Mars is the second company in Hungary to be granted the Green Office Certificate for long-term environmental consciousness
The Budapest Office of Mars Hungary has been the second organization in Hungary to be granted a Green Office Certificate by KÖVET Association for several years of sustainability efforts. The Budapest office of Mars has been gradually reducing its paper, water and electricity consumption, it has implemented a more environmentally friendly and more efficient car policy for its associates and improved waste sorting. The new measures were also supported by Dorottya Udvar, the office building accommodating Mars office. The Budapest Office of Mars Hungary has been the second organization in Hungary to be granted a Green Office Certificate by KÖVET Association for several years of sustainability efforts. The Budapest office of Mars has been gradually reducing its paper, water and electricity consumption, it has implemented a more environmentally friendly and more efficient car policy for its associates and improved waste sorting. The new measures were also supported by Dorottya Udvar, the office building accommodating Mars office.
Based on the 3P model of People, Planet, Performance – adjusted to the five principles of Mars – environmental consciousness has always been a key business priority for Mars Hungary. Sustainability is now an integral part of associates’ mindset, business processes and decisions. Mars has been working in this spirit both in the pet food plant of Csongrád-Bokros and at its headquarters in Budapest where it joined forces with Dorottya Udvar as a strategic partner to elaborate its Green Office guidelines. This partnership has made the Budapest-based office building a greener place to work and a site realizing Mars’ dreams of creating more bicycle storage places and installing showers for associates biking to work.
One of the first steps of the Green Office programme was the efficient implementation of waste sorting started in 2004 and improved in 2008. As a result of the initiative supported also by Dorottya Udvar, different types of waste are now transported from the office of the company and the office building in general in separate shipments. Mars has been one of the first Hungarian companies to launch a paperless office programme to make its associates aware of the importance of reduced paper use – through the use of duplex printing, reusing sheets printed on one side as note paper and using electronic communication channels to support internal processes which has also made e-mail traffic more efficient.
It has been a key project for Mars to reduce water and electricity consumption running parallel with the modernization efforts of the plant in Csongrád-Bokros. The company installed motion sensor lighting in its Budapest office and enabled the Power Save mode on all computers to facilitate the more environmentally friendly used of office equipment. As a result, the power consumption of an average TFT monitor declined from 37 W to less than 3W and savings were even higher for more power intensive displays.
To reduce drinking water and PET bottle consumption, Mars stopped using plastic cups, bottled water and other non-reusable plastic items in the canteen and shared rooms of its Budapest office. Introducing glass tableware resulted in an immediate waste reduction. The Budapest office reduced its plastic consumption by 2,000 bottles a year and generated annual savings of HUF 150,000. Tap aerators were mounted on taps in toilets and water-saving containers were installed for more economical water usage.
To make commuting and off-site meetings more environmentally conscious, Mars gives a special consideration to mileage tracking and car pooling arrangements. As a result, it saved 4,700 kilometres and about 250 liters of fuel on average in 2010 which reduced CO2 emissions by about 0.5 tons.
“We are very proud of the Green Office Certificate rewarding a phased programme that required our constant attention. We’ve been the second company in Hungary to be granted the certificate which makes it a very special recognition. I think that commitment to sustainability has become an integral part of our associates’ daily work. The KÖVET programme provided great help and motivation for that. Our achievements are the result of tripartite efforts involving Mars, Dorottya Udvar and Követ Association”, said Zsolt Mayer, Corporate Affairs Director of Mars Hungary.
“Mars Hungary is an excellent example for any company that operates in a leased office facility and feels helpless about making progress with green initiatives because of that. The multi-year green project of Mars has shown that taking small steps and making small changes you can gradually reach a higher level of environmental consciousness and you can even find a common language and common goals with your facility manager”, said Csaba Bodroghelyi, Managing Director of KÖVET Association.