2013 entries

 

Environment

Shorts Architechts – Screenspace | Robust Hospitals in a Changing Climate

Screenspace is a media company keen to tell stories which are engaging and visually compelling and say something about the world we live in. The ‘Robust Hospitals in a Changing Climate: DeDeRHECC project’ film is the collaborative result between Screenspace and a major EPSRC-funded research project undertaken by Cambridge, Loughborough, Leeds and the Open universities.

The project investigated thermal conditions in a representative sample of NHS hospital buildings dating from the 1930s to the present, and based on their findings, predicted the buildings’ future performance through to 2080.

The team’s task was to propose and fully cost various refurbishment options, to show how refurbishment can significantly lower the energy use of hospital buildings – an essential criteria for the NHS to meet its carbon reduction targets whilst also saving money; how naturally ventilated options, can deliver buildings that perform well in extreme summers in future climates; and finally, illustrate that refurbishment can actually be a lot cheaper than new-build options and much quicker to implement. As a result of this groundbreaking research, governments and technology companies around the world are using the findings from this research to innovate sustainable change.


 

Wander Films Follow the Frog

You don’t have to go to the ends of the Earth to save the rainforest. Just Follow the Frog, by shopping for Rainforest Alliance Certified products. What’s behind the green frog seal? Only farms that meet rigorous sustainability criteria earn the right to use the Rainforest Alliance Certified seal. These criteria address all of the three pillars of sustainability – environmental protection, social equity and economic viability.


 

J&H Sales | “Scrap Recycled”

J & H Sales (International) Ltd. exports recovered secondary fibre for recycling from the USA and Europe and focuses on exporting materials to the Indian sub-continent & the Far East. Operating from its Head Office in London, the company uses different qualities of recovered fibre, such as old newspaper, magazines, recovered corrugated boxes and office stationery. All recovered fibre is recycled by Paper Mills and used in the manufacture of various kinds of finished recycled paper, such as newsprint, tissue paper, packaging, printing and writing paper.

As the drive towards greater use of environmentally friendly processes gathers pace, the company is keen to engage young people with recycling practices and to maximise the support it can give to collectors to achieve higher rates of recovery. The film you are about to see was funded by J&H Sales to show how recycling canbe a way of life and become a ‘high value’ incentive to good business practice.


 

Community Investment

Reckitt Benckiser | Healthier Kids, Happier Homes

Reckitt Benckiser (RB) and Save the Children have been working together since 2003, raising over £11 million and reaching 1 million children through our global partnership.

In 2012, RB’s global fundraising target was to raise £3.5million for Save the Children. This film was created to thank RB employees who rose to the challenge, and to inspire them to raise even more to help stop children dying from diarrhoea one of the biggest killers of children under five.

The film showcases RB employees across the world who come together to raise funds and volunteer in a variety of creative and innovative ways! It also shows the impact these funds are making towards delivering Save the Children’s health and hygiene programme and emergency work in many different countries. It shows how RB’s community investment programme is aligned to our corporate vision – a world where people live healthier and better lives.


Reckitt Benckiser | Global Challenge 2013 Indonesia

Global Challenge is one of RB’s largest global fundraising events run every other year and has raised over £1million for Save the Children. This 4 event in Indonesia in May 2013 involved 61 employees from 29 countries who took part in a four day trek to the summit of Mount Rinjani (3,726m) on Lombok. Here the teams helped build and renovate two health clinics in Bandung, West Java. The event raised £315,000 and will go towards supporting a health and hygiene programme in Indonesia which will reach 35,000 new-borns, 25,000 mothers and 400,000 community members over five years.

The success of this event is down to the spirit and culture of our employees with challengers raising £4,000 individually so as to qualify to take part.

Employees filmed the event using hand held cameras so they could tell their own story of the challenge.


Reckitt Benckiser | Product Innovation

In 2013, RB announced its new ambition with Save the Children to help stop children dying from diarrhoea. RB has committed to donating £23.5million over the next few years but also will co-create new cost effective products to help target the devastating global death rate in children under five from diarrhoea by 2020.

The global partnership combines RB’s global expertise in hygiene and health, innovative technology and consumer communication capabilities with Save the Children’s expertise in delivering life-saving work on the ground.

Around the world, diarrhoea remains the second leading cause of death from a preventable disease among children under five, behind pneumonia. Nearly one in ten child deaths (approximately 800,000 each year) is due to diarrhoea caused by poor home environments, inadequate personal hygiene and lack of access to essential services such as healthcare, sanitation, clean water and basic nutrition.

This film was created to show our employees the scale of the task and get them involved; and to underline the commitment from the CEO’s of both organisations towards achieving a common goal.


KoolskoolsScrew Business as Usual

Koolskools is the only company in the UK that supplies school uniform made by using Fairtrade cotton. This means that we can be absolutely sure that our cotton producers are getting a fair price, and their communities are enjoying the development benefits of the Fairtrade social premium.

