Local firms who want to make an environmental difference will share ideas
Local businesses who are serious about taking action on the climate emergency gathered in Morden Hall Park to support the launch of Merton’s Business Network for Climate Action.
Organised by Merton Chamber of Commerce, who specialise in business connections and events, and Sustainable Merton, who specialise in all things environmental, the aim of the Network is to connect businesses who want to make a difference, to share their experiences and challenges and hear about useful resources, services and products to help them on their journey.
The event was sponsored by Wimbledon Centre Court Shopping as part of their year to celebrate social and environmental commitments. Centre Manager, Simon Plumb, explained that steps have already been taken to make the Centre more eco efficient and that activities will go on throughout the year to take their climate emergency actions forward.
33% of all emissions in the borough come from businesses and in a recent survey Merton Council found that over 50% of businesses who responded to the survey said they felt responsible for climate change and could make a difference.
Diana Sterck, speaking on behalf of Merton Chamber of Commerce and Sustainable Merton, said “The Climate Crisis is a responsibility for all of us and required business leadership and detailed action. We are asking businesses to join our Network, become Business Champions and share their sustainability stories with us.”
At the event local businesses (representatives are pictured above) shared where they are on their journey.
Examples included Time & Leisure holding plastic free Tuesdays; Kindred installing beehives on their office roof with 18,000 bees and honey produced; Positive Images launching their Positive Planet campaign and Wimbledon School of English introducing bamboo cups for all their students to use.
Business signing up to the Network and sharing their sustainability story will receive recognition through a certificate and an on-line logo. Any business interested in joining should contact Merton Chamber of Commerce on 020 8944 5501, firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.mertonchamber.co.uk/resources/sme/climate-action-group.
January 17, 2020