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Darwin Gray becomes first Welsh Law firm to achieve Living Wage Accreditation

Darwin Gray becomes first Welsh Law firm to achieve Living Wage Accreditation Darwin Gray is the first Welsh law firm to be accredited as a Living Wage employer by The Living Wage Foundation. Their Living Wage commitment will see everyone working at Darwin Gray, regardless of whether they are direct employees or third-party contracted staff; receive a minimum hourly wage of £8.45. Significantly higher rates than the statutory minimum for over 25s of £7.50 per hour introduced in April 2017. The real Living Wage is an hourly rate set independently and updated annually. The Living Wage is calculated according to the real costs of living. Fflur Jones, Partner and Head of Employment and HR at Darwin Gray, said, “We are delighted to have received our Living Wage accreditation to recognise Darwin Gray’s commitment to our employees, and very proud to be the first Welsh law firm to do so” Katherine Chapman, Director, Living Wage Foundation said: “We welcome Darwin Gray to the Living Wage movement as an accredited employer. Responsible businesses across the UK are voluntarily signing up to pay the real Living Wage now. The real Living Wage rate is annually calculated to reflect the real costs of living. We are a movement of over 3000 UK employers who together want to go further than the government minimum to make sure all their staff earn enough to live...

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Food and Drink Wales plan for green growth in food manufacturing available now

Food and Drink Wales plan for green growth in food manufacturing available now Food and Drink Wales plan for Green Growth in food and drink manufacturing has been published this week following a launch by Jane Hutt at the recent Taste Wales conference. ‘Doing Better Business – Opportunities for Welsh Food and Drink Manufacturers in Responsible and Green Growth‘ is written by Iain Cox of Ecostudio, with Welsh Government officials from Food and Drink Wales and with support from the industry. This business-friendly publication sets out how the Welsh Governments intention for an environmentally and socially responsible food and drink sector is bringing commercial advantages to Welsh food manufacturers. – it demonstrates how the Welsh food and drink industry is set benefit from the Welsh Government Food Action Plan and Future Generations legislation. – it features best practice examples from Welsh food and drink manufacturers and trade buyers, including: Parsnipship, Ty Tanglwyst Dairy, Puffin Produce, Fruitapeel, Bangor Mussel Producers and NHS Wales. – it describes the support available to Welsh food and drink manufacturers, including the Sustainable Business Review. A free online self-assessment that is helping 100s of small food companies to report their sustainable credentials to customers, and numerous trade buyers to meet CSR and legislation by assessing the sustainability of their suppliers. Iain Cox the publication’s author and Director of Ecostudio says: “The UK marketplace for sustainably...

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Innovation Short | Public Health Wales and Orangebox save 134 tonnes of C02

Innovation Short | Public Health Wales and Orangebox save 134 tonnes of C02 In 2016 Public Health Wales (PHW) relocated to a new large open plan office in Cardiff Bay incorporating the transfer of around 500 staff. PHW wanted to create a unique workplace environment designed to encourage a collaborative, social and learning focused work place which embedded sustainability as a core principal. Public Health Wales has embraced the three pillars of sustainability – environmental, economic and social sustainability and so this was incorporated in to the brief produced for furnishing the building. In order to achieve the retrofit PHW took a new and innovative approach to procuring office equipment, furnishings and flooring using as much reused and remanufactured equipment and products as possible. As an organisation dedicated to improving public health and well-being, PHW felt that this should be central to activities, including procurement of goods and services, and the refit was identified as an opportunity to demonstrate this approach. They already had a large number of quality furniture and fittings in their existing offices across Wales and it was felt that these items, with some cleaning, refurbishment and re-design, could be repurposed for use at the new office space in Cardiff Bay instead of being sent to landfill, and could be combined with other new or re-used items in a cohesive and functional style appropriate for the...

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A Smart Energy Future for Rural Areas

A Smart Energy Future for Rural Areas New paper from Smart Energy GB examines how smart technology is energising rural community energy projects across Great Britain Smart technology is helping rural communities harness renewable energy and benefit from energy that is cheaper, more efficient and more secure, according to a new report from Smart Energy GB and Arad Research. A smart energy future for rural areas explores some of the most successful examples of community energy projects in rural areas across Britain, looking at the future opportunities to build upon these as Britain’s smart meter rollout continues. Smart meters, which are being offered to every home in Great Britain by energy suppliers, take automatic meter readings and provide a rich source of data on times and levels of energy use. The report explores examples of projects using smart energy, data, and technology to manage the supply and demand of electricity. These include Cyd-ynni: Ynni Lleol in Bethesda, a project that uses power from local hydro-electric generation combined with smart meter data to provide local residents with cheaper electricity from a renewable source. Savings of between 10 and 30 percent on energy bills are forecast for the 90 households taking part in the project. The paper shows the potential for smart meters to play an essential role in increasing the efficiency and security of local energy supplies. Sacha Deshmukh, Chief Executive of...

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Brecon Carreg aims to be Carbon Neutral by 2020 | Innovation Short

Brecon Carreg aims to be Carbon Neutral by 2020 | Innovation Short Brecon Carreg is natural Welsh mineral water from the Brecon Beacons National Park. The company understands that to secure their position as a leader, that sustainability credentials are important and therefore have developed ambitious sustainability targets for 2020. Their focus on sustainability has meant that Brecon Carreg has received accreditation by the Ethical Company Organisation for the second year running, placing them in the top five UK ethical bottles water brands. Brecon Carreg are focussed on three areas – protecting nature, minimalizing their carbon footprint and supporting...

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