Canary Wharf Group among the Greenest Companies in Britain
Canary Wharf Group plc (CWG) has been named in the top 60 green companies in the UK by the Sunday Times.
CWG was judged the second most environmentally-friendly property developer in the UK and placed 30 out of the 60 companies on the list from all business sectors. It is the first time the Group as a whole has received the accolade, although in 2008 Canary Wharf Contractors Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of CWG, was named on the inaugural list.
George Iacobescu, Chief Executive at Canary Wharf Group said: “Canary Wharf is one of Europe’s busiest business districts with nearly 100,000 workers. Given the anticipated growth in the next few years, we have had to think carefully about managing the diverse range of activity here in a sustainable way.
“We are delighted to see our efforts to lessen environmental impacts rewarded. We’ll continue to work with all our stakeholders, including Canary Wharf-based companies, to make an even bigger difference in the coming years,” he said.
The Awards programme included an independent staff survey on environmental performance, which found that eight out of 10 CWG employees ‘think green’ on a regular basis. The Group scored highly on efforts to encourage recycling, reduce energy use in buildings and use waterways rather than roads for transport.
Richard Caseby, Managing Editor of The Sunday Times, said: “The 60 companies in this survey are all pioneers – enterprising, enlightened and fizzing with new ideas. All have a common sense of purpose about their corporate social responsibility.
“There may be plenty of environmental awards but this is the first that has both a robust methodology to measure environmental performance and a survey of each company’s staff to find out whether the green sheen is more than skin-deep,” he said.