Half of enterprises struggle to find AV suppliers matching ESG requirements

Half of enterprises struggle to find AV suppliers matching ESG requirements
53% of global enterprises are struggling to find AV suppliers that can meet ESG requirements, according to new research from Kinly.

Kinly’s Trusted Connections 2024 research report surveyed 425 enterprise AV professions in the UK, Germany, Nordics and the Netherlands.

The research found that 70% of enterprises surveyed agree that AV investments will be essential to their ESG strategy in 2024.

Kinly has committed to net zero emissions by 2050, a target it will hit by evaluating and reducing the emissions caused by its offices, vehicles, and business travel, as well as engaging its supply chain.

This includes delivering 1,000 hours of employability training and careers support to underrepresented groups and people with barriers in the job market by 2026. Kinly also aims to have 35% female representation and 10% disabled representation in the business by 2035, while supporting 10,000 people into careers in the tech sector by 2050.

Spearheaded by Global Corporate Social Responsibility Lead, Rhea Horlock, Kinly’s new CSR strategy aims to fill this gap, intertwining sustainability, ethical practices, and community engagement to provide enterprises with a supplier that aligns with their ESG goals.

Rhea was hired to develop and execute the new CSR strategy, which goes further than just managing the impact of Kinly’s operations, but also looks at how the company can influence its clients to make more sustainable decisions. With nearly half (47%) of enterprises prioritising improved sustainability and ESG targets in 2024, it’s essential that they work with partners who build solutions with sustainability front of mind.

Kinly’s ‘sustainability by design’ commitment takes a bespoke approach, selecting vendors that align with its clients’ sustainability priorities — whether they are material use, energy efficiency, e-waste or all of the above. From the configuration of a solution, through to its installation, usage, and eventual disposal, the entire lifecycle is designed to have the least environmental impact possible.

At all stages of Kinly’s ‘sustainability by design’ approach, the company also provides its clients with data on the environmental and social impact of their design decisions. This is especially important given that Kinly’s research shows that of those enterprises that have recently undergone a workplace communications transformation project, a third (36%) have improved sustainability in less than 12 months.

Rhea Horlock, global CSR lead, Kinly, commented: “We know there isn’t a one-size-fits all approach to CSR and sustainability, and we are proud to be leading that way in developing a strategy that focuses on where we can make the biggest material impact on the world. This strategy reflects our commitment to not just participate in the market, but to set a benchmark for responsible business practices. By integrating sustainability into the very fabric of our operations, we aim to minimise our environmental impact while maximising social benefits.

“We are also dedicated to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace that fosters innovation and respects all voices. By helping people connect and addressing digital exclusion, we are committed to ensuring that technology serves as a bridge, not a barrier, for people across society. This holistic approach is not just about doing good—it's about doing right by our planet and the people on it."

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