11th November 2018; Dubai, UAE: The UAE’s largest Nursery chain, British Orchard Nursery was recognised for its sustainability efforts and conferred the “Golden Peacock Award for Sustainability” at the 18th London Global Convention. The pre-school won this coveted award amongst the corporate giants such as Dubai Customs, Emirates National Oil Company, Reliance Industries, Nokia and others. Golden Peacock Awards, instituted by Institute of Directors (IOD) in 1991, are regarded as Holy Grail of Corporate Excellence Worldwide.
“After winning the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry award for CSR and sustainability efforts just last month, it feels great to be acknowledged at global platforms such as this and represent UAE to the world. British Orchard Nursery has undertaken several CSR initiatives in last 12 years of its operations in the country and has been continuously extending active support to various local, regional as well as international organizations that aim at contributing to broader developmental and social sustainability goals”, commented Dr Vandana Gandhi, Founder and CEO of British Orchard Nursery Chain.
“We have supported and contributed to various initiatives of Dubai Cares, Red Crescent, Posh Paws, Rashid Paediatric Centre for Disabled, Al Noor Establishment and many other trusts in the UAE and other parts of the world. Moreover, we seek to maintain a healthy work environment by ensuring the safety and wellbeing of our employees, providing opportunities for a fulfilling and rewarding career through the British Orchard Centre (BOC), offering KHDA approved internationally recognised CACHE qualifications.
We are indeed committed to running our business in an environmentally sound and sustainable manner, implementing best practice policies to monitor and reduce our carbon footprint & water/electrical consumption, ensuring that our processes have minimal adverse environmental impact”, concluded Dr. Vandana.
British Orchard Nursery is committed to championing the cause of CSR and sustainability at all levels and hence donates 1% of its revenue budget for CSR activities.
The award was presented by Mr. Alok Sharma, the honorable Minister of State for Employment, Govt. of UK and Baroness Verma, Global Chairperson Advisory Council, IOD and Chairperson European External Affairs Committee. As a distinguished speaker during the Global Business Meet at the 18th London Convention, Dr. Vandana spoke about the global benchmarks for sustainability in education domain, presenting examples from UAE.