• 11 Sep 2012 11:00 | Gwyn Jones

    Over the summer a number of GACSO members have developed two mentoring and coaching programmes.   


    Our members have expressed a clear desire to either mentor others and/or be mentored by other members who have the personal and professional experience to support them.


    Within GACSO we have members in all areas of sustainability with a wealth of experience and skills, and more often than not, they have been through similar challenges before.   


    GACSO can now offer its members the following opportunities: 

    • Mentor Me -a personal mentoring programme in which members mentor members on a one-to-one basis, based on the mentoring process used by Centrica.  
    • Group Coaching - based on Action Learning, Nicolas Ceasar and Alexandra Stubbings facilitate two groups of 4-6 members who meet 4-6 times a year to accelerate peer to peer learning amongst GASCO members
    All members can take part. To find out how, and to learn more about the processes we are employing, visit the following pages in the members' area:

    Mentor Me

    Group Coaching
  • 04 Sep 2012 10:42 | Gwyn Jones
    12th International Conference on "Corporate Governance & 3rd Global Summit on Sustainability"

    10-12 October, 2012
    Marylebone Cricket Club, Lord's Ground, London

    'Corporate Governance Perspectives & Sustainability Challenges'

    Global Summit on Corporate Governance and Sustainability will be a knowledge and capacity building platform and networking opportunity, to address key issues of Corporate Governance perspectives and Sustainability challenges: 

    • Bring together future thinking professionals and opinion leaders for creating real business values by placing sustainability at the heart of corporate agenda. 
    • Provide direction for business to integrate Sustainability issues in business strategy,and for its penetration in their entire value chain. 
    • Identify innovative ways to engage internal and external stakeholders.
    • Turn Sustainability into a Competitive Advantage, as a value creation tool.
    • Develop new business models for Sustainable growth.
    • Make the 'Triple Bottom Line' relevant to your organization.
    For more details click HERE.

    GACSO members receive a 33% discount. Click HERE for the GACSO members discount code.
  • 24 Aug 2012 16:15 | Gwyn Jones
    Policy Forum for Wales Keynote Seminar
    The way forward for sustainability in Wales

    Morning, Thursday, 22nd November 2012
    Bardd Suite, Cardiff Marriot Hotel, Mill Lane, Cardiff, Wales CF10 1EZ

    Guests of Honour: John Griffiths AM, Minister for Environment and Sustainable Development, Welsh Government and Peter Davies, Sustainable Futures Commissioner for Wales
    Other Speakers include:
    Mike Batt, Manager, Carbon Trust Wales; Dr Paul Brooks, Group Director, Environment, Tata Steel; Jeff Brown, Sustainability Lead, Wales and West Region, PwC; Gareth Clubb, Director, Friends of the Earth Cymru; Jane Davidson, Director, INSPIRE, University of Wales, Trinity Saint David; Angela Davies-Jones, Solicitor and Director, Milwyn Jenkins & Jenkins Solicitors; David Fitzpatrick, Chief Executive, Cynnal Cymru; Sioned Hughes, Director of Policy and Social Enterprise, Community Housing Cymru (CHC); Vicki Hirst, Head of Development Management, Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority and Vice Chair, Planning Officers Society for Wales; Anne Meikle, Head, WWF Cymru; John Moore, Managing Director, Windcrop; Tanya Nash, Sustainable Development Team Leader, City and County of Swansea and Chris Sutton, Lead Director - Cardiff, Jones Lang LaSalle have also agreed to speak at this seminar.

    Russell George AM, Shadow Minister for Environment and Sustainable Development and Rhodri Glyn Thomas AM, Plaid Cymru Assembly Commission Member have kindly agreed to chair part of this seminar.

    Chaired by:

    Russell George AM, Shadow Minister for Environment and Sustainable Development and

    Lord Dafydd Elis-Thomas AM, Chair, Environment and Sustainability Committee, National Assembly for Wales


    This event is CPD certified


    Website | Book Online | Live Agenda |

    Taking place in Cardiff, this timely seminar will bring together key Welsh policymakers and stakeholders - including local authorities, academics, environmental groups, businesses and their advisers, and others affected by these issues - to discuss the future of sustainable development and energy policies in Wales.

    It is scheduled as the Welsh Government considers the shape and scope of its Sustainable Development Bill due in early 2013, following their November 2011 discussion paper One Wales: One Planet.

