ETHICAL CLEARANCE company Waste to Wonder spent a day working with staff from Swindon’s Nationwide Building Society, Wagstaff Group, and CBRE to fill a ‘School in a Box’ 40ft container with office equipment to be shipped to schools and communities in South Africa.
Nationwide, HMRC, FCA, Centrica and IBM donated their redundant office equipment to be shipped out to Ivory Park Township South Africa to communities that will benefit from using it. The initiative is part of Waste to Wonder’s ethical clearance service.
Karen Owsley, from Nationwide’s Transformation department, explains: ‘We are creating a new, refreshing workplace for employees and customers, and as part of our corporate social responsibility, we didn’t want to throw out redundant office equipment. Instead, we decided to use Waste to Wonder’s ethical clearance programme which redistributes the furniture to those who need it. This really fits with Nationwide’s “doing the right thing” frame of mind and culture, and we were thrilled to be part of the day.’
Over 4 hours eleven people filled a Waste to Wonder 40ft container with over 500 chairs, 200 computer tables, 100 desks, 10 digital lockers, 100 pedestals, and printers, monitors, photocopiers and fridges. Donations also came from Boss Design, Centrica, and the Financial Conduct Authority.
Matt Holden, Nationwide’s Workspace Design Manager, attended the day at the Waste to Wonder warehouse in Colerne. He says: ‘It was a great day getting everything into the container and we’re delighted to be able to help deliver educational opportunities to communities in South Africa with our redundant office equipment.’
Mark Sheppard Group Sales Director for Wagstaff Group, who helped on the day said ‘we have been involved with the Waste to Wonder School in a Box programme for over 12 years and we are constantly delighted with the positive feedback we get back from clients whose equipment goes out to make a difference around the world.’
Overseeing the day was the Managing Director of Waste to Wonder, Michael Amos, who says this kind of corporate social responsibility (CSR) now needs to be part of an integrated business strategy.
Michael says, ‘When we help a firm like Nationwide with an ethical office clearance, we’re saving them money on disposal to landfill. That’s an immediate, tangible financial win. But, as importantly, they can demonstrate their positive CSR to potential employees, and illustrate the benefits their redundant equipment is creating when reused in other parts of the world.’
Michael believes that CSR really does pay back and that CSR initiatives have a positive impact on society and the environment. He says: ‘It’s up to every CSR Manager to really embrace their role, not least because of the social and environmental benefits CSR creates. But, crucially, they should do so because top CSR practice leads directly to profitable, sector leading businesses too.
‘The staff of Nationwide did a really amazing job loading up the container, and we are truly grateful that they took the time to make this School in a Box project come alive for children and communities in South Africa.’
Waste to Wonder provides charities with furniture for international educational projects with our School in a Box programme across the world. Waste to Wonder has already helped some 700 schools across 18 countries through the School in a Box programme, and now seeks to expand its work even further with many more international charities.
To learn how Waste to Wonder can help you build better CSR through ethical reuse and repurposing, visit www.wastetowonder.com