Almost seven in ten businesses (69%) consider sustainability to be a priority business driver for success in 2012, finds a comprehensive report independently commissioned by edie.net, Sustainable Business magazine and Temple Group. Contributors to the 34-page document, published in October 2012, include Virgin Media and Lloyds TSB amongst a total of 423 respondents.
40% of those see it as a high priority, i.e. at the core of their business strategy. Almost three quarters (71%) already have energy-use targets in place, while two thirds (65%) have set themselves waste targets. The biggest businesses still see carbon emissions reduction as a priority. Almost three quarters (74%) of the largest companies surveyed say it is an area where action has been taken, with a similar number (76%) having also set reduction targets.
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 progress. One-to-one meetings with leading Indian companies, including Ten Hotels and Fairwood India, are in development. 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 exploring the development of a social programme in the region that will deliver environmental and economical benefits. Delegates will learn about, be able to support and practically contribute to the initiative that will provide delegates’ companies with positive corporate social responsibility (CSR) positioning. 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 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 or Gordon@SustainWorldwide.com.
Sustain Worldwide collaborates with Materials KTN
Sustain Worldwide’s is exploring ideas for innovation with the Materials Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) for the benefit of alliance members. The Materials KTN exists to assist the materials community make connections, not just in traditional materials, but in emerging technologies and design. Sustain Worldwide alliance members are invited to express their interest in exploring further the opportunities for R&D collaboration with members of the KTN via Sustain Worldwide. Contact: Innovation@SustainWorldwide.com
INNOVATION & EDUCATION
Sustain Worldwide CSR & Sustainability Seminar: last chance to register!
Only 5 places remain for the Sustain Worldwide Collaboration through CSR & Sustainability half-day seminar on 15 November 2012 at 15Hatfields, central London. Rob Lambe, managing director of Willmott Dixon’s award-winning, specialist sustainability Re-Thinking team, will talk about the company's CSR successes, challenges and key learnings to enable delegates to draw on the construction company's hard won experiences for the benefit of their own business. Headline sponsored by Climaveneta, the practical and informative seminar will see how sustainability and CSR relate to each other, supporting the development of attendees’ CSR programme and initiatives. Delegate places for this strategic seminar are priced at a nominal amount of £45 (ex-VAT); entry is free to Sustain Worldwide members. Register at email@example.com.
Applications of Geopolymers Seminar
Geopolymers are low cost, fireproof, low temperature cure materials with excellent dimensional stability and thermal insulation properties. They have the potential to offer a low carbon footprint compared with polymers or cements they might replace and much of the raw material can be waste derived. This one-day seminar, held on Tuesday, 4 December 2012 in Stoke-on-Trent, UK, brings together existing UK expertise supported by international contributions, to showcase the current state-of-the-art and aims to develop confidence in using these materials and identify barriers to their further commercialisation.
ISA 2012 Report provides sustainability data in 51 countries
The International Sustainability Alliance’s (ISA) third Annual Benchmarking Report highlights the growing influence of ISA’s unique database of property sustainability. The database comprises extensive consumption data provided by ISA members, who include leading corporate real estate owners, occupiers, developers and investors. They collectively control 150 million m2 of commercial assets in 51 countries, with an estimated value of more than £150 billion.
Sustain Worldwide elite dinners stimulate the appetite
Sustain Worldwide hosted what was described as a “hugely enjoyable evening of great food and great company” earlier this month at the 2-Michelin star Marcus Wareing at The Berkeley in central London. The esteemed guests included board directors of members of the Sustain Worldwide alliance from Buro Happold, Climaveneta and TFT. November’s dinner will be hosted at Dinner by Heston Blumenthal at the Mandarin Oriental, Park Lane. Confirmed dinner guests include the Deputy Chairman of Wates, and a Vice-President of InterContinental Hotels Group.
Members' news in brief
Climaveneta reports more than three years after the earthquake that destroyed the city of L'Aquila in Italy, the new auditorium – complete with a high efficiency, low noise attenuation heat pump with partial condensing and a heat recovery function – has opened this month.
MGM French Property the French Alpine region’s leading developer reports it is putting the finishing touches to more than 180 brand new apartments, which meet HQE standards, in four popular locations. The apartments will be ready to buy or rent during winter 2012/13.
Oliver Burns, an architectural interior design and development practice, won four awards at the UK Property Awards 2012 on Friday 12 October for its super-prime development Walpole Mayfair. The company won ‘Best Residential Property Interior’ and ‘Best Residential Redevelopment’, at the regional London level and the United Kingdom-wide level.
Randle Siddeley Associates (RSA), the landscape architects and designers, is expanding globally. The eponymous Randle Siddeley, Lord Kenilworth, has this month opened an office in Hong Kong and is in the process of opening one in the USA.
TFT has been instructed to provide sustainability consultancy services to a major UK retailer (1,000 plus stores). The services include appraising the current and future store’s specification and identifying alternative products for ceilings, floor finishes, paints, etc. TFT is also assisting the retailer to monitor site impacts (energy, water and waste).
Q: What does innovation through sustainability mean to you? A: It means continually challenging the ways in which we work and working with others to find smarter ways of providing services. We are directly engaged in various areas of R&D working with academia and other stakeholders striving to find transformational solutions to the challenges facing our sector, we also recognize the importance of less dramatic incremental improvements.
Q: How important is sustainability to your company’s philosophy, strategy and practices? A: We believe sustainability is a critical factor for the future success of our business and have ensured it is addressed and embedded fully within our strategic business planning.
Q: What is the biggest sustainability challenge facing your company e.g. Supply chain, consumer buy in? A: One of the most significant challenges is the development of knowledge and skills across the whole of the sector, including clients, designers, managers and trades.
Q: Do you think developing business sustainably is a moral imperative or a business decision – and are the two mutually exclusive? A: Business has a responsibility to act in an ethical manner but the critical issue to focus on is the business case. The moral case must translate into a business case.
Q: What would encourage your company to strive for even higher sustainability aspirations e.g. Corporate social responsibility, tax breaks, client demand? A: We have already set ourselves ambitious and challenging targets to achieve and are constantly striving to find ways of delivering better outcomes whilst remaining competitive in tough market conditions.
Q: What new business opportunities are you seeking e.g. In which countries and sectors? A: In 2011 we established WD Energy Services Ltd to focus on the growing opportunities associated with existing building low energy retrofits and renewable energy solutions across the UK.
Q: What services and USP’s do you offer clients? A: We have established an exceptional team of energy and building performance experts which allows us to support our clients in developing and delivering asset management plans tackling the challenges of reducing energy use and carbon emissions.
Q: If you had a super power what would you use it for – within a sustainability context? A: If I had a super power I would want it to be the power to control the climate and make the problem of climate change disappear…..that would make life so much easier!
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