Published this month, The FT Sustainable Business Report: Green Tech 2012, focuses on the increased necessity for collaboration between public, private and non-profit sectors, and the willingness for companies to work together on environmental issues. Without greater pooling of resources, technology, and investment, many fear that green technology will fail to reach the scale needed to halt or reverse the environmental problems it is designed to solve. The recent GreenBuild expo in San Franscisco, showcased how innovation businesses and NGOs and were harnessing the power of networking and outsourcing their ‘eco-challenges’. Open innovation and partnership within the clean tech entrepreneurial community has proved successful for many organisations, including USAID.
The report also highlights successful partnerships between private sector corporations, where collaboration is less frequently seen. In discussing the benefits of collaboration in green technology, Kris Gopalakrishnan, Executive Co-Chairman of Infosys, said: “Companies can educate each other, supply funding, help boost a supply chain and push the project towards its goals.” The benefits of corporate collaboration in green technology were seen this year when Eco Plastics, the Lincolnshire-based recycling group, created a joint venture with Coca-Cola to increase the pace of development in the UK’s recycling infrastructure. The Recycling plant opened as a result, has already more than doubled the amount of bottle grade recycled plastic that was previously created in the UK.
Sustain Worldwide: 2012 reviewed; 2013 previewed
Sustain Worldwide’s board, this time last year, set itself clearly defined and measurable targets for 2012. As the year draws to a close we have demonstrably achieved the majority of targets we set ourselves in our core activity areas of communications, education, advocacy and network. We have delivered two very well-received seminars which were attended by 80+ cross-sector senior level professionals. We are on schedule to achieve the press visibility, Twitter and Linked-In targets we set. Exceeding forecasts, our alliance has grown to 60 worldwide, and strategic partnerships are in development globally. Our monthly sustainability leaders dinners, initiated in October, have proved to be a fertile meeting point, stimulated great debate and have opened up a platform for collaboration and innovation in sustainability across our alliance.
2013 promises to be another year of balanced growth for Sustain Worldwide. Internationally, the forthcoming (February) business development mission to Gujarat, India, will showcase the alliance to a region hungry for opportunity and sustainable progress. Ongoing, we actively seek collaborative opportunities in the UK and overseas with other organizations that share our avowedly commercial approach to business growth through sustainability. Our 2013 educational programme will build on this year’s successes to deliver a balanced combination of skills-based and technically-oriented events. Our communications strategy will see the Sustain Worldwide brand re-launched and an ever-increased visibility in the press and across social media. Lastly, we aim to grow the alliance in a balanced manner to 100 cross-sector – clean tech, property, construction and manufacturing – leaders during 2013 to drive innovation, collaboration and opportunity across the network.
Sign up for Sustain Worldwide business development mission to Gujarat, India
The Sustain Worldwide business development mission to Gujarat, India, from 25 February – 2 March 2013, in partnership with our India-based sustainability sector specialist partner SEnS, continues to take shape. One-to-one meetings with leading Indian companies, including Ten Hotels and Fairwood SmartGreen, are being set up. The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and the Gujarat Chamber of Commerce & Industry (GCCI) will escort the delegation during its stay to introduce them to their sector specific relevant members. Pre-mission publicity has commenced: Anwar Harland-Khan, Sustain Worldwide CEO, was recently interviewed for OPP India, the leading English-speaking, b2b, online property publication on the sub-continent.
Sustain Worldwide is further developing a social programme that will deliver environmental and economical benefits in the region. Delegates will have the opportunity to learn about, support and practically contribute to the initiative that will provide delegates’ companies with positive corporate social responsibility (CSR). Watch this space, for further information. Delegate places for the Mission are limited to 8 non-competing companies; only 5 places remain available. Delegates will be assisted to identify potential customers or partners and to arrange meetings with them prior to leaving the UK. Delegates will also have the time and opportunity to pursue their own contacts. To find out more about the opportunities to participate in the Mission and to support the CSR initiative, contact Gordon Miller, +44 020 7754 5557 Gordon@SustainWorldwide.com.
INNOVATION & EDUCATION
Sustain Worldwide ‘Collaboration through CSR & Sustainability Seminar’ Review
The Sustain Worldwide ‘Collaboration through CSR and Sustainability’ seminar, took place on 15 November and was well attended at the award-winning sustainable 15Hatfields, in central London. Headline sponsored by Climaveneta, a European market leading HVAC and HPAC manufacturer, speakers included Rob Lambe from Willmott Dixon and Guiseppe Medeghini from Studio Planning.
