Resource Futures releases Impact Report for 2020-21

3 June 2021

The yearly report is part of an ongoing commitment to the B Corp movement to report on the impact of the business’ environmental and social performance; it is the second Impact Report released by Resource Futures.

Resource Futures has been a member of B Corp – a global community of businesses striving to do good in the world – for five years. Certified in 2016, Resource Futures’ B Impact Score of 117.6 is one of the highest scores given to sustainability consultancies in the UK.

The report highlights how, despite the Covid-19 pandemic, Resource Futures prevailed in generating impact across the organisation and its seven workstreams – Behaviour Change, Circular Economy, Community Impact, Evidence, Global Policy, UK Policy and Waste Services Optimisation – to make a positive difference to the environment and society, with a particular focus on tackling waste and building a more resource efficient, sustainable world.

“Last year – once we had ensured the wellbeing of our people and their ability to work safely and effectively from home – we took a moment to pause and consider how we could be best placed to deliver our vision, focusing on our areas of expertise and our potential for impact, individually and as a whole.

“We are very proud and thankful for the way our people adapted to the challenging year and continued the positive work they are doing for businesses, local authorities, governments and communities.”

Sam Reeve, CEO at Resource Futures

Impact figures are wide reaching and vary from supporting 12 businesses of different sizes to explore how to embed circularity at an organisational level, to supporting 11 local authorities with options appraisals that collectively identified 17,000 tonnes of carbon saved: equivalent to carbon emissions from almost 49 million road miles by car.

Examples of projects delivering impact in 2020-21 include:

  • Developing an Individual, Social and Material (ISM) workshop to work out the behavioural levers for influencing employee behaviours around food waste in the home.
  • Supporting six public bodies to embed reuse and recycled content within their procurement processes which will help create a framework.
  • Working with Community Action Groups (CAG) in Devon to quadruple the volume of waste prevented and (almost) quadruple the carbon emissions avoided through the groups’ activities.
  • Introducing handheld Near InfraRed (NIR) analyser technology and a rapid onsite identification method to identify plastic polymers, offering new levels of granularity to composition studies.
  • Addressing e-waste management challenges faced by informal e-waste dismantlers in Delhi, India, by adapting the co-working concept to design a socially inclusive workspace.
  • Supporting UK Governments to understand what can be done to improve waste management and reduce marine litter.
  • Working with national organisations to assess UK Policy implications including the impact of a deposit return scheme (DRS) on existing recycling behaviours.

Read the Resource Futures Impact Report for 2020-21.

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