Made in Britain highlighted its Green Growth programme at MACH 2022

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Made in Britain hosted a panel discussion last week at the UK’s biggest manufacturing event, MACH 2022, highlighting the practical steps businesses can take to accelerate their progress towards Net Zero. The trade association, which has close to 2,000 members, is supporting companies across the manufacturing sector to do business sustainably. 

The panel, whose topic is ‘Race to Net Zero: Destination or Dream?’, will be made up of Made in Britain members - Peter Dewhurst, commercial director of Dewhurst UK; Shalom Lloyd, founder and managing director of Naturally Tribal Skincare; Lucy Stokes, managing director of Race Furniture; James Standley, managing director of Kensa Heat Pumps - and chaired by Made in Britain CEO, John Pearce.

"Our vision is for every manufacturer to advance their progress on sustainability. We’re enabling businesses to do that through our Green Growth programme, designed specifically for manufacturers. Supporting the programme, our panel discussion at MACH will focus on the unique challenges faced by the manufacturing sector and the concrete steps that companies can take to get started on this crucial journey,” said Made in Britain CEO John Pearce.

The four MACH panellists are among the dozens of Made in Britain members to have entered its Green Growth programme, the organisation’s pioneering environmental initiative built around the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). The nature of manufacturing - with its large energy requirements, reliance on raw materials and its historically high production of waste - means that the sector faces a particularly challenging path to doing business sustainably.

Steve Kenzie, executive director at UN Global Compact Network UK said: “Manufacturing really does have a bigger mountain to climb, especially in looking at scope 3 emissions and zero-waste ambitions. The Green Growth programme at Made in Britain is the right way to focus business leadership on the urgency and complexity around the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), whilst giving the members an opportunity to learn from each other and highlight best practice.” 

At the heart of the Green Growth programme is the Green Growth Assessment, which has been developed exclusively for the manufacturing sector by the Cambridge Judge Business School in collaboration with Made in Britain. The Assessment is made up of seven pillars - Green Growth; Environmental Performance; Social Impact; Customer Engagement; Governance; Made in Britain ecosystem; Miscellaneous - which provide businesses with the clarity over their current activities so that they can identify how to improve. The Green Growth programme provides manufacturers with the practical tools and resources to advance their sustainable business practices.