    Delegates will discuss the next steps for the Sustainable Development Charter, the creation of a single sustainable development body for Wales, and how best to balance the need for increased sustainability with the pursuit of economic growth. Future policy developments in planning and housing, and whether powers over wider energy policy should be devolved to the Welsh Government will also be discussed.

    Topics for discussion include:

    • Perspectives on the Sustainable Development Bill including the definition of ‘sustainable development’, the impact on both public and private sector and how to ensure compliance with the Bill;
    • The impact of the Sustainable Development Charter - designed to improve sustainable practices by businesses in Wales - so far, next steps for the Charter including how this could feed into specific commitments by businesses, and the role the Welsh Government has to play in incentivising businesses, particularly SMEs, to sign the charter;
    • Welsh Government policy for environment, planning and housing and whether these constitute a cohesive and effective overacrching plan for sustainability in Wales
    • The role and impact of the proposed new single environment body for Wales;
    • The effect of the Arbed scheme, to make homes more energy-efficient, so far and the future for the scheme; and
    •  The wider potential for renewable energy in Wales and whether energy policy should be devolved from Westminster to Cardiff Bay, as called for by the Welsh Government.

    The draft agenda is copied below my signature, and a regularly updated version is available to view online here. The seminar is organised on the basis of strict impartiality by the Policy Forum for Wales.


    This seminar will present an opportunity to engage with key policymakers and other interested parties, and is CPD certified (more details). Places have been reserved for officials from the Welsh Government as well as representatives from AEA; AECOM; Amgueddfa Cymru; Arriva Trains Wales; Ashfield Solutions; Associated British Ports; Atkins; Bangor University; Bridgend College, Mid Glamorgan; British Geological Survey; Bron Afon Community Housing; Brook Lyndhurst; Business in the Community; Cardiff University; Cartrefi Conwy; CIOB / GBSPM; Clarke Energy; Coriolis Energy; Countryside Council for Wales; Crest Co-operative; Design Commission for Wales; Doosan Power Systems; Dwr Cymru Welsh Water; Eco2; ENVIRON UK; Environment Agency; Environment Agency Wales; Environment Wales; Everything Everywhere; Faugh a Ballagh; Flogas; Forestry Commission Wales; Friends of the Earth Cymru; Halcrow Group; Hughes Architects; Knight Frank; Leadbitter; Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council; Mott MacDonald; NAPIT; National Energy Services; Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council; Powys County Council; Prifysgol Bangor University; RCT Homes; RenewableUK Cymru; RES UK & Ireland; Rhondda Cynon Taf Council; Rockwool; RWE npower; S&C Electric Europe; Sauce Consultancy; SITA UK; Snowdonia National Park Authority; South East Wales Economic Forum; SouthWalesWIN; Swansea University; Tidal Energy; Torfaen County Borough Council; Torfaen Friends of the Earth; United Welsh; University of Bradford; University of Wales, Trinity Saint David; UPL; Valpak; Verco Advisory Services; Viridor; Welsh Power Group; Wildlife Trust Wales; Wildlife Trusts Wales; Willmott Dixon Construction and WYG Planning and Environment.

  • 24 Aug 2012 15:30 | Gwyn Jones
    The Carbon Show

    In partnership with The Carbon Trust

    23 October 2012 | Business Design Centre

    More details:

    GACSO members receive when registering for 20% off standard rates.  Click here for the code:


    The Carbon Show is the leading annual event on energy efficiency and the low carbon economy. Organised in partnership with the Carbon Trust and The ENDS Report, the event is a must-attend for sustainability professionals from industry, government, energy and finance who are working to increase energy efficiency and meet UK and European emissions targets.


    Join us at The Carbon Show 2012 and gain access to:

    • Innovative products, services and solutions in the exhibition
    • The latest business, policy and economic intelligence in the high-level seminars
    • Networking opportunities with sustainability leaders from corporations and government
    • Business and trading opportunities within the carbon trading community

    Attend the top level seminarsfeaturing presentations by the European Commission, Bupa,

    The Co-operative Group, Kingf­isher Plc and Eurostar, in a day-long programme split into 4 di­fferent streams, which will give you insight into:


    Energy Efficiency Seminar

    Gain insight from an expert panel on how to improve employee engagement, learn what implications the Energy Efficiency Directive may have for your organisation and discover tips for achieving senior level buy-in for energy efficiency initiatives.


