The continuing story of Sustainovation
/THE SHV SUSTAINOVATION BOARD ADDRESSED A RANGE OF THEMES IN 2016 – BOTH DURING ITS MONTHLY TELECONFERENCES AND ITS THREE FACE-TO-FACE CONFERENCES.
The Board – comprising representatives from each of the SHV groups – is guided by senior members of SHV staff and a member of SHV's Executive Board, is directly responsible for sustainability and innovation. Latest progress on the strategic pillar – one of six which make up SHV’s Make It Last strategy – include the continued focus on sustainable innovation using the Sustainovation Hub, providing guidance for creating materiality assessments, and developing processes to improve data collection and reporting for environmental data.
THE SUSTAINOVATION HUB
This online cross-group Hub for posting idea challenges is now in its second year. For each challenge, a dedicated challenge team encourages ideas and communication at every stage, including ensuring a follow-up action at the end of the challenge.
2016 ERIKS-CHALLENGES COMPRISED:
1. PARTNERSHIP VERKIEZING: How can we help save the world and grow our business?
Ideas proposed: 46
Enrichments (additional comments to enhance the idea): 178
Part of the “Partnership Verkiezing” (Partnership Election) competition, this challenge – which runs until May 2017 – attracted a variety of ideas from employees, ranging from plastic coating for protection against invasive species, to proposals for access to water in low income regions. The challenge team has thoroughly assessed the ideas and is now carrying out more research on the diff erent needs of low income regions, to understand where we can add value and where the ideas may prove useful.
2. HEALTH AND SAFETY: How can we be safer at work?
Ideas proposed: 84
This one-week-challenge as part of Global Safety Week captured ideas from the organization on how to be safer at work. The response was huge, particularly from our US colleagues. Ideas were grouped into categories and presented to a Board Member. Some require action from us all, some from just one person, and some were already in the process of implementation. They will now be discussed with HSEQ managers across all regions, and allocated for implementation.
3. ENERGY REDUCTION:How can we lower our energy consumption?
Ideas proposed: 29
Run in Dutch only, this challenge was part of ERIKS Netherlands’ commitment to being carbon neutral. (The region has already ac hieved Energy Management Standard ISO 500001.) Recognizing that energy efficiency is a key element, ideas presented to the region’s Managing Director included use of LED lights, better temperature control, optimization of meeting room locations and improved used of Skype for Business. Some will be implemented quite quickly and others will be investigated further. All employees were given a small energy-saving gift at the end of the challenge.