2014 entries

 

Community Investment

 

Global Generation | The Big Bang Project (The Film)

In 1949 Aldo Leopold wrote of a land ethic that enlarges the boundaries of community to include soils, waters, plants, animals and humans. This short film couplet i.e. 2 complementary but different films show how, thanks to in-kind donations, financial support and hands-on participation of Argent (King\’s Cross Developers), associated construction companies Kier, Carillion and BAM and local businesses Eurostar and The Guardian newspaper, educational charity Global Generation is growing a socially and environmentally responsible community in the heart of one of Europe\’s largest construction sites, which is in King\’s Cross London.

This is a creative community based upon the fact everyone and everything is connected. A grass-roots version of Brian Cox’s Human Universe, these 2-minute trailer and 8-minute film about a two-week \’Big Bang summer school\’ give the audience an uplifting view of how the latest scientific discoveries about our universe can provide deep meaning and purpose to the lives of children and young people, and most importantly it can bring very diverse parts of an emerging urban community together in the understanding that none of us are separate… we are all made of the same stuff: stardust!


Global Generation | Big Bang Project (The Trailer)

In 1949 Aldo Leopold wrote of a land ethic that enlarges the boundaries of community to include soils, waters, plants, animals and humans. This short film couplet i.e. 2 complementary but different films show how, thanks to in-kind donations, financial support and hands-on participation of Argent (King\’s Cross Developers), associated construction companies Kier, Carillion and BAM and local businesses Eurostar and The Guardian newspaper, educational charity Global Generation is growing a socially and environmentally responsible community in the heart of one of Europe\’s largest construction sites, which is in King\’s Cross London.

This is a creative community based upon the fact everyone and everything is connected. A grass-roots version of Brian Cox\’s Human Universe, these 2-minute trailer and 8-minute film about a two-week \’Big Bang summer school\’ give the audience an uplifting view of how the latest scientific discoveries about our universe can provide deep meaning and purpose to the lives of children and young people, and most importantly it can bring very diverse parts of an emerging urban community together in the understanding that none of us are separate… we are all made of the same stuff: stardust!


M&C Saatchi | Share The Road

In the heat of the moment, road users blow situations out of proportion. We all do it. We react without thinking, feeling the need to protect \’our\’ space from \’others\’. In London this problem is exacerbated by the fact that roads built in 2AD for Roman legions now have to accommodate the millions upon millions of daily journeys made by cars, motorbikes, pedestrians, vans, bus driver and taxis.

As the roads get busier it gets harder to share what limited space there is. And as it gets worse, people get angrier, making the roads less safe for everyone. If we’re going to have safer, smoother and happier journeys, we need to make more effort to share the space.

Research shows that every road user feels they are being threatened by another road user in some way. The last thing they want is to be told how to behave so we had to highlight the personal benefit to attitude change instead.

Our narrator, stage actress Nadine Marshall, prompts self-reflection by examining our reactions on the road. This message is reinforced with road rage scenes interspersed through the narration. The slow-motion treatment highlights the over-reactive nature of our actions, reinforcing, once more, their pointlessness.


Tusoco Viajes | Beyond The Landscape, The People

The Bolivian Solidarity Community Tourism Network is a non-profit organization that seeks to promote community-based tourism under principles of solidarity and sustainability, our partners are indigenous communities in Bolivia have been organized to provide quality tourism services and share its rich natural and cultural heritage with visitors through a real encounter that respects and values of local people, traditions, values and biodiversity. The meeting of the local offer to tourists is achieve through its own tourism company operating 100% community, TUSOCO TRAVEL. In the video, we present a Community of the Aymara culture, who lives at 4000 m.a.s.l., with people engaged in farming and raising llamas, now improved their income by producing and selling handicrafts cultural identity and community tourism, its offer is a genuine coexistence with the community in which they show their culture in all colors and icons in their tissues present in llama and alpaca fiber in their music and songs that tells his story and his relationship with mother earth.


