Sustainability @Liip

What have we done so far?

In its environmental, social and economic forms, sustainability has always been at the core of what we do. We did not wait for it to become a trend, but continuously improved our way of working. We are far from perfect, and there is always more that we can do in regard to this complex topic. But we consistently put efforts into our sustainable development.

Environmental, social and economic aspect of sustainability

Environmental: reducing our ecological footprint

In terms of CO2, we have been working with myclimate to calculate and audit our emissions. The results speak for themselves: the emissions per Liiper (full-time employee) have been decreasing for the past few years and are well below average.

This fantastic result is, in particular, due to our efforts to use green power for our offices and hosting servers. We also prioritise public transport and bicycles (we cover the cost of a Swiss Half Fare Card for public transport and help partially fund bicycle purchases for all employees). Business trips by aeroplane are not permitted. In addition, we try to limit the purchase of laptops by giving our Liipers financial incentives to use their own device. Nevertheless, we still produce CO2 emissions, so we make sure we offset these entirely, making us a certified “climate-neutral company” since we were founded.

Environmental sustainability
Social sustainability

Social: self-organisation as a key factor

The environmental aspect is often what comes to mind when thinking of sustainability. However, we also work on this on a social level, which we consider to be equally important. We contribute to the well-being and development of our Liipers. Holacracy and the individual responsibility it implies are an additional criteria for Liipers’ satisfaction. But that’s not all.

We also offer flexible working hours, easy access to part-time working opportunities (which almost half of our Liipers take advantage of, with the possibility to change their occupation rate 4x a year) and six months of unpaid leave. We adopted the policy of four weeks of paternity leave right from the outset (as a reminder, the legally required period of two weeks' paternity leave was only introduced in 2021). Our salary system is transparent, non-negotiable, and thus leads to more equality. Depending on our results, we offer to redistribute profits among everyone or no one. And finally, we also provide free sporting activities and massages at the office.

Economic: sustainability means long-term plans and actions

As a digital agency, the financial aspect of this subject cannot be overlooked. Economic sustainability allows us and our clients to be more independent, flexible and focused on the long term. ‘Open-source’ plays a major role in this, and it's part of our DNA; we are one of the key contributors in Switzerland. We avoid leaving our clients dependent on our solutions and reject vendor lock-in.

So that we remain independent, Liipers are our only shareholders. We have been making a profit ever since we were founded. That's why we are looking forward to the future and can enthusiastically commit to improvement. In addition, our pension fund only makes sustainable investments.

Economic sustainability

Sustainability in our daily work

We have done a lot. But not enough!

Despite our successes, we aren’t resting on our laurels. Digital progress includes sustainability and an ongoing process of improvement. As a company, we focus on sustainability on an environmental, social and economic level. In addition to the internal perspective, we pay attention to external impacts in our approach.

We have implemented an innovative, systematic evaluation of our product and client portfolio, based on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. Therefore, we evaluate our external impact and openly discuss with our clients how we can improve sustainability together.

What’s next?

We want to work on improving to measure our level of impact continuously. On a social level, our salary system will further enable equality, whilst we are also consistently improving our work conditions. We are preparing our first sustainability report, which is also based on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. It is a starting point for further improving the situation and subsequently setting our goals and priorities. We are also working on the ISO 14001:2015 certification process to establish an environmental management system.

As a digital agency, we want to maintain our pioneering spirit to continue providing solutions that offer true digital, human progress.