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UK’s founding B Corporations: Be Inspired Films



Forward thinking organisations across business and society are doing amazing things to make a positive difference in the lives of millions around the world. The challenge is – how to capture the emotion and impact of this work in a way that inspires people at scale?

UK founding B Corporation Be Inspired Films brings those stories to life, inspiring new business and support, to help make an ongoing difference. They tell stories that matter because that’s what inspires them. Whether it is a broadcast quality film or animation for TV or online or you want to train some of your staff to create good quality everyday videos throughout the year, Be Inspired are there to help.

In 140-characters or less what does being a B Corporation mean for your organisation?

It truly represents us – a for profit business that exists to be a force for good in the world. Super excited to be a part of the community!

What were the biggest internal barriers to achieving B Corp accreditation?

1. Setting aside the time, as a small business, was a big challenge. 2. Formalising many of the things we were already doing or party doing informally. 3. The process required creating new documents and policies but also a great deal of thinking and consideration.

Will it change how you do business and/or who you do business with?

We were already very ethical in terms of who we work with. It won’t change who we do business with, but it will positively change some aspects of how we do business particularly in the following areas: Supply chain, Environmental awareness and practice and  Staff development.

There are 3,571,105 companies in the UK and 61 B Corps – how do we reach the point where every company in the UK is B Corp-ready?

Sharing more positive stories of businesses who are doing great things in any of the areas the B Corp assessment looks at.

Encouraging more businesses and start-ups to do the B Corp assessment as part of any business support training or growth training so that they can see where they are at and start to build in awareness into their development and try to improve towards a higher score.

Sharing B Corp success stories that demonstrate tangible improvements in growth, profitability, customer and staff satisfaction as a result of being a B Corp.

Is corporate action commensurate with the environmental and social challenges we face, and responsibilities we have, as a one the world’s leading economies?

Many of the things that B Corp measures you against, if done at scale, are definitely a move in the right direction in terms of addressing the social and environmental challenges we face.

Further work could potentially be done at addressing systemic issues to accelerate or create a step-change in the progress that is needed to really tackle these issues with force.

Any other comments?

We are really, really proud to be one of the founding members of B Corp in the UK and to be noted amongst so many great organisations committed to making a difference through business. We look forward to working together with other B Corps and many organisations across all the different sectors to driving forward this positive movement of change.

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A Good Look At How Homes Will Become More Energy Efficient Soon




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Everyone always talks about ways they can save energy at home, but the tactics are old school. They’re only tweaking the way they do things at the moment. Sealing holes in your home isn’t exactly the next scientific breakthrough we’ve been waiting for.

There is some good news because technology is progressing quickly. Some tactics might not be brand new, but they’re becoming more popular. Here are a few things you should expect to see in homes all around the country within a few years.

1. The Rise Of Smart Windows

When you look at a window right now it’s just a pane of glass. In the future they’ll be controlled by microprocessors and sensors. They’ll change depending on the specific weather conditions directly outside.

If the sun disappears the shade will automatically adjust to let in more light. The exact opposite will happen when it’s sunny. These energy efficient windows will save everyone a huge amount of money.

2. A Better Way To Cool Roofs

If you wanted to cool a roof down today you would coat it with a material full of specialized pigments. This would allow roofs to deflect the sun and they’d absorb less heat in the process too.

Soon we’ll see the same thing being done, but it will be four times more effective. Roofs will never get too hot again. Anyone with a large roof is going to see a sharp decrease in their energy bills.

3. Low-E Windows Taking Over

It’s a mystery why these aren’t already extremely popular, but things are starting to change. Read low-E window replacement reviews and you’ll see everyone loves them because they’re extremely effective.

They’ll keep heat outside in summer or inside in winter. People don’t even have to buy new windows to enjoy the technology. All they’ll need is a low-E film to place over their current ones.

4. Magnets Will Cool Fridges

Refrigerators haven’t changed much in a very long time. They’re still using a vapor compression process that wastes energy while harming the environment. It won’t be long until they’ll be cooled using magnets instead.

The magnetocaloric effect is going to revolutionize cold food storage. The fluid these fridges are going to use will be water-based, which means the environment can rest easy and energy bills will drop.

5. Improving Our Current LEDs

Everyone who spent a lot of money on energy must have been very happy when LEDs became mainstream. Incandescent light bulbs belong in museums today because the new tech cut costs by up to 85 percent.

That doesn’t mean someone isn’t always trying to improve on an already great invention. The amount of lumens LEDs produce per watt isn’t great, but we’ve already found a way to increase it by 25 percent.

Maybe Homes Will Look Different Too

Do you think we’ll come up with new styles of homes that will take off? Surely it’s not out of the question. Everything inside homes seems to be changing for the better with each passing year. It’s going to continue doing so thanks to amazing inventors.

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IEMA Urge Government’s Industrial Strategy Skills Overhaul To Adopt A “Long View Approach”



IEMA, in response to the launch of the Government’s Industrial Strategy Green Paper, have welcomed the focus on technical skills and education to boost “competence and capability” of tomorrow’s workforce.

Policy experts at the world’s leading professional association of Environment and Sustainability professionals has today welcomed Prime Minister Teresa May’s confirmation that an overhaul of technical education and skills will form a central part of the Plan for Britain – but warns the strategy must be one for the long term.

Martin Baxter, Chief Policy Advisor at IEMA said this morning that the approach and predicted investment in building a stronger technical skills portfolio to boost the UK’s productivity and economic resilience is positive, and presents an opportunity to drive the UK’s skills profile and commitment to sustainability outside of the EU.

Commenting on the launch of the Government’s Industrial Strategy Green Paper, Baxter said today:

“Government must use the Industrial Strategy as an opportunity to accelerate the UK’s transition to a low-carbon, resource efficient economy – one that is flexible and agile and which gives a progressive outlook for the UK’s future outside the EU.

We welcome the focus on skills and education, as it is vital that tomorrow’s workforce has the competence and capability to innovate and compete globally in high-value manufacturing and leading technology.

There is a real opportunity with the Industrial Strategy, and forthcoming 25 year Environment Plan and Carbon Emissions Reduction Plan, to set long-term economic and environmental outcomes which set the conditions to unlock investment, enhance natural capital and provide employment and export opportunities for UK business.

We will ensure that the Environment and Sustainability profession makes a positive contribution in responding to the Green Paper.”

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