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Respect for the environment

In partnership with our owner, The Corporation of the Church House, we are committed to working in a sustainable way that brings significant benefits not only to our business, but also the community in which we operate and our supply chain. As formal recognition of our ongoing commitment in minimising our venue’s carbon footprint, we are have been accredited a Silver award from the Green Tourism scheme.

Energy and carbon 

All new installations and refurbishments fit the most energy-efficient and sustainable products and devices as possible. In 2019 our catering kitchen was extensively refurbished and all gas equipment was replaced with green-energy appliances. Windows and door seals are regularly maintained to help prevent unnecessary heat loss. Temperature control is managed centrally to ensure efficient heating and cooling throughout the building.

Motion-sensitive lighting is used in the building, and our audio-visual team uses LEDs which consume far less energy than normal lights. We regularly record and monitor our energy usage to ensure we attain the most efficient usage possible.

All change in the kitchen

WATER

Church House has in-house water bottling facilities that uses reusable glass bottles. Water jugs are also used if preferred by clients.

All toilets are fitted with water reduction devices to reduce the amount of water used by the building. Sensory taps and toilet flushing systems have been fitted in areas of the venue, with plans to roll out to the entire venue over the coming years. Our water usage is recorded and monitored on a regular basis.

WELL-BEING

Our event spaces are designed with well-being in mind with most rooms offering plenty of natural daylight and stunning views of Westminster Abbey and tranquil Dean’s Yard, providing an oasis of peace and quiet to visitors. Event spaces also offer great flexibility for an array of informal layouts and event formats, and with 19 rooms the opportunity is there to allocate quiet rooms for your event for use during breaks or for meditation. Event organisers can theme the venue spaces and our in-house audio visual team can offer plenty of creative ideas to transform our rooms with innovative and ambient lighting options.

Our Head Chef has created a well-being working lunch menu featuring good mood foods that are healthy with sustained energy-giving properties to avoid that dreadful energy slump in the afternoon.

Well-being and mental health

FOOD AND DRINKS

Seasonal, local produce is used wherever possible. We’ve reduced meat dishes by 20% to offer more vegetarian options and at least a quarter of our menus are plant-led. Food is procured from sustainable sources and you’ll only find high-welfare meat, primarily chicken and turkey, and sustainable fish where these are offered on the menus. Only fairly traded tea and coffee are served.

Earlier in 2020 we launched new all plant-based menus for day delegate rates.

Plant-based day delegate menu launch

MATERIALS AND WASTE

We’ve completely reduced promotional branded merchandise by ditching ‘swag bags’. We also don’t use straws and we’ve gone plastic-free after signing the Meeting Industry’s #20PercentLess campaign in 2019.

Cleaning products used at Church House are 94% biodegradable.  All towels and tissue supplied in Church House are made from at least 95% recycled paper.

All members of staff are trained to work in the most sustainable way possible, minimising the use of energy and production of waste wherever possible. All printers are set as default to print on both sides of the paper and in black and white, whilst the paper used in-house is 100% recycled. All headed stationery is printed in-house as and when required to minimise wastage. Brochures are printed on paper that is FSC certified, 100% chlorine-free and colours used for printing are all vegetable dyes.

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We’ve completely reduced promotional branded merchandise by ditching ‘swag bags’. We also don’t use straws and we’ve gone plastic-free after signing the Meeting Industry’s #20PercentLess campaign in 2019.

Cleaning products used at Church House are 94% biodegradable.  All towels and tissue supplied in Church House are made from at least 95% recycled paper.

All members of staff are trained to work in the most sustainable way possible, minimising the use of energy and production of waste wherever possible. All printers are set as default to print on both sides of the paper and in black and white, whilst the paper used in-house is 100% recycled. All headed stationery is printed in-house as and when required to minimise wastage. Brochures are printed on paper that is FSC certified, 100% chlorine-free and colours used for printing are all vegetable dyes.

We recycle all: glass, paper, ink/copier cartridges, batteries and cans. Supplies provided for delegates, such as pens, note pads, flipchart paper, and coasters are all made from recycled materials.

We have replaced individual desk bins with centrally located collection points on each floor throughout the building with clear signage.  Doing this increased the amount of material we send to be recycled, which is taken to an energy-from-waste facility in South East London where it is recycled to generate electricity for local homes. Zero waste is sent to landfill.

