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Covid-19 has had an already devastating impact on global health, happiness, and economies. Now it is about to have a devastating impact on our planet.

In the wake of the pandemic, nations including Australia, Canada, Poland, and India are turning to fossil fuels in an attempt to recover their economies. This news is difficult to digest from a humanitarian perspective. On one hand, we must consider that many communities in these nations are financially reliant on the fossil fuel industry, and these investments are a well-meaning attempt to protect citizens from economic devastation. On the other hand, while providing much needed financial aid in the short term, in the long term these investments will push the world further from the targets needed to limit the effects of climate change.

The Climate Action Tracker predicts that if things continue as they are, by 2100 global temperatures will increase by up to 4.1°C. The potential effects of such a temperature increase will be infinitely more catastrophic than Covid-19 and leave us with a world totally unrecognisable from that which any humans have lived on before.

Large portions of our planet will be left uninhabitable, owing to either being drowned by the rising sea levels, or left too hot and barren to exist in. There may be devastating food and water shortages; extreme weather events; mass immigration; irreversible loss of biodiversity; increased rates of illness; wide-scale poverty; massive loss of infrastructure; and complete collapses of social structures. Millions, if not billions, of people may die.

The impending nature of climate change leaves humanity in a difficult position. We must ask ourselves a challenging question: should we protect ourselves, or our future? Can we do both?

What do you think?

 

Sources:
World Bank (2012). Turn Down the Heat: Why a 4°C Warmer World Must Be Avoided. Washington, DC: World Bank. Retrieved from: https://openknowledge.worldbank.org/handle/10986/11860
Climate Action Tracker (n.d). The CAT Thermometer explained. Retrieved from: https://climateactiontracker.org/global/cat-thermometer/
Kottasova, Gupta, & Regan (2020). The one chance we have. Cable News Network (CNN). Retrieved from: https://edition.cnn.com/interactive/2020/09/world/climate-covid-money-intl/

 

Utmost Worldwide has made an important move towards greater sustainability by enrolling in ESI Monitor’s Environmental Business Operations Award.

Previously, Utmost Worldwide had achieved ESI Monitor’s Keep Guernsey Green Award and our Community Champion Award, demonstrating an already bold commitment to both environmental and social sustainability. By enrolling in our Environmental Business Operations Award, Utmost Worldwide has taken this commitment even further, and are now in the forefront of Guernsey businesses working towards a better tomorrow.

ESI Monitor would like to congratulate Utmost Worldwide for their dedication to sustainability, we hope their efforts inspire other businesses to follow.

 

Environmental Business Operations Award

ESI Monitor’s Environmental Business Operations Award is structured as an environmental management system that allows businesses of any sector or size to measure, manage, minimise, and continually improve its operational environmental footprint.

Achieving the Environmental Business Operations Award demonstrates to customers, staff, and business partners that the organisation:

The process is broken down into three ‘self-assessment toolkits’ and one final assessment.

 

You can learn more about the Environmental Business Operations Award and how your business can get involved here.

We are pleased to announce that Guernsey Finance has enrolled in ESI Monitor’s Environmental Business Operations Award.

Through enrolling, Guernsey Finance has shown a great commitment to achieving environmental sustainability. This commitment will demonstrate Guernsey’s dedication to green finance to the world, and hopefully inspire other organisations to take up more sustainable practices. Rupert Pleasant, CEO of Guernsey Finance said “Guernsey Finance is one of the key protagonists behind Guernsey’s sustainable finance strategy, establishing Guernsey Green Finance in the process, so making the commitment to greening our own operations with ESI Monitor is an obvious way to demonstrate our sustainable credentials”.

ESI Monitor would like to congratulate Guernsey Finance for embarking on the journey towards sustainability, we are excited to see where it takes them.

 

Environmental Business Operations Award

ESI Monitor’s Environmental Business Operations Award is structured as an environmental management system that allows businesses of any sector or size to measure, manage, minimise, and continually improve its operational environmental footprint.

Achieving the Environmental Business Operations Award demonstrates to customers, staff, and business partners that the organisation:

The process is broken down into three ‘self-assessment toolkits’ and one final assessment.

 

You can learn more about the Environmental Business Operations Award and how your business can get involved here.

RG Falla has taken an impressive step towards environmental sustainability by enrolling in ESI Monitor’s Environmental Business Operations Award.

The organisation has already demonstrated a commitment to the environment by encouraging recycling on their sites, aiming to obtain materials from sustainable sources, and attempting to reduce transport miles. By signing up to the award, RG Falla can further embody this commitment, as they will have all the tools needed to expertly measure, manage, and minimise their environmental impact.

