Why reinvent the wheel when you can learn from the sustainability successes of others to accelerate your own journey?
Starting on a journey towards embracing sustainability as a business can often be a daunting strategic challenge for SME’s. Where should we start? Will it work? How much will it cost?
In the fourth and final part of our Sustainability for SME’s series, we will be celebrating and learning from businesses who have embraced sustainability initiatives and benefitted from doing so.
We will learn how they themselves got started on their journey, the steps that they took and the results they have achieved. This will bring tangible insights for all who attend into how they might apply similar approaches within their own businesses.
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Yvonne Obuaya – Managing Director of CuradoWinner of the IoD Director of the Year Awards 2020 for Social Value and Sustainability Impact, Yvonne is Managing Director at Curado, a residential mental health provider that she co-founded in 2007. Curado collaborate with NHS Trusts, Local Authorities and communities to establish, develop and transform adult community mental health and social care in the South East of England. Yvonne has over 15 years multi-sector experience in executive leadership and consultancy across mental health, social care, retail, pharmaceuticals and technology. Her early career was in IT/Management Consultancy where she worked for multi-national companies including Eli Lilly and Rentokil. Richard Hagan – Managing Director of Crystal DoorsRichard is the Managing Director of Crystal Doors, who were winners of the 2020 IEMA Award for Carbon and Energy Transition and a finalist for Sustainable Manufacturing at The Manufacturer MX Awards. With over 25 years experience in manufacturing, Richard has steered Crystal Doors through numerous sustainable growth initiatives, including moving their factory, switching to electric vehicles and installing solar panels and a biomass burner onsite. Despite having no qualifications for environmental impact assessments and limited financial resources, Richard and his team have demonstrated that with creativity and passion, significant achievements are possible. In fact, he believes that the journey of Crystal Doors can show us all a path for SME’s to adopt radical and disruptive business plans faster and more effectively than large corporates.Carrie Hamer – Marketing & Communications Lead at Rowlinson KnitwearCarrie is fortunate to lead Rowlinson’s mission to share their story as they strive to be a more and more sustainable business. Rowlinson Knitwear recently won Best Company and Best Employee Engagement at The Planet Mark 2020 Awards, is a Certified B Corp and an employee-owned business. It is a responsible values-led business who manufacture durable garments for the independent school-wear and corporate-wear markets. Sustainability is at the heart of everything it does for people and the planet, which is why they are full members of the Ethical Trading Initiative, certified by The Planet Mark, is an accredited Living Wage employer and a member of Greater Manchester’s Good Employment Charter. Carrie has over 25 years’ experience in marketing and communicating brands B2B and B2C across IT, Telecoms, Professional Services and since joining Rowlinson, Textiles/Manufacturing. Andrew Griffiths – Director of Digital & Community at The Planet MarkAndrew heads up the digital transformation and community engagement teams at The Planet Mark, a sustainability certification company who support organisations with reducing carbon and measuring the social value that they create. The IoD itself now has it’s carbon footprint certified by The Planet Mark, joining their community of organisations who have committed to consistently reduce carbon emissions each year. Andrew will be chairing the panel discussion and can also share numerous SME sustainability success stories from hundreds of organisations across all sectors in their community who in 2019 cut their absolute carbon emissions by an average of 12% compared to the previous year. Paul Smith – Director at EllisKnight Paul is one of the Co-Founders of EllisKnight International Recruitment who are the first recruitment company on the planet to be Planet Mark certified. They very much see themselves as the Ethical Recruiter who have exceptionally strong Core Values and are determined to change the perception of the recruitment industry. Paul and the EK team place tremendous emphasis on environmental sustainability, community support, charitable fundraising and providing their team with an environment to flourish within. Being an SME, EllisKnight are on mission to prove that you can be small and still make a big difference. They are B Corp Pending, have a Gold CSR Accreditation, are a Living Wage employer and are members of the Good Business Charter.
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