London-based cleaning firm Cleanology’s environmental performance has been given the highest accolade at a ceremony attended by more than 500 competitors and industry bodies.
Cleanology won the Environmental Awareness category in the biennial Kimberly-Clark Professional* Golden Service Awards, which took place at the London Hilton on Park Lane.
CEO Dominic Ponniah described the win as a testament to the hard work of the whole company, saying: “We are thrilled to have been recognised in this way. Our environmental strategy runs across the entire operation, from head office to each site that we manage. We scrutinise every area of the business and make sure that all staff and suppliers adhere to our policies. As a family-run SME business, we never expected to beat larger players, but it just shows that we can all make a difference.”
Cleanology is based in London and services a wide range of customers including Harrods, Smeg and The Good Housekeeping Institute. In addition to ISO:14001 accreditation, the company operates a 100 per cent hybrid car fleet and encourages staff to car-share and take public transport using a company Oyster card.
The company is committed to helping its customers meet their environmental goals, through reductions in energy usage and waste. It has embraced chemical-free cleaning, developing innovative portion-controlled sachets for solutions which have dramatically cut product use, from 16,200 litres to just 108 litres per year, a 99.4% reduction. Switching to ePayslips has reduced paper consumption by 24,000 A4 sheets each year, with a plan to introduce eInvoices in 2018 estimated to save another 8,000 A4 sheets.
The judges commented on Cleanology “Whilst all the entrants demonstrated excellent environmental qualities, Cleanology was the one company that considered a fully rounded and complete approach to environmental considerations in their submission.
Judging was independently overseen by the British Institute of Cleaning Science (BICSc). Stan Atkins, chief executive officer at the British Institute of Cleaning Science (BICSc) added: “All finalists must be applauded for the highest standard of entries to date. In some categories judging was very close, and so for the first time we have also presented some well-deserved highly commended awards. What stood out to the judges this year is that those companies who are helping to raise standards in the industry are those that are most committed to investment and training.”