Parent company Greencare finished just outside the top 10 (in 11th position) in the unique employee survey that contributes 30% of the marks to the overall ranking. ‘The 60 Best Green Companies in Britain’ were revealed in the second Sunday Times Green List published recently with The Sunday Times.
Richard Caseby, managing editor of The Sunday Times, said: “The 60 companies in this survey are all pioneers: enterprising, enlightened and fizzing with new ideas. All have a common sense of purpose about their corporate social responsibility. There may be plenty of environmental awards, but this is the first that has a robust methodology to measure environmental performance and a survey of each company’s staff to find out whether the green sheen is more than skin-deep.”
Water cooler conversations are an everyday occurrence at Greencare H2O, but staff don’t spend their time gossiping – they’re spreading the word that the mains-fed water coolers the company supplies to businesses and restaurants are a greener alternative. Mains-fed coolers have no recyclable bottles, lids and labels, and Greencare’s cups are fully biodegradable.
The Warrington company always does what’s best for the environment, with staff giving it a top 10 positive green score of 86%. They believe it does a lot for the environment (89%). The 62 staff members work across two sites after a third was closed last year, without any job losses, to reduce costs and environmental impact.
Employees think green (86%) and a top 10 score of 90% shows that such commitments are at the heart of how Greencare operates. Last year, it achieved a 35% cut in electricity consumption from 2007 levels, and it offsets its emissions by supporting an initiative in Ghana.
Staff know what the carbon footprint is (87%), and think the way they do their job can reduce the firm’s impacts (79%), both top five scores. They are aware of its green policy (92%, a top 10 score), and understand what ISO 14001 certification means (89%, ranking the company fourth).
Last year, Greencare invested £20,000 in eco initiatives and a 90% score, also ranking it fourth, shows that bosses lead by example.
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