If our approach to sustainability is to be successful, we need the engagement, support and passion of every person at every level of our business.
We have tough environmental targets to meet and we firmly believe that to get there we’ll need to innovate and find new ways of working. That’s why we’re working hard to develop a culture where every employee can challenge our processes and put new ideas forward.
As well as engaging our employees internally, we’re working with our supply chain, our partners and stakeholders to find better ways of working.
Our Environmental Education Centres
As part of our commitment to provide better, bigger and more connected spaces for nature, we support four Environmental Education Centres at Bishops Wood, Skelton
Grange, West Boldon and Iver. These long-term partnerships deliver educational activities and have been developed in collaboration with environmental charities, showing how nature and communities can thrive alongside critical national infrastructure.
The centres provide an environmental education resource for over 23,000 visitors each year, encompassing school children through to adult learners.
The Conservation Volunteers (TCV)
National Grid has supported The Conservation Volunteers (TCV) at Skelton Grange since 1992, providing the land on which TCV staff and hundreds of local community volunteers have created a beautiful 10 acre nature reserve of woodland, pond, meadow and hedgerow habitats. This space is used for education, work experience, skills development, wellbeing and play for thousands of visitors of all ages every year.
Field Studies Council (FSC)
FSC manages Bishops Wood centre on behalf of National Grid. FSC is an environmental education charity that believes that the more we know about and take inspiration from the world around us, the more we can appreciate its needs and protect its diversity.
Accounting for Sustainability
The Prince of Wales established an Accounting for Sustainability Project (A4S) to help the business community and public sector recognise the benefits of considering the environment and wider society as part of their mainstream day-to-day business decisions. National Grid has contributed to and continues to support a number of the working groups designed to incorporate sustainability into financial decision making.
National Grid has supported Groundwork at Iver and West Boldon, providing land on which Groundwork staff work to support the local community and improve access and understanding of the environment.
The Wildlife Trusts
We take a local approach to managing our land in the UK. Therefore, in many cases we are partnering with local wildlife trusts in order to make contributions to bigger, better and more joined up ecosystems.
Business in the Community (BiTC)
As well as being a member of Business in the Community and supporting them in other areas, we sit on BiTC’s Environment Leadership team to provide strategic guidance and support to help the group each its objectives around the environment.
Major Infrastructure Resource Optimisation Group (MI-ROG)
MI-ROG is a group that benchmarks approaches, shares best practice and collaborates across projects to find new ways of using resources more effectively. We work with a number of senior representatives of other infrastructure-focused organisations to seek greater resilience and efficiencies with planning, development and the delivery of major programmes.