Building a platform

for the future

Our environmental practice for occupied properties provides a solid platform to improve performance.

Prudential has evolved its approach to managing its environmental responsibilities from a process of self-certification, to its A-Z Compliance Programme. This ensures its businesses comply with local environmental and health and safety legislation. Starting as a UK focused initiative five years ago, this has now been fully rolled-out across the organisation, providing a solid platform to improve performance.

David Glinski, Group Environment, Health and Safety Compliance Manager

“The A-Z programme covers 98 businesses across nearly 30 countries in Europe, Asia and North America. Having achieved 100 per cent compliance certification in 2010, the next stage – starting in 2011 – is to achieve independent verification through a third-party auditor. This will provide a complete central repository of compliance.”

Over time, the plan is to move from compliance with local standards to global best practice, as David explains: “The countries where we operate have different legal frameworks, and different ways of enforcing standards. So, one of the ways we will move forward will be to identify gaps and strengthen our coverage of key risks.”

“The A-Z programme covers 98 businesses across nearly 30 countries in Europe, Asia and North America.”

Dennis Blue, Vice-President, Corporate Support Services, Jackson

“For us in the US, the A-Z programme is a useful reminder that we need to keep abreast of health, safety and environmental developments – it keeps us up to date.

One of the initiatives in the US is tracking and reporting emissions, and we have a target of a 20 per cent reduction by 2014. We’ve done a lot in the last three years, and, as a result, we are fairly close to hitting our objective. For example, we are using LED lighting, we are shutting off lights automatically at night, and we are reducing water consumption by installing monitoring equipment that stops the lawn sprinklers working if it’s going to rain. All these initiatives add up and really help us to reduce our environmental impact – and our utility bills.”

“Our initiatives add up and really help us to reduce our environmental impact – and our utility bills.”

Giles Hunter, Director, Corporate Property, Asia

“We tend to be in multi-tenanted buildings in Asia where environmental monitoring is not the norm, but we have identified non-invasive technology that will allow us to monitor our energy use. The technology will feed data into a real-time system that can be accessed over the internet, allowing us to analyse the information, set reduction targets and convert energy use into carbon emissions data. We start trialling in 2011.”

Next stop: hearts and minds

The next big challenge is to find ways to influence individual behaviour, and to make it as easy as possible for all colleagues to minimise our environmental impact. David Urquhart, Head of Operations and Change Management, sums up the next stage of the journey: “We know Prudential employees want to do the right thing. Our task is to make it as simple and convenient as possible for them.”

“We tend to be in multi-tenanted buildings in Asia where environmental monitoring is not the norm, but we have identified non-invasive technology that will allow us to monitor our energy use.”

20 

%

reduction targets
for emissions in
the US by 2014