Birmingham Uni joins forces to launch new sustainability initiative

The university has partnered with MPs, senior business people and academics to announce the Industry and Parliament Trust (IPT) Sustainability Commission.

The programme will be a new series of events exploring how businesses approach sustainability issues and what can be done to promote more sustainable business practices.

Announced in parliament on September 9, it was organised by the IPT and the University of Birmingham Environment & Energy, Economics & Management Cluster; the commission will meet for six evidence sessions, before a report is published in February 2015, outlining the Sustainability Commission’s findings.

The MPs involved include Joan Walley MP, Adrian Bailey MP, Jeremy Lefroy MP and Lord Whitty, who span the different parties.

Joan Walley MP, chair of the Environmental Audit Committee said: “The Industry and Parliament Trust Sustainability Commission provides an important platform for politicians, leaders from across business sectors and academics to share knowledge, best practice and seek common goals, developing a roadmap for sustainability that educates legislators and businesses of all sizes. As Chair of the Environmental Audit Select Committee I am keen to see sustainability rise up the agenda for politicians and business people.”

Stephen Brammer, professor of strategy at the University of Birmingham added: “The commission is about an evidence based mind set. People will share their perspectives on various issues around sustainability. It’s about shifting the perspective on sustainability from something we can’t afford to do, to something we can’t afford not to do.”