By Owain Wood on 30th Jun 2017
On Wednesday evening at the 4th Annual Acre Sustainable Wine charity event, held at The Bluefin Building in Southwark, Acre announced the winners of our 2017 Acre365 recognition programme. The awards recognise and share best practices of individuals who have achieved rapid social, environmental and safety impact in their first year.
The Social Impact winner was Claire Davey, Global Community Manager - CSR at Dentsu Aegis Network. Claire joined advertising giant Dentsu Aegis Network’s (DAN) Global CSR Team in 2016 as they were embarking on a new and ambitious CSR strategy, Future Proof 2020. Her role is to manage the Community activity across DAN’s 40,000-person global network, which involves supporting the 62 countries in the network with their locally led community activities; creating a volunteering culture for the global functional teams; and delivering Route to Good, the company’s CSR Leadership Development Programme. The award was collected on behalf of Claire by Frank Krikhaar.
The Safety Impact winner was Elinor Bowes, Health and Safety Improvement Manager at Carnival UK. Elinor joined Carnival UK, a company who operate with P&O Cruises in June 2016. She was tasked with helping to create a consistent safety culture. Elinor harnessed the initiatives used across the fleet and has adapted and introduced them at head office.Elinor arranged a health and safety event for SLT at CUK, the messages were brought to life via an immersive theatre production, it was innovative and a first at CUK. The programme was supported and endorsed by the CEO and exec team who asked that all managers attend the event. The award was collected on her behalf by Russel Hobbs.
The Environmental Impact award winner was Emma Hamilton-Foster. Emma is the Environmental Sustainability Manager at Primark. Emma currently works as part of Primark’s Ethical Trading team – a team of 65+ people working on the ground in key sourcing countries to guarantee items sold by Primark are made with respect for workers’ rights and the environment. As part of her role, Emma manages the implementation of Primark’s environmental sustainability programme, working closely with NGOs, charities and partners across its supply chain.
Our first ever Energy Impact award winner was Tom Byrne, Energy Manager at LandSec. In 2016 he was given the opportunity of developing the company’s new energy and carbon targets as part of a refreshed sustainability strategy. Working with internal and external stakeholders he managed the process of setting the industry’s first ever “science-based” carbon target. Tom has now redirected his efforts into identifying and implementing energy reduction projects in the company’s Retail portfolio.
The final award of the evening, the Combined Impact award went to Julia Chiu, Senior Sourcing & Buying Manager at Walgreens Boots Alliance. Throughout the year in her CSR role, she has implemented many new initiatives through the regional CSR team, including promoting a paperless office, developing the Supplier Sustainability program in China, delivering loads of boxes of gifts to poor and needy children in China, setting up the private nursing room for mothers in the Hong Kong office and implementing the women in leadership program. Julia's award was collected on her behalf by Giulia Ferrati.
All the shortlisted applications to Acre365 2017 will contribute to creating a knowledge platform of best practices. In the coming weeks the site will showcase best-in-class examples of impact and innovation taken from the applications, with the aim of inspiring others.