Our people and the environment
At Nationwide, our colleagues aren’t just building a career, they’re making a choice for the mutual benefit of our 16 million members and one of the ways they’re doing this is by taking action to protect the environment.
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Influencing greener behaviours
As well as reducing the carbon footprint of our own operations, we’re engaging with our colleagues about how they can take action to reduce carbon emissions in their working environment and personal lives.
This includes broadening our colleagues’ understanding of their individual contributions to climate change and providing education on adopting greener lifestyles. Our Green Champion colleague network sits across the business helping to run these initiatives.
Green pledge pilot
In December 2020, we piloted a colleague engagement activity that focused on driving our agenda to be a greener society. Its purpose was to provide colleagues with the information they needed to make greener choices, start conversations around what is possible and inspire lifelong green behaviours.
Using gamification, colleagues were encouraged to sign up to a series of simple, yet impactful pledges and their success was monitored over a 4-week period. Across our business communities, colleague engagement was high, and the feedback was positive, demonstrating an increase in colleagues switching to green energy suppliers and energy efficient lighting, among other successes.
By the end of the pilot, over 350 colleagues logged over 2,000 meat free days – and with each meat free day saving approximately 3.4kg, that’s 6,800kg of CO₂ saved over the course of the pilot – more than 9,500 car miles. Nearly 200 of our colleagues who engaged in the pilot are also now using green energy in the home.
We’re working to evolve this pilot to become a Society-wide initiative, driving our green agenda deeper into our culture.
Biodiversity around Nationwide House
Although environmental campaigning has been happening for over 50 years with a positive movement to reduce carbon emissions and single-use plastics, the major global issue of biodiversity loss tends to be overlooked.
In 2019, we invited our colleagues to let us know of any environmental initiative they would like us to fund. A project to protect and increase the biodiversity in the land that surrounds our head office began shortly after.
Richard Moore, a Security Analyst at Nationwide, worked with our landscaping contractor to pursue his passion for wildlife. He explored how the substantial grounds around Nationwide House could be used as a showcase to support wildlife.
In conjunction with the local Royal Wootton Bassett Men's Shed project, nest-boxes were built and installed around the grounds to supplement nesting sites in the relatively immature woodland. The trees have also been underplanted with native bluebell bulbs and work is ongoing to nurture a 'pictorial meadow' to support pollinating insects.