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  • 07 Jul 2014 09:42 | Jonathan Hylton (Administrator)

    Commenting on the announcement, Martin Baxter, Executive Director of Policy & Engagement at the Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment (IEMA) said:

    We fully support the Commission’s aim to ‘tap into the job creation potential of the green economy’.

    The Commission’s Communication, released today, highlights that a wholesale shift towards a green and resource-efficient economy is an absolute necessity for the future success of Europe and the achievement of its Europe 2020 Strategy. The statement also says that transitioning to a circular economy provides an “opportunity for creating high quality environmentally-friendly jobs, while securing the sustainable well-being of future generations and contributing to recovery from the economic crisis”.

    With IEMA’s acquisition of the Global Association of Corporate Sustainability Officers (GACSO) earlier this year, IEMA is working to develop the sustainability profession as such roles continue to gain prominence and influence. “Ensuring that sustainability skills are central, not parallel, to this new initiative will help Europe to achieve its targets at the same time as strengthening the Environment & Sustainability profession,” said Martin Baxter.

    Wednesday 2nd July 2014

  • 07 Jul 2014 09:37 | Jonathan Hylton (Administrator)

    Click here to read Tim's latest blog.


  • 14 Mar 2014 18:49 | Charles Layton

    GACSO, the Global Association of Corporate Sustainability Officers, is to integrate itself into IEMA, the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment, with effect from April 2014. This will combine the sustainability expertise of GACSO members with the resources of IEMA to accelerate the professionalisation process.


    GACSO was set up five years ago explicitly to support the development of the sustainability profession and to empower sustainability professionals. It achieved this through the commitment of its members on a voluntary basis, offering their time and skills for the benefit of the wider sustainability community through events, thought pieces, seminars and networking among some of the most experienced sustainability practitioners.


    Since its creation, the role of the corporate sustainability officer has become established as a key function in responsible and visionary organisations. GACSO members can justifiably claim to have met their original objective of increasing the profile and credibility of sustainability professionals.


    Sustainability membership organisations are now at a crossroads. There is a growing need and desire to establish corporate sustainability practice on a professional basis. This requires a level of commitment and organisation that GACSO, as a volunteer-led organisation, cannot deliver on its own.


    The GACSO Board decided that the best way to best meet these new demands would be to find a partner organisation that shared its one planet ethos and had the capabilities and scale necessary to drive the professionalisation agenda. They began the search in the second half of 2013 and were delighted to find that IEMA shared their passion and enthusiasm to capitalise on the work done by GACSO over the last five years.


    IEMA has over 15,000 members in over 90 countries. While its origins lie in the professional development of people dealing with environmental issues, it has recognised that its members, particularly at more senior levels of their careers, need to be proficient in a much wider range of disciplines. This is recognised in its Vision 2020: “Transforming a world to sustainability”.


    Alan Knight, Board member and founder of GACSO, said, “Our discussions with IEMA have been constructive from the outset. The IEMA leadership share a common vision to GACSO which has made discussions really straightforward. I was amazed by how quickly we reached agreement on key issues.”


    Stuart Poore, GACSO Chairman, said, “The GACSO Board is unanimous that that the IEMA union provides the most natural fit for the next stage of the professionalisation process for corporate sustainability practitioners. We were genuinely excited when we were able to announce the news to our members.”

    Tim Balcon, IEMA Chief Executive Officer, said, “Joining up with GACSO provides a critical level of practical knowledge and experience in one organisation to allow us to push forward with setting the principles and standards for the emergent sustainability profession.”


    Diana Montgomery, IEMA Chairman, said, “This is an important step for IEMA as well as for GACSO. We will retain the identity of the GACSO name as a new category of IEMA membership. We look forward to working with our new colleagues to achieve our joint vision of transformational change to sustainability.”

  • 03 Mar 2014 15:04 | Charles Layton

    News of significant improvements to GACSO has been released today.  The announcement from GACSO's Chair and its Founder is below.

    Through numerous high quality outputs, we can justifiably claim to have met our original objective of increasing the profile and credibility of the CS profession. We have achieved this through our committed members offering their time and skills for the wider benefit of the CS community. In recent months however, our capacity has been particularly tested and with the increased interest in GACSO membership across the globe we have recognised it was time to find a better model or home for GACSO.

