One person makes a huge difference
We have talked about enabling and nourishing a sustainability culture from within at Petrofac for a while, and we have seen concrete steps being taken both at the organisational and individual level. However small, change is happening, and we have Petrofac’s people to thank. Be it for six new Aberdeen office car park EV chargers, reusable coffee cups and recycling points in different locations, or increased understanding of how our personal habits can be more sustainable.
“For Petrofac to enable its employees to make sustainable choices demonstrates that the company believes in sustainability irrespective of the sector that it works in,” Phaedra Pritchard says. “For me, that is a powerful message.”
But how did members of the Environmental Sustainability Network manage to overcome the ‘…but I am only one person’ mentality to tackle problems and tasks the sceptics would label unachievable or Sisyphean? And more importantly – why?
“I want my daughter to have a chance to live in a better world than we are living in now,” Aziza McAdam says. “The idea of making a positive impact, however small, while meeting interesting people across Petrofac, energises me”, she concludes.
“We want to leave the planet in at least as good condition as we found it in, if not better. For our children and grandchildren,” Jonathan Richmond adds.
A more sustainable future for the people we love is without a doubt a prevalent motive in the ESN community. It seems almost unnecessary to ask Phaedra, who at this point in our call is balancing our questions with the attention of a very playful two-year-old, why she dedicates her time to ESN. “I want to know there is a world for him and his children and their children.”
“The changes we can make today will have a huge impact to those generations in the years to come,” Phaedra concludes.