Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Criteria
Nicholas Jay Architect actively considers environmental responsibility with a three-tier strategy in the delivery of our services.
First strategy is to minimize our carbon footprint by working remotely from home offices to minimize emissions from commuting. We bridge physical distances through the use of video-conferencing and cloud-computing to reduce business travel.
Second strategy is to minimize material waste. Paper use is mitigated by going electronic. Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified paper is used when necessary. Diligent reuse and recycling practices are observed. We invest in high-performance computer hardware for efficient productivity while pursuing repairs and component upgrades for longevity.
Third strategy recognizes we cannot eliminate our carbon footprint or waste. We reduce our impact by purchasing carbon offset credits for each employee at the rate of 2-tonnes CO2 per month per capita, as recommended for Canada by The Gold Standard. We can provide traceable Certificates from The Gold Standard to prove policy.
We recognize an obligation to improve the lives of those less fortunate in the community. We have and continue to offer service on a pro bono basis or at reduced fees to clients operating food banks, shelters for the homeless, and non-profit spiritual and religious organizations.
Further to addressing the underlying socio-economic causes affecting marginalized communities, we value the benefit of education and government services. This is why we strategically seek growth beyond the commercial sector by serving the municipalities, public school boards, and daycare centres of Ontario.
As a sole proprietor, the integrity of our Principal forms our constitution of three duties:
Our first duty is to protect the health, safety and welfare of the public - whose long-term interest ultimately benefits our Clients and the success of their project.
Second duty is to observe the 54 standards of professional conduct prescribed under the regulations of the Architect's Act. We have proven (and learned from) this commitment with over 6-years of service with the Ontario Association of Architects Complaints Committee, which hears allegations of professional misconduct against architects.
Third duty is to train our employees with on-going care; develop their skills through mentorship; and promote a workplace culture of accommodation, respect, creativity, and open communication.