On February 1st 2018 PMP won Most Sustainable Supplier at the Nestlé Awards - but what does it mean to be recognised as a sustainable business?
In an increasingly competitive, fast-paced and pressured industry PMP, and the wider Cordant Group, have acknowledged the importance of adopting and implementing responsible business processes, aligned to its mission as a social enterprise, and in response to the government led Taylor Review.
The Taylor Review states that employability is less about securing a first job, but about “being able to maintain employment and obtain new employment where required”, and summarises employability as the “capability to move self sufficiently with the labour market to realise potential through sustainable employment”.
At PMP, we are committed to being socially, economically and environmentally responsible, here are some of the ways businesses can be more sustainable;
Operate Consciously - ensure your supply chain operates with the same ethical standards and collaborate with clients who care about a company's environmental footprint.
At PMP we have audited our supply chain and embed an ideal customer criteria across our client base. This ensures that stakeholders and businesses associated with PMP are aligned to our mission, vision and values.
Value and efficiency - offer existing and potential clients ‘more for their money’ and continually suggest ways to improve efficiencies.
As part of a multi-service Group, we are able to offer a fully integrated services, managing both people and property in a single, added value package. PMP are also mutually invested in the development of accounts - making recommendation for process improvement and ensuring 100% productivity through the implementation of bespoke solutions.
Leadership - In line with government regulations and policy, more and more companies are now adopting sustainable development strategies in their businesses.
Our Working Green strategy targets energy and carbon use, water consumption and waste generation with minimisation and reuse initiatives. PMP currently employs working practices which have a minimum environmental impact and are committed to continuously improving our procedures and systems.
Employee Engagement and Retention - people want to work for, are proud to be associated with, companies where they feel valued, recognised and part of a team. Sustainability in the organisational culture helps you attract and retain employees.
PMP believe in reward and recognition and have schemes in place to ensure our people are celebrated; Unsung Hero awards, employee of the month, performance bonuses. We also have multiple opportunities for colleagues to progress within the business, through training and career path mapping. We’ve launched Project RRR: Retain, Retrain, Redeploy, which through training opportunities, utilisation of the apprenticeship levy and redeployment to other sites or roles, ensures candidates remain in employment after their temporary contract ends.
PMP are part of the Cordant Group - our Groups sustainable activity includes;
The formation of a sustainability committee chaired by the Group SHEQ Director and representatives from across the business
Consistent reinforcement of Cordant’s ‘Working Green’ campaign to provide ongoing information on ways to save energy, reduce waste and prevent pollution
Designing procedures to reduce paper usage, wastage and storage
The use of registered companies to handle the recycling of items such as; printer cartridges, toners, paper, discarded uniforms, waste electrical equipment
The purchase, and regular servicing of fuel efficient fleet vehicles
Use of environmentally friendly products through suppliers who demonstrate a high level of environmental concern
Providing a carbon footprint measurement for the Company and establishing a CO2 reduction program
Using the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme results to promote Carbon reduction