    Carbon Investment & Finance Seminar

    Hear latest best-practice for accounting for your supply chain emissions, how to obtain the right data and tackle data gaps and how to ensure your business is equipped for mandatory carbon reporting.


    Carbon Management Seminar

    Examine cost-effective options available for financing small-scale renewable energy projects and discover what opportunities there are for retrofitting renewable energy into facilities.


    Green Technology Seminar

    Explore the future of emissions trading beyond Phase III of the EU ETS and attend an expert panel to evaluate the potential impacts a single EU registry may have on trading security.

  • 03 Jul 2012 12:10 | Gwyn Jones

    Is sustainability still an option for businesses or is it

    now a necessity?

    We are running a summer sustainability seminar. There are many reasons why ‘sustainability’ is moving up the business agenda, the most important reasons of all - it
    saves you money, can generate income and it can give you that USP that differentiates you from the competition. Who doesn’t want to know more about that?

    HW Fisher & Company would like to invite you to our business breakfast – 'Is sustainability still an option for businesses or is it now a necessity?’. This breakfast session looks at the opportunities and cost savings available to any business that embraces a sustainability strategy.

    Business breakfast content highlights – Creating a competitive advantage; reducing operating costs; ‘top tips’ on how to save money in the short, medium and long-term; discussions about financial incentives like the Feed in Tariff and the Renewable Heat Incentive; better management of risks such as increasing energy prices; enhancing your image, reputation and profile in your marketplace and most importantly tapping into new markets and winning new business!

    Our speaker: Jae Mather, Director of Sustainability brings 15 years of industry experience to our dedicated team and will provide insight into key sustainability issues for businesses and explore case studies that provide examples of how this has worked for businesses like yours.

    Who should attend? This seminar is aimed at CEOs, Directors, business owners or anyone who wants to understand how being sustainable can really add value to their business's bottom line.

    Date: Tuesday 10 July 2012

    Venue: HW Fisher & Company, Acre House, 11-15 William Road, London NW1 3ER. Click here for a map to our premises.



    Registration & pastries


    Is sustainability part of your business agenda/followed by Q&A 




    Description: Description:

    Cost: This seminar is free of charge and places will be allocated on a first come first serve basis.

  • 12 Jun 2012 09:10 | Gwyn Jones
    This topic has been raised by some members recently so I thought news of this training could be valuable:


    How can you better engage your company’s most ESG resistant stakeholder, your mainstream Investors?

    Your company’s mainstream investors are the biggest reason why your senior management doesn’t take sustainability as seriously as they know they should.

    This intensive & interactive one-day course is for CSR/Sustainability, Risk & Investor Relations professionals and Company Secretaries who want to better engage the investors who matter most, as well ensuring SRI analysts get what they need.

    LONDON, 20 JUNE, 2012

    £495+VAT per person
    Ask about group rates or private courses.

    +44 (0)1227 781 511

    Rio+20 reminds us that however successful we have been at the micro level, at the macro level the csr and sri projects are failing to deliver what is needed. Business and finance have immense potential to promote the sustainability agenda in a way which would be good for both parties. But basic gaps in the relationship get in the way. Learn what you can do to bridge these divides and how you can keep your sri investors happy, maybe even helping them become a bigger part of the solution.

    Attend this course to gain:
    • A robust framework for self-evaluation of your ESG communications
    • Improved leadership and communication strategies for embedding your sustainability message across the organisation including strategies for improved collaboration between Sustainability and Investor Relations departments
    •  What every CSR professional needs to know about the investment process
    • What do different Investors want and truly care about?
    • How to effectively engage with your key Investor stakeholders – Ensure that you are speaking the same language
  • 01 May 2012 23:13 | Anonymous
    Corporations are scrutinised and categorised according to their sustainability and environmental performance. However, many of their interactions with nature conservation organisations are not captured by current reporting frameworks.  Researchers at the University of Kent are conducting an important survey exploring the types and extent of partnerships between corporations and nature conservation organisations. This represents a first step in identifying models for success that will help make such partnerships more effective.
    To thank you for participating in this research, we would like to provide your business with bespoke feedback on the results of the questionnaire, benchmarking your corporation against respondents’ averages.

    To get involved, or for more information, please click here:
    Please forward this email and link on to anyone who might be interested in your network.
    Kind regards,
    Dr. Zoe Davies and Janna Steadman, The University of Kent,
  • 26 Apr 2012 15:12 | Anonymous
    This is an invitation to take part in the 2012 CR & Sustainability Salary Survey, brought to you by Acre, Acona, Flag and Ethical Performance. Now in its fourth year, the survey has been developed to provide a comprehensive insight into the salaries and benefits, responsibilities and backgrounds of people working in the sector - both in-house and for external consultancies.