Energy Futures Lab | Powering The Top Of The World: Empowering Communities

Nepal resides in a unique situation, trapped between India and China, two countries which are rapidly becoming the world\’s largest energy consumers; it has vast clean energy resources, but as yet has had little success in harnessing enough energy to satisfy even its own modest needs. This project examines the transition of the country’s energy system and explores the challenges that this developing nation is facing. Through interviews with those in charge as well as the people whose daily lives are impacted \\\”Powering the Top of the World – Empowering communities\\\” focuses on small solutions that may empower communities to supply their own electricity without reliance on centralised grand plans. It shows how these small and simple solutions can help master daily challenges, but also outlines their limitations. The presented solutions and problems surrounding Nepal\’s energy system are also of relevance for 1.2 billion people who also have no access to electricity.

This movie has been created by Christopher Emmott and Christoph Mazur, both PhD students at the Energy Futures Lab at Imperial College London, who also provided financial support for this documentary. This entry has been adapted from the original two part documentary film, available at http://poweringthetopoftheworld.wordpress.com/


DLA Piper | Child Justice In Bangladesh

DLA Piper and UNICEF are working together on a ground breaking child justice partnership, focused on improving justice for children throughout the world. Over 3 years, DLA Piper is providing free legal assistance to the value of £3 million towards UNICEF’s global child justice programme and £1 million in donations.

DLA Piper lawyers around the world are helping UNICEF to promote law and policy reform to improve the treatment of children who come into contact with the law.

Our ‘Justice for Children’ project aims to address the legal reforms necessary to align the country’s legislation with international child rights standards to protect the 68 million children in Bangladesh.


BASF SE | Water Education Project

Water scarcity is a cause of concern in several states across India. Unclean water is one of the main causes of disease. Lack of clean sanitation can also be one of the reasons why children do not finish their education. Girls, in particular, are put off attending schools that lack private and decent toilet facilities.

To address these problems, in May 100 BASF Stiftung, a charitable foundation based in Ludwigshafen, Germany, together with UN-HABITAT, the United Nations Human Settlements Programme, launched a special water education project in Mangalore. The project was implemented by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and supported by BASF India. Some 25 schools were selected to participate, involving a total of 5000 students. The aim of the project was to provide sanitation facilities and, through water education, to raise awareness among the students and the community of effective water-quality monitoring and conservation techniques.

As part of the Water Education Project, students from Shri Venkataramana Higher Primary School, with their science teacher, test water quality in the reservoir near the BASF site in Mangalore. Using a water testing toolkit, they test the physical, chemical and biological parameters of the water sample.

The documentary report was made for a broad syndicated international audience, including BASF employees, stakeholders as well as the general public. It was distributed through diverse external corporate media channels like the TV service for journalists and social media channels, eg Facebook and YouTube. It was also internally published via the corporate online magazine, the corporate TV news channel and the corporate online news channel.


So You Wanna Be In TV? | Changing Lives. Changing TV.

So You Wanna Be In TV? is an award winning London social enterprise set up in 2009, by Founder, Rioch Edwards-Brown after he son was shot and stabbed while in school. The reason given by the perpetrator for stabbing her son was that he hated him for having two parents at home.

So You Wannabe in TV? has a volunteer programme staffed by TV professionals who work tirelessly investing in the community. They enable survivability and sustainability for disadvantaged and diverse young people, interested in a television career. So You Wanna Be In TV? has raised sponsorship, in-kind resources, goods and services, contributions of time and skills, which have benefitted young people and the TV industry.

  • 1,025 candidates have received free employability skills
  • 17 of London’s poorest boroughs have benefitted
  • 65% of those mentored entered TV
  • Over £300,000 sponsorship raised
  • Sponsors include ITV, ITN & Turner

The film addresses the lack of diversity in the television industry through an innovative free employability skills programme – leading to jobs and sustainability for young people.


WWF | M&S 10 YEAR THANK YOU

The sea covers more than 70% of the Earth’s surface. Far more species live in the oceans than on land and the marine environment provides livelihoods and food security for hundreds of millions of people. But the world’s oceans, seas and coasts are under severe strain from threats such as overfishing, climate change and pollution. We know that these challenges are too big to be tackled alone. That’s why we’ve been working with M&S for 10 years on wide-ranging issues such as agriculture and the production of food and textiles. As part of this, funds from the M&S Forever Fish campaign have supported WWF’s marine conservation priorities across the globe, from Coastal East Africa and the Coral Triangle to UK and European seas. Three years into the campaign, this film – narrated by WWF ambassador and British actress, Miranda Richardson – celebrates what’s been achieved and thanks the UK public for their support. Film produced by Nice & Serious.


