How Malvern Panalytical employees are supporting their Sustainability strategy

Malvern Panalytical, and their parent company Spectris, have set themselves ambitious net zero targets which include getting to net zero for Scope 1 & 2 by 2030 and scope 3 by 2040. We spoke to Dr Clare Fenwick-Hyde, R&D Sustainability Project Manager at Malvern Panalytical, to find out how they plan to get there and why employee engagement is key to achieving their goals. Here are some examples of the practical tried and tested approaches that Clare has implemented: 

Having a Site-Specific Focus 

Malvern Panalytical, have offices all over the world, primarily in the UK, US and the Netherlands. They have green teams on each different site, made up of volunteers and headed up by a ‘green champion’. They work autonomously with a small budget, with the key goals of reducing Scopes 1 and 2, and employee engagement. They focus on their own activities and comms, with occasional meetings between green champions from different sites to share successful ideas and best practices. 

Continued Communication 

They use various communication channels like emails and blog posts to raise awareness, plus adding sustainability tips to other team comms such as HR newsletters. They also have monthly site meetings where sustainability is always on the agenda. They have found the key is to mention Giki in as many channels as possible to avoid employees over-looking it and have had success in emailing everyone on their site about challenges, rather than just those already signed up, to catch the attention of those unaware of the initiatives. 

Getting Management Support 

As the targets for sustainability have been set at the top levels of the organisation, it means leadership teams are very supportive of the activities. Having a top-down approach is very helpful spreading the word about sustainability initiatives, which enhances participation and engagement. 

Recognition of Effort 

The company recognises employees’ sustainability efforts through awards like the ‘sustainability superstar’ category in global town hall meetings. This recognition encourages engagement and motivates employees to contribute to sustainability efforts. We also offer small prizes during challenges to encourage participation.  

Expanding Reach 

They have used suppliers to help address specific challenges like improper waste disposal by organising visits and site tours for staff to raise awareness about recycling practices. They are also expanding their sustainability efforts globally and reaching out to sister companies.  

Global roll out 

Although Malvern were ready to start taking action with a Giki challenge for their employees, it wasn’t true of all the other companies within their parent company. But since their very successful Giki challenge, Clare is now able to use these results as a case study internally of how Giki can be run at a more local level to drive engagement. 

We’d like to thank Clare for sharing her insights with us and hope that you have been inspired to try some of her ideas in your own organisation. If you’d like to learn more about Giki, then please get in touch.