Last night at Balthazar, Covent Garden, Acre announced the winners of our 2016 Acre365 recognition programme, recognising and sharing best practices of individuals who have achieved rapid social, environmental and safety impact in their first year.
The Environmental Impact award winner was Joanna Gilroy, Strategic Customer Sustainability Manager at Bunzl Catering Supplies. Previously placed by Acre, waste management wasn’t part of Joanna Gilroy’s job description, that is until she devised a closed loop recycling system for the company that, once fully operational, promises to be an industry first.
The Safety Impact winner was Judith Grant, Group Head of Occupational Health and Wellbeing at Royal Mail Group. Judith inherited a wellbeing website with the name Feeling First Class, so used this as a platform from which to develop new programme strands: First Class Support, First Class Fitness, First Class Mental Health and First Class Lifestyle. Each had a communications campaign to raise awareness amongst employees.
The Social Impact winner was Siena Parker, Corporate Responsibility Manager at Penguin Random House UK. Siena Parker joined Penguin Random House, the UK’s largest publisher, in the spring of 2015 as the company’s first ever corporate responsibility manager. With a strong mandate from CEO Tom Weldon, but no pre-existing strategy or goals, Siena’s first challenge was to unite the disparate CR activity in a way that helped to differentiate the brand and convince colleagues that CR was about more than charity fundraising and recycling.
The Combined Impact award went to Caroline Hill, Head of Sustainability at Land Securities. Another winner placed into her role by Acre, Hill’s Caroline’s first year is was filled with key milestones and achievements, including: attaining ISO50001 for the whole business; signing a new 100 percent renewable electricity contract; the inclusion of sustainability performance in results press releases and discussions with investors and the setting of stretching science-based carbon reduction targets.
All four received an Acre365 trophy and £250 to invest via the Kiva micro-financing platform (www.kiva.org).
All the shortlisted applications to Acre365 2016 will contribute to creating a knowledge platform of best practices. The four winners case studies can already be accessed here. In the coming weeks the site will showcase best-in-class examples of impact and innovation taken from the applications, with the aim of inspiring others.