Edinburgh based financial institute scoops award

One of Scotland’s most recognised brands in the financial sector, Lloyds Banking Group, has been presented with our Gold National Award for Environmental Excellence.

Lloyds Banking Group’s Dalkeith Road site in Edinburgh, has become the first in the financial sector to receive a National Award for Environmental Excellence, setting the benchmark high with a Gold accreditation – the highest standard available.

The award has been given in recognition of exceptional efforts across a wide range of criteria, including environmental quality, waste management and community participation.

Praised by our auditors for continued commitment to the sustainability agenda, Lloyds Banking Group representatives were presented with the Gold Award at a ceremony on Monday 18 April 2017.

The team at Lloyds Banking Group were particularly commended for developing robust partnerships with the local community and continuously improving relationships on the back of regular policy and procedure reviews.  

Examples of partnership working include pupils from the local school using land at the site for physical education lessons and benefitting from access to recently renovated green space with raised beds.

Local businesses have also been offered space in the cafeteria to promote their products and a local coffee producer is used in the employee cafeteria.

The auditors also highlighted the excellent internal practices and efficient recording and monitoring of progress. Recordings show that energy consumption has reduced by 18% since 2013, due to installing LED lighting with timers and monitoring heating temperatures.

Brian Rankine, Colleague Experience Manager of Lloyds Banking Group, commented: “We are delighted to receive this prestigious award from Keep Scotland Beautiful for our work with the local community and for the efforts put in by all colleagues to promote one of Edinburgh’s iconic office buildings as a model of Environmental Excellence.”

Derek Robertson, Chief Executive of Keep Scotland Beautiful, said: “We are delighted with the high level achievement of Lloyds Banking Group, in particular with the way staff have engaged with the local business community and school.  We are pleased to recognise and celebrate their efforts through this award.”

Across Scotland, over 100 business locations, from shopping centres, leisure and cultural trusts to train stations and ports, have been audited for a National Award for Environmental Excellence and achieved a Gold, Silver or Bronze accreditation.

Find out how you can apply for an award.

18 April 2017

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