Sky launches first Ocean Rescue impact report

Tuesday 30 October 2018

One year ago Sky made three commitments;

  • To go completely single-use plastic free by 2020
  •  Launch a new fund to invest in the people who are developing solutions to this complex issue
  •  To work with the WWF to protect over 400,000 km2 of oceans through Marine Protected Areas.

In that time we have made good progress, including removing over 175 tonnes of single-use plastic from our business – the equivalent to 19 rubbish trucks full.

Today we are releasing the first ever Sky Ocean Rescue Impact Report. The report tracks how far we have come in the last year, whilst also setting out how we plan to create a legacy for ocean health, protecting our environment for generations to come.

Highlights from the year include;

  • 7 million coffee cups removed from Sky operations
  • All Sky product packaging is now designed to be single-use plastic free
  • Partnerships with the Premier League, Project 0 and Team Sky to inspire people to make change
  •  The creation of a £25 million impact investment fund and investing in two new companies
  •  Supporting and funding three Sky Ocean Rescue Scholars dedicated to finding solutions to some of our most pressing environmental issues.

Fiona Ball, Head of Sky Inspirational Business and Sky Ocean Rescue, said,

“This year has been a challenge but I’m proud of how far we’ve come, working together to transform our business and inspire others to bring about a behaviour change. While it is clear progress is being made, we know there is more to do if we’re going to ensure our oceans are healthy in years to come. Businesses, governments and consumers all need to work together if we’re going to achieve our goal of a future without single-use plastic.”

The New Plastics Economy Global Commitment, is a step forward in collaborating with others on a global scale. Sky is supporting this, along with other businesses NGOs and governments. We continue to work with our partners and suppliers to help turn off the tap of single-use plastics and find more ways to collaborate and drive the changes that are urgently needed.

 Sky’s wider sustainability performance is also launched today with the Bigger Picture Impact Report. This year Sky has exceeded its 2020 UK and Ireland carbon intensity target two years early, reducing carbon emissions by 55% relative to revenue.

 You can find out all about these highlights and more in the report here.

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