Channelling the charge: making change happen
- Global Environment and Social Assessment
IEMA has one of the more powerful communities on earth dedicated to protecting and enhancing the environment.
It’s not just about the size and volume of our collective contribution; it’s the sheer, ultimate devotion to pushing for the best possible outcome, every time. Whenever I meet a member, I am blown away not only by how committed they are but how they channel their passion and professional frustrations – that brave, creative friction you often need – to achieve the right result. Multiply that by fourteen and a half thousand UK and international members and you get a pretty intense current running through what we do. Focusing and concentrating that energy is key to making truly impactful change happen, and I really hope we can conduct that charge to power our future journey this month.
In the past few issues, I’ve described the brave step we are about to take, asking you to back our ambition to become a chartered body. On 15 May, we will finally meet in London to hold our Royal Charter vote; there has arguably never been a more important date in IEMA’s two decades of history. What we hope to achieve on that day will validate everything we have done so far, and provide a springboard to achieve even more exciting things, for and with every single member, be they UK based or international. Please be sure to be a part of it.
Achieving a Royal Charter will uplift the value of your personal membership and professional status, wherever in the world you’re carrying out your work. Of course, it sounds great for IEMA to be a chartered body, but what’s really important here is that it will boost recognition for what you do and the mark you make.
We cannot and will not take another step until we have your permission, so I strongly encourage you to use your energy and your personal desire for a better tomorrow to create an exciting new future for the IEMA membership. Whichever method you use to vote – in person or by proxy (an easy option open to every single member) – please do vote. This is a rare, once-in-a-generation opportunity to cast your influence over your profession, and one not to be missed.
Full details about our journey to chartership and how to vote. I look forward to voting with you on 15 May.
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