Corporate social responsibility

At Claranet, we firmly believe that being successful in business is also about being ethical and taking a responsible approach to the environment, the wider community and especially to our employees."Charles Nasser - CEO - Claranet Group

Charity work

For many years, Claranet and Claranet employees have been involved in fundraising activities, raising money for different charities.

Prince's TrustClaranet began working with the Prince's Trust in December 2011, becoming part of the Internet and Media Leadership Group (IMLG). This group brings together broadcasting, publishing, internet and media firms who want to give disadvantaged young people a new start in life.

Claranet joins firms such as Microsoft, Google and Facebook in the IMLG to help tackle record youth unemployment in the UK.

We are proud to be able to contribute to the ongoing success of the Prince's Trust.

We have also worked with

Sos ChildrenIn January 2009, Claranet became an official sponsor of the SOS Children’s Villages and since then, we have held regular events and activities to raise as much money as possible for the charity. Claranet employees have also chosen to participate in various external events, independently, to help raise funds for charity. The money we raise is donated to the SOS Children’s Village in Chipata, Zambia. To-date, we have raised over £80,000 for the charity.

Child Line SmallThe staff of Claranet, voted to support ChildLine in 2008, the UK's free 24-hour helpline for children in distress or danger, with a calendar of fun fundraising events which aimed to raise £50,000 for the charity. The staff poll, revealed the majority favoured supporting a children's charity and with ChildLine being a critical service to the community we felt that it was a perfect fit. We managed to reach our goal of £50,000 in 2008 for ChildLine's unique and indispensable service.

Zero-carbon energy data centres

We partner with suppliers and companies who are committed to the delivery of your services with minimal environmental impact in mind. Our data centre services are certified ‘green’ and use zero-carbon energy. We work with data centre facilities from Global Switch 2, Telehouse and Telecity, who all have a strong commitment to environmental sustainability. Electricity used at our Global Switch site is sourced from zero-carbon sustainable sources. This ensures that carbon is not emitted in the production of the energy used to power our data centres or the associated cooling and UPS systems.

Recycling

Like any business we sometimes need to retire old hardware. Whilst this is great for our customers, who benefit from improved speed and reliability of service, it does mean we have to deal with redundant electronic equipment responsibly. We try to recycle all old equipment internally. If we are unable to recycle redundant hardware, we give the equipment to registered contractors that operate in accordance with the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive. All proceeds from the sale of redundant Claranet equipment go to charity.

Claranet is also committed to encouraging a paperless office. We have recycling bins placed throughout our offices – for plastic bottles, Tetra-Pak cartons, paper, cardboard, cans and batteries.