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Sustainability Agenda for SME's Part 2: Rise of the circular economy

03 Sep 2020
Online webinar, Online

If we Behave Better, We have the potential of Making things much better” Sir David Attenborough

Our planet only has a limited volume of natural resources and there is no Planet B.

Economic growth coupled with resource usage is logically not sustainable; Is there a business case and urgency for SMEs leaders to learn and remodel our businesses to grow economically and de-couple growth from the need for natural resource?

What would a Circular Economy business model look like? How can your business become more circular creating sustainable growth?

In this 4 part webinar series, IoD London region has begun to unpack this vast topic.

In this second part of the Sustainability webinar series , IoD Central London acting Chair Reena Dayal and Darrel Arjoon will facilitate an open ‘paradigm shift’ chat with leading Circular Economy experts on:

  • Exploring the progression of The Circular Economy: provide a back drop to this emerging economy in relation to global resource depletion and economic growth
  • Discuss key sectors where Circularity is critical – such as food, textiles, plastics and metals/precious metals/ technology
  • Uncovering the business case and Circular business models for SMEs and explore emerging best practices
  • Considering the role of Corporates, Goverments, SME’s and diverse stakeholders in creating this Circular Eco-system towards making real progress
  • Information, ideas, and opportunities that inspire action including an opportunity for attendees to engage with wider IoD community interested in this topic.

We welcome IoD members and non-members to this webinar, followed by optional (virtual) networking.

Upcoming webinar topics of this 4 part series

  • Sustainability Agenda for SMEs Part 3: Concept to implementation working session - Oct 1st
  • Sustainability Agenda for SMEs Part 4: SME case studies and success stories - Nov 5th

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Date & time: 03 Sep 2020 18:00 - 19:00
Location: Online webinar, Online
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Clare Ollerenshaw
Associate Director Accelar Ltd

Clare is currently Associate Director at Accelar, an environmental consultancy, developing circular and sustainability propositions. She has a wide range of experience in the circular economy and resources sectors having worked for WRAP, the London Waste and Recycling Board (LWARB) and her own business, Circular Consultants Ltd. Clare developed the UK capitals first circular economy route map alongside stakeholders whilst at LWARB. Having been part of this work, she has extensive experience in city circular economy strategies and action plans across Europe and globally. Clare also supported the initial bid and development of LWARB’s circular economy SME business support programme, Advance London.

Pete Belk
Circular Economy Director at Business in the Community

Pete leads the Circular Economy Campaign at Business in the Community (BITC), building collaborative, practical actions to make the circular economy a mainstream business priority in the UK. He has spent over 10 years in the sustainability field, in private and third sector roles, spanning clean tech, strategy, leadership engagement and campaigning. He has worked with sectors including waste and materials, utilities, consultancy, FMCG, transport and retail, supporting large corporates to embed sustainability across their strategies and operations. He holds an MSc in Sustainable Food and Natural Resources from the Centre for Alternative Technology.

Darrel Arjoon
Managing Director, Reuse Technology Group Ltd

Darrel is a business leader with over 10 years in circular and commercially sustainable SME business models, developing optimised reverse logistics solutions and integrating business processes with ERP cloud technology.

Through his work, Darrel's purpose is to create a positive economic, social and environmental impact, with sustainable values whilst helping businesses to make a shift from a waste to resource thinking in the technology space.

Previously Darrel worked in the NHS from the age of 18 for over 20 years in Children’s Nursing, Nurse Specialist at GOSH and Senior Lecturer at LSBU.

Darrel's work is all about - Creating opportunities, Helping others and Looking after our planet.

Reena Dayal,
Acting Chair, IoD Central London Branch

Reena Dayal is an international leadership Coach with a mission - ‘Transforming our World. One leader at a time.’ With over two decades global HR experience across tech, hospitality, insurance and health sectors she started her own business in 2015. She offers high impact leadership coaching and training to Under 30s, SME entrepreneurs, female leaders and their teams who wish to establish businesses that are 'profit with purpose.' She is the current (pro-bono) acting Chair to IoD largest branch, IoD Central London.



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