Bold Visions: Corporate Sustainability That Takes A Big Step Forward

Monday 24 November 2014

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Developing a sustainability vision that goes beyond incremental change is an on-going challenge for many businesses. On Monday 24th November, BERN in association with leading sustainability consultancy Morphosis, presented a special lunch-time symposium into vision building from two companies at the forefront of corporate sustainability.

Grosvenor Group and Mirvac are leading property groups, from Britain and Australia respectively, that have launched new sustainability visions which could well be considered bolder and more ambitious than most of their peers.

Grosvenor is privately owned with $21 Billion of assets on four continents, including ownership of the famous London suburbs of Mayfair and Belgravia. Kate Brown, Grosvenor’s Group Director of Sustainability provided a fascinating overview of this company’s focus on a broad range of sustainability objectives including recent work on designing resilient cities based around vulnerability and adaptive capacity. This includes a focus on climate, environment, resource usage, infrastructure, and community. Grosvenor’s ‘Living Cities’ vision sees them playing a leading role in helping to shape the long-term sustainability of cities around the world

Following Kate’s presentation, Paul Edwards, Mirvac’s Group General Manager Sustainability, outlined the background to his company’s sustainability strategy. Mirvac is one of Australia’s major property brands, an ASX 50 company with $9.2 Billion of assets. Mirvac’s sustainability strategy ‘This Changes Everything’ sets goals which challenge and stretch thinking and practices in all areas of property, including ambitious goals such as being net positive in energy and water usage by 2030.

These presentations kicked off an interesting Q&A session from an audience of leading sustainability practitioners from a broad range of industry sectors.

BERN would like to thank Kate, Paul and Simon for outlining how leading companies are engaging with the significant environmental and social challenges we now face as resource use and climate change place increasing constraints on business as usual.