Race – the topic that can often be the elephant in the room and can become uncomfortable for those participating in the discussion. On the other side of that, it can be emotionally exhausting for those conducting and navigating through these difficult conversations.
Graham Ormondroyd considers the the third pillar of sustainability – the social aspects and what influence does the production of an item, or the provision of a service, have on people’s lives, communities and countries?
If you can remember back to the start of the New Year, the defining issue was clearly set out to be the continuation at an increasing volume and intensity of the environmental debate. Events around the globe were accumulating evidence that supports the calls for an international, globally coordinated response to the ‘climate emergency’. In the last quarter of the year COP26 was to be held in Glasgow (now postponed until 2021), and to many couldn’t come soon enough, the only concerns were around ‘would it go far enough?’
Stuart Patrick, Chair of the Polymer Society responds to the single-use plastics ban in Wales.
Confronted with an onslaught of industry and economic discontinuities, businesses today are compelled to change the way they compete. Leaders face profound choices about which path to take to achieve some level of performance improvement.
There has recently been much discussion regarding climate change, recycling of materials, sustainability and social responsibility. Governments are promising to plant billions of trees per year. Our food packaging cannot be recycled (so why not make packaging that can?). Coal is dirty. Hydrocarbons are polluting the atmosphere. SF6 is more harmful than methane. Unfortunately mining, which always comes in for criticism, is at the top of the hit (or the beating) list.
When I came into my role just over a year ago, I knew already that 2019 would be a big year for IOM3, and so it proved to be. Colin Church discuss his first year as IOM3 CEO.
The circular economy holds the promise of decoupling economic growth from resource consumption and represents an economic opportunity that could unlock an additional €1.8 Trillion of value for business and society by 2030, for Europe alone.
As we approach the end of 2019, our planet faces many challenges that could dictate the fate of our society. To solve these issues, many are looking to scientists and engineers to come up with new technologies and innovations to pave the way for future generations.
Bali was the venue for this year’s Autumn meeting of the World Packaging Organisation, the WPO. Myself and Rachel Bayswater's primary purpose in attending was to deliver the judging session of the 2020 WorldStar awards. There is also an opportunity to network with other global professional and trade bodies with packaging, food science and related technology interests.