Social Future Of Commercial Waste

As published in               Fresh Business Thinking Saving money and helping society is an unlikely combination, but if you take the new waste regulations seriously you could find yourself doing just that. It’s not often businesses get the chance comply with regulations whilst reducing costs and improving CSR, so the policy is definitely worth a look. To give you an idea of the bigger picture, in less than 15 years theUK’s amount of recycled municipal waste has increased from four to 36 per cent. That’s 8 million tonnes of stuff that used to go to landfill now being recycled every year. […]

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Attracting the big fish and creating a community asset

As published on the Guardian “social enterprise” website Looking back over the ten years since I started Green-Works I’ve had a chance to reflect both on what we’ve achieved and what’s still left to do. In the beginning we saw that office furniture was being discarded by large commercial and government organisations on an enormous scale. Not only was it being discarded but most of it was being dumped in landfill. As well as being a terrible waste of resources, it was also as a lost opportunity to help other smaller organisations who couldn’t afford new furniture. Adopting a Robin […]

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Corporate Social Responsibility; Solid partners or Fair Weather friends?

Fair-weather Friends? by Colin Crooks Corporate Social Responsibility is not a ‘nice to have’ which should become a sacrificial lamb in a cost cutting exercise.  Companies have invested heavily in their reputation as caring and considerate employers and responsible members of society for very good reasons.  Their employees are interested, and take positive encouragement from working for enlightened and highly regarded organisations. Cutting CSR programmes now when times are tough demonstrates only one thing – that such businesses are not the self-proclaimed stalwarts of the community and committed long term partners portrayed in their annual reports.  They are in fact fair-weather […]

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