27 November 2015

Nationwide signs climate change declaration

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  • See how we’re actively doing our bit to protect our environment for future generations
  • Nationwide signs the Wiltshire and Swindon Climate Declaration
  • We will plant up to 60,000 trees across the UK in community woodlands

Today, I was pleased to welcome our local MP Robert Buckland and local business leaders for breakfast at Nationwide House. The event was to celebrate the launch of the Wiltshire and Swindon Climate Declaration which has been prepared by the Wiltshire and Swindon Climate Action Network and signed by over 20 local organisations including Nationwide.

By signing the declaration, Nationwide Building Society is confirming that we recognise the threat of climate change and the new opportunities of the low carbon economy which offer energy security, long term jobs, prosperity and protection of our wildlife and countryside. We also support the legal UK target of an 80% reduction in carbon emissions by 2050, and are committed to continuing to do our bit to reduce our environment footprint.

The Climate Declaration was presented to Robert with a request that he pass on our messages to the Prime Minister and the negotiating team attending the United Nations Summit on Climate Change which starts in Paris on 4 December.

“Our actions today impact on our children’s future and we must do all we can to protect this wonderful planet for them.”

Local schoolchildren joined us at the event and sang the ‘Climate Song’ - a poignant reminder that our actions today impact on our children’s future and we must do all we can to protect this wonderful planet for them.

With that in mind I was pleased to accompany our new Chairman David Roberts later in the day to see our new woodland at Ravens Retreat in Wiltshire. Earlier this year we planted over 3,000 trees and today our Chairman worked alongside some of our members and employees to plant several hundred more trees on the site. We’re committed to planting at least 60,000 trees in community woodlands across the UK – a tree for every employee and trees for members who opted to receive their 2015 AGM packs in digital format. New woodlands help us reduce our environmental impact and will provide long lasting community benefit.

This activity is part of our ongoing commitment to manage our business in a sustainable manner and comes under the Your Environment section of our ‘Living on your side’ citizenship strategy which is in its fourth year.

To find out more on the strategy read our Citizenship Report 2015 (PDF).

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Alison Robb

Group Director Alison Robb leads a diverse team which focuses on various areas including Human Resources, Communications, Customer Experience and Commercial Lending.

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