Zurich International back event to recruit more UNESCO Biosphere IOM partners| November 2020

The advantages businesses and the community can gain from becoming a UNESCO Biosphere Isle of Man partner was the focus for a business breakfast supported by Zurich International and the Chamber of Commerce.

Date: Monday 30 November 2020

The advantages businesses and the community can gain from becoming a UNESCO Biosphere Isle of Man partner was the focus for a business breakfast supported by Zurich International and the Chamber of Commerce.

It was organised by Nikole Cervantes, a Masters student in Business Entrepreneurship at University College Isle of Man, who is carrying out a 10-month research project for UNESCO Biosphere Isle of Man.


Chamber CEO Rebecca George welcomed guests from a wide range of sectors, then handed over to Jo Overty, UNESCO Biosphere Isle of Man Project Officer, who gave a presentation explaining the initiative’s purpose and significance, and the benefits businesses can gain from becoming a partner. This was followed by one of UNESCO Biosphere Isle of Man’s most high-profile and enthusiastic supporters, Zurich International, who became a partner in March 2019.

 

Chamber of Commerce CEO Rebecca George (right) introduces the UNESCO Biosphere Isle of Man event which was supported by Zurich International.


Lauren Wasley, IT Service Manager, and her Zurich International colleague Martin Greenwood, HR Consultant, explained why being a partner is an important part of a long-term commitment to envi-ronmental issues at Zurich International and across Zurich Insurance Group. Inspired by Zurich Insur-ance Group joining the Business Ambition for 1.5°C, there has been a high level of participation in a wide range of projects to cut plastic waste, increase recycling, and reduce the company’s carbon footprint. The Zurich International presentation highlighted some of the main achievements in recent years, including removing all single use plastic from the office, purchasing e-bikes which employees can use for their commute and gaining BREEAM sustainability certification for their office building. The most recent success was a ‘Climate Month’ campaign in September, which highlighted the need for urgent action to tackle the climate emergency and saw employees volunteering to help with litter picks and tree planting.

 

At the UNESCO Biosphere Isle of Man event are (from left to right) Lauren Wasley, IT Service Manager, Zurich International; Martin Greenwood, HR Consultant, Zurich International; and Nikole Cervantes from UNESCO Biosphere Isle of Man.


Geoffrey Boot MHK, Minister for Environment, Food and Agriculture, said: “Honouring its Biosphere Pledge, Zurich International is both driving positive change within the workplace and leading initia-tives that benefit the community. Zurich International’s presentation was inspiring, demonstrating how much can be achieved by businesses whose management and staff really embrace the principles of Biosphere.”

Lauren Wasley said: “Working together with other UNESCO Biosphere Isle of Man partners to protect the environment isn’t just the right thing to do, it makes economic sense too by enhancing the Isle of Man’s international reputation, and creating business and employment opportunities.”

 

Zurich House - Zurich International’s HQ at Isle of Man Business Park.


Martin Greenwood added: “Everyone on the Island benefits by protecting the environment, and we have found that working together on environmental projects is something that colleagues really enjoy and find very rewarding. Across the business colleagues have been very enthusiastic in introducing everyday lifestyle changes at work and at home that add up to significant reductions in plastic waste and carbon footprints.”

 

e-bikes are available to Zurich International employees who want to cut down on carbon emissions while commuting.


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