The new franchise agreement has been signed with the company Gates Green Solutions to offer businesses in this region the opportunity to become iiE members, with personalised support to create more sustainable and smarter businesses of the future.
“We’re delighted that 2016 marks iiE’s expansion into further regions of the UK,” explains iiE HQ’s David Knight. “It’s great to be able to share our vision of setting a recognisable environmental ‘standard’ for businesses of all sizes.”
Launched in 2010 by the environmental charity PECT, iiE has seen unprecedented growth over the last few years. The scheme’s vision is to put sustainability at the heart of business practices in order to help businesses save money, implement good working practices, and reduce their impact on the environment in a realistic way that works for them.
It’s not just about saving money off bills, because over 90% of iiE members believe that green thinking and actions actually helps make more money and wins more tenders too. By ultimately putting together a credible Environmental Management System (EMS), the scheme also allows businesses to keep ahead of emerging environmental legislation, involves staff in securing operational efficiencies, and raises corporate profile.
“Gates Green Solutions is really proud to be partnering with iiE to lauch the accreditation process throughout London and the South East,” explains Martin Slocombe, Commercial Director at Gates Green Solutions. “At last there is a viable, achievable, affordable environmental accreditation available for any size company.”
“It is a perfect starter platform for smaller companies, a ISO14001 equivalent for small to medium-sized enterprises (SME's) and adds a great benefit for the larger companies including those with ISO14001 too, because it encourages greater staff engagement. Our goals will be to help as many SMEs achieve Green level accreditation as possible this year and support networking opportunities to promote shared best practice and new business.”