About the awards
Environmental and social sustainability is a key focus here at BYES, and we like to ensure that we are inspiring our employees to explore this in exciting and innovative ways. With this in mind, we decided to launch the Sustainability Awards in 2016. The awards recognise and celebrate the teams in BYES who are implementing projects and solutions that bring about environmental and social benefits.
The internal event aims are to share best practice throughout our business, encouraging innovation and continuous improvement. It also allows us to support the company’s wider sustainability objectives, including protection of the environment, engaging with local communities and encouraging staff involvement.
In 2016, we were overwhelmed with incredible submissions for projects across the business. Ultimately, the winner of the award was a project launched in partnership with Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service. This is a community engagement initiative in conjunction with the Prince’s Trust, which mentors young people in the local community.
The success of this initiative was also recognised at the 2017 PFM awards. The Team were announced as finalists in the ‘Corporate Social Responsibility Partnership’ category. As a result of this success, we decided to make the awards an annual event, to promote and encourage the great work going on at BYES.
This year’s event
We would like to say a huge thank you to our employees for their amazing submissions this year. CEO of Bouygues Energies & Services UK, David Carr said: ‘The quality of submissions has been great….Thank you for all the contributions, I am very, very proud of you and you should be proud of the work you have done.
Following difficult decisions, we narrowed it down to 5 finalists. These finalists have launched initiatives on a variety of our projects including Peterborough Schools, Kent County Council Lighting Contract, and University of Arts London. The finalists were judged on the following five criteria: innovation and inspiration for change, environmental benefit, social benefit, business benefit and scalability.
The awards ceremony was a successful and enjoyable event with guest speaker Oliver Heath in attendance, discussing the science and style of biophilic design and the idea of improving health and wellbeing in the building environment in a natural way. Oliver is an industry recognised expert in the field of sustainable architectural and interior design.
Congratulations to Mike Clark, Aaron Yule and the rest of the team, the winners of this year’s Sustainability Awards. The audience attending the awards voted for the ‘Infrastructure Waste Management Target: Zero to Landfill by 2020’ project.
Mike Clark, Logistics Manager on the project said “We consistently strive to be as sustainable as possible and have worked hard to develop our strategy and recycle our waste this year. We are very proud to be recognised for this by the Sustainability Awards, and demonstrate to the wider company how we can all work together to achieve the ‘zero to landfill by 2020’ target.”
Due to this initiative, Mike’s team are now recycling 98.5% of their waste, an incredible achievement. What’s more, the team aim to get this to 100% in the future. Well done to everyone involved and we look forward to the 2018 awards.