Events

This section lists only events organised by GACSO and its partners.

Upcoming events

    • 24 Sep 2014
    • 09:30 - 16:30
    • Cambridge City Hotel, Downing Street Cambridge, CB2 3DT

    This will be an inaugural conference for IEMA and GACSO members.  A number of leading contributors are already signed up and our event programme will be available soon.  Examples of conference sessions where speakers are confirmed include;

    •          Setting the scene for GACSO and IEMA – our challenge -  Dr Alan Knight
    •          Sustainability challenges through an economic lens – mega trends and dependencies
    •          Non-financial mandatory reporting – reaping business value from the numbers 
    •          The Social Value Act and its implications for public tenders 
    •          Developing and building the business case
    •          Commercial sustainability - increasing the top line
    •          Ecosystems approach + biodiversity offsetting
    •          Sustainable procurement

    GACSO members can register their interest in this conference to receive further details – please e-mail your interest by clicking here


    Map & Directions.

    • 29 Sep 2014
    • 16:00 - 17:20
    • On-line Webinar

    International Timings


    USA - New York  11:00 Start Time

    India - New Dehli 20:30 Start Time


    In this GACSO  on-line event  -  Jae Mather explores some global best practice tools that are available to help deliver sustainable procurement and some practical case studies that demonstrate some amazing successes. In addition the principles and framework of BS 8903 – the world’s first sustainable procurement guidance standard. Matthew Chalkley, from IBM will provide a business example.  We will be inviting further contributions on the day from GACSO members active on sustainable procurement. 

    Procurement is often the core of the problem when it comes to sustainability as many people speak of achieving best value when in reality the skills and the tools are not being used to deliver anything other than best price. As there is a huge difference between COST, PRICE and VALUE, organisations often find themselves choosing the cheapest solution only to find that it ends up costing much more than many of the more expensive options originally offered in the procurement exercise. Sustainable procurement offers a huge range of tools and techniques that can be brought to bear on the procurement process so that the correct questions are being asked, the right things are being required and that the outcome is much more completely understood so that success becomes the norm instead of a rarity.

    This event is open to GACSO members only.  GACSO are developing a series of web based events that will explore leading sustainability challenges. These sessions will be smaller more interactive webinars and we will seek to run these to a Chatham house approach – (safe environment for shared learning). They will be delivered with leading practitioners and will include facilitated ‘open discussion’ sessions.  


    If you are interested in attending this session and in participating please e-mail your interest by CLICKING HERE 

  • Understanding the CSO role entails exploring the relationships they have with other executives in the C-suite.


    What is the added perspective that a CSO needs to bring to the Board? What expectations does the Board have of the CSO?  What skills and competencies do CSO's need to be successful?


    GACSO is engaging with professional bodies to explore these questions and lead the work to develop greater understanding and insights into this dynamic.


    The aim of this first meeting in the series is to explore the potential for ICAEW and GACSO members to collaborate on a joint initiative. They will collaboratively identify key business and sustainability issues that are common to the FD's and CSO's responsibilities and then go on to define their respective roles and collaborative strategies for addressing them within their organisations.


    The PROVISIONAL date has been changed and a new date will be confirmed shortly.  (The website requires a date explaining the current setting).

    • 01 Jan 2017
    • 18:30 - 20:00
    • TBA

    Are you self-employed or considering becoming self-employed?

    We'd like to hear from you and learn about the different challenges you face working in sustainability.  In an informal brief session over a drink or two we'd like to explore the answers behind questions such as:
    • What are the main problems you face being self-employed?
    • Could a sub-group within GACSO offer you the right kind of support and what would that look like?
    • How would you prefer that group to operate; regular meetings, on-line forum, training exchange?
    • Are their specific processes, topics that you would like help with?

    Our first meeting together is simply to explore the idea and hear your thoughts. We'll be joined by freelancers who will share their experiences and Neil Harris from CISCO to give us a corporate perspective.

    Please join us on Wednesday 30th October from 6:30-8pm upstairs at  The Crown, 51 New Oxford Street, Bloomsbury, London, WC1A 1BL.

Past events

04 Sep 2014 Corporate Sustainability Workshop - Liverpool
28 Aug 2014 Corporate Sustainability Workshop - Bristol
27 Aug 2014 Corporate Sustainability Workshop - Sheffield
26 Aug 2014 Net Positive – Experience so far and its value for corporate sustainability professionals
20 Aug 2014 Corporate Sustainability Workshop - Edinburgh
01 Aug 2014 GACSO Webinars
10 Jul 2014 Skills for a Sustainable Economy - IEMA Leading the way event
10 Jul 2014 Professionalising corporate sustainability
03 Jun 2014 Developing our shared sustainability lexicon
26 Nov 2013 GACSO Christmas Drinks
16 Sep 2013 GACSO Salon - Corporate Energy
04 Jul 2013 GACSO Annual Member Meeting
17 Jun 2013 What does the sustainability practitioner need to know?
26 Mar 2013 Bridging the Skills Gap: GACSO Members’ views on management education and skill demands of sustainability professionals
25 Mar 2013 Bridging the Skills Gap: GACSO Members’ views on management education and skill demands of sustainability professionals
19 Mar 2013 Career Choices: GACSO Member's Stories
25 Feb 2013 CSO engagement with Investors
21 Feb 2013 How will you embed sustainability at the heart of the corporate strategy?
31 Jan 2013 Who will embed sustainability at the heart of the corporate strategy?
16 Jan 2013 GACSO South West: Getting the sustainability message heard above the protection of corporate reputation
04 Dec 2012 Sustainability in the Public Sector
03 Dec 2012 Who will put sustainability at the heart of the corporate strategy?
22 Nov 2012 Career Choices: GACSO Member's Stories
22 Nov 2012 Creating ESG Filters: Meeting 2
20 Nov 2012 The CR Reporting & Communications Conference: GACSO Member Discount
01 Nov 2012 Creating ESG Filters
24 Oct 2012 What sustainability professionals need to make it to the top
25 Sep 2012 GACSO South West Regional Meeting No.1!
02 Jul 2012 GACSO Members' Mentoring Programmes Kick-Off
22 May 2012 Sustainability Career Paths: which way is up?
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