26 June 2019
Fit for the Future were thrilled to judge entries for a new category- Greenest Charity Retailer- at the 2019 Charity Retail Awards this week. Congratulations to British Heart Foundation who scooped the award, and to shortlisted charities Wandsworth Oasis and St Oswald’s Hospice. The new award highlights the increasing recognition of the importance of environmental sustainability in the third-sector, an issue explored by some of our members in the May issue of Charity Finance Magazine.
Our Network Manager, Fergus, also led a workshop as part of the Charity Retail conference. The workshop was all about the power of networking, with a live demonstration of Fit for the Future’s matchmaking model in action; participants shared their environmental challenges with each other and explored solutions. The key message was that, when it comes to improving the environmental sustainability of charity retail, organisations can achieve more if they collaborate and share knowledge.
Anna Frizzell, RNLI’s Sustainability Manager and Fit for the Future member, presented on the life-saving charity’s inspirational environmental work. Fergus and Anna were pleased to welcome representatives from 25 charities to the workshop including British Red Cross, Marie Curie, Salvation Army, The Air Ambulance Service, and St Oswalds Hospice.
The areas and themes discussed included waste management-particularly plastic recycling and upcycling-, energy management, efficiency and monitoring, and sustainable procurement.
Our members can check out resources related to all of these topics in our members' area, as well as view a presentation given by British Heart Foundation's Sustainability Manager, David Roman at our annual conference, the Network Harvest, last year. Not a member but like the sound of working collaboratively towards an environmentally sustainability third-sector? Contact the Fit for the Future team.