27 October 2015
RBS Thanet Grange, a 15400 sqm office in Westcliff on Sea, Essex, has been awarded the fairplace Award, the new ethical workplace accreditation launched last year by the Ethical Property Foundation.
The fairplace Award allows business to demonstrate practical commitment to people, community and planet.
“It’s been a really fascinating process for the team at Thanet Grange” says Mike Lynch, RBS Sustainable Workplaces. “Fairplace is the opposite of a box ticking exercise - to gain the award you need to look carefully at actual on the ground practices, not just policies. We have all learned a lot at RBS. We’d recommend any business to go for fairplace”
“At RBS we are determined to build a sustainable bank to make a difference for our customers, colleagues and communities. Receiving recognition from the Fairplace Award is a good sign of the progress we are making towards this”. Elaine Arden, Chief HR Officer, RBS
RBS is now looking to extend fairplace across other properties in its estate, while applications are currently pending from a range of leading UK companies and property industry membership bodies keen to promote the award to their members.
"At a time when businesses must demonstrate they are part of wider society, fairplace is a comprehensive business improvement tool which aligns good ethics with best practice across Finance, Procurement, HR, and Facilities Management as part of core business planning.” says Ethical Property Foundation Chief Executive Antonia Swinson. “We have greatly enjoyed working with the team at Thanet Grange and look forward to working with RBS across its estate."
Fairplace has to date been awarded to Sodexo plc, Kingston University, leading aid charity CAFOD, and property company Foundation Property & Capital.
All proceeds from the fairplace Award support the charitable work of the Ethical Property Foundation.