Our Sustainability Commitment


What can an SME do to improve its sustainability performance?

At Mattinson Partnership we are very conscious of the imminent climate crisis, and as leading recruiters in the built and natural environment, we are really committed to transforming our own sustainability performance.

Using Mattinson Partnership as our own case study, we thought it would be interesting to see how easy (or difficult) it would be to transform an SME’s sustainability performance on a budget. Over the next three months we will be implementing a range of initiatives to transform our sustainability performance and we invite you to be a part of the conversation!

If you already have a well-established sustainability strategy, and have any workplace sustainability success stories, we invite you to share these successes. Similarly, if you are still considering how you can improve your business’ sustainability performance, hopefully our case study can provide some useful insight on what can be achieved.


Our plan - 

To understand how we can improve our sustainability performance, we asked our employees to complete a survey measuring their current behaviour and attitudes across Transport, Waste, Diet, Health & Wellbeing & Resource consumption, in order to establish a sustainability baseline to measure from.

Using this information, our plan is to break down our strategy into the three following areas:

  • Behavioural change
  • Supply Chain
  • Health & Wellbeing


Behavioural Change

Our survey showed that employee engagement varied significantly on attitudes towards sustainability. To improve staff engagement, on the first Friday of every month we are going to hold a sustainability workshop to lead an action-focused session on one of the key environmental impact areas across Transport, Waste, Diet, and Resource Consumption. We will measure employee engagement at the end to see how we have improved. (Keep a lookout on our LinkedIn for each month’s focus!)

Supply Chain

We have committed to assessing our supply chain, including our energy, waste and pension providers, as well as the more mundane (but equally as important) office supplies i.e. sustainable tea bags and cargo bikes for deliveries.

Health & Wellbeing

With the support of our sister company MP Smarter Travel we have begun to measure our internal air quality, and we will assess how investment in a greener office space will improve this. We are also committed to putting a larger focus on our staff’s wellbeing by incorporating more exercise and social enterprise opportunities.


What’s next? 

We will share with you our experiences, with the goal of better understanding the opportunities and challenges of an SME taking a more sustainable approach, measuring our improvements along the way. Follow our LinkedIn page to keep up to date with our initiatives!

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London Wildlife Trust.

We are proud partners of The London Wildlife Trust, a charity dedicated to protecting the wildlife and wild spaces of London by driving environmental projects throughout the city. Our team often get involved at ground level in Wild Workdays by helping to maintain and restore treasured spaces and land… we love to get our hands dirty! We also run multiple interactive workshops, providing their conservation trainees with invaluable career advice and insights into the environmental sector to prepare them for employment. Most recently, we worked with young people taking part in their Keeping it Wild programme, which engages young people from backgrounds currently under-represented in nature conservation.

Royal Town Planning Institute.

The RTPI represents planning professionals in the UK and Ireland and aims to encourage the development of vibrant and prosperous places and communities. Our Senior Consultant Freddie enthusiastically attends the annual Planning Convention, and we host several events throughout the year to show our support, including drinks networking and a literal pub quiz. We also keep in close contact with our friends down under, at the Planning Institute Australia and New Zealand Planning Institute. In addition, we sponsor the London Planning Summit, an event designed to address the biggest challenges facing the industry. This is our opportunity to stay on top of the latest changes in town planning by meeting with other key professionals in the sector, while celebrating our achievements.

Land Securities Group Plc.

One of our clients, LandSec, are the clever people behind Girls Can Do It Too, an initiative designed to encourage girls to consider a career in construction. Currently, only 11% of the construction workforce are female, and LandSec are attempting to increase this number by providing education and engagement projects and workshops for girls aged 11-13. Featuring workshops on demolition and tower building, as well as challenging the girls to design a planning project of their own (with a focus on budgeting and environmental considerations), LandSec have proven their dedication to addressing the need for diversity in this very male dominated industry. Ruth assists the project by sharing her fascinating insights into the industry and is even on the project judging panel!

Urban Land Institute.

In partnership with Urban Land Institute we are able to play an imperative role in creating a larger and more diverse pool of candidates within the planning & property professions. Working in schools we take part in the Urban Plan Educational workshops programme, which has now reached more than 2,500 pupils in 100 schools since its launch. Alongside more than 200 industry volunteers engaged across the country, we provide invaluable industry & careers advice to students while guiding them through their workshops and helping judge their presentations.

Carbon Footprint.

Carbon FootprintTM works to help organisations offset their CO2 through tree planting and community projects worldwide. By partnering with Carbon FootprintTM, we have planted native trees and shrubs such as Whitebeam, Hazel, Field Maple, Silver Birch, Rowan, Beech, Blackthorn, Holly and Dog Rose to create a Mattinson Forest that spreads across South East England. Carbon FootprintTM work in conjunction with the Florestal Santa Maria Project (FSM-Redd Project), designed to reduce deforestation in the Amazonian Rainforest. So, for every tree we plant in the UK we guarantee a tonne of CO₂ offset in Brazil too. Carbon FootprintTM have allowed us to not only do our bit for the environment but also commemorate moments of growth for our clients and candidates.