Environment

Our commitment: Respect the impact our operations have on the environment and strive to measurably reduce our carbon footprint through operational efficiencies and engaging our associates.

As the pressures on our planet mount,

we need to do our part to protect our shared environment and quality of life.

At Alliance Data, we target the areas where our impacts are greatest — namely, our buildings and how they are managed, and the paper used in our client-driven marketing materials and cardholder statements. By using resources efficiently; by engaging clients, suppliers, and associates; and by rigorously tracking performance, we aim to both minimize our environmental footprint and deliver social and economic benefits.

Leading the Way

We’ve spent the past few years assessing our environmental footprint and are now better positioned to identify how we can improve. Just as importantly, we also need to engage others in our efforts, be it our clients on paper use, our landlords on energy reduction, or our associates on recycling and water conservation practices.

Bryan Pearson Executive Vice President, President, and CEO, LoyaltyOne

Spotlight: Going Green for Good

As we continue to grow, we want to make sure we do so responsibly. From preserving wetlands to using solar energy to cutting down on paper, here’s what we did in 2016.

Environmental Stewardship

2016 HIGHLIGHTS

  • India office received LEED Gold certification

  • Donated $500,000 to American Forests and Nature Conservancy Canada over the past five years (that’s enough to plant 250,000 trees)

  • LoyaltyOne recognized as one of Canada’s Greenest Employers

  • Relocated wetlands in development of new offices in Columbus, Ohio

  • Overall 17.7% reduction in our carbon footprint (Scope 1, 2, and 3): Scope 1 (direct emissions) had 35.5% reduction, Scope 2 (indirect emissions) had 30% increase, and Scope 3 (indirect, not owned or controlled by the company) had 29.2% decrease

Measurably reduce our carbon footprint by advancing environmentally responsible behaviors.

GOAL PROGRESS 2016 ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Achieve a 5% reduction (Scope 1 and 2) in our carbon footprint.
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  • Annual GHG emissions of 148,819 MT CO2e represented about an 28% reduction since 2014. Improved data collection and consolidation of office space contributed to our 2016 performance.
Conduct fifth annual GHG inventory with improved accuracy.
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  • Completed our fifth inventory with increased accuracy related to paper purchases and additional air and truck freight data.
  • Submitted our second official response to the CDP and received a D score (down from C in 2015), which has prompted us to assess opportunities for improvement such as pursuing third-party verification of our emissions.
  • Invited suppliers to complete the CDP supplier questionnaire; about 30% responded.
Finish implementation on centralized sustainability data management software to improve the efficiency and accuracy of our annual GHG inventory.
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  • Completed implementation of the SoFi tool in 2016 and will be upgrading to SoFi Enterprise in 2017, with the intent of expanding its use beyond carbon- and energy-related aspects in future years. SoFi Enterprise will provide additional analytic capabilities by business and by facility.
Implement centralized utility bill software management tool, inclusive of energy efficiency modules to ease tracking and management of utility bills.
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  • Completed implementation of Ecova utility management software, which will enhance the quality and accuracy of our energy data and help identify areas for improvement.
Conduct energy audits in a select number of buildings and facilities to identify opportunities to reduce consumption.
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  • Put on hold until after the Ecova software has been implemented and the data analyzed, which will help identify facilities with the greatest opportunities for reduction.
Create an energy awareness campaign to educate associates on ways to change behavior and reduce energy consumption.
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  • Expanded Earth Day associate engagement campaign to include energy and water consumption, as well as waste reduction.
Assign responsibility for energy reduction at the facility management level.
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  • Set expectations for facility managers to have environmental management responsibility.
  • Implemented energy conservation initiatives at numerous facilities, including several measures at the new Easton campus in Columbus, Ohio, LEED Gold certification of the new India office, and a partnership between Excel Energy and the Westminster, Colorado facility.
Conduct waste audit in two to three production facilities to better understand opportunities for diversion and increase associate engagement activities related to waste reduction.
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  • Shifted focus from waste to energy management in 2015 and 2016.
PLANNED ACTIVITIES FOR 2017 AND BEYOND
  • Develop action plan for setting a science-based GHG emissions reduction target.
  • Establish a pan-enterprise environmental task force focused on developing and overseeing protocols and initiatives designed to reduce our GHG emissions and minimize the environmental impacts of our operations.
  • Build relationships with environmentally focused NGOs to identify conservation initiatives to invest in that engage associates and align with our biggest impact areas.
  • Invest $5 million in efficient technologies for new buildings, retrofits, and/or other initiatives, based on associate feedback, to make our facilities and operations more sustainable. 

Some Progress Made

Good Progress Made

Excellent Progress Made

Progress On Hold