WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff

Big tick award for climate change


Source: WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff

We are delighted to announce that we have retained our Big Tick status for Climate Change in the Business in the Community's (BITC's) 2010 Awards for Excellence. We achieved the Big Tick in 2009 where we were described as '... making a significant and positive contribution to climate change, shaping strategy and growing in influence...they are leaders in this field...and they are influential in climate change across a broad range of businesses and geographies. The initiatives...appear impressively scalable as well as being transformational.'

We have demonstrated that we continue to deliver a positive impact in tackling climate change, resulting in our reaccreditation. This award builds on our success earlier in the year, having won the 2010 Environmental Advisor of the Year Award.

The Big Tick Awards for Excellence are the UK's most influential, independent, peer assessed corporate responsibility awards. The awards reward businesses who demonstrate the positive impact they have had on society, and also the business benefits created by ensuring that being responsible is integral to their business model.

Stuart McLachlan, who sits on the Board for WSP Group plc and is responsible for sustainability, said: 'Our submission for this award was based on three core areas; the work we do to help our clients be more sustainable, what we do to manage our own impacts, and our contributions to sustainability in the wider community. Our work with clients alone helped to save approximately 755,000 tonnes of CO2. And our success in launching the world's first personal carbon tracking scheme (PACT) for staff has gone from strength-to-strength. 800 of our staff are signed up already and 10 organisations so far have joined the scheme through our PACT Pioneers Group, comprised of a mixture of Local Authorities and private businesses such as Cisco. Our work on tackling climate change and helping businesses to be sustainable is a huge part of what we do, sustainability considerations are embedded into all of our activities. I am delighted to have this recognised through our 2010 reaccreditation.'

Our submission for the Big Tick award featured activities including:

  • Launching and building on the world's first Personal Carbon Tracking Scheme, and extending this to other organisations. You can find out more about this at
  • Launching a dedicated Sustainability Intranet and Sustainability e-Learning course for our staff for improved knowledge management solutions
  • Having representatives on the BITC Environmental Leadership Team and Environmental Practitioners Group to continue to help shape strategy and thinking for the wider industry
  • Undertaking and publishing one of the most in-depth studies into attitudes to living in a low carbon economy in the UK, as well as running free seminars, webinars and publishing white papers to help inform the industry
  • Launching new services aligned with new technologies, approaches and legislation, including; services around Feed-In-Tariffs to enable businesses to earn from renewables; developing new approaches to sustainable remediation to help businesses deliver developments sustainably; and services and technology solutions to extract value beyond compliance for the Carbon Reduction Energy Efficiency Scheme
  • Working on some fantastic projects, including; the ACI Airport Carbon Accreditation scheme for European airports; Diageo's new biomass to energy and water recovery plant; AFC Energy's new 'SuperGreen' power station which will generate electricity from by-product hydrogen; and working with the University of Cambridge Programme for Sustainable Leadership, to deliver a sustainability leadership programme for board and senior leaders in the construction and property sector

Stephen Howard, Chief Executive, Business in the Community said: 'I congratulate WSP on achieving their reaccreditation. It has been a difficult 12 months for business, but this is a sign that companies are not losing their focus on making a positive impact on people and planet, and are prepared to lead by example. That's what Business in the Community's Awards for Excellence are all about - celebrating responsible business, the leadership that makes it happen, and the benefits to the business and society of doing so. Consumers need to see that businesses are proactive, visible and engaged on the big issues of the day, as WSP has demonstrated.'

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