Interserve sets out first year sustainability progress

Progress Interserve has made in the first year of an eight year programme aimed at considerably improving its sustainability record has included exceeding its own target on recruiting locally for a project for West Yorkshire Police, the company has revealed.

For the project to provide new facilities for the force, Interserve had set a target of sourcing 65% of its labour from within a 50-mile radius, but actually managed to source 80% from that area.

This is just one of the examples cited in the first annual report the company has published on SustainAblities, its programme to meet strict sustainability targets by 2020.

It says it also managed to reduce CO2 emissions by 2,269 tonnes between 2012 and 2013, the equivalent of taking 400 cars off the road.
It has also built an entirely new IT system to assist in accurate reporting of its progress on becoming more sustainable, and has incorporated sustainable procurement requirements into the supplier codes of conduct of all of its UK operating divisions.

Moving forward, it has now set new targets for 206, which include a 20% reduction in its used of water by then, and a further 30% cut in CO2 emissions from business travel.

Group finance director and head of sustainability Tim Haywood said progress so far had been good. But he added: “There are still challenges to be met, including refining the data capture process further, ensuring we extract the right information from all areas of the group and continuing the work to embed SustainAbilities across all levels of the business.”

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