The Sustain Worldwide Innovation through Sustainability & CSR seminar, held on 23 May, drew 40 delegates to the 15Hatfields central London venue. Headline sponsored by Climaveneta, a market leading Italian HVAC and HPAC manufacturer, speakers included Gideon Susman and Anthony Davies from Buro Happold, and Dan Taylor from the Bankside Logistics Group.
Facilitated by Andy Caldwell of CoCreate Consulting, whose consultants have worked with amongst others Sony and SAP, the seminar explored how innovation through the lens of sustainability and CSR provides a competitive advantage, demonstrates leadership and generates opportunities for intra- and even cross-sector collaboration for companies with shared values.
The themes were brought to life through a case study-led approach. Taylor presented how the Bankside Logistics Group has co-ordinated the regeneration of the Bankside area of Southwark, which includes Tate Modern and the Shard London Bridge. The forum’s approach has delivered demonstrable innovation, environmental, social and economic sustainability benefits, whilst generating numerous collaborative business opportunities.
Delegate Claire Smith, Senior Sustainability Manager at Willmott Dixon, said: “The seminar’s themes are timely. Sustainability is increasingly significant to Willmott Dixon's internal work processes - to deliver board level targets to increase efficiencies and reduce resource use. It also enables us to deliver added value to clients which, for example, increases their employees’ productivity and provides health & wellbeing benefits.”
Gideon Susman, who recently completed an EngD on phase change material (PCM) technology at Buro Happold, presented how technical innovation provides sustainable solutions to engineering challenges such as energy inefficient cooling systems. Gideon introduced to the delegates his NewMass PCM innovation, which is predicted to reduce energy demand by 35 per cent compared to conventional systems.
Andrea Bertelle, Communications Manager for Climaveneta, presented to the delegates how innovative and collaborative work processes have enabled Climaveneta to become a market leader in their field – delivering sustainable solutions for heating and cooling buildings worldwide. He said: “Sustainability has been part of our mission and business success for many years. It is at the core of our business. Collaboration and partnerships are critical to create benefit and drive value for our business.”
Antony Poppleton, Head of PR at Think BDW, who clients include residential housebuilder Kier Homes, said: “The seminar hit the right note, presenting leading edge, energy efficiency innovations (Susman’s) alongside high profile case studies – Bankside and M&S’s Plan A development (presented by Davies). The event’s workshop and presentation-led format worked well. I look forward to attending the next Sustain Worldwide seminar.”
0900 – Welcome from Anwar Harland-Khan, CEO of Sustain Worldwide
0910 – Introduction to the seminar’s themes by facilitator, Andy Caldwell of CoCreate Consulting
0915 – Sustainability & CSR: a collaborative approach
An exploration of the meanings of sustainability and CSR, and an introduction to creating shared value and the power of this approach, featuring exemplar case studies.
0945 – Collaboration in practice
Dan Taylor, Team Manager of the Bankside Logistics Group, outlines how this group has created a sustainable approach to collaborative development in one of Europe’s most prominent areas, whereby all stakeholders benefit to a far greater extent than they would if they simply worked to their own agenda.
1015 – Coffee break and question for discussion over break
What does collaboration mean currently for your company or organisation – and what would you like it to mean in the future?
1040 – Innovation sessions: a series of case study-led presentations, followed by questions & answers and group discussions focusing on opportunities for innovation.
1045 – Input one: Innovation + collaboration = profitable, sustainable business growth
Andrea Bertelle, communications manager at HVAC and HPAC manufacturer Climaveneta, explains how innovative and collaborative work processes have enabled Climaveneta to become a market leader in their field – delivering sustainable solutions for heating and cooling buildings worldwide.
1115 – Input two: Technological innovation through sustainability
Gideon Susman, who recently completed an EngD on PCM technology at Buro Happold, focuses on how technical innovation provides sustainable solutions to engineering challenges such as energy inefficient cooling systems. Gideon introduces his NewMass innovation, which is predicted to reduce energy demand by 35% compared to conventional systems.
11.30 – Input three: Sustainability provides a competitive advantage
Anthony Davies, Associate Director, Sustainability at leading global engineers Buro Happold outlines how putting sustainability, including the ‘human element’, at the heart of your service offering can lead to new consulting opportunities and commercial benefits for both the client and the service provider.
11.45 – Innovation workshop
Inspired by today¹s presentations, a facilitated session to explore how in your role or business you can begin to apply what you have learned to innovate, collaborate and find shared value through sustainability & CSR with fellow delegates and Sustain Worldwide members.
1225 – Sustainability – Articulating the business case
Some hints and tips for integrating sustainability into your business, including how to influence key senior people within your business, and how to develop an effective sustainability and CSR strategy to generate new business opportunities.
1240 – Final thoughts, thanks to headline sponsor, Climaveneta, and close: Anwar Harland-Khan, CEO of Sustain Worldwide