The Afnic Board of Trustees and the management committee spent the second half of 2019 working on the company’s new 3-year strategy. For the first time, social responsibility will be an explicit pillar of the roadmap designed to optimise the social, economic and environmental benefits of the DNS, particularly through innovation and the diversification of its activities.
Afnic launched its environmental initiative in 2013 with its first Bilan Carbone© carbon footprint assessment for 2012, in keeping with its obligations to the French government in the management of the .FR TLD, as well as the implementation of an ambitious action plan (new travel policy, responsible purchasing, relocation to more energy-efficient offices, in-house awareness-raising campaign, etc.), the results of which were highlighted by the 2015 Bilan Carbone©.
The latest Bilan Carbone©, once again conducted in collaboration with the EcoAct consultancy firm, shows a 2.7% increase for 2018 compared to 2015 (865 tCO2eq vs. 842), mainly linked to input items. However, the footprint per FTE (full-time equivalent) has continued to decrease by 0.8% in tCO2eq for a workforce up 3.53% and against a backdrop of the diversification of Afnic’s activities. The footprint per domain name (a common indicator for players in the naming sector) is also down 9%.
The Afnic Foundation for Digital Solidarity underscores the strong social commitment of Afnic, which donates 90% of the profits from .FR to the foundation. 176 projects have received support since its creation in 2015, amounting to a total of €3.9 million.
Listening to the views of its stakeholders, support for .FR holders, quality of life in the workplace, transparency and excellence in best practices, knowledge transfer, and involvement at local level are also part of Afnic’s everyday practices. A cross-department team is currently working on reinforcing the structure of Afnic’s CSR initiative based on the ISO 26000 standard in order to allow for its long-term development and oversight. And the post-COVID-19 challenges will no doubt play a central role.
Afnic is the acronym for Association Française pour le Nommage Internet en Coopération, the French Network Information Centre. The registry has been appointed by the French government to manage domain names under the .fr Top Level Domain. Afnic also manages the .re (Reunion Island), .pm (Saint-Pierre and Miquelon), .tf (French Southern and Antarctic Territories), .wf (Wallis and Futuna) and .yt (Mayotte) French Overseas TLDs.
In addition to managing French TLDs, Afnic’s role is part of a wider public interest mission, which is to contribute on a daily basis, thanks to the efforts of its teams and its members, to a secure and stable internet, open to innovation and in which the French internet community plays a leading role. As part of that mission, Afnic, a non-profit organization, has committed to devoting 11% of its Revenues from managing .fr Top Level Domain to actions of general interest, in particular by transferring €1.3 million each year to the Afnic Foundation for Digital Solidarity.
Afnic is also the back-end registry for the companies as well as local and regional authorities that have chosen to have their own TLD, such as .paris, .bzh, .alsace, .corsica, .mma, .ovh, .leclerc and .sncf.
Established in 1997 and based in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, Afnic currently has nearly 90 employees.