EXPERTISE & INSIGHT

Delivering projects with value

Corporate social responsibility and sustainability has a broad reach, and I've delivered a range of high impact projects during a long career in a global IT & technology for aviation company. This experience and insight forms a great foundation for helping other businesses to develop and plan their own sustainability and CSR journeys - all backed up with engaging communications and compelling storytelling. Here's a few favourites. If you're looking for expertise in an area not shown here, drop us a line and see how we can help.

Carbon footprinting

Setting an ambition to be a more environmentally friendly future is more than using recycled paper and ditching the single-use plastic.

There's nothing intrinsically wrong with either of those activities, but perhaps it's time to be bolder. That's where understanding your carbon footprint comes in. The carbon neutral protocol is an excellent place to start.

I'll be frank - it's not always easy. You need good data collection practices in place. Collaboration across different teams will be essential. Add to that the executive commitment to making changes for a carbon neutral future. But the payoff can include better processes and policies, cost savings, innovative thinking and an engaged workforce.

With more customers wanting to work with companies who have a robust response to climate change, can you afford not to have a plan in place?

 

Regardless of your business size, you can make a difference to climate change. Taking the first step on your journey to carbon neutrality shows leadership, a credible commitment and good business sense.

Sustainable aviation insight

In a world where global reach is key, aviation has long been at the forefront of connecting continents, companies and commerce. It's come a long way since the first flight in 1903.

 

It's always been a pioneering industry, with ever smarter technology to make airports and airlines run more efficiently. You'll find innovations like AI and digital twins to touchless travel in response to the 'new normal' of travel.

While aviation is set to slowly recover to pre-covid levels over the coming year/s, there remains a focus on sustainable aviation. A decade ago the industry set emissions targets for 2050, but now we're seeing a keener interest for net zero carbon air travel from airlines. Airports have already made great progress with over 300 engaged in programs towards carbon neutrality. And air traffic systems are contributing too.

It will take time, but sustainable aviation fuels, new aircraft models, and smart transportation systems will play their part. CORSIA has an important role in emissions mitigation too.

 

Shorter term, technology is being used to better data capture, drive fuel and flight efficiency, and improve emissions reporting. It's a shared challenge, and opportunity, for aviation.

Education in Africa

Access to education and IT for young people in Africa was the core requirement of this award winning Foundation initiative. Working with charity partners, the initiative has developed programs across five countries to date.

 

Over 5 years, the Foundation has invested $2.5 million into projects, positively impacting over 85,000 young people. And with over 50% being girls, it's a win for families and communities.

 

For this secondary school in Lusaka, Zambia, it's made a huge difference, with the projects supporting  UN SDG 4 (Quality Education)  and 5 (Gender Equality). 

Monitoring and evaluation

Developing programs that support communities on the other side of the world is great. It's wonderful to know you're helping those who may not have the same advantages as you.

 

But delivering projects on a plan is different to seeing the impact first-hand. Where possible, it's important to see the projects in the field, wherever they are. You get a better sense of impact, progress against metrics, and opportunities to evolve and improve. And you get to meet the people whose lives you've changed.

 

Fresh eyes bring fresh perspective, while on the ground visits generate engaging content for storytelling.

ISO 14001:2015

ISO 14001:2015 is a big commitment for a business, and it can be hard to know where to start. Knowing that you want to work to the framework is a great first step.

 

Building your environmental management system requires an in=depth knowledge of the standard, management support, and a commitment to continual improvement. You'll need to understand your impacts and aspects, set your targets and track your progress. 

 

With expertise that has seen multiple global sites certified, you'll be guided through the process. From document creation to reporting and improvement, we've got you covered. Plus, as an IEMA trained ISO 14001:2015 Internal Auditor we know what to look for.

Carbon offsets that support solar power

In an increasingly connected world, air travel is more accessible than ever before. While other forms of transport exist, sometimes a journey at 30,000ft is a necessity.

How do you deal with the environmental impact of business travel? Fly less? Of course, if you can. Putting in place better collaboration tools helps, making it easier to connect. Applying an internal carbon levy can fund decarbonisation efforts.

Sourcing verified carbon credits is the last step, by choosing and working with trusted parters, on projects that make an environmental and societal difference. Just like this one in India, where schools have received solar power and education hubs that make learning fun and sustainable. It's a solution that's long term and low cost.

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