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1st June 2018


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The Future of ESIA – Enabling Access to Young Professionals

How do you get experience in a field that requires a wealth of experience? This is an issue for young environmental and social consultants looking to work on environmental and social impact assessments (ESIAs) on a global stage.

IEMA’s Global Environmental and Social Assessment Group (GESA) established a Young Professionals Working Group to look into solutions to improve access for junior consultants to build the experience and skills necessary to deliver competent environmental and social assessments. The first event – ‘The Future Of ESIA – Enabling Access To Young Professionals’ – will be held in London on 22 September and will include insights from guest speakers on both the consultancy and lender sides of industry and an open panel discussion aimed at addressing limitations for young professionals accessing international experience and the potential options available to resolve this experience gap.

If you are in interested in attending, sign up to IEMA’s GESA Young Professionals Working Group on LinkedIn to find out more and book your place for the event.

If you’re an experienced professional and believe you can offer insight or are willing to give a presentation on international ESIAs, please contact us at GESAYoungProfessionals@gmail.com

Webinar 5 June

Beat Plastic Pollution, If You Can’t Re-use It, Refuse It

A call to action for us to come together to combat one of the great environmental challenges of our time. This day gives us an opportunity to consider how we can make changes in our everyday lives to reduce the heavy burden of plastic pollution on our natural places, our wildlife – and our own health. Join us and make your own pledge to support sustainability.

To book: bit.ly/WED5June

Webinar 21 June

SDG Success: Translating Sustainable Development Goals into Business Opportunities

How do we make sustainable development goals (SDGs) central to our business? That is the question every business should be asking. Join Louise Scott, PwC UK director in global sustainability, who will provide the business case for engaging your organisation in mapping its commitments to sustainability against the SDGs. She will offer practical examples of organisations successfully engaging with this framework, as well as the tools available.

To book: bit.ly/2rtq2Ad

Member News

BRE announces new director of BREEAM

Ethical and sustainable construction champion Dr Shamir Ghumra FIEMA CEnv is to take on a new role at the helm of BREEAM.

Formerly director of sustainable products, Ghumra has a strong background in ethical construction, leading on the development of their global Ethical Labour Standard BES 6002 as a way for organisations to evaluate and eradicate modern slavery from their supply chains.

Ghumra said: “I am very pleased to take on this role. I look forward to meeting and working with our many partners, assessors and international clients as we collectively use BREEAM to build a better world together, benefiting people, businesses and our planet.”

IEMA Fellow nominated at British Ex-Forces in Business Awards

Andrew Whitehorn FIEMA of Workplace Solutions was nominated for a Lifetime Achievement award at the high-profile British Ex-Forces in Business Awards event at the inaugural ceremony held on 17 May in London’s De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms.

The event is the largest-ever celebration of the ex-forces in business community, bringing together top business leaders, companies, military personnel, politicians, journalists and other stakeholders to raise awareness of resettlement issues, encourage the development of ex-forces employment schemes and promote the significant value that military-gained skills can provide to the UK economy if better utilised across the workforce.


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Given the proper investment and resources, the UK’s further education system can play a significant role in improving sustainability, argues Charlotte Bonner

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A group of 12 leading investment consultancy firms, which advise organisations managing around $10trn (£7.3trn) in assets, have launched a new initiative to help deliver net-zero emissions by 2050.

22nd September 2021

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The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has published a new 'Green Claims Code' to ensure businesses are not misleading consumers about their environmental credentials.

22nd September 2021

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The UK government has been “too city-focused” in its climate action and must provide more funding and support to reduce emissions in rural areas, the County Councils Network (CCN) has said.

22nd September 2021

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In 2020, amid the global crisis created by the COVID-19 pandemic, we saw numerous cross-sector collaborations involving tech companies, aiming to create smart solutions that would amplify positive environmental and social impacts across sectors and organisations – for example in online healthcare or mRNA vaccine platform technology. This led the public health crisis to be referred to as “the digital accelerant of the decade” by US cloud communications platform Twilio.

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The UK's largest defined benefit (DB) pension schemes have received a letter from the Make My Money Matter campaign urging them to set net-zero emission targets ahead of the COP26 climate summit later this year.

26th July 2021

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New jobs that help drive the UK towards net-zero emissions are set to offer salaries that are almost one-third higher than those in carbon-intensive industries, research suggests.

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The majority of UK consumers are willing to compromise on online purchases and delivery demands if it creates a more sustainable environment, new research suggests.

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