Sustainability

ISO 14001: 2015 to be released in September 2015

Posted by on Dec 30, 2014 in Sustainability | 0 comments

At their last meeting in April, the ISO Technical Committee, the body responsible for revising the ISO 14001 environmental management system (EMS) standard was said to have made significant progress towards the publication of the new, eagerly anticipated ISO14001:2015 standard.The ISO Technical Committee which is made up of representatives from 63 National Standards Bodies hinted that the final draft of the revised ISO 14001 standard will be published in June, a month earlier than the original expected publication date of July.The ISO14001 EMS standard, specifies the technical standard for implementing an environment management system. The standard which helps businesses track, manage and mitigate the environmental impact of their business activities is the most successful EMS standard in the world. In addition to helping businesses reduce their carbon footprint, it has been known to help businesses reduce costs and convert waste to useful business resources. Anecdotal evidence suggests that businesses thinking of implementing ISO14001 this year have been delaying their external ISO14001 audit so that they can be certified against the new ISO 14001:2015 standard. Organisations currently certified to ISO 14001:2004 have three year period to migrate their existing EMS to conform to the new ISO14001:2015 specification. Iterations of ISO 14001 EMS standard ISO14001: 1996 ISO14001: 2004 ISO14001: 2015 What is an environmental management system (EMS)? An Environmental management system (EMS) is a structured process for the management of an organisation’s environmental impact in a comprehensive, systematic, planned and documented manner. An EMS includes aspects and the impact of the organisation, organisational structure, planning and resources for developing, implementing and maintaining the policy that continually seeks to protect the environment. Another way of defining an EMS is “a systematic approach to managing an organisation’s impact on the environment. It provides a framework through which the organisation’s environmental performance can be controlled and improved.” (wrap, 2015). If you need help with the feasibility of implementing an environmental management system for your organisation, contact Greenshire. Greenshire specialise in helping small businesses take the first steps toward a greener, more sustainable approach to the environment and business...

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Featured Cause – Citizen Advice Bureau

Posted by on Dec 30, 2014 in Sustainability | 0 comments

Featured Cause – Citizen Advice Bureau There are thousands of charities and good causes out there. Most of the time, we don’t engage with them, especially if what they have never featured in our lives or the lives of our family members or relatives. Occasionally however, through an awareness campaign, threats of closure or other means, a charity, cause or organisation we have never given much thought to comes to our attention. For me, the organisation that got my attention and got me to shake off my ‘bloggers block’ is non other than the Citizen Advice Bureau. What does the Citizen Advice Bureau do? I have never used the services of a Citizen Advice Bureau in the past and I do not know anyone who has, however I know that legal advice/services are quite expensive. The last legal service I used cost £250 per hour + VAT. Given that legal aid is being cut severely, one of the only option left to people on low income to access legal services is their local Citizen Advice Bureau. What happens if funding to them is cut and they cannot raise enough money to continue their work, will legal services and justice be available only to those who can buy it? That is where the important question as to what the citizen advice bureau do comes in. The simple answer to that is that they are an organisation where the public can receive free legal advice and information on civil matters such as debt, housing and other issues. Here is how the umbrella organisation for the Citizen Advice Bureaux describe the services they provide: ” We provide free, independent, confidential and impartial advice to everyone on their rights and responsibilities. We value diversity, promote equality and challenge discrimination.” So, why are you telling me about the Citizen Advice Bureau? Well, I am telling you this just in case you are like me, clueless about the importance of the Citizen Advice Bureau. But you know that it is important that every one has access to an organisations that can advise people about their rights; how to deal with debt, housing and other day to day issues facing vulnerable members of our society. You should check out the fantastic work your local Citizen Advice Bureau is doing and perhaps how you can support them with a donation or in other ways. This blog was mainly inspired by the funding cut the Citizen Advice Bureau in Hereford is facing at the...

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London Bridge Quarter raises £8,000 for Evelina London Charity

Posted by on Dec 15, 2014 in Sustainability | 0 comments

London Bridge Quarter (LBQ) held a Christmas event for its tenants and charity partner to celebrate a successful 2014. A Christmas carol service was performed by the acclaimed London Community Gospel Choir in front of the Estate’s Christmas tree, situated on the Plaza between the two iconic buildings, The Shard and The News Building, while festive food and drinks stalls were provided by Borough Market. Ahead of the event office tenants of The Shard and The News Building, The Shard’s Oblix restaurant and the Estate’s asset managers REM, raised over £8,000 for Evelina London Children’s Hospital, part of neighbouring Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Trust. The money will go towards a new state-of-the-art mobile sensory unit, as well as gifts for children who are unable to be at home this Christmas. Speaking at the event, Irvine Sellar, developer and co-owner of The Shard and LBQ, in partnership with the State of Qatar commented, “It is with great pleasure that we are able to enjoy our first London Bridge Quarter Christmas event and to give support to our local children’s hospital Evelina London. We are delighted that so many of our tenants have joined us to celebrate what has been a remarkable year for the Estate, where we have welcomed 14 new tenants to both The Shard and The News Building, and look forward to welcoming more companies in 2015, including Tiffany & Co, The Office Group, HCA and HarperCollins. On behalf of the owners of London Bridge Quarter, we wish everyone in this vibrant new district of London a very Happy Christmas.” Evelina London, Medical Director, Sara Hanna said “The children and their families who live in Lambeth and Southwark are especially important to the Evelina London. There is a long tradition of care specifically for children in this area. We are really pleased to be supported by the local people and businesses and look forward to using their kind donations to make things better for the children we look after. Thank you for supporting us.” The Estate is now over 75% let and has welcomed 14 new tenants this year including The Times, The Sunday Times, The Sun, News UK, Foresight, Mathys & Squire, Shangri-La Hotel, Al Jazeera, Warwick Business School, South Hook Gas, Wall Street Journal and Dow...

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Virgin Money Foundation Given £4 Million Donation by the Government

Posted by on Dec 11, 2014 in Sustainability | 0 comments

Virgin Money, the bank created when Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group took over Northern Rock, the bank that famously went bust right at the beginning of the subprime mortgages financial crisis in 2008 is to start its own Charitable Foundation in 2015. In a move that is not unlike how Virgin Money came to existence from the ashes of Northern Rock. Virgin Money Foundation seem to be emerging just as Northern Rock Foundation ceases to exist, because it is no longer able to raise money to continue its charitable work. Focusing mainly in the areas of North East England Virgin Money has a strong presence, the new Foundation’s first projects will focus on making a positive difference for young people in the region. Part of the focus will be the investment of nearly £1 million to create the first Youth Zone in the North East, giving young people aged 8-19 a place to socialise, be creative and inspire one another in their free time. Virgin Money Foundation will start life with at least £5 million in its bank account, £1 million of that comes from Virgin Money with £4 million donation from the exchequer. Announcing the £4 million donation on behalf of the government on a visit to Stockton-on-Tees George Osbourne was the £4 million the government is donating comes from fines levied on banks. Responding to the £4 million donation from the government Jayne-Anne Gadhia, CEO of Virgin Money, said: “Virgin Money takes its social responsibilities very seriously in all of the communities it operates – but particularly in the North East. We are therefore delighted to be setting up a new, independent Virgin Money Foundation. We are very grateful to the Government for their generous contribution which will enable the new Virgin Money Foundation to make a positive and sustainable difference in the North...

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