Sustainability Working Group

The Thames Valley is one of the UK’s most successful, prominent regions. It is an IP-rich community that has helped drive one of the UK’s most productive economic regions. We, the business community, should do all we can to help protect the constituent parts and the economic and social fabric that has seen the region flourish. Through promoting best practice, showcasing, actions and leadership, we can support wider Government priorities across levelling-up and carbon neutral agendas.

At the September 2021 Windsor Debates, the Chamber announced the launch of the Thames Valley Sustainability Working Group (SWG), in partnership with EY. This will be a business-led roundtable focused on the theme of sustainability, climate change and net-zero.

  • The purpose is to bring businesses and their thought leaders together. This will help shape a Thames Valley response to the challenges presented by sustainability, climate change and our ‘race to zero’.
  • The ambition is to develop and deliver a common, aligned framework of action. This will focus on sustainability for long-term societal benefit, to which our business leaders are committed.
  • The objective is to establish a consistent, comparable set of metrics. This will enable the business community to demonstrate the progress being made on sustainability and its contribution to the SDG’s.

Addressing climate change can create many opportunities in every business sector, with a sustained advantage for early adopters. The Thames Valley region is represented by a full spectrum of business. The region includes some of the world’s most famous global brands as well as sector specialists, high growth SMEs and University spinouts. All have rapidly changing perspectives on how to do business. They are all innovators and industry leading.

This is also our ‘call to action’ for you to help shape the future sustainable direction of the Thames Valley and be one of the region’s leaders.

Find out more about the Sustainability Working Group by contacting Hebe Meredith.


SWG Steering Group Meeting

Held on Wednesday, 19th January, 15:00-17:30

Invitation only 

Sustainability Working Group

Held on Wednesday, 30th March, 14:00-16:00

Chair: Richard Baker – Managing Partner, Thames Valley and South East, EY

Inaugural (virtual) Launch Event

The Thames Valley Sustainability Working Group (SWG) launch event on Tuesday, 16th November 2021 successfully established the appetite and ambition of the region’s business community to collectively take active steps to respond to the challenges of sustainability, climate change and net-zero.

Keynote speaker, Professor Mark Fellowes – Pro-Vice Chancellor (Academic Planning & Resource), University of Reading, outlined the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), highlighting those which are particularly relevant to our business community and those which businesses should look to adopt. Professor Fellowes also highlighted the impact of disengaged businesses commenting on what the key messages to those companies should be and how the collective business community can engage those who don’t see climate change as ‘their’ issue, before emphasising the benefits of collaboration, indicating how businesses in the region can do better collectively.