The Association of Public Service Excellence (APSE) has invited Infrangilis to examine how local water stewardship can build a prosperous economy. The study to be released in Spring 2014 is part of our on-going collaboration and will contribute to APSE’s applied research on the green urban economy.
At Co-operatives UK’s annual practitioner forum in November we helped launch the new report ‘Simply Performance’. Authored by Infrangilis, it is a guide to creating member value by aligning co-operative strategy, performance measurement and reporting. Simply Performance is free to download.
Credit rating agencies do not understand the co-operative business model and cause significant extra costs for the sector, according to senior co-op officials. Citing our earlier research study on the topic, Infrangilis contributed to the media debate in Co-operative News, arguing that the flaws of the ratings industry are of concern not just for member-owned enterprises but for the economy more widely. If you exclude environmental risks, you encourage pollution and unsustainable resource extraction.
We are pleased to be participating in a number of important sessions at the Ecocity World Summit in Nantes at the end of September which will help shape the vital role of cities in the delivery of the Post 2015 sustainable development goals. Infrangilis is presenting the results of new research for UNEP’s Global Initiative for Resource Efficient Cities, contributing to the International Resource Panel’s convening on city decoupling, and consulting the private sector on connected cities at a session of UN-Habitat’s World Urban Campaign. We hope to see you there!
It is great news that England is to allow new entrants to the monopolistic water market. For the first time business, charities and the public sector will be able to choose their supplier. The government calculates this will add £2bn to the economy and boost resilience. So why not extend this choice to domestic customers too? Indeed, why not given households a stake in new suppliers that emerge? Water co-operatives are commonplace in Bolivia, Finland, Scotland and the USA, so why not in England?
This is the challenging question we attempt to answer in our latest feature for CSRwire. Let us know your thoughts on the resiliency of the smart city concept via the CSRwire website or here.
Our latest research collaboration with the Association of Public Service Excellence was launched at the House of Commons on the 18th April 2013. ‘Stronger Resource Efficiency for Desirable Communities’ set outs how local innovation in asset stewardship can aid the transition to a prosperous and green urban economy.
The publication is available to order here.