Every month we like to share a recommendation from one of our ambassadors: something that inspires them in their responsible business work. This month we asked Francesca Campbell, Corporate Responsibility Manager at RSA Group.
“I’m the Corporate Responsibility Manager at RSA Group, a general insurer with operations in the UK, Canada and Scandinavia. I’ve been working in the corporate responsibility field for the last eight years, starting with a focus on charity and community work and moving more into sustainability and broader responsible business issues in recent years.
In celebration of London Climate Action Week, I’ve decided to focus my blog on the environment. There’s been a lot of focus on environmental issues in the last few months – the UK government’s Committee on Climate Change has been discussing the budgets for achieving their net zero commitment, plastic pollution has been all over the news again as we see more and more disposable masks turning up in our green spaces and oceans, and over the pond in the US, Joe Biden has pledged to re-join the Paris Climate Agreement.
That’s why my recommendations are all around ways that we can make more conscious decisions for our lifestyle choices, during and beyond the pandemic – I hope you enjoy!
Lockdown two has many downsides, but one positive is being able to have a good Netflix binge on the weekends! If you haven’t already, I’d definitely recommend watching David Attenborough: a Life on our Planet. At 94, Sir David is still bringing us incredible, beautifully crafted and cutting-edge content that is a joy to watch. Earlier this year the BBC also launched Planet Earth: a Celebration, with highlights from the Planet Earth series accompanied by music from Hans Zimmer and Dave.
In case you missed it, I’d also suggest catching up on the BBC War on Plastic series. The three part series welcomed a fourth new episode in September with new insights and a focus on our COVID world. It’s scary how many things we use in our everyday lives have plastic pollution as a by-product (spoiler alert – I’ve switched to loose leaf tea). Studies show that vegetables definitely aren’t more likely to carry a virus if they’re free of plastic wrapping.
With so much Netflix bingeing during the pandemic, it’s been a welcome release to get lost in some good books. I’m a huge fan of novels, but I also love an informative book that educates me in an exciting way. I’ve really enjoyed reading How Bad Are Bananas? by Mike Berners-Lee and I’m buying everyone in my family a copy for Christmas! It’s an updated version of his 2007 book and gives a breakdown of the carbon footprint of everything, from international flights to boiling a pan of water (with and without the lid on). It’s a great book to dip in and out of and it has a helpful reference guide at the back that lists the seasonal produce in the UK, so you can try and eat more seasonally, meaning you can reduce your carbon footprint.
Proven to improve mental health, reduce stress and improve air quality – there doesn’t seem to be any downsides. We all know that plants absorb carbon dioxide from the air, which is giving me just the excuse I need to keep buying more! They’re also making my day a little brighter as a I continue to work from home. I’d recommend the Glasshouse Project if you’re in the market for plants as their work supports employment opportunities at Sutton Women’s Prison.
I’ve been trying hard for a while to support social enterprises as well as independent shops, and have discovered some fantastic alternatives including lovely gifts for newborns from From Babies With Love and stylish face masks made from fabric offcuts at the Natural Dyer. The Social Supermarket also has loads of great brands that are giving back, as well as gift hampers that include a selection of social enterprise treats, including festive ones.”