In May 2019, Kosloff Architecture became a Certified B Corporation, formalising our commitment to build a better, more sustainable business model. A model that holds us accountable for our social and environmental performance.
In line with this new model for business, we have developed a charitable giving policy that is integrated into the practice’s operations, delivered in partnership with B1G1, ensuring all the work completed in our offices have a positive impact on our global community.
Our ownership structure reflects the genuine contributions of everyone in our team, therefore all Kosloff Architecture employees are now able to become shareholders and owners of the business. This ensures that dialogues are consistently transparent and that we are accountable for our decisions.
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Be the Change You Seek
B stands for B the Change, inspired by Gandhi’s famous invocation that we must be the change we seek in the world. Environmentally sustainable design is at the core of every project and we see the BCorp framework as an effective way to embed this in everything we do.
Good for All
Kosloff Architecture regularly conducts industry wage reviews to ensure we are paying above industry rates. We subsidise professional training and development for all employees, enable paid volunteer activities, and provide highly flexible work options for our employees, as well as providing five weeks annual leave per year. Employee engagement surveys are conducted annually and used to shape our policies and procedures.
Good for the Community
We are committed to maximising diversity at all levels of our organisation and we have a formalised charitable giving program based on a percentage of our profits. Our procurement policies ensure preference is given to businesses with diverse ownership and commitment to minimum environmental standards.
Good for the Environment
Kosloff Architecture utilises state of the art technology to minimise the need for travel in order to minimise our carbon footprint, and where travel is required, purchase carbon offsets. We calculate our carbon footprint each year and offset the entirety of our emissions to ensure we operate as a carbon neutral office.
Good for the Long Term
A commitment to sustainable and ethical business forms an important part of our mission statement and we believe every project has the potential to deliver a broad range of social and environmental benefits which we work to define with our clients from the outset.
Good to the Core
Environmentally sustainable practice is fundamental to the way we operate and we have a charitable giving policy that aligns key activities in our business with providing support to a wide range of not-for-profit projects that provide solutions to social and environmental problems.
Kosloff Architecture calculates its carbon footprint using a tool developed by Carbon Neutral, which assesses emissions from our waste, travel, electricity usage, and premises. During the 2017-18 financial year we produced 30.63 tonnes of CO2, which is equivalent to 2.78 tonnes of CO2 per employee per year. For an office of our size and nature, an average of between 2 and 5 tonnes of CO2 is considered typical.
In line with our goal to be carbon neutral as a practice, we plan to continue to try and reduce this through our operational policies, and in the interim have chosen to offset the entirety of our estimated carbon emissions by providing funding to the Biodiversity Reforestation Carbon Offset program, run by Carbon Neutral. As well as sequestering between 120-180 tonnes of CO2 per hectare of the 50-year lifetime of the project, it goes beyond removing CO2 from the atmosphere by helping to fund habitat restoration and land conservation in Australia with demonstrable economic and social benefit. The project has been independently verified to confirm that 1 carbon credit purchased will result in 1 tonne of CO2 sequestered.
We are also engaged with the broader architectural community through our ongoing involvement and sponsorship of the bi-annual Kirrill Kosloff Award for Design Excellence in the Bachelor of Architectural Design program at RMIT University, the Australian Institute of Architects’ EMAGN forum, Constructive Mentorship Program, SONA SuperStudio and Open House Melbourne.