The Selwyn Responsible Business Awards began in earnest in early June 2019. These are run by Lincoln Envirotown with the generous support of the Selwyn District Council.
Much work has been done on the online survey to make it a streamlined and enjoyable process and judging by the number of businesses that have already completed it, this goal has been achieved. It is aimed at providing a thought provoking exercise which prompts businesses to examine the environmental and community engagement aspects of their practices. Coordinators have been appointed to visit those businesses who opt to undertake the process, to assess and discuss their surveys and grant them an appropriate award.
Awards will be presented at a big event in the latter part of October. This is always an enjoyable evening and a celebration of the achievements of all our Selwyn businesses. Businesses receive certificates and “digital badges” for their media pages and stationery.
The chance to take part in this scheme is offered to all Selwyn businesses every two years. Over the years more than 150 businesses have participated and many improve on their award in successive periods as they implement new initiatives. This has been a very pleasing aspect of the project.
Businesses off er many reasons for entering, including:
• It is important to see where they are at in terms of environmental practices
• It is becoming more important to customers so businesses must show that they are concerned about these important issues.
• It is good to have an outside opinion regarding what more can be done.
• Some environmentally friendly initiatives save money.
Good Advice for Businesses
We hosted a very successful meeting of businesses who have shown an interest in a Selwyn Responsible Business Network in Rolleston on the last day of October.
People from local businesses were invited to a social occasion and treated to two high calibre presentations which examined concepts of sustainable practices relating to Power Use and Waste Management. Many of the ideas discussed looked at the cost cutting possibilities that result from adopting more sustainable practices, while others emphasised general environmental concerns.
Richard Briggs the Programme Partnership Manager of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) surprised the audience with the statistic that businesses typically waste up to 20% of the energy they use; most solutions to this problem are low or no cost solutions which look to making current processes more efficient before looking at any replacement of infrastructure.
He strongly suggested that businesses should start looking at the possibilities of making savings by undertaking an energy audit to really assess how much power is being used and where. Details of funding bodies that could help with long term solutions were also shared.
The second presentation by Andrew Boyd the Waste and Recycling Manager at Selwyn District Council gave some real insight into the recycling situation around the world and its impact on Selwyn. He explained how the old model of using resources to produce the things we need, and then discarding them as waste, cannot be sustained.
The concept of the Circular Economy whereby resources are used in production and then reused was examined with numerous examples cited. Andrew also advised on good recycling habits and gave an insight into the difficulties of the processes.
The evening was an enjoyable occasion and people took plenty of useful information away with them.
We would like to thank the Selwyn District Council for supporting this initiative.
Click the link for more information about the network and to join the conversation – Selwyn Responsible Business Network