Spotlight on CMS UK
In 2019, for the sixth time in a row, the CMS Facilities and Property Team won the Platinum Award at the Clean City Awards in London. We have held a sustainability workshop with our supply chain to share best practice. In addition, we are carrying out a tender process to identify environmentally friendly paper sources.
In addition, we also take part in the CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project) disclosure system, that enables companies, cities, states and regions to measure and manage their environmental impacts. For the third year running we scored in line with the industry average. We are also platinum members of the ‘Plastic free City’ Initiative for the City of London, pledging to reduce and minimize all ‘single use plastics’ within our business. We have made significant advances in our catering and hospitality areas by eliminating plastic containers and introducing Vegware (plant-based compostable foodservice packaging) as an alternative.
Green Challenge in Singapore
CMS Singapore office regularly holds a “Green Challenge” to promote the benefits of reusing, reducing and recycling. For their 2018 Green Challenge, staff collected and sold “pre-loved” clothing at an internal silent auction and an external flea market to encourage the reuse of old items. The money raised through the sale of these items was donated to a long-time charity partner of the Singapore office, Star Shelter - a crisis centre in Singapore for women and children who are victims of domestic violence.
Going Green in Budapest
CMS Budapest’s “Going Green Project” aims to decrease their carbon footprint, consumption and raise environmental awareness. Some of the ways they are changing their habits include launching a print awareness campaign, setting up a water purifier system to reduce their plastic bottle use, increasing their bike storage and introducing an e-car charger on site.
- Beach clean-up with the Emirates Marine Environmental Group: CMS Dubai took part in a beach clean-up at the Jebel Ali Marine Sanctuary, home of the Emirates Marine Environmental Group. EMEG is a non-profit organisation, established in 1996 under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Manal bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and under the leadership of Ali Saqar Sultan Al Suweidi. As the first marine environmental group in the UAE, EMEG provides services and solutions for a variety of projects focusing on a range of marine and terrestrial environmental issues from around the country. The CMS team managed to clear over 200kgs of plastic waste from the beach at the clean-up event!
- Environmental volunteering in London: Through our partnership with ELBA, East London Business Alliance, we regularly organise environmental volunteering events for our staff. For example, our new trainee intake spent a day outdoors volunteering at Core Landscapes, a charity that transforms vacant land in deprived urban areas into hubs for community engagement through horticulture, design, workshops, training and events – improving physical health, mental wellbeing and community cohesion.