NEWS

Jul 2024

A Day in the Life of Project Manager Jenny

In the format "A Day in the Life of", find out from Jenny, Project Manager & responsible for international affairs at VAST FORWARD, what her typical day looks like and how she meets the challenges of working remotely.

Jul 2024

Team Event Leipzig

This year's team event was guided by the theme "From Early Writing to Prompting - Text is Alive and Kicking". A day full of culture, sunshine, and challenges!

Jul 2024

Kick-Off Event – From Early Writing to Prompting

We had our virtual kick-off event for our annual get-together and challenge. Here, you can find what Kay told us about the history of letters and typography!

Jun 2024

IMPACT REPORT 2023

Our Impact Report 2023 is here! This year's focus was on expanding our sustainability efforts beyond our company and into our wider network. Check it out for tips on green coding and our ongoing efforts to contribute and not JUST compensate!

May 2024

A Day in the Life of Project Manager Maria

In the format "A Day in the Life of", find out from Maria, Project Manager & Event Coordinator at VAST FORWARD, what her typical day looks like - from the versatility at work and last-minute requests to calming walks along the Elbe river.

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May 2022

Green Challenge in March

In March, our three-week Green Challenge took place, in which we solved daily mini-tasks on sustainability as a team.

Apr 2022

BNW Membership

VAST FORWARD has been a proud member of the German Sustainable Business Association (BNW) since the end of 2021.

Apr 2022

Interview with Alyssa
Jade McDonald-Bärtl

Interview with sustainability expert Alyssa Jade McDonald-Bärtl about our VAST GREEN initiative and our path to sustainability.

Jun 2022

Water and energy self-sufficiency

Independent of power and water supply - self-sufficiency! In order for Maren & Matthias to be able to live and work independently on their VAST, they primarily need enough electricity and drinking water. How do they do it, off the grid and surrounded by the salty sea?

May 2024

Part 5: GREEN DATA
– Green Coding

Information and communication technology accounts for five to nine percent of global electricity consumption - the rapidly advancing digitization will increase this share to 21 percent by 2030. So, let’s think about sustainability when programming our future.

Apr 2024

A Day in the Life of Project Manager Vanessa

In the format "A Day in the Life of", find out from Vanessa, Project Manager & Corporate Creative at VAST FORWARD, what her typical day looks like - from relaxed morning routines and creative tasks to team meetings and projects.

Apr 2024

GREEN CODING – An interview with our developer Robert Göse

Robert Göse, developer at Vast Forward since 2023! In this interview, Robert talks about his first experiences at Vast Forward, about green coding and green data - it's about sustainability and programming, and about a concrete approach to our professional task in the world of digital communication.

Mar 2024

Part 4: GREEN DATA
– Hosting

Always data! Where does it come from, the data that surrounds us in our personal and professional lives today? If the "Internet" in the early days consisted of more or less directly connected individual "workstations", today's data infrastructure requires a somewhat more complex system: one that still needs physical devices somewhere. Devices that need to be fail-safe, redundant and resilient and that ultimately require resources and a lot of energy for all these requirements, for operation and cooling! Here we go... here is our blog post on the topic of "GREEN HOSTING".

Mar 2024

Highlights 2023

2023 - What a year! Fortunately, just like last year, we used our annual workshop to look back on 2023, because a lot has happened. Find out more in this blog post.

Feb 2024

Sustainability – the real team effort!

Sustainability - to be honest, this was a late addition to our values. We were already on the right track with our female-led business, our remote shop structure, our non-commuting, diverse team, our minimal office use and last but not least our fully sustainable floating office VAST... But we've learned from what's going on around us.

Feb 2024

Why not simply compensate?

The terms 'climate-neutral' or ‘compensation’ are just two among many that we frequently encounter in the media, on products, and in our everyday interactions. In this blog post, we aim to explore why the use of these terms is problematic, why a significant number of companies still employ them for 'greenwashing,' and how we address the challenges of climate change.

Feb 2024

Part 3: GREEN DATA
– Data Storage – Send It!

Data, data, data! How we handle, share, and transfer this almost uncountable amount of bits and bytes affects the resources needed; we're far beyond magnetic tape, floppy disks, CDs, and local hard drives… here's our blogpost on "data".

Jan 2024

Making mistakes – giving and getting feedback

The topic of giving and receiving feedback and maintaining a healthy team structure affects every organization. We have therefore put together a short summary of the most important facts.

