WSP Environment & Energy wins prestigious Big Tick award | 10th Jun 2009
WSP Environment & Energy is delighted to be awarded a Climate Change 'Big Tick' award by London-based charity, Business in the Community for 2009.
The Big Tick is one of the best known independent sustainability awards in the UK. They are awarded by an independent panel, recognising companies who are sustainability leaders. In the climate change category, 550 companies were considered, with awards given to just 14 companies - of which WSP is one.
And the judges said...
The panel commented that WSP "...is making a significant and positive contribution to climate change, shaping strategy and growing in influence...they are leaders in this field...and they are influential in climate change across a broad range of businesses and geographies. The initiatives...appear impressively scalable as well as being transformational."
David Symons, a Director of WSP Environment & Energy commented, "The Big Tick award is one of the most prestigious awards to win. We are absolutely delighted to be given a Big Tick for Climate Change. WSP is working hard to manage our own environmental impacts and also tp work with our clients to ensure they integrate the very best approaches into their climate change initiatives. To put that into context, last year, our advice to clients saved 478,781 tonnes of CO2. That's enough to fill 29 billion balloons. The carbon footprint of our own business is 1,089 tonnes."
Stephen Howard, Chief Executive, Business in the Community said: "In the current economic climate it is fantastic to see so many strong examples of businesses that recognise the benefits, both social, environmental and to their bottom line, of being a responsible business. Those who achieve the Big Tick are leading companies. They know that they cannot build a successful sustainable business without constantly showing their commitment to being a better business."
Being sustainable in tough times
David Symons continues, "Climate change poses issues which all businesses - including WSP - must take seriously. As we've demonstrated, it also presents huge opportunity to grow new business through product and service innovation."
Here's just a few examples of how we're working with companies to reduce their carbon footprint. It's this type of activity that helped us to win our Big Tick award.
- Our on-line virtual energy management service has helped one client save £30,000 in one office building - just from measuring their energy consumption better.
- We've worked with one of the world's leading cement companies to help their board of management understand sustainability issues across their business.
- We helped a leading property group to map the whole life carbon profile of their business. This helped their board to focus their efforts on the embedded carbon in their supply chain and not on their executive flights.
- We're leading the design of the world's first zero carbon, zero waste, zero car cities at Masdar in Abu Dhabi.
Why not meet us for some more ideas and to discuss the impacts of climate change on your business? Call David Symons on +44 (0) 207 314 5725 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Who is Business in the Community (BITC)?
In their words, the BITC...inspire, engage, support and challenge companies on responsible business, working through four areas: Marketplace, Workplace, Environment and Community.
With more than 850 companies in membership, BITC represent 1 in 5 of the UK private sector workforce and convene a network of global partners. BITC members commit to continually improve the way they operate with a specific focus on the need to manage resources wisely - be that people or our planet.
And a Silver ranking in the BITC Corporate Responsibility Index!
WSP Group in the UK has a Silver ranking in the 2008 BITC Corporate Responsibility Index which is the UK's leading benchmark of responsible business. The results are being made public in a Responsible Business Supplement in the Financial Times today.