Rob Lambe, Managing Director of Willmott Dixon’s award-winning, specialist sustainability Re-Thinking team, gave a fascinating insight into the company’s sustainability initiatives, their challenges and successes, and goals for continued improvement. Andrea Bertelle, Communications Manager for Climaveneta, and Guiseppe Medeghini, of Climaveneta’s design partner, Studio Planning, presented on how the collaborative approach to sustainability from both companies has created a successful partnership and been an important driver for profitable business growth.
The seminar was facilitated by Andy Caldwell and Lucie Graham of CoCreate Consulting, and through a mix of interactive and informative approaches they explored the relationship between key areas of sustainability and its relationship to CSR within the corporate environment. A practical study of how to develop effective and relevant CSR initiatives and partnerships was presented through case studies and workshops.
The networking sessions before and during the seminar were high-energy and, as one delegate remarked, ‘I did indeed find the session enjoyable, crossing as it did my interests in sustainable business, property and community. It was relaxed but informative’.
Conference taking place 15 February 2013, 76 Portland Place, London. Includes first hand insight from stakeholders on what they look for in reports and fresh perspectives on intergrated reporting, shared value concepts and creative communication of sustainability reports. Key speakers from; Aviva Investors, Diageo, and L’Oreal.
Innovation Voucher Scheme
The Technology Strategy Board’s national Innovation Voucher scheme enables UK-based, start-up, micro, small and medium sized businesses, to obtain help from a range of expert suppliers - universities, further education colleges, Research & Technology Organisations, technical consultancies and Catapults, design advisers and intellectual property advisers.
Sustain Worldwide elite networking dinners stimulate the conversation as well as the taste buds
Once again, the Sustain Worldwide networking dinner this month proved to be a great success. Hosted by Anwar Harland-Khan and Gordon Miller of Sustain Worldwide at the hugely popular Dinner by Heston Blumenthal at the Mandarin Oriental, London, guests included directors of Sustain Worldwide alliance member Climaveneta, the Deputy Chairman of Wates, and a Vice-President of InterContinental Hotels.
The next elite networking dinner will be held on the 7th February 2013 at Koffmann’s at the Berkeley, promising exceptional French dining. The eponymous chef Pierre Koffmann established his reputation as chef owner at La Tante Claire, which once held three Michelin stars.
Whitton Investments joins Sustain Worldwide
International property investment and development company, Whitton Investments, has joined Sustain Worldwide. With a strong belief in partnerships, they have co-invested and partnered with institutions, companies and individuals, and have investments and developments around the world.
Committed to the pursuit of excellence and innovation, they are passionate about ethical investment. Whitton Investments developments promote the principle of sustainability, multi-use, conservation, connectivity, safety, social responsibility and the integrated community.
Members’ News In Brief
Climaveneta has launched a new website section, Climaveneta Cities, pinpointing the most important Climaveneta projects and localising them directly on Google Maps with focus on data, features and units installed. Climaveneta@London for example, includes images and descriptions, as well as details of the challenges, key players’ opinions, and key success factors for their London projects.
MGM French Properties reports that more than two-thirds of the ski apartments being built in the first phase of the new Kalinda Village development in the French Alps, have been sold off-plan a year before they are ready for use. The new eco-village has been described as a ‘state-of-the-art example of sustainable development’.
Oliver Burns has won the prestigious title of ‘Ultimate Luxury Bathroom’ at the Designer Kitchen & Bathroom Awards held on 15th November 2012 for its development, Walpole. This latest award further cements Oliver Burns’ pre-eminence as the unrivalled expert in creating breathtaking bathrooms.
Sustain Worldwide drives profitable sustainability to the heart of global property development. Join our exclusive alliance to: demonstrate your leadership qualities; access our extended and expanding business, technical support, and communications & marketing network; receive gratis invitations to Sustain Worldwide hosted seminars, conferences and networking events; gain independent endorsement (use of Sustain Worldwide logo) to underpin your corporate sustainability initiatives and enhance your business reputation. See www.sustainworldwide.com/join.html or call +44 (0)20 7754 5557.