Environment

  • The Responsible Business Workbook - Why the Responsible Business Workbook can really help your business The following article has been provided by Jo Shaer, Managing Director of Lollipop Local, a digital agency based in Southend-on-Sea. Jo was eager to share how the Responsible Business Workbook had benefited her company. Lollipop Local is a member of ORB (Organisation for Responsible Businesses) ...
  • What’s the carbon footprint of your computer? - We often come across new terms and acronyms which are often easier to say than they are to fully comprehend. One of the most interesting and frequently referenced is the question of carbon reduction and carbon footprint. This article will look at the carbon footprint of computers, something that is often considerably underestimated. So let’s ...
  • Passive solar – what can it do for you? - What is passive solar and what can it do for you? If you’re planning a new office space or other business premises, or indeed planning a retrofit of an existing building, getting the most bang for your buck will be a priority. Good design can cut operating costs, improve productivity and wellbeing and even provide ...
  • Improve employee health and wellbeing - 7 changes to improve employee health and wellbeing   According to statistics from the UK Health & Safety Executive, over 27 million working days were lost to sickness and workplace-related injury in 2014/15. When businesses act to improve the health and wellbeing of their staff, it leads to:   Increased productivity Fewer days off sick ...
  • New technologies and business ethics - Using new technology to switch to a more responsible business ethic We often hear much lip service around ethics in business but what can actually be done as an organisation to take a more responsible approach to operations on a daily basis? If we break down what it means to be a responsible business there ...
  • Following ‘Diesel-Gate’ - Following ‘Diesel-Gate’: What Are Other Car Manufacturers Doing To Be More Socially Responsible? The revelations that the world’s biggest car maker, VW, falsified some of its diesel-engine car emission tests has thrown the whole future of diesel power in cars into turmoil. The current emissions and fuel economy testing procedures have come into focus, and ...
  • Social Enterprise – the darker side - Many people know that I have what I would call a Love / Hate relationship with Social Enterprise. I love the ethos of giving social value being more important than making a profit – although of course we must never forget that ALL organisations need to make a profit, even if they call it a ...
  • The Results of a CSR Internship -   I can’t believe that my time at ORB is nearly at an end! It has gone incredibly quickly but in that short time I don’t think I could have learnt a lot more than I have. From being well and truly thrown in the deep end I pretty quickly learnt how to network, pitch, ...
  • Biomimicry Global Design Challenge - With increasing growth of the population, global warming and limited resources, food security is becoming a very discussed and worrying topic. A result of these pressing discussions came the 'Biomimicry Global Design Challenge'. The Competition involves submitting a commercially viable, nature-inspired solution to the global food system challenges. The process involves the selection of the ...
  • The B Team! - Have you heard of the incredible B Team? Having only just come across it myself I am inspired by the efforts of the movement to change how the world does business and switch from ‘Plan A’ to ‘Plan B’ where it’s priorities are People, Planet and Profit (just like ORB!). The movement was Co-Founded by ...
  • Truck Fuel Efficiency Guide - Fuel consumption is a worry for all drivers in terms of our costs as well as our carbon footprint but what about the trucks and lorries that are constantly driving all over the the world on a daily basis -are they trained to be fuel efficient? The Truck Fuel Efficiency Guide provides valuable tips for ...
  • ‘The Values Revolution’ - The Values Revolution evidences a major public shift towards more socially concious behaviour. This exciting research was conducted by ‘Global Tolerance’, a leading global social change consultancy that helps organisations harness this social attitude shift and to do well while doing so. This  research identifies significant implications for all business sectors in order to survive the ...
  • Your Greatest Responsibility is to your Employees. - Article by Mike Jennings: I have been running my family business now for nearly 20 years. We own and rent commercial premises to small businesses in Oxfordshire. It is profitable, and people consider me a success. But I don’t feel that building a financially successful business makes me a success in my life. These people ...
  • DON’T HIDE YOUR LIGHT UNDER A BUSHEL! - We recently launched the Southend Business and Community Charter, an initiative we are working on with local authorities and other organisations to encourage businesses to get more involved in their local communities, and celebrate and acknowledge those that do via a rolling awards system. What has been an absolutely amazing discovery is the number of ...
