Sustainability Association

SUSTAINABLE MANUFACTURING TRANSFORMATION IS HERE

The Sustainability Association is a place where manufacturing leaders work together with world-leading researchers to identify and overcome common challenges in making their operations more sustainable.

 

The sustainability field is complex and offers many competing approaches. And the rate of change is accelerating. Organisational resistance to change may be declining but presenting a convincing case to the board can still feel daunting.

That’s where the Sustainability Association can help.

Member companies form a “Community of Practice” which supports them in accessing the right knowledge, right expertise and right network to accelerate sustainable change in their organisation.

MEMBER EVENTS – PAST AND UPCOMING

Membership enables two people from a member organisation to join four events each year. The events include expert speakers, workshops, presentations from start-ups and networking sessions. Past and upcoming events include:

13 September 2022 – Supply chain sustainability

At this meeting, we will present back our findings as well as bring together expert external speakers to provide new insights as we look to make progress with the scope 3 challenge.

  • Insights – Developing supplier programmes for net-zero
  • Workshop – Making sense of supply chain sustainability

19 May 2022 – A path to net-zero

At this meeting we covered a case study from an exemplar in resource efficiency and reflected on setting sustainability targets and building a net-zero strategy.

  • Case study – Resource efficiency at Toyota
  • Workshop – Net-zero manufacturing

9 March 2022 – Quickly wins in resource and energy efficiency

A report was created for this meeting that investigates the role of continuous improvement initiatives in achieving rapid sustainability improvements and driving resource efficiency

17 & 18 November 2021 – 14.00 – The emerging role in digital transforming the sustainability journey

How to achieve Carbon Zero and secure quick wins using existing technology and know-how. These are topics that were identified by members as collective problems for the Association to address.

14 July 2021 – Emerging stronger: Accelerating sustainable manufacturing post COVID-19

There are many challenges facing organisations in relation to sustainability – in this launch webinar, experts gave insights on where to start and what to tackle next when there is so much to do.

OUR MEMBERS

 

 

Manufacturing Sustainability Association members

Report: Driving resource efficiency through rapid sustainability improvements

Created for and by the Sustainability Association, this study looks into how to achieve rapid sustainability improvements, including a 20-stage checklist on steps you can take to accelerate sustainability in your organisation.

 

Sustainability quick wins report cover

WHY JOIN?

Sustainability Association Networking
Sustainability Association Set Challenges
Clarification of development
Sustainability Association Collaborate
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Network

Set challenges

Understand

Collaborate

Learn

with manufacturing experts from industry and academia who share a collective drive and are making sustainability a reality in their organisations.

to the Sustainability Association for them to work on throughout the year to better understand and solve collective problems that you and your peers identify.

the impact emerging sustainability thinking could have on your organisation (including net zero, circular economy and resilience), prioritising what you need to do and by when.

with University of Cambridge academics, commissioning new research projects in areas of mutual interest.

about exciting new sustainability technology and solutions from ground-breaking start-ups and research groups.

WHY JOIN?

Sustainability Association Networking

Network

with manufacturing experts from industry and academia who share a collective drive and are making sustainability a reality in their organisations.

Sustainability Association Set Challenges

Set challenges

to the Sustainability Association for them to work on throughout the year to better understand and solve collective problems that you and your peers identify.

Clarification of development

Understand

the impact emerging sustainability thinking could have on your organisation (including net zero, circular economy and resilience), prioritising what you need to do and by when.

Sustainability Association Collaborate

Collaborate

with University of Cambridge academics, commissioning new research projects in areas of mutual interest.

Sustainability Association_Learn

Learn

about exciting new sustainability technology and solutions from ground-breaking start-ups and research groups.

Bringing about change sustainably is complex so it was good to share common challenges with like-minded peers. I’m looking forward to next year’s programme which will help us understand which areas should be central and how can I prioritise actions for our business.

Patricia Lorton, Director of Sustainability, Worthington Industries

Stephen Evans

“The Sustainability Association is a fantastic way for us to increase the impact of industrially proven tools that can make a difference in member companies straight away. We are excited about supporting members in accelerating the pace of change in their organisations, as well as hearing about challenges they are facing so we can focus our research in areas which will lead to the development of new solutions and insights.”

Professor Steve Evans, Director of Research in Industrial Sustainability, Institute for Manufacturing, University of Cambridge

Stephen Evans

“The Sustainability Association is a fantastic way for us to increase the impact of industrially proven tools that can make a difference in member companies straight away. We are excited about supporting members in accelerating the pace of change in their organisations, as well as hearing about challenges they are facing so we can focus our research in areas which will lead to the development of new solutions and insights.”

Professor Steve Evans, Director of Research in Industrial Sustainability, Institute for Manufacturing, University of Cambridge

MEMBER BENEFITS

Build a supportive network
Sustainability Association Set Challenges
Clarification of development
Sustainability Association Collaborate
Sustainability Association_Learn

Build

Discover

Avoid

Navigate

Stay

a supportive network of peers with similar challenges to you, giving you a sounding board for ideas and opportunities.

how others are dealing with challenges of net zero, circularity, disruption, resilience and more, hearing about solutions that work in practice.

making mistakes that
others have made.

your options more effectively by making smarter decisions with more evidence and less risk.

abreast of emerging thinking, which will become increasingly pertinent in board-level discussions in the future.

MEMBER BENEFITS

Sustainability Association Set Challenges

Build

a supportive network of peers with similar challenges to you, giving you a sounding board for ideas and opportunities.

Sustainability Association Set Challenges

Discover

how others are dealing with challenges of net zero, circularity, disruption, resilience and more, hearing about solutions that work in practice.

Consultancy services

Avoid

making mistakes that
others have made.

Sustainability Association Collaborate

Navigate

your options more effectively by making smarter decisions with more evidence and less risk.

Sustainability Association_Learn

Stay

abreast of emerging thinking, which will become increasingly pertinent in board-level discussions in the future.

Hearing about areas of progress and innovation is always inspiring – even those that were not directly applicable to my company – sparked a conversation with other attendees that helped to develop ideas and plans for driving sustainability.  Next year, I am looking forward to more inspiration from those leading in the sustainability arena, and in sharing and learning from other association members on how they are overcoming challenges and taking action to approach net zero.”

Peter Lake, Director Operational Excellence, BTG Specialty Pharmaceuticals.

BECOME A MEMBER

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Sustainability Association, contact us for more information.