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Wimbledon - serving up their commitment to sustainability

  • Publish Date: Posted 7 days ago
  • Author:by Hannah Slater

In some people’s opinion (i.e. the A&Y marketing team!), the second week of Wimbledon represents the best of a British sporting summer. 

The iconic Championships are instinctively associated with certain traditions - the all-white dress code for players, the notorious queue for tickets, crowds gathering at ‘Henman Hill’ (a.k.a. Murray Mound) and the copious amounts of strawberries and cream served make this prestigious event famous the world over.   

Set against the backdrop of tradition comes Wimbledon’s distinct and innovative approach to Sustainability and its commitment to protecting the environment.  

Wimbledon has made a big commitment to creating a sustainable sporting event, with clear information on their website showing what they do now, but most importantly, what they are committed to achieve this year and by 2030.  

Having signed up to the UN Sport for Climate Action framework, Wimbledon has demonstrated its desire to have, and advocate for, a ‘positive environmental impact’.  

Current initiatives include players using re-useable drinks bottles and the elimination of single-use plastic, the use of electric lawnmowers and buggies to transport guests and players around the grounds, LED lights around the estate and the creation of a ‘living wall’ on court 1 and ‘living roofs’ on the new Technology Services and Broadcast Pavilion filled with flowers to attract pollinators.  

This year, Wimbledon is committed to building on their existing work in the green space. This includes collecting racket strings for recycling, donating oak saplings to sites across Merton and Wandsworth, conducting a baseline survey of the whole site’s ecology and ensuring that half of the fleet which transports players to and from the grounds are lower emission plug-in electric hybrid vehicles.  

By 2030, Wimbledon plans to have introduced zero carbon principles to new construction projects, established further partnerships to promote biodiversity and eliminated single-use plastic packaging, and plan to be peat-free. 

By accepting and understanding the significance of its impact and influence, Wimbledon has been able to raise awareness amongst its members, guests, players, sponsors, and other stakeholders on a local, national, and international stage of its environmental responsibilities and the legacy it leaves.  

Getting the right people in impactful and meaningful green roles is vital to the success of sustainability initiatives across the business community.  

Here at Allen & York, we understand the importance of connecting skilled and experienced talent to opportunities in the sustainability and environmental sector. As environmental and sustainability recruitment specialists, we place candidates in a wide range of roles, from junior up to Executive and Director level.  

We’ve built a vast network of talent, managed by dedicated professionals. We’re passionate about creating great places to work globally, whether you’re a corporate, consultancy, non-profit or NGO, we can help you hire and deliver value all through your recruitment process.    

Please contact one of our friendly consultants for an informal, confidential chat on 01202 888986 or email hello@allen-york.com to see how we can help you.    

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