Planet Mark-certified RWHA and sustainability

Aug 18, 2016 | News

By <a href="" target="_self">George Catchpole</a>

By George Catchpole

Marketing Manager

The Royal Warrant Holders Association receives The Planet Mark™ certificate at sustainability seminar described by its members as “inspiring” and “thought-provoking”.

The Planet Mark CEO Steve Malkin, the RWHA team with Sustainability Champion James Rogerson (centre)

The RWHA’s ‘Sustainability: Rethinking Business’ Seminar, held in central London last week, challenged its members to think differently about business sustainability. The event also saw the RWHA officially presented with The Planet Mark™ certificate.

‘Sustainability: Rethinking Business’ was attended by dozens of Royal Warrant holding companies, both large and small and across diverse sectors. Royal Warrants of Appointment are granted to companies which supply goods or services to the Royal Household. Its origins date back to the middle ages.

The keynote speaker at the seminar was Eden Project co-founder Sir Tim Smit who warned against a “them and us” approach to sustainability and called on members to seize the opportunity. “We’re in a moment of history,” he said.

Royal Warrant holding companies spoke about their sustainability journeys, including Unilever UK & Ireland, which outlined its ‘Sustainable Living Plan’, an ambitious programme launched in 2010 to grow the business whilst decoupling its environmental footprint and increasing its positive social impact.

There was an opportunity to hear more practical sustainability stories too. Planet Mark-certified Bidvest Foodservice spoke about the company’s fast-growing champion’s programme, which is embedding sustainability at every level of the business. Fellow Royal Warrant holders Delphis Eco (environmentally friendly cleaning products) and Charles Farris Ltd (chandlers) provided the small business angle on green innovation and sustainability achievements and business transformation, respectively.

Steve Malkin, CEO of The Planet Mark™ and chair of the event, described the seminar as “wonderful”, adding, “there was some real practical advice and inspiration for change.”

Following the seminar, Deborah Pocock, director of Development, said the RWHA would focus on putting together a sustainability programme to ensure it met its commitment through The Planet Mark™ to reduce its carbon footprint by at least 2.5% over the next year.

“We are so proud to have been awarded The Planet Mark™ sustainability certificate,” Deborah said.

Picture: Steve Malkin (left) presenting RWHA Sustainability Champion James Rogerson (centre) and the rest of the team The Planet Mark™ certificate.