Stephen Webster wins first Grosvenor Sustainability Award
New award scheme celebrating and rewarding sustainability leadership in Mayfair and Belgravia has its first winners
Congratulations to Stephen Webster, winner of our inaugural Grosvenor Sustainability Award.
Established to celebrate and reward environmental and social leadership across Grosvenor Britain & Ireland’s Mayfair and Belgravia portfolio, the award reflects the increasing opportunity for landlords and occupiers to partner to build a better, more sustainable future.
Stephen Webster is a contemporary fine jeweller located on Mount Street, Mayfair, known for its powerful aesthetic and its instantly recognisable collections.
The judging panel were particularly impressed by the team’s submission, which highlighted the company’s past, present and future commitments to sustainability.
For over 10 years Stephen Webster has been sustainably sourcing and repurposing materials and the business recently developed a target to halve carbon emissions by 2030 which they are working to get approved by the Science Based Targets initiative.
Stephen Webster also holds its supply chain to the highest standards and procures renewable energy for its premises. In 2022, the business will launch Green Pensions, source IRMA recycled gold and increase the sustainability of its packaging.
The team take home one year’s supply of green energy worth up to £10,000 and £3,000 towards a digital advertising campaign which will be created with Grosvenor.
The judging panel included:
- Joanna Bourke, Deputy Business Editor, Evening Standard
- Juliane Cailouette-Noble, Managing Director, Sustainable Restaurant Association
- Sofia Lotto Persio, Editorial Lead for Sustainability, Forbes
- Amelia Bright, Executive Director, London Estate, Grosvenor
- Tor Burrows, Executive Director, Sustainability and Innovation, Grosvenor
They also highly commended runners-up who were also recognised for their bold sustainability ambitions and a commitment to drive positive change in their business and community.
Second place was awarded to the Odd Chair Company which has addressed sustainability across its buildings, products, and services, including enhancing building insulation through greening, utilising recycled materials in manufacturing, and consolidating deliveries.
Runner up awards were given to atis, the health food restaurant in Eccleston Yards which champions plant-based and seasonal produce and has a mission to reduce food waste, and My Wardrobe HQ, a platform to rent and resell luxury fashion items to reduce waste by 50% within five years.
Amelia Bright commented: “Delivering on our environmental commitments relies heavily on partnership with our tenants. We wanted to build a way to celebrate the huge strides made by our tenants to help make Mayfair and Belgravia London’s most sustainable neighbourhoods.
“We were overwhelmed by the quality of the entries, however, Stephen Webster’s vision and track record won us over and we are delighted to announce them as the winner of our first Grosvenor Sustainability Award.”
Stephen Webster, MBE – Founder and Creative Director, Stephen Webster, commented:
“The entire team at Stephen Webster are delighted to have won 1st prize at the inaugural Grosvenor Sustainability Awards.
“For several years we have focused on being as sustainable and responsible as possible across all our business practices. Our green team, led by our Head of Global Marketing & Sustainability, Samantha Chapman, work tirelessly on this mission and to make sure our clients are part of the journey.”
Joanna Bourke, Deputy Business Editor, Evening Standard:
“Stephen Webster impressed us as they have been well ahead of green game for some time, looking at ways to deliver positive change before ESG was even on the agenda for many companies. Their goal of achieving a science-based target and looking at green-related pensions also gave us a real sense of their drive to do more."
The awards come as Grosvenor publishes its first annual update on its Net Zero Carbon Pathway which will see it become net zero by 2030. The report showed that across Grosvenor’s business, buildings, developments and supply chain emissions fell by 20% in 2020 vs 2019. While lockdowns inevitably impacted building use and emissions, the company remains on track to meet its 2030 target, with collaboration with tenants critical to success.