We also challenge developing country “sweat shops” by taking an ethical stance against them. We lead by example in ensuring there is no child labour, poor pay, enforced overtime or poor Health and Safety conditions in our factories. 20% of the employees in our principal factory in Mauritius for example are either physically or mentally handicapped; all are paid upwards of 25% above the national minimum wage; and there is no enforced overtime.

Koolskools wants schools’ students to understand the valuable role they are playing as Global Citizens when wearing uniform carrying the Fairtrade Cotton Mark; and to understand the importance their choices can make to lives far away. Over 250,000 cotton farmers in India have committed suicide in the past 16 years as a direct result of volatile global cotton prices. Through trading only in Fairtrade cotton, Koolskools can help to redress the balance for these developing country cotton farmers and alleviate their plight.


ICAP | “ICAP Charity Day”

ICAP Charity Day is the single biggest annual fundraising event in the financial world. Since its inception 20 years ago, ICAP Charity Day has raised more than £100 million supporting 1,400 charities around the world. Last year Charity Day raised £11m in 24 hours which was distributed to 200 charities globally and our film shows the action and some highlights from the day.

Simply put… one day each year ICAP gives up its entire global revenues and all broking staff their personal commission to charity. Charity Day is held in December and has become the most exciting day in the firm’s calendar and has become part of the firm’s DNA! It is a vibrant, spirited event where all charities benefitting from the funds raised on Charity Day visit ICAP’s offices along with their celebrity ambassadors and supporters. With the help of ICAP brokers the celebrities close deals directly with ICAP customers. The effort made by all those participating in the event is exceptional – there is genuine sense of pride, and the effect of ICAP’s collective giving is truly inspirational.

The selection of charities ICAP has supported include a vast range of projects ranging from ground-breaking medical research, to capital builds; supporting the homeless, to campaigning for heritage restoration; and everything in between. ICAP strives to support causes that benefit all ages, cultures and creeds.


Wander Films | Coexist Uganda Coffee

Coexist Coffee is grown by a Ugandan fair trade cooperative, Mirembe Kawomera (meaning “Delicious Peace” in the local Luganda language). Here, members from the Christian, Muslim and Jewish communities farm together to produce organic, small batch coffee. This film takes you on a journey to Uganda to see the people behind the product.

Coexist Coffee improves the lives of Ugandan farmers and donates all profits to local schools to enable children to learn together across the divides of their communities.

Your sip of Coexist Coffee breaks the cycle of conflict in Uganda and creates a more peaceful world for us all.


Essar Foundation | Growth in Unison

Essar Foundation is the Corporate Social Responsibility wing of Essar, a 39-billion US$ multinational corporation with investments in Steel, Energy, Infrastructure and Services operating in 25 countries globally.

The Foundation reaches out to over 500 villages across India impacting over half a million people, by undertaking strategic interventions to raise initiatives in health, education, livelihoods, entrepreneurship and women’s empowerment in a way that organically disseminates the spirit of entrepreneurship to positively transform people’s lives.

Over the years, Essar has grown in unison with numerous first generation entrepreneurs associated with its outreach. The approach has been to nurture the innate aptitude of individuals, to fuel their passion and to sustainably provide opportunities while continually absorbing the risks that come in their way. This short film exemplifies the extraordinary journeys of transformation of four ordinary individuals in their own words, as they speak of their adversities, achievements, support systems and aspirations.


 

Read Dillon Ltd | Lake Tanganyika Floating Health Clinic

In October 2011, the Lake Tanganyika Floating Health Clinic (LTFHC) brought 44 Congolese and Tanzanian fistula patients and healthcare providers together for surgical repair and counselling, in one of Tanzania’s remotest regions.

Lake Tanganyika – 415 miles long – is the world’s longest lake. Around the lake maternal healthcare is nearly non-existent. The population around the lake is subjected to a perfect storm of dangerous forces: prenatal care is inaccessible; dilapidated roads often impassable; communications infrastructure poor; childbearing often begins in teen years and extreme poverty is the norm. One terrible result of this “perfect storm” is fistula formation in women and girls who survive obstructed labour.

Fistula is a devastating injury. Invariably, women are injured while they simultaneously experience the death of their child from obstructed labour. Women with vaginal fistulas are totally shunned by their communities, because the injury causes them to continually dribble urine and/or faeces. This injury effectively ends a woman’s life. However, most fistula injuries can be treated successfully through surgery, if only women have access to “VVF” fistula repair procedures.

LTFHC spearheaded a VVF repair project along Lake Tanganyika, treating 44 women: 33 from Moba territory, DRC, and 11 from Nkasi District, Tanzania. LTFHC operated on the women over a 14 day period. This film is a record of that incredible and inspiring fortnight when these young women were enabled to start a new life.


