May 262012

Last year CLASP offered funding support awards to 7 local authority led projects that were judged to be both innovative and potentially useful to a range of authorities outside the main applicant.

All the outputs from 4 of those projects are now online, and the others will follow shortly.  I’ve attached short summaries of these 4 projects which include links to the full resources.  We hope you’ll find these interesting.  All materials are available for public sector organisations to adapt.  Full links and contact details are in the summaries.

You can find out about all the projects that were selected last year, and download the 2012/13 application information at:

 The summaries attached include:

 Low Carbon & Adaptation Indicators

Sefton Council (on behalf of Liverpool City Region)

Developing a usable set of baseline environmental (low carbon and adaptation) indicators that can provide straightforward, innovative, effective and flexible monitoring and benchmarking at a number of different spatial levels. LCR Indicators Summary

 Renewable Deployment and District Targets

Lancashire County Council (on behalf of Lancashire sub-region)

Taking forward the deployment of renewables, working with each authority to identify renewable energy targets to help inform the preparation of Local Development Plans. Lancs Renewable Deployment Summary

Biomass Heating System Specification Guidance

Cheshire West & Chester Council & Liverpool City Region

Working through Mersey Forest to produce handy guidance on biomass heating systems to assist public sector authorities, specifiers and operators. Biomass Spec Summary

Improving Emissions Inventories and Reporting

Manchester City Council

Developing emission data and analysis tools for carbon performance management across the Greater Manchester authorities.   MCC Emissions Metrics Summary

Mar 182012
Project Responsibility Northwest (Phase 2)
Partner Sustainability Northwest (to September 2007) then ENWORKS lead completion
Lifetime 2005 – 2008
Funding NWDA / ERDF / other public and private £2.5m
The project objective was to broaden and embed corporate responsibility (CR) within the Northwest region and to integrate CR closely with regional competitiveness. The project’s vision was to create an internationally recognised region where businesses work to deliver sustainable development. The Responsibility Northwest Phase 2 project had four main aims:

  1. To strengthen the link between CR and improved competitiveness of Northwest-based businesses
  2. To substantially increase the numbers of businesses actively integrating CR in their businesses
  3. To substantially increase the number of existing business networks/fora and intermediaries that are providing CR support and advice to Northwest-based businesses
  4. To provide a stage to celebrate the Northwest as a leading international region for CR
Outputs 1,400 business assisted Businesses Assisted with Corporate Social Responsibility 1,36180 jobs created / safeguardedOther outputs included delivery of CR Masterclasses, events and conferences
Lessons learned
  • There is a need for guidance in setting up procedures for projects such as this especially for organisations that don’t have much experience of managing such large projects, e.g. the budget tables used were not sufficiently clear. Time needs to be allocated at the beginning of a project to set systems up before delivery starts
  • Need to be realistic in setting project targets, try not to be too ambitious. There need to be fewer output targets and also set outcome targets, although need to recognise that longer timescales than those available within a relatively short project are required to monitor some outcome measures. Also need to set indicators specifically to measure success against objectives
  • The range of experience, contacts and approaches brought to the project by the various project partners was valuable. More could have been made of the complementary approaches, instead of partners working in isolation on certain elements of work
  • Use the right language. Rather than approaching businesses with the offer to provide ‘corporate responsibility support’, talk to them about ‘business risks and opportunities’. Talking about corporate responsibility can be off-putting for SMEs as they tend to associate it with larger businesses
  • Work with existing business networks to engage businesses in a context that they are familiar with, and to reach a wide range of businesses beyond those that are already interested in responsible business. Building relationships and fostering a shared understanding with businesses and business support organisations takes more time than might be expected
  • When businesses have longer planning horizons, consideration of responsible business tends to make more economic sense
  • On-going support over a period of time is needed to embed new ways of doing business
Future outlook Whilst the project achieved the majority of its original objectives, continued activity to support businesses, business collaborations and business support organisations in the region to address responsible business, building on project learning points will help to ensure on-going benefits. Measurement of benefits will enable them to be better demonstrated.Embedding of the pilot ‘Responsible Competitiveness’ index at a regional level as a means of measuring regional competitiveness alongside more traditional measures will help to demonstrate on an on-going basis links between responsible business practice and competitiveness. The project enabled two years of data to be collected, but to see longer term trends, the index needs to be used for a longer time period.
Responsibility Northwest Summary 2005
Responsibility Northwest Summary 2005
Responsibility Northwest Summary 2005.PDF
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NW Regional Responsible Competitiveness Benchmarking 2010
NW Regional Responsible Competitiveness Benchmarking 2010
NW Regional Responsible Competitiveness Benchmarking 2010.PDF
635.6 KB

CSR Next Steps Final Report - Sept 08
CSR Next Steps Final Report - Sept 08
CSR Next Steps Final Report - Sept 08.pdf
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