St. Albans-based, JPA Workspaces has won the Global SME of the Year Award at the 2022 Global Good Awards, which recognise businesses, NGOs, charities, and social enterprises that are driving social and environmental change.
The company won the award, which is open to any business that has multiple sustainability and social impact initiatives at its core and is committed to key ESG principles, for its commitment to the circular economy and overall passion for sustainability. The business actively reduces the unnecessary harvest of virgin materials by rehoming unwanted office furniture in the UK; so far it has rehomed 5,000 items, diverted over 25,000 from landfill, and saved clients over £1.5m. JPA Workspaces also runs a community furniture programme and has a range of ‘circular support services’, from repair shops to reupholstery.
The Global Good Awards’ judges said, “while attention is often placed on large organisations, SMEs also have a vital role to play in tackling today’s environmental challenges. In this category, we were keen to see evidence of impacts and outcomes and how the business might have successfully navigated issues like potentially limited resources. With their support of employee wellbeing, their comprehensive review of their ESG activities, and overall incorporation of sustainability to every layer of their business, JPA Workspaces was the clear front runner. We’re excited to see where they go next.”
All this year’s Global Good Award winners were presented with their awards at the annual Global Good Awards ceremony at BMA House in London on 13th October, the programme’s first hybrid event where winners outside of the UK attended virtually.