At ESI Monitor, we’d like to congratulate RG Falla for their enrolment. It’s great to see environmental sustainability within the construction industry!

 

Environmental Business Operations Award

ESI Monitor’s Environmental Business Operations Award is structured as an environmental management system that allows businesses of any sector or size to measure, manage, minimise, and continually improve its operational environmental footprint.

Achieving the Environmental Business Operations Award demonstrates to customers, staff, and business partners that the organisation:

  •  is transitioning to a sustainable future through Sustainable Development Goals 7, 9, 11, 12 & 13;
  •  is committed to reducing its impact on the planet;
  •  actively plans its energy conservation, waste management, and procurement strategy;
  •  raises staff awareness of the importance of environmental issues;
  •  seeks improved ways of managing the organisation’s energy and waste.

The process is broken down into three ‘self-assessment toolkits’ and one final assessment.

 

You can learn more about the Environmental Business Operations Award and how your business can get involved here.

 

Grocery retailer Iceland has made a brave move by disclosing their “horrific” plastic footprint, which amounted to approximately 32,000 tonnes in 2019.

In a Tweet, Richard Walker, managing director of Iceland, encouraged other businesses to follow in Iceland’s footsteps regarding measurement and disclosure, stating “you can’t manage what you can’t measure. It’s time to be honest”.

ESI Monitor are fully behind Mr Walker’s decision to publicise Iceland’s plastic footprint. We believe the encouragement of greater transparency within the commercial sector and the push for reduced plastic packaging are vital steps in the fight against climate change and environmental destruction. It is imperative that all businesses measure and understand the impact they are having on the environment, as without this solid foundation, it is impossible to create meaningful, verifiable, and enduring change.

ESI Monitor would like to extend a hand to Iceland, and to any other organisation seeking to calculate and reduce its environmental impact. We provide a premier, international, benchmarked, environmental management system which allows businesses of any sector or size to measure, manage, minimise, and continually improve their operational environmental footprint. Furthermore, we can supply businesses with ongoing environmental benchmarking data, providing verifiable evidence of environmental impact reduction and vital information regarding areas needing improvement.

To find out more about how ESI Monitor can help your business, click here.

You can also view Iceland’s plastic report here.

 

ESI Monitor are pleased to announce that Mourant’s Guernsey office has enrolled in ESI Monitor’s Environmental Business Operations Award, making them the first law firm to do so.

By enrolling in this award, Mourant has demonstrated a great commitment to environmental sustainability, and for that we would like to say a big congratulations! We hope the actions of Mourant’s Guernsey office inspire other law firms to start the journey towards sustainability with us.

 

Environmental Business Operations Award

ESI Monitor’s Environmental Business Operations Award is structured as an environmental management system that allows businesses of any sector or size to measure, manage, minimise, and continually improve its operational environmental footprint.

Achieving the Environmental Business Operations Award demonstrates to customers, staff, and business partners that the organisation:

The process is broken down into three ‘self-assessment toolkits’ and one final assessment.

 

You can learn more about the Environmental Business Operations Award and how your business can get involved here.

 

Due to the increasing international opportunities for sustainable development and partnerships, The Environmental and Social Impact Monitor (ESI Monitor) have set up a London branch.

ESI Monitor’s Sustainability Advisor, Fred Betley, is setting up the company in London to allow the organisation to forge more relationships outside of the Channel Islands and to apply their products on an international stage.

“As ESI Monitor has developed into the sustainability space we have recognised the importance of internationalisation” Mr Betley reports. “Climate change, environmental, and social issues are not restricted by the boarders of countries, and neither are business activities. Therefore, our efforts to address these should be international, too.”

Mr Betley continues; “Since the development of our Environmental Business Operations Award, we have understood the importance of aligning with international commitments and regulations to help streamline the transition towards sustainability. As a result, it has meant that our products have many applications outside of Guernsey and can have significant impact across the world.”

ESI Monitor’s mission is to support and inspire the sustainability transition. We do this through frameworks, products, and services—all of which support businesses and individuals to transition towards greater sustainability. Our flagship product The Environmental Business Operations Award has been developing constantly for the last year, growing from a business accreditation, to a tool that can support businesses meet international regulation, help businesses share environmental data with stakeholders and staff, and improve their ESG performance. This has caught the eye of a number of businesses across the Channel Islands, including asset managers and venture capitalists that want to apply these tools in unique ways to their portfolio companies, and to help improve their ESG performance. The move to London will help facilitate this development and growth further.

