BI WORLDWIDE is delighted to announce our latest rating in the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) Sustainability Index, an independent body who evaluate businesses sustainability credentials across three categories.
Due to our continuous focus on sustainability across the business, we have been able to steadily increase our scores at each re-evaluation since we joined the scheme a few years ago. Below are just some of the highlights of our new sustainable initiatives which helped us to accomplish these fantastic scores:
Central to achieving our full marks score in the Environmental category was the completion of our full office refurbishment earlier this year. We were able to take this opportunity to overhaul our facilities and achieve many energy efficiencies with our lighting, temperature control and water amongst others.
Don’t Drive to Work
BI WORLDWIDE encourages associates to adopt healthy lifestyles and make a positive contribution to the environment. We have recently revised and re-launched our Don’t Drive to Work scheme, which rewards associates who use other means of getting to work, such as walking, cycling, using public transport and car sharing.
Bin the Bin
The removal of every desk bin and waste basket in the company and the introduction of more recycling points reduced waste sent to landfill by over 50% with a corresponding increase in the amount we recycle.
Good Neighbour Initiative & Volunteering Time
We have a dedicated committee of associates driving various interactions with the local community in and around Newport Pagnell, where our UK office is based. The company allows each Associate 12 half (working) days each year, fully paid, to participate in a range of voluntary activities. So far associates have been involved in deep-cleaning a local community centre and designing their new website, designing and printing advertising material for the local carnival, setting up and marshalling on carnival day and a mass litter-pick of the town centre. Further activities due to take place this year include collaboration with the local Christmas Lights committee and providing careers advice to students at local schools.
CARE (Compassion. Awareness. Respect. Education.)
Focusing on local support for youth development in South Africa, we are specifically supporting a project in Durban called Girls & Boys Town. They provide a safe home, food and support for 42 underprivileged children between 11 and 18. Our aim is to raise £10,000 for this worthy cause, via a number of fundraising initiatives.
Our other initiatives which enabled us to showcase our sustainable credentials included the installation of electric vehicle charging points, the purchase of our electric pool car, a strong culture of recognition, personal development vouchers available to every associate each year, our nominated Charity of the Year, Ideas Factory suggestion scheme, long-standing Investors in People accreditation, flexible working, links to behavioural economists which underpin all our clients’ solutions, our strong ethos of communication and all the work our SAVERS (Sustainability, Associate wellbeing, Volunteering, Environmental awareness, Reduce, Recycle, Reuse) team continue to carry out each year.
Supporting all of this are the stringent processes, procedures and policies which BI WORLDWIDE utilise across all of our operations, guaranteeing we deliver the best quality we can to our clients and partners in the most sustainable way possible.
Mike Davies concludes: "We are very proud of the scores we have achieved in the CIPS Sustainability Index and, more importantly, of the commitment our entire team have shown to ensuring sustainability remains an integral part of the BI WORLDWIDE culture."