To mark the focus on Environment in Responsible Business in Action we asked members of the Environment Campaign task forces to explain to us how they are turning words into action. This is what they said:
“It’s time to stop talking and get acting. Science has proven that climate change and global warming are happening. Unsustainable consumption of resources is compounding the risks to our planet and to us. Ricoh has taken action for more than a quarter of a century, devising the Comet Circle to circularise the flow of materials and resources for reuse and recycling rather than disposal, extending the lifespan of products and resources. We’ve also had CO2 reduction initiatives globally across Ricoh since 2000, achieving 39.7% reduction by 2015 and now aiming for Net Zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.”
James Deacon, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, Ricoh UK
“2019 feels like a watershed moment; a collective global awakening to the impact of climate change. We must seize this moment and act now so we can live in harmony with the planet which sustains us. At WRAP we continue to work with governments, business and citizens to build a world where we use resources sustainably. Our ground-breaking collaborative action in driving up recycling, and tackling the environmental impacts of plastic pollution, food waste and the textile industry is helping build the circular economy we need to forge a future in which both people and planet are able to thrive.”
Marcus Gover, Chief Executive, WRAP
Sophie Walker, JLL UK Head of Sustainability - Building a Better Tomorrow
"The destructive impact on our natural world is now impossible to ignore and it has never been more pressing for business and environmental leaders alike to transition into tangible progress.
Veolia is proud of its role as resource leaders in the UK, having spent £2 billion on infrastructure in the past few years with plans to invest another £1 billion in recycling and recovery infrastructure where the framework is right. Now is the time for other businesses to match our stake. Supporting UK recycling will not only create jobs, skills and save materials but will ensure sustainable models are locked into business for future generations."
Richard Kirkman, Chief Technology and Innovation Officer, Veolia UK & Ireland
Harvey Bradshaw, Executive Director of Environment & Business, Environment Agency
Chris Matthews, Head of Sustainability Corporate Affairs, United Utilities
Tim Doubleday, Chief Financial Officer, Burger King
Andrew Brady, Chief Executive Officer, European Metal Recycling
Peter Simpson, Chief Executive, Anglian Water
We’ve now gone one step further by proactively investing in solutions. Last year we started Sky Ocean Ventures, an investment fund that supports new ideas and innovators to create meaningful change to the plastics problem. But we can’t do it alone, which is why we also work with partners - like the Premier League and National Geographic, to see how we can take the learnings from our business and help others think and act in the same way."
Paco Hevia, Managing Director, Waste Treatment, Amey
“As the largest supplier of renewable electricity to businesses in the UK, Drax plays a unique role in helping companies to take greater control of their energy and be more sustainable. We supply renewable power to help organisations like Gatwick Airport and Edgbaston Cricket Ground achieve their sustainability goals and have launched an innovative EV service, with SES Water as our first customer, to help businesses operate their fleet vehicles more sustainably. If we are to enable a zero carbon, lower cost energy future, delivering effective energy services for businesses, is essential. There’s no time to waste.”
Jonathan Kini, Chief Executive Officer, Drax Retail, which includes B2B energy suppliers Haven Power and Opus Energy.