Corporate social responsibility (CSR) Policy
Global Network Solution
Besides GNS's vision to become one of the leading hosting companies in the Nordic market, GNS also wants to create a better society by reducing the adverse impact on the environment and by taking our social responsibilities.
GNS business helps customers streamline communications through effective digital medium thus reducing the environmental impact through personal meetings. GNS consultants work primarily through remote control, which means that our consultants do not always have personal meetings with customers. The approach is more efficient and it reduces emissions.
GNS operations use large amounts of energy for their everyday work. To reduce the negative impact on the environment, we use green electricity in our server halls. This means that all equipment GNS keeps in server halls is run on green electricity.
GNS substitutes, or supplements, active cooling equipment with free cooling. Free cooling is a method that takes advantage of the temperature difference and with a low-frequency fan creates an airflow that cools the room and the equipment. This method leads to a significantly lower power consumption.
GNS also has a dialogue with the office's landlord to introduce Green Electricity in the property as well as other measures to reduce the negative environmental impact
GNS has a policy that all computers are placed in hibernation mode after 15 seconds. This is GNS's efforts to reduce energy consumption in our everyday activities.
Telephone and video conferences
We at GNS actively work to reduce our impact on the climate. According to our travel policy, employees should always be questioned about a trip if needed. We see both practical and environmental advantages of making use of telephone and video conferences with suppliers, colleagues and customers.
A key recovery function GNS uses is environmental sorting of old IT equipment. When equipment is replaced, units are completely erased and then sold on to another company.
GNS also has a small recycling center in the office for paper, mortgages and compost.
Equality and Diversity issues
GNS does not use any form of sex or ethnic quotas during the recruitment process. GNS is working actively to create an even distribution of both men and women and an increasing diversity in the workplace. We at GNS are convinced that diversity is the key to success.
Today, three women and four men, are employed at GNS of which 4 have a different ethnicity than Swedish.
GNS is in the process of implementing various ISO standards to streamline and secure our internal processes. ISO is an independent, non-governmental international organization with a membership of 161 national standard bodies. Through its membership, ISO brings experts together to share knowledge and develop voluntary, consensus-based market relevant international standards supporting innovation and providing solutions to global challenges. GNS is currently working with four standards;
- ISO/IEC 27001:2005 covers all types of organizations (e.g. commercial enterprises, government agencies, not-for profit organizations). ISO/IEC 27001:2005 specifies the requirements for establishing, implementing, operating, monitoring, reviewing, maintaining and improving a documented Information Security Management System within the context of the organization's overall business risks. It specifies requirements for the implementation of security controls customized to the needs of individual organizations or parts thereof
- ISO 26000: 2010 Guidance on social responsibility (Guidance on Social Responsibility)
ISO 26000 is an international standard with guidelines for social responsibility based on seven basic principles which together define the concept of social responsibility. The standard describes what companies and organizations can do to contribute to a sustainable future and development.
- ISO 14001 Management Systems Standard on the environment
ISO 14000 is the name of the standards dealing with environmental management, which in turn creates an environmental management system that can be easily integrated into existing operations.
- ISO 9001 Quality management systems - Requirements (ISO 9001: 2015)
ISO 9001 is a management system standard for quality processes in a company or organization.
- SS 895400: 2014 Management system for sustainable IT - Guidance
This standard provides guidance for organizations to implement a management system for sustainable IT, establish, document, implement, maintain and continuously improve the organization's work in sustainable IT. This standard focuses on the environmental impact of the organization and all areas where IT can be used effectively to reduce this impact. The standard also focuses on IT's own environmental impact and how this in turn can be limited.