Environment and Sustainability

This is the example

We are famous for our circular economy work, for our eco-design work. If green stuff is costing you money then you’re doing it wrong.

We’re good at sustainability. We should be. We’ve been doing it for years. We see economy and ecology as one thing. If the green stuff you’re doing is costing money then you’re doing it wrong. We measure the benefit of the work we do in environmental terms (we’ve saved shed loads of carbon, tankers full of water and mountains of raw materials) and in financial terms. At the last count we had saved our clients over £120,000,000 from the environmental work we’ve done with them. We were first. Mark tried to introduce Plan A in 2000 when working for Asda. Too revolutionary, too early. Mark set up the UK’s first green business club in 1992, ran the UK’s first supply-chain environmental programme in 1996, delivered a project that linked quality and environment that received plaudits from HRH Prince Charles, was an early player in the Ethical Trading Initiative, and is an alumni of the University of Cambridge Programme for Industry.  He fronts-up the RSA’s Great Recovery events and is a global speaker on environmental issues. Mark has worked with RS Components, GAP, Mars, Kyocera, Orangebox, Unilever, Indesit, Samsung, Amazon, Hiut Denim, the RSA, P&G on environmental projects.

With galloping population growth, the “bourgeoisification” of the world population and the strategic challenges of resource supply we have to change what we do and how we do it. This isn’t about austerity. It’s about getting more value with less input. This is good for business. This is good for us.

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A one day sustainability heath-check.

A two day sustainable innovation kick-starter.

A deep-dive into sustainability, the circular economy, and CSR/CSV.

RS Components

The word eco comes from the Greek word Oikos. This means home. Eco is shared with economy and ecology. Both mean keeping your house in order. They are the same thing. Our work with RS Components demonstrates this beautifully. We have identified over £3 million of savings and reduced waste and carbon impact massively. The produce we worked on saw sales increases of 18,000%. We’ve even won awards for this work. RS like us, their main man says "I have worked with Mark in a variety of companies for 10 years now...Mark has proved himself in all fields...proved himself to be a first class mentor. His work with us has gone on to win a number of awards". Working with RS we have saved over £3.6 million.

The Great Recovery

Mark is one of the lead facilitator on this RSA and Innovate UK funded project that promotes the benefits of the circular economy in terms of resource use, skills and ethics. The programme links designers to waste and the end-of-life impacts of their decisions. It also links academics, scientists, marketing and brand, innovators, and users. The circular economy is more than just a trinket in the jewellery box of modern business language. It is the only way to do business. Mark develops new products, services and business models around circular design principle. Mark has worked with clients including Samsung, P&G, the BRC and Novatech to make the circular economy a reality. He has developed a simple circular business model tool with We All Design and runs workshops and delivers support on new business model development. The work we did for Samsung on this project was really well received "Mark facilitated a great workshop for us ....we're now into the implementation phase...Mark added a lot to our ability to move things forward".

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