HSBC NOW (USA) | Backpack: The Best Start To The Year

At HSBC, how we do business is as important as what we do. We provide sustainable finance, support sustainable communities and embed sustainability into our operations.

Operation Backpack, supported by HSBC, has made sure 22,000 underprivileged children started the school year with their own backpack filled with the school supplies they need to thrive. Our film, featuring employee volunteers, highlights the importance of social


HSBC NOW (UK) | Volunteering For The HSBC Water Programme

So far, our HSBC Water Programme has helped 650,000 people to benefit from safe water and 950,000 people access sanitation in Bangladesh, Ghana, India, Nepal, Nigeria and Pakistan. Our film outlines the work of the Programme and introduces Elizabeth Horner from London who encourages others to become a Citizen Scientist, trained by Earthwatch, to contribute towards freshwater research.


AstraZeneca | Young Health Programme: Three Years On

In response to employees identifying youth health as a key area of unmet need, in 2010 AstraZeneca launched the Young Health Programme (YHP), it’s first integrated global community investment programme.

YHP aims to positively impact the health of adolescents in marginalised communities worldwide through research and evidence generation, advocacy and on-the-ground programmes which increasingly focus on non-communicable disease (NCDs) prevention.

Targeted at internal audiences, partners and other affiliated organisations, the film provides an emotional insight to how YHP has helped improve the lives of young people in 18 countries across 5 continents over the first three years, using impactful images to illustrate the key issues facing youth globally.

Headline outputs are clearly communicated to share the successes of the programme, demonstrate how communities around the world have benefited from YHP, and ensure best practice is shared for future community investment programmes.

Allowing young people involved in the Programme to tell their story about the significant impact YHP has had on their lives, makes the film inspiring and credible. Empowering young people to have a voice and advocate for change, ensures a measurable and sustainable difference can be made to improve the health outcomes for future generations.


Ernst & Young LLP | The EY Vantage Program

This submission is a case study of EY’s Vantage Program – a pioneering sustainability and international mobility initiative which promotes social and economic growth in emerging markets, and demonstrates our purpose of Building a Better Working World. During short-term secondments, EY managers work alongside high-impact entrepreneurs on projects tackling key business challenges, such as market expansion, financial management and operational efficiency. We recognise the potential entrepreneurs have in making a difference in their local communities and support them by offering practical support on a project-by-project basis to grow their businesses and subsequent wider impact.

The film shows our engagement with Yappo, a mobile payment app for students in South Africa, transforming the way they pay, receive and manage money, as well as opening up access to financial services to a wider community.

The film demonstrates the strength of collaboration and shared value between large and small organisations. The honesty in the discussions between the EY Vantage Advisor and Entrepreneur highlight the benefits gained from a personal and business perspective. Coupled with the imagery of the city and working environment, this successfully captures the audience’s attention.

It further depicts the journey of all participants, highlighting the value of working within diverse environments and teams, and the challenges both sides faced during the project and what they learnt from each other. As the film progresses, the conversation and imagery focus on value and success, creating a positive and inspiring film. Its success, above all, lies in the subtly and non-commercial cinematography and script.


CRED Jewellery | The Story Of A Wedding Ring

Being able to trace a wedding ring from the brides finger all the way back to the mine is remarkable, and quite unusual. This transparency opens up the whole supply chain to scrutiny, ensuring fair wages and safe working practices for miners, plus the added value of peace of mind for couples seeking the ultimate symbol of love.

Around the world over 15 million Artisanal and Small scale Miners (ASMs) are supporting their families and communities on very little income. The jewellery industry is shrouded in mystery, hiding the dirty reality of the origin of the sparkle & dazzle from the consumers.

Cred Jewellery are the pioneers of the ethical supply chain in jewellery, and the founders of the standards which formed the basis of Fairtrade gold. Our miners receive the Fairtrade premium, which is used to invest directly into the community for health, education or social wellbeing. As well as only using certified Fairtrade precious metals, we are the only jeweller disclosing the origin and content of our jewellery.


