Sustainability is a core focus across Computershare, and we’re working actively towards managing and reducing the long-term impact of our business.

We’ve also developed a range of services that assist our clients in achieving their own sustainability objectives.

Sustainable Development Goals
 

In 2022, Morgan Stanley Capital International (MSCI) upgraded Computershare from an AA to a AAA rating, putting us in the top 6% of companies. In 2023 we maintained this rating, which measures the company’s financial resilience to ESG risks.

We’ve also disclosed our environmental impact data and practices through the not-for-profit organisation CDP every year since 2010, and the score they awarded us for 2022 has moved to a “B” from a “C” in 2021.

 

Environmental progress to date

Learn more in our annual ESG report

 

Our carbon footprint

Computershare has been partnering with our external adviser to calculate our carbon footprint and develop our Net Zero program. We first calculated our carbon footprint and achieved carbon neutrality in 2020. In 2021 we set a Net Zero target, which requires a more thorough assessment, and re-measured our carbon footprint by incorporating all remaining Scope 3 emissions.

Emission Source Emissions (tCO2) Share (%)
Scope 1 3,583.0 2.9
Direct emissions from company facilities 3,537.9 2.9
Heat (self-generated) 3,341.4 2.7
Refrigerant leakage 196.5 0.2
Direct emissions from company vehicles 45.1 0.0
Vehicle Fleet 45.1 0.0
Scope 2 1.2 0.0
Purchased Electricity 0.0 0.0
District Heating 1.2 0.0
Scope 3 120,861.7 97.1
Purchased goods and services 67,480.1 54.2
Capital goods 3,321.8 2.7
Fuel and energy-related activities 2,078.0 1.7
Upstream transportation and distribution 34,757.4 27.9
Waste generated in operations 1,276.9 1.0
Business travel 780.8 0.6
Employee commuting 9,976.4 8.0
End-of-life treatment of sold products 142.4 0.1
Investments 1,048.1 0.8
Overall Results 124,445.9 100.0

Carbon footprint baseline year 2020 (readjusted with calculated 2021 Scope 3 emission data)

To set a Net Zero target, companies are required to define a “base year” to compare their progress against. We set our base year as 2020 and filled the remaining data gaps for 2020 using 2021 data as an educated proxy. This has enabled us to compare our annual carbon emissions while working towards Net Zero.

In 2021, we also purchased Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) to account for 100% of the electricity consumed globally by Computershare. This has significantly reduced our Scope 2 emissions associated with purchased electricity for that year, as we continue to explore renewable energy solutions for our offices to reduce the need for RECs in the future.

Learn more in our annual ESG report

 

Our Net Zero journey and plan

We’re aiming to attain Net Zero status, as defined by SBTi (Science-Based Targets initiative), by 2042. Computershare has established a Net Zero Steering Committee and working groups focused on our “hot spot” areas.

We’re also developing our Net Zero plan, including identifying and implementing tangible actions with associated near-term targets.

Focus areas of Computershare’s first Net Zero five-year plan:

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    Purchased goods and services

    (large companies based on spend)

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    Paper and logistics

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    Business travel and employee commuting

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    Capital goods

Investing in forest protection in Peru

To further contribute and fully offset Computershare’s carbon emissions, between 2020 and 2021, we invested in a socially responsible project dedicated to conserving the Amazon rainforest in East Tambopata Province, Peru.

The project meets the Verified Carbon Standard and is regularly audited to ensure it continues to meet this standard.

Learn more in our annual ESG report