Mace’s green pledge launches with 50 Birmingham employees out for Wildlife

Friday 2nd November 2012

The Redeveloped New Street StationMace's green pledge

The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country this week welcomes 50 Mace employees to sites across the area to help clean up and improve natural habitats.

The company behind the Birmingham Gateway project, amongst many other high profile pieces of work, with a commitment to sustainable features are getting to grips with a less technological project.

In what will be the company’s first, official Volunteer Week, all employees from Birmingham will now spend a portion of this week cleaning waterways, planting trees, creating new meadows and clearing scrubland and woodland.

Mace has kick started its green pledge by joining the Wildlife Trust and organising the UK wide biodiversity event. The Wildlife Trusts are the UK’s largest voluntary organisation dedicated to protecting wildlife and wild places; Mace’s decision to join the organisation was influenced by its commitment to biodiversity and its capacity to lead large numbers of people in volunteering activity.

Mace’s Midlands Regional Director Simon Dale said: ‘I’m pleased to get involved with this initiative. The event is company-wide and as a region the enthusiasm of mace’s Midlands’ employees has been particularly encouraging. A genuine community spirit reflects the good nature of all our employees and I’m proud not only as a director but also as an active participant taking part in the scheme.’

Neil Wyatt, Chief Executive of The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country said: “We’re delighted to have MACE employees volunteering with us on three sites this week. The work they do will provide a valuable boost to wildlife across Birmingham and the Black Country in a busy time before the cold winter months.” 

Mace is an international consultancy and construction company with a £928m turnover in 2011, employing over 3,600 people and operating across 69 countries. Mace’s core business is programme and project management, cost consultancy, construction delivery and facilities management. It is truly multi-disciplinary with services spanning the entire property and infrastructure lifecycle. For more information visit:

Mace’s sustainability plan aims to meet targets in six critical issues and to reduce the industry’s negative impact on the environment. Targets in waste, water, carbon and energy, biodiversity, responsible sourcing and community are at the forefront of the plan.

• Waste: Increase the waste diverted from landfill.
 Target: Increase waste diversion to 98% (from 89% in 2011).
• Water: Reduce water consumption.
 Target: Reduce water consumption by 20%.
• Carbon and Energy: Reduce direct (scope 1) and indirect (scope 2) emissions
 Target: Decrease carbon emissions by 20%.
• Biodiversity: Increase areas of ecologically valuable habitat.
 Target: Increase biodiversity by 20%.
• Responsible sourcing: Procure all key construction materials from credible, certified responsible sourcing standards.
Target: All key materials certified (FSC for timber and BES6001 for concrete, steel and plasterboard).
• Community: Support construction industry education and skills development, and deliver projects in a way that supports local communities.

Four key areas of the business are covered in the sustainability plan, including best practice construction and client services, an expanded communities programme and greener internal activities.

Mace plans to:
• Provide clients with value-adding sustainability services.
• Consolidate and align existing community activities and invest in new programmes.
• Invest in construction systems, data monitoring and training.
• Adopt greener and more efficient internal operations.

Mace is also including its supply chain and procurement process within the plan. With a pledge to procuring responsibly, Mace seeks assurance for clients and other stakeholders that materials are legitimately secured from legal and well-managed sources and from suppliers and contractors who can demonstrate responsible sourcing of their materials.

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