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ServiceMaster recognised for environmental clean up efforts

Published 23rd April, 2012 by Neil Nixon

ServiceMaster recognised for environmental clean up efforts

ServiceMaster Ltd has achieved ISO 14001 environmental accreditation following successful efforts to improve its carbon footprint. The British Standards accreditation was awarded after Leicester based ServiceMaster Ltd introduced an environmental management system project to help reduce wastage, improve on recycling and save on electricity use in the workplace.

Official approval was given, along with a presentation by Mark West from the British Standards Institute, during March. The accreditation is recognised internationally for helping companies to maintain profitability whilst reducing their environmental impact.

Steve Emmerson, managing director at ServiceMaster Ltd, said: “ServiceMaster is committed to its corporate objectives of ‘doing the right thing’ in all aspects of business. Looking at our impact on the environment was a natural progression to looking at how we treat our customers and employees. I am delighted that we have been able to demonstrate our commitment by gaining this accreditation.”

Having met the objective to gain this standard ServiceMaster Ltd intends to continue with the project and produce objectives for both further improvement and a management programme to achieve them. Regular reviews will take place to ensure continued development.

Since its inception in 2010, Wendy Buck, administration manager at ServiceMaster Ltd, has been in charge of the Environmental Management System project. She will continue to lead the drive to improve environmental impact across all ServiceMaster brands. She said: “The first year involved obtaining base figures for energy use and recycling. By just introducing a managed recycling system, this has enabled us to greatly increase the amount of waste we recycle instead of sending to landfill. We have also introduced a switch off policy for lights and electrical equipment overnight. All of our staff have been made aware of our new initiatives and our success is down to them embracing these within the workplace.”