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Sustainability in the spotlight @ BAFTA

Screen Shot 2015-12-10 at 09.17.58For a second year the Fastflow Group stepped onto the stage at BAFTA to help raise awareness for the global sustainability agenda.

The leading support services and infrastructure specialist was the principle sponsor of TVE Global Sustainability Film Awards 2015.

Chairman and CEO, Neil Armstrong, is the first to admit that Fastflow is normally a “behind the scenes business” – maintaining and servicing infrastructure for a variety of blue chip clients which provide the essential services that keep Britain going.

But after handing over the Best Film Award to HSBC for its film, Troubled Waters –  – he urged the high profile gathering, at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts’ Piccadilly headquarters, to take responsibility and work to make change. 

“If we really care about sustainability we can’t think about tomorrow,” he said:  “We have to think about the world in fifty years time; our children’s world and their children’s world. 

“Since I spoke here last year about one million people have died as a result of unclean water.  Over three million children have died from poor nutrition.  If that’s not a chronic problem, then nothing is. 

“So let’s draw on the example set by the film makers here today who have chosen to throw their creative genius behind the planet’s biggest issue.  Let’s not just be inspired by these great films.  Let’s do something; every one of us, to help create a greener, fairer world; because if we don’t, no one else will.”

“Join me in taking responsibility; in thinking differently and doing something now.  We all know someone who knows someone.  Let’s lobby them to get the environment back on the agenda; to start the process of change.  We all have ways we could make an instant difference.  Recycling; switching things off; walking or cycling.

“And those of us who run businesses can embrace energy efficiency. If we put work to tender, we can put greater emphasis on environmental credentials.  My own business – The Fastflow Group majors on ethical procurement and we are looking to do more.  Much more.”

Fastflow Group Non Executive Director Oliver Rothschild also gave a key note speech and Strategic Development Director Ryan John Brennan sat on the film judging panel.  Nick Nuttall, Head of Communications and Outreach and Spokesperson for the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change chaired the judging panel.

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