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Stronger Together Award

Stronger Together Award

This is the second year we have run this award, recognising a supply chain partner who has delivered a community project that has made an impact on both an Orbit community and the lives of customers living within it. We are delighted to be working with supply chain partners that support our vision of building thriving communities through their social value. There is so much that Orbit as a business would like to achieve but by having strong partnerships, we can achieve even more.

Over 280 votes were cast in this category, and we’re pleased to announce that the votes have been counted and verified. 

The winner of The Thriving Communities Stronger Together Award 2020 is…  

Ethstat Ethical Stationery CIC

Afzal Ismail, Group Corporate Services Director, said, “Our Thriving Communities Stronger Together Award is about bringing together our supply chain and strengthening our partnerships to ensure we can continue building thriving communities. It is important to Orbit that our supply chain partners have the same ethos as us; to help our customers, to help our communities grow and to deliver what we set out to achieve. Ethstat Ethical Stationery believe in the same core values as Orbit, and help to care for the community, care for the environment and our customers. Together, we can achieve our goal of building thriving communities.”

We visited them to present their award. You can watch their reaction in the video below!

Ethstat Ethical Stationery was nominated by our Environmental Impact Coordinator, Jessica Marshall - her nomination submission can be found below:

Ethstat Ethical Stationery is a social enterprise who deliver social and environmental value across their business. Their environmental plaudits include deliveries with reduced transport emissions, refilling of containers to cut packaging waste, production of energy-efficient printers and re-manufacturing cartridges with reduced energy consumption - all of which which is gaining an incredible response from customers and our communities.

Before the coronavirus outbreak, they arranged a meeting to discuss office supply related opportunities. Just a few weeks later they came to the rescue when Orbit's larger and more established suppliers of hand sanitiser and handwash couldn't fulfil our unprecedented demand. 

Not only were they able to source and deliver these items, but in doing so, they enabled the safety of our employees, allowing them, in tum, to carry out essential services for customers. They are now a key supplier of PPE and hygiene products to Orbit, and they have provided printers and toner cartridges for our employees to allow efficient working from home (this initiative was mobilised in one day!). It is great knowing that Orbit can still accommodate the many vulnerable customers we care for.

Ethstat was established to eradicate homelessness. Profit from Orbit's orders feeds rough sleepers, reduces homelessness and supports vulnerable people back into employment. Ethstat's work ethic is a breath of fresh air, and we look forward to working alongside them to bring further positive impacts to our communities and our environment. You can read about some of the people this trading has helped by going to https://beam.org/fundraisers/orbit