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29-01-2010 THE RESPONSIBLE BUSINESS - WHAT CAN WE LEARN FROM 2009?
2010 broke with ice and snow, with airports, rail services and roads all disrupted as we appeared to be getting our seasons back with a vengeance. A very different year from 2009. For the business community, 2009 was a year of global financial crisis with repercussions that travelled all the way down to the smallest company and affected even those large corporates who thought they were recession-proof. It was also a year that showed the promise of a paradigm shift towards a more sustainable economy
26-01-2010 CARBON TRUST LOAN SCHEME
With the launch of the Big Business Refit campaign in September 2009, the Carbon Trust aims to help businesses to scrap their old power-guzzling equipment and replace it with new equipment that
26-01-2010 TOP ENERGY SAVING TIPS FROM THE CARBON TRUST
Top energy saving and cost cutting tips from The Carbon Trust.
26-01-2010 ABOUT THE CARBON TRUST
The Carbon Trust is an independent company set up in 2001 by Government in response to the threat of climate change, to accelerate the move to a low carbon economy. The Carbon Trust works with organisations to reduce carbon emissions by providing businesses and the public sector with expert advice, finance and accreditation to help them reduce their carbon footprint and to stimulate demand for low carbon products and services.
26-01-2010 EMPLOYEE VOLUNTEERING
TimeBank ( www.timebank.org.uk ) is a registered national charity that tackles social issues by encouraging and inspiring people to give their time for free to volunteering projects, either through their company
26-01-2010 THE MOVEEASY NETWORK AND BENEFITS
The vision of the MoveEasy Network is to: encourage all organisations in Southend to travel more sustainably through heightening peoples awareness of available sustainable travel options.
26-01-2010 THE NATIONAL INDUSTRIAL SYMBIOSIS PROGRAMME (NISP)
Sustainable development is often conceptualised as having three dimensions or pillars: environment, economy and society. In the last five years the National Industrial Symbiosis Programme (NISP) has delivered significant benefits to all three.
22-01-2010 HEALTH AND SAFETY - PEOPLE, PLANET, PROFIT!
Responsible businesses need to take account of Profit, People and the Planet and, despite some peoples views about profit being a dirty word, that is the order of importance. If you dont make a profit you cant look after your people, in fact, its the only way to safeguard both the people in your organisation and the planet on which we live and work. If you are not making a profit (or an operating surplus), you will be focused on fire-fighting and that usually results in making do, rather than good practice. It certainly does not allow for training your people in how to look after themselves, let alone their planet.
13-01-2010 ECO-DESIGN: IMPROVING ENVIRONMENTAL PERFORMANCE AND CUTTING COSTS
Jenni Rosser, Envirowise eco design specialist, discusses the benefits of eco-design and how it can help manufacturers improve their environmental performance and cut costs. With businesses continuing to feel the effects of the economic downturn, there is no better time to investigate the potential benefits that more sustainable design can bring.
13-01-2010 CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY: CUTTING COSTS WITHOUT CUTTING CORNERS
Challenging economic conditions are highlighting the need for construction companies across the UK to reassess their resource efficiency and identify where cost savings can be made. Envirowise Construction Specialist, Chris Hodgson, discusses how companies can cut their costs with the help of a free guide.
13-01-2010 WATER: WHY AND HOW TO REDUCE USAGE
In todays financial climate, reducing costs is vital to any business. Water use is one area where savings can be made as Envirowise estimates that businesses could reduce their water bills by as much as a third if they were to take steps to manage water more effectively. In fact, UK companies collectively could be missing out on savings worth around
12-01-2010 ASTUTE-COMMUTE
Encouraging your staff to take an active approach to their commute is a simple and cost effective way to boost your business. Regular exercise is known to reduce stress and will generally improve mental and physical wellbeing. An active workforce is less likely to take sick leave, staff turnover rates could be lower and your business will benefit from improved productivity, better morale and lower healthcare costs. Sustainable transport charity Sustrans has some great tips for getting employees out of their cars on the daily commute and onto their bikes.
07-01-2010 THE RESPONSIBLE APPROACH TO RISK ASSESSMENT
Risk assessment is not difficult. Everyone can do it, it is a simple task and we all do it every day as a matter of course, every time we get out of bed in the morning and in our daily activities. However, many organisations are wary of having to carry out risk assessments; it is seen as a huge and complex task.

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