From 1st September 2016 the operation of Investors in the Environment (iiE) Yorkshire and Humber region has been taken over by The Green Business Network. The Green Business Network is an Environmental Consultancy based in Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire. Their parent company, Pennine-Pack Ltd, was the first businesses accredited to iiE in Yorkshire.
From the start we have believed iiE to be a fantastic option for businesses seeking to improve their environmental performance and gain recognition and accreditation at a reasonable cost. All the other alternatives that we considered were simply too expensive or too time consuming to support for a small business like ours. iiE gave us everything we were looking for in an Environmental accreditation scheme.
While working towards the iiE accreditation Pennine-Pack realised that there were huge third party emissions associated with recycling waste packaging in China. This prompted us to set up a ‘low carbon’ option for our customers known as Ethical Compliance. This initiative was recognised in the Supply Chain category of the Guardian Sustainable Business Awards 2016 for our work to promote British recycling and reducing our third party carbon emissions.
When the Yorkshire and Humber franchise became available we decided to step into the breach so that this excellent scheme can continue to grow and to give our fellow businesses in Yorkshire the chance to benefit as we have.
iiE Yorkshire and Humber will be run by Becky Taylor and John Mooney, two skilled and competent Environmental professionals with extensive experience in a range of industries, spanning over 50 years between them.
Becky has worked as a Quality and Environment Engineer and Lead Auditor and Systems Audit Manager for companies in the electrical and textiles industries where her practical ‘can-do’ approach ensures key objectives can be consistently met. Becky is also an accomplished Uilleann piper & multi-instrumentalist who has played to some amazing audiences in amazing settings!
John began his career as a metallurgist and has worked as a Quality and Health and Safety Engineer in manufacturing businesses making products ranging from car parts to carpets. While working for Interface UK he made the move into the Environmental arena, setting up the UK’s first commercial carpet reuse project as a partnership with local charity Pennine Magpie. John has also worked for a local authority providing environmental support for SMEs before setting up Pennine-Pack Ltd, which provides environmental expertise to businesses, specialising in ‘packaging tax’.
The IiE team will be introducing themselves to existing members over the next couple of months, and are busy setting up events to assist new members working towards their first accreditation as well as providing help, support and recognition to the efforts of those already accredited and more established within the scheme.
The Green Business Network and Ethical Compliance are trading names of Pennine-Pack Ltd.