Dec 2023

Part 2: GREEN DATA – Video

Video - a success story! The idea of "video" began in the mid-70s of the last century, when VHS overtook Betamax. Today, more than 30 years of digitization later, "video" stands for media consumption via on-demand streaming and for social interaction in private and professional life... But video is also an energy-related eCO2 disaster. Can we do anything about it?

Dec 2023

Streaming – Episode 06 – We love Streaming

Streaming will always be a climate-negative technology. But we can have a positive impact on the carbon footprint of streaming through our mindful usage behavior without completely giving it up - even if we start with small steps.

Nov 2023

15 YEARS TEAM MEETUP

Vast Forward's 15th anniversary - what better reason to gather the team in Hamburg and pop some corks? Coming from afar, the core team took the train to meet in Hamburg, and man did we have a blast! We really enjoyed our little birthday party, including a photo shoot and a "15th" birthday cake.

Nov 2023

TRUST — “THE” CORE VALUE

Part 4 | Trust is our core value! At Vast Forward, trust begins with our internal training and further education, in which we invest a lot of time as a team. We believe that our independent, self-reliant work is only possible through mutual trust in diverse, responsible tasks, for example in our internal tandem principle. Trust is created and can grow by being there for each other, even at a distance - accessible and in ever-changing virtual teams.

Oct 2023

Part 1: GREEN DATA – Email

Every day, countless emails land in our private and professional email inboxes. Each email consumes 27 g of eCO2! How can we reduce our CO2 consumption with regard to emails? We show you ways to save CO2 in your email inbox.

Oct 2023

Wilderness International and CO2 Compensation

We Do Not Just Compensate - why our motto is still relevant in 2023 and how we minimise our carbon footprint with the help of Wilderness International.

Sep 2023

VAST GREEN CHALLENGE – let your estimate win!

The Internet – responsible for up to 3.7% of global CO2 emissions! And there are no standards or measures to reduce this figure aesily in our daily lives! As part of the "Sustainability Action Days," we organized a team challenge, focusing on digital infrastructure in our daily lives

Sep 2023

VAST GREEN Team Interview

Since 2021, the entire Vast Forward team has been driving our sustainability initiative, VAST GREEN. After two years, we asked the team. One thing we can say in advance, even after 2 years, it is still fun to work as a team and push for VAST GREEN!

Aug 2023

Streaming – Episode 5 – Little Things

What impact does our streaming behavior have on the environment and what can we do better in the future? Episode 5 of our streaming blog post series is about our streaming behavior and 3 simple ways to stream more sustainably!

Aug 2023

Kick-off: GREEN DATA – What does data have to do with sustainability?

The topic of "GREEN DATA" has been on our minds at Vast Forward since 2021. We want to share what we mean by GREEN DATA and why we are concerned with the topic as a digital service provider in this blog post series.

Jul 2023

Discipline – An outdated term?

Part 3 | Discipline - sounds old-fashioned and strict... but discipline is fundamental for us as a decentralized, purely virtual team! Discipline helps us achieve more and continually improve together in self-organization and self-responsibility. Along with the other core values, discipline forms the backbone of our virtual teams.

Jul 2023

Impact Report 2022 Facts

We look at our Impact Report - what have we achieved as a team in 2022 as part of our sustainability initiative VAST GREEN.

Jun 2023

Corporate Communications: Learnings & Successes from 2022

VAST FORWARD has been doing public relations work for a long time - but how do you successfully communicate the path of our sustainability initiative VAST GREEN?

May 2023

Streaming – Episode 04 – End devices

47%: This is the share of greenhouse gas emissions from streaming end devices themselves. Smartphones, tablets, computers and TVs are the biggest emitters of digital greenhouse gases. For a closer look at the causes and, of course, how we can reduce them, check out Episode 04 of our blog post series on streaming. Enjoy!

May 2023

Growth – a core value for individual and business change and development

Part 2 | Growth as a core value – our basis and thriving to continue our high quality work while learning, evolving and innovating to bring about meaningful change in our world.

Apr 2023

Our ‘Viertel Eins’ Podcast

We have set out regular reporting in our sustainability strategy, which forms the basis of our VAST GREEN sustainability initiative. With our podcast 'Viertel Eins' (Quarter to One), we are now using another space to report on our progress: How did we start our sustainability journey as a digital company, and how does one actually become 'sustainable' as a company?

