In 2009, Friends Provident signed the May Day pledge to work with suppliers to reduce their carbon emissions. This led to a partnership with our paper and print supplier, Williams Lea, to map and monitor the entire CO2 journey of our literature. Together, we carried out a marketing collateral audit. We evaluated the relative merits of recycled and certified paper and are likely to move to certified products, keeping the sourcing of recycled paper under review.
At our Bristol site, we have an active environmental management partnership, Workplace Solutions, composed of facilities managers, contractors and suppliers. The partnership is composting all food waste from the restaurant area, recycling garden waste, and conducting employee education campaigns. Our site managers in Bristol, Carillion, have both reduced waste and increased recycling.
We have also worked closely with Capita, one of our main outsourcing partners, on community and charitable initiatives. A large number of Capita employees participated in our fundraising and volunteering activities, while our employees supported Capita’s chosen charity for 2010.