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Helping Heartwood Forest To Grow

February 6th, 2017 by Alison McKinney | No Responses

We’re a very passionate company. We’re passionate about what we do, we’re passionate about the environment, and we’re passionate about trees.

So, in a bid to help offset our carbon footprint, we’re going to help Heartwood Forest grow.

Heartwood Forest is an ancient woodland, situated near St Albans, and is owned and managed by The Woodland Trust. It is in fact made up of four woods, Langley Wood, Pismire Spring, Well and Pudler’s Wood and Round Wood amounting to a whopping 858 acre site. Once fully planted, it will become England’s largest continuous native forest.

To date, 500,000 trees have been planted by hard working volunteers, and the aim is to complete the planting over the next few years with an additional 100,000 trees.

Heartwood is not only made up of newly planted trees. There are pockets of ancient woodland with carpets of beautiful bluebells as well as other wildflower meadows. There are old hedgerows, open grassland, and … read more »

Give the Green Light to a Green Team

September 22nd, 2014 by Alison McKinney | No Responses

Green teams and employee engagement. These two buzz words seem to be gaining traction.

Keeping employees engaged, happy and productive has always been a
 priority for leading organisations.

Today, as green 
becomes more mainstream, 
a
 growing 
number 
of
 employees want to work for an organisation that is committed to sustainability and look for a work setting where the green values they practice at home are implemented in the workplace.

“Out of all those millions and millions of planets floating around there in space, this is our planet, this is our little one, so we just got to be aware of it and take care of it.” – Sir Paul McCartney

Establishing “green teams” in the workplace is an inspiring way for organisations to motivate employees, increase employee engagement and shift strategies towards encouraging and forging a more sustainable path. This is becoming increasingly important as more stakeholders are expecting organisations to alleviate their impact on people and the planet – and … read more »

Reducing Our Impact On The Environment

May 28th, 2014 by Alison McKinney | No Responses

We at The Survey Initiative are absolutely committed to reducing our impact on the environment and have established a carbon neutral policy.

One of the actions we take to show our commitment is to continue to conduct communications online to reduce paper usage and waste where-ever possible. As an employee research company producing bespoke employee engagement surveys, we’ve developed technology that allows participants to complete their survey electronically, as well as review their reports electronically, either through e-mail, website or mobile applications. We aim to continue to develop how the data is presented electronically to both meet the needs of our clients and also contribute to our commitment to reducing the use of paper.

So, today, we’d like to share some tips with you about how you can go paperless in the office, reduce paper waste in the workplace, and what the benefits are.

Tips to becoming paperless

  • E-mail can be used to share documents and ideas.
  • Instead of printing a … read more »

Creating A Greener Working Environment

May 22nd, 2014 by Alison McKinney | No Responses

It is a reality that these days’ organisations are expected to be green, and this is something they are rapidly having to face up to. If they have got any sense, they should be more than keen to make healthy and green changes to the working environment. After all, an organisation that promotes health and wellbeing as well as environmental and social responsibility initiatives will appreciate many benefits including:

• Increased employee retention and staff morale

• Decreased stress levels and absenteeism

• Improved employee engagement and employee perception of management

• Financial benefits

• Be seen as an employer of choice

There is almost a limitless list of things than can be done to create a greener working environment – there is a green version of literally everything nowadays – but here are just a few ideas of some genuinely effective changes that can be implemented in the workplace.

Switch To Green Electricity

No matter what kind of industry your organisation is in, you can switch the … read more »

We’re Not Barking Up The Wrong Tree

March 21st, 2014 by Alison McKinney | No Responses

Today is International Day of Forests – did you know that?

“To the great tree-loving fraternity we belong. We love trees with universal and unfeigned love, and all things that do grow under them or around them – the whole leaf and root tribe.” – Henry Ward Beecher (American clergyman, social reformer, speaker and anti-slavery campaigner)

We have previously blogged about our carbon neutral strategy and the things we are doing to reduce our carbon footprint, and are continuing our pledge to plant a new tree for every new client we work with. What we have also decided to do, is send a sapling tree to every client who recommends us to another organisation in an additional bid to help offset our carbon emissions.

It’s The Woodland Trust that has helped us fulfil our pledge with the tree planting and we’re pleased to reciprocate by contributing to their vision of seeing the UK rich in woods and trees, to … read more »

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