Sustainability at Eshcon
Of course Eshcon is committed to the wider principals of sustainability. Here are some of the other projects, charity and business work that I am involved in.
My Charity Support
A charity close to my heart is Cancer Research. In addition to regular donations, I have also run the Race for Life, a 5km charity run; this is in memory of my dad Brian Ledwith. He hated being defined by the cancer and outlived his prognosis by 10 years! I was proud of my achievement on the run, and also for the financial contribution to an excellent and worthy charity.
I am also a volunteer with the Sussex Community Foundation. The SCF raises funds for and makes grants available to local charities and community groups across East and West Sussex.
We manage funds of money on behalf of Sussex donors, connecting them to the groups and communities they want to support. Since 2006, we’ve given almost 4,000 grants, totalling over £11 million to more than 2,000 charities and community groups.
I support the SCF during the quarterly grants applications process and also attend funding and promotional events. Find out more about the SCF here.
Promoting Economic, Environmental & Business Development
After serving on the Executive Board, I have been appointed Chairman of Gatwick Diamond Business. GDB is the most influential business organisation in the Gatwick Diamond region which, extending from Brighton to Croydon, is home to 45,000 companies. It’s now all about strategy, budgets, promoting GDB & leadership.
Established 60 years ago, GDB is the leading voice for business and commerce in the region. For more than simply networking, it encourages growth, skills improvement and provides a united voice to influence Local and Central Government issues. Why not join the GDB to benefit your business? More info here or ask me about it.
I was pleased to be invited to join the West Sussex Environment & Climate Change Board, on the Business-to-Business Group. We developed a Resilience Manual for businesses, to help them prepare for the impacts, threats and indeed opportunities, of climate change; also presented a Waste Forum, with a focus on business waste: compliance, minimisation and the circular economy.
I am also involved as a judge in a number of business awards schemes. Nationally for nearly 10 years I have judged the ever-expanding Environment & Energy Awards, taking place during the popular edieLive exhibition, & now the prestigious Sustainable Leaders Awards. On a regional basis, I support & judge the Gatwick Diamond Business Awards.
As an alumna of the University of Sussex I was happy to help when they approached me to join their Student Mentoring Programme. Run by the School of Business, Management and Economics, it links students with local business people to help them develop their career & life goals. I find it useful myself too, and very rewarding.
I am a partner of UK Stakeholders for Sustainable Development. UKSSD’s mission is to inspire, influence and inform people, communities and organisations to transform the UK into a sustainable society. My role is to engage with the business community.
I am the Vice-Chair of the Sussex & Surrey region for IEMA – the Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment. The aim is to share good environmental practice, help develop professionals in their skills & experience, plus raise the profile of our industry in the wider business community. We arrange multiple events, from monthly socials at the pub to formal conferences.
Eshcon is of course committed to managing its environmental impacts (both negative and numerous positive ones). Click here for a copy of the environmental policy.