As part of the Institute of Directors’ growing commitment to sustainability, a colony of about 20,000 honey bees has been established in the Institute’s central London headquarters at 116 Pall Mall.
The bees will in turn pollinate approximately 200 million local plants, as well as provide educational opportunities for local schools and beekeeping training for IoD staff members.
Jonathan Geldart, the Director General of the Institute of Directors, said:
“Bees are one of the most important animals on the planet, but their numbers are plummeting rapidly. I am delighted that we are able to play a small part in protecting bees and the vital role they play in the natural ecosystem.
“Quite apart from the environmental, educational and wellbeing benefits the bees will bring, I am also excited by the prospect of IoD members being able to enjoy honey made by our own little captains of industry.”
The IoD is working with BEE1 on this project, a company that specialises in corporate social responsibility solutions. They focus on the environment, education, community and wellbeing, through the conservation and installation of bee colonies.