Simply put, translation is good business. Even if we based our projections solely on the trends of our industry, we could still be certain that Parenty Reitmeier would continue to grow well into the future. But to ensure that our levels of profit and productivity are optimized during these coming days of expansion, we have adopted a triple-bottom-line, paying close attention to details in our internal culture that contribute to our corporate sustainability.
Each year, a handful of community-based initiatives help us translate our own success into programs that directly benefit the neighbourhoods our employees call home. Recognizing the connection between today’s playground and tomorrow’s workforce, Parenty Reitmeier regularly donates both time and money to empower the next generation of entrepreneurs, supporting those opportunities that will encourage them to identify and develop their own unique strengths.
While we aim to increase our impact in one area, we are making significant reductions in another. From light fixtures and air conditioning to desktop computers and business cards, Parenty Reitmeier has left no stone unturned in its quest to minimize the carbon footprint generated by its day-to-day operations. All on its own, translation is good business, but we make it better.
Energy Consumption – Climate Control
Although winter gets more attention in Manitoba, summer can be just as intense. So to keep from running our office’s central air conditioner on a daily basis, blinds have been installed in all windows running along the east and south walls of the building. To further reduce the unit’s overall energy consumption, its four-ton compressors were retired after 32 years of service, and have been replaced by smaller, more efficient components.
Energy Consumption – Lighting
All of our building’s exterior lighting and signage have been automated to turn on at dusk and off at dawn. Interior fixtures have also been modernized, meaning that any previously existing fluorescent bulbs and ballasts identified as being out of date have all been replaced. Finally, as part of the Manitoba Hydro Power Smart program, LED bulbs were installed in recessed fixtures to improve the visibility in certain meeting areas, while lowering the amount of energy used to light them.
Energy Consumption – Infrastructure
Ours is an industry that relies heavily on translators and proofreaders having access to a secure network. But occasionally, data must be backed up and files transferred, to allow for software upgrades and the replacement of computers and servers with antiquated energy requirements. Like any enterprise doing its best to stay on the cutting edge of technology, our more power hungry desktops have long since been retired in favour of Gold Energy Star qualified units. We have also taken steps towards operating under a fully virtualized environment, which will reduce the number of physical servers in operation at any given time by 75 percent.
Similarly, the appliances purchased for our staff kitchen—three fridges, three microwaves, and a dishwasher—are all Energy Star rated, as are the LED screens that adorn the walls of our boardrooms. Each of these televisions is also programmed to shut off after 20 minutes of idle use. We pride ourselves on being an idle-free zone in more ways than one!
By-Products – Paper Materials
Given the nature of our industry, there used to be thousands of documents that were printed each year, and then reprinted again just to analyze and evaluate the costs of working in the translation business. Thankfully, this process has experienced a major overhaul over the years, eliminating the need to produce so many hard copies by replacing excess paper with digital proofs.
All of our business cards and other marketing materials, including the Guide to Translation-Friendly Writing, SI Metric Symbols, and Professional Services brochures, are printed on recycled paper that is both FSC® and EcoLogo™ certified. Rolland Enviro100 materials are chlorine free, made from 100% post-consumer fibre, and manufactured using biogas renewable energy.