By Sarah Hill, Category Manager – Procurement
Last year we ran a Green October campaign and set colleagues the challenge of saving energy and money by cutting back on travel, printing and using less electricity. Colleagues rose to the challenge and we saw savings of £75k (vs. October 2017).
There was a real energy around colleagues wanting to make a difference, but since then we’ve seen old habits creep back in. Whilst we’re seeing travel and expenses spend come down, we aren’t seeing a reduction in the amount of travel we’re doing (based on hotel stays, rail tickets and air). I just wanted to remind you of the impact we can have if we all start to think and act a little bit more lean and green each and every day.
As a category manager in Procurement, one of my areas of focus is travel – making sure I get the best value and service for Co-op, from our travel suppliers. If we can travel 30% less as a business we’ll save around £2.4m per year and reduce our carbon emissions too.
You can help us be more lean and green when it comes to travel by:
- asking yourself if you really need to make the journey before booking your next trip
- considering if you need to meet face to face, or if some meetings could be done via audio or video conference
We know there are many occasions when travel will be essential, so when you do need to travel you can help us manage costs by:
- making sure that all travel is in line with our travel and expenses policy
- booking all travel through Clarity
- booking hotel stays as early as possible to get better rates
- booking specific times for train journeys, rather than open returns. If you’re not sure what time train you’ll be getting back, book your outward train journey in advance to get the best price
Think lean and green. Small changes really do make a big difference, so continue to question whether you need to make that journey before you book your travel.
For colleagues with access to Yammer, join our lean and green group. It’s the perfect place to share any lean and green ideas that you have, ask questions and celebrate any cost and efficiency saving successes – no matter how big or small.