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Sustainability... One Champion at a Time

Consensus is a provider, a community of amazing people, committed to sustainability.

Sustainability encompasses every action we take and the impact we make. This is reflected in our business practices, how we function as an employer, the places people call home, and our relationship with the world around us.

This week our 26 Sustainability Champions came together for the first of many meetings. From all corners of Consensus, the group includes service managers and team members, operational leaders, representatives from every central support team, and four of the people we support – all passionate about making a difference.

One Commitment at a Time

Our sustainability approach is centred on the power of everyday moments that make a real difference.

By making sustainable choices in our personal and professional lives, we can reduce our environmental impact and contribute to a more sustainable future. Together, our efforts can have a ripple effect that inspires others to make a change too.

Some of the immediate commitments that were made included:

  • Managers training services on initiatives that have worked for them.
  • Removing one of our printers from Central Support Office.
  • Reducing the use of tumble dryers and dishwashers.
  • All Central Support colleagues to spend a day in (and out and about at) a service.
  • Speaking to contractors and suppliers about their sustainability activities.

Every team and every service will be putting forward three commitments that they intend to implement – one step at a time.

Making an Impact

What was clear from being together, from sharing stories, thoughts, ideas – is how much we are already doing. Making an impact socially, environmentally, and ethically. It was great to hear about how:

  • We’ve doubled the number of Mental Health First Aiders, with the newest cohort bringing us to 28 MHFAiders – an amazing bunch of colleagues always on hand to support anyone who needs it.
  • We have offset CO2 emissions to the equivalent of 115,000 miles of driving the average car in the UK through simply recycling our unused IT equipment in the last 4 weeks – with no equipment going to landfill.
  • We have services up and down the country getting involved in recycling initiatives, gardening and growing their own produce – and litter picking in parks, forests and on the beach.

Our Sustainability Champions

We’re excited to share the results of our work with you – through our website, our social media, and through the difference we’re making in the lives of those who live, work, and are connected to Consensus. And with so many thoughts and ideas flowing from the day, we’re confident that this group will be the driving force behind engaging everyone in some real fun, and making a real difference together.

So, let’s hear it for our amazing Sustainability Champions. Thank you all for making this commitment to drive positive change, and extra special thanks to Tom, Stephen, Kevin and Veronica for their invaluable input in sharing with us how we can help make a difference in their lives and homes through the work we do together… one step at a time.

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