    To complete the survey, please follow this link:

    What can you gain from taking part in the survey?
    • Learn how your salary and benefits compare to others in similar roles
    • Benchmark salaries and benefits for your existing team
    • Understand the varied backgrounds of CR and sustainability professionals
    By participating, you will be the first to receive a full report on the findings and you will also be invited to a launch event in July, where you will have a chance to discuss the results and the implications for you and the sector.

    Please note that this is 100% confidential – no participants' names or contact details will be published or made available to any third parties at any stage.

    The quality of the observations we make will be based on you, the participant. Simply put - the more data we have the better, so please share with your colleagues and help us distribute this survey throughout the sector.

    If you have any questions before completing it, please contact:

    You can find out more about the survey and the results from previous years by visiting the website.

    Thank you for participating.

    Kind regards,

    Steve Hurst

    Acre Resources
    2nd Floor
    Chancery Station House
    33 High Holborn
    WC1V 6AX

    Main +44 (0) 20 7400 5570

  • 25 Apr 2012 19:13 | Gwyn Jones

    Do you want to join GACSO's judging panel?

    The Green Business Awards celebrate excellence in green practice, strategy and products. They are the "Green Globes" and are the UK's most comprehensive awards on the subject. 

    The sixth annual cycle of the Green Business Awards will be open for entries very soon, featuring several new categories:

    • Sustainability Vision - for innovative and creative forward-looking planning, goal-setting and advisory.

    • Green Technology - for industrial, manufacturing or information technology offering great sustainability gains.
    • Green Professional of the Year - a nomination-only category for the individual who has done most to advance the cause of sustainability, and made an outstanding personal contribution to sustainability.
    GACSO has been invited to be a judge on this year's "Green professional of the Year" category.

    Paul Toyne is representing GACSO and we are looking for more members who would be interested in joining the evaluation process.

    Judging takes place in June/July 2012.

    Please contact Gwyn or Paul if you want to take part.

    For more information go to:Green Business Awards
  • 18 Apr 2012 13:37 | Anonymous
    Date: July 9-13, 2012 


    This course is appropriate for professionals from a wide range of industries and sectors who are interested in organizational sustainability. Participants from local, state and federal government, especially those who are engaged in environmental and planning activities, would also benefit from the course.


    This course will introduce participants to the goals, principles, and practical applications of sustainability. Many organizations, companies, and institutions are increasingly interested in conducting their activities while becoming more sensitive to environmental, social, and other concerns over a longer-term future. Sustainability has many definitions, and includes environmental, social, and economic dimensions. In this course, we will examine the major environmental issues and trends happening in modern society from a scientific and practical perspective, including energy and resource use, pollution, climate change, water, and population. Different definitions of sustainability will be introduced and discussed, and case studies will focus on examining and critiquing sustainability plans from organizations and institutions. The course will present practical skills for participants in the area of integrating sustainability into business practices, operations, policies, and research and development. New research will be presented by faculty working in the area of sustainability science and engineering at MIT.


    Noelle E. Selin is an Assistant Professor of Engineering Systems at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, with a joint appointment as Assistant Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry in the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences. She is also affiliated with the Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change. 

    Jason Jay is a Lecturer in the MIT Sloan School of Management, teaching three of the core courses for the MIT Sloan Sustainability Certificate, and coordinating the Sloan Sustainability Initiative and its Research Group (SSRG). 

    David L. Levy received his doctorate from Harvard Business School and is now Chair of the Department of Management and Marketing at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. He teaches courses in international business, strategy, business and climate change, and business and society. He recently founded and is now Director of the Center for Sustainable Enterprise and Regional Competitiveness, whose mission is “to foster a transition to a clean, sustainable, and prosperous economy.” 

    Sai Ravela studied Computer Vision and Robotics at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst where he earned a doctorate in 2002. As a graduate student, he became interested in Earth’s sustainability, and joined the Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences department as a post-doc, where he continues today as a Principal Research Scientist. 

    Stacy D. VanDeveer is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of New Hampshire. His research interests include international environmental policymaking and its domestic impacts, the connections between environmental and security issues, and the role of expertise in policy making. 

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