Environment

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

As we continue to grow,

one of our biggest challenges is to manage that growth responsibly.

It’s what our customers, our associates, and our shareholders expect. Our two largest areas that impact the environment are the electricity purchased to run our facilities (where the majority of our 15,000 associates work) and our paper use for external purposes (direct marketing materials and statements), which is primarily driven by our clients’ needs. We will continue to measure, monitor, and work to understand the best ways to balance our growth, while striving to reduce our impact on the environment.

Spotlight: Measuring Our GHG Emissions

Understanding how we can better nurture and protect the environment starts with identifying our impacts and measuring our greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

2015 HIGHLIGHTS

Responded to the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) and

RECEIVED OUR FIRST SCORE

CDP works with businesses to
universally disclose their
greenhouse gas emissions

Received
above average
disclosure score

Alliance Data: 69
CDP supply chain average: 60

Created a

GREENER WORKPLACE

Removed 3 tons of Styrofoam products and replaced with
eco-friendly alternatives
at Alliance Data’s card services business locations

1,667
work-at-home
care center associates
helped reduce our environmental footprint

Mississauga Customer Care Center at LoyaltyOne generated its
1 millionth KW of solar power

Celebrated

EARTH DAY

in a big way

Asked associates to make a
green commitment

For every associate who made a green commitment, Alliance Data
donated $10 to an American Forests project

Allowed associates to vote
for which conservation project we would support

Total donation of
$75,000 to American Forests

Measurably reduce our carbon footprint by advancing environmentally responsible behaviors.

GOAL PROGRESS 2015 ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Conduct fourth annual GHG inventory with improved accuracy.
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  • Submitted first official response to CDP, receiving above an average disclosure score in our first scored response.
    • Alliance Data: 69
    • CDP supply chain average: 60
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 SoFi tool, inclusive of historical data from previous three GHG inventories. Fourth inventory was completed entirely using SoFi. The tool has also supported the increased accuracy of data reflected in the CR report and CDP report (both internal and external benefits).
Implement centralized utility bill software management tool, inclusive of energy efficiency modules to ease tracking and management of utility bills.
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  • On track to implement this software management tool in 2016, which will improve the efficiency and accuracy of our energy data collection. Increasing the frequency of collection (quarterly vs. annually) will improve data entry and management.
Achieve a 5% reduction (scope 1 and 2) in our carbon footprint.
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  • Percent change since 2012 baseline year: 48% reduction.
  • Percent change since 2014: 53% reduction.
Conduct energy audits in a select number of buildings and facilities to identify opportunities to reduce consumption.
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  • A provider to conduct the audits was identified.
Building on the results of the energy audit, we will create an energy awareness campaign to educate associates on ways to change behavior and reduce energy consumption. (Targeted this area because our buildings and facilities make up 50% of our carbon footprint.)
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  • Launched Earth Day campaign to encourage associates to make a green commitment.
Assign responsibility for energy reduction at the facility management level. (Targeted this area because our buildings and facilities make up 50% of our carbon footprint.)
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  • Have designated facilities management experts across the enterprise to inform decision-making, identify, and implement future reduction plans related to energy management.
Conduct waste audit in 2–3 production facilities to better understand opportunities for diversion and increase associate engagement activities related to waste reduction.
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  • In 2015, we shifted focus from waste to energy management. This opportunity is still part of our long-term road map, but immediate resources will focus on energy and paper (in line with our impacts) vs. waste audits.
PLANNED ACTIVITIES FOR 2016 AND BEYOND
  • Receive our second score for our response to the CDP.
  • Implement centralized utility bill software management tool to increase the efficiency and accuracy of our energy data collection.
  • Conduct energy audits in a select number of buildings and facilities to identify opportunities to reduce consumption.
  • Due to improvements in our collection process and increased data accuracy, adjust baseline year for our GHG inventory to 2015.
  • Establish a more science-based reduction target in line with our revised 2015 baseline.
  • Develop a more intentional road map and vision statement for our conservation and reduction efforts.

Some Progress Made

Good Progress Made

Excellent Progress Made