Viridor’s Taunton-based Sustainability team is celebrating its work with the local community after winning the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Award at the Taunton Deane Business Awards.
The company, one of the UK’s largest recycling and renewable energy companies, was recognised last week (Thursday, 8 June) after it demonstrated how corporate social responsibility fits into its business model.
The application focused on the community and business benefits delivered through partnerships, in particular Somerset Wildlife Trust, volunteering, charity and community donations, fundraising and sponsorship within Taunton and Somerset.
Viridor Head of Sustainability, Health and Wellbeing Melanie Huggins said: “This award recognises the importance of CSR to our business, particularly working with local communities and inspiring our employees and local residents to make a difference.”
back, from left, Alan Hyde, from Viridor’s parent company, Pennon, with Kirby Everett from Somerset Wildlife Trust, and, front, members of the Viridor Sustainability, Health and Wellbeing team: Oliver Young, Emma Wood, Stephanie Rooke and Melanie Huggins.
Her colleague Stephanie Rooke added: “It is a fantastic achievement and reflects how working in partnership can really help us to provide value and benefit the local community.”
Somerset Wildlife Trust Communications and Corporate Relations Manager Kirby Everett, who works with Viridor on projects including Viridor’s Wild Walks, said: “I am absolutely delighted that Viridor have won the CSR Award.
“Not only does it reflect the enormous amount of hard work and passion that the team have put into their programme and our partnership over the past three years , but it also shows how much the people and communities care about the natural environment and the green spaces we have here in Taunton.
“I hope it serves to inspire other businesses to get more involved in our work.”
Viridor sponsors local community sport clubs and events, including Somerset County Cricket Club, Taunton Football Stadium 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.
In 2016, Viridor supported the 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 take part in local charity fundraising events in Taunton including the Dragon Boat Race for Headway Somerset. Our employees raised £1,452.88 for charity in 2016-17.
Viridor has partnered with the Somerset Wildlife Trust to work together on Taunton’s very first urban wildlife project the ‘Routes to the River Tone’.
The overall purpose of the project is to inspire the people who live and work in Taunton to appreciate the wildlife on their doorstep and, with their help, to improve the town’s green spaces and waterways which provide important wildlife habitat for rare species.