    The Board have identified the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) as the best possible 'home' for GACSO and its members. There are lots of exciting reasons why this makes sense for our members.

    IEMA has ambitious plans to accelerate its wider CS proposition with its own Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO) network. As an organisation that already serves their 15,100 members in 90 countries from the environment & sustainability profession, IEMA has the scale and resource to take GACSO's mission for our profession to a global level and reach while also satisfying the needs expressed by many of our members for professional status.

    The GACSO Board has been particularly impressed by the passion and enthusiasm that IEMA has demonstrated towards capitalising on the work of GACSO and their intention to offer a significantly enhanced proposition to our members whilst keeping the GACSO identity. They are aware that their background is focused on environmental matters but like many professional membership bodies in the CS space they also recognise that they need to broaden their scope for the CS community. GACSO can help achieve that whilst in return we benefit from their scale and expertise in running a professional body.

    Board members are unanimous in their view that the IEMA option offers the best mix of preserving the identify and ‘one world’ ethos of GACSO and the strong knowledge-sharing heritage we have developed, while allowing for the most rapid evolution to a professional membership model for CS practitioners.

    GACSO's membership year closes on the 31st March. The Board are proposing to close the legal entity of GACSO and 're-house' it within IEMA with effect from 1st April. IEMA and the GACSO Board will ensure a smooth transition that ensures we quickly build on our good work so far while allowing us to take advantage straight away of the benefits of being part of IEMA. The good news is that your annual membership fees will be reduced to £260.

    So that we kick off the transition in the best possible shape, and to answer all and any questions you might have, IEMA is arranging a meeting for either 9th/ 10th April (to be confirmed shortly). It would be great if you could make it!

    In the meantime, if you have any further questions, please don't hesitate to contact me, Alan or any of the rest of the GACSO Board. We're all really excited about the journey ahead and can't wait to discuss it with you further.

    Best wishes,

    Stuart Poore, GACSO Chairman & Alan Knight, GACSO Founder

    http://www.gacso.org/News?mode=PostView&bmi=1517819

  • 16 Jan 2014 17:05 | paul toyne

    Anyone interested in or know of suitable people to work with me at Balfour Beatty, a leading global infrastructure company.

    1. Need a sustainability analyst good on data management and analysis, and IT savvy. Based in Manchester (Cheadle) or London

    2.  Interim Head of sustainability  (March - September) - London based - for our Major projects business (Highways, infrastructre and power).

    3. Sustainability manager (west of england). position based in either Bristol, Manchester or Birmingham: regional construction projects

    4. 2x Sustainability managers (north - Manchester, Cheadle) and south (London) for major projects (Highways, infrastructre

    and power).

     

    No recruitment agents at this stage.

     

     If you want to know please contact Charlotte (Charlotte.Lafferty@balfourbeatty.com) and she can arrange for us to speak and send further information.

     

    Thanks, Paul

     

  • 23 Jul 2013 11:51 | Charles Layton
    The paper documenting the discussion at the event "What practical skills, tools, and legislative and governance knowledge are necessary for the sustainability professional to be effective?" held recently in Nottingham has been added to the members area.
  • 21 Jun 2013 17:00 | Charles Layton
    Dr Alan Knight, has been chair of the GACSO board for some time; recently Dr Stuart Poore has been acting as the co-chair when required.  Stuart, who is is currently overseeing WWF-UK's Corporate Stewardship program following a successful spell as an independent Corporate Sustainability consultant and as Sustainable Business Innovation Advisor to the Virgin Group, has been appointed to the chair of the board. He is taking on the GACSO chair as part of his commitment to the development of the Corporate Sustainability profession.  GACSO is fortunate to continue to receive the benefit of Alan's strong commitment and input as founder and board member.
  • 13 Apr 2013 12:42 | Gwyn Jones

                                                                                        


    Hay-on-Earth 2013

    Now in its sixth year, and firmly established as one of the main sustainability events in Wales, Hay-on-Earth once again brings together business, government and community for a series of workshops and events with the explicit aim of taking sustainability change to the pace and scale that likely futures require.