AstraZeneca | Young Health Programme Portugal Youth Consultation

Young Health Programme (YHP) is AstraZeneca’s global community investment programme. It aims to positively impact the health of adolescents in marginalised communities worldwide through research and evidence generation, advocacy and on-the-ground programmes which increasingly focus on non-communicable disease (NCDs) prevention.

YHP is contributing in a number of ways to the development of a new Chapter on NCD prevention for UNICEF’s major publication Facts for Life. As one of four YHP programmes participating in the consultation process, young people from YHP Portugal (delivered by NGO partner Medicos do Mundo), decided to report back in their own way, visualising this through film.

The film brings the consultation process to life, engaging young people at every level and driving home the importance of healthy lifestyle and eating. It also demonstrates best practice in conducting meaningful youth consultation, a core belief of YHP, and what methods can be used to capture their imagination and encourage participation and interaction in the sessions.

The film was presented at a UNICEF/ NCD Child side event to the recent United Nations General Assembly, in New York, inspiring over 100 international delegates to ensure the voice of youth is heard in the development of key youth resources.


Tusoco Viajes | Beyond The Landscape, The People

The Bolivian Solidarity Community Tourism Network is a non-profit organization that seeks to promote community-based tourism under principles of solidarity and sustainability, our partners are indigenous communities in Bolivia have been organized to provide quality tourism services and share its rich natural and cultural heritage with visitors through a real encounter that respects and values of local people, traditions, values and biodiversity. The meeting of the local offer to tourists is achieve through its own tourism company operating 100% community, TUSOCO TRAVEL.

In the video, we present a Community of the Aymara culture, who lives at 4000 m.a.s.l., with people engaged in farming and raising llamas, now improved their income by producing and selling handicrafts cultural identity and community tourism, its offer is a genuine coexistence with the community in which they show their culture in all colors and icons in their tissues present in llama and alpaca fiber in their music and songs that tells his story and his relationship with mother earth.


Golder Associates | Golder Trust For Orphans

As Golder employees we enjoy the privilege of working fascinating projects in every corner of the globe. However, with this privilege comes responsibility and eleven years ago Golder’s global President made a decision to start giving back and the Golder Trust for Orphans was born. Our goal is to improve the lives of children and families in Africa who have been orphaned or displaced by the AIDS pandemic. We are completely employee funded, primarily via payroll donations, office and regional fundraising activities – recently 10 of our senior Principals took a pie in the face to raise money – and client sponsorship.

Our global organisation funds the GTO operating costs so 100% of our employee dollars go to the non-governmental organisation (NGOs) we support. To date, we have raised almost three million dollars US and we current support 14 NGOs in 7 countries. Our people feel connected, inspired and proud – the GTO is THEIR charity. The GTO is one of the truly unique things about Golder, and while our work improves the lives of vulnerable children, it also enriches us as individuals and a company.


The Robes Project | No Place To Live

The Robes Project was set up in January 2007 in conjunction with churches across Lambeth and Southwark including Southwark Cathedral. It was a response to a growing number of homeless people in south London. The charity supports the homeless by running a temporary night shelter between November and April of each year and hosts between 15 and 20 guests each night. A stay at the night shelter affords people the stability and time from which to make contact with services such as health and legal services, to look for education and employment opportunities and find more permanent accommodation.

Money is raised each November with a Sleepout in the Cathedral Yard by members of the public and last year raised £82,000 for the charity. We receive donations and support from businesses such as Hayes Macintyre. We have also had celebrity support from Jo Brand and our film about Robes: \”No Place to Live\” (directed by Julian Emens) was kindly narrated by Martin Clunes.


 

Inspiring Good Governance


 

Chepu Adventures | Where Sustainability More Than A Way Of Living Is A Passion

tve Global Sustainability Film Awards 2014 entry from Chepu Adventures


Chepu Adventures | Where Nature Is Our Main Supplier

tve Global Sustainability Film Awards 2014 entry from Chepu Adventures


Westpac | 100 Reasons

Over many years Westpac Group has developed a strong track record in sustainability and carbon solutions. We take our sustainability credentials very seriously. Our focus has always been on anticipating emerging environmental challenges for our business and our customers and developing practical products and services in response.

