Sustainability in the wider community
As those of us who are committed to operating businesses underpinned by a sustainable strategy the challenges we face are often complex. By engaging with a broader community we can tap into collective resources and the expertise of various stakeholders, including businesses, non-profit organizations, and individuals.
In recent weeks we are delighted to have hosted our third suppliers day at Whatley and another community gathering. Such events provide really valuable opportunities for us all to share knowledge and best practice and allows for the collective groups to learn from each other.
Whatley Manor Suppliers Day
Twenty-three of our suppliers, representing a variety of industries including food and drink, skincare, laundry, digital solutions, flowers, uniforms, and linen items attended on the day.
Sue Williams MI FIH gave a warm welcome and discussed the exciting sustainability evolution that Whatley has undertaken over the last few years. Greenly | Certified B Corp, our carbon accounting partner, then discussed how they help businesses monitor, manage, and lower their carbon emissions.
The group shared best practices such as partnering with clients to streamline deliveries and save time and energy in one trip; making wise investments in more energy-efficient machinery to maximise water and energy savings; offering refillable choices; and substituting single-use items with reusable packaging. A great deal of trial and error has been done, and as the subject is always changing, more will undoubtedly be performed.
One of the key topics of conversation was the lack of widely accepted industry-wide accreditation in the UK and other parts of the world. Despite the challenges, many suppliers are willing to share their knowledge to make the transition to net zero emissions.
More than 20 representatives from the Malmesbury Town Council, businesses and sustainability groups in nearby towns within a 10-mile radius from Malmesbury, including Tetbury, Sherston and Hullavington, came together for an informative yet relaxed evening. They had their questions addressed and engaged in discussions with fellow participants who share a strong passion for this subject.
The feedback received from the group was highly positive, and it is hoped that more like-minded individuals will collaborate to share knowledge and contribute to positive changes in the community. It is encouraging to see such a strong passion for sustainability shared among participants.
We extend our gratitude to Hannah Griffin from Sustainable Sherston, Greening Tetbury, Malmesbury Repair Café, Malmesbury Town Council, Karen Drake from caerbladon, Ben Read from The Tracklement Company Limited | B Corp, Wiltshire Climate Alliance, U3A, and Debbie Lawley from Hullavington for their involvement.
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