If you are an Oxfordshire-based business with offices close to a brook, stream, river or pond you can contribute to your company’s Corporate Social Responsibility portfolio by encouraging staff to take part in the Water Blitz, as part of a programme of environmental activities. At Woodstock, staff from Owen Mumford’s Head Office have been taking part in the Water Blitz since 2016. Read their story below:
Owen Mumford established an Environmental Steering Group in 2014 to encourage sustainability and environmentally responsible behaviour across all aspects of their business. Making a contribution to local communities and encouraging local biodiversity has been a key aspiration and resulted in Owen Mumford becoming a Corporate Partner of local conservation charity the Wychwood Project in 2016.
This relationship has opened up many new opportunities. Owen Mumford volunteers now regularly take part in the Wild Oxfordshire/FreshWater Watch Waterblitz along with various other activities on neighbouring Woodstock Water Meadows (such as helping remove invasive Himalayan Balsam) and Chipping Norton Cemetery (planting a boundary hedge to replace a wire fence). This helps improve employee engagement/retention whilst ensuring Owen Mumford is a good neighbour and an active participant in local community life.