The Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association (CHSA) has formally launched its Roadmap to Sustainability, announcing the first webinar – ‘Sustainability and the Cleaning Industry’.
Explaining the Roadmap to Sustainability, CHSA Chair, Lorcan Mekitarian said: “Sustainability is one of the biggest issues facing our sector and it is one of the most complex. Identifying the best way forward and making the right environmentally and ethically sustainable choices is challenging. It’s particularly tough when set in the context of day-to-day commercial pressures and the current huge escalation in the cost of energy. Our Roadmap to Sustainability is designed to help members move in the right direction, whatever their starting position.”
Jo Fairly, Co-founder of luxury, ethical chocolate brand, Green & Black’s will be the keynote speaker at the CHSA’s introductory webinar – ‘Sustainability and the Cleaning Industry’. Fairly will share her experience of developing an ethical brand.
She will be followed by a panel of experts from within the industry, who will answer delegates’ questions. The panel will comprise: Jo Pybus, Sustainability and Public Affairs Manager for the UK & ROI at Essity; Vikki Morris, Environment and Sustainability Manager for Evans Vanodine International PLC; Amy Carter, Sustainability Activation Manager of Kimberly-Clark Professional UK & Ireland; and Tony Nawar, Vice President, Berry BPI, Sustainability, Strategy and Innovation.
The CHSA’s Roadmap to Sustainability offers value by:
- Informing and educating members on the sustainability agenda and associated issues;
- Providing members with a strategic way forward for developing their approach to sustainability; and
- Helping the membership align on sustainability and so drive the industry forward.
It has been built on five key pillars:
- Product: as it is received, used and disposed of by the end user.
- Packaging: all the packaging of a product, throughout the supply chain.
- Transportation: encompassing the movement of raw materials and delivery to the end user.
- Social values: including mental wellbeing, personal development, community involvement and the overall ethical approach of the business, which includes sourcing from ethically and environmental sustainability suppliers.
- Corporate environmental impact covering waste, emissions and water.
Mekitarian concluded: “Sustainability is a big and complex challenge facing our industry. There is no quick and easy solution. Our Roadmap to Sustainability is a practical approach that will give our members and the wider industry the information and insights they need to move towards a sustainable future.”