Harris Paints Barbados (2003) Ltd. has been a Green Business with Green Business Barbados since September 2010 and has played a crucial role in the development of the programme over the years. In 2012, Harris Paints broke a new record within the programme becoming the first business to achieve Tier two (2) of the Footprint Rating System. This sets a new standard for the programme and raises the bar for a new level of achievement for the other businesses in the programme to follow.
With guidance and motivation from Kimberly Douglas, Human Resource and Training Manager as well as Green Officer for Harris Paints, almost one-third of the Harris staff have worked together since the beginning of the program to develop and implement green initiatives within the company. Since the inception of the program, however, environmental responsibility has become a way of life for all Harris Paints staff, in many cases extending out of the workplace and into the employee’s homes.
This year Harris Paints has excelled in the waste reduction and recycling section of the programme by diligently working with local recycling brokers such as B’s recycling. This was done in an effort to recycle all materials that come out of their warehouse, offices and plant. Additionally, Harris Paints is working on ways to reduce their use of municipal water through the harvesting of rain water for their processes, and even looking to produce greener paint products in the near future.
Ian Kenyon, CEO of Harris Paints, suggests that being the first company in Barbados to achieve Tier 2 status in this program is a great honour; “It reflects the focus of our company to be the leader in health, safety and the environment – and not just in Barbados but in the fourteen other countries we sell to throughout the Caribbean. This achievement is another important step in the journey towards becoming a World Class, Tier 5 Green business, and I am confident that the hearts and minds of all our staff are working in unison towards that goal”
Harris Paints has also excelled in their education and outreach through involvement in projects such as CORE Network recycling and Clean Up Barbados. This year Harris Paints also contributed assistance to the Future Centre Trust in order to attend the Caribbean Environment Forum in St. Kitts in May 2012. The FCT looks forward to many more years of partnership with Harris Paints Barbados (2003) Ltd. as well as continuing to assist businesses in Barbados to green their operations and save on their overhead costs.