Cynnal Cymru 2017 Highlights
As we approach the end of the year we wanted to take this opportunity to look back on some of the amazing achievements of 2017. We have been lucky enough to work with so many passionate and dedicated people from a wide range of businesses and organisations across Wales, and here are just a few of the highlights from the last 12 months:
Be bold, Be Innovative and Have Fun!
In April we hosted our second Sustain Wales Summit and were wowed by the amazing speakers and organisations that are proof that innovative approaches, products and new business models are really making a difference to business, our communities and our environment in Wales.We were particularly inspired by keynote speaker, host architect, entrepreneur and first elected Mayor of Bristol, George Ferguson CBE, who spoke of the need ‘to be bold, be innovative and have fun!’
Future Car Wales
Building on the success of Future Card:Diff event, where we brought together leading businesses, academics and industry experts including Cardiff Council, Cardiff University, Arup, Chargemaster, Jacobs, Tesla, Drive Electric and PDR. We will continue to take forward this agenda on the future of the car and personal mobility – exploring the challenges and opportunities in reducing congestion, improving air quality and becoming a less car-dependent society.
We launched our new Premium Membership package supporting leading organisations like Bridged College, Brecon Carreg, Orangebox, Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water and Principality Stadium in their goal to drive forward the sustainable agenda in Wales and beyond.
Innovation in Procurement
We helped to convene two shared learning events on sustainable procurement with our members, including the ‘Innovation in Sustainable Procurement’. We heard how Orangebox are shifting to a circular economy model, how Public Health Wales are applying the principles of the Well-being Act to the procurement process and how Melin Homes are adding value by applying a human centred approach.
Low Carbon Summer School Success
In August we welcomed 25 staff and students from the North China University of Art and Technology for our second Low Carbon Summer School. The students attended a range of lectures and site visits as part of a sustainability study programme where they developed concepts and ideas for a ‘House for the Future’ project which they presented at the end of the trip.
Carbon Literacy in the Workplace
This year we became the first organisation in Wales to offer certified Carbon Literacy training in our sector. With a focus on understanding the causes and consequences of climate change this one day course is designed to help organisations and their teams make better decisions and business choices. Our first clients were been Public Health Wales who are developing a comprehensive decarbonisation strategy. We will be celebrating their work in January as our first Carbon Literacy “students” receive their certificates for successfully completing the training.
Sustain Wales Awards 2017
In November we held the third Sustain Wales Awards, celebrating the 27 Winners and Finalists championing sustainability in Wales.The Awards are a fantastic way to hear about all the amazing projects and collaborations that are happening across Wales as well as raising the profile of the people and organisations making it happen.
Living Wage for Wales
In October 2016 Cynnal Cymru became the official accreditation body for the Living Wage in Wales. In July Capital Law was announced as the 100th Living Wage accredited employer in Wales and since October last year, the number of accredited Living Wage employers has increased from 80 to 122. During Living Wage Week in Wales the First Minister announced the new Living Wage rates of £8.75 an hour across the UK and £10.20 an hour in London. The Living Wage in Wales has to date guaranteed a Living Wage to 35,452 workers and raised the wages of 5933 people and put £15,117,264 back in to the pockets of low-paid workers in Wales. Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA) announced as the first Living Wage Friendly Funder in Wales which will ensure that organisations who benefit from their funding will pay their staff the real Living Wage. Cardiff Council were awarded the Living Wage Champion Award for their work in helping businesses in Cardiff to pay the Living Wage with the aim of becoming the first Living Wage City. We were also pleased to welcome our first Living Wage Town Council in Wales and first Living Wage brewery this year. We look forward to helping more organisations in 2018 become accredited Living Wage employers.
Cynnal Connects, Consults & Collaborates
This year the Cynnal Cymru team are really proud to have won a number of new and exciting contracts with Dŵr Cymru, Cardiff Council and Principality Stadium. We are also the new secretariat for the Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water Customer Challenge Group and the Low Carbon Research Institute LCRI and 2018 is shaping up to be a promising year for sustainability with lots of new projects and partnerships to be announced in the New Year.