News Headlines

  • Greater Manchester's trees contribute £33million a year to economy Nature
    Greater Manchester's trees contribute £33million a year to economy

    City of Trees has completed the biggest i-Tree Eco survey undertaken in the United Kingdom and it highlights the £33million annual value of Greater Manchester's trees to the economy and that 1million trees are at risk.

  • London supermarket's plastic free zones showcase 1,700 products Business
    London supermarket's plastic free zones showcase 1,700 products

    Attractive looking plastic free zones have been introduced by London supermarket Thornton's Budgens store in Camden's Belsize Park. In 10 weeks the store has managed to assemble more than 1,700 plastic-free products, featuring everything from fresh fruit and vegetables to wild game meat.

  • Leeds students donate to the homeless while they recycle food-on-the-go Resource & 'Waste'
    Leeds students donate to the homeless while they recycle food-on-the-go

    An initiative from recycling campaign #LeedsByExample means that students at Leeds Beckett University can now donate money to the homeless while they recycle their plastic bottles and cans or paper cups on campus - and targets millennials who eat most on the go than other age groups but recycle the least.

  • Concept of 'deep farms' underneath cities imagined Food
    Concept of 'deep farms' underneath cities imagined

    Academics have patented a new concept that would see food production taken underground. The revolutionary ideas are being promoted by University of Nottingham academics Professor Saffa Riffat, Fellow of the European Academy of Sciences and President of the World Society of Sustainable Technologies, and Professor Yijun Yuan, Marie Curie Research Fellow.

v ecohouse button

shared iterest button

web mossborough spud field copy

Green Rewards

RBS wins Bank of the Year in Better Society Awards 2017 for JUMP engagement programme

RBS has won the prestigious 'Bank of the Year' award in the Better Society Awards 2017 for its innovative employee engagement programme, JUMP. The Bank came first in its category, ahead of runners-up HSBC, Liberum, Barclays and Societe Generale. The Bank was recognised for successfully engaging its employees in sustainable behaviours and improving sustainability in the workplace.

Michael Lynch, Head of Sustainable Workplace Culture at RBS said, "We are delighted to have won this award and be recognised for our innovative JUMP programme which is making significant savings in costs, energy and other resources by engaging colleagues in simple, positive steps."

a greenrewardsJUMP is an award-winning programme, operated by specialist provider Green Rewards. The programme works by motivating colleagues to engage in sustainable behaviours at work and rewarding them with individual and team prizes for top performers. Employees are organised into teams and are able to engage with custom made, online modules to improve their sustainability practises in the workplace. Modules cover topics such as water saving, energy saving and sustainable travel. Each month there are prizes for top performers including M&S, iTunes and high street vouchers.

Following a successful pilot in 2016, RBS rolled out JUMP to all the Bank's 60,000 UK & Ireland colleagues across 1,700 workplaces. In 2016 the programme generated 5% average electricity reduction, 500,000 disposable cups saved and RBS expects to save £3million in 2017 in energy alone.

Graham Simmonds, Managing Director at Green Rewards said, "A big well done to the team at RBS for embracing JUMP so enthusiastically and generating so much positive impact."

RBS sourced JUMP through the Innovation Gateway platform. Henry Majed, Partnerships Director for the Innovation Gateway said: "JUMP is a fantastic example of how this powerful approach to sourcing innovation works. We worked closely with both RBS and JUMP from the beginning and I am really pleased to see JUMP grow. A big round of applause to everyone involved. We believe this is going to be a real game-changer!"