Managing direct impacts
“Our sustainability strategy aims to maximise every opportunity to tackle sustainability issues throughout our business, internally and externally.” Stuart McLachlan, WSP Environment & Energy, Managing Director and Chair of WSP Group Plc’s Sustainability Committee.
We have a Sustainability Committee which sets the direction and manages regional sustainability champions empowered to implement locally appropriate business plans.
Our framework outlines a commitment to minimum standards but enables regional Boards to select the actions with most relevance to their business. We will have a Gold, Silver and Bronze assessment approach, with Bronze being the minimum mandatory standard.
Look out for more news as we progress with these activities.
Some activity highlights
A snapshot of just some of our efforts includes;
- The UK and Sweden are measuring and reducing their carbon emissions
We’re reducing office energy consumption by 5% in 2010 by using our unique online management tool, Energy Bureau
- We were the first company in the UK to launch a Personal Carbon Tracking Scheme for our staff
- We have launched a ‘Smart Working’ scheme which aims to further reduce our business travel by 10% per head during 2009 and we have invested globally in video conferencing facilities to support this
- The majority of our communications are distributed digitally and where we print materials we use 100% recycled paper and environmentally friendly printers
- We are one of only 150 organisations to sign the Bali Communique which calls for a comprehensive, legally binding United Nations framework to tackle climate change
- WSP Lincolne Scott is carbon neutral across their Australian and Asia-Pacific offices, as are WSP Flack + Kurtz in the US
- The fit out of our new global headquarters in London has sustainability front of mind, it has energy efficient appliances and low VOC paint
- We regularly run a social uplift programme in South Africa