"Case Study: Sustainable Business Practise At Scott Wilson" - Gary Foster, Scott Wislon


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"Case Study: Sustainable Business Practise At Scott Wilson" - Gary Foster, Scott Wislon

  1. 1. Sustainable Business Practise at Scott Wilson Gary Foster Associate Director North Hampshire SBP Meeting 11 Feb 10
  2. 2. Contents <ul><li>Introduction to Scott Wilson </li></ul><ul><li>Our drivers for embracing sustainability </li></ul><ul><li>Enabling sustainability in Scott Wilson </li></ul><ul><li>Examples of internal activities </li></ul><ul><li>Examples of external sustainability work </li></ul><ul><li>Challenges & future opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Final thoughts </li></ul>
  3. 3. Scott Wilson Ltd <ul><li>Scott Wilson is a leading international consultancy providing independent advice and services in the engineering, project management, planning and environmental sectors. Our goal is to be the preferred provider of environmentally sustainable solutions in each of these service sectors, while defining, understanding and improving the balance between innovative entrepreneurship and ethical practice within our business. </li></ul>3 6,000 staff, 80 Offices worldwide, largest office in Basingstoke, ISO 14001 accredited
  4. 4. Helping our clients deliver their vision
  5. 5. SW Sustainability Drivers for Change <ul><li>Cost </li></ul><ul><li>Volatile energy prices </li></ul><ul><li>Waste in operational processes </li></ul><ul><li>Reputation </li></ul><ul><li>Corporate Responsibility - UN Global Compact - Maintaining ISO 14001 - Investor confidence </li></ul><ul><li>Legislation </li></ul><ul><li>Building regs - Carbon Reduction Commitment - Duty of Care - WEEE etc </li></ul>Opportunity - New markets, sectors and services for clients
  6. 6. Driving Sustainability Change in our Organisation <ul><li>Pressure to act </li></ul><ul><li>Clear vision </li></ul><ul><li>Capacity to act </li></ul><ul><li>Take action </li></ul>There is a clear need for us to ‘walk the talk’
  7. 7. Pressure to act <ul><li>External pressure from stakeholders </li></ul><ul><li>Scott Wilson Group Main Board commitment </li></ul><ul><li>UN Global Compact & ISO14001 commitments </li></ul><ul><li>Senior champion (Director) sponsorship </li></ul><ul><li>From ‘grass roots’ too </li></ul>
  8. 8. Clear Vision <ul><li>SW mission statement (preferred provider of environmentally sustainable solutions ) </li></ul><ul><li>Sustainability policy </li></ul><ul><li>Sustainability action plan </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1 st phase: Operations (incl supply chain) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2 nd phase: Services to clients </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Carbon foot printing </li></ul><ul><li>Other environmental data gathering </li></ul><ul><li>Business plan for external business activity </li></ul>
  9. 9. Capacity to act <ul><li>Sustainability Board </li></ul><ul><li>Sustainability Committee (action focused) </li></ul><ul><li>Office ‘Green champions’ </li></ul><ul><li>Facilities management staff </li></ul><ul><li>Staff engagement and activity (essential) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Internal conference </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Awareness raising activity </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Taking action – examples in our own operations <ul><li>SMART Metering - 50% of UK offices by end 2010.  </li></ul><ul><li>Energy profiling of all offices. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Identify energy efficiency solutions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Identify opportunity for other green technologies </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Energy management action </li></ul><ul><li>Improved video conferencing capabilities </li></ul><ul><li>Implementing an integrated waste management and recycling scheme at our head office in Basingstoke </li></ul><ul><li>Trials of high efficiency hand dryers with a view to removing older less efficient models and paper towels </li></ul><ul><li>Filtered tap water used for drinking (no drums) </li></ul><ul><li>Promotion of cycling (Gov’t ‘tax breaks’ – cycle purchase scheme) </li></ul>
  11. 11. The benefits of energy data management Look at the timing and loads This has since been addressed!
  12. 12. Sustainability services to clients <ul><li>Aspiring to bring sustainability to nearly everything we do: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Green planning and design - developments </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Green Buildings – BREEAM, LEED, Design etc </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Green power projects </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Strategic resource efficiency studies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>National Industrial Symbiosis Programme </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Corporate carbon management projects (Carbon Trust accredited) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Waste management infrastructure </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>(WRAP accredited) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Water management consultancy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Community consultations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Economic/sustainability studies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>UK Government & International policy advice </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Support of local networks (SBP & PLATO Sustain (Basingstoke)) </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Challenges <ul><li>Current economic climate in UK </li></ul><ul><li>Securing funding for larger internal projects – own operations </li></ul><ul><li>Promotion of consistent, common understanding of sustainability across business </li></ul><ul><li>Enabling successful ‘change management’ for sustainability </li></ul><ul><li>Staying at the ‘cutting edge’ of delivering sustainability </li></ul><ul><li>Overcoming increasing competition </li></ul>
  14. 14. Future Opportunities <ul><li>Utilising free Gov’t support for own operations – e.g. interest free loans </li></ul><ul><li>Fully integrated solutions in project work for clients </li></ul><ul><li>Promoting life cycle thinking for projects </li></ul><ul><li>Thinking and acting ‘beyond carbon’ </li></ul><ul><li>Further embedding sustainability in operations </li></ul><ul><li>Increasing focus on water management services </li></ul><ul><li>Spreading UK best practice globally </li></ul>
  15. 15. Summary <ul><li>The desire to address ‘sustainability’ is now mainstream amongst our clients (esp.UK) </li></ul><ul><li>We are looking to act sustainably in or operations </li></ul><ul><li>We are working to create a common understanding of sustainability in our business </li></ul><ul><li>We are focusing on capturing the many commercial opportunities arising from the appetite for sustainability </li></ul><ul><li>How are you getting on?? </li></ul><ul><li>What can we learn from each other?? </li></ul>
  16. 16. Final thoughts <ul><li>‘ Whosoever desires success must change his conduct with the times’ </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Niccolo Machiavelli, Italian Statesman </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>and Political Philosopher (16 th Century) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>‘ Dig the well before you are thirsty!!’ </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Chinese proverb </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  17. 17. Contact details <ul><li>Gary Foster </li></ul><ul><li>Managing Consultant </li></ul><ul><li>Scott Wilson Business Consultancy </li></ul><ul><li>Basingstoke </li></ul><ul><li>Tel: 07825 032114 </li></ul><ul><li>E-mail: [email_address] </li></ul>