It’s Green October at Co-op. In our support centres we’ve set a challenge of saving energy and money by cutting back on travel, printing in black and white, and using less electricity.
We know this isn’t as easy if you’re customer-facing, but we wanted to share some ideas that you can possibly try, and remind everyone of our new Travel and Expenses Policy that applies to all Co-op colleagues and contractors.
If we cut travel costs by 20% in October we’d save £150k
As a Category Manager in Procurement, a large part of my role is working with suppliers to see how we can get the best value and service for Co-op.
If you do need to travel, always book through Clarity – this helps us manage costs and means we know where you are in an emergency. You can book online 24/7 from any device, and we’ll save £60k a year if you book online rather than ringing up.
There are other easy ways to cut down on travel costs. Could you:
- Hold meetings by video conference or share screens with Microsoft Lync instead of travelling
- Book travel and hotels at least 14 days in advance to get better rates
- Book time specific train journeys, rather than open returns
- Car share if there are a few of you travelling to a meeting or conference
Small changes can make a big difference
We buy 100% renewable energy but we still don’t want to waste it. Things like turning lights and screens off when you leave a meeting room will save money and energy. If you see lights that don’t work properly or don’t turn off, then make sure you report them to the facilities team too.
In our support centres we could all print a lot less – which is why we’ve added more screens to meeting rooms so you can view documents easily. And if you do need to print, doing it in black and white will save £15k a month just in 1 Angel Square.
This is all part of Fuel for Growth – saving money to invest in things that matter to our colleagues, members and communities. Try getting greener in October and share ideas with your colleagues.
Category Manager, Co-op Procurement