Anthesis colleagues have been running circular office based initiatives for as long as we have been operating. We are lucky to have responsible employees who actively seek ways of minimising, reusing and recycling waste. In fact, we look to our staff for many of our in-house initiatives, engaging them via an online chatter platform and inviting them to share their ideas with our internal sustainability team.
We currently have 5 UK offices and a number of UK homeworkers. However, as a global business, our internal sustainability team are seeking to engage our international colleagues as well as our UK teams.
Some of our recent initiatives (with accompanying case studies) over the last 12 months include:
Change makers: Anti-food waste week’ initiative held across UK offices case study (blog published 2nd August 2016): How to get staff excited about bruised bananas and tupperware
Greater office circularity: Circular ISO certification across UK offices (case study below)
- Awareness: Volunteering in a circular economy location (blog published 22nd June 2017): Biodiversity, burdocks and Brylcreem – Anthesis colleagues get volunteering
- Awareness: Connecting people with the environment - our World Environment Day initiative (blog published 14th June 2017): Anthesis gets behind the lens for World Environment Day 2017
Other initiatives that take place across our offices include:.
WEEE collection for all UK offices
Consolidation of IT and printing settings, such as double sided printing.
Green tariff for electricity in London and Oxford offices, with smart meters to be fitted in due course
ISO 14001 certification achieved across five of our UK offices
The Environmental Management System (EMS) at our offices in London, Oxford, Manchester, Macclesfield and Tormarton were all certified to ISO 14001:2004 in 2016, providing robust and external verification of the EMS we already had in place. Our system received a ‘mature’ rating (4 out of 5), with a view to being ‘exemplary’ next year (5 out of 5). As part of this system, we have processes across our offices to collect data on waste generation, energy, water and paper use, so that we can manage our environmental impact. We also have a method for collecting business travel data, and have gathered a sample of commuting data too. Furthermore, our detailed internal targets are ensuring we continuously improve these systems, e.g. we plan to refine and re-promote employee guidance to ensure we are able to more accurately track all business travel in 2017.
In addition, we carried out two colleague engagement campaigns during 2016, addressing the topics of food waste (blog linked above) and safe, green travel. These weeks received fantastic feedback, with each office running in-person activities (some of which engaged office neighbours too), and 38% of colleagues choosing to take part in additional online discussions and photo sharing. Based on this success, we have already conducted engagement campaigns for World Environment Day 2017 (blog linked above) and a UK wellness week in February 2017. We also plan to engage with our employees for World Mental Health Day in October 2017, as well as considering ways we can engage our colleagues who work remotely.
In late 2016, Bristol-based energy and carbon management specialist firm Sustain joined the Anthesis Group. Their office is already certified to ISO 14001:2004, and we are looking forward to integrating these two systems in future.