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OCS releases first
OCS New Zealand released its first sustainability report this year.
According to OCS New Zealand managing director Gareth
Marriott, the release of the sustainability report provides a
public benchmark of where the company stands and to measure
improvement going forward.
“As one of New Zealand’s largest private employers, we are
committed to ensuring that our operating model minimises the
impact we have on the environment, our communities and the
families of our team members,” he said.
“We are reducing carbon emissions and the use of chemicals and
water. We are also coaching, mentoring, training and promoting a
sustainable and safer workplace for those at the frontline.”
As part of its commitment, OCS recently held a supplier forum
on sustainability, where nearly 50 suppliers heard from the executive
director of the Sustainable Business Council, Abbie Reynolds, about
her organisation’s vision for a sustainable future.
Reynolds said sustainability in business is about doing the right thing
and finding the balance between people, environment and profit.
“We’re increasingly seeing companies changing their way of
thinking as to how they create value through sustainability over the
long term,” she said.
To ensure OCS achieves its goal of becoming the most sustainable
business in the New Zealand cleaning sector by 2020, Marriott says
the company now has sustainability focus groups to look at ways to
become more sustainable and will continue to set the bar high to
ensure a legacy for the next generation.
“I believe that ethical companies are those that value their team
members and work with them to deliver great service. These are the
companies that will always win the long game.”
Crestclean helps worker be own boss
When Sina Esau’s job transferred to a new company after her
employer lost a cleaning contract to CrestClean, 55-year old Esau
became a ‘vulnerable worker’.
But a meeting with CrestClean’s Christchurch north regional
manager Yasa Panagoda opened Esau’s eyes to the opportunity of
being able to buy a cleaning franchise. Now completing the same
work, but as a business owner, the move has given her a new lease of
life, she says.
“It was a little bit scary at first but now I look forward to getting up
in the morning and running my own business.”
After joining CrestClean, Esau went through CrestClean’s
in-house training delivered by the Master Cleaners Training
Institute. CrestClean’s national health and safety manager Chris
oversaw Esau’s latest
was impressed with her
“She’s very bright and
enthusiastic. She was
just blooming from the
time she arrived for her assessment.”
Esau says she’s earning a lot more compared with her previous job
and is already looking to expand the size of her business. “I feel so
proud of what I’ve achieved,” she said.
Kärcher monitoring software
takes off globally
Kärcher’s ECO!Manager software has taken off globally, according
to Kärcher NZ national business manager Mark Robinson.
“The idea was first conceived as a response to Kärcher’s
continual drive to deliver meaningful innovations – labour saving
has to be the key area for cleaning contractors,” said Robinson,
who adds customer feedback so far has been outstanding.
ECO!Manager software is designed to allow businesses to plan,
record and monitor a variety of facility management activities.
It is an operator friendly system using site specific barcodes. It
provides a variety of status reports during daily operations, which
include accurate date/time room cleaning, consumable usage
and if consumable deployment is required urgently.
When facility maintenance is required or if damage has
occurred, operators using the system can scan the location via the
smartphone app or scanner tool and an automatic notification
alerts service personnel to be mobilised.
The software can also be used to keep track of working hours
and cleaning sequences. Inspection results can be documented
and evaluated on the system. The results are always available
to every authorised user through their personalised business
ECO!Manager. This enables trends to be recognised and
measures taken to improve cleaning processes if necessary.
Victoria University‘s Wellington campus, which has being using
ECO!Manager for the past 17 months, now see the software as
a vehicle to save time and reduce waste, thanks to the accurate
monitoring of consumables. This has resulted in ensuring the
university provides better services to its staff and students.
OCS managing director
Gareth Marriott and Air
New Zealand CEO
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