Staff at Nedbank Private Wealth, formerly Fairbairn Private Bank, recently proved that getting healthy and helping the environment can be as easy as taking one step at a time when the bank’s sustainability forum hosted a competition to raise awareness on reducing carbon emissions. As part of the Nedbank Private Wealth sustainability forum’s recent campaign, each member of staff received a pedometer to encourage staff to reduce their carbon emissions by focusing on walking more. Staff had two months to venture out in their local surroundings and use their pedometer to its full potential. They then submitted photographs of themselves out-and-about and the best photos with the best backdrops won prizes.
“In these times of climate change, we recognise that reducing our carbon footprint and being more environmentally friendly is vital for our organisation and the world we live in. The bank is proud to be raising its game regarding greener initiatives and the education of our employees on these important global issues,” commented Greg Horton, Managing Director.
Nedbank Private Wealth’s further focus on the environment was evident this year when it recently rebranded. The company recycled its old stationery and the equivalent of 14.3 trees was used again in other formats. In addition, the Fairbairn Private Bank branded corporate hospitality gifts were either sold to staff to raise funds for the staff-nominated charities or donated to local charities for their use, and all the golf items were sent to NSPCC Children’s Golf Academy.
Nedbank Private Wealth’s sustainability forum, which was set up at the beginning of 2012, serves as a platform to raise awareness of sustainability among staff within the organisation. Each quarter the forum introduces a new campaign to promote awareness of different issues and how staff manage their own impact by focusing on environmental issues, understanding how each of them can reduce carbon emissions, and promoting sustainable living.