On Sunday 12th March, Chivas Regal, the luxury whisky brand, hosted Oscar winning actor Javier Bardem at its Strathisla Distillery in Speyside, Scotland. Javier was recently unveiled as the Global Brand Ambassador for Chivas Regal, and was at the distillery to film exclusive content with Custodian Master Blender Colin Scott. With an exclusive media interview capturing behind-the-scenes of the shoot, Catherine Humphrey from the Food + Drink team went along to manage the day get her own behind-the-scenes snap with the star at the same time!

The Energy and Industrials team at H+K London attended the Data Centre World trade show in London this week. Working on behalf of Victaulic, the world’s leading manufacturer of mechanical pipe-joining solutions, they set up a number of interviews with leading magazines in the fire protection sector. The H+K team also sat in on keynote speeches with some of the world’s most knowledgeable data centre fire protection experts, and had a chance to chat to Victaulic about the latest innovations in the fire suppression space.

 

H+K Smarter do… Do Nation: In January, H+K London rolled out Do Nation to its employees – a digital platform that helps H+Kers make small, meaningful changes in their daily habits. While each ‘Do Action’ itself is small, when aggregated, all these little changes add up to real improvements in employee wellbeing and environmental sustainability.
Given that behaviour change is at the heart of the Do Nation programme,
H+K’s dedicated behavioural science team, H+K Smarter, rolled up their sleeves to create some behaviour change ’nudges’ around the most popular Do Nation pledges. These were: ‘You Mug’ (switching from disposable cups to ceramic mugs) and ‘Tap it up’ (switching from plastic water bottles to a sustainable alternative).

The first step in the behaviour change process was for us to covertly measure the consumption and usage of disposable cups and plastic water bottles at baseline. This gave us our pre-intervention data. Next, using our SMARTER™ model of behaviour change, we developed out a series of interventions to nudge people away from single-use cups and bottles, towards sustainable flasks and ceramic mugs. Finally, we collected post-intervention data for a two week period, in order to evaluate the effectiveness of our interventions.

This week, we totted up all the numbers and presented our findings at Big Night In….

The result? Successful behaviour change! We found an 80% decrease in consumption of disposable cups (as measured by actual cups used) over the two week period, and a 78% reported reduction in the use of plastic water bottles. Given the success, we’re now looking forward to carrying out a few more experiments around the London office to improve health, happiness and also our green credentials. Watch this space!

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