Solidarity Manager at PayFit
PayFit is a software company that simplifies personnel administration by automating payroll and digitising human resources processes. This fast, intuitive and automated solution allows employers to save time and users to have a dedicated space.
Can you tell us about Payfit?
PayFit is a scale-up that revolutionises and simplifies the payroll and HR process for European SMEs. The objective is to have a fast, intuitive and automated solution that allows employers to easily and independently manage payroll and HR, saving valuable time, and employees to access a dedicated online space.
What motivated your involvement with PayFit?
At PayFit, social impact is at the heart of our vision. We do everything we can to have a positive impact on the world we live in, that's our ambition. And that's PayFit's mission: to make PayFiters proud of what we do for society, to preserve the environment, and also to promote diversity and inclusion. Regarding the environment, more specifically, we are all aware that it is not a question of choice or beliefs, but that it is really the greatest challenge of our time, and that obviously the first step is to understand our own environmental impact, to better evaluate and improve it.
When we decided to do our carbon assessment, we realised that there are two schools of thought today. On the one hand, there is the classic school of using a consultancy firm, and on the other hand, there is a start-up solution like Greenly. In this overview of these two solutions, we have realised that both have advantages and disadvantages. The advantage of consultancies is that they are focused on support, offering a very detailed analysis, but also more expensive and time-consuming. Whereas a start-up will stand out for its speed. What interested us for this first assessment was to have a fairly quick overview of our impact, so that we could start acting quickly.
Can you tell us what your first carbon footprint revealed?
Our first assessment gave us a quick overview of our emissions, which allowed us to distinguish PayFit's main emission items. We realised the importance of Scope 3, although it is not currently mandatory to assess it. However, at PayFit, it is the most important emission item. Since we offer SaaS, we also noticed that the second most important emissions item was Digital. We were surprised by the low percentage of emissions that travel occupied, even if this result is linked to the context of the year 2020, which has strongly contributed to reducing the use of transport. We will therefore pay attention to this in the years to come. Finally, our third emissions item concerned fixed assets. We also think that there is an interesting potential for reduction that we will be able to exploit.
What are the actions you will now try to put in place?
The definition of the action plan is underway. To achieve our objective, we intend to involve managers for each major emission item. We are therefore going to work together with the departments concerned to define the possible and impactful reduction actions, while respecting the 2021 development and growth objectives that have been defined. I am quite convinced that it is not just me, as the CSR manager, who can implement reduction actions on my own. You have to involve all the stakeholders in the company. The objective is to reconcile the response to climate and environmental issues with the growth of our company. To do this, we must already have a better understanding of our uses, for example in terms of actions for the use of our servers and our online advertising, but also in terms of thinking about how to have a more responsible purchasing policy.