    In 2013, Landmarc, an international provider of choice for integrated training and infrastructure solutions, who have already taken their entire workforce of over 1200 people through accredited environmental training, are launching their Landmarc 100 project and a commitment to invest £100,000 and 10,000 hours of employee time in community sustainability projects.


    Hay-on-Earth will also be the first public event for Slipstream Wales, TYF’s ambitious project that is bringing together business, civic and environmental leaders and create projects that use Wales as a test track for breaking the sound barrier on sustainability.


    Click Links for further details of each workshop...


    LANDMARC 100 WORKSHOPS: CREATING A NET POSITIVE COUNTRYSIDE. WORKSHOP 1

    Event 183 • Tuesday 28 May 2013, 10am • Venue: Landmarc 100 Stage

    What do we need to do to deliver the resilient ecosystem services needed by all of us, every day? As part of the Landmarc 100 Innovations Scheme, this is the first in a series of open invitation workshops, conversations and presentations designed to inspire applicants, tackle the big issues of sustainability, and take the great ideas you’ve jotted on the back of beer mats or napkins and make them real. Entry to this event is free but you must reserve a ticket.

    LANDMARC 100 WORKSHOPS: CREATING A NET POSITIVE COUNTRYSIDE. WORKSHOP 2

    Event 188 • Tuesday 28 May 2013, 11.30am • Venue: Landmarc 100 Stage

    What do we need to do to deliver the resilient ecosystem services needed by all of us, every day? Join us to take the great ideas you’ve jotted on the back of beer mats or napkins and make them real. Entry to this event is free but you must reserve a ticket.

    SLIPSTREAM WALES – LAND & NATURE. ANNE MEIKLE AND GARETH WYN JONES

    Event 193 • Tuesday 28 May 2013, 1pm • Venue: Landmarc 100 Stage

    How business, government and community could collaborate and drive country-scale change to make Wales land and nature net-positive. WWF’s Anne Meikle and Bangor University’s Gareth Wyn Jones discuss. Chaired by Andy Fryers. Price: £5.00 

    DRAGONS’ PLAYGROUND: SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES

    Event 200 • Tuesday 28 May 2013, 2.30pm • Venue: Landmarc 100 Stage

    Five organisations shortlisted for the Green Dragons’ Den will be telling their stories, practicing their pitches and sharing ideas on how they’d use the £10,000 prize if they won the Den. Today focuses on how we can create innovative, connected and healthy communities using our land and resources. Free, drop in

    GREEN DRAGONS’ DEN FINAL 1. SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES

    Event 205 • Tuesday 28 May 2013, 4pm • Venue: Landmarc 100 Stage

    Five participants, four Dragons and three minutes to tell a story that will capture the Dragons’ hearts, minds and cheque books for a chance to win a grant of £10,000. Today focuses on how we can create innovative, connected and healthy communities using our land and resources. Entry to this event is free but you must reserve a ticket.

    LANDMARC 100 WORKSHOPS: RESILIENT COMMUNITIES – FIT FOR THE NEXT FORTY YEARS. WORKSHOP 1

    Event 225 • Wednesday 29 May 2013, 10am • Venue: Landmarc 100 Stage

    Making radical changes to the way business works with communities to bridge the gap between public, private and voluntary sectors. As part of the Landmarc 100 Innovations Scheme, this is the second in a series of open invitation workshops, conversations and presentations designed to inspire applicants, tackle the big issues of sustainability, and take the great ideas you’ve jotted on the back of beer mats or napkins and make them real.

    Entry to this event is free but you must reserve a ticket.

    LANDMARC 100 WORKSHOPS: RESILIENT COMMUNITIES – FIT FOR THE NEXT FORTY YEARS. WORKSHOP 2

    Event 230 • Wednesday 29 May 2013, 11.30am • Venue: Landmarc 100 Stage

    Making radical changes to the way business works with communities to bridge the gap between public, private and voluntary sectors. Join us to take the great ideas you’ve jotted on the back of beer mats or napkins and make them real. Entry to this event is free but you must reserve a ticket.

