The Queen's Awards Magazine 2018


Single-use plastic reduction The plastic pollution crisis is one of the most complex and challenging environmental issues facing the world today. There is no easy solution, but Commercial is taking measures to reduce the amount of single-use plastic associated with the business and its employees, customers and suppliers. A recently launched Change Champions project is spotlighting the amount of disposable plastic employees use in their daily lives, then challenging them to make lifestyle changes to reduce it. It will culminate in a series of plastic reduction vlogs where the Change Champions share ideas, encouraging colleagues to take on the challenge. Commercial is also engaging with forward- thinking clients such as Sky, as well as suppliers, to identify and address plastic waste weak spots in the office supply chain.

Commercial was founded by brother and sister Arthur and Simone Hindmarch.

Commercial is a ‘sector leader’ in sustainability.

Every business decision is made with sustainability in mind.

Dogs Trust has benefitted from Commercial’s volunteering scheme.

Commercial Foundation, We Do. IT 2018 has seen Commercial Foundation’s launch of We Do. IT, recycling customers’ redundant IT equipment in associationwith charity IT Schools Africa. “Winning a Queen’s Award is the ultimate success, but our work doesn’t stop here. The win has renewed our motivation and commitment to accelerate business growth while further improving sustainability at Commercial and beyond,” Simone said. COMMERCIAL Commercial House,Old Station Drive, Leckhampton, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL53 0DL Tel: (0)1242 703 400 • Z @commercialgroup F Commercial Ltd

the Queen’s Award win. These range from sustainability-led decisions surrounding staff benefits and facilities, to longer-term projects that tackle some of the thorniest issues head-on. Charity support Each of Commercial’s 23 toilets has been twinned with a toilet in Malawi as part of a water and sanitation programme run by charity Tearfund. Funds generated by Toilet Twinning are used to address sanitation issues that impact a third of the global population. Furthermore, a new volunteering scheme sees the business releasing one day per employee per year to be dedicated to a charity of their choice. Organisations benefitting from this in the past month include Dogs Trust and the Riding for the Disabled Association.

embed social value in the supply chain. Commercial Foundation provides opportunities for disadvantaged young people to make a fresh start by helping them develop resilience and ‘work readiness’ skills. An independent audit by Social Enterprise UK shows that it generates a social value ROI of £4.86 per £1. “Each day I feel my self-belief growing, and I’m excited about my future. Commercial Foundation has transformed my life,” said Sam Jackson, a former participant. What’s next? Commercial has set its sights on achieving an ambitious £100m turnover, while challenging itself to take sustainability even further. Several new initiatives are already underway following

Queen’s Awards Magazine 2018


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