‘Growing Together’ is the name of our Corporate Responsibility Plan.
We’ve been making good progress with each of the four pillars of our ‘Growing Together’ Plan.
Being a responsible company and addressing our environmental and social impacts is intrinsically linked to our brand values (Inspiration, Helpfulness, Ownership and Passion) and our business strategy.
Gardens are integral to our environment and play a key part in supporting local communities and more sustainable lifestyles. We know that protecting our planet and supporting local communities are important to many of our customers and colleagues. Our ‘Growing Together’ Corporate Responsibility Plan has four important pillars...
We want to minimise the impact of our direct operations on the environment. Key activities we focus on are reducing our energy and water usage, reducing our waste and increasing our recycling.
In 2014, We saved over 6500 tonnes of waste going to landfill, equivalent to a football pitch five metres deep in rubbish.
We’ve also just been shortlisted in the National Recycling Rewards in the category for Best Partnership Project - between Wyevale Garden Centres, Biffa and Good Values - for the strides we’ve made across our centres in recycling.
We are committed to working with our suppliers to source ethical and sustainable products. We also inspire our customers to reduce their environmental impact and make more planet friendly choices when purchasing products.
We sold over 5 million cups of great tasting organic coffee last year, supporting local co-operative farmers in Brazil, Central America and Uganda. The spent coffee beans also get recycled and turned into furniture and coffee machines, rather than landfill. For every one of these coffee machines we buy, a tree is planted. In 2014 our Food & Beverage team planted 50 trees in London.
The impact of our business on our local communities is important to us. We focus on providing employment opportunities, promoting wellbeing through gardens and the act of gardening and strengthening the communities in which we operate.
A key initiative is our National Charity Partnership and the development of our ‘Gardens for Good’ initiative, where our garden centres unite behind a national cause where the physical garden space can bring benefits to individuals and communities. We raised over ÃÂ£350,000 for Marie Curie, which funded over 17,500 hours of nursing care.
We aspire to making
Wyevale Garden Centres a great place to work; supporting and involving our colleagues in the businesses; nurturing their development and fostering their active support in our ‘Growing Together’ Programme through volunteering in their local communities and fundraising.
We've trained our teams with 175,000 e-learning modules and assessments, and implemented our Management Development and ‘People Performance’ programmes and Award-winning
e-learning programme for all colleagues.