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Chubb opens new high performance workspace development in Blackburn

Chubb Fire & Security recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the opening of a new high performance workspace in Blackburn. The new building will house a total of 400 employees from Chubb and affiliates of Otis UK and Carrier Controls UK, serving as a showcase for the capabilities of all three brands.

Tracy Cordes, managing director of Chubb Fire & Security, informed Risk Xtra: “With this new building, we’ve created a safer, smarter and more sustainable environment that will be a great place for our employees and their colleagues to work. The building is on track to achieve a ‘Very Good’ BREEAM rating, so it will be among the Top 25% of buildings for sustainability in the UK.”

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Tracy Cordes and Craig Forbes open the new workspace

The development, which saw the demolition of three existing Chubb buildings on the Shadsworth Business Park, has resulted in a modern environment for employees working in IT, finance, supply chain and customer services. It’s also the new home for two specific businesses of Chubb: Chubb Systems – which specialises in the most complex, enterprise-wide installations including those for critical infrastructure – and Chubb Community Care, encompassing its R&D and engineering teams.

“This is the culmination of many years of hard work for the Chubb team, from planning through to build and relocation,” said Craig Forbes, finance director at Chubb. “We’re delighted with the results and believe that this move greatly enhances our credentials as a good local Blackburn employer. We’re also extremely grateful for the support of the council, the local community and the contractors who have made it all possible.”

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Axis Security’s Employee of the Year Awards recognise exemplary members of staff

Axis Security, one of the UK’s leading security service providers, recently celebrated the successful achievements and extraordinary efforts of its employees during the company’s Christmas Luncheon held at the Waldorf Hilton Hotel, London.

Four awards were bestowed at the event: Security Employee of the Year, Acuity Employee of the Year, National Team of the Year and London Team of the Year, in addition to new awards honouring both support staff and management.

The Security Employee of the Year Award was won by Emil Hawryluk, who has been with Axis Security since 2009 and contracted at The British Library since 2011. In his current role as security manager, Hawryluk leads a team of 17 and has been praised for ‘exceptionally high standards’ in what is an extremely busy and constantly changing environment. His recent duties have included helping to facilitate visits from the Chancellor of the Exchequer and the Chinese Vice-President.

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Emil Hawryluk picks up the Employee of the Year Award from Axis Security account manager Nick Lowe

Acuity, the Axis Group’s Front of House division, presented its Employee of the Year Award to Ellie Self, who works at Earl Place, which is managed by BNP Paribas Real Estate. Self was commended for her assistance in improving the building’s sustainability credentials, the planning, organisation and execution of numerous successful events, training new employees in compliance and, above all, for her outstanding average monthly Service Level Agreement score of 108% (which is the highest average score attained at any Acuity site).

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Ellie Self: Acuity’s Employee of the Year

The security team at Wythenshawe Hospital scooped the National Team of the Year Award, while the London Team of the Year Award was bestowed upon the team at Ark Data Centre’s Cody Park site.

David Mundell, managing director at Axis Security, believes it’s important to recognise staff achievements that go above and beyond the Call of Duty.

“Our winners have all demonstrated a strong work ethic, clear customer service skills and a thorough commitment to all aspects of their job,” stated Mundell. “They represent Axis Security’s values and are a credit to themselves, our customers and our business.”

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Abloy wins Gaia Award for Sustainable Building Products

Security expert Abloy has received the Gaia Award for Sustainable Building Products at Big 5 in Dubai, winning the accolade for its range of low energy locks.

The Big 5 in Dubai is the largest construction event in the Middle East, connecting thousands of global suppliers and buyers of construction products. For their part, the Gaia Awards honour construction equipment and products that have truly integrated the concept of moving towards a more sustainable built environment.

Abloy’s low energy locks were showcased at the ASSA Abloy stand. Visitors voting at the exhibition chose them for the Gaia Award 2016 for Sustainable Building Products.

The locks blend high security with eco-friendliness. They boast an ultra-low current consumption due to energy only being used when the lock status is changed. In addition to the energy and cost reductions involved, the locks have a very wide voltage range and a number of usage possibilities.

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Minna Sallinen, vice-president of product management at Abloy Oy, explained: “For Abloy, sustainability is a state of mind. It concerns all our processes – product development, choice of materials, the Health and Safety of our employees and customers, distribution and service.”

Aaron Yule, managing director of Abloy UK, added: “It’s fantastic to see Abloy products gaining international acclaim, and in an arena where sustainability is paramount. By selecting our low energy locks, specifiers can ensure they’re choosing a system that not only allows for swift and easy access and egress alongside an enhanced security provision, but also reduces the energy consumption and carbon footprint of a building.”

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Axis Communications issues Sustainability Report for 2013

Axis Communications has published its Sustainability Report for 2013. The fourth of its kind, the report describes the company’s successful work in the areas of environmental responsibility, business conduct and social responsibility.

“Sustainability issues are an integrated part of Axis’ business operations, and I am happy about the progress we have made in terms of minimising our environmental impact, promoting good working conditions and fighting corruption,” explained Ray Mauritsson, president of Axis Communications.

“Our employees’ commitment and efforts play a very important role in ensuring sustainable and successful growth for Axis in the longer term.”

Ray Mauritsson: president of Axis Communications

Ray Mauritsson: president of Axis Communications

Axis’ intelligent security solutions in the network surveillance arena enable a smarter and safer world. The company takes long-term social responsibility for how its operations impact employees, shareholders, partners, suppliers, end users and other important target groups.

All the while, the company aims to drive the shift towards innovative security solutions, but also when it comes to advancing corporate sustainability.

“Based on our position as global market leader, we want to serve as a model for our industry and many of our sustainability initiatives have substantial commercial benefits for us as well as for our partners and end users,” continued Mauritsson.

Business relations: responsible, transparent, trustworthy

Business relations should be handled in a responsible, transparent and trustworthy way.

Environmental considerations pervade everything from product development to logistics flows and the final stage of products.

Axis Communications’ products and solutions feature leading edge technologies which are environmentally friendly and energy-efficient in the end-use phase.

The most important measures implemented by Axis Communications during the year included:

• a comprehensive programme for employees and distributors in order to counter corruption, bribes and conflicts of interest
• continual audits of subcontractors to ensure that they comply with Axis’ requirements relating to environmental responsibility as well as working environment and safety
• new requirements for component suppliers and a new requirement concerning so-called conflict minerals has been added to the Code of Conduct which Axis applies for its suppliers
• two new configuration and logistics centres (in Suzhou, China and Memphis, USA) which will provide increased capacity in the important US market and enhance the presence in China and will also mean greater proximity to the suppliers that are located in the region (and thus reduce transportation)
• phase-out of PVC in several products
• optimisation and reduction in the size of certain product packaging, in turn generating a positive effect both on the environmental impact of transport and the volume of consumables
• entrepreneurial spirit, openness and commitment has been strengthened through a variety of activities such as training in the company’s core values and international introductory courses.

The Axis Communications Sustainability Report for 2013 may be downloaded by visiting: http://www.axis.com/corporate/sustainability/index.htm

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