With Bridget Jackson, PwC
As a professional services firm, you might expect PwC to be one of the last companies to think about the circular economy. Yet, over the past 10 years, the firm has systematically applied the principles to its business. Starting with better waste management,
PwC has established best-in-class end-of-life treatment for countless material streams, and is now using its purchasing power to support products designed for circularity. It's a story that has inspired BITC to create a Circular Office programme, with c. 75 companies now signed up to follow suit.
This session shares the journey PwC has been on, together with a wealth of practical tips, data and insight to help you start or accelerate your own transition to a circular economy.
Bridget is Director of Corporate Sustainability at PwC UK with responsibility for the firm’s internal corporate sustainability strategy, on behalf of the Board.
Bridget has led an extensive programme to apply the principles of the circular economy to PwC’s business. Creating Let’s Talk Rubbish – a campaign to encourage employees to segregate their waste correctly – helping the firm achieve zero waste to landfill, each year since 2012. More recently, the firm’s Going Circular approach has encompassed setting up remanufacturing, reuse and recycling solutions for its IT waste, old uniforms, unwanted furniture and food waste, as well as establishing ‘circular procurement’ processes.
Bridget has shared its experience of this - as well as its efforts to create circular buildings, drive circular procurement, encourage circular lifestyles and support circular start-ups – in an extensive Lessons Learned report packed full of practical tips to help others ‘go circular’ more quickly. (www.pwc.co.uk/goingcircular)