Apr 2023

Streaming – Episode 03 – Network infrastructure

In episode 02 of our streaming series, we discussed the impact of data centers on climate and the environment, and highlighted the possibilities of their more energy-efficient use. Now, in episode 03, let's take a look at the environmental impact of the network infrastructure required for streaming.

Mar 2023

“How we do it when we do it!“

Are you up for a nice sporting challenge? Read more about what we learn and hope to learn from challenges - and some results - here.

Mar 2023

How sustainable are we, ChatGPT?

Can an Artificial Intelligence (AI) provide us with answers to the big problems of our time and what can we learn from it? Vanessa tested it and arranged to meet OpenAi's AI 'ChatGPT' for coffee and cake to chat about resource consumption, sustainability and climate change. Warning, spoilers: In the end, she was a bit disappointed.

Mar 2023

Data Protection Fun Facts and Lifehacks

In February 2023 - VAST FORWARD Data Protection Month - we presented fun facts and lifehacks on the everyday challenges of protecting your own data, secure passwords, cookie binders, virus protection and security through a tidy desktop.

Mar 2023

We have a plan

Unser zweiter Workshop drehte sich rund um das Framework hinter VAST GREEN und wie wir in Arbeitsgruppen unsere nachhaltige Zukunft entwickeln.

Mar 2023

Family Friendly Business

Remote work has developed into a buzzword, a term that is closely linked to the concept of "new work": Home office, no more commuting, no more meetings in stuffy conference rooms but video conferencing and virtual meetings. Self-determined work on the one hand - loss of control for management, sweatpants mentality and lack of team culture on the other.

Feb 2023

Streaming – Episode 02 – Data Centres

In episode 02 of our streaming series, which shows ways to curb the carbon footprint of streaming, we look at the role of data centres and their impact on the climate and environment. Is there potential for savings, what opportunities are data centres offering for an energy-efficient use and what are streaming providers doing for more sustainable streaming in terms of data centres?

Feb 2023

What Is Love…?

Part 1 | It might seem unconventional to include "love" as a value in a professional setting, but hear us out. After all, we spend most of our waking hours working, and we believe that work should come with its own emotional investment ...

Jan 2023

Streaming – Episode 01 – Time Travel

What impact does our streaming behaviour have on the environment and what can we do better in the future? In episode 1 of our new blogpost series on streaming, we take a look back - on how we spent the end of the year, how it all began and how cloud computing became a cloud.

Dec 2022

Our Highlights from 2022

2022 - A year in which a lot happened in terms of sustainability - not only internally at VAST FORWARD, but also externally. In this blog article, we would like to review this eventful year and above all, look back at the highlights.

Nov 2022

Certifications 2022

We've seen this year, hard work pays off, because we've received a number of certifications in 2022 that reflect our efforts at VAST FORWARD. In the following article, we will go into more detail about these certifications and explain what's behind them.

Nov 2022

Science – What does that mean for VAST GREEN?

Because science explores relationships and causes and can describe human actions over time, because it measures and visualizes impacts, and because it offers evidence-based solutions, it can also be said that without science, without its findings, there is no sustainability.

Oct 2022

Developer Day 2022

Impulses on sustainability/green tech, celebrating & networking - these were the keywords for our Developer Day 2022 by VAST FORWARD in Dresden.

Oct 2022

Mental Health – Well-Being on the Job

Why it is so important for our mental health that we enjoy our job and how VAST FORWARD contributes to the well-being of your employees.

Oct 2022

VAST Emissions

Even though our motto is "We Do Not Just Compensate", we also have to compensate for CO2 emissions that cannot be avoided.

Oct 2022

VAST FORWARD SDG-Challenge as part of the German Action Days on Sustainability

Last week it was Challenge Time again! This time, we took on the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Sep 2022

Text-Book Approach in the Calculation of CO2-Emissions

Sustainability is a business model today. Many consultancies offer "one size fits all" solutions to offset CO2 - an approach that does not fit VAST FORWARD.

Aug 2022

VAST FORWARD goes Green Hosting

What does green hosting depend on? In this article we clarify together with our hosting partner.

Aug 2022

Plastic Free July

After creating our very first Green-Challenge in march the VAST GREEN team once again participated a challenge - the plastic-free july.