EDF | The Pod’s Waste Week Campaign and Recycling Film

This film was designed as part of EDF’s community investment work to reach out to teachers and their students to inspire them to invent something new. Campaigns are an important part of the Pod’s work and we typically run three major campaigns every year – Switch off Fortnight, Waste Week, and Bug Month.

Thousands of schools took part in the Pod’s first Waste Week campaign in 2012. Teachers told us it was a really rewarding campaign and one that not only helped changed young peoples’ attitudes to waste but also showed them how they can make a real difference.

We subsequently ran Waste Week again in 2013 and the campaign will feature every year for the foreseeable future. 3100 schools signed up and received a free campaign pack containing posters, stickers, recycled pencils and more and we also developed a film to support the campaign.

We work closely with our partner, Wastebuster, to develop the content for Waste Week. To make the film, we sent our friend Busta, along to the Remarkable factory in Worcester to meet with its founder Ed Douglas Miller and find out how the Pod’s Waste Week pencils are made. Ed has invented a number of innovative ways of turning unwanted waste materials into cool new products.


Citrusdal Wines | Building Pride

Citrusdal Wines is in partnership with certified grape farmers to produce Fairtradelabelled wines for local and international consumers. These markets have embraced principled buying behaviour and consciously choose to purchase ethically traded products.

Citrusdal Wines is a vibrant company which fills an important niche in the regional economy. It assists local wine growers by paying fair prices for their crops. This supporting role uplifts both the farm workers and the wider farming community.

The Fairtrade ethos has boosted our farm workers’ self-respect and dignity. After centuries of exploitation and oppression, their contribution to the economy has at last been acknowledged and they now take pride in their work. Recognition is the fuel that inspires ordinary mortals to live with purpose and reach for their dreams.

Fairtrade strives to raise awareness of the plight of marginalised farm workers and promotes their right to fair employment and decent living conditions. Worldwide, the agricultural industry has responded positively to consumer preferences for ethical products, and local growers are increasingly embracing the concepts of Fairtrade inspection and certification. The Fairtrade certification process and the standards which govern our grape farming and wine-making activities mean that we all share the same understanding of what it truly means to care for one another and our planet.


Siemens – India | Project Asha

Amla is a hamlet in Mokhada, Thane having a population of over 380 tribals. It is plagued with problems such as as illiteracy, school dropout, inadequate diet, etc. This is a video about how Siemens and Aroehan came into Amla and with the help of Mr.Dilip Waare, helped in bringing about a change in the village.


 

Inspiring Good Governance

Max Felchlin AG | Sustainable Cacao Production

The name Felchlin is synonymous with products of the highest quality. Our success as a producer in a niche market can be attributed to our foundation in traditional production processes, specialized know-how and customer focus.Our wide product range is continually optimized and expanded to meet our exclusively professional client needs and market demand. Confectioners, pastry cooks, catering companies, industrial producers of confectionaries, desserts and sweets as well as renowned luxury hotels form the basis of our clientele.

Sustainability is defined at Felchlin by showing respect for people and nature when working together. To meet the needs of the present, ensuring prosperity and wealth for all, without compromising the future so that generations to come may also enjoy continued ecological economical prosperity. Felchlin contributes to sustainability by adhering to strict guidelines when procuring cacao. It promotes and works closely with farmers and partners on location with the aim of acquiring sustainable high quality cacao and work places.

This film illustrates our commitment to guarantee the sustainable use and complete traceability of the cacao beans we use.


ZDF | World Saviors 3.0

For decades world leaders assert that they are going to do everything in their power to save the earth from plundering and demolition – without any obviously satisfying success. More and more young people recognise that these continuing and unsolved problems will mainly affect their lives and the generations that are still to come. By using new social media communications platforms, young activists are building up powerful communities all around the world to force decision makers to act.

“World Saviors 3.0” shows examples of this new type of environmental crusader and how this facebook-generation is dealing with the tricky encrusted establishment.


EDF | What is the Pod?

Launched in September 2008, the Pod sits at the heart of EDF Energy’s environmental schools programme. The Pod now has over 17,000 registered schools and has engaged over 10 million children. The Pod aims to make real and measurable difference to the energy usage and carbon output of schools across the UK and to provide practical learning tools about energy, water, waste, biodiversity, transport, and climate science, for teachers. The Pod’s strap-line is ‘understanding energy, science, and sustainability’.

www.jointhepod.org is an interactive website providing free resources for registered teachers, such as lesson plans, activities, games and information, all with cross curricular links designed to help get the whole school, parents, and the local community involved.

The Pod also has a wide range of partners and some of the teaching materials have been written with the help of the Eden project, the Met Office, and Wastebuster. All activities are endorsed by Eco-Schools, the largest environmental schools programme in the world. Completing any activity on the Pod will automatically help with a schools’ application for a bronze, silver and green flag Eco-Schools award.

Although it is a UK based programme, the Pod has also reached schools beyond the UK – 45 schools in 21 countries across the world, from as far away as China and New Zealand, have joined the Pod.