Regional seminars drive home the business case for sustainability

13 March 2002 #SMMT News

Companies in the automotive supply chain are being offered

the chance to participate in a series of regional seminars to find out how they

can benefit from adopting sustainable business strategies.

The free seminars will be held in April and are part of a

DTI-funded programme aimed at presenting the business case for sustainability.

This includes advice on how to start addressing sustainability issues by implementing

practical measures into every day operations.

The seminars will bring together companies from across the

sector and experts will be on hand to provide advice across a range of environmental,

economic and social issues. Companies will learn how they can cut costs through

waste reduction and introduce measures to increase energy efficiency. They will

also have the chance to discuss themes like funding and economic implications

with representatives of SMMT, Industry Forum, DTI, Envirowise and the Energy

Efficiency Best Practice Programme.

SMMT chief executive Christopher Macgowan said, ‘This is a

key opportunity for companies in the automotive supply chain to learn how making

sustainability a part of mainstream strategies can help grow their business.

Sustainability makes business sense and SMMT is working with the government

to help our industry make this a reality.’

The following dates and locations have been set in April:

  • Coventry – Wednesday 24 April, hosted by Jaguar Cars, Coventry
  • Lancashire – Thursday 25 April, hosted by Volex Wiring Systems,

  • Oxford – Tuesday 30 April, hosted by BMW Group, Oxford

More details are available from the SMMT Sustainability Unit

on 0207 344 9200 or by E-Mail

Notes to editors:

  1. The automotive Sustainability Strategy was launched by the

    SMMT in March 2000 with 11 major companies, employing more than 95,000 people

    and with a combined annual turnover of over £20,000 million, as founding signatories.

    The first Annual Report provided detailed information and assessment of the

    industry’s performance in three key areas; environmental, social and economic.

  2. The second Annual Sustainability Report, published in 2001,

    increased its coverage with 18 major companies reporting across 44 sites in

    the UK. The report now reflects a total sector turnover of £45 billion with

    exports totalling £19.8 billion. Copies can be downloaded from (this website).

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