We believe in maintaining the highest level of governance and ethical practice whilst protecting the interests of our stakeholders. At the heart of our everyday activities is a rich set of business principles and commitments that ensure transparency, fair dealing and the protection of stakeholder interests.

This video communicates our a long history of developing solutions, working with customers and embracing new ways of doing business in response to important issues we believe will affect the sustainability of our business and stakeholders, including employees, customers, suppliers, communities and the environment. We aim to inspire other companies to follow in our path.


BAM Nuttall | What Is Sustainability

BAM Nuttall is 150 years old in 2015. We have always been focused on delivering safe, high quality projects on time and within budget. We always look to reduce waste, increase efficiency and add value in everything we do. The reuse, recycling and recovery of many materials is common practice across the company. We have a reputation for excellence and have the confidence and capability to rise to the most demanding of technical challenges. We regularly recommend innovative alternatives that are adopted by our customers and we are proud of our long history with many supply chain partners.

Sustainability, the ‘S’ word itself is a barrier and can put people off engaging with it. It is fundamentally about the ability to keep going and the resilience and foresight required to do so. It is about life and relationships, both of which are completely interconnected and interdependent. We recognise that sustainability creates value for our business and improves the efficiency of our operations. The goal has to be, to simultaneously achieve environmental, social and economic excellence and prosperity for all in everything that we do. So, it’s not easy, in fact it is very hard.


Seeding Time Pictures | Atlas Pearls And Perfume

Atlas Pearls and Perfumes takes its role as an Environmental Custodian of the Ocean (ECO) seriously and operates harmoniously both with nature and local communities.

We actively engage in marine preservation projects like coral reef and mangrove rehabilitation, and shore erosion as well as help organise ocean patrols to eradicate fish bombing and poisoning on reefs.

In 2007, Atlas was involved in the building of conservation ship, \”The Kalabia\” which operates in Raja Ampat, now considered to be the most bio-diverse marine habitat left on the planet and an area which surrounds our Alyui project.

Atlas makes a practical contribution to local communities and is a major employer in some of South East Asia’s most remote regions. Over 80% of pearl farm staff are sourced from the surrounding villages.

This is a continuous program of work for Atlas but a few initiatives established to date include:

  • Building and refurbishing schools in Bali and Papua.
  • Establishing scholarship programmes for under-privileged children.
  • Offering transport to the remote islands of Raja Ampat from the Sorong mainland.
  • Health services including access to a fully equipped medical clinic in Alyui Bay.
  • Technology knowledge transfer and training programmes for Indonesian Nationals particularly in hatchery and pearl seeding.
  • The development of a recycling venture with half the proceeds going to a staff loan facility.


 

Environment


BASF | Sustainability At BASF Crop Protection Europe

Crop protection is an integral part of modern farming. BASF, as provider of crop protection products and solutions, has a responsibility that reaches beyond the efficacy of the products to comprise economic, environmental and societal impacts. Based on this commitment, we work in many areas of agribusiness. Examples include the Farm Network – a BASF partnership – in Europe, which works on a well-balanced interaction of modern agriculture and biodiversity as well as our product stewardship measures and our evaluation tool AgBalance™.

This brief video provides an overview about these activities. The featured topics are only a small part of our efforts. We invite you to gather more detailed information on our website – http://www.agro.basf.com.

In 2013, the video was originally produced for internal communication – to inform and inspire our colleagues to support our activities for sustainable farming even more. As it was ready and distributed, many colleagues wished to share it with their customers and partners. We adapted it a little and provide it now also, e.g., via YouTube.

The video exists already in German, Turkish and English. The translation to French, Italian, Dutch and other languages are in preparation.


BASF SE | The New Source: Desalination In Cyprus

What does BASF have to do with drinking water in Cyprus?

The answer may surprise you: Today it is possible to cover 100% of the total demand in drinking water of Cyprus through water desalination plants. BASF continuously puts a lot of research into improving the membrane material of which the BASF subsidiary ingel in Greifenberg, Bavaria manufactures ultrafiltration membranes for the plants. Through these membranes salt water can be forced under high pressure, leaving the salt behind.

