Research finds sustainability drives new business opportunity
Results of research, carried out by Lloyds TSB Commercial, found that 70% of SME's are adopting sustainable practices to secure new business; 54% said they are becoming sustainable to reduce utility bills. The survey also found that 52% are undertaking sustainable initiatives to generate good staff morale, while 22% of respondents look to fulfill a personal interest in environmental matters. Considering corporate social responsibility (CSR), the research noted 60% of SME's said that they had implemented some sort of sustainable practice into their company/organisation, while 48% of these acknowledged that they could do more. However, 42% of the UK's small businesses surveyed said that they had little or no understanding of sustainability.
Sustain Worldwide invited on expert panel for European Construction Trends Research
Sustain Worldwide has been invited to participate in a European construction research programme that seeks to examine the trends which will influence the building industry from now until 2020, to which changes these trends will lead and at which speed they will take place. The project will focus on 5 major European markets – the UK, Germany, France, the Netherlands and Belgium. In these 5 countries 40 experts with different backgrounds and expertise have been selected for interviews, such as university professors, architects, engineers, trend watchers, marketing experts, labour market experts. Gordon Miller, co-founder of Sustain Worldwide, will be interviewed on behalf of the alliance. The highlights and significant findings from the research, at the conclusion of the project, will be shared and disseminated by the survey's commissioner, and by Sustain Worldwide.
Emerging markets at the forefront of renewable energy sector growth
The Ernst & Young CAI (renewable energy country attractiveness indices) 2012 annual report looks at the global issues surrounding the rate of implementation for renewable sources of energy. It concludes, grid issues, strong partisan views, mixed policy signals and austerity measures are just some of the tensions that are slowing the pace of expansion across the top 5 countries – Germany and the USA included; the UK is 6th ranked - in its 2012 indices. In the “emerging” countries of China, India and the Middle East, rising demand, robust financial markets and strong government initiatives are reported to be driving investment in renewable energy.
Looking ahead, the report predicts the emerging markets will be at the forefront of the sector growth, which is driven by resource scarcity, population growth and urbanization, national energy security and economic development opportunity. Global energy consumption is expected to grow at an average of 3% per annum for the next decade. To meet this growing demand is both a huge challenge (for governments and policy makers) and opportunity (for sustainable business growth).
INNOVATION & EDUCATION
How sustainable is your brand online?
Online, you have one reputation with humans, and another one with machines. Brands send out signals from their websites, social profiles and online outreach; and they receive signals from users who interact with their sites and on social networks. Search engines take these signals and use them to rank a brand in Web and social search results positioning. So, how does your brand or company perform online for sustainability? Now, Sustain Worldwide is delighted to be able to provide an on request, value added service for all members: an online sustainability health-check, valued at £495. Provided by online analytics experts SignalsRank the QuickScore health-check stands alone as a vital diagnostic report, and also acts as a precursor to a detailed analysis of your brand's online performance.
SignalsRank’s analytics help companies understand and improve on how they are ranked by the machines on the Internet which determine what human users see. Using data from hundreds of sources, SignalsRank scores the signals sent by, to and about a company via its Websites, profiles, social networking and online community outreach. Search engines and other machines read these signals and use them to determine a company's ranking in Web and social search. SignalRank's analytics allow you to improve and leverage your ‘machine’ reputation (for example, for key business reputation drivers like sustainability and CSR) and thus positively influence human perceptions and opinions.
Sustain Worldwide members who would like a QuickScore sustainability report, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Join the alliance and you too will receive a copy of the QuickScore report (valued at £495) for no charge.
Understanding the ‘value’ of sustainability for the hotel sector
Sustainability, green, corporate responsibility – all are current buzzwords of senior hotel executives, but investors seeking actionable definitions are left struggling. The new report from Hotel Analyst, “The ‘value’ of sustainability for the hotel sector”, helps bring clarity to an increasingly important area of business.
Five of the leading hotel groups, including Accor and Hilton, are analysed and their activities put into the wider context of corporate social responsibility. Data from the hotel companies, press releases, academic journals, press reports and articles were all used as sources. In addition, individual one-on-one interviews were conducted with key hotel executives who head CSR activity in their organisations. Examples of best practice from each company are examined along with how well or otherwise CSR information is communicated. And whether rhetoric is matched with action is judged.
The report is edited by Sue McKenney, a former head of hospitality research at Deloitte, and Guy Bohane, senior lecturer in management ethics at the University of Roehampton Business School in London, provides a foreword. For further information contact: email@example.com
Surplus/fit for purpose building materials website launches
Faced with the challenges of soaring commodity prices, the rising cost of waste disposal, and the diminishing natural resources of the world, procurement professionals seek innovative methods to reduce production costs whilst making the best of remaining resources and ‘future-proofing’ supply chains. SurplusMatch, a newly launched service, understands the need to make best use of valuable resources. Run by construction procurement professionals, it is a second tier marketplace for the industry’s ‘surplus/fit for purpose building materials’, allowing developers, major contractors, merchants, and manufacturers to trade their surplus directly with an expanding database of local builders and contractors.
Sustain Worldwide, elite networking dinner to be held at Koffmann’s
After the success of our previous elite networking dinners, we are delighted to report that the next dinner will be hosted by Anwar Harland-Khan and Gordon Miller of Sustain Worldwide on 7 February 2013 at Koffmann’s at the Berkeley hotel.
Confirmed guests include the managing director of one of the UK's leading building contractors, a director at Buro Happold's sustainability practice, the Chairman of Whitton Investments, which has commercial and residential interests; a board director of Climaveneta, number one in the European HVAC market; and a partner from a leading property services consultancy.
Members’ News In Brief
Medina Palms reports six residences were reserved, with penthouses in strong demand, during Christmas 2012. Nigel Rowley, CEO, and Medina Palms welcomed many of the owners who arrived to take possession of their residences during December and January.
Climaveneta has supplied the reversible heat pump and hydraulic circuit at the heart of the HVAC system installed at the new Green Energy Laboratory in Shanghai. Created as a research and analysis centre for advanced studies on low carbon technologies for the building industry and housing, the laboratory has obtained LEED gold certification.
MGM French Properties will start construction later this year in one of the oldest French ski resorts, Les Deux Alps. ChaletKayla is a development of 29 apartments ranging in size from one-bedroom property to three-bedroom properties. Prices are from €240,000 off-plan. The new apartments are among the first to feature the brand new contemporary look MGM is rolling out across its developments this year.
TFT announce that Mat Lown, a Senior Sustainability Partner at the property and construction services consultancy, has had his application approved by the British Council for Offices (BCO) to become a member of its Environmental Sustainability Group.
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