Empowering our people with the right knowledge is critical to the success of our ‘Force for Good’ ESG strategy. It also allows us to effectively partner with our customers who have ambitious ESG strategies, including waste and recycling targets and goals.
On Wednesday 16th May 2023, National ESG Manager Nina Collinson and waste management expert Belinda Chellingworth, facilitated a training session to deepen the understanding of our operations management teams across security, cleaning, and maintenance, of best practice waste management and recycling principles. The training provided important knowledge and understanding to ensure all our teams are best placed to offer insights and guidance to our customers, when supporting the achievements of their own waste management targets and goals.
The training coincided with the launch of our Waste Management Guidelines which conveys our acute focus on increasing recycling rates and reducing the volume of waste that ends up as landfill, through our daily operations. As a business we have made the commitment to sourcing products with recycled content and reusing and repairing our ‘tools of trade’ as much as possible. By doing this we are effectively reducing our demand for new products.
We have also adopted the waste hierarchy to manage waste in a more sustainable and lower impact way. These goals are articulated in our Environmental Policy which systematically outlines our approach to maintaining ongoing compliance with environmental legislation and regulation and ensures our waste management initiatives are consistent with ISO14001:2015 standards.
Ongoing training for our people
Different levels of training will continue to be provided to our people depending on their role, either face to face with waste experts or via our learning management platform Glad Academy. This approach ensures that everyone at Glad Group has a sound understanding of great waste management practices, with a number of operational staff being trained to the level of NABERS Waste assessor.
“Waste is a large, complex and global issue and creating a circular economy is a critical component of business and environmental strategies. We are focused on supporting our customers’ diversion of waste from landfill by increasing recycling rates and reducing overall waste. We have also developed comprehensive guidelines that will help us to adopt great waste management practice consistently for our customers and ensure that we all think before we buy”. – Nina Collinson, National ESG Manager
What is NABERS?
NABERS (which stands for the National Australian Built Environment Rating System) provides simple, reliable, and comparable sustainability measurements that help accurately rate the environmental performance of a building while identifying areas for cost savings and future improvements.