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  • United Kingdom
  • Body of knowledge
Type Branch
Branch Wales

Wales Branch World Quality Week Event

Join the Wales branch and Sharon Shutler for an event on this years Quality Week Theme : "Doing the right thing"

Location
  • London
  • United Kingdom
Type Branch
Branch Caribbean Branch

Repeat Business ROLLS-BARRRC

Join the Caribbean branch in the third event of this webinar series on the World Quality Week theme "doing the right thing"

Location
  • London
  • United Kingdom
Type Branch
Branch Caribbean Branch

Quality Assurance to Excellence

Join the Caribbean branch in the second event of this webinar series on the World Quality Week theme "doing the right thing"

Location
  • United Kingdom
Type Special Interest Group
SIG
Integrated Management

Quality Week Quiz

The CQI Integrated Management Special Interest Group (IMSIG) are having a quiz to celebrate World Quality Week!

Recycle Bin

Quality conscience at the CQI

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At the CQI head office, we take matters of sustainability seriously. Hear from our Office Manager, Roger Ariis, as he shares how we have embedded an ethos of environmental responsibility in our ways of working.

  • Measuring performance
  • When I joined the CQI three and a half years ago, I was pleased to see a certain commitment to sustainable practices that I had not experienced in previous organisations. There were recycling bins, which was already a vast improvement. Staff were encouraged to print only what was strictly necessary, and to switch off lights in meeting rooms when not in use. 

    However, it was the office move at the beginning of 2021 that allowed us to flex our green muscles and create a more environmentally friendly space.  

    Working towards a more sustainable office

    Firstly, we felt strongly about not sending anything to landfill unless it was absolutely necessary, so we set out to reuse as much of the existing furnishings as possible: operator and meeting room chairs, reception lounge furniture, meeting room tables, staff lockers and storage cupboards, computer screens, small electrical appliances and a number of accessories including the synthetic Christmas tree! What we could not fit in the new space, we recycled or donated to schools in Kent and London through Business2Schools

    "Sustainability is not simply a tick-box exercise, it is something we are committed to..."

    LED lighting was fitted throughout the space, most of it connected to motion sensors, and new eco-friendlier kitchen appliances installed to help save energy. 

    We further improved on the waste segregation front by fitting dedicated bins for glass, coffee cups, mixed dry recyclables, organic as well as generic waste. Our waste is collected and processed by First Mile, who are committed to zero-to-landfill waste collections. At the end of 2021, they awarded us a silver certificate for achieving a recycling rate of 75% and offsetting 0.95 tonnes of CO². Needless to say, we are aiming to improve on both accounts. 

    Having successfully navigated a long lockdown by adapting our processes and eliminating the need to print documents, we now mandate that staff only print by exception, in an attempt to remain as paperless as possible. Looking at our procurement process is likely to be the next area of focus.  

    And yet, what is the positive impact of the above in measurable terms? How much do our activities still contribute to the global CO² emissions? And where can we still improve? In an attempt to answer these questions, we have a project underway aimed at identifying our current impact. With the help of an online platform, we will analyse data related to energy consumption in the office, as well as our impact while home working and commuting.

    Of course, sustainability is not simply a tick-box exercise, it is something we are committed to, so this project is ongoing as we look to continually improve and take advantage of all sustainability opportunities.

    Are you interested in sustainability? Find out how to join the CQI's Sustainability Special Interest Group today. 

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    Location
    • United Kingdom
    • Body of knowledge
    Type CQI and IRCA events

    World Quality Week 2022

    World Quality Week is an annual campaign celebrated by the CQI, which raises awareness of the quality management profession globally. 

    Location
    • United Kingdom
    Type Branch
    Branch East Scotland

    Quality in Disasters

    In this presentation Paul Simpson focuses on the role of the quality professional in disaster prevention