Green light for new environmental initiative


An idea for a sustainable initiative, sparked by members of our tribe, has been turned into a campaign which is benefiting our business and the environment.

Innovation runs through the core of Taylor Vinters not only in terms of the entrepreneurial businesses and people we work with, but our open culture. To enable us to walk the talk, we’ve created an environment which enables our people to thrive and where everyone is encouraged to have a voice and make a difference.

One way in which we’re achieving this is through our initiative called PitchUp, which challenges everyone from across the business to form a team and agree an idea or innovation to present to the firm in a creative way. Many of these ideas have been progressed and implemented, including our new Green Committee, which is helping our business become more sustainable and protect the environment.

“The Green Committee stems from a group of people who all share a passion for reducing our environmental impact,” explains Sabrina Sears, associate in our Private Wealth team. “Everyone at Taylor Vinters supports the idea so we’re now working together to implement initiatives and projects which can make a measurable difference.

She continues: “Our first job was to assess the sustainable measures already in place at Taylor Vinters and research what other businesses were doing to help improve their green credentials. This helped us to identify areas of improvement and establish some goals, including reducing our plastic consumption by exchanging plastic water bottles to glass, reviewing the recycling system, car pool and cycle to work scheme.

A number of projects have been launched to help improve the local environment where our offices are based. In the summer, this saw 12 people from our tribe spend an evening travelling on paddle boards from Paddington Basin through Little Venice and along the Grand Union Canal in London to collect rubbish from the river, filling five large bags.

“It was a fantastic experience, learning new skills and doing our bit for the London waterways”, says Natasha Bowyer Irvine associate in our Commercial and Technology team and another founder of the Green Committee. “We collected all sorts of rubbish from the canal and there was a real sense of accomplishment across the team, helped by the unexpected compliments and applause from the passing public!”

The Green Committee has also introduced the Fruitful Office campaign which means that for every box of fruit delivered to our offices, the company behind the fruit deliveries will plant a tree in Malawi. Between July and September, we have planted 12 trees, across the firm, that could equate to around 50 trees a year. And we have committed to using Green Tomato Cars, London’s first and largest hybrid zero emission car service, instead of our previous taxi firm. Green Tomato double offset their unavoidable emissions and are ISO 14001 certified.

The Committee is already making a difference and is keeping the momentum going with more initiatives planned over the coming months.

These include an upcycling “crafternoon”, enticing staff away from their desks for a well-deserved break whilst learning new skills and raising money for charity as well as implementing innovative new recycling projects throughout the firm.

The Green Committee is supported by people across the Taylor Vinters tribe and we look forward to continuing to work together to make Taylor Vinters a greener business with a more eco-focused outlook. We hope other businesses follow suit…there really is no time to waste!

For more information about the Green Committee, please contact Sabrina Sears.

Nick MannGrads