June 2014’s NWSBQ: Social impacts in the supply chain – take two

social impactsEarlier this month, NWSBQ took place once again on the wonderfully scenic 24th floor of City Tower in the centre of Manchester. As always, we were treated to fantastic views of the city and beyond.

Once again, we would like to thank Bruntwood for hosting us in their fantastic venue, and the Energy Solutions Group for their sponsorship of the event.

Our two guest speakers gave thought provoking talks on the topic of social impacts in the supply chain. First of all, we heard the writer of the world’s longest running CSR newsletter tell us his thoughts on why, and how, we should consider the social impacts of business. After, we heard the specific example of how Marshalls, a stone paving company, cleansed their supply chain after they uncovered areas which did not agree with their ethical standards. Continue reading

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Take part in new study – your experience of influencing your organisation’s environmental impact

For those of you who have been to NWSBQ in the last couple of years you may well know Nadine, she hosts our social responsibility roundtable. Even if you don’t know her, please read!

Nadine is currently carrying out research for her PhD and she’d love to hear from you about your experience of influencing your organisation’s environmental impact. Read on for more information. Continue reading

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March 2014: Independent NWSBQ review

Here is Manchester Climate Monthly’s review of the recent NWSBQ. Event Report: Ecological Modernisation meets Jevons Paradox in #Manchester.

Thanks Marc!

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March 2014’s NWSBQ: Out of your hands – customer engagement

how long are your showers?The 24th floor of City Tower was buzzing last week at the latest instalment of NWSBQ, hopefully all attendees left as inspired, challenged and refreshed as I did.

Our speakers brought enthusiasm, ideas and challenges to the floor around the issue of customer engagement. We heard of Asda customers’ expectations of green products despite feeling squeezed in today’s economic climate and that the average shower in the UK lasts for 8 minutes. Also, worryingly, that there is no (or even a negative) relationship between the length of showers and environmental attitudes – people who say it is very important to save energy take longer in the shower  than people who think it is somewhat important?!

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Change of plan: Social Impacts in the Supply Chain

Change of plan!

Due to the weather turning against Mallen Baker and Chris Harrop, preventing them from reaching us for the December NWSBQ they will now be joining us on Thursday 12th June 2014, you can sign up here.

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December 2013’s NWSBQ: Communications: how social media changed everything

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Last week saw us host an unusual NWSBQ. Due to the severe winter weather conditions on the day the UK typically ground to a halt and more specifically the trains ground to a halt. Even more specifically the train with our host Ann and both of our speakers, Mallen and Chris on board, ground to a halt on the south side of Stoke.

Luckily for me NWSBQ draws a friendly, understanding crowd, and also lots of interesting people with interesting things to say. Perhaps most luckily for me, Oliver Chesher, MD of Galibier PR, stepped up and offered to give a presentation he’d prepared for an education meeting the week before. Continue reading

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September 2013’s NWSBQ: Why doing good is good business

20130905_190438Yet again we had a packed out room on the 24th floor at Bruntwood’s City Tower discussing “why doing good is good business.” We had two excellent speakers who have experience form the corporate world and public sector on why doing good is good business.

Norman Pickavance, now non-executive director at HMRC, was head of PR at Morrisons, talked us through his experience of chairing the social enterprise Create. Continue reading

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June 2013: Independent NWSBQ review

In case you didn’t hear how great the last event was, you can read Rob Storey’s write up on the Origin blog here.

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June 2013: Independent NWSBQ review

Read about the last NWSBQ from impartial Marc Hudson, editor of Manchester Climate Monthly here.

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June 2013: Sustainability Strategies – do you want to be a leader or a laggard?

If you missed the event or were at sat at a different roundtable, here is a summary of the discussion from the Sustainability strategy table. This table was hosted by Sarah Pratt from Sastun Ltd.

Do you want to be a leader or a laggard?
Leadership is different from presenting yourself as a leader. A company can implement programmes, projects, processes and policy which show leadership, however may not want to talk about being a leader or ‘aspiring’ to be a leader.

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