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WHO ARE THE GREENEST BUSINESSES IN BRITAIN?

MORGAN LOVELL RANKED 14TH IN BRITAIN

The 60 Best Green Companies in Britain are revealed in the second Sunday Times Green List published with The Sunday Times this Sunday, May 24. Morgan Lovell, a London-based office interior design and fit out firm, placed firmly in the top 20 of the Green List, a definitive guide to businesses with the most radically improved environmental performances.

Uniquely, the Best Green Companies survey takes account of the views of employees - who get to rate their organisation’s green credentials - as well as assessing the environmental performance, policies and practices of businesses. Morgan Lovell outperformed a host of other companies, big and small with varying environmental impacts, to secure the title of Britain’s 14th greenest company at an awards ceremony held in London’s Covent Garden on May 20.

The Sunday Times, working with environmental consultants, Bureau Veritas, and market research group, Munro Global, devised the methodology for the competition.

Providing office design that makes the most of space, natural light, materials and ventilation has made Morgan Lovell the UK's leading sustainable office design, refurbishment and fit out specialist. Environmental office design is at the heart of this organisation, which not only uses recycled plastic or timber from sustainable sources, but also exploits daylight and fresh air as well as energy efficient technology.

London, Birmingham and Wokingham-based Morgan Lovell believes sustainability is the future, and employees are aware of the environmental implications of the work they do, according to The Sunday Times survey, giving an 87% positive green score for this question. They say the company does everything it can to minimise its environmental impact (90%) and that its green commitments are very serious (96%), all top 10 scores nationally.

When it comes to being green, the office designer aims to go beyond industry standards. The firm is ISO 14001 certified, its entire supply chain is vetted for eco standards twice a year and employees' training is updated continuously. Select staff are BRE Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) accredited, which is the standard for best practice in sustainable design, and the firm's own headquarters received the highest BREEAM rating ever for an office refurbishment of its type in the UK.

Staff say the way they do their job reduces Morgan Lovell's eco impact (76%), that the company always does what is best for the environment (85%), and agree being green is an everyday consideration in the workplace (91%), all top 20 results in the survey.

Recycling both in the office, and on and off-site is taken seriously. All the company's own waste streams are separated and staff training includes waste reduction. Just one other organisation gets a better score for employees knowing where to put waste for recycling (99%).

The office is a test bed for the latest green products and Morgan Lovell regularly engages with suppliers to spur innovation and establish best practice. Staff think the firm is particularly well-run (91%, putting it in fifth place).

David Henderson, managing director of Morgan Lovell, said: “Being recognised as the country’s 14th greenest company is a testament to the hard work staff have put in over the last year to make Morgan Lovell more sustainable. It also reinforces our commitment to helping businesses meet their carbon reduction commitments through green office design and refurbishment.”

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.”

Sarah Davidson, technical director of Bureau Veritas, said “By running the competition for a second year we have been able to compare year on year performance for returning entrants as well as including new questions to explore topical environmental issues.

Will Ullstein, director of innovation at Munro Global said: “Our survey is unique; we are the only awards programme that seeks detailed company information and the views of employees and incorporates all data into the assessment.

“To get on the Green List a company must not only deliver on environmental performance but instil a culture within the business that ensures employees are doing their part as well.”

For further information, or to arrange an interview
Contact Paul Kelly on 020 7292 5339

For more details on The Sunday Times Green List 2009
Contact Mary Fulton on 07702 421167 or
Richard Caseby on 020 7782 5646

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Notes for editors

About Morgan Lovell

Located in London, Birmingham and the Thames Valley, Morgan Lovell is the UK’s leading office interior design, fit out and refurbishment specialist. With its own teams of designers, surveyors and project managers, the company can design and deliver entire projects, with the benefit of just one point of contact. www.morganlovell.com

It is part of Morgan Sindall plc, a top UK construction and regeneration group which operates through five specialist divisions of fit out, construction, infrastructure services, affordable housing and urban regeneration.

About the awards

Using a methodology devised by The Sunday Times in collaboration with Bureau Veritas, the international firm of environmental consultants, and Munro Global, the leading market research company, The Best Green Companies had to score well in two separate surveys to make the top 60 firms included in The Sunday Times Green List.

The employer survey covered environmental management policies, environmental training and internal consultation, energy consumption, waste production and recycling. This accounted for 70% of the final ranking.

The employee survey ranked companies on 52 statements on the company's green practices, which staff rated on a seven-point scale from "strongly agree" to "strongly disagree". The statements ranged from "my organisation always does what is best for the environment" and "my boss encourages me to think about energy saving" to "my organisation always goes for the cheapest, rather than the most environmentally friendly option" and "my workplace is too warm when the weather is cold".

Results reported for individual questions in the employee survey represent the percentage of the maximum possible score on each question and are expressed as the "green score”. Employees completing the staff survey responded to each of 52 statements using the seven-point scale. Their scores were averaged and turned into percentages of the maximum score. For example, if a company gets a 67% green score on the statement "My boss encourages me to think about energy saving” this means that its overall mark is 67% of the maximum possible score that it could have had, if all of its staff had indicated that they strongly agreed with the statement. Employee responses to these statements accounted for 30% of the final ranking.

The survey is a benchmark for environmental excellence against which companies can measure their own performance year-on-year and that of other businesses operating in their commercial field or at a similar level of environmental impact.

The competition attracted businesses large and small, ranging from supermarket giant Tesco with 185,000 staff on the payroll to Wiles Greenworld, an office supplies company, with 50 staff members.


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