Responsib'All Day 2018
Pernod Ricard’s UK employees join forces to tackle water and land pollution across the UK
Ahead of World Oceans Day today, a combined effort of more than 500 staff from Pernod Ricard in the UK: Pernod Ricard UK, Chivas Brothers and the Global Travel Retail division, joined together to help tackle water and land pollution.
Yesterday’s collective force focused on the clearing of rubbish from river foreshores and beaches across the UK as well as creating Rain Gardens, a natural filtration helping to transfer clean rain water back into the ground. Partnering with The Marine Conservation Society and Thames21, Pernod Ricard’s UK colleagues yesterday descended on the River Thames and multiple beachside locations clearing a significant amount of litter and recording the data for future research to help prevent contamination.
In Scotland, Chivas Brothers led partnerships with the River’s Trust, The Clyde Foundation and The Deveron, Bogie and Isla Rivers Charitable Trust to restore the banks of the River Clyde and River Deveron. Throughout the day, employees helped to remove weeds and protect wildlife habitats at rick of pollution. While, in London, employees helped to create rain gardens at Chiswick House & Gardens, with the structures donated to local schools to boost their biodiversity.
The activities formed part of Responsib’All Day, an annual global event which sees 18,500 employees from Pernod Ricard affiliates around the world dedicate time and resources to support the group’s year-long global sustainability commitments. The businesses’ aim was to support the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals: ‘Clean Water and Sanitation’ and ‘Life on Land’.
Environment Secretary, Michael Gove, said: “Congratulations Pernod Ricard on making this significant contribution to help our natural environment. We all have a responsibility to our environment and this simple yet effective initiative is a fine example to other large businesses.
“We want more companies to say no to unnecessary single use plastics. Through our 25 Year Environment Plan we have committed to eliminating all avoidable plastic waste and we will continue to take decisive action protect our precious environment.”
Sandrine Ricard, Head of Sustainability and Responsibility, for Chivas Brothers, said: “This year’s activities are just a glimpse of things to come; we want to use this activity to set the foundations for building a legacy. Sustainability underpins everything we do and in the next stage of our journey we want to make an even bigger impact by calling on our colleagues, customers and other businesses to join us in taking action.”
Pernod Ricard has signed a partnership with Impact 2030 to bring together campaigners from the private sector, civil society and academia to encourage company employees to help to achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Responsib’All Day is just one activity which aims to support these goals. Most recently, Pernod Ricard announced a ban on non-biodegradable plastic straws and stirrers across its business.