Intended to start a social justice fire, our programme of training, knowledge exchange and networking, delivered in partnership by Consort Strategy and the Institute of Association Leadership, is designed to equip organisations with the expertise for supporting delivery of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals.
To mark the fifth anniversary of the Paris Agreement, Consort Strategy in partnership with the Institute of Association Leadership, are proud to launch IGNITE: a social purpose training and knowledge exchange programme, the focus of which is to explore and iterate the pivotal role that professional associations, membership bodies, learned societies, and professional institutes can play in advancing the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.
In 2015 the International Chamber of Commerce and UN Global Impact published a report on the contributions that business associations and sector initiatives can make to global sustainable development. Arguably, in the five years since publication this report, the association sector has not yet realised its potential and yet, as you know the imperatives to tackle climate change, sustainable development, and social justice are increasingly urgent. Given the reach and influence that business associations can wield in terms of enhancing business policy, education and practice, we recognise our role in providing them with pragmatic and realistic ideas and solutions so that they in turn can support their members and fulfil their potential as societal catalysts for change.
We will be delivering a 12-month programme, commencing in January 2021 which will consist of:
We are excited to launch our FREE, monthly Masterclass Programme!
We're starting a social justice fire and want to ignite inspiration and collaboration across our sector.
We know that associations around the world are making their difference in socially responsible practice and initiatives and therefore the focus of our Masterclass Programme is to promote associations' success stories in realising social responsibility and delivering sustainable development.
We would love for you to join us and showcase what your association is doing to make a difference. Contact us to request a spot in our monthly programme and help us to start a social justice fire!
WEDNESDAY 24TH FEBRUARY 2021 | 3.30PM - 4.30PM
Our next instalment in the IGNITE Masterclass Programme will be delivered by Gwyn Jones, Director at the Association of Sustainability Practitioners (ASP). In his talk Gwyn will provide a context for "sustainability" and the way in which new thinking is required to create a world where we can live in harmony and balance with nature. He believes that business is a powerful ally that must be harnessed in the form of social enterprise to create a world in which enterprise serves society. This means the roles of social entrepreneurs and social enterprise are key to this shift.
Director, Association of Sustainability Practitioners (ASP)
DELIVERED ON 25TH JANUARY 2021
As we face a global climate emergency, associations have an environmental and moral responsibility to help advance the world to a circular economy. This masterclass, the first in our monthly programme, will showcase how The Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) created a “circular” office and will discuss easy, practical steps which your organisation can deploy to help your transition to a circular economy.
Chair of the Institute of Association Leadership (IAL)
CEO, Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM)
Be a part of our global policy think tank and join sustainability and association leaders from around the world in progressing the role of associations in driving the UN SDGs through international collaboration and thought leadership.
As our listeners know by now, at Association Transformation, we love nothing more than investigating what associations are doing to advance their social responsibility and their members' social responsibility. We genuinely believe that membership organisations have the power and the reach to make a positive difference in the world. Jeffers Miruka, founder and President at the African Society of Association Executives and the CEO of the African Association of Agricultural Economists, takes us on a personal journey through his experience of poverty through to being one of the most impressive association heavyweights we have had the pleasure of knowing. Jeffers discusses how his experiences have influenced the practices he instills in the associations he heads and is involved in. You won't want to miss this inspirational episode.
The term 'sustainability' is ubiquitous. We try to shop and consume sustainably to ensure a sustainable future. Advocacy groups, local governments and the United Nations promote sustainable development for a more stable world. Investors and young employees are putting intense value on analysing a corporation's sustainability practices. Corporations are therefore making pledges to become "net-zero" by the 2040s and are cracking down on sustainability strategies and practices just to survive. As the world evolves the value of sustainability is growing exponentially. But what does being successfully sustainable actually look like? This is the question Andrew explores with net-zero specialist Kevin Couling. Project Director at Hoare Lea, Kevin has worked in sustainable development for many years. Together they discuss what successful sustainability looks like in practice, not just in theory.
This week, Andrew and Elisa are joined by Richard Collins of CSR-Accreditation to discuss what associations can do to address their social responsibility and help their members do the same. Together, they delve into what social responsibility means in the context of associations and non-profits, what creating a standard of social responsibility actually looks like, and how associations and their members can realise these standards and achieve accreditation.