Not long ago drinking water was a scare commodity in Cyprus, due to drought, intensive agriculture and a growing tourist industry. The desalination plants of today help to relieve the island’s population of this significant hardship.

BASF SE thought about what constitutes a good film, how it generates credibility and audience awareness. The first results of this examination were included in the new movie, giving attention to the BASF innovation issue water solution for seawater desalination.

We do not focus on the scientific aspect, how ultrafiltration works. Instead the movie shows a new way of storytelling, emotional, documentary, people who are actually concerned by water scarcity telling the story in their own words.


 

HSBC GLOBAL | Investing In Lives And Livelihoods

Our films were broadcast on HSBC NOW; an internal TV programme and staff website, featuring stories from around the world and across the business, designed to inspire HSBC employees around the world with stories from their colleagues.


HSBC NOW (LAM) | Cutting The Commute: Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) In Mexico City

Our story about a new Bus Rapid Transit system in Mexico shows HSBC helping a grid-locked city to ease traffic and pollution by financing modern, high speed bus networks, through the eyes of an employee and Metrobus commuter.


 

Thames Tideway Tunnel Limited | You Poo Too

Did you know, last year 55 million tonnes of raw sewage was flushed straight in to the River Thames? Probably not, and that’s the problem the Thames Tideway Tunnel project faced when they were trying to educate Londoners on why the new ‘super sewer’ was so urgently needed.

The aim was to create a film that shocked people in to understanding why we need to clean up London’s river, but it needed to engage and have a call to action, rather than just disgusting people.

Sewage is a very unglamorous topic, and not one people like to talk about if they can avoid it. But there is a huge problem in London, and we needed Londoners to get passionate about fixing that problem.

The You Poo Too film aims to inspire watchers to get behind the need to stop treating London’s river like a toilet. Its aim is to start a conversation, especially amongst younger people.

This film aims to show the passion for investing in the future, for a sustainable solution to an archaic problem, and to inspire young people in to taking on careers in engineering that can make a real difference.


BAM Nuttall | Bringing Engineering To Life

BAM Nuttall is 150 years old in 2015. Wwe have an unrivalled reputation for delivering complex and challenging projects and have played a significant role in shaping the infrastructure of modern Britain. We operate principally in the rail, road, maritime and energy sectors and offer our customers a full range of civil engineering and design services. With the financial backing and the expertise of our parent company, Royal BAM Group, BAM Nuttall is well placed to deliver a myriad of projects throughout the UK supported by fellow BAM Group companies, construction experts BAM Construct and BAM PPP specialising in public private partnerships.

Civil engineering delivers the infrastructure and basic services that allow modern communities and global society to function. It provides the critical interface between human society and the environment by protecting us from the environment and, in turn, protecting the environment from us and our wastes (we are the only species that produces ‘waste’). Civil engineering projects are never neutral. Every site has a role to play and will have positive or negative impacts on the surroundings, the local community and in the world. What society decides to build has far-reaching consequences and can directly influence future thinking and behaviour. It is a highly creative process and the industry is full of passionate and enthusiastic people who want to make a positive difference in the world.

Our Purpose is ‘To create a sustainable future by bringing engineering to life’. This describes the reason why we do what we do and what we wish to make happen.


Psaros | Leading By Doing

Psaros is an award winning, Western Australian property development company leading in the construction of environmentally sustainable apartment buildings. With a 30-year track record in construction of various buildings, Psaros has delivered over 700 apartments in Perth, with an additional 350 new apartments under construction and a further 650 in various stages of approval. Psaros have an in-house team of specialists spanning the whole development process to provide a complete turnkey solution. Being both developer and builder gives Psaros the advantage of being able to set new industry standards in environmental performance by integrating sustainability initiatives and technologies into their apartments. Psaros have pioneered Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) for multi-residential buildings in Australia, enabling their team to understand performance-based design choices and improve outcomes for the end users and for the planet.

All of their buildings are assessed during the design process to identify their full life cycle impacts, cradle to grave, including the embodied energy through to operational energy for the life of each building. They collaborate with eTool®, a global leader in Life Cycle Design to improve the performance, decide on sustainability infrastructure to be incorporated into the building and deliver better quality, future-proofed, affordable and more comfortable places to live.

