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GREEN SKILLS WEEK

Eco-Warrior Competition

Attention all eco-warriors! Win the chance to be involved with COP26! 

REGISTrATION Extended to the 10th may 2021

Join the green revolution and put your passion for our planet into practice by entering our Green Skills Challenge this spring.

 

Inspired by our Green Skills Week campaign, Speakers for Schools has teamed up with one of the UK’s leading employers – Man Group – to launch a nation-wide competition to investigate how green some of the world’s biggest businesses really are.

 

We want you to choose any five of the world’s leading companies and do some digging to work out whether they’re really as green as they say they are!

 

The winning team will receive coaching sessions from three influential industry leaders around green skills, sustainability, and the environment to help develop their knowledge further.

 

Plus, as winners you’ll get to join the Speakers for Schools Green Skills Youth Council and have the chance to take part in one-of-a-kind social media takeover during the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow this November. 

 

Regional finals will take place in early June and the overall winning team will be announced as national green champions in mid-June.

 

Good luck and get digging!

To enter you need to:

1) Get a team of up to six students together from your school.

Tip: Please make sure that there are no more than six people in your team and you’re all from the same school.

2) Get your school to enter your team for the competition.

Tip: Please make sure that your team is registered before 3pm on 10th May 2021. We can’t accept late entrants, so don’t miss the registration deadline!

 

3) Pick any five of the world’s leading companies for your team to investigate.

Tip: Please make sure that each of the companies you choose is listed on the stock exchange somewhere in the world. The companies can be from any industry, or even from the same industry, if you like.

 

4) Check the green credentials of all five of your chosen companies and create a presentation or video to highlight your findings.

Tip: Please make sure your team’s presentation covers these five main points:

  • Which five companies your team picked

  • What sector do each of these companies operate in

  • Why your team chose these five companies

  • What is your team’s green assessment for each of the five companies

  • What does your team think these five companies could do better to improve their green credentials and make their company more environmentally friendly

 

5) Submit your team’s presentation or video by email to challenge@greenskillsweek.org before the closing deadline.

Tip: Please make sure your team’s presentation is submitted before 3pm on Friday 28th May 2021. Only one presentation will be accepted per team and entries received after the deadline will not be counted.

tips and pointers to help you

To help your team in their mission, we’ve prepared some more useful tips and pointers to get you started:

 

  • Look at company websites to find out about their commitment to the environment.

 

  • Look for information on the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) or Sustainability measures.

 

  • Look for Corporate Social Responsibility Reports and Sustainability Reports which outline the company’s targets and how they’ve performed against these targets and commitments.

 

  • Look for data on CSR and Sustainability in their Annual Report.

 

  • Look at news stories about this company that demonstrate what they’re doing and how this relates to the environment – maybe there is a news story about them.

 

  • When you think of things they could do better, think about the timeline – how quickly could they implement these sorts of suggestions, or is it a phased approach over time?

 

See if you can find information to answer questions like the following:

  • Where do they source their raw materials from?

  • How do they make sure that internationally sourced materials are fairly sourced?

  • How do they ensure that they don’t use slave labour anywhere in their supply chain?

  • How do they package their products?

  • Do they provide a recycling process for old products?

  • If their products include fish or meat, how do they ensure livestock are bred responsibly?

  • Do they pay their staff the minimum wage?

  • Do they pay attention to their carbon footprint?

  • Do they minimise their emissions?

  • How do they offset their carbon footprint?