    SLIPSTREAM WALES – RESILIENT COMMUNITIES: PAUL MATTHEWS AND HYWEL LLOYD

    Event 235 • Wednesday 29 May 2013, 1pm • Venue: Landmarc 100 Stage

    How business, government and community could collaborate and drive country-scale change to make Wales’ communities net-positive. Paul Matthews, Chief Executive of Monmouthshire County Council, and Hywel Lloyd, advisor to energy self-sufficient Stoke-on-Trent, discuss with TYF’s Andy Middleton. Price: £3.00

    CALLING ALL SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURS

    Event 240 • Wednesday 29 May 2013, 2.30pm • Venue: Landmarc 100 Stage

    Want some guidance, mentoring or financial support? Whether you are just starting out or needing to grow, drop in to meet the people who can help you out and to network with other like-minded souls. FREE - DROP IN

    GREEN DRAGONS’ DEN FINAL 2. BUILD IT

    Event 245 • Wednesday 29 May 2013, 4pm • Venue: Landmarc 100 Stage

    Five participants, four Dragons and three minutes to tell a story that will capture the Dragons’ hearts, minds and cheque books for a chance to win a £15,000 cash award and one-to-one support from UnLtd. Entry to this event is free but you must reserve a ticket

    LANDMARC 100 WORKSHOPS: PROFESSIONALS – DELIVERY AND INNOVATION.  WORKSHOP 1

    Event 267 • Thursday 30 May 2013, 10am • Venue: Landmarc 100 Stage

    How do professionals across all sectors develop the survival skills for a resilient future? As part of the Landmarc 100 Innovations Scheme, this is the third in a series of open invitation workshops, conversations and presentations designed to inspire applicants, tackle the big issues of sustainability, and take the great ideas you’ve jotted on the back of beer mats or napkins and make them real. Entry to this event is free but you must reserve a ticket.

    LANDMARC 100 WORKSHOPS: PROFESSIONALS – DELIVERY AND INNOVATION. WORKSHOP 2

    Event 273 • Thursday 30 May 2013, 11.30am • Venue: Landmarc 100 Stage

    How do professionals across all sectors develop the survival skills for a resilient future? Join us to take the great ideas you’ve jotted on the back of beer mats or napkins and make them real. Entry to this event is free but you must reserve a ticket.

    SLIPSTREAM WALES – PROFESSIONALS: DELIVERY AND INNOVATION: JANE DAVIDSON, STEVE EVANS AND MAT ROBERTS

    Event 279 • Thursday 30 May 2013, 1pm • Venue: Landmarc 100 Stage

    How do we take the individual professionals’ ideas and innovations and raise them to a country-wide scale across Wales? How could we measure the benefits, join the dots and really get organisations working together? Jane Davidson, INSPIRE Director at University of Wales, Steve Evans, Industrial Sustainability Research Director at Cambridge University, and Mat Roberts, Head of Sustainability at Landmarc Support Services, discuss with TYF’s Andy Middleton

    LANDMARC 100 WORKSHOPS: DATA, DATA EVERYWHERE BUT NOT A BYTE IN SIGHT. WORKSHOP 1

    Event 312 • Friday 31 May 2013, 10am • Venue: Landmarc 100 Stage

    How can we use omnipresent data to drive behaviour change, improve performance and make radical the new normal? This is the last in a series of open invitation workshops, conversations and presentations designed to inspire applicants, tackle the big issues of sustainability, and take the great ideas you’ve jotted on the back of beer mats or napkins and make them real. Entry to this event is free but you must reserve a ticket.

    LANDMARC 100 WORKSHOPS: DATA, DATA EVERYWHERE BUT NOT A BYTE IN SIGHT. WORKSHOP 2

    Event 317 • Friday 31 May 2013, 11.30am • Venue: Landmarc 100 Stage

    How can we use omnipresent data to drive behaviour change, improve performance and make radical the new normal? Join us to take the great ideas you’ve jotted on the back of beer mats or napkins and make them real. Entry to this event is free but you must reserve a ticket.