Over the life cycle of their LCA eTool® certified developments to date, the expected carbon savings is equivalent to a massive 1,442,387 native trees planets or 32,486 houses powered for a year or 66,777 cars off the road for a year.


Cathay Pacific Airways Limited | Working Towards A Sustainable Future

Cathay Pacific is committed to sustainable development as it is the right thing to do for our planet, people and communities. In ‘Working towards a sustainable future’, we take you behind the scenes to show what we are doing both in the air and on the ground to fly you in a more responsible way.

The video features interviews with senior Cathay Pacific executives and highlights our key environmental and community initiatives:

  • Modernising our fleet with fuel-efficient new aircraft;
  • Utilising optimised routes to minimise flying time and fuel consumption;
  • Offering a carbon offset programme;
  • Separating and recycling in-flight waste;
  • Incorporating green building standards into our airport lounges;
  • Investing into a biofuel developer pioneering in the conversion of municipal solid waste into jet fuel;
  • Organising volunteer activities through our corporate volunteer team; and
  • Encouraging passengers to participate in UNICEF’s Change for Good programme.

With our first sustainability video, we hope our passengers will be interested to see what we are doing in this area and become more involved in our shared journey towards sustainable aviation.


Sontay Ltd | Taking Control Of Sustainability

Sontay is a market leading manufacturer and supplier of control peripherals, such as sensors and switches, into the building controls industry and is celebrating 40 years in business during 2014. The company is constantly researching and investing in its product range to ensure it offers the most cost effective and efficient technologies to aid installation as well as offer energy savings to the building occupier.

To demonstrate our commitment to improving sustainability through better control, we provide industry application training. The team has gained a vast amount of knowledge in products, applications and technical issues and are in the ideal position to pass this information on to the industry. The Sontay Academy is a new initiative set up to build on the foundation we already have in educating people in our field. The aim is to empower people to make the right choices when selecting the control system for their project. Our training courses improve understanding on the application of sensing and control products for optimum energy savings and occupancy comfort.

Through continual development of our products and an emphasis on educating people on how sustainability can be achieved through better control, we believe we can make a real difference.


Snowcarbon Ltd | How Children Make The Journey Part Of The Holiday

Snowcarbon is an independent website that helps skiers and snowboarders travel from the UK to the Alps by train. Approximately 73% of a typical ski resort’s carbon emissions result solely from the transport of holidaymakers to the resort (source: ADEME/Mountain Riders, 2007). However, travelling by train instead of flying or driving decreases emissions pollution by around 75–90% (source: Best Foot Forward, 2010). Importantly too, rail travel creates an experience where people connect, interact, and see the countries that they are travelling through.

To inspire more skiers to travel by rail instead of flying or driving, Snowcarbon has created a film that shows how children make the train part of the holiday, through interviews with children found solely on location on a journey to the Alps. Snowcarbon is giving this film to ski tour operators and Alpine accommodation providers, so that these companies can each proactively communicate the idea of social, enjoyable, sustainable travel to their clients.

Snowcarbon is also using the film as part of a pioneering initiative to help train companies and ski tour operators work more effectively together – to make it easier for skiers to travel sustainably to a wide range of ski destinations.


Global Generation | Constructing Environmental Sustainability

This film portrays innovative practice for embedding a sustainable ethos into the hearts and minds of construction workers. Education charity Global Generation leads a joint training venture for construction companies Kier and Bam Nuttall.

The film charts the journey of 12 employees from the construction industry in which they connect to where we have come from and where we are going. Participants explore the Neolithic landscape of the Wiltshire downs, sometimes in silence and sometimes looking for the resources needed to survive … materials for safety, food and shelter.

They consider the intricate bio-diversity on a planet that was once a ball of molten lava. The pace of the narrative and the powerful words of the participants encourage the audience and all of us, to take a step back from the relentless drive of doing so we can experience our part in an ancient, connected and creative story.

In a gentle but compelling way the film is a tale of transformation; of individuals who left the city behind to become a team and returned to the middle of one of the largest construction sites in Europe, inspired with the belief that the construction industry can become an army for good.