Promoting sustainability in business: EEEM Research Cluster plays key role in report for Parliament

Members of the Sustainability Committee with the final reportThe final report of the Sustainability Commission, which included major representation from Birmingham Business School's Environment & Energy, Economics and Management Research Cluster, was published by the Industry and Parliament Trust (IPT) in February 2015.

The Commission, launched by the IPT in September 2014, was tasked with exploring how busineses tackle sustainability issues through a series of policy led and case study based briefings, with a view to promoting more sustainable business practices.

The Commission was co-chaired by former Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman MP and Stephen Brammer, Professor of Strategy at Birmingham Business School. In addition to selected MPs, members of the House of Lords and business leaders, the membership also included EEEM Cluster Director Professor Matt Cole. Of the Commission, Professor Brammer said:

The Commission is about an evidence based mind set. People will share their perspectives on various issues around sustainability. It’s about shifting the perspective on sustainability from something we can’t afford to do, to something we can’t afford not to do.

The final report contains named sections from Professor Matthew Cole as well as fellow Business School academics Vivek Soundararajan and Layla Branicki. The report will provide a framework for industry to foster a more sustainable approach to business and serve as a guide of best practice that can help the UK Parliament, future governments and other business understand and adopt more sustainable business models.