Birmingham Trees for Life has been working with HSBC UK in Birmingham over the last couple of years and are very pleased to congratulate their main contact there, Andrew Marshall, on winning HSBC’s Global Sustainability Champion award.
The competition is part of HSBC’s Water Programme, which was launched in 2012. The 8 year $150 million programme in partnership with Earthwatch, WaterAid & WWF has so far brought clean water to 2.5 million people and access to sanitation for 1.6 million in places such as Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Ghana and Nigeria.
Andrew set up a Birmingham ‘Green Team’ to highlight the bank’s environmental strategy and push local initiatives, and in his application he spoke about the relationship the team had forged with BTfL, and also highlighted the great work BTfL does in keeping our local parks green through volunteering, which provides a good sense of well-being for those staff who attend BTfL events.
The judges were looking for evidence of how Andrew’s sustainability work and actions had contributed real, measurable impacts in several categories: Knowledge & Understanding, Communication, Leadership & Delivering Sustainable Practices.
All the applications were externally judged by Earthwatch, WaterAid & WWF for work carried out throughout 2018. The judges couldn’t split Andrew and another colleague (James Davies), so in the end they decided to crown both as champions!
The two winners have been given the chance to physically go and work on one of the many projects through the Water Programme and they will join a project team in India in February 2020.