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Article 5 – 7/6/2018

Why would a Finance Director be responsible for sustainability?

At their core, both finance and sustainability look to the future, so there are opportunities to align them successfully

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Adnams plc, the award-winning brewery and distillery in Suffolk, are demonstrating the success of linking together Finance and Sustainability under the directorship of Richard Carter. With his leadership and Ben Orchard’s management, Adnams:

Adnams are currently looking at aligning their activities to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to understand their wider social impacts.

Where does Sustainability sit in your organisation?

Your Finance Director can find many ways to generate savings by going green. The question is “where to start”?

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Article 4 – 22/5/2018

Saving £10,000 can be the same as winning £50,000 of new business

Every pound you save through cost reduction is far more valuable than the pounds that come from sales and delivers that value year on year

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A pound generated from a sale is reduced by the cost of that sale (commissions and other sales costs, the expense of the product or service you are selling and administrative or overhead costs). In fact, a net profit is all that remains.

For example:

  • if you sell a product for £100 and you have an 20% net profit margin, that £100 sale is worth just £20 to the business.
  • If you save £100, it is worth £100 to the business

 a saving of £10k is worth the same in profit as £50k of new business!

The smaller your profit margin, the greater a cost saving is worth to you.

Being more sustainable brings new opportunities to reduce your business costs. This is a truly dynamic and innovative area where new, greener products are being introduced at a rapid rate. They provide you with the opportunity to use less energy, reduce waste and use more renewable resources – and all of these will save you money.

There are lots of ways you can save money by going green. There are opportunities in heating and cooling, lighting, water, waste, transport and resources. The question is “where is the best place for you to start?”

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Article 3 – 15/5/2018

Gain business advantage by going green

A third of consumers are now buying from brands based on their social and environmental impact

Many companies focused on sustainability have seen higher growth than the norm, with an average year-on-year growth rate of 14%. This has been driven by increased demand for purpose-led brands from consumers, alongside employees who choose to work for organisations driven by purpose beyond profit.

But how do you join them? GreenValue can help you identify where your best opportunities are to go green and save money.

 

 

 

Article 2 – 9/5/2018

Do you have a business plan for the end of the world?

No sustainability in your business plan means

you are planning for the end of the world 

…  and the end of your business.

Investors, consumers, governments and other businesses require businesses to demonstrate by word and deed that they are sustainable and even have a positive impact on our environment.

Are you one of the 68% of CEOs who want to go green, but have yet to start?

What’s stopping you?

 Marks and Spencer saved £750m over the 10 years of their Plan A programme.

 A warehouse reduced its annual electricity bills from over £30,000 to less than £10,000 by going green.

 A primary school halved its electricity bill by changing to low energy lighting.

There are lots of ways you, too, can save money by going green. There are opportunities in heating and cooling, lighting, water, waste, transport and resources. The question is “where is the best place for you to start?”

 

 

 

Article 1 -1 1/5/2018

What does going green mean for your business?

It means reducing greenhouse gas emissions, using resources more sustainably and producing less waste.

Why should your organisation be interested in this?

Because – Going green can bring value to your business ….
… in lots of different ways. The question is not “should we go green”, but “where do we start?”.
And because you have to! Not only to save the planet, but because Government legislation and schemes will force you to.

SAVE MONEY - M&S have saved £750m over the 10 years of their Plan A programme. A warehouse reduced its annual electricity bills from over £30,000 to less than £10,000 by going green. A primary school halved its electricity bill by changing to low energy lighting. REDUCE RISKS - Increased cost and reduced availability of resources (e.g. fossil-based energy, water, raw materials), changing markets, new legislation, distributed assets impacted by a changing climate, all bring new risks. ATTRACT A GROWING GREEN MARKET - Consumers are becoming more selective about the products and services they choose. For example, the backlash from consumers to plastics following the showing of “Blue Planet”, the growth of electric vehicles, reaction against unnecessary packaging, concerns over the source of goods, etc. REPUTATION - Businesses need to be seen to be doing the right thing to be acceptable to a growing section of consumers and investor organisations. ENGAGE STAFF - 76% of millennials would take a pay cut to work for a socially responsible company and 64% won’t take a job if a potential employer doesn’t have strong corporate social responsible practices. ATTRACT INVESTMENT - Major investors such as pension funds are now critically looking at businesses’ sustainability plans. GROW YOUR BUSINESS - Tap into the growing green market. Unilever’s “Sustainable Living” brands are growing more than 50% faster than the rest of the business and delivered 60% of growth in 2016. BE COMPETITIVE - Doing one or more of these will improve your competitive position and contribute to your future prosperity.

 

 

 

 

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