deepen their impact as they have gained the capacity to channel their resources into more research and development - ‘where the value really is.’

Research diver interacting with fish under water

Our values

  • People on Maori Wakas looking up at the starry night sky
    Exceed customer expectations
    Our customers' success drives what we do. We walk in their shoes, deliver on our promise and find ways to go above and beyond to help achieve their goals.
  • A hand reaching out over waves at a southern cross constellation
    Look beyond today
    Our curiosity drives our continuous evolution. We will encourage freedom to explore, discover and learn. Together, we can create an exciting future.
  • A group of three Maori Wakas floating in a bay
    Thrive together
    We actively collaborate and think long-term for our customers, our partners and our people.
  • A full Maori Waka with people padding together
    Everyone has a part
    We commit to respectfully see the world through other peoples' eyes and encourage their contribution to a better place.
  • A Maori Waka carrying 3 people traversing ocean waves
    It’s the people
    We are caring and humble and foster an environment where we can bring our best selves to work. Our people make the difference.
  • A Maori Waka battling large waves
    Courage to act
    We are bold with our customers, partners and each other. We show strength and have confidence to speak up and take action.

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