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EVORA achieves again Planet Mark certification

We are very proud to announce that EVORA has achieved Planet Mark certification for the 9th year running.

The Planet Mark is an internationally recognised certification based on sustainability standards and its mission is to help us all contribute to a thriving planet as a collective force. The certification represents an organisation’s commitment to sustainability programmes to actively reduce environmental and social harm. 

In 2022, EVORA generated £440,962 in social value, £ 4,771 per employee. Social value is the net social and environmental benefit generated to society by an organisation, expressed in ‘£’.

EVORA is proud to share that through our Planet Mark partnership we helped contribute to protect 151,149 acres of rainforest, keep 22,337,002 trees standing and store 9,192,043 tonnes of carbon.

EVORA had a minimum reduction target of 0.6tCO2e in 2022 and contributed toward 5 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are a collection of 17 interrelated goals set by the United Nations to cover a broad range of social and economic development issues.

We look forward to completing the assessment again next year as we continue to drive our commitment to generate further social value opportunities and to reduce our carbon emissions yearly so that together we can all halt climate change.

“Putting the work in to achieve our Planet Mark certification always feels like a great annual achievement. Next year will make it a decade and I look forward to seeing what we achieve next!”

Hannah Worthington, EVORA Executive Assistant

“We are thrilled to receive our 9th certification from Planet Mark. I am especially proud of our social value results this year which are a major improvement on our previous performance. As ESG consultants to real estate, a market that is looking at social value more and more, our performance this year has absolutely demonstrated that we practice what we preach! Our efforts this year, from fundraising to volunteering, have made a material improvement to communities across Europe. Next year, it’ll be the world!”

Sarah Coughlan, EVORA Associate Director

EVORA achieves Planet Mark certification

We are very proud to announce that EVORA has achieved Planet Mark certification for the 6th year running.

The Planet Mark is an internationally recognised certification based on sustainability standards and its mission is to help us all contribute to a thriving planet as a collective force. The certification represents an organisation’s commitment to sustainability programmes to actively reduce environmental and social harm. 

In a key step forward, this year we have measured our social value contribution. Social value is the net social and environmental benefit generated to society by an organisation, expressed in ‘£’.

The national TOMS (Themes, Outcomes and Measures) framework, developed by Social Value Portal and the National Social Value Taskforce was used to measure the social value generated by EVORA.

In 2019, EVORA generated £454,644 in social value. This includes over £400,000 through actions relating to the people in our organisation and supply chain, as well as money and time donated to charitable organisations, and reducing our carbon footprint through commutes.

In order to measure our social value, EVORA had to submit data and evidence on a number of indicators.  These were:

  • Our People
  • Community and Volunteering
  • Donations
  • Procurement
  • Environmental Impacts

We look forward to completing the assessment again next year and we continue to drive our commitment to generate further social value opportunities.

‘’I’m delighted to see EVORA taking steps to report their social value offering. This submission has helped us identify where the organisation generates the most social value, and highlighted opportunities to create a greater benefit to society.’’

Emily Day, Sustainability Consultant

EVORA achieves Planet Mark Certification

We are proud to announce that EVORA has achieved the Planet Mark Certification for the 4th year running!

The Planet Mark is an internationally recognised certification based on sustainability standards. It represents an organisation’s sustainability programme to actively reduce environmental and social harm.

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In order to achieve the Planet Mark certification, EVORA had to submit data and evidence on a number of its business activities, such as its utilities (energy and water), waste (recyclable and landfill) and business travel. The Planet Mark then takes that data and puts it through ‘rigorous carbon footprint measurement and reporting’ to ensure we are acting responsibly and limiting our environmental impact.

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Highlights from the report:

  • Total carbon footprint – decreased by 8.6%
  • Total carbon footprint per employee – decreased by 17.3%

EVORA is committed to continuous improvement in sustainability and aims to reduce our carbon footprint even further next year!

Chris recaps Planet Mark for Properties Launch

Last week I attended Planet First’s launch of the Planet Mark for Properties. The Planet Mark is a sustainability certification for organisations demonstrating commitment to continuous environmental improvement and this event saw the launch of their property certification, hosted by the building futures group.

Planet First, who have partnered with the Eden Project, focus on employee engagement and behavioural change in organisations to deliver environmental improvement, and the Planet Mark for Properties follows the same approach.

As Steve Malkin, CEO, puts it, identifying the right sustainability champions in buildings, whether they are single or multi let properties, unlocks the potential to make things happen.

Planet First provides the tool kits and workshops so staff have the necessary skills and awareness to make a difference in their own properties enabling them to work towards getting the certification.

Steve was clear on the business benefits – enhancing the brand credentials of your properties whilst making them a better place to work.

Sarah Beattie, Senior Environmental Manager at Land Securities has test driven the Planet Mark for Properties in some of their offices. Speaking at the event, she considered the only way to achieve whole building sustainability improvement in multi let properties was through tenant engagement and positive collaboration. Although this can be a challenge, especially where some tenants can be reluctant to get involved, she was very positive and said “The Planet Mark brings it all to life”. Land Securities now intend to certify many of their properties over a 5 year programme.

Simon Cox, UK Sustainability Officer at Prologis said “The Planet Mark is the tool that best reaches out to the occupier…. getting landlords and tenants to work together is how we make big impacts.”

Lord Redesdale, the CEO of the Energy Managers Association (EMA), also spoke and expressed his concern that energy was a potential major financial risk due to limited national grid capacity. His answer was simple– to reduce demand through energy efficiency.

He was very supportive of ESOS, the latest government regulation, requiring many organisations in the UK to conduct energy assessments by the end of the year (EVORA have partnered with Planet First to deliver this). He was clear that only by being aware of the opportunities to reduce energy will effective measures be taken – a key one being behavioural change.

Planet First offer a persuasive argument and an interesting product in the Planet Mark for Properties to achieve positive employee and tenant engagement, which delivers enhanced environmental building performance.

 

Chris Bennett

Managing Director

Working Together to Unlock the Potential of ESOS

EVORA is delighted to announce its partnership with Planet First, the sole providers of The Planet Mark certification. We’re working together to unlock the potential of ESOS.

Provided by Planet First in association with the Eden Project, The Planet Mark sustainability certification will add significant value to ESOS audits by embracing broader environmental impacts beyond energy including waste and water.

Speaking about the partnership, EVORA Founder and Managing Director Chris Bennett commented, “We are excited to have achieved both the Planet Mark certification for our own business and to be working in partnership with Planet First. Together, we can provide practical sustainability solutions supported by a meaningful certification programme. With ESOS potentially impacting more than 10,000 organisations, it is important to be able to offer a more unique, value added solution. ”

Providing practical toolkits to monitor and reduce related carbon emissions, The Planet Mark programme encourages employee participation, strengthens a business’ brand and reputation and demonstrates to its stakeholders a credible and long-term commitment to sustainability.

For further information on ESOS, the Planet Mark or any other sustainability issue please contact: info@evoraglobal.com