Each year, The Planet Mark presents awards to those of its members who have most successfully implemented measurable changes toward sustainability in their business.
For the first time since the programme’s inception in 2013, this year’s ceremony was hosted virtually, with guests and nominees mingling at miniature onscreen tables and clinking glasses in the comfort of their homes while our hosts prepared to kick off the prize-giving.
Steve Malkin, founder of The Planet Mark, began the evening with a moving speech in which he marked the tumultuous events of 2020, especially the global shift in consciousness brought about by the impact of COVID-19 and the resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement. Remarking that this must be the end of business as usual, Steve advocated for “wildly radical transformation”, and stated that if we are to rebuild the world, we must not rebuild it in the image of the old one. Sir Tim Smit CBE, Co-founder of The Eden Project, later echoed these sentiments, emphasising the need for a regenerative and resilient business ecology as we move into the future.
In order to become a member of The Planet Mark, a business must make a commitment to continually reduce their impact on the environment year on year, and consistently provide the necessary data to support these claims. Having achieved an overall carbon reduction of 12.3%, and a carbon reduction of 32.5% per employee, the Oktra team were excited to have been nominated for the Carbon Reduction by Intensity category. A huge congratulations to Goodman Logistics Development who won this category with a staggering 50.9% carbon reduction per employee over 2019.
As the ceremony came to a close, The Planet Mark announced the next stage in their plan: a Decade of Action, which sets out the aim for all members to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2030. To top it all off, the launch of a new members digital social platform was announced as well as monthly webinars and networking events, where representatives can workshop and collaborate on solutions to shared concerns.
We would like to congratulate each of this year’s award winners, all of whom share Oktra’s aspirations for a more sustainable future. As Steve commented: “We have a constantly growing community of amazing organisations who share common values for sustainability, a positive ethos and a desire to create social value. There is much to celebrate in these, our third awards, for holders of The Planet Mark…Your commitment to sustainability and your passion to measure, engage and communicate with your employees, supply chain and wider communities mean our common goal to build a better greener future is in safe hands.