 

Please explore our website at www.esimonitor.org to find out more.

 

ESI Monitor are delighted to announce that Ronez (Guernsey) have recently embarked on the path of accreditation to meet the standard of our Environmental Business Operations Award (EBOA).

We have already seen that Ronez is heavily committed to the environment after creating its well-known nature walk and planting over 5000 trees on its site. Furthermore, ESI Monitor are impressed with the steps Ronez is already taking to reduce CO2 emissions such as reducing embedded CO2 in concrete through innovation in cement alternatives and low cement mixes.

Ronez currently hold the ISO 14001 environmental management system accreditation; combining this with the EBOA will enhance environmental performance and create an additional focus on reducing CO2 emissions through benchmarking and reporting.

We are so excited to see Ronez continue on their path towards environmental sustainability with us.

 

Environmental Business Operations Award

ESI Monitor’s Environmental Business Operations Award is structured as an environmental management system that allows businesses of any sector or size to measure, manage, minimise, and continually improve its operational environmental footprint.

Achieving the Environmental Business Operations Award demonstrates to customers, staff, and business partners that the organisation:

The process is broken down into three ‘self-assessment toolkits’ and one final assessment.

 

You can learn more about the Environmental Business Operations Award and how your business can get involved here.

 

We are pleased to announce that Bank Julius Baer (Guernsey) has enrolled in both ESI Monitor Awards; The Community Champion Award, and The Environmental Business Operations Award.

By enrolling in our awards, Julius Baer (Guernsey) have shown a great commitment to community and environmental sustainability. We are very excited to see more banks taking steps toward a better future with us. Congratulations Julius Baer (Guernsey), and thank you for starting this journey with ESI Monitor!

 

Community Champion Award

Enrolling into ESI Monitor’s Community Champion Award scheme is a simple and effective way for businesses to demonstrate their commitment, and the contribution they make, to the community they operate in.

The aim of the award is to commend businesses that contribute the most to their local community and to encourage other businesses to attain higher standards. Major adoption will see a significant increase in community-based contributions from organisations across all sectors, making a meaningful difference to the welfare of local persons.

Accredited businesses are listed in our directory as having surpassed our threshold and will be given access to private data, as shown in the table below. This data is provided quarterly for individual businesses to judge their performance and make choices about future contributions. If required, the data can be used by a business to provide relevant parties with verification of their contribution to the community.

You can learn more about the Community Champion scheme and how your business can get involved here.

 

Environmental Business Operations Award

ESI Monitor’s Environmental Business Operations Award is structured as an environmental management system that allows businesses of any sector or size to measure, manage, minimise, and continually improve its operational environmental footprint.

Achieving the Environmental Business Operations Award demonstrates to customers, staff, and business partners that the organisation:

The process is broken down into three ‘self-assessment toolkits’ and one final assessment.

 

You can learn more about the Environmental Business Operations Award and how your business can get involved here.

 

 

We are pleased to announce that Kelvin Re has enrolled in both ESI Monitor Awards; The Community Champion Award and The Environmental Business Operations Award.

It is wonderful to see yet another Guernsey company show commitment to helping their environment and community. Congratulations Kelvin Re, and thank you for working towards a more sustainable future with us!

 

Community Champion Award

Enrolling into ESI Monitor’s Community Champion Award scheme is a simple and effective way for businesses to demonstrate their commitment, and the contribution they make, to the community they operate in.

The aim of the award is to commend businesses that contribute the most to their local community and to encourage other businesses to attain higher standards. Major adoption will see a significant increase in community-based contributions from organisations across all sectors, making a meaningful difference to the welfare of local persons.

Accredited businesses are listed in our directory as having surpassed our threshold and will be given access to private data, as shown in the table below. This data is provided quarterly for individual businesses to judge their performance and make choices about future contributions. If required, the data can be used by a business to provide relevant parties with verification of their contribution to the community.

You can learn more about the Community Champion scheme and how your business can get involved here.

 

Environmental Business Operations Award

ESI Monitor’s Environmental Business Operations Award is structured as an environmental management system that allows businesses of any sector or size to measure, manage, minimise, and continually improve its operational environmental footprint.

Achieving the Environmental Business Operations Award demonstrates to customers, staff, and business partners that the organisation:

The process is broken down into three ‘self-assessment toolkits’ and one final assessment.

 

You can learn more about the Environmental Business Operations Award and how your business can get involved here.