Guest blog from Viridor

Sustainable cities and communities

By Stephanie Rooke, Sustainability Advisor, Pennon PlcSustainable Cities

Viridor’s goal is to provide investment and a positive contribution to our communities. Community engagement plays a key part in helping us to achieve our goal and contribute towards the UN sustainable development goals.

Viridor was proud to be the Taunton Deane Business Award (TDBA) winner of the ‘CSR Award 2017’ for our community partnership with the Somerset Wildlife Trust and is delighted to be sponsoring the Community Engagement Award this year.
The Community Engagement Award gives businesses an opportunity to think outside of the work they do on a day-to-day basis within their company and to look at how their company engages with the Taunton Deane Community to give added value.

As one of the UK’s largest recycling and renewable energy companies, with roots in Taunton, our support for this award reflects the importance of making a positive contribution to the local community.  Community engagement is a vital part of what we do and drives our performance.

Viridor sponsors local community sport clubs, including Somerset County Cricket Club, the Taunton Football Stadium, and supports events such as Somerfest and Taunton Christmas Fest Live. The company donates £50,000 a year to local charities and community groups to support sustainable and Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) related community projects. Over the last few years, Viridor supported the Taunton Muskets BaseBall Club, Rotary club of Taunton’s charity golf day, Taunton Festival of the Arts, the creation of an environmental garden at Blackbrook Primary School and Heathfield School’s Swift bird box project. Staff also take part in local charity fundraising events in Taunton including the Dragon Boat Race for Headway Somerset.

Viridor has partnered with the Somerset Wildlife Trust and worked together on Taunton’s very first urban wildlife project the ‘Routes to the River Tone’. Viridor employees have volunteered with the Trust to improve Children’s Wood, an unloved green space near our headquarters. Our employees have undertaken litter picks and habitat management, including willow pollarding, coppicing and installing bat and bird boxes in the wood. Viridor, in partnership with the Trust, has also introduced three wild walks which encourage our employees, neighbouring businesses and the general public to get outdoors and connect with the natural environment and their local green space, improving both their physical and mental health.

See our Sustainability Report 2017 for more information about our work within the community
The awards are a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the achievements of other local businesses and we’re proud to support and be part of it.