    SLIPSTREAM WALES – DATA FUTURE. ANDY MIDDLETON AND GUESTS

    Event 322 • Friday 31 May 2013, 1pm • Venue: Landmarc 100 Stage

    How can data be used to help drive behaviour change, increase performance and make radical the new normal? With speakers from the world of technology and smart data analysis, chaired by TYF’s Director Andy Middleton. Price: £3.00

    THE DRAGONS’ SLIPSTREAM. ANDY FRYERS, ANDY MIDDLETON AND GUESTS

    Event 328 • Friday 31 May 2013, 2.30pm • Venue: Landmarc 100 Stage

    Earlier this week a group of senior business leaders, third sector innovators and participants from government came together in Hay to catalyse change in Wales. Join in the discussions in this open event and help build confidence and capability to magnify the solutions and share them globally. Entry to this event is free but you must reserve a ticket.


  • 25 Mar 2013 12:05 | Gwyn Jones
    GACSO is regularly being approached by Universities and Business Schools to support their work in eduction and research around sustainability.

    This is the latest request from Kirsty Abrahams at Newcastle Business School, Northumbria University...


    Research into Environmental Reporting within Organisations

    Hi Guys,


    I wonder if I could take a couple of minutes of your time to explain to you a possibility of sharing your knowledge and your thoughts of the idea of environmental reporting,


    Let me first of all introduce myself, my name is Kirsty Abrahams and I am a member of staff at Newcastle Business School, currently pursuing a funded PhD into Environmental Reporting and information. As part of my research I am interested in investigating the perceptions of organisations/ individuals such as yourself into the adequacy of environmental reporting produced by business organisations. As well as discussing any involvement you may have with business organisations on an individual and organisation perspective.


     Initially this begins with me identifying what sorts of information you/your organisation look at in relation to the environment and then what purpose you do this for. If in fact you do look at any of this information.


    If you’re looking at this and thinking environmental reporting is something I don’t look at due to time restrictions, it’s not in my area, or in fact you do look at it but frankly it’s not up to scratch, then please don’t feel you can’t be of any use. As part of this research is finding out exactly the views of sustainability/ environmental practitioners and organisations I feel that it is only fair to listen to all viewpoints. 


    The intended research would involve holding an interview with yourself or maybe a representative of your organisation (open for discussion), with the findings leading to some understanding of the current state of reporting/ environmental information. Ultimately providing you with a platform on which to express your views around its current state.


    Due to the knowledge and expertise you have acquired during your careers I feel that you would be about to provide me with a great understanding of the area,

    I believe that this research could be of mutual benefit and offer impact to practice, as well as the possibility of even impacting current regulation, it is with this in mind that I would welcome the opportunity to meet with you or discuss via telephone the opportunity to be involved and gaining your thoughts on the subject.


    At this point I ask if you would be interested in taking a few minutes to talk with me about this that you either give me a call on 01912274389 or alternatively send me an email at Kirsty.d.abrahams@northumbria.ac.uk

    I hope you would be interested in becoming involved and I look forward to hearing from you,


    Kindest Regards

    Kirsty

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    If you want to respond please contact Kirsty directly:

    Kirsty Abrahams,
    Graduate Tutor
    Newcastle Business School
    Northumbria University
    City Campus East 1
    Newcastle upon Tyne
    NE1 8ST

    Tel: 0191 227 4389

    Email: kirsty.d.abrahams@northumbria.ac.uk
  • 19 Mar 2013 09:23 | Gwyn Jones

    About The United Nations Global Compact The United Nations Global Compact is a strategic policy initiative for businesses that are committed to aligning their operations and strategies with ten principles. Over 10,000 members- from large global corporations to small businesses. Members commit to ten principles in the areas of: human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption. The UNGlobal Compact is a practical framework for the development, implementation, and disclosure of sustainability policies and practices, all designed to help advance sustainable business models and markets.


    Who Should Attend? If your organisation has joined the UNGlobal Compact, or is considering joining and you would like to understand more about the UNGlobal Compact -  then this event is for you.( Ecobusiness Exchange is running a separate event for consultants- please contact for details) The event will provide you with an overview and introduction to the UNGlobal Compact and delegates will leave with a clearer understanding of what is needed to implement the UNGC and how to start preparing to submit their first Communication on Progress.


    Register at:  http://unglobalcompact-60min-eorg.eventbrite.co.uk/

    Blog at www.ecobusiness-exchange.com/blog

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