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Interserve reduces waste in ‘sustainability annual report’

PROGRESS towards 2020 sustainability targets has been made by support services group Interserve.

The FTSE 250 company has produced its first set of comparative data within a ‘sustainability annual report’.

The figures, relating to 2014 sustainability performance, show progress made from its baseline targets set in 2013 under its sustainabilities plan.

Construction waste was reduced by 10% in the period; on-site energy emissions fell by 26%; and water use reduced by 4.3%.

It also found 1,076 work placements for children, 320 apprentices and grads. Other sustainable targets were set, with executive pay now linked to sustainability performance, and a ‘sustainable’ procurement process introduced to sub-contractors and supply chain contracts.

“With public trust in business at very low levels, it is all the more important that companies share and celebrate the positive impact that they are having,” said Tim Haywood, group FD and head of sustainability (pictured).

“Interserve’s second annual SustainAbilities progress report, which we have released today, reflects our wide-ranging social, environmental and community achievements. The report demonstrates the many ways in which Interserve is a company that values more than just money.”

Other developments include: the setting of local employment targets for its larger contracts; and offering healthier meal choices to employees and clients. It also created a live mapping tool, to help it design and predict how it connects with communities.

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