SCORPOS RECRUITMENT LTD WINS GREEN RIBBON FOR TWO YEARS RUNNING
-Business recruiter goes the extra mile when it comes to safety, health & sustainability-
The Scorpos team of professional business recruiters specialises in supplying qualified, experienced personnel on short-term temporary cover, contract placements, permanent recruitment and search and selection across all the areas of the commercial, office, legal, and IT environments.
A separate division, Scorpos Construction, supplies permanent personnel, short and long term contractors to construction companies, and CSCS/CPCS etc. skilled operatives on assignments to building sites.
Scorpos was founded in March 2006 by Helen Forbes and currently employs six full-time and one part-time staff.
Helen and her team are committed to maintaining the highest standards of compliance in health and safety, quality, and environmental matters. Scorpos Recruitment Ltd has achieved and maintains the ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 certifications.
Helen commented: “I really love recruitment, and was involved in it for many years when I was FD of a plc before starting Scorpos. I was determined that Scorpos would deliver the promise of excellence in recruitment. The standards are there as a result of our commitment to that ideal.”
“We needed to bring someone in who would truly support our health and safety requirements and with whom we felt we could work. Health and Safety, particularly on construction sites, is of paramount importance, ‘Everyone Home Safe Every Day’ (a Network Rail motto) is at the heart of what we believe,” said Helen.
“We met with Louise (Hosking) and her team, who came to see us, and made the appointment within days. We felt comfortable with their approach, openness and honesty; and with the breadth and depth of their knowledge. Most important of all is they communicate so well. We felt there was a very good fit and appreciated the straightforward and transparent approach.”
Hosking Associates was appointed in March 2015 – reviewing all aspects of health and safety and how they apply to Scorpos, including the new Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM15).
The company also reviewed Scorpos’ health and safety submission to ACCLAIM – with the certificate being awarded in June, and have guided Scorpos successfully through their ISO 9001, ISO 14001, OSHAS 18001 surveillance audits.
Achieving the Green Ribbon Award
Hosking Associates runs the Green Ribbon Award (GRA), which is a one-day audit providing an objective summary of your environmental management performance and suggests how or where you may want to make improvements. The Green Ribbon will challenge you to show how consistently you
are meeting your own goals, as well as your level of compliance with relevant requirements. Taking account of the environmental impacts of your activities makes good business sense. This can include managing costs such as energy, water and waste, understanding and responding to customers, retaining and recruiting staff, and demonstrating compliance to relevant legislation.
The GRA audit reviews both sustainability performance and provides feedback to the organisation annually.
Organisations are assessed against four main categories (Environmental Management Approach, Plans and Ways of Working, Managing Environmental Impacts, and Monitoring & Maintaining), and achieve a score at the end of the process. A score of >85% will gain a Green Ribbon Award and your organisation will be recognised as a leader; you can use the logo for a year to demonstrate your high standard of environmental management to staff, contractors, visitors and the community.
Scorpos has achieved the Green Ribbon Award for the last two years achieving a score of 98% in early 2015, and 91% in 2016. Hosking Associates has recently updated the Green Ribbon in response to the new ISO 14001 standards released in September 2015 – and even with these changes, Scorpos still scored very high!
Louise Hosking, managing director at Hosking Associates, commented: “It is important for all stakeholders to understand their responsibilities fully during the placement of temporary agency workers in potentially high risk working environments. Scorpos is a very forward thinking company with extremely high standards. They have plans for potential growth, and safety, health & sustainability are very much part of this. They have been receptive and appreciative of all the recommendations we have made.
“Equally, their consistently high scores in the Green Ribbon Awards is very impressive and should not go unrecognised. The benchmark is set high, and achieving this award is no mean feat – it is also designed to be a major stepping stone towards achieving ISO 14001 certification.
“They really do go the extra mile, and we firmly believe this will continue for many years to come.”
About Hosking Associates
Established in 2005, Hosking Associates focuses on health and safety and the environment. Its consultants help companies and schools create a healthy and safe environment for their workforce and anyone who comes to the premises.
The company works with organisations as the health, safety and/or environmental manager – either within organisations that prefer to outsource, or where an internal resource is not necessary.
Hosking Associates saves organisations money by helping them comply with the law. The team works in partnership with clients and doesn’t just run risk or impact assessments. Instead, they guide them through the process – giving them the tools, training and confidence to manage all aspects of health, safety and sustainability on their own.
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