Eco Networking for Businesses

Jul 06 2020 09:30 - 11:30

Oakes Barn, St Andrew's St South, IP33 3PH Bury Saint Edmunds

Come and join us for a morning of connection as we explore different themes around sustainability and becoming more environmentally friendly. 

Each session will have a different theme and a guest speaker to deliver a brief talk or presentation to the group. There will be time for focused discussion around the topic as well as more general networking opportunities. 

We are working in collaboration with Our Bury St Edmunds, Happy Food Coop, Sustainable Bury, Happy Planet Heroes and West Suffolk Council to encourage our community to look after our environment and to connect with one another to share knowledge and ideas.

These sessions will be free with limited spaces available. We will have a retiring donation at the end of each session to go towards West Suffolk Hive CIC, a community interest company based in Bury St Edmunds, which will help fund the biannual Green Fair in Bury. We also ask that you purchase teas and coffees from Oakes Barn and do not bring your own refreshments along. 

We hope to host these networking mornings every other month and hope that you will join us for as many as you can. 

This session will introduce "Hero Employer", with the founder, Richard Hallewell as our guest speaker. 

"The rapid progress towards disclosure of the truly existential nature of the Climate & Biodiversity Emergency has been largely due to the efforts of activist groups like School Strike for Climate and Extinction Rebellion.
Sadly, though, many people who would wish to join and support these movements are fearful to do so because they are afraid of consequences at work or on their school attendance records.
Hero Employer is a community of employers (& schools) who will Declare their support for employees who wish to participate in these movements.

To be an Hero Employer, means signing up to this Declaration:
We support the courage of Climate and Biodiversity activists working in peaceful movements such as Extinction Rebellion and Global (and School) Strike for Climate. We therefore pledge that there will be no negativeimpact in the workplace, or recruitment, arising from participation in these movements. On the contrary, any such participation will be viewed in a positive light as it reflects the Environmental stance of this organisation as well as the individual’s strength of character to stand up for what is right despite the sacrifices that it requires."

Together, we can make Bury St Edmunds a greener community, and an example to the rest of the county.