On the 29th of July, Weston College, The Future Economy Network (FEN) and Future Leap hosted an online interactive workshop titled “Going Green, Being Seen” to support SME’s and start ups in the South West.
This online interactive workshop explored how to embrace sustainability in business, by sharing experiences and how to design a process to engage in sustainability. The session also investigated the climate and ecological emergency, and the tools available to take action.
Before the event began, the attendees enjoyed some pre-sessional networking. Davina Gilbert of Future Leap then welcomed the attendees, before giving a quick insight into The Future Economy Network, Future Leap and the many benefits of membership, as well as the upcoming Festival of Sustainable Business on the 21st of September.
Becky Gordon, Regional Sustainability Manager at Interface, then gave an informative and visual introduction to the climate and ecological emergency. She covered why carbon matters, what the carbon cycle is, the impact of a broken carbon cycle, how this impacts human health, and an overview of carbon emissions and global warming. She also spoke about the Paris Agreement, country and city level targets, and gave an overview of Interface’s inspiring sustainability journey.
Sophia Cheng, Founder of With Many Roots and Climate Collage UK Co-ordinator then ran an engaging and interactive workshop helping the audience fully understand and feel the climate and ecological crisis. Sophia used collaborative tools to help attendees understand the basics of climate science and how to get the information from head to heart.
Andy Hawkins, B Corp Consultant at Future Leap, then ran a short workshop looking at Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG). Andy explained how businesses with a strong purpose tend to outperform the market, recruit and retain better talent, identify and mitigate risk and attract higher quality investors. He supported attendees through an online tool to better understand their ESG performance as well as examining the B Corp framework.
Finally, Davina brought the event to a close, thanking Weston College, the speakers and attendees, which without our events calendar would not be possible.
If you are interested in finding out more about this event, the sustainability services on offer, or would like to attend the next workshop in this series, feel free to get in contact.