Automotive

Return on Investment Ltd (ROI)

Return on Investment (ROI) operates in the UK and Europe across five sites delivering a range of outsourced solutions to automotive clients. Supporting over 20 manufacturers, the company aims to embed sustainable principles throughout its operations.
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Highlights

Measure

Total carbon footprint

Reporting Boundary: 2 Sites (Nantwich & Milton Keynes)

Emission sources: Electricity, T&D losses, onsite renewables, water, homeworking energy,
fleet, business travel, waster, paper

Reporting Period: 1 Aug 2019 –31 Jul 2020

102.6 tCO2e

Total carbon footprint per employee

0.5 tCO2e

Total carbon footprint per employee

£104,991

Engage

FTE employees

We engage our employees and wider stakeholders to unlock their talent and knowledge to drive year on year progress in sustainability.

203

Communicate

UN Sustainable Development Goals

We recognise that transparent communication is essential for transformational change and we quantifiably contribute to 6 SDG’s.

6

Certification story

Return on Investment Ltd (ROI), a company working with automotive clients to increase operational efficiency, sales and customer satisfaction, has achieved Planet Mark certification.

This is ROI’s first year of business carbon footprint reporting and Planet Mark certification. It has calculated the carbon footprint of its Nantwich and Milton Keynes sites for the year ending July 2020 and set a target to reduce emissions by 5% annually. 

Return on Investment Ltd’s total carbon footprint for the year ending July 2020 was 102.6 tCO2e and the relative carbon footprint was 0.5 tCO2e per employee. 

If ROI achieves its targets, it will cut the same amount of emissions as burning two and a half tonnes of coal.  

ROI also calculated its Social Value. Return on Investment Ltd’s Social Value contribution for the year ending 2020 was £104,991. It reported on 11 Social Value measures with the top three contributors being contributions to staff wellbeing, avoiding commuting due to working from home and providing apprenticeships. 

Steve Malkin
CEO
Planet Mark
“Return on Investment Ltd has made a fantastic choice for both its business and the planet. There is a spotlight on the automotive sector in regards to our changing climate, and ROI’s commitment to continued reduction in its emissions is a smart choice. The team is dedicated to creating a better world, for its staff, customers, and society at large, and its dedication to a better environment is an important piece of making dedication an actionable reality. I look forward to working with ROI to help green its business in the future.”

Certification story

ROI is committed to good environmental practices and sustainability throughout the company. As well as committing to cutting its own carbon, the company will make efforts to communicate and assists its range of stakeholders in reducing carbon footprints. The company has also committed to protecting an acre of rainforest with Planet Mark partner Cool Earth. 

While much is made of the automotive industry’s role in cutting carbon emissions, the industry needs to approach climate change with a wide-reaching scope of action. Beyond the transition to electric vehicles, this means analysing and committing to reduce emissions from all of the industry’s business processes, from procurement, resource management, to the energy used in buildings and offices. Only a wholesale approach to sustainability will lead to the industry’s environmental targets.  

Case Study

Employee Engagement

ROI is aware that business plays a part in the bigger environmental and social picture and there is more to achieve than simply business success. ROI’s vision is to be a company that people love to work for, a community where people belong and know they are more than just a number. They aim to generate a sense of pride in ROI and what it stands for and go the extra mile to meet the needs of the company, clients, and colleagues. 

 

These values were highlighted during the pandemic which saw significant changes in working practice with many employees adapting to working from home. As a way to reduce the isolation created by remote working ROI saw an opportunity to make the most of a difficult situation and introduced an initiative called ‘Walking for Woodlands’. 

 

‘Walking for Woodlands’ challenged employees to engage in an activity to appreciate the local outdoor space, to recognise the physical and mental health benefits of the natural world, increase their responsibility for the environment, and think about reducing their carbon footprint.  

 

Employees were motivated to walk, run, or cycle in the local area and to take time to appreciate their surroundings. With lockdown resulting in fewer cars on the road therefore less pollution and emissions, this seemed an appropriate time to re-engage with nature and a time for reflection and to focus on personal well-being. Prizes were awarded based on the most miles travelled and the best photo competition and ROI pledged £1,000 to purchase and plant trees/hedgerows in the local community to improve biodiversity and tackle carbon emissions. 

 

Over a 3-months, 102 ROI employees covered 7,051 miles, the equivalent of travelling from Lands’ End to John O’Groats 8 times!  

 

It was important to motivate and inspire everyone at this difficult time, so a dedicated Environmental Edition of the company internal ‘Despatches’ newsletter was produced. This set out the vision and benefits for participating employees both for themselves, their families, and the environment and was supported by the CEO in a companywide presentation. 

 

Employees used the HR database to log miles walked, run, and cycled. Results were published with motivational reminders to log miles and a leader board shared the best performing individuals and teams which encouraged participation and discussion. Feedback from teams was really positive.  

 

This success inspired ROI to go further and ‘One Small Change’ challenges employees to make an environmentally positive pledge such as eliminating single-use plastic, reducing water/energy consumption. The company newsletter now has a discussion platform to share experiences with hints and tips for positive environmental changes everyone can make. 

 

ROI was proud to share the impact of the ‘Walking for Woodland’ initiative with their clients. This environmental focus builds on the existing work of the automotive sector to reduce carbon emissions and pollution from vehicles. By encouraging people to walk, run and cycle ROI is helping to reduce reliance on vehicular transport. This positive outcome for the planet during an unprecedented time demonstrates the power and resilience of people to overcome challenges, work together to find positive solutions and give hope that we can create a better future. 

 

 

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