The first session of the Green business forum took place on 4th September 2017 during the Newham Chamber breakfast meeting. It began with a brief introduction of what the forum is about and what it means to be a Green Business.
Businesses need to start thinking about how they can make their supply chain greener and even small businesses can do this. It makes sense now and for the future generation both in health and financial terms. We also need to think about what role can we expect the Newham council to play in creating an enabling environment for businesses to become more environmentally sustainable.
The purpose of the forum is to create a platform for businesses within the chamber to,
- discuss issues around environmental sustainability,
- Encourage questions and research into how you can improve your environmental sustainability as a business and within our community and
- Encourage sharing of information, resources and knowledge to enable all Newham Chamber businesses to become more sustainable.
What is environmental sustainability?
Sustainability is a complex concept. The most often quoted definition comes from the UN Bruntland commission: “sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”
It is about sustaining and preserving life as we know it. No one really knows how much time we have left. It is stewardship of our planet earth and preserving it for many more generations to come.
Why is it necessary?
What will Newham and Newham businesses gain from becoming greener? In order for businesses to survive and grow into future generations it is necessary that we look at the way we do business and how sustainable our supply chains are now. It is only by talking about it and putting it at the forefront of our minds that things will change.
We need big business, small business and the public sector the council all to be involved to make Newham Greener and to drive change in behaviour amongst consumers and residents.
How will the Green Business forum work?
The Green Business Forum will be a resource point to share Green news and ideas on best green practice.
- There will be a chamber meeting once a quarter themed around the environment with a speakers talking about green business issuesand sharing ideas.
- There will be a section within the chamber’s website dedicated to Green Business Issues.
- There will be a blog as part of the website where members can post green information and news about environmental laws, products, etc.
- This can also be used to exchange ideas and thoughts about the environmental impact of any local area development plans
Note – none of the information shared by this forum constitutes a recommendation or endorsement by the chamber but just a way that people can share ideas.
Hear from a business doing it already (see blog page)
If you would like to be part of this forum or contribute an article or case study please contact John James at firstname.lastname@example.org
First Green Business Forum presentation
First Green Business Forum presentation took place during the breakfast meeting held at the Good Hotel On 4th of September 2017 We discussed the purpose of the forum and then the Green Business of the year 2016 award Winner Meena Joshi of Aardra Systems Ltd gave a talk about her business. Hear from a business doing it already in the Environmental Sustainability space Meena Joshi is the CEO of Aardra. She runs the business with her husband and her son. Let me tell you a bit more about our business:- We are a LTD company based in East London, UK and we are a Research, Developer and manufacturer of water Management systems that is an intelligent electronic structure that senses the moisture in the soil and responds accordingly to adequately supply the soil with water. As you may be aware, water resource is depleting globally and in some countries resulting in the cause of droughts while various parts of the world now have desert like environments due to climate changes. Our systems working range is from a single pot in a garden to a commercial farm. Water is only provided when requested by a plant or a plantation (subject to appropriate […]
What does sustainability mean for business?
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