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Friday, May 24, 2019

Apak Group, a Sopra Banking Software company, ditch single-use plastic cups thanks to partnership with HydrateM8

If you’ve ever been to the Apak Group HQ in Bristol, UK, you may have visited a specific corner of the ground floor which is home to Marketing, Sales, HR, Accounts and our EVP James Powell. You may also know we like to keep the little part of the office that we call home fairly bright and cheery, with our pineapple bunting and resident gnomes part of the everyday décor!

Currently, though, our poor gnomes (who were already the victims of several games of “gnome bowling” at our last Summit) are homeless, having been displaced due to our latest exciting delivery taking up every available nook and cranny!

We’ve made the gnomes temporarily homeless for good reason though. We’ve recently teamed up with HydrateM8 to offer all our staff globally the opportunity to make a positive impact on the environment and maintain their wellbeing whilst in the office.

All existing employees and all new joiners going forward will be issued with one of HydrateM8’s highly popular Hydration Tracker Water Bottles with the aim of helping staff drink more water, as well as significantly cut our consumption of single-use plastic bottles and cups as a company.

HydrateM8 are a fast growing innovate UK based company. Their customer-centric approach and desire to have a positive impact are closely aligned to that of Apak Group and our parent company Sopra Banking Software, making them a natural choice of partner to help us supply ethical and re-usable products to staff.

 “We’re always striving to make our office more eco-friendly and a really effective way of doing this is to reduce the use of single-use plastics within our offices. Comments Apak Group Facilities Manager Kerrie Mahon. 

“We’ve recently introduced recycling boxes for sachets from our tea/coffee machines and are still on track for mid-June to have the plastic cups in the large stand-alone tea/coffee machines replaced with cups that can be recycled to further reduce our single use of plastic. 

“This partnership with HydrateM8 allows us to remove all single-use plastic cups from our offices reducing the Apak impact on our environment”. Mahon continued.

Drinking more water will improve energy levels, boost your immune system, promote healthy skin, aid weight loss and HydrateM8 Director Chris Hillary has praised Apak Group for their decision to remove single-use plastic from their offices.

"It was great to hear that Apak Group wanted to adopt a reusable solution for their employee's water needs.

“As well as helping the environment the positive impact on staff wellbeing by using one of our hydration trackers will massively improve. More companies should be leading the way like Apak Group."

The Apak Group global team are looking forward to the removal of single-use plastic cups from our offices, whilst also supporting such a great company like HydrateM8 and their innovative product range!

About Apak Group:
Apak Group, a Sopra Banking Software Company, has 40 years’ experience of providing specialist financial systems to the global asset finance and banking sectors. Our products have been designed by in-house financial software specialists, utilizing their extensive knowledge and long-term experience of working within the financial services industry. Our specialist teams work with business and IT leaders to help translate their strategic business agendas into IT initiatives and solutions that measurably improve performance.
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About Sopra Banking Software:
With 4,000 experts, a pro forma turnover 2018 of € 373.7 million and one of the deepest, broadest portfolios of software and services, Sopra Banking Software is a trusted, long-term partner of over 800 banks in more than 70 countries. Sopra Banking Software has an unequalled ability to address the requirements for banks and financial institutions of any size and scope, allowing them to innovate and expand their services. Sopra Banking Software is a subsidiary of the Sopra Steria Group, a European leader in digital transformation, with more than 44,000 employees. In 2018, Sopra Steria achieved generated a revenue of € 4.1 billion. 
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