Our corporate sustainability and health group (CSHG) aims to improve our policies and create practical ways of reducing our carbon footprint. Chaired by the head of CSER and charities, the working group is formed of likeminded colleagues passionate about sustainability and health, with staff representation from each BMA directorate, the devolved nations and the BMJ. The group issues internal guidance to staff on their responsibility to the environment as well as organising staff initiatives to engage them with sustainability and health topics.
We hold an annual sustainability and health week which coincides with Earth Day (22 April). The week aims to initiate discussions on environmental and health topics, and inspiring staff to adopt sustainable practices both inside and outside the office. Each day has a dedicated theme, which has included plastic pollution, sustainable food and health and wellbeing. We post blogs related to the daily topic on the staff intranet to engage with staff across the association and hold stands which have included visits from our caterers' (CH&CO) nutritionist, a personal trainer and our recycling providers. BMA Cymru Wales, BMA Northern Ireland and BMA Scotland have organised similar events such as the take the stairs initiative, reusable week and the step challenge.
The CSHG is also part of our wider work on Sustainability and health.