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18 JANUARY 2023
Established to celebrate environmental and social leadership across Grosvenor’s Mayfair and Belgravia portfolios, these awards reflect the increasing opportunity for property owners and occupiers to partner to build a better, more sustainable future.
Now in their second year, the awards have been expanded to five categories to better recognise the wide variety of sustainability initiatives businesses are driving forwards.
The entries have been judged and we are delighted to announce the following winners:
Winner: Edward Bulmer Natural Paint, 194 Ebury Street, SW1W 8UP
Highly Commended: Apricity, 68 Duke Street, W1K 6JU
Edward Bulmer Natural Paint was selected as the overall winner for putting sustainability front and centre of their design process, creating a plant-based paint with a minimal carbon footprint and its biodegradable nature allows for recycling and upcycling opportunities where traditional paints do not. The judges identified the paint’s potential to disrupt the industry and set a new standard for paint which is transparent about its contents and produced without the use of harmful chemicals or fossil fuels. Edward Bulmer have set an ambitious 40% reduction target in their company emissions in 2023 alone, achieved by switching to heat-pumps and renewable energy, as well as transitioning to electric vehicle fleets. They were also notable for their commitment to transparent messaging around sustainability, with their ‘Green Claims Policy’ and as a signatory to the Anti-Greenwash Charter.
Winner: Gallic Books – Belgravia Books, 12 Eccleston Street, SW1W 9LT
Highly Commended: Daylesford Organic, 44B Pimlico Road, SW1W 8LP
Belgravia Books stood out for demonstrating how the whole team embody their sustainability values, including low-impact corporate travel and for their commitment to halve emissions by 2030.
Winner: Cult Mia, find online at cultmia.com
Highly Commended: BiBi, 42 North Audley Street, W1K 6ZP
Cult Mia have implemented responsible procurement practices, backed by strong governance to create a platform where they are helping consumers to make fashion choices that support both environmental and social issues.
Winner: The Good Store, find online at thegoodstore.uk
Highly Commended: Native at Browns, 39 Brook Street, W1K 4JE
The Good Store have helped redefine the traditional department store concept. They commit to only stocking sustainable products, with a strong focus on re-sale, re-use, nature regeneration and waste reduction. Their curated approach takes the difficulty out of finding sustainable brands, supporting customers to make better purchases, while reinvesting its profits back into its parent charity Groundwork.
Winner: Vigilance, 20A Eccleston Street, SW1W 9LT
Vigilance, a social enterprise and security guard service which supports ex-British Army soldiers into civilian careers took home the Community Contributor award. They have a long-term partnership with the Gurkha Welfare Trust, which has seen their CEO and COO recently cycle over 650km from Kathmandu to Everest Basecamp on Brompton Bikes to support water projects, giving back to the communities many of their employees originate from.
The Sustainability Leader winner will be taking home £5000 credit against their Grosvenor account while the other category winners are each awarded £1000 credit.
The judging panel included:
The judges were extremely impressed with the quality and variety of the entries and particularly the high-level of ambition from occupiers, many of which are independent brands, demonstrating that smaller teams and resources does not compromise the delivery of lasting change.
Tor Burrows, Grosvenor, commented:
"Having a strong partnership with the occupiers of our properties is essential to making Mayfair and Belgravia sustainable.
We are continuously inspired by our occupiers sustainability initiatives and this year’s entries demonstrated an ambition which drives us all forward – supporting each other to meet ambitious sustainability targets."
Edward Bulmer, Founder of Edward Bulmer Natural Paint, commented:
“We are so thrilled to have been chosen as the winner - our mission to make the paint industry more sustainable is really the reason we all work so hard and so to be recognised for this is hugely rewarding for the whole team.”
“Our natural paint business has been built from the ground up, driven by a belief that, simply by making it differently, paint need not be polluting or unsustainable. We can play our small part in leaving a world where our children and grandchildren can thrive in balance with nature.”
Josh Newton, Ellen MacArthur Foundation, commented:
"It was a privilege to help judge the awards and to observe some really exciting activities across the Grosvenor community. Many occupiers of all shapes, sizes and sectors are recognising the value of embedding sustainability principles into product design, business model and are collaborating for wider impact."
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With a track record of over 340 years, we work to improve urban property and places in many of the world’s leading cities, promoting sustainability within the built environment and enhancing the wellbeing of customers and communities.
Our UK property business supports c1,000 businesses and tens of thousands of residents and workers across London’s West End each day. We also invest in, create and manage sustainable neighbourhoods in Liverpool and across England. As a 1.5oC aligned company, pioneering change and new ways of thinking about property we aim to ensure our places benefit both people and the planet over the long term.
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