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We're carbon neutral

We’ve always tried to operate ethically. It’s one of the reasons we went into business - to work according to our values.

This extends to many aspects of how we run the business. We don’t just ensure we fulfil all the statutory requirements, but try to go one step further. We know our clients appreciate this, but we also know that by treating everyone with whom we do business with respect, we gain a huge amount of commitment to us, and to the work we do for clients.

We also respect the environment. We’ve been Carbon Neutral since 2002 - longer than most. So we thought we should recognise the fact, and have put a logo at the bottom of our webpages. Perhaps it will encourage others to do the same.

You can find out more here.

Influencing skills for 16 year olds - do they need them?

A few weeks ago someone who had attended one of our influencing programmes called us to see if we could help out.  She runs projects for The Groundwork Trust in North Wales and on one project, a group of 16 year olds are hoping to persuade their town council and a major private sector employer to make the town carbon neutral.  They’re doing various pieces of research and will then present their findings in September this year - quite a challenge.  As we’ve been Carbon Neutral for several years and as part of our own CSR approach we offered to do the work for expenses and the experience.

We’ve got 3 hours with them and have decided to use some of the basics from Myers Briggs to create a structure through which they can build their presentation.  Al Gore’s film An Inconvenient Truth has provided lots of examples of different approaches to communication (data, big picture, logic, emotional charge etc) and of course is subject matter at the heart of their project.  As an aside, if you’ve not seen the film, it’s well worth watching, as a study in getting your message across.

I have to say that the idea of working with a group of 16 year olds rather than one of our regular, corporate groups is raising my anxiety levels a little.   I’m not sure what I’ve got to teach them, after all, if I look at my 15 year old daughter, she’s already one of the best influencers I know.  I’ll blog again after it’s all over.

Accelerated graduate learning and CSR

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) plays a key part of one of our modular graduate development programmes. Not only do the graduates get the opportunity to add value back into the community but the experience also provides important learning opportunities.

In fact CSR provides the ultimate experiential learning and forms a key part of our overall approach to graduate development. For this particular client the approach is used to emphasise key behaviours relating to strategic thinking, problem solving, project management and decision making.

Each year we work with our client to partner with a different community organisation. Yesterday I observed the graduates completing a variety of projects for a local community centre and was struck by the strong teamwork and commitment to achieving results that the experience instilled. For some organisations CSR is used to help with team building and you could say that this in itself is enough. For me though, I think the real value comes from extracting the learning from the experience and translating it into genuine behavioural change.

In this module, the CSR project is the meat in the sandwich between a day of planning and a day of facilitated review. This ensures that the rich learning is extracted and applied at an individual and team level.

Carbon neutral

The ways in which we do our do our bit for the environment are ever evolving. Not a day goes past without hearing the words “carbon footprint” and businesses are especially under pressure to make changes in order to reduce theirs.

At Interaction, ensuring that we do the upmost for the environment is important and our environmental policy is regularly updated to incorporate new ways in which we can reduce our carbon footprint.

As well as recycling all office waste as is possible, we have recently converted to using a milkman and introduced ecobuttons to the office – a great way to reduce our carbon emissions and cut costs too!

Interaction learning and development has been a CarbonNeutral company since 2002, through which we offset our carbon emissions by contributing to environmental projects. This year our CO2 has been offset through a methane capture technology plant in Germany and a sustainable forestry project in Mexico.