Earlier this year we successfully launched our new brand. Our investment in RPA was the main focus of the launch, however our commitment to developing more eco-friendly policies was evident. Most recently we have chosen to tackle reducing the use of plastic in the workplace.
In addition, as a corporate member of Transaid, a member of our management team, Kelly Hobson, was fortunate to visit Zambia in October and witness the incredible work the charity delivers across the country.
The recent experiences and focus across Ligentia has led to the founding of Neat Initiative, an initiative that will hopefully attract like minded organisations across the transport and logistics industry to work together. One united voice that encourages collaboration across multiple organisations, that ultimately makes a difference to the world around us.
The first project is to encourage a no plastic approach to daily life, as well as generating funds to build and distribute Transaid bike ambulances.
Transaid Bike Ambulances
Transaid continues to deliver many projects across Africa linked directly to logistics, particularly in relation to health. The bike ambulances, which are a very simple innovation, deliver significant benefits to every community that is fortunate to have already received one.
Transaid works with communities across Africa to identify methods of emergency transport that are sustainable, accessible and suitable for the terrain. In some places this has meant using canoes or an ox and cart, but in Zambia where there is already a strong bicycle culture, the introduction of the bicycle ambulance has been instrumental in communities being able to access health care when they need it most. To put this into context, the people that Kelly Hobson visited in Zambia would be expected to walk or be carried up to 50km’s to access a health centre – more in some regions. When people are incredibly poorly this means of travelling is just not viable.
Neat Water Bottle
The first project is to sell the Neat 500ml water bottle. Made of stainless steel, the neat bottle holds cold fluid for 24 hours, and hot for 12 hours. Available to purchase for £12 (excluding p&p), all profits will be donated to Transaid to build more bike ambulances. This means that for every 100 water bottles sold 1 bike ambulance will be provided to a community in Africa.
Kelly Hobson, Group Senior Marketing Manager, Ligentia highlighted; ‘This year planet sustainability has been pushed even further to the forefront of our planning. Our hope is that by making small changes that have a positive impact on our environment, we are all demonstrating a commitment to making a difference. With the additional donation to Transaid to facilitate better access to healthcare in Africa, I only see a win for every organisation to get involved. Let’s see as an industry how many bike ambulances we can fund together whilst supporting no plastic.’
Florence Bearman, Head of Fundraising, Transaid added; “Transaid is delighted that the neat initiative has been launched. Sustainability is core to Transaid’s programmes, and neat provides people an opportunity to buy an eco-friendly alternative to plastic bottles that also provides communities across Africa with much needed and sustainable transport solutions.”
To place an order for the bottles or find out more information about the initiative please contact – firstname.lastname@example.org