Jul 2022

Second Hand Favorites

VAST ladies Franzi and Vanessa are talking about their favorite second hand pieces and the stories behind them.

Jul 2022

Stakeholder Engagement – How it started and what motivated us to do it?

The list of our VAST FORWARD sustainability criteria also serve as a basis for review and collaboration with our stakeholders.

Jun 2022

Yoga at the workplace

Adding yoga to the workplace makes a significant contribution to the social sustainability of the company. Not only does it keep us VAST ladies physically and mentally healthy, it also has positive effects on the company itself, on teamwork and thus on social sustainability in the company.

Jun 2022

Water and energy self-sufficiency

Independent of power and water supply - self-sufficiency! In order for Maren & Matthias to be able to live and work independently on their VAST, they primarily need enough electricity and drinking water. How do they do it, off the grid and surrounded by the salty sea?

May 2022

Green Challenge in March

In March, our three-week Green Challenge took place, in which we solved daily mini-tasks on sustainability as a team.

May 2022

Our Sustainable Friday

On Sustainable Friday, we share short presentations on a wide range of sustainability topics as a team.

May 2022

Interview with Maren & Matthias Wagener about VAST GREEN

Interview with Maren & Matthias Wagener about VAST GREEN

Apr 2022

VAST IMPACT REPORT 2021

With our IMPACT Report, we want to create comparability and transparency about our CSR activities and, as an SME, we already meet European reporting standards.

Apr 2022

Sustainability Standards 2022

In 2022, a lot will happen with regard to the topic of sustainability in companies. In this blog post, we look at which new regulations and legislation will be relevant for SMEs from 2022.

Apr 2022

A strong Team through Work-life Blending

Sustainable management also includes addressing social sustainability. You can find out how VAST FORWARD implements this here in the blog post.

Apr 2022

Gender-appropriate communication

Gendering is not hype, but creates unambiguity and adequately represents all genders in language. Join us on our journey from generic masculine to the here and now.

Apr 2022

BNW Membership

VAST FORWARD has been a proud member of the German Sustainable Business Association (BNW) since the end of 2021.

Apr 2022

Veganuary

VAST FORWARD is not only concerned with sustainability on a professional level, but also in their private lives. Therefore, in January 2022, everything revolved around the topic of vegan nutrition.

Apr 2022

Greenwashing vs. Meaningful Compensation

CO2 labels have experienced a boom in recent years. But what is behind CO2 labels and when do we have to talk about greenwashing?

Apr 2022

Apple & Supply Chain

As a digital service provider and 100% remote organisation, we work with different hardware and software on a daily basis - they are our most important tools in everyday project work.

Apr 2022

2021 Review

As a value-based company, we decided at the beginning of 2021 to integrate the topic of sustainability even more strongly into the VAST FORWARD corporate culture.

Apr 2022

VAST Volunteering

How can we as a company and as individual employees assume social responsibility and make a positive contribution to social sustainability?

Apr 2022

Let’s Go OKR

Why VAST GREEN is a comprehensive, science-based strategy implementation and our goals are formulated as Objectives and Key Results (OKRs).

Apr 2022

The road towards our
Vast Green Website

The path to the VAST GREEN website - How a platform of open exchange was created from a scribble.

Apr 2022

The VAST GREEN Team

Since June 2021, the VAST GREEN team has seen quite a few changes, as four ladies have joined us.

Apr 2022

We do not just
compensate

What is behind CO2 compensation and why are we trying to go one step further with VAST GREEN?

Apr 2022

Interview with Alyssa
Jade McDonald-Bärtl

Interview with sustainability expert Alyssa Jade McDonald-Bärtl about our VAST GREEN initiative and our path to sustainability.

Apr 2022

VAST GREEN gets
a strategy

How we shaped our sustainability strategy for VAST GREEN from our guiding principles together with Alyssa Jade McDonald-Baertl.

Apr 2022

VAST GREEN
A thought grown with
the team

In two of our L&L in 2020, we addressed the questions of how we can make a positive contribution on a personal level and as a company.

Apr 2022

The Idea behind VAST GREEN

The attempt to delve into the topic of "sustainability" during our "Dev Day" failed because of Corona - and yet marks the start of the VAST GREEN initiative.

Apr 2022

Looking back on our journey

Yey, finally, the website for our VAST GREEN Initiative is live! Initiated by an internal event, we have been moving forward step by step with our project VAST GREEN, since 2019.