Although every precaution is taken to prevent over-catering at events, any surplus food is diverted to FareShare. Only 100% compostable cups (vegware) and recycled glass bottles are supplied on the rare occasions they are requested. Used coffee grounds are being collected and sent away to be made into briquettes for use as fuel and used crisp packets are recycled into garden furniture utilising a Terracycle scheme.

 

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TRANSPORT

For business travel, public transport is used wherever possible which is convenient for our central London location. For out of hours of travel, only ‘green’ taxi companies are used. The use of public transport by visitors to the venue is encouraged. Full information on local public transport can be found on our website and brochure. Bike racks have been fitted in the venue’s garage for use by staff and delegates and information on local ‘Santander’ bike stations available.

We’re also proud to offer a new virtual tour for event organisers to explore Church House online.

Location

COMMUNITY

We care deeply for our Westminster neighbourhood and actively participate in local community activities, from giving children’s toys to local nurseries to donating food items to local food banks. We realise that we are stronger when we work together and collaborate, as we continue to partner with other Westminster venues and local hotels to secure conferences and events in Westminster.

We undertake a number of charity fundraising causes every year. Our charity for 2020 is Re-engage, a charity based in Westminster that tackles loneliness and social isolation amongst older people in the UK.

We commit to providing an inclusive welcome and accessibility to the largest audience possible.  We have made all reasonable efforts to comply with the provisions of the Equality Act 2010 to provide an accessible venue for those attending events at Church House.

We have clear guidelines in place detailing how we use your data in line with our privacy policy and we have also detailed our website’s cookie policy.

We provide a safe working environment for our teams including work stations fitted with fully adjustable chairs, computer screens, and footrests to ensure a comfortable working environment. All members of the team take part in compulsory safety training for the working environment.

We treat our team fairly and in a respectful manner following the guidelines set ou

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We care deeply for our Westminster neighbourhood and actively participate in local community activities, from giving children’s toys to local nurseries to donating food items to local food banks. We realise that we are stronger when we work together and collaborate, as we continue to partner with other Westminster venues and local hotels to secure conferences and events in Westminster.

We undertake a number of charity fundraising causes every year. Our charity for 2020 is Re-engage, a charity based in Westminster that tackles loneliness and social isolation amongst older people in the UK.

We commit to providing an inclusive welcome and accessibility to the largest audience possible.  We have made all reasonable efforts to comply with the provisions of the Equality Act 2010 to provide an accessible venue for those attending events at Church House.

We have clear guidelines in place detailing how we use your data in line with our privacy policy and we have also detailed our website’s cookie policy.

We provide a safe working environment for our teams including work stations fitted with fully adjustable chairs, computer screens, and footrests to ensure a comfortable working environment. All members of the team take part in compulsory safety training for the working environment.

We treat our team fairly and in a respectful manner following the guidelines set out in our ‘Inspiring People’ document. We ensure that all staff working on-site including the staff working for the catering and cleaning contractors are paid a minimum of the Real London Living Wage.

We respect and value differences. We understand that when people from different backgrounds and with different points of view work together, the value we create can be powerful. We always strive to be inclusive but there is always room for improvement, whether it is taking the time to listen, offering better support or increasing diversity. We will never stop driving this change.

 

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INNOVATION

We pledge to continue to actively seek out and adopt new event technology applications as and when these are developed to enhance the guest experience of events.

We encourage organisers to choose digital for event marketing in order to reduce the impact of events on the environment. Dedicated event websites, event apps, online registration and virtual check-ins can provide real data-driven events.

With new Covid-secure events we continue to evolve our in-house virtual and hybrid event technology and we also recommend using contact tracing tools such as the miaTrusted Trace tool.

 

ECOLOGY

We grow herbs for our kitchen and we have a plan to plant wildflowers and keep bees in the little garden on the 1st floor, next to the Bishop Partridge Hall.

We offer a range of live natural plants for hire which is not only cost-effective but great for well-being. Where floral arrangements are a must, our florist will use seasonal flowers.

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Accessibility    

We commit to providing an inclusive welcome and accessibility to the largest audience possible.

Autism Friendly 

Find out how we provided an inclusive and accessible venue for delegates attending the AT-Autism conference.

Food Trends 

Our Head Chef talks sustainability, zero-waste and well-being on World Food Day 2019.

CHURCH HOUSE NEWSLETTER

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