  • Sustainability and the IoD - In November, the Institute of Directors (IoD) held an event in conjunction with the British Standards Institute (BSI) relating to sustainability. I was pleased to attend and naturally delighted that the IoD is encouraging it’s members to consider sustainability. But, as always, the question is what is sustainability? One of my frustrations is that events ...
  • The Responsible Business Conference - On Monday 18th November people will start arriving in Southend for the Responsible Business Conference, heralding the start of Global Entrepreneurship Week.
  • Do away with waste paperwork - Would you prefer to record your waste transfers online instead of having a pile of paperwork? Edoc, a UK-wide system being developed by government and waste industry organisations, goes live in January 2014. It will enable you to do away with paper and create, share, sign and store waste transfer notes online. You will be ...
  • Embedded Core Values - A CODE OF PRACTICE TO ENSURE YOUR ORGANISATION MEETS CORE VALUES
  • Putting nature on the business agenda - A Final Report, compiled by the Ecosystem Markets Task Force, has revealed that the business world is still unaware of its true reliance on nature, and risks losing out as a consequence. The Task Force was set up in response to the2011 Natural Environment White Paper, ‘The Natural Choice’, to identify win-win business opportunities that ...
  • Reviving our timber industry - Up to 80 per cent of wood used in the UK is imported. According to forestry experts we are simply not taking advantage of opportunities to create a thriving wood industry, and all the economic benefits this could bring.
  • The Need for Radical Monetary Reform - The way money is created is at the root of the environmental and economic crisis.
  • The European CSR Award Scheme - The European CSR Awards scheme presents a wonderful opportunity for the EU to join together and recognise the importance of CSR and celebrate great initiatives.
  • Ed Davey – Speach on Climate Change - The responsibility of avoiding dangerous climate change falls on us all, as we were reminded by Secretary of State, Edward Davey, this week during his speech to the AVOID symposium at the Royal Society.
  • Mentors for Cleantech Companies - Following the soft launch of the London Cleantech Cluster in the late summer (www.londoncleantechcluster.co.uk), Eventure Media Ltd are linking up with the Wax Chandlers Livery and developing a free mentoring arrangement for those that wish to participate. This is not limited to Greater London at all and is very much a nationwide activity.
  • What’s your biggest weakness? - Cars aren’t my thing. But there are some fabulous cars on the market now with impressive environmental credentials, so surely it makes sense to save money and consider the environment at the same time?
  • Adding Social Value - local councils have been freed from excessive and prescriptive guidance and duties in return for a “social responsibility” deal which asks that they continue to give support to local voluntary and community groups and small businesses.
  • Green Office Week 2012 - Green Office Week (GOW 14th-18th May is an action-packed week full of fun and simple ideas to make your office greener.
  • ‘Focus on Enforcement – food manufacturing - ‘Focus on Enforcement’ - opportunity for small businesses in food manufacturing to have their say on the way regulations are enforced
  • A great training weekend - We delivered another training session this weekend – our first two day course. Everyone was particularly excited about the potential for new CSR initiatives emanating out of the EU – and the impact the new Public Services (social value) Bill 2012 will have on public sector procurement.
  • A new language in the construction industry - I attended a local business breakfast event on Thursday and was particularly impressed with the presentations from Mark Potter and Rachel Johns of national construction company Morgan Sindall.
  • Focus on Enforcement - The Government has already acknowledged that small businesses are over burdened with inappropriate legislation and have adopted a process of eliminating red tape.
  • The Royal Households – setting a green example. - It is essential to operate the Royal Households like a business: standards do clearly have to be maintained but expenses must be justified. While cynics might perceive otherwise, the public purse used to maintain the Palaces is certainly not a bottomless pit!
  • Sustainability – bottom up or top down? - In my work with SMEs, I invariably find that the sustainability journey is very much top down: that is, it is led by the owner / managing director who has personal aspirations in that direction. Similarly, I find it virtually impossible to profile the type of company or industry, apart from the obvious eco-businesses, that ...
  • Cancum – what were the outcomes? - After the disaster that was the Copenhagen Conference, hopes for achieving any substantial results at the Cancun Conference were modest. And, indeed, it looked initially as if those slim hopes were going to be self-fulfilling. But progress has been made and some excellent building blocks are now in place.