Certified using the Head Office Model

Gerd Gjengedal Hansen, Senior Advisor to top-level HR managers in the Norwegian Postal Service and responsible for the head office’s certification process

The Norwegian Postal Service has used the Eco-Lighthouse Head Office Model during the environmental certification process of its head office in Oslo.

– We have already certified 19 units, and quite naturally want our head office to have the same requirements to follow as well as implementing a similar certification of subordinate units. We decided to use the Head Office Model because it will contribute to simplifying the work involved with certifying even more units in the Postal Service and Bring. There are a series of requirements to be fulfilled by the head office on which local units do not need to spend resources, simultaneously as new reports are quite a bit easier to produce and save us a lot of time with regard to writing them.

This statement is made by Gerd Gjengedal Hansen, Senior Advisor to top-level HR managers in the Norwegian Postal Service and responsible for the head office’s certification process. On 12 March the Eco-Lighthouse diploma was awarded to the Postal Service in Oslo City Hall; present from the Norwegian Postal Service were Environmental Director Colin Campbell and Senior Advisor Gerd Gjengedal Hansen.

Why is an environmental certification important to the Postal Service?

“In the Norwegian Postal Service, implementing an environmental strategy involves several steps: increasing knowledge about and an overview of our own personal environmental influence as well as implementing measures and assuring that environmental work is being done in our own organisation. Creating a sense of involvement among our co-workers is another strategy. When working towards being awarded an Eco-Lighthouse certification, staff members will be involved in the process through offering suggestions regarding what they can do in their own workplace. Based on all of these points, we want to appear as an organisation that fulfills the requirements for a certification and takes social and environmental responsibility seriously”, says Gjengedal Hansen.

What has the work towards being awarded certification been like?

«The work has been demanding in the sense that there are many different professional groups that have needed to get involved in the process. Spreading information regarding ‘what’ and ‘why’ has taken a lot of time, although everyone has expressed their support for the project, helped out and done what we have asked of them», concludes Gjengedal Hansen.

Now that their head office is certified, the Norwegian Postal Service has 20 units that have become Eco-Lighthouses.

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