Sustainability Forum 5th March 2020
The BCFA’s first Sustainability Forum was held on 5 March 2020 and was attended by 30 BCFA members. The lead speaker was Alun Watkins the Executive Director of PEFC UK (https://www.pefc.co.uk/). PEFC is the world’s leading forest certification system and works to ensure that forests are managed according to environmental, social and economic criteria. To request a copy of Alun’s presentation, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Alan spoke at length on the key issues that members need to be aware of to ensure good practice in supporting the stewardship and use of forested land. His talk covered the history of the different certification schemes, the maintenance of the Chain of Custody – from forest to end user, how to get certified and the key drivers for certification, including legislation. In the UK the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) FSC standards are also widely used by suppliers in the timber trade but the end goals of both bodies are the same. Both provide schemes to protect forests and ensure end users get the responsibly sourced timber they requested.
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Webinar: Claire Menzies, Istoria Group 6th May 2020
Claire Menzies is Founder and Chairwoman of Bristol- and Indianapolis-based Istoria Group, a creative collective of three established sister agencies and two innovative start-ups. She is a proven entrepreneur, sustainability champion and passionate advocate for a triple-pronged ‘people, planet and profit’ business vision.
“It’s time to be brave and bold about solutions” 5 takeaways from Sustainability Expert Claire Menzies with Design Insider – complied by Blue Dot.
1. We’ve seen that current global supply chains are fragile and risky, and we have an over-dependence on the cheapest solutions. When we emerge, the environment will be different. We will be thinking about moving from the traditional linear economy (take, make, waste), to a more sustainable, circular economy. Any trends in sustainability pre-COVID are going to accelerate.
2. We as a society will re-evaluate how we measure success – GDP doesn’t measure what we value most.
3. Companies should reflect and take stock of their portfolio and consider threats (shut down what is no longer relevant) & identify new opportunities (double down on those).
4. Be realistic about what your clients are going through. Be informed about how things are changing. Don’t get left behind.
5. “Global problems do not always have global solutions” – John Gray in the NewStatesman. There will be an increased focus on self-reliance: planting our own food, shopping locally, and self-sufficiency in supply chains.
Thank you for stressing that “It is more important than ever to be a values-led organization”.
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