Refill at the Responsible Investor Europe Conference

Over the next couple of days, our sustainability investing partner of City to Sea and supporting partner of Refill, Robeco along with 900 other corporate and investment professionals from around the world will attend the Responsible Investor Europe Conference. The aim is to talk about the impact of the European action plan for sustainable finance on companies and their investors. Big business has the power to make real sustainable change.

Who’s there?

Sir Ed David MP and one of the two shortlisted new Liberal Democrat leader will talk about why investors should embrace radical transparency rules to align with the Paris Agreement. And some of the biggest debates will be had on how to invest to support the United Nations SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals).

Delegates will also be looking at how to get tech giants to start being more responsible corporate citizens – a real challenge. Along with investigating the effectiveness of engaging with companies to improve their climate impact.

What are Robeco doing?

Robeco has been involved in this conference to drive sustainability in investing since it began in 2008, less than 150 attended that year. This year over 900 will attend. A testament to the fact that this subject is important and business is realising that they have the power to make real change.

Bringing Refill to the conference

Robeco will be installing water Refill Stations and at this year’s conference, meaning there will be no plastic water bottles, reducing the amount of single-use plastic there. And with help from AQL on their tech, they’ll be able to monitor how much water is used and how many bottles are saved from going into landfill! The organisers have asked our very own Natalie Fee to join the gala dinner and address the audience with her heartfelt plea for the environment and asking those in the room what they plan to do to make real change. The influence and power in that room is huge and the world has high expectations.

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National Refill Day

Here at City to sea, our Refill campaign has been heads down, bottles up ?

To say that 2018 was a big year for Refill would be an understatement, not only for the Refill project but for us, the City to Sea team behind the campaign. Following our partnership with Water UK, the project has gone from [take a deep breath here] a grass-roots, after-work, spare time, experimental extravaganza to a globally recognised, award-winning campaign reaching hundreds of thousands of individuals and communities across the UK and abroad.

It’s enough to make all our mums proud.

So to celebrate we created National Refill Day on the 27th September. Yep, a whole national day! And we launched a new Refill app too…

We’re back in 2019 to do it all over again.

This year National Refill Day will be on the 19th of June.

Head over to the Refill website to find out more. 

And don’t forget to use your refillable bottle and share on social media with the hashtags #NationalRefillDay #GotTheBottle and together, let’s create a ripple of Refill love across the nation!

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Refill Wins Gold at the Global Good Awards

It wasn’t just our Refill team that were over the moon about winning gold for ‘Best Behaviour Change’ at this years Global Good Awards. Refill’s huge network of supporters, Local Champions and Partners had just as big of a smile and we couldn’t have done it without them.

Global Good Awards began with a personal journey of someone realising how important environmental work is. Karen Sutton (GGA’s founder and CEO) was inspired by what organisations of all sizes were doing in their communities, for their people, for the planet and for their bottom line. Karen doesn’t just run an awards programme; she is committed to promoting change.

At City to Sea, we are strong believers in empowering individuals to create global impact. With such a personal founding story of the Global Good Awards it wasn’t hard for us to feel at home on their list of nominees.

?? Little did we know that we would take HOME Gold ??

We’d like to thank the organisers at Global Good Awards, our Refill Programme Manager Gus Hoyt, the Refill team, all of our wonderful Local Champions and Refill Schemes, and our Partners. We said it before but we will say it again, we couldn’t have done it without you!

We’d also like to extend a huge thank you and applause to all the other amazing organisations that took part in this years ceremony. We find a never ending source of inspiration and enjoyment from the work that you do to fight these important environmental issues we face.

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