Barclays is supporting the United Nations’ World Environment Day on Sunday, 5 June with a week of activities to raise awareness of environmental issues among employees.
To mark the global event, Barclays teams around the world will next week launch a range of initiatives highlighting how employees can reduce their impact on the environment and help preserve natural resources.
In the UK, we are launching our third annual Eco Week to coincide with the celebrations, hosting roadshows at key offices and branches to showcase how UK Retail Banking is working with suppliers to cut its carbon footprint and reduce waste.
Barclaycard is encouraging teams to ‘take one green step’ by pledging to make a small, environmentally friendly change and record their progress for a year.
In Sandton, Johannesburg, we are hosting a ‘Green Day’ at the Absa Capital head office, where suppliers will exhibit their eco-friendly services from organic composting to worm farms.
We are also committed to engaging employees about environmental awareness throughout the year. For example, we run annual initiatives around the world to coincide with national Earth Days. The most recent event took place at Barclays iconic 745 Seventh Avenue building in New York City in April, where Barclays Capital teams had an opportunity to learn about our progress on a range of environmental issues.
Jillian Fransen, Barclays Group Head of Sustainability, said: “Barclays is committed to playing a leading role in tackling climate change as part of its Citizenship agenda.
“Our Climate Action Programme focuses on the areas where it has the greatest potential to make a difference, including developing products and services that will enable a move to a lower carbon economy, managing climate change risks to Barclays operations and managing the Group’s direct carbon footprint.
“The actions and decisions of colleagues help achieve these aims and World Environment Day highlights this shared responsibility.”
World Environment Day was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1972.