We’ve had Tuesday 16 June 2020 marked in our diary since 20 June 2019, the day after the 2019 Global Good Awards ceremony. Today was meant to be our annual celebration of the year’s winners, an evening to recognise excellence in sustainable best practice and innovation. But here we are amid a global pandemic and large gatherings are banned…
Our now-postponed event this evening would have been our third year being hosted by BMA House too, with our fourth already booked for 15th June 2021.
“We’ve committed to them since 2018,” comments Karen Sutton, founder of the Global Good Awards. “It’s a fabulous venue which really chimes with our ethical philosophy and has a serious track record in sustainable practices.
“BMA House really delivers a level of customer service that is rarely seen in the events industry too. Our needs for a fully-vegan menu – at a time before it became mainstream – were totally understood and delivered perfectly.”
BMA House’s catering partner is CH&Co, this year’s Global Good Awards’ co-sponsor. The contract caterer was the largest and most diverse contract caterer to be awarded the top level three-star rating by the Sustainable Restaurant Association in 2018. Its most recent report on its sustainability and environmental practices can be found here.
BMA House’s focus on operating sustainably has won it a gold award in Green Tourism which is no mean feat for a Grade II listed building. Home to the British Medical Association since 1925, the venue has reduced its delegate carbon footprint by 69% over the past four years, along with reducing water usage by 5.4m litres per year. Using Green Tourism to measure its carbon footprint on a per delegate basis it has seen a reduction to 2.8kg per delegate from 9kg per delegate in 2014.
Last year BMA House teamed up with another Global Good Awards supporter, Cross River Partnership to promote a ‘Clean Air Walking Route’ from Kings Cross. This provides delegates with a ‘cleaner’ journey to BMA House, following a route off the busy Euston Road on to backstreets where air pollution is 57% lower.
Other key sustainability achievements include the venue’s zero-to-landfill status (where all waste produced is either recycled or recovered); an upgrade to PIR and LED-based lighting around the building to reduce energy usage; water saving devices on toilets instead of standard flushes to decrease wastewater (in partnership with Thames Water ahead of our awards ceremony in 2019); its removal of all plastic takeaway cutlery and takeaway straws from food outlets and the introduction of ‘Keep Cups’ with a staff incentive to reuse them; the venue also does not provide plastic water bottles in meetings and filters all water on-site into glass bottles.
“We’ve always worked really well together – the team at BMA House is phenomenal,” adds Karen. “However 2020 pans out, the venue will always be top of our list and we’ll be back for 2021!”
You can take a virtual tour of BMA House here.