Churchill Service Solutions
Back in February we announced our partnership with PCCS to deliver digital transformation throughout our businesses: Mo:dus enables abetter quality of work life for our people and because it’s digital saves thousands of reams of paper month after month.
In February we celebrated the i-FM technology award win in the People in Technology category for Cati our SaaS (software as a service) platform that digitises paper-based compliance tasks. It allows users to streamline all things building compliance, providing a real-time status of each asset and notifying users when upcoming inspections are due.
This year we were the first cleaning company to dramatically reduce its single-use plastic consumption by introducing a range of recyclable cleaning products. We are on track to remove 100,000 single-use plastic containers from our operations in the first year.
In May, Radish, our boutique catering business, committed to all Radish packaging for grab-and-go sandwiches and salad boxes being fully biodegradable. The UK sandwich industry is a behemoth (some estimates say that as a nation we consume 11.5 billion sandwiches a year!), so to make our packaging biodegradable was a key milestone for us.
Another first for Churchill! We offered our head office teams the chance to test drive electric vehicles as part of our research in to the best option for changing our fleet to electric in the future.
We continue to support Surfers Against Sewage and are a SAS 250 club member for the second year running.
Radish commits to only buying cups from a UK-based supplier, which has reduced our carbon footprint as well as supporting the UK economy. The cups are 100 per cent recyclable, as is the printed packaging they come with. We’re on track to have used over 85,000 of the new cups by the end of the year.
We took part in the Autumn beach clean campaign for Surfers Against Sewage on the Isle of Dogs, a large peninsula bounded on three sides by a large meander in the River Thames in East London. The amount of rubbish brought in by the tide in the area had been noted by one of the managers that lived close by, so the team organised the clean during the low tide to ensure they could clear all the rubbish.
Our community team raised £850 for Shine by hosting afternoon tea across our regional offices. Shine is a charity that supports families affected by spina bifida and/or hydrocephalus. With the money raised we organised a day out for the families at ZSL London Zoo.
In July we were awarded the Sustainable Purchasing Award at the University of Leeds Sustainability Awards 2019. Our team was presented this award in partnership with the residential services team at the university for the implementation of the CraftexPurex system at the Charles Morris Halls site which provides accommodation for students.
In April one of our security officers was recognised by the British Security Industry Association as a regional winner in the Outstanding Act category. Mohammed, who works at a railway station, prevented a young man from taking his life, demonstrating empathy and exceptional professionalism in a moment of great despair.
In April our London team got together to do a canal clean of Camden Lock in support of Surfers Against Sewage. The canal tow path is open to pedestrians and cyclists, offering a direct route to Camden Lock from East London, Paddington and West London.
We’ve welcomed some fresh faces to our sustainability team in Andrew Broderick and Daniela Eigner; both bring with them a wealth of experience and passion for doing the right thing.
Radish says no to plastic by discontinuing all plastic straws and cutlery, replacing them with paper straws and wooden cutlery across all its contracts.
We’ve worked with Kids Against Plastic this year to help raise awareness of their Plastic Clever campaign amongst our primary school clients.
In October we launched our #MakeOneChange campaign to encourage our people and our clients to make a simple change in their lives that would make a difference to our planet, their community or their own wellbeing.
In October we hosted our first sustainability round table with our Portfolio clients, bringing together leaders in their sectors to discuss driving change and working together for greater impact.
Radish secured its third clean water project in Malawi in collaboration with Life Water UK and its partner charity drop4drop.
Another of our community team projects is from the North East and Yorkshire at the Coming Home Centre, based in the Pearce Institute of Govan, Glasgow.
On the last Wednesday of every month, as part of our ‘Wellbeing Wednesday’ initiative, our London team holds a yoga session that is open to everyone in the team.
Our most recent community team triumph - a 12-hour ping-pong-a-thon at Crown Gate Shopping Centre, Worcester raising £850 for Oscar Lee Saxelby’s life saving treatment. Oscar is a 5-year-old boy who has been fighting a rare type of leukaemia (T-Call Acute) and needs specialist treatment not available on the NHS.
Throughout the year we supported the national days in support of mental health and letting our people know it’s ok not to be ok, including; World mental health,suicide awareness, mental health awareness week, and Time to Change.
We worked in partnership with Get Set UK to support their candidate Phil in turning his life around and kickstarting his career with Churchill after 10 years of unemployment.
Our teams love to get involved, and in 2019 across our regions, have raised money for various charities by taking part in some crazy challenges: including our Meadowhall team doing Total Warrior raising £1,000 for Yorkshire Air Ambulance and the cleaning and security teams at Millennium Point completing the City Cycle Challenge.
Churchill Group understands that it is fundamental to embed sustainability within all major business decisions, to ensure the lasting positive effects are achieved. With our sustainability Charter, Churchill commits to continuously reduce our environmental impacts, to improve the well-being of our employees, to benefit the communities we work and live in, and to be at the forefront of innovation.
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