Optimise the sustainability agenda for your business
It is essential for SMEs to formulate an agenda that focuses on the long-term sustainability of their business, however it can be difficult to cut through the ‘green noise’ and wealth of information out there, to truly understand what this means for your business.
The challenge with SME’s investing in sustainability practices is that they are more varied, have less resources, and can be harder to reach. And with many businesses still recovering from the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic and spending most of their time dealing with more immediate issues, the long-term benefits and ROI of committing to a sustainability agenda may not be immediately clear.
Hosted by Richard Spencer from ICAEW, ESG and Sustainability experts, Mark Lumsdon-Taylor and Rich Hall, discuss how to decipher which route and level of investment is right for your business.
They are joined by Chris Newenham (Joint Managing Director, Wilkin & Sons), who shares his experiences and learnings to help you implement an effective sustainability agenda for your business.
Key topics include:
- The business case for sustainability
- How to decipher which route is right for your business
- How to benchmark and get started with goal setting and metrics
- The practical aspects to consider when implementing a sustainability plan
About the speakers
Mark Lumsdon-Taylor, Partner, MHA
Mark specialises in the areas of Rural and food; healthcare and digital; and IEE / ESG. He extensive experience in further, higher and commercial education. He is passionate about Dynamic ESG and transforming business. Mark has won numerous awards for his work including National Finance Director of the year 2007, the national Accounting for Sustainability award 2012 (ICEAW), National Business Finance Director 2014 (Finance Director), the Public Sector Award 2016 (The Institute for Fiscal Turnaround), and the Institute of Directors (IOD) Blue Ribbon award for Governance and Finance Excellence in 2018.
Rich Hall, Head of Sustainability and Stakeholder Assurance, MHA
Rich joined MHA MacIntyre Hudson in September 2020 to lead their Sustainability, Corporate Responsibility and Climate Change work. Rich brings over 15 years’ experience and passion of leading successful sustainability and risk engagements. He has led major sustainability engagements from idea generation and inception through to successful implementation across advisory, reporting and assurance and internal audit. In addition to his Sustainability expertise Rich has engagement leader experience and expertise across Third Party Assurance, Contract Assurance, and complex risk management across strategy, operations, and supply chain.
Chris Newenham, Joint Managing Director, Wilkin & Sons
Chris has been Joint Managing Director of Wilkin & Sons Ltd since 2016, prior to which he was Farms Director. He is a Nuffield Scholar and has a particular interest in sustainable horticulture, water conservation, the application of technology and employee-owned businesses. He currently chairs the Awards Council of the Worshipful Company of Fruiterers and is an Honorary Fellow of Writtle University College.