Green Shoots Learning, based in Claydon, Ipswich celebrated its first anniversary in the same week as being awarded two sustainable and environmental awards. The company was recognised for its efforts in running the business in a sustainable way by achieving the Silver Carbon Charter award, awarded by Suffolk County Council in association with Groundworks Suffolk after an environmental audit of the business and its policies.
Green Shoots Learning Managing Director, Lorna Rose said “It is fantastic to receive recognition for our efforts in running the business in a sustainable and considerate way. As a new business, we didn’t really know whether we would achieve the award at all, but to receive the Silver certificate was above our expectations. Considering the resources we use is fundamental to our business ethos and runs so much deeper than corporate social responsibilities. We would encourage all business, big or small to apply for the Carbon Charter as not only is it good practice, but it also saves money and time.”
The second award which followed closely on the heels of the Carbon Charter, is one that is relatively new. The Trading for Good accreditation scheme was launched in 2014 by Kay Allen OBE and is a nationally-supported platform which allows businesses to showcase their activities that support their corporate social responsibilities. It combines case studies on helping young people into work, making life better for employees, improving impact on the environment, supporting community and charities and working better with suppliers. A business has to get at least five endorsements from clients, employees and charities that it has worked with to be awarded the Trading for Good certificate and permission to use the logo.
Green Shoots Learning was one of only a handful of business to be awarded the accreditation at the Ipswich launch party this month, joining companies including the Ipswich Building Society one of the first businesses in the UK to receive the honour.