Green Business Awards 2009: Carbon management - HR and employee engagement


Last Updated: 09 Oct 2013

DNV is a provider of health, safety and environmental risk services and an independent foundation with the objective of safeguarding life, property and the environment. Headquartered in Norway and with staff at a number of UK offices, it employs 8,500 worldwide.

The firm runs 'We Do', an environmental project to help staff reduce their personal environmental footprint. At global level, DNV has set aside NOK40m (£4.3m) to partially finance environmental actions by staff. Employees all over the world are eligible for the same amounts of money. In Britain, maximum funding is £900 per employee, to be spent on personal domestic projects such as solar water heating systems, heat pumps, wind turbines and recycling initiatives.

Following the success of We Do, the scheme was expanded this year to We Do More, under which community environmental projects close to DNV employees can receive up to £9,760 in funding.

A number of other employee measures accompany these schemes. Annual rail season tickets are provided via interest-free loans to encourage alternatives to travelling by car. Expenditure on these loans increased from £25,486 in 2006 to £114,188 in 2008.

The company runs basic environmental awareness-raising training for all staff, including lunchtime seminars and distribution of a book about climate change to all employees. Specialist training in energy efficiency is offered for facilities managers. Staff climate champions have been appointed, with 12 office safety, health and environment co-ordinators located in all UK offices.

DNV runs staff awards for climate-change action, including an exceptional performance award to a UK employee for environmental management system (EMS) implementation, and awards for suggested office energy saving ideas and for contributing to the We Do project list.

Improvement targets include a 5% reduction in CO2 emissions per kilometre driven on business, 90% of employees to have completed an online EMS training course, 100% of waste paper to be recycled and a 100% reduction in bottled water consumption.

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