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PFM AWARDS: Meet the finalists in Partners in Sustainability

31 July 2015

Amaryllis with Telereal Trillium
Amaryllis with Telereal Trillium

There are six finalists in three partnerships in this year's Partners in Sustainability category. These include Amaryllis with Telereal Trillium; Carillion with British Gas; and the British Library with Emprise Services

Amaryllis with Telereal Trillium
In 2014, this partnership undertook a major Department for Work & Pensions programme for the Job Centre Plus sites, to introduce desks for jobseekers with computers and free internet access in anticipation of the new Universal Credit roll-out. Telereal Trillium and Amaryllis proposed an innovative solution for the digital roll-out programme by combining the remodelling and reuse of redundant desks from vacated DWP office buildings, and involving ‘social giving’ initiatives for the manufacture of additional requirements. Remanufacturing of the desk legs was undertaken through the work that Amaryllis does in its prison workshops, supporting the rehabilitation of ex-offenders and creating meaningful employment for offenders. Remexx – a newly formed ‘social enterprise’ business – was also commissioned to produce the frames. The project included repurposing of more than 2,500 redundant desks from the DWP estate, across 856 sites. To date, more than 4,500 desks have been installed at over 850 premises throughout the country in a seven-month period (June-December 14). Furthermore, removing the standalone job points and installing the new computers will deliver a savings of more than £2m a year to the DWP. Amaryllis and Telereal Trillium have worked in partnership on the Department for Work & Pensions Estate since 2000.

Carillion with British Gas
Carillion with British Gas

Carillion with British Gas
British Gas and Carillion have had a contractual relationship since 2005 (Carillion delivering FM to British Gas in MA & TFM capacity) that has developed into a true partnership through a mutual desire to work together towards shared goals and with shared values. The partnership is evidenced particularly when examining its application to sustainability and the environment. Through a joined up strategic approach, British Gas and Carillion have successfully delivered behavioural and technical environmental achievements supported by tangible evidence and recognised by industry awards. In line with business targets they’ve achieved carbon and waste reductions YOY, developed building management and sustainability strategies and influenced employee behaviours and awareness. British Gas and Carillion are committed to working in partnership with each another, but further choose to maximise the benefit from any initiative by working with key suppliers and service providers to achieve their goals too. Sustainability focused projects demonstrate the inclusion of strategic service partners and consultants working together. A culture of mutual dependency and collaborative working between British Gas and Carillion has enabled both to realise significant achievements in sustainability and the relationship continues to develop. Plans are currently in place to embark on the achievement of BS11000, an accreditation recently obtained by the wider Carillion business.

British Library with Emprise Services
The British Library holds copies of every publication produced in the UK and Ireland in a collection of 150m items that include books, maps, sound recordings, newspapers and postage stamps. It has two sites – at St Pancras in London and Boston Spa in Yorkshire. Emprise Services is a support services company specialising in cleaning, security and pest control with an excellent track record of delivering quality solutions. Emprise has a turnover of c80m and employs circa 5,000 people to deliver integrated support services to clients on a national basis. Emprise began working with the British Library in 2003. It provides outsourced FM services including a daily cleaning services, window and exterior cleaning, waste management and hygiene services. This entry focuses on two CSR initiatives that Emprise and the British Library have jointly introduced  since spring 2014 – one, the Children’s Scrap Project, a recycling scheme that helps reduce waste by redistributing recyclables to use in arts and crafts projects and the other, St Mungo’s Broadway, which helps homeless people get into work. Jeff Silver, Emprise contract manager, said: “My aim for the British Library has always been to look at innovative ways of doing things and the schemes with St Mungo’s Broadway and the Children’s Scrap Project demonstrate our commitment to the vulnerable and the local community and this wouldn't be possible without the support of our British Library partners.”

British Library with Emprise Services
British Library with Emprise Services


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