Greencare H2O has been ranked 19th in The Sunday Times’ Best Green Companies List 2008. Greencare received the accolade for its operations, which provide eco-friendly plumbed-in water coolersto businesses & restaurants as an alternative to the environmentally damaging bottled water industry.
Greencare competed across five categories, against companies of all sizes and environmental impacts to win its place on the coveted Sunday Times Green List. Adam Warren, Managing Director, Greencare, commented, “We are thrilled to have been recognised as one of the UK’s top green companies. The preservation of the environment is critical to the services we offer our customers, but it’s fantastic that are our own green policies are also recognised for genuinely making a difference to the environment.”
Richard Caseby, managing editor of The Sunday Times, said: “The 50 companies in this survey are all pioneers – enterprising, enlightened and fizzing with new ideas. All have a common sense of purpose about their corporate social responsibility. This is the first environmental awards to have both a robust methodology to measure environmental performance and a survey of each company’s staff to find out whether the green sheen is more than skin-deep.”
The Sunday Times’ survey assessed all aspects of Greencare’s environmental performance, including its environmental management policies, training and internal consultation, energy consumption, waste reduction and recycling. Amongst the criteria, Greencare was most highly ranked for meeting the Environmental Management Standard, IS0 14001; for publicly auditing & reporting its green credentials; for calculating and reducing its carbon footprint; for providing employees with environmental training; and for its overall commitment to recycling.
As well as measuring corporate policies & practices, the Best Green Companies survey also measured the involvement of employees in delivering them. Greencare ranked particularly highly in the employees survey, with a green score of 82%, placing the company third in the country in the overall list. Greencare staff gave the company a 94% green score for placing environmental commitments at the heart of the company and 92% for always doing what’s best for the environment.
The surveys were devised by The Sunday Times in collaboration with Bureau Veritas, a leading international firm of environmental consultants and Munro Global, the respected data analysis company. Every company making the final 50 was subjected to rigorous data verification to ensure the authenticity of every aspect of their environmental performance. Will Ullstein, director of innovation at Munro Global said: “This survey offers an unparalleled insight into how deeply environmental issues have permeated a company’s structure. It provides a benchmark for corporate environmental performance as well as identifying what staff are thinking and what action they are taking on the shop floor.
The filtered water which Greencare coolers provide produces around 5,000 times less C02 than the production, transport and disposal of bottled water. Britons currently consume around 1.5 billion litres of water each year, from PET bottles – a plastic which takes up to 450 years to biodegrade. By encouraging business customers to reuse cups and offering restaurants reusable, personalised water bottles, Greencare is aiming to limit the contribution to landfill caused by the bottled water industry.
About Greencare H20
Greencare H2O (greencareh2o.com) enables organisations to purify, chill and dispense tap water through mains-fed water coolers and encourage a higher level of water consumption while reducing costs and carbon emissions. Founded in 2004, the company is one of the leading providers of mains-fed water coolers in Europe. Greencare H20’s operations conform to the internationally recognised environmental standard ISO4001. The company also offsets its unavoidable CO2 emissions through a renewable energy project in India through the Carbon Neutral Company.