Since 2015, Procept has been a supporter to the U.N. Global Compact, a policy framework for the promotion of sustainability principles and practices related human rights, labour, the environment, and anti-corruption. Procept Associates Ltd. has steps to align itself with the Global Compact's three environmental principles:
- Principle 7: Businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges — Procept has taken a cautious approach to environmental issues, landing squarely on the side of "better safe than sorry" in its proactive policies and initiatives.
- Principle 8: Undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility — Procept has made a number of policy changes and other initiatives to reduce our environmental footprint such as moving to double-sided, black and white printing in our workbooks, saving paper and toner/inks; moving to coil binding for these same workbooks, eliminating the use of vinyl binders; using print-on-demand providers for our course materials, avoiding wasted inventory as course materials change; printing near the course delivery location (where feasible) to cut down on the use of fossil fuels and the greenhouse gasses they produce shipping course materials across the country; moving from dedicated to shared office spaces to make more efficient use of space and associated utilities; encouraging the use of more virtual meetings rather than face-to-face meetings to save on fossil fuel use and greenhouse gas production; and switching to electronic documents for our proposals (where possible) and scan-and-email approaches for contracts to reduce paper use for printing and faxes. Procept has also implemented a policy to work sustainability elements (such as the environment) into our course materials and case studies as they are updated over time.
- Principle 9: Encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies — Procept provides multiple communication tools to its employees to encourage virtual meetings, avoiding unnecessary travel; we have developed custom applications to allow for electronic class sign-ins and electronic evaluation forms via tablets distributed to students in the classroom, reducing paper use and the environmental impact of couriering completed forms across the country; we have moved from associates shipping physical expense receipts across the country to photos or scanned images of receipts being emailed; and we have moved from paper to electronic course completion certificates.
Taken together, these initiatives reduce the burning of carbon-based fuels and resulting greenhouse gases, reduce deforestation, and protect our precious fresh water supplies.