The 5 Bank Street period poverty initiative also nominated

Debbie Plavinskas, the creator of Overbury’s period poverty initiative at 5 Bank Street, won the Fairness, Inclusion and Respect award at the 2022 Inspiring Change Conference and Awards.

The period poverty initiative, which was additionally nominated for the Workplace Project award, aimed to significantly increase inclusivity for women on site and raise awareness for period poverty amongst all on-site staff, 90% of whom are male.

The initiative resulted in the collection of over 60,000 sanitary products which were donated to a local food bank, a women’s homeless shelter and to the people of Ukraine. It also led to big changes within Overbury - sanitary bins are now standard at sites and offices and free sanitary products are provided where possible.

The Fairness, Inclusion and Respect Award recognises individuals who have ‘made significant, innovative and outstanding contribution to promoting a culture of Fairness, Inclusion and Respect within their scope of work either in their workplace or beyond’.

Congratulations to the team and Debbie on this well-deserved recognition.

Find out more about this year’s awards here.