Planning for the New World: A Q&A with Mark Atkinson
News 14th January 2020 2 minutes read
From 2020, Green Park won’t just be helping to grow organisations – we’ll be helping to grow trees in towns and cities too. We’ve pledged to plant a tree for every leader we place, through an exciting new partnership with Trees for Cities.
Why is planting trees in cities so important? Because each year, London’s trees remove 2.4 million tons of air pollution including carbon dioxide, dust and other gaseous toxins. By planting more, we’re helping to make our city a better place for the next generation. And this reflects a concept that’s at the very heart of what we do as a business.
Our decision to support Trees for Cities stems from our drive to create a better tomorrow. We’re committed to future proofing businesses by providing diverse and highly capable leaders who can guide them to success in the coming years. Now, we have the chance to future proof our environment too, by planting a tree for every leader we place, both permanent and interim.
For Green Park, it’s a way of giving back as we continue to make waves across the industry. This year, we have more opportunities than ever to be a force for good within the wider world. 2019 has been another fantastic year for the business, with all sorts of milestones achieved – not least our inclusion on the Sunday Times Virgin Atlantic Fast Track 100 and the placement of a Diverse Leader on to a board every 8 days. As the only recruiter on this highly regarded league table, we’re proud to be recognised for our double-digit sales growth over the last three years.
As our revenue and profile rise, we’re giving back by growing trees as well as our bottom line.
The plant a tree initiative is a part of our five-year overall commitment to supporting positive social and environmental impact. This also includes a pledge to increase the number of diverse leaders we place on Boards from one every eight days to one every day by the year 2025. We know that success can not be sustainable without an ethical corporate culture that is environmentally and socially responsible. By planting a tree for every leader we place, both permanent and interim, we intend to lead by example, proving that new century governance is not based on money but on building trust.
Trees for Cities are the only UK charity working at a national and international scale to improve lives by planting trees in cities. To date, Trees for Cities have planted over one million trees in towns and cities across the UK as well as abroad. In the words of Rory Field, Corporate Partnerships Director at Trees for Cities, “Green Park are demonstrating that they have their finger on the pulse by incorporating sustainability into their business plan and, as such, are a great fit for us as an environmental charity.”
To find out more about Green Park, click here: www.green-park.co.uk/about-us
To find out more about Trees for Cities, click here: www.treesforcities.org