Wesleyan Assurance Society is proud to sponsor the Birmingham Post Business Award for Environment, Recycling and Sustainability
Wesleyan has been at the heart of Birmingham’s community since it was founded in the city in 1841 and, since then, it has grown to become a nationwide business providing tailored financial services and products to select professional groups – doctors, dentists, teachers and lawyers.
Part of its success is its mutuality. It is run in the interests of its members and policyholders and its responsible attitude strikes a chord with consumers, who are increasingly looking for the companies they deal with to do the right thing for them and the community at large.
Wesleyan is committed to being a good corporate citizen, contributing to various activities and projects that benefit the environment and people, both in Birmingham and further afield.
The society has a company-wide environmental policy that demonstrates its commitment to protecting the environment and improving sustainability.
Some of the highlights are:
• 100 per cent of the general and confidential waste created at its Colmore Circus head office is now recycled. That is the equivalent of saving more than 500 trees last year, which would be almost one tree for every member of staff who works in the building.
• Energy consumption has also decreased, due to automatic lighting being installed, the fitting of more energy efficient lifts and an ongoing campaign to encourage staff to turn off electrical equipment each night.
• Work to transform the physical environment at head office to give it a greener feel.
Over the past few months, the roof terrace has been replanted to establish a species garden. It is hoped the installation of feeders and planting of wild flowers will create a habitat for wildlife, such as insects, butterflies, birds and bats, to flourish among the urban environment.
Wesleyan’s commitment to sustainability extends beyond the environment to nurturing the next generation of employees.
Earlier this year, the society joined forces with another of its city centre neighbours by supporting Birmingham Metropolitan College with the launch of The Greater Birmingham Professional Services Academy.
This will support 16 to 19-year-olds who are committed to a career in the professional services sector and want to pursue a course of study based around financial, accountancy, legal or business qualifications.
Classroom learning will be supplemented by practical development including internships, individual mentoring programmes, workshops and guest lectures from Wesleyan staff to provide a better understanding of the skills needed to work in professional services organisations.
Wesleyan has also worked with the college and the National Skills Academy for Financial Services to develop a groundbreaking apprenticeship scheme to provide an alternative route into financial services. The scheme has been running for three years with more than 20 apprentices going through the scheme to begin careers in the financial services sector.
This drive to improve the skills of those working in the financial services industry is part of Wesleyan’s commitment to be an employer of choice. Each of its 1,180 employees, whether they are based in Birmingham or in the sales teams around the country, have a training plan from the day they join, acknowledging that, in order to keep pace with the fast changing world of financial services, continuous improvement is vital.
But it’s not just the lives of those within the business that Wesleyan is striving to improve.
The Wesleyan Charity Advisory Committee has made donations totalling more than £1.35 million to good causes. The Society’s chosen charity for 2013 and 2014 is Birmingham Children’s Hospital and is on target to raise £120,000 for its Cancer Unit Appeal. Staff all around the country are engaging in fundraising activities for this worthwhile cause.
The society was also the main sponsor of Birmingham Children’s Hospital’s Big Bandage summer appeal, which aimed to raise thousands to support the groundbreaking work that takes place at the world-class hospital that is just a few hundred metres from its head office.
Chief executive Craig Errington said: “When Wesleyan was founded more than 170 years ago it was done so by a group who wanted to put something back into the city for the benefit of the working people of Birmingham, and I am proud that ethos continues to this day.
“We are one of the largest employers in the city centre and, as such, we want to set a good example. Whether it is getting involved with environmental projects, helping to nurture the next generation of talent or supporting local good causes, it’s important to us that we play a key role in the development of the city and improving the lives of those people who live and work alongside us every day.
“Wesleyan is delighted to be sponsoring this Birmingham Post Business Award for environmental work and we look forward to celebrating the best the city has to offer in this important category.”
• Nomination deadline for the Business Awards has been extended to August 15. Nomination forms and more information is available at http://www.bpbusinessawards.co.uk.
• Nominations are now being sought for the 2013 Birmingham Post Business Awards, which will take place at Edgbaston Stadium on Thursday, October 17.
The Post will be recognising the fantastic achievements of the companies that have not only weathered the recent economic storm but have delivered success for themselves, their staff and their customers.
It is an opportunity for companies to showcase the efforts of their teams – from managing directors to menial staff – who have come together to strengthen and grow despite an imperfect economic situation.”
Categories include Communications, Property, Legal and Business Advisory, Finance, Environment, Manufacturing, People Development, Small Business and Business Start-Up, Emerging Professional, Medium to Large Business and Company of the Year.
Among last year’s winners were IM Property, Wesleyan Assurance Society and Chiltern Railways, who all enjoyed strong years despite tough conditions.
Being shortlisted is a great way to raise your company’s profile as its achievements will be highlighted in front of hundreds of the city’s movers and shakers on the night of the awards.
The success will also feature in a special post-awards supplement in the Birmingham Post.
Full details and eligibility criteria are available at www.bpbusinessawards.co.uk
• To discuss sponsorship options or for more information contact Andy George on 0121 234 5476 or email email@example.com.