VINCI Facilities is a proud partner of The Supply Chain Sustainability School – a free training resource and learning vehicle for sustainability.
We regularly organise events aimed to upskill our suppliers' sustainability knowledge; recently, 78 suppliers turned up to learn about energy at our joint supply chain event in Manchester.
Paul Lynch, our Head of Energy Services, spoke about how our supply chain partners can contribute to us meeting our clients' requirements. He also provided interesting and useful hints and tips that any supplier can adapt to improve their own practices:
"Let's use the School to improve. It's a great resource."
Other partners of the School and Carbon Trust also gave their advice, in between a mix of interactive group- exercises.
One of these was the ‘Innovation Bootcamp’. Teams were given a big poster of a location and with Post-it notes they then put potential energy opportunities on the building. They then also listed the potential blockers to these initiative. A really interesting exercise that brought many innovative ideas to the table!
Following the event, we were pleased to hear the attendees’ feedback. 89% rated the training good or excellent and 73% said they are certain or likely they’ll implement the training/ideas in their organisations.
“[The School can] create a better understanding and help in developing myself to drive culture throughout my team.”, one attending supplier said.
Our next event with the School will be a Fairness, Inclusion and Respect workshop on 4 July. Why don’t you join us?
VINCI Facilities has supported the Arc in the Park children's charity in Canning Town over the last couple of years.
It has undergone an enormous change, and we recently attended its renaming launch.
Cutting the ribbon was a mighty crew of football legends including Sir Trevor Brooking, former England midfielder and Terrence Brown Former chairman and honorary life president of West Ham United FC. There was also David Gold and David Sullivan both joint Chairman of West Ham United Football Club. The ground where the Arc is situated is the first site on which West Ham United played their very first game over 100 years ago.
The footballing gentlemen handed over a cheque for £12,000 to the Arc during its renaming ceremony at which they all spoke. Now known asTerrence Brown Arc in the Park their new owner is Ambition Aspire Achieve (AAA). AAA is still running with the same staff and its daily management by Kevin Jenkins OBE and his wife Paula but has broken away from the local Community Links charity to stand alone.
The children turned out with their families for face painting and shenanigans and even Sir Trevor had a go on one of the swings (in fact he needed help to get off it). A great day was had by all in what heralds the start of a new era for the Arc and its patrons, trustees and all stakeholders. VINCI of course will continue to support the Charity.
We are only halfway through 2017 and there has already been at least two significant achievements in terms of energy supply for our nation:
First, on April the 21st the National Grid announced Britain's first full day without coal power since the Industrial Revolution. This was then followed by the National Grid announcing that for the first time ever, renewable energy sources provided more than half UK electricity.
These are two historic milestone achievements that express Britain's shift away from carbon fuels and towards a low carbon economy. The Government has pledged to phase out coal - the most polluting fossil fuel - from the system completely by 2025, as part of efforts to cut carbon emissions in the UK.
Does this mean anything for VINCI? Yes. It's a change in perceptions and expectation that will, and already is, affecting us. Energy is higher on the agenda for everyone. Last year we were legally required to carried out ESOS audits to map where we as a business could save energy. This year that's being actioned. On contract level, there are already an increasing number of renewable energy initiatives being undertaken in various locations. We’ve also got our Energy Management Services team fully up and running to help us enhance our offering to clients.
In celebration of National Volunteers Week, we saw the beginning of a programme of 21 dates over the Summer where VINCI will participate in our very own, multi award winning, Reading from the Start Programme.
Kicking off this week in Hackney where the programme started back in 2013 was BSS's Josephine O'Connor, business and community investment manager, who will also attend the Chingford programme. Other dates will see Martina Hopper, resident and community liaison manager covering Thamesmead and Debbie Ashcroft, resident liaison officer looking after the Bow area.
National Volunteers Week ended following much social media coverage, when VINCI, along with its client Peabody and the Dolly Parton Imagination Library; have taken to the airwaves to ensure our programme is known.
VINCI has recently signed a continuation of the previous unprecedented funding and increased it by no less than £10,000 per annum. We really are seeing massive societal impact with this programme.
Housing director Russell Payne said, "This is a remakeable programme and our teams along with their counterpats at Peabody work hard to ensure its existence. To date, Peabody is working with over 100 volunteers which just shows that community cohesion and volunteeering are very much alive in the hiosuing sector."
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