Responsibilities to the environment

As a business which conducts nearly all of its client trades online and undertakes no industrial activities, we do not see ourselves as a significant emitter of environmentally harmful substances.

Mitigating our impact

We still take any necessary actions to ensure that we minimise the impact of our operations on the surrounding environment.

Running and maintaining our IT infrastructure is the main source of our environmental impact. This supports our platform and ensures we’re able to maintain a consistently high level of platform uptime.

Powering and cooling our datacentres results in the majority of our power usage and energy costs. As such, we regularly update our hardware and software as appropriate to save money and energy.

For example, we have been replacing a number of our rack servers with new blade technology. This has enabled us to integrate power and cooling technologies across the server estate, producing a considerable saving in energy and costs. Any legacy hardware is recycled in accordance with our internal policy, with any data securely destroyed beforehand.

After our datacentres, our global offices are the second-largest consumer of energy. We apply a number of energy-saving processes and have a far-reaching recycling policy, which extends to our IT equipment when we replace hardware.

Our head office building, where more than half of our employees are based, is ISO 14001 certified, and we complement this with our own sensorlighting to reduce our energy use. Our newly opened offices in Dubai and Geneva use PIR technology, and we invest in the most energy‑efficient personal computers and peripherals.

The global nature of our business means our people have to travel around the world. We have taken steps to minimise these journeys by installing state-of-the-art video-conferencing equipment in nine of our global locations.

Emissions data

We provide emissions data in respect of the financial year ending 31 May 2015 in the Mandatory Greenhouse Gas Emissions Report and Greenhouse Gas Emissions Intensity Ratio tables to the right. In the tables, Scope 1 emissions are those incurred in air conditioning our offices and running back-up generators for our servers, while Scope 2 emissions are purchased energy such as electricity. For the most significant sources of energy consumption discussed above, we purchase electricity via our landlords. 

Table with IG's Emission Data | Environment | IG Group

Basis of preparation

Greenhouse gas emissions are calculated on the basis of financial control, noting the Statement of Exclusions given below:

  • We have based our methodology on the principles of the Greenhouse Gas Protocol
  • We have reported on all the measured emissions sources required under The Companies Act 2006 (Strategic Report and Directors’ Report) Regulations 2013, except where stated
  • This includes emissions under Scope 1 and 2, except where stated, but excludes any emissions from Scope 3. Conversion factors for electricity, gas and other emissions are those published by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for 2014-2015

Statement of exclusions

Global diesel use (for vehicles) has been excluded from the report on the basis that it is not material to our carbon footprint. The scope of reporting for our fugitive emissions has been restricted to the United Kingdom. Other regions have been excluded due to lack of data or immateriality.

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Responsibilities in the workplace

We strive to nurture our employees’ career aspirations, encourage their engagement and involvement with IG Group, and help to ensure their health and wellbeing is maintained.

Responsibilities to clients

We manage our clients’ interests in a fair and accountable manner so we can give them the best possible experience and avoid poor consumer outcomes.

Conduct risk

We aim to provide clients with an excellent experience in all aspects of their dealings with us.