BEST CSR OR SUSTAINABILITY INITIATIVE 2019
The Barbican is a world leading conference and international arts venues. Located in the City of London, it is capable of holding meetings from 10-2,000 delegates in its fully equipped concert hall, theatres, conference suites and boardrooms. In 2018/2019 we hosted 371 events with a footfall of 143,000 delegates.
The Barbican recognises the impact that our operations and activities can have on not just the environment but also people and we are committed to reducing these impacts by setting and achieving clearly defined objectives and targets to achieve continual improvement.
Due to the nature and scale of the Barbican we recognise that we have a leadership role to play in both the meetings and arts sectors and are therefore developing our systems with the ambition of being recognised as exemplars of best practice in CSR.
BMA House– modern events with heritage, placing sustainability at the heart of everything we do.
A beautifully bright and spacious Grade II listed building designed in 1911, our magnificent venue boasts 21 unique and versatile spaces, all fitted with cutting edge AV technology.
A strong balance between the old and new is at the heart of our offer. New technology, new thinking on nutrition and new ideas about what an event space can be merge with real heritage and a proven track record to create the story of BMA House today.
From small meeting rooms to full conferencing spaces for up to 320, it is a favourite for sustainable Conferences, Meetings, Award Ceremonies, Summer, Parties and Weddings.
We’re incredibly passionate about our food. Healthy meetings being our ethos with delegates’ wellbeing at the forefront of all menus, our talented chefs have created mindfully nutritious menus which focus on sustaining concentration and nourishing delegates with wholesome food. We are also fully stocked on ideas for any event or individual requiring vegan or vegetarian dishes.
Located in the heart of Bloomsbury just a stone’s throw away from mainline stations Euston and Kings Cross, our superb location suits both national and international conferences.
Cavendish Conference Centre
Every year we thoroughly audit all aspect of our operation with a view to reducing the harmful impacts our operations have on the environment. Every year we methodically introduce transformational and incremental changes to reduce our impacts. This year a particular focus has been on our water, energy and food consumption. We have introduced a huge range of measures to meaningfully reduce all of these.
Friends House is a sustainable and ethical event venue in Euston, London. Its sustainable commitments are built into the structure of the company.
There are two CSR initiatives that are run at Friends House – Suspended Soup and Bake the Difference. There are also many active sustainable policies that ensure events with us don’t cost the Earth. The company adheres to the UN’s Sustainable Development Guidelines and is friendly, responsible, heartfelt and pioneering.
An award-winning venue, Friends House has been recognised for its environmental achievements by several governing bodies such as the Camden Climate Change Aliance, Carbon Smart and Compassion in World Farming. Friends House continues to lead the way for other event venues who wish to be more sustainable and held a discussion at Confex 2019 on the keynote stage to do so: ‘Are we green enough? How to make a difference in the events industry’.
The Kia Oval has made sustainability a key focus since 2016 and has unquestionably made huge steps in reducing our environmental impact through innovative schemes. We have set a goal of being “single-use plastic free by 2020” which is an enormous task but one the club are keen to achieve. A fully recycled glass scheme across its retail portfolio, a policy of using non-plastic products throughout hospitality and the use of compostable cups in all C&E areas puts the venue as an industry leader already but we are still not stopping here.
Additional waste streams, segregated bins throughout site and a new compactor to handle the volume of mixed recycling are all investments by be the club to further reduce our environmental impact. We have banned plastic straws and sachets from the site and have changed the majority of our drinks from plastic bottles to cans including our water. Our ORCA machines are already seeing benefit with food waste being reduced by 1.2 tonnes and saving 1.14 tonnes of greenhouse gases.
The above has now seen recognition from Friends of the Earth describing the Kia Oval as “hitting sixes when it comes to beating plastic pollution”.
Searcys at The Gherkin
The Gherkin has been an iconic landmark on London’s modern skyline since opening in 2004 and whom better to house the top four floors of this significant piece of London skyline, than Searcys.
A forever popular choice for events in the city, hosting over 900 events per annum, ranging from product launches to presentations, weddings to breakfast briefings.
Five recently refurbished private dining rooms, two exclusive events spaces, 360-degree views over London and exceptional hospitality make Searcys at The Gherkin an unforgettable event venue.
The Gherkin’s business model and layout underwent a considerable redesign for which not only encompassed the change of a business model but also put events sustainability at the heart of it.
Searcys introduced its first corporate responsibility pledges in 2018 to ensure that sustainability remains at the core of the business across all their venues.
As part of our sustainability pledges, we are proud to work with the Sustainable Restaurant Association, Beyond Food and A Plastic Planet, all NGOs who advise us best on how to run a sustainable business now and developing our initiative for the coming years.
In the heart of London, overlooking Trafalgar Square, St Martin-in-the-Fields is a unique venue for meetings, conferences and social occasions. The stunning historic buildings have been enhanced by contemporary design, and with delicious in-house catering and a dedicated events team, your event is sure to be memorable. St Martin’s has a long tradition of hospitality and welcome. From our pioneering work with homeless people through to hosting VIPs, politicians and dignitaries, St Martin’s doors are open to all. One of the finest Georgian buildings in London, St Martin’s is the parish church to the Royal Family and 10 Downing Street but also hosts two of the country’s leading homeless support charities, the St Martin-in-the-Fields Charity and The Connection at St Martin’s. It is also a world famous music venue, providing performance opportunities for aspiring musicians and free concerts almost every day. All these things make St Martin’s a venue like no other.
Wellcome Collection is museum and library for the incurably curious which brings together science, medicine and art. The venue offers visitors contemporary and historic exhibitions and collections, lively public events and conference facilities. Wellcome Collection was established by the Wellcome Trust, an independent charitable foundation dedicated to achieving extraordinary improvements in human and animal health.
Since its launch in 2007, Wellcome Collection has become one of London’s most exciting event venues due to its constant innovation and focus on sustainability and CSR.
Located in central London and being an extension of the primary business, Wellcome Trust, Wellcome Collection has to ensure environmental responsibilities are met and as such, have implemented a number of initiatives.
One such initiative is Winnow, introduced to the venue in 2017. Winnow is an electronic measuring system for food waste, which weighs and records all discarded food products to maximise efficiency in the kitchen, reduces food waste and uses clear, analytical statistics to evidence achievement. Since introducing the system the venue has seen food waste reduce by half, as well as it being a useful tool to educate the kitchen team about the environmental and financial costs of food waste.
ZSL London Zoo
At ZSL London Zoo, sustainability is intrinsic to everything we do; it’s part of how we operate. As an international conservation charity, it’s at the forefront of our agenda.
Every detail is considered from pioneering ‘wine in a can’ (100% recyclable) through to supplying pencils made from certified renewable wood instead of pens for conference clients and being collaborators of the #OneLess campaign.
We promote and support conservation programmes through both our décor and approach to sourcing. We believe we have a responsibility to both protect the environment and educate and influence others.