Nicky Hannon's winning 'green day' idea suggests staff work from home once a month

Secretary Nicky Hannon has helped consultant Rider Levett Bucknall clinch the environmental accreditation ISO 14001 with her ‘green day’ idea.

The Manchester-based staff came up with the idea that for one day a month staff should be encouraged to try and work from home in a move to stop unnecessary journeys to the office.

RLB CEO Lance Taylor, chairman David Bucknall and four out of five CR competition finalists

The standard from the ISO 14000 series is designed to address the delicate balance between maintaining company profitability and reducing environmental impact.

As part of its Corporate Responsibility initiative, RLB launched a company-wide competition.

A prize of a folding bike was up for grabs for the winning idea to help improve environmental practices throughout the company.

Staff at all levels entered the competition and provided over 100 entries from which a shortlist of five finalists was drawn up.

Competition was tough with great ideas such as nominated ‘energy savers’ - an innovation from Elizabeth Davidson in the London office which centres around three people in each office working on a rota basis.

The energy savers will ensure that the minimum amount of lights and appliances are on and everything is turned off at the end of the day.

Phil Higham, partner at the firm, said: “The five finalists will